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A failure to communicate

WASHINGTON — To sum up President Trump’s first month in office, he has exceeded everyone’s expectations. To those who opposed him, he’s worse than expected. To those who supported him, he’s done exactly what he said he would do and more. And everyone hates the media. Regarding ...

Trump tries to get on to legislation

WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Donald Trump begins his second month in office, his team is trying to move past the crush of controversies that overtook his first month and make progress on health care and tax overhauls long sought by Republicans. Both issues thrust Trump, a real estate ...

Trump marks his first month with tweets, turmoil

WASHINGTON (AP) — One month after the inauguration, the stretch of Pennsylvania Avenue in front of Donald Trump’s White House still is a hard-hat zone. Skeletal remains of the inaugural reviewing stands poke skyward. Random piles of plywood and cables are heaped on the ground inside crooked ...

Fact check on Trump’s case he ‘inherited a mess’

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday made a messy case that he “inherited a mess” from his predecessor. Economic stats and territorial losses of Islamic State insurgents don’t support his assertions about the problems handed to him on those fronts. A look at some of ...

Trump taps billionaire to head review of intelligence

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Thursday his administration has asked a New York-based private equity executive to lead a review of the U.S. intelligence community as he moves to crack down on “illegal leaks” of classified information. Trump told reporters that Stephen ...

A crush of crises all but buries the young Trump White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — Less than a month into his tenure, Donald Trump’s White House is beset by a crush of crises. Divisions, dysfunction and high-profile exits have left the young administration nearly paralyzed and allies wondering how it will reboot. The bold policy moves that marked ...

AP fact check: Trump shaky on autism

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has weighed in on child autism, apparently without a complete grasp of the research. Trump in the past has promoted debunked theories linking vaccines to autism, and shortly before his inauguration was considering a commission on the matter. Such ...

Some walls do work

“You must always leave the wall” — “The Fantasticks” While the debate continues about when, how quickly and who will pay for a “wall” across America’s Southern border, at least one country known for its liberal politics is offering a lesson. The “City of Light,” ...

Russia cloud over Trump not likely to fade with Flynn exit

WASHINGTON (AP) — Questions about the Trump administration’s ties to Russia are hardly going to disappear with the firing of national security adviser Michael Flynn. Investigations are underway, and more are likely by the new administration and on Capitol Hill. U.S. agencies, including ...

AP fact check: How did Trump statements for week measure up?

WASHINGTON (AP) — It was a week of sound and fury from President Donald Trump, the commander in tweets. A look at how some of his statements fit with the facts: TRUMP made an unsupported assertion Feb. 4 that terrorist acts in Europe are going unreported: “All over Europe it’s ...

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP welcomes Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe outside the West Wing of the White House on Friday. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Mexico gets Trump’s trade ire, Japan and Germany a pass

WASHINGTON (AP) — When President Donald Trump rages about unfair trading practices, he usually directs his ire at China and Mexico. By comparison, Japan and Germany get off easy. The focus on China is understandable: The U.S. trade deficit in goods with China ($347 billion last year) is ...

Q&A: Duke University expert Cox on SEC future under Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Trump has named Jay Clayton, a Wall Street attorney who worked on mergers and IPOs, to head the Securities and Exchange Commission. Last week Trump ordered a review of the 2010 Dodd-Frank law, which reshaped regulation of the banking industry after the financial ...

Flynn now not ‘certain’ on sanctions talk with Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s national security adviser addressed U.S. sanctions against Russia in his conversations with the country’s ambassador while President Barack Obama was still in office, a new report said, contradicting previous claims that the issue was not ...

Conway ‘counseled’ after brand promotion

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House has “counseled” a top aide to President Donald Trump after she promoted Ivanka Trump’s fashion line during a national cable television appearance from the White House. But House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz says that’s not enough, ...

Roberts, judiciary’s leader, silent on Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s unusually personal criticism of federal judges has drawn rebukes from many quarters, including from Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, but not much from the judges themselves. The leader of the federal judiciary, Chief Justice John Roberts, has ...

The North Korean red line

SANTA MONICA, Calif. — The Cold War was waged and won in many places, including this beach city, home to the RAND Corp. Created in 1948 to think about research and development as it effects military planning and procurement, RAND pioneered strategic thinking about nuclear weapons in the ...

Administration weighs health insurance ‘stabilization’

WASHINGTON (AP) — Worried about the nearly 20 million people who buy their own health insurance policies, the Trump administration and congressional Republicans are weighing how to stabilize a wobbly market, government and industry officials say. The goal is to soothe jittery insurance ...

Churches have better role than partisan politics

At the National Prayer Breakfast last week, President Trump promised to “totally destroy” the so-called “Johnson Amendment,” a law that prohibits churches from endorsing or opposing political candidates at the risk of losing their tax-exempt status. Politifact.com gives the background ...

AP Fact Check: No evidence media ignores terror attacks

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump made an unsupported assertion Monday that terrorist acts in Europe are going unreported. A look at the matter: TRUMP: “All over Europe it’s happening. It’s gotten to a point where it’s not even being reported. And in many cases the very, very ...

No oversight talk at White House meeting

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican chairman of the House Oversight Committee met with Donald Trump on Tuesday, agreed with the president’s request not to talk about oversight and reiterated that it’s unlikely his panel will investigate the businessman’s sprawling empire. Rep. Jason ...