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A coalition of the principled center will fight Trumpism

Here’s a little story from the bad old days of the New York subway: On seeing a well-dressed man drop a wrapper on a subway platform, a well-dressed woman urged him to pick it up. “What’s the use?” the man said, gesturing at the filthy surroundings. “If people like us don’t ...

Trump remarks latest evidence of health law repeal slowdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans insisted Monday they’re moving ahead on their effort to void the health care law, even as President Donald Trump’s latest remarks conceded that the effort could well stretch into next year. “Maybe it will take till sometime into next year, but we are ...

Democrats likely to gain little by opposing Gorsuch

WASHINGTON — To review the left’s reaction to Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch is to infer he’s the spawn of Dracula — a cruel and bloodless beast who shrinks from the light and plays havoc with history. Among the many distortions: Gorsuch is against clean water, consumers, ...

Polarizing Milwaukee sheriff on the rise in GOP

MILWAUKEE (AP) — With a brash, unapologetic personality reminiscent of President Donald Trump, Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke is positioning himself as an in-your-face conservative firebrand who has some Republicans swooning over his prospects for higher office. The tough-talking, ...

Where Justice Scalia erred on the Constitution

WASHINGTON — With an asperity born of exasperation, Justice Antonin Scalia once wrote, “If you want aspirations, you can read the Declaration of Independence,” but “there is no such philosophizing in our Constitution,” which is “a practical and pragmatic charter of government.” ...

Trump rattles world leaders as new Cabinet tries to soften tone

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump’s spats with U.S. allies as close as Mexico and as unlikely as Australia are leaving his new secretary of state and others in his Cabinet to clean up a lot of potential damage. President Trump’s first two weeks on the job have rattled foreign friends and ...

STEVE BANNON, CHIEF White House strategist to President Donald Trump, left, and White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus stand in the White House on Tuesday for the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Bannon’s power play in Trump’s Oval Office

Associated Press WASHINGTON — People are beginning to pay more attention to the man behind the curtain. It is a mark of Steve Bannon’s extraordinary sway in the Trump White House that a man who has spoken so little in public over the past two weeks is getting so much credit — and ...

AP explains the Senate’s ‘nuclear option’

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell should “go nuclear” if necessary to approve his Supreme Court nominee, Judge Neil Gorsuch. What does that mean? It’s a reference to the “nuclear option.” That is the nickname for a potential ...

In new White House, a look at Trump’s inner circle

WASHINGTON (AP) — Since taking office 10 days ago, President Donald Trump has moved to consolidate power within a small cadre of close aides at the White House. He’s added a senior political adviser to the National Security Council and appears to have cut out Cabinet secretaries from ...

NEIL GORSUCH

Conservative Gorsuch like Scalia minus the rough edges

WASHINGTON (AP) — If confirmed by the Senate to the Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch would fill the seat of the man he seeks to emulate as a judge. He would be the first justice to serve alongside a colleague for whom he worked. Gorsuch described his former boss, Justice Anthony Kennedy, Tuesday ...

Trump claims on travel ban misleading

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the face of widespread criticism, President Donald Trump has staunchly defended his order temporarily banning refugees and nearly all citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries. But in a statement Sunday and tweets Monday, Trump misstated the facts multiple ...

Fostering an excess of intellectual emptiness

WASHINGTON — In 2013, a college student assigned to research a deadly substance sought help via Twitter: “I can’t find the chemical and physical properties of sarin gas someone please help me.” An expert at a security consulting firm tried to be helpful, telling her that sarin is not ...

Tensions flare as Koch promises to hold Trump accountable

INDIAN SPRING, Calif. (AP) — Conservative patriarch Charles Koch and his vast network is vowing to oppose President Donald Trump if and when he deviates from their dedication to "free and open societies." This weekend alone, Koch raised concerns about whether the Republican president will ...

Official: Trump wants to slash EPA staff, budget

WASHINGTON (AP) — The former head of President Donald Trump’s transition team at the Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday he expects the new administration to seek significant budget and staff cuts. Myron Ebell said in an interview with The Associated Press that his specific ...

Senior diplomat resignations accepted as Trump team enters

WASHINGTON (AP) — A number of senior career diplomats are leaving the State Department after the Trump administration accepted their resignations from presidentially appointed positions. The State Department said Thursday that several senior management officials as well as a top arms ...

Trump’s immigration actions mark sharp shift in US policy

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s wide-ranging executive actions tightening border security— and the prospect of additional measures restricting refugee flows — mark a sharp shift away from Washington’s elusive efforts to forge comprehensive immigration legislation. “We ...

Government bites back: Civil servants troll Trump, leak info

WASHINGTON (AP) — Across the government, an unprecedented digital insurrection is taking shape. President Donald Trump spent much of his campaign bashing the federal government, a system he described as awash in “waste fraud and abuse.” Now, the bureaucracy is biting back. In ...

Administration orders EPA contract freeze, media blackout

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has instituted what it described as a temporary media blackout at the Environmental Protection Agency and barred staff from awarding any new contracts or grants. Emails sent to EPA staff since President Donald Trump’s inauguration on Friday and ...

Trump announces ‘major’ voter fraud investigation

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump tweeted early Wednesday that he is ordering a "major investigation" into voter fraud, revisiting unsubstantiated claims he's made repeatedly about a rigged voting system. The investigation, he said, will look at those registered to vote in more than ...

White House doubles down on Trump’s voter fraud claim

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House on Tuesday stuck firmly to President Donald Trump’s claim that millions of people voted illegally in the November election, but provided no evidence to back up his assertion. Trump spokesman Sean Spicer said the president “does believe” he lost the ...