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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, ...

Cherishing every minute spent with grandchildren

Many of us have or are experiencing the following pleasure: The minute the car door slams shut, you can hear the laughing and excited talking of children reverberating into the house. Then comes the footsteps clambering onto the porch, and the calls of “Grandpa and Grandma, we’re here!” ...

Can US, China salvage talks and end trade war?

WASHINGTON (AP) — Heightened trade tensions between the United States and China are spooking financial markets and putting a chill on prospects for the global economy. Chinese officials are heading to Washington to try to salvage negotiations aimed at breaking an impasse between the ...

House committee moving ahead with contempt vote for Barr

WASHINGTON (AP) — A House committee is poised to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress — the opening salvo in what could be a lengthy, acrimonious court battle between House Democrats and President Donald Trump’s administration over special counsel Robert Mueller’s ...

Ex-prosecutors: Trump would have been charged if not president

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hundreds of former federal prosecutors have signed a letter saying President Donald Trump would have been charged with obstruction of justice if he were anyone other than the president. The letter was signed by former Justice Department prosecutors who served under both ...

Justice Clarence Thomas’ moment may finally have arrived

WASHINGTON (AP) — Clarence Thomas has been a Supreme Court justice for nearly three decades. It may finally be his moment. Many Americans know Thomas largely from his bruising 1991 confirmation hearing, when he was accused of sexual harassment charges by former employee Anita Hill — ...

‘Heartbeat bills’ are wholesome provocations in abortion debate

WASHINGTON — While constitutional lawyers, ethicists and theologians — in descending order of importance in the abortion debate — have been arguing in the 46 years since the Supreme Court attempted to settle the debate, some technologists have been making a consequential contribution to ...

What’s known on surveillance of Trump campaign aides

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a London bar three years ago, a young foreign policy adviser for Donald Trump’s campaign told an Australian diplomat something astonishing: Russia had dirt on Hillary Clinton. Within months, the adviser, George Papadopoulos, was proven right as stolen emails ...

Barr besieged by allegations he’s being Trump’s protector

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr portrayed himself as an apolitical elder statesman at his confirmation hearing. He declared he'd rather resign than be asked to fire special counsel Robert Mueller without cause and insisted the prosecutor he'd known for decades would never ...

Trump Fed choice Moore withdraws amid controversy

WASHINGTON (AP) — Stephen Moore, a conservative commentator whom President Donald Trump had tapped for the Federal Reserve board, withdrew from consideration Thursday after losing Republican support in the Senate, largely over his past inflammatory writings about women. Trump tweeted the ...

Key takeaways from Barr’s testimony and Mueller’s letter

WASHINGTON (AP) — It was Attorney General William Barr’s testimony, but Robert Mueller’s words stole the show. In his appearance Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee , Barr was on the defensive after a letter from Mueller surfaced criticizing how the attorney general handled ...

Wisconsin’s hidden debt

In Wisconsin, our natural resources are an essential part of who we are as a state. We value our outdoor traditions and the stewardship program has helped Wisconsinites preserve natural areas and expand access to recreational activities, all of which are beneficial. Despite being well ...

Trump lawsuit tries to block subpoenas for financial records

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump, his family and the Trump Organization filed a lawsuit against Deutsche Bank and Capital One in an attempt to block congressional subpoenas seeking their banking and financial records. The lawsuit by Trump, sons Donald Jr. and Eric and daughter ...