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Giuliani looks to find footing in his media blitz defending Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s new attorney, Rudy Giuliani, is off to a rough start in his media blitz defending Trump’s stance toward the special counsel’s Russian investigation and a $130,000 porn star hush payment. Giuliani’s confounding and at times contradictory ...

Trump says he’d ‘love to’ talk with Mueller

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Friday he would “love to speak” to special counsel Robert Mueller as part of the Russia investigation but cautioned he would only do so if he’s “treated fairly,” and he again labeled the probe a “witch hunt.” The president told ...

Democrats need their own version of ‘America First’

“America First” would be a harmless phrase were it not loaded with dark undertones. It harks back to the America First Committee, a group advocating U.S. neutrality in World War II. Some members were Nazi sympathizers, while others simply wanted to keep America out of another bloody ...

The president who knew too little about the Electoral College

WASHINGTON — Among the recent garbled effusions from today’s temporary president — cheer up; they are all temporary — was one that concerned something about which he might not have thought as deeply as the subject merits. During an episode of government of, by and for “Fox & ...

Memo: Pruitt landlord’s husband sought EPA work for lobbying client

WASHINGTON (AP) — The lobbyist whose wife rented a condo to Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt at $50 a night sought EPA committee posts for a lobbying client, according to a newly released EPA memo. J. Steven Hart’s seeking those appointments from his wife’s former ...

Lessons learned from North Korea’s history

Before meeting with North Korea’s “very honorable” (Trump’s words) dictator, Kim Jong-Un, the president should bone up on the history of that country’s duplicity and deception, including ways it has used the wishful thinking of some past U.S. presidents to achieve its objectives. A ...

Pompeo vows to reinvigorate diplomacy, restore US ‘swagger’

WASHINGTON (AP) — He didn’t mention Rex Tillerson by name. But the contrast was clear as new Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived at the State Department on Tuesday vowing to reinvigorate American diplomacy and help the United States get “back our swagger.” Pompeo was greeted with ...

In Trump era, the death of the White House press conference

WASHINGTON (AP) — The presidential news conference, a time-honored tradition going back generations, appears to be no longer. More than a year has passed since President Donald Trump held the only solo news conference of his administration — a rollicking, hastily arranged, 77-minute ...

Rubio: Tax cuts not invested in jobs

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Marco Rubio says big businesses aren’t investing much of their windfall from President Donald Trump’s tax cuts into their workers despite GOP promises during last year’s debate. “There is still a lot of thinking on the right that if big corporations are happy, ...

Comedian Wolf draws laughs, gasps at correspondents’ dinner

WASHINGTON (AP) — The reviews are in: President Donald Trump gave a thumbs-down Sunday to the comedian who roasted his chief spokeswoman at the annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner, offending present and past members of his administration, including one who walked out in ...

Democrats, GOP target voters behind cracked ‘blue wall’

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Automotive engineer Steve Semian credits Barack Obama with rescuing the auto industry and with it, much of Michigan. But the 47-year-old from Macomb County, north of Detroit, says it was the state’s Republican governor, Rick Snyder, who “helped us pull ...

Serving a true master

“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other.” (Matthew 6:24) The verse refers to money, but in light of today’s debate about the unaccountable devotion many Christian leaders have for President ...

Trump chats with ‘Fox & Friends’

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump has found something to like about CNN — Anderson Cooper. For an hour, at least. The president has been a relentless media critic during his time in office, particularly toward CNN. But he said in an interview with “Fox & Friends” on Thursday ...

Pertinent to the present

WASHINGTON — As the museum of human nature, aka the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, marks its 25th anniversary, it continues to receive artifacts, such as a letter handwritten on a yellow scrap of paper. It was donated to the museum by Frank Grunwald, 85, who lives in Indianapolis. ...

Trump and Kanye West trade Twitter love

NEW YORK (AP) — Trump-West 2020? In a moment that seemed to encapsulate 2018’s social media-driven blurring of celebrity and politics, President Donald Trump tweeted his thanks to rap superstar Kanye West on Wednesday for his recent and perhaps unexpected online support. “Thank you ...

Speculation on Sanders

Bernie Sanders is back in the news, showing us all both his good side and the bad. Let’s start with the good. “If Democrats control either the House or the Senate,” he recently told The New York Times, “Trump’s agenda is dead.” Here is Bernie at his best — blunt and colorful, ...

In praise of old fashioned

“It’s a modern changing world Everything is moving fast. But when it comes to love I like What they did in the past.” — The Everly Brothers, 1962 Call me old-fashioned — and I’ve been called worse — but do I sense the possible end to the sexual revolution, which ...

Clinton: Free press under ‘open assault’

NEW YORK (AP) — Hillary Clinton excoriated President Donald Trump for his treatment of the media, saying in remarks on Sunday that press rights and free speech are under open assault in the current administration, which she compared to an authoritarian regime. We are living through an ...

Clinton stars as central villain in GOP’s midterm strategy

NEW YORK (AP) — Almost 18 months have passed since Hillary Clinton lost the presidency. She holds no position of power in government. And she is not expected to run for office again. Yet Clinton is starring in the Republican Party’s 2018 midterm strategy. With control of Congress up ...

Democrats see Wisconsin as proving ground for party revival

PARDEEVILLE, Wis. (AP) — Margo Miller thanked her hosts, covered herself in a blue plastic poncho and headed back into the driving sleet Saturday morning, with more doors to knock on in this rural subdivision but with another new volunteer’s name on her clipboard. Miller and about 50 ...