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Press secretary defends scarcity of daily briefings

WASHINGTON (AP) — White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders is defending the scarcity of the daily press briefing. Sanders last answered questions from reporters in the White House briefing room on Sept. 10 — an appearance that followed a nearly three-week absence by ...

Trump backs Kavanaugh

WASHINGTON (AP) — Glued to high-stakes testimony on his Supreme Court nominee, President Donald Trump and his allies were shaken by Christine Blasey Ford’s emotional appearance on Capitol Hill Thursday, but heartened by Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s forceful pushback against the woman who ...

Poll: Young people feel anxious about election

WASHINGTON (AP) — Engaged? Check. Anxious? Check. With weeks to go until the November midterm elections, more young Americans are interested but, according to a new poll, they’re also feeling more anxious about the results. A poll released Wednesday by The Associated Press-NORC Center ...

AP: Few changes seen after mass shootings

Shortly after last year’s shooting massacre on the Las Vegas strip, Ohio Gov. John Kasich convened a working group to explore possible reforms to state gun laws. A Republican, Kasich appointed panel members who supported the Second Amendment and came from across the political spectrum. ...

Supreme Court process a maelstrom of insincerities

WASHINGTON — The current era of scorched-earth politics began five years after there was, according to Christine Blasey Ford, in 1982, an alcohol-soaked party in a suburban Washington home. There her 15-year-old self was, she says, assaulted by 17-year-old Brett Kavanaugh, who categorically ...

What happens to Mueller probe if Rosenstein loses his job?

WASHINGTON (AP) — The investigation into Russian election interference is often called the Mueller probe, but it’s Rod Rosenstein who oversees it. Rosenstein’s fate as deputy attorney general remains in the air after a revelation surfaced last week that he floated the idea of recording ...

Governor’s races become proxy battle over Trump

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — It’s a resume that reads like an ideal springboard to higher office: investigated sexual assaults of Olympic gymnasts, charged government officials responsible for a tainted water crisis, bucked the governor on tax hikes. With that background and his party ...

Rosenstein’s fate could turn on account Trump believes

WASHINGTON (AP) — The fate of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein could turn on whether President Donald Trump believes the account of an ex-FBI official who, as Trump once asserted in a tweet, had “LIED! LIED! LIED!” Rosenstein discussed secretly recording Trump, though one person ...

Path forward for Kavanaugh could be like justice Thomas’

WASHINGTON (AP) — When Clarence Thomas arrived at the Supreme Court in 1991 after a bruising confirmation hearing in which his former employee Anita Hill accused him of sexual harassment, fellow justice Byron White said something that stuck with him. “It doesn’t matter how you got ...

Fear-based parenting

WASHINGTON — Police came to Kim Brooks’ parents’ door in suburban Richmond, Virginia, demanding that her mother say where her daughter was or be arrested for obstructing justice. So began a Kafkaesque two-year ordeal that plunged Brooks into reflections about current parenting practices. ...

UP law enforcement officials oppose recreational marijuana ballot issue

This list of UP law enforcement officials opposes recreational marijuana in Michigan. Across the state of Michigan on Wednesday, prosecutors, law enforcement officials, business persons, medical professionals, educators, faith-based individuals and other citizens are participating in regional ...

Ex-aides giving Walker re-election headache

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — As Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker fights for his political life, some of the most devastating attacks aren’t coming from Democrats. They’re coming from a handful of former top officials from his own administration. Three former Walker Cabinet secretaries have blasted ...

Upper Peninsula hospitals aid our health and economy

This month, the U.S. Census released data that ranked all 83 Michigan counties by average life expectancy. I was pleased to see that county with the longest life expectancy was right here in the Upper Peninsula — Keweenaw County, with an average lifespan of 82.7 years. But I am also happy to ...

Mattis dismissive of news reports of tension with Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Tuesday dismissed recent news reports that tensions between him and President Donald Trump point to his exit soon. Asked by a reporter whether such reports should be taken seriously, he replied, “No. I wouldn’t take it seriously at all. ...

Echoes of Anita Hill in allegation against Kavanaugh

WASHINGTON (AP) — The sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh recall Anita Hill’s accusations against Clarence Thomas in 1991, but there are important differences as well as cautions for senators considering how to deal with the allegations. The decision ...

Review underway for Russia probe documents ordered released

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump declassified a trove of documents related to the early days of the FBI’s Russia investigation, including a portion of a secret surveillance warrant application and former FBI Director James Comey’s text messages. Trump made the extraordinary move ...

AP interviews Michigan gubernatorial candidates Schuette, Whitmer

‘Underdog’ Schuette pushes tax cut, AG record LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Republican Bill Schuette said he will not distance himself from Donald Trump despite the president’s unpopularity with Michigan voters and will win them over with a pro-tax cut message and his record as attorney ...

Takeaways from the primaries

The stage is set for a November brawl that could loosen President Donald Trump’s grip on Washington. Elections in New York on Thursday marked the end of a long, dramatic and sometimes tumultuous primary season that reshaped both parties going into the midterm elections. Democrats have ...

Election pressure hinders GOP push for new tax cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) — House lawmakers are debating a Republican proposal to expand the new tax law by making permanent the individual tax cuts now set to expire in 2026. But the move is undercut by election pressures faced by GOP lawmakers from high-tax states where residents are hurt by the ...

Schuette says Medicaid law not going anywhere

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Republican Bill Schuette said Wednesday that he wouldn’t undo Michigan’s expansion of Medicaid coverage if he were governor, refuting Democrats’ accusation that electing him would lead to hundreds of thousands of adults losing their government health ...