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Vocal Trump critic Flake won’t seek re-election to US Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Sen. Jeff Flake announced Tuesday he would not seek re-election next year, delivering a forceful condemnation of the “flagrant disregard of truth and decency” and bemoaning political complicity in a Senate speech clearly directed at President Donald ...

#MeToo: Tipping point, or outrage du jour?

WASHINGTON — Depending upon one’s distance from all things Twitter, recent revelations of sexual harassment in Hollywood are either the tipping point we’ve been waiting for — or just another shark attack until the next one. If you’re former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson, whose ...

Soldier’s widow says Trump didn’t know her husband’s name

WASHINGTON (AP) — A fallen soldier’s angry widow joined the stormy dispute with President Donald Trump over his response to her husband’s death, declaring his failure to remember the soldier’s name in last week’s condolence call “made me cry.” He retorted Monday that the call was ...

The fatal conceit of planning for the future

WASHINGTON — Kevin Hassett evidently has not received the memo that economics is “the dismal science.” The ebullient chairman of the president’s Council of Economic Advisers is relishing the intellectual feast of applying to policymaking the predictive tools of a science that was ...

Trump to allow release of JFK assassination records

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he doesn’t plan to block the scheduled release of thousands of never publicly seen government documents related to President John F. Kennedy’s assassination. “Subject to the receipt of further information,” he wrote in a Saturday morning ...

Pentagon faces demands for details on Niger attack

WASHINGTON (AP) — Members of Congress are demanding answers two weeks after an ambush in the African nation of Niger killed four U.S. soldiers, with one top lawmaker even threatening subpoenas. The White House defended the slow pace of information, saying an investigation would eventually ...

Trump offers mixed signals to Congress on direction

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is proving to be an erratic negotiating partner as he punts policy issues to Congress and then sends conflicting signals about what he really wants. His rapid backpedal this week on a short-term health care is the latest example, and it’s left ...

On abortion legislation, Dems will display cultural extremism

WASHINGTON — What would America’s abortion policy be if the number of months in the gestation of a human infant were a prime number — say, seven or eleven? This thought experiment is germane to why the abortion issue has been politically toxic, and points to a path toward a less bitter ...

Families of fallen have mixed experiences with Trump, if any

WASHINGTON (AP) — Some got sympathy and solace. Some got silence. One got a promise of cash. Relatives of people who died in military service have recounted varied interactions with President Donald Trump in the difficult days and weeks after their loved one’s death. Despite Trump’s ...

Cochran’s illness shows aging risk to GOP Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Republicans coping with a razor-thin majority in the Senate as they try pushing a partisan agenda are running smack into another complication — the sheer age and health issues of some senators. When the office of the ailing Sen. Thad Cochran announced Monday it was ...

After IS collapse in Raqqa, US faces other extremism threats

WASHINGTON (AP) — The imminent fall of the Islamic State’s de facto capital leaves America a multitude of tasks to restore stability in the Middle East, starting with pockets of remaining IS resistance in Syria and Iraq. Then there are the more deeply rooted problems, not fixable by guns ...

Trump the head, Pence the tail

If a metaphor could be used for this White House, it might be a two-sided coin with President Trump the head and Vice President Mike Pence the tail. The president tends toward the bombastic to get people’s attention and make his points, while his vice president is calm and measured in his ...

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP answers questions with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., in the Rose Garden after their meeting Monday at the White House. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump, McConnell insist they’re together for GOP

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pledged Monday to work together on the GOP goal of overhauling federal taxes, proclaiming that despite reports to the contrary their relationship is just fine. “We’re probably now closer than ever ...

Trump is turning and turning in a widening gyre

WASHINGTON — With eyes wide open, Mike Pence eagerly auditioned for the role as Donald Trump’s poodle. Now comfortably leashed, he deserves the degradations that he seems too sycophantic to recognize as such. He did Trump’s adolescent bidding with Oct. 8’s pre-planned virtue pageant of ...

Justices to hear government’s email dispute with Microsoft

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is intervening in a digital-age privacy dispute between the Trump administration and Microsoft over emails stored abroad. The justices say today they will hear the administration’s appeal of a lower court ruling in favor of Microsoft. The court held the ...

Trump, unlikely religious favorite, now champion of Christian values

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's evolution from twice-divorced casino owner viewed warily by Christian conservatives to evangelical favorite defending religious liberty was on full display Friday as he promised conservatives a return to traditional American values, including ...

Why criticize Weinstein?

“Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint; but blessed is the one who heeds wisdom’s instruction.” — Proverbs 29:18 Ancient wisdom from a Higher Authority, which is available to anyone who takes the time to consider it, was provided to constrain people like Harvey ...

Kelly: Barring ‘change,’ he’s not quitting or being fired

WASHINGTON (AP) — White House Chief of Staff John Kelly insisted Thursday he’s not quitting or being fired — for now. “Unless things change, I’m not quitting, I’m not getting fired and I don’t think I’ll fire anyone tomorrow,” the retired Marine Corps general and former ...

Glamorous past, opaque future for auto industry

DETROIT — Bending metal, slapping on chrome and marketing an empowering product and status marker that mesmerized 20th-century America, the automobile industry typified the Old Economy, of which General Motors was emblematic. As was its bankruptcy. Today, GM’s CEO Mary Barra is wagering ...