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Papadopoulos says he’d testify in Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) — George Papadopoulos, the former Trump campaign adviser who triggered the Russia investigation, is willing to testify before the Senate intelligence committee, Thomas Breen, his lawyer, said Wednesday. Now that the criminal case is resolved, Breen said, “we’ll make him ...

If Collins backs Kavanaugh, her opponent gets $1M

WASHINGTON (AP) — A campaign urging Republican Sen. Susan Collins to vote against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has generated more than $1 million in pledges, money that would go to her opponent in 2020 if she decides to support the judge. The senator and her Republican colleagues ...

TRICO adapts its work to meet new mandates

KINGSFORD — As one would expect, there have been a lot of changes in how TRICO has worked to provide vocational rehabilitation and support services to our program participants and our community sponsors and partners over the past 50 years. With that said, however, a great deal has also ...

Poll: Voters open to candidates without deep religious faith

NEW YORK (AP) — Religion’s role in politics and public policy is in the spotlight heading toward the midterm elections, yet relatively few Americans consider it crucial that a candidate be devoutly religious or share their religious beliefs, according to a poll released today by The ...

The government’s guidance on campus rape rates another look

WASHINGTON — The assault on civil rights that was mandated by the civil rights division of Barack Obama’s Education Department might soon abate. Current Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is moving to halt the life-shattering procedures that began in 2011, when the department sent to colleges ...

For Sessions, Trump’s constant attacks may define his legacy

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions has vigorously pushed President Donald Trump’s agenda at the Justice Department and, before that, spent 20 years championing conservative causes in the Senate. Yet as Sessions enters what may be the final stretch of his tenure, those ...

Leak hunting: President vows to find insider critics

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is vowing to root out the leakers who contributed to the White House insider accounts that contend some on his team question his judgment, competence and even rationality. A book by presidential author Bob Woodward and an anonymous New York Times ...

Upcoming redistricting a backstory of 2018 midterms

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The task of drawing new boundaries for thousands of federal and state legislative districts is still about three years away, yet the political battle over redistricting already is playing out in this year’s midterm elections. North Carolina’s congressional ...

GOP asks Trump to declassify Russia probe documents

WASHINGTON (AP) — A small group of House Republicans on Thursday urged President Donald Trump to declassify documents related to the beginning of the Justice Department’s Russia investigation. Trump has already signaled he may do so, tweeting Thursday there may be “Declassification to ...

Book ‘Fear’ sets up Trump-Woodward clash of titans

WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s not clear whether President Donald Trump has much to fear from “Fear” itself. But the book of that name has set off a yes-no war between author Bob Woodward and the president, using all the assets they can muster. For Trump, that means denials from the pulpit of ...

The letter in the old suitcase

Little did he realize the discoveries that would unfold and the stories that lay hidden for so many years in the old, dented suitcase. As his eyes scanned its contents, they fell upon several envelopes partially hidden under other folders. While selecting one of the envelopes, he noticed the ...

Young voters focus of $30M effort by Dems

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democrats know who their voters are. They just have to figure out how to get them to the polls in November — and that’s where the puppies come in. Students returning to the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus this summer were greeted by therapy dogs for petting. ...

Bipartisanship or caving in?

In the days following the death of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), there have been mournful cries lamenting the lack of bipartisanship for which his eulogizers and friends claim he stood. Dictionary.com defines bipartisan this way: “representing, characterized by, or including members from two ...

Election security measure backers say delay helps Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) — Just two months before the midterm elections, bipartisan legislation to try to prevent foreign hacking into U.S. election systems is stalled in Congress as the White House and some Republicans worry it could exert too much federal control over the states. Supporters of the ...

Midterms more about candidate not on the ballot

WASHINGTON (AP) — Heading into the midterm elections, the most volatile candidate this year isn’t on the ballot. But President Donald Trump still loves to take his freewheeling political stylings on the road on behalf of his fellow Republicans and he’s raring to go for the sprint to ...

AP Essay: Aretha Franklin, John McCain and the 1960s

“Hope I die before I get old,” the Who sang at Woodstock as the 1960s hurtled to their end. Indeed, the decade and its echoes made premature legends of so many — Kennedy to King, Hendrix to Joplin to Morrison. They became emblems of an era, and the packaging of their virtues and vices ...

To Kavanaugh: Is government truly of, by and for ‘the people’?

“Why should we bother to reply to Kautsky? He would reply to us, and we would have to reply to his reply. There is no end to that. It will be quite enough for us to announce that Kautsky is a traitor to the working class, and everyone will understand everything.” — Lenin ...

Government accuses Harvard of ‘racial balancing’ in admissions

WASHINGTON (AP) — In its latest push to end the use of race in college admissions, the Trump administration on Thursday accused Harvard University of “engaging in outright racial balancing” and sided with Asian-American students who allege the Ivy League school discriminated against ...

Establishment loses, diversity grows in Tuesday’s primaries

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump got his man in battleground Florida, but he watched a prominent immigration ally fall in Arizona in what was another eventful night in the 2018 midterm season. Arizona and Florida had primaries Tuesday, both of which tested Trump’s influence. There ...

Double standard for Trump

Finding someone in Washington who is nonpartisan and puts the nation’s interests ahead of their own is so rare these days that he or she, if found, might well qualify as an endangered species. But once in a while — call it the law of averages — someone speaks the truth. It happened last ...