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Democrats lag GOP in fundraising efforts so far

ATLANTA (AP) — The Democratic National Committee still lagged its Republican rivals in fundraising despite the left’s grassroots energy since President Donald Trump’s election. But financial disclosure reports at the start of this election year also showed other Democratic groups and ...

Reaction to Trump’s immigration proposal casts doubt on a deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s State of the Union offer of a “down-the-middle compromise” on immigration did nothing to move Republicans and Democrats closer to a deal, as Democrats accused the president of lacing his speech with racially charged remarks and Republicans dug ...

AP fact check: State of the Union

WASHINGTON (AP) — The AP’s fact check on remarks from President Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech: WAGE GAINS TRUMP: “After years and years of wage stagnation, we are finally seeing rising wages.” THE FACTS: Actually, they are not rising any faster than they have before. ...

A message on Trump for my evangelical friends

“Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.” (Romans 13:1) That verse, written by Paul the Apostle, is one of the most difficult for modern evangelicals to ...

Tarnished prizes: Top jobs in Congress no longer so coveted

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers spend their careers eying coveted committee chairmanships, angling for a chance at the power and perks that come with the top spot. Republican Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen of New Jersey is bowing out after one term at the helm of a major panel. Frelinghuysen’s ...

Kochs warm to Trump policies, not behavior

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) — For the Koch brothers and their powerful donor network, the trouble with President Donald Trump isn't what he's doing. It's how he's doing it. Huddled at a private retreat in the California desert, the conservative movement's moneyed elite worried aloud this ...

From ‘fake news’ to witch hunt

WASHINGTON — Conspiracies. Secret societies. Witch hunts. During the past year, we’ve heard reference to all of the above to explain away any suggestion of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia in the 2016 presidential election. Allegedly, there’s a secret society within the ...

Can Trump stick to a script beyond State of the Union?

WASHINGTON (AP) — No natural orator, President Donald Trump has nonetheless shown at times that he can deliver a powerful speech that effectively outlines his vision, strikes an emotional chord and moves commentators to declare that he, at last, looks presidential. And then the teleprompter ...

GOP senators: Trump needs to show restraint in Russia probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two Republican senators said Sunday that President Donald Trump would be wise to keep a public silence on an independent investigation into his 2016 campaign’s contacts with Russia in the wake of news reports that he sought to fire the special counsel. The senators, ...

Democrats buoyed by Trump support for Dreamer’s citizenship

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats said they were heartened Thursday by President Donald Trump’s support for an immigration plan that would provide a pathway to citizenship for hundreds of thousands of young immigrants, while Republicans were more cautious. Moderate Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., ...

Some policy dentistry could combat truth decay

WASHINGTON — It cannot be a sign of social health that the number of tweets per day worldwide exploded from 5,000 in 2007 to 500 million six years later. And this might be related, by a few degrees of separation, to the fact that whereas in the 1992 presidential election more than one-third ...

Mayors skip Trump meeting after sanctuary cities threat

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department ramped up pressure Wednesday on so-called sanctuary cities seeking public safety grant money, warning they could be legally forced to prove they are cooperating with federal immigration authorities. The move prompted immediate backlash, with mayors ...

Who’s to blame for the government shutdown? Us

If we don’t like what is happening in Washington — and few do — the blame must be placed squarely where it belongs. It is “we the people” who send these people here. We send people of different and often opposing viewpoints to Washington and expect them to get along. Many quickly ...

Trump’s move may nudge holdout GOP states to expand Medicaid

WASHINGTON (AP) — In an ironic twist, the Trump administration’s embrace of work requirements for low-income people on Medicaid is prompting lawmakers in some conservative states to resurrect plans to expand health care for the poor. Trump’s move has been widely criticized as ...

Schumer’s ‘cave’? Shutdown deal puts spotlight on Dem leader

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans tried to make Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer the face of the government shutdown. Now, he's becoming the face of the Democratic retreat. For two days, Schumer, perhaps the most powerful Democrat in Washington, succeeded in keeping his party unified in ...

Bad date with Ansari does not equate to sexual assault

Nothing TV star Aziz Ansari did during that now-infamous one-night stand constituted sexual assault. It wasn’t even a proper one-night stand. Ansari and the young woman never engaged in carnal intercourse. But the woman accused Ansari of being a sexist brute nonetheless. Herein lies a ...

After a challenging first year, Trump has hands full

WASHINGTON (AP) — The sequel to President Donald Trump’s first year in office is opening with the lead player hamstrung by a government shutdown and hunkering down amid investigations, crises and political unease. After 365 days in the Oval Office, Trump has found that his drive to ...

Ryan remains non-committal about re-election

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan is still being non-committal about whether he’ll seek re-election to an 11th term. The Republican said that’s a decision he always makes with his wife “each and every term” before Wisconsin’s filing deadline. The deadline this year is June ...

Trump bends, doesn’t break, ways of Washington in first year

WASHINGTON (AP) — In his first year in office, President Donald Trump has frequently bent Washington to his will, shattering long-standing norms, plunging politics to a new level of corrosiveness and wielding his executive power to start rolling back his predecessor’s policies on the ...

Washington Democrats follow Capone’s playbook

“You can get a lot farther with a smile and a gun than you can with just a smile.” This quote has often been attributed to the late Chicago mobster Al Capone, who with his fellow organized crime buddies used extortion as one of their tactics to get what they wanted. Today’s modern ...