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US: Iran should still comply with nuke deal Trump slammed

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration found itself in the awkward position Monday of demanding that Iran comply with a nuclear accord that the president has derided as the worst deal in history. Iran announced Monday it would break a limit on uranium stockpiles established by a 2015 ...

High court upholds rule that allows federal and state charges

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is upholding a constitutional rule that allows state and federal governments to prosecute someone for the same crime, a closely watched case because of its potential implications for people prosecuted in the Russia investigation. The court’s 7-2 ...

To beat Trump, Democrats must practice a politics of modesty

WASHINGTON — “It is a great advantage to a president,” said the 30th of them, “and a major source of safety to the country, for him to know he is not a great man.” Or, Calvin Coolidge would say today, a great woman. While today’s incumbent advertises himself as an “extremely ...

Trump calls NY Times report on Russia power grid ‘treason’

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has lashed out at The New York Times, saying it engaged in a “virtual act of treason” for a story that said the U.S. was ramping up its cyber-intrusions into Russia’s power grid. The Times reported on Saturday that the U.S. has bored into ...

Dems step up push on election security after Trump comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Alarmed by President Donald Trump’s willingness to accept foreign dirt on a political opponent, House Democrats are accelerating their efforts to strengthen election security ahead of the 2020 campaign. Lawmakers had already been compiling a fresh package of bills in the ...

Call for WH aide Conway to be fired

WASHINGTON (AP) — Taking unprecedented action, a federal watchdog agency recommended Thursday that President Donald Trump fire one of his most ardent defenders, counselor Kellyanne Conway , for repeatedly violating a law that limits political activity by government workers. The U.S. Office ...

‘Deepfakes’ called new election threat, no easy fix

WASHINGTON (AP) — “Deepfake” videos pose a clear and growing threat to America’s national security, lawmakers and experts say. The question is what to do about it, and that’s not easily answered. A House Intelligence Committee hearing Thursday served up a public warning about the ...

Real X-Men? Making ‘better babies,’ gene-wise

Soon, some of you will try to make “better babies.” Already, people pay labs to examine embryos so they can pick ones with DNA they like. Some screen for gender or eye color. Some screen out certain diseases. So far, they’ve been limited to selecting genes that exist in the parents. ...

House hearing on reparations for slavery set for next week

WASHINGTON (AP) — The topic of reparations for slavery is headed to Capitol Hill for its first hearing in more than a decade with writer Ta-Nehisi Coates and actor Danny Glover set to testify before a House panel. The House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil ...

Caspian’s cast of characters

It is the intent of this article to spur thoughts, reflections, and conversations with your friends, and at family gatherings, class reunions, et cetera, which may occur this summer. Many of us were raised in little hamlets, villages, towns, and small localities. Growing up in those areas, we ...

Confusion as Trump’s July 4 plans remain a mystery

WASHINGTON (AP) — With three weeks to go, exactly what’s going to happen in Washington on the Fourth of July remains a subject of intense confusion because of President Donald Trump’s plans to reshape the nation’s premier celebration. Will Independence Day festivities be centered ...

Democrats press to retain longtime abortion funding ban

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Capitol Hill Democrats are intent on preserving a four-decade ban on taxpayer-financed abortions despite calls from their party’s presidential candidates to abandon it, arguing that attempts to undo the longstanding consensus will fail and won’t be worth scuttling a ...

Ex-Virginia attorney general named to US immigration post

WASHINGTON (AP) — An outspoken supporter of President Donald Trump’s hardline immigration policies has been named acting director of the agency that manages legal immigration, despite deep opposition from key Senate Republicans. Ken Cuccinelli will oversee U.S. Citizenship and Immigration ...

College Board ill-suited as it attempts to solve social problem

WASHINGTON — The earnest improvers at the College Board, which administers the SAT, should ponder Abraham Maslow’s law of the instrument. In 1966, Maslow, a psychologist, said essentially this: If the only tool you have is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail. The College Board wants ...

Senators seek vote on Saudi Arabia arms sales

WASHINGTON (AP) — Opposition to President Donald Trump's Saudi Arabia policy and use of executive power is building in Congress, where senators have introduced more legislation aimed at blocking the sale of weapons to the kingdom. Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut, a Democrat, and Sen. Todd ...

Democrats, don’t try to impeach Trump. Please

Many pundits have this unfortunate habit of framing what they want as what the American people want. I’ve been guilty of this at times. After all, what is more gratifying than the idea that the American masses are marching behind your band? Similarly, some left-leaning writers are ...

Biden reverses position on federal dollars for abortions

ATLANTA (AP) — After two days of intense criticism, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden reversed course Thursday and declared that he no longer supports a long-standing congressional ban on using federal health care money to pay for abortions. “If I believe health care is a right, ...

Passing D-Day memories down to children a priority 75 years later

SAINT-LAURENT-SUR-MER, France (AP) — Anyone who lives long enough knows that children soak up memories that can stay with them forever. A hardy bunch of 90-somethings are counting on it. A group of French students joined 15 World War II veterans from the United States who returned this week ...

Support required to inspire future generations to serve

“Thank you for your service.” As a U.S. Army soldier living in Waukesha, Wis., I am grateful for these words, which I hear often when wearing the uniform in this community. What many people do not understand is that I am the one who is thankful. I am thankful for the camaraderie, the ...

White House tells ex-aides to defy congressional subpoena

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House on Tuesday again directed former employees not to cooperate with a congressional investigation, this time instructing former aides Hope Hicks and Annie Donaldson to defy subpoenas and refuse to provide documents to the House Judiciary Committee. The letters ...