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Blaine paid a price for bigotry, but children shouldn’t have to

WASHINGTON — Republican James G. Blaine (1830-1893) was a House speaker, senator and two-time secretary of state, but he is remembered, if at all, for this doggerel: “Blaine, Blaine, James G. Blaine/ the continental liar from the state of Maine.” His lasting legacy, however, is even more ...

In clash with Congress, weak legal case may still help Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — For all of President Donald Trump’s talk of winning, his lawyers are using a legal argument that many scholars say is a pretty sure loser as his team tries to defy congressional attempts to investigate him. Yet they may end up delaying the investigations with their ...

Step by step: Democrats play the long game against Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — First came the sternly worded letters. Then the subpoenas. Now the votes to hold Trump administration officials in contempt of Congress. As House Democrats plod ahead investigating President Donald Trump, against unprecedented stonewalling by the White House, they are ...

Democrats hold marathon reading of Mueller report

WASHINGTON (AP) — Live, from a tiny parlor in the Capitol, Democratic lawmakers read aloud Thursday from nearly 400 pages of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report in a marathon expected to stretch into the next day. More than two dozen lawmakers rotated into the shuttered House Rules ...

Schiff plans ‘enforcement action’ against DOJ, Barr over Mueller

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said Thursday that his panel will vote on “enforcement action” against Attorney General William Barr or the Justice Department next week, yet another escalation in the standoff between Congress and President Donald ...

White House escalates resistance to House probes

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House sharply escalated its resistance to congressional attempts to investigate President Donald Trump, notifying the House Judiciary panel Wednesday that it would refuse to comply with sweeping requests for documents and witness testimony while declaring that the ...

Barr to Pelosi at event: ‘Did you bring your handcuffs?’

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr tried out a little contempt humor on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, with interesting results. The setting was the National Peace Officers Memorial Day service Wednesday at the U.S. Capitol. Barr and Pelosi were in the crowd waiting for President ...

Author of flattering Trump biography gets pardon

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday granted a full pardon to Conrad Black, a former newspaper publisher who has written a flattering political biography of Trump. Black's media empire once included the Chicago Sun-Times and The Daily Telegraph of London. He was convicted ...

Thomas: Back to the past with Joe Biden, Democrats

Joe Biden, the leading Democrat in the overcrowded presidential sweepstakes (there are more of them running than horses in the recent Kentucky Derby), appears to want to take America back to the days of the Obama administration, which he was a part of for eight years. What would that look ...

AP sources: Subpoena sent after Trump Jr. declined interviews

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate intelligence committee subpoenaed Donald Trump Jr. after he backed out of two scheduled interviews as part of the panel’s Russia investigation, the chairman of the committee told his Republican colleagues last week as he tried to stem criticism from the ...

Justice Gorsuch follows Biden as chair of civic education group

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch is taking on a new role as the honorary chairman of a nonpartisan group devoted to education about the Constitution, replacing former Vice President Joe Biden. The National Constitution Center in Philadelphia said Tuesday that Gorsuch, ...

Dems in 2020 face challenge in Wisconsin: the economy

NEW BERLIN, Wis. (AP) — Business was good at the merchandise table as Republicans meeting at a suburban Milwaukee bowling alley picked out their Trump 2020 “Keep America Great” hats, now available in pink, blue and camouflage in addition to the trademark red. Bruce Kudick, a proud Donald ...

Biden open to breaking up Facebook

HAMPTON, N.H. (AP) — Joe Biden said Monday that he would be open to breaking up Facebook, a sign of the deep skepticism among many Democratic presidential contenders about the power of massive technology firms. In an interview with The Associated Press, the former vice president, who is now ...

The danger of dabbling in trade protectionism

WASHINGTON — A man who worked in a boxer’s corner in a 1962 match against Cassius Clay, as he still was known, explained why the referee stopped the fight in the fourth round: “Things just went sour gradually all at once.” It can be like that when government dabbles in ...

AP Explains: New China tariffs likely to hit US consumers

WASHINGTON (AP) — With the Trump administration more than doubling tariffs on billions of dollars of Chinese imports, will Americans soon see higher prices on store shelves? Yes, but it may take a few weeks. U.S. import taxes on $200 billion of Chinese goods jumped to 25% on Friday, from ...

Crisis point? High stakes in Trump’s showdown with Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats call it a "constitutional crisis." But is it? Stunned by the extent of the White House's blanket refusal to comply with oversight by Congress, the Democrats warn that the Trump administration is shattering historic norms and testing the nation's system of checks ...

‘Call me,’ Trump tells Iran as tensions flare

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has a message for Iran's leaders as tensions flare over the Islamic Republic's nuclear program: "Call me." The softer line marks a clear shift, at least rhetorically, from the administration's tough approach to Iran, which has included moving some of ...

End of everything — or not

PAWLEYS ISLAND, S.C. — A new United Nations report projecting the extinction of one-eighth of all animal and plant species should rattle the cages of any remaining skeptics regarding climate change and the central role humans have played in Earth’s accelerating destruction. The report is ...

Trump administration to target district courts issuing nationwide injunctions

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence said Wednesday that the Trump administration intends to challenge the right of federal district courts to issue rulings blocking nationwide policies, arguing that such injunctions are obstructing President Donald Trump's agenda on immigration, ...