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Democrats questioning Mueller expected to focus on obstruction

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee who will question former special counsel Robert Mueller next week plan to focus on a narrow set of episodes laid out in his report, an effort to direct Americans’ attention to what they see as the most egregious examples of ...

Need to make economy stronger by passing Trump’s USMCA

President Trump’s speech in Milwaukee last Friday reminded us that no matter what flashy issue dominates political headlines at any given moment, we need to continue to keep focus on how to make our economy stronger. The president spoke at Derco Aerospace in Milwaukee, a defense ...

Senators: 9/11 victims bill to be voted on next week

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate will vote next week on a bipartisan bill to ensure a victims' compensation fund related to the Sept. 11 attacks never runs out of money. Democratic Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer, both of New York, said Thursday they had reached an agreement with ...

Trump voters cringe or shrug at tweets while Democrats rage

HELENVILLE, Wis. (AP) — Bill Brasch greeted President Donald Trump’s latest tweet controversy with a shrug. He doesn’t believe Trump was being racist for telling four congresswomen, all women of color, to “go back” to the countries they came from. It doesn’t matter much that all ...

Polls show sour views of race relations in Trump’s America

Even before President Donald Trump’s racist tweets toward four Democratic congresswomen of color, Americans considered race relations in the United States to be generally bad — and said Trump has been making them worse. On Sunday, Trump tweeted the congresswomen should go back to the ...

Time to stop playing politics with future of Line 5 in straits

The attorney general’s quest to shut down Line 5 before a plan is in place to meet the propane needs of Upper Peninsula families is alarming, to say the least. Approximately 65 percent of the propane that heats homes and businesses in the U.P. is delivered through Line 5. Shutting it down ...

Four Democratic women slam Trump’s ‘bigoted remarks’

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defiant in the face of widespread censure, President Donald Trump escalated his demand for four Democratic congresswomen of color to leave the U.S. “right now,” claiming “many people agree with me.” The four lawmakers fired back, condemning what they called ...

Trump digs in amid censure of tweets about lawmakers

WASHINGTON (AP) — Injecting race into his criticism of liberal Democrats, President Donald Trump said four congresswomen of color should go back to the "broken and crime infested" countries they came from, ignoring the fact that all of the women are American citizens and three were born in ...

Dems, Republicans air warring views on migrants’ conditions

WASHINGTON (AP) — Four House Democratic women who recently toured detention stations for migrants along the Texas border told a House committee Friday of jam-packed, fetid holding areas “in front of the American flag” and accused President Donald Trump of intentional cruelty to ...

Trump ends bid to have citizenship question on 2020 census

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is arguing he didn't retreat when he abandoned his effort to insert a citizenship question into next year's census and insists his fallback will prove a more accurate option. "Not only didn't I back down, I backed up because anybody else would have ...

Trump hails conservatives for bypassing ‘fake news’

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump used a White House conference Thursday to applaud far-right social media provocateurs even as he conceded that some of them are extreme in their views. Trump, who has weaponized social media to eviscerate opponents and promote himself, led a ...

Trump unloads on Ryan on book comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump criticized former Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan on Friday, calling him a "baby" and a "terrible speaker," who didn't know what he was doing. Trump unleashed his criticism on one of Wisconsin's favorite sons just before leaving to go to the state ...

Acosta displayed cowardice before justice — and needs to step down

WASHINGTON — It helps to know people in high places, especially if you’re a sex offender and your name is Jeffrey Epstein. Some might say that Epstein, the multimillionaire financier, reached the summits of wealth and self-indulgence by his own volition. He is undeniably intelligent, a ...

In a divided Washington, British ambassador served as a bridge

WASHINGTON (AP) — In America’s deeply divided capital city, British Ambassador Kim Darroch was often the bridge. He had a direct line to President Donald Trump’s top aides, as well as their predecessors from the Obama administration — and both often found themselves mingling at the ...

Amash not a ‘total loser’

PLYMOUTH NOTCH, Vermont — Rep. Justin Amash has left the Republican Party and will now represent Michigan’s third congressional district as an Independent. In a Washington Post op-ed, he wrote: “I’ve become disenchanted with party politics and frightened by what I see from it. The ...

Trump vs. Big Tech: Social media summit snubs tech giants

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is gathering conservative groups at the White House this week for a “summit” on social media that will prominently snub the tech titans who run big platforms on Facebook, Twitter and Google. It’s a sharp contrast to earlier days in Trump’s ...

Trump raises eyebrows in touting environment record

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump declared himself a champion of the environment Monday, working to boost his standing on climate change and pollution issues in advance of the 2020 election despite having launched some of the most sweeping rollbacks in air, water and other protections ...

US government faces default in September

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lower than expected tax revenues now mean there is a "significant risk" that the federal government will run out of borrowing authority in the early part of September, according to a new analysis by the Bipartisan Policy Center, a Washington think tank and advocacy ...

Powell says bank stress tests need to keep evolving

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said Tuesday that the Fed's annual stress tests of the nation's largest banks will need to evolve to keep pace with a changing financial system. Powell called the tests, which determine whether a bank could survive a severe economic ...

DHS official defends conditions at Border Patrol stations in Texas

WASHINGTON (AP) — Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan on Sunday defended conditions at U.S. Border Patrol stations following reports of crowded and unsanitary conditions that have heightened debate about President Donald Trump’s immigration policy, a trademark issue for his ...