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Senate GOP’s game plan means more Trump nominees, fewer bills

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mitch McConnell says the Senate will be in the “personnel business” this year. But the majority leader’s focus on confirming President Donald Trump’s nominees is coming at the expense of any big legislative priorities. Nearly 100 days into the new Congress, the ...

Biden jokes about accusations, targets union voters in speech

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden on Friday made light of his recent controversy about crossing physical boundaries with women, and he signaled in a resolute speech to union activists that’s he’s ready to run for president as a moderate Democrat in party that has been ...

Sanders and O’Rourke vie for same young voters

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — In the growing Democratic presidential field, they seem like a study in opposites. One’s 77, a democratic socialist from the U.S.-Canada border state of Vermont, who exudes a curmudgeonly grumpiness and bursts with detailed policy proposals. The other’s a boyish ...

Less debate time for Trump picks after Senate rules change

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s Senate GOP allies, frustrated by delays in confirming dozens of lower-profile nominees, rammed through a rules change Wednesday that cuts back debate on most of his picks. The GOP plan, approved 51-48, indefinitely restored rules in place during ...

Kiss me, kiss me not

CAMDEN, S.C. — At a recent brunch here preceding the Carolina Cup steeplechase race, the host gave me a gift of hometown recognition and, though we are friends, extended his right hand as I approached him. As the gathering looked on, I ignored his hand and gave him a warm hug, which he ...

The daily checklist for life

We go through our lives with a plan or, should I say, a checklist for many daily routines: grocery lists, appointments, daily tasks, meetings, etc. We deem these as so important that we do not want to forget them. Therefore, we write them down or enter the data into our smartphones, computers, ...

‘Obamacare’ repeal off the table for GOP until after 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — “Not any longer.” And with that, a triumphant Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell appeared to close the book Tuesday on a divisive Republican debate, convincing President Donald Trump to shelve plans to replace the Affordable Care Act until after the 2020 ...

New book recounts golf misdeeds by Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — Colluding with Russia? The special counsel says no. Cheating at golf? Well, that's something else. From pulling a fast one on Tiger Woods to exaggerating his handicap, Donald Trump's alleged misdeeds on and around the golf course are the subject of a new book by former ...

Trump: Census without question on citizenship ‘meaningless’

WASHINGTON (AP) — One year out from the start of the 2020 census, Census Bureau officials set out Monday to demonstrate the importance of the head count for all Americans. President Donald Trump offered a different message, saying the count will be "meaningless" if it doesn't include a ...

Senate GOP wary of Trump reviving health care battle

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s decision to revive the fight over the Affordable Care Act has stirred a political and policy debate among Republicans on how best to approach the divisive issue heading into the 2020 election. Failing to repeal and replace the ACA, otherwise ...

Poll: Most see women as equal to men in politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — An all-time high of 84 percent of Americans believe women are just as suited emotionally for politics as men, according to a new survey that comes as the largest-ever field of women are running for president and with a record number serving in Congress. The growing ...

US to China: Don’t steal trade secrets the way we used to do

WASHINGTON (AP) — The upstart nation was a den of intellectual piracy. One of its top officials urged his countrymen to steal and copy foreign machinery. Across the ocean, a leading industrial power tried in vain to guard its trade secrets from the brash young rival. In the late 18th and ...

Step into the batter’s box for some baseball trivia

WASHINGTON — When umpire Dutch Rennert blew a call at first base, then-St. Louis Cardinals manager Joe Torre trotted out and asked, “How come you’re such a good ball-strike umpire and such (expletive) on the bases?” Rennert, equally puzzled, amiably replied, “Isn’t that ...

Trump: Google committed to US, not Chinese military

WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid growing concern about the risks of Google and other U.S. companies doing business in China, President Donald Trump said Wednesday the CEO of Google has “strongly stated” that he is “totally committed” to the American, not Chinese, military. Earlier this month, ...

No evidence of collusion is no surprise in report

The saga that is the Mueller Report is a consequence of what happens when you begin with a conclusion and then desperately seek evidence you hope will confirm it. The conclusion: Donald Trump was illegitimately elected and that he and/or his campaign conspired with the Russians to undermine ...

Democrats pivot as Trump attacks ‘Obamacare’

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is calling on Republicans to revive the effort to quash the Affordable Care Act, handing Democrats an opportunity to unite in defense of the law as they try to move past the Russia investigation and win the White House in 2020. Trump’s ...

Mueller report reprieve becomes Trump’s re-election weapon

WASHINGTON (AP) — For President Donald Trump, the fight over the “witch hunt” is only just beginning. Now that special counsel Robert Mueller’s two-year investigation into Trump’s campaign is over, it’s being transformed into a rallying cry and a weapon for the president’s ...

Mueller’s obstruction punt left question in Barr’s hands

WASHINGTON (AP) — Special counsel Robert Mueller had two key questions before him: Did the Trump campaign collude with the Russian government during the 2016 election, and did President Donald Trump commit obstruction of justice? On the collusion question, Mueller provided an unambiguous ...

Some cheer Mueller’s report, others feel let down

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The first glimpse into the special counsel’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election did little to mend a gaping American political divide. The four-page summary of Robert Mueller’s probe released by Attorney General William Barr didn’t satisfy ...

Trump to nominate Moore for Fed Reserve board

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Friday that he will nominate Stephen Moore, a conservative economic analyst and frequent critic of the Federal Reserve, to fill a vacancy on the Fed’s seven-member board. Moore, a well-known and often polarizing figure in Washington ...