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Giuliani’s media work for Trump may backfire on his business

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawyer Rudy Giuliani’s decision to join President Donald Trump’s legal team could backfire on the former New York mayor if potential clients of his international consulting business view him as too erratic and go elsewhere for representation, according to legal ...

Immigration crackdown focus shifts to employers

WASHINGTON (AP) — Immigration officials have sharply increased audits of companies to verify that their employees are authorized to work in the country, signaling the Trump administration’s crackdown on illegal immigration is reaching deeper into the workplace to create a “culture of ...

Gaza bloodshed spurs global worry about US Mideast policies

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s prospects for brokering the Mideast peace “deal of the century” plunged ever deeper as the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem opened amid bloodshed in Gaza. The day fueled global concern that U.S. policies are tipping the broader Middle East into ...

With Iran nuclear deal out, is containment the only option?

WASHINGTON — The path to today’s problems with Iran passed through the University of Chicago squash court where on Dec. 2, 1942, for 4.5 minutes physicist Enrico Fermi, making calculations on a slide rule, achieved the controlled release of energy from an atomic nucleus. Historian Richard ...

Pompeo: NKorea needs US security assurances for nuke pact

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is offering assurances to North Korea’s Kim Jong Un as it seeks to put in motion the potential for a sweeping nuclear deal ahead of President Donald Trump’s upcoming summit with the North Korean leader. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the U.S. ...

Few teeth: Trump unveils plan to reduce drug prices

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's long-promised plan to bring down drug prices would mostly spare the pharmaceutical industry he previously accused of "getting away with murder." Instead he focuses on private competition and more openness to reduce America's prescription pain. In ...

Freeing predators to bilk little people hurts everyone

The most vivid takeaway from the financial meltdown of 10 years ago was nearly everyone got hurt. Stock investors took a beating. People who had carefully set aside money for retirement saw a third of their savings vanish. Consumer spending collapsed, pushing two of the Big Three U.S. car ...

Ryan chides breakaway Republicans for seeking votes on immigration

WASHINGTON (AP) — Speaker Paul Ryan mocked an effort by breakaway Republicans to force election-year votes on rival immigration proposals as a drive that would produce “show ponies,” not legislation the president would sign into law. Ryan, R-Wis., said Thursday that since he’s been ...

VP Pence a model of governing by groveling

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump, with his feral cunning, knew. The oleaginous Mike Pence, with his talent for toadyism and appetite for obsequiousness, could, Trump knew, become America’s most repulsive public figure. And Pence, who has reached this pinnacle by dethroning his benefactor, is ...

The exhaustion factor

The “wall of protection” conservative media has erected around President Trump may be crumbling. Fox News Channel, whose opinion programs — especially Sean Hannity’s — have been staunch defenders (some critics say mouthpieces) for the president, and The Wall Street Journal, which ...

AP Fact Check: Analyses don’t back up Trump on Iran deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — In withdrawing the U.S. from the Iran nuclear deal, President Donald Trump outlined a rationale that contradicted the analyses of U.S. and foreign intelligence sources. A look at his remarks Tuesday: TRUMP: “The agreement was so poorly negotiated that even if Iran ...

Ryan’s failed exorcism

WASHINGTON — Given the cornucopia of issues Americans have to select from each day, the recent firing and rehiring of the House of Representatives’ chaplain may not have bestirred many to form an opinion. But these days, the Hill is alive with buzz as people absorb the odd goings-on ...

Trump considers benching Giuliani from TV interviews

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump is growing increasingly irritated with lawyer Rudy Giuliani’s frequently off-message media blitz, which has included muddying the waters on money paid to porn actress Stormy Daniels and making claims that could complicate the president’s standing in ...

Is the federal government now trapped in a debt spiral?

WASHINGTON — From Scotland, where Adam Smith pioneered systematic thinking about economics, comes an adjective, “carnaptious,” that fits people who are allergic to economic euphoria. It means cantankerous. Let’s think carnaptiously about this fact: The interest rate on 10-year Treasury ...

Giuliani looks to find footing in his media blitz defending Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s new attorney, Rudy Giuliani, is off to a rough start in his media blitz defending Trump’s stance toward the special counsel’s Russian investigation and a $130,000 porn star hush payment. Giuliani’s confounding and at times contradictory ...

Trump says he’d ‘love to’ talk with Mueller

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Friday he would “love to speak” to special counsel Robert Mueller as part of the Russia investigation but cautioned he would only do so if he’s “treated fairly,” and he again labeled the probe a “witch hunt.” The president told ...

Democrats need their own version of ‘America First’

“America First” would be a harmless phrase were it not loaded with dark undertones. It harks back to the America First Committee, a group advocating U.S. neutrality in World War II. Some members were Nazi sympathizers, while others simply wanted to keep America out of another bloody ...

The president who knew too little about the Electoral College

WASHINGTON — Among the recent garbled effusions from today’s temporary president — cheer up; they are all temporary — was one that concerned something about which he might not have thought as deeply as the subject merits. During an episode of government of, by and for “Fox & ...

Memo: Pruitt landlord’s husband sought EPA work for lobbying client

WASHINGTON (AP) — The lobbyist whose wife rented a condo to Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt at $50 a night sought EPA committee posts for a lobbying client, according to a newly released EPA memo. J. Steven Hart’s seeking those appointments from his wife’s former ...

Lessons learned from North Korea’s history

Before meeting with North Korea’s “very honorable” (Trump’s words) dictator, Kim Jong-Un, the president should bone up on the history of that country’s duplicity and deception, including ways it has used the wishful thinking of some past U.S. presidents to achieve its objectives. A ...