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Low-key FBI director pick would lead through tumult

WASHINGTON (AP) — The attorney selected to replace James Comey as FBI director is described by those close to him as admirably low-key, yet he’d be taking over the law enforcement agency at a moment that’s anything but tranquil. Christopher Wray would inherit an FBI that lost its ...

President Donald Trump meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G20 Summit, Friday, July 7, 2017, in Hamburg. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Have Trump and Putin met before? It depends

WASHINGTON (AP) — Had Presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin ever met before Friday’s highly anticipated encounter on the sidelines of an international summit in Germany? Both men now say the answer is no. But that wasn’t always the case for Trump. Trump has offered ...

A place in time when civility seemed natural

PLYMOUTH NOTCH, Vermont — When was the last time you heard a member of one political party praise a member of the other party? Here in this hamlet nestled among the Green Mountains, former Baltimore Democratic Mayor Kurt Schmoke rose to speak well of our 30th president, Calvin Coolidge, a ...

Lawsuits over voting commission requests

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — President Donald Trump’s commission investigating election fraud faced further pushback Thursday in the form of lawsuits seeking to block its collection of detailed information about every voter in the United States. The commission last week asked secretaries of state ...

US schools rethink meal-debt policies that humiliate kids

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Teaching assistant Kelvin Holt watched as a preschool student fell to the back of a cafeteria line during breakfast in Killeen, Texas, as if trying to hide. “The cash register woman says to this 4-year-old girl, verbatim, ‘You have no money,’” said Holt, ...

Kobach complains about reports on voting commission

WASHINGTON (AP) — The vice chair of President Donald Trump’s election fraud commission is taking issue with reports that a majority of states are refusing to comply with a request for extensive personal voter information. Kris Kobach, the vice chair of the Presidential Advisory Commission ...

The Insulter-in-chief

"A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” (Proverbs 15:1) President Trump once referred to the health care bill passed by the House as “mean.” So how should we characterize his remarks about MSNBC “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski? The president of the ...

The scars of our nation’s violent birth

PHILADELPHIA — Some American history museums belabor visitors with this message: You shall know the truth and it shall make you feel ashamed of, but oh-so-superior to, your wretched ancestors. The new Museum of the American Revolution is better than that. Located near Independence Hall, it ...

Trump upset states not fully cooperating with voting panel

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — President Donald Trump is upset that all states aren’t fully cooperating with his voting commission’s request for detailed information about every voter in the United States. Some of the most populous ones, including California and New York, are refusing to comply. ...

How Michigan, neighboring states responded to request

State-by-state responses to a request for detailed voter data from President Donald Trump’s Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, which is investigating whether there was voter fraud in last year’s election. MICHIGAN Undecided A spokesman for Republican Secretary of ...

‘Repeal and replace’? Try ‘tweak and move on’

WASHINGTON — Two Junes ago, when the Supreme Court upheld, 6-3, a challenged provision of the Affordable Care Act, Chief Justice John Roberts, writing for the majority, vented: “Congress wrote key parts of the Act behind closed doors. ... Congress passed much of the Act using a complicated ...

Trump mocks TV host, tweets: ‘bleeding badly from a face-lift’

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday ridiculed the brains, looks and temperament of a female cable television host whose show he says he has stopped watching. His latest crude broadside against a woman’s appearance set off a storm of protest from Republicans and Democrats ...

Selling the GOP health care bill: Does Trump help or hurt?

WASHINGTON (AP) — It was a platform most politicians can only hope for: A captivated, 6,000-person crowd and more than an hour of live, prime-time television coverage to hype the Republican vision for a new health care system. But when President Donald Trump got around to talking about the ...

GOP touts lower premiums, but other insurance costs to rise

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans are touting lower premiums under their health care legislation, but that reflects insurance that would cover a smaller share of the cost of medical bills. The fine print is getting lost in the translation. Consumers might pay less up front every month, but if ...

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP, center, meets Tuesday with Republican senators on health care at the White House in Washington. Seated with him, from left, are Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev.; Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine; Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska; and Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Trump group’s moves on health plan irritate GOP

WASHINGTON (AP) — Three months ago, Republicans condemned political groups aligned with President Donald Trump for doing almost nothing to promote a health care bill. Now they think one of the groups may have gone too far. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell decided Tuesday to call off a ...

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Supreme Court notable for what was and wasn’t said

WASHINGTON (AP) — The last day of the Supreme Court’s term was notable not only for what was announced but also for what wasn’t. There had been speculation that Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy could reveal his retirement from the court Monday. But the court recessed without any ...

Medicaid mission creep threatens GOP’s ‘Obamacare’ repeal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Somewhere along the way, the Republican crusade to repeal “Obamacare” also turned into an effort to limit the future growth of Medicaid. That bit of mission creep is complicating prospects for the GOP, and could lead to deadlock. The federal-state program for ...

Poll: Younger Republicans more liberal on immigration

WASHINGTON (AP) — Young Republicans hold significantly more liberal views of immigrants and immigration than their older counterparts, reflecting a difference consistent with white Americans regardless of which political party they identify with, according to the latest American Values Atlas, ...

Americans and guns: It’s complicated

ATLANTA (AP) — Americans have long had a complex relationship with guns. Now, a new study shows that the country’s deep political divide is reflected in attitudes toward gun control. The Pew survey released Thursday found a sharp drop since 2000 in overall support for gun control despite ...

Morality tale at Uber: Reputation still counts

Travis Kalanick helped found and build Uber into a corporate giant worth more than Ford Motor Co. On Tuesday, Uber’s board effectively fired Kalanick. This was a direct reaction not to Kalanick’s infamously immature bad-boy behavior but to what his toxic personality was doing to the ...