Pentagon chief wonders when US-Mexico border mission to end

Politics 05/01/19, 14:53

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has told Congress that the military needs to return to its traditional missions, and he wants to know how much longer troops will be needed at the U.S.-Mexico border. Shanahan tells a House appropriations subcommittee that he needs to determine how many more agents and other ...

Trump’s GOP allies press for action on disaster aid bill

Politics 05/01/19, 14:41

The White House is displaying new flexibility on giving disaster aid to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico as President Donald Trump's GOP allies increasingly lose patience with a weekslong standoff over a widely backed bill. A new Senate GOP offer is aimed at breaking the logjam and offers greater flexibility in delivering already-appropriated ...

Update: Barr says he didn’t exonerate Trump

Politics 05/01/19, 13:38

The Latest on Attorney General William Barr's testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee (all times local): 2:30 p.m. Attorney General William Barr says he didn't exonerate President Donald Trump, because that's not the job of the Justice Department. Barr said at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday that he simply decided the ...

No. 2 GOP senator: Fed pick Moore’s fate may be known soon

Politics 05/01/19, 13:03

The Senate's No. 2 Republican leader says the saga of President Donald Trump's uphill effort to appoint conservative commentator Stephen Moore to the Federal Reserve board may come to a head soon. Sen. John Thune of South Dakota tells reporters Wednesday that Moore "has issues up here." Numerous GOP senators have ...

Pompeo off to Europe next week amid strains on many fronts

Politics 05/01/19, 12:42

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo heads to Europe next week on a four-nation trip amid trans-Atlantic strains on many fronts. The State Department says Pompeo will visit Finland, Germany, Britain and Greenland for discussions on Russia and China as well as Syria. The Trump administration is at odds with numerous European ...

Update: House committee votes to allow Barr questioning

Politics 05/01/19, 12:01

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Attorney General William Barr’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee (all times local): 12:25 p.m. The House Judiciary Committee has voted to allow its staff to question Attorney General William Barr, throwing his scheduled testimony Thursday into question. The Democrat-led panel voted to allow extra time for questioning. ...

New US commander in Europe amid NATO worries and tensions

Politics 05/01/19, 12:00

The United States is installing new military leadership in Europe at a moment of heightened worries about Russian aggression, doubts about the future of arms control and rising tensions among NATO allies. These pressures are reflected in stepped-up U.S. military maneuvers in Europe, including the unusual simultaneous deployment last week of ...

Update: Barr was surprised that Mueller did not reach a conclusion

Politics 05/01/19, 11:29

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Attorney General William Barr’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee (all times local): ___ 11:35 a.m. Attorney General William Barr says he believes that if special counsel Robert Mueller (MUHL’-ur) felt he shouldn’t make a decision about whether or not the president obstructed justice then he “shouldn’t ...

White House wants $4.5 billion in emergency border funding

Politics 05/01/19, 11:23

The Trump administration is asking Congress for an additional $4.5 billion in emergency spending for border security as the administration contends with a surge of Central American migrants at the southern border. That's according to two people familiar with the request who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity ...

Text of special counsel’s letter to attorney general

Politics 05/01/19, 09:30

Text of a letter, dated March 27 and made available Wednesday by members of Congress and the Justice Department, from special counsel Robert Mueller to Attorney General William Barr, on Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and obstruction of justice. In the letter, Mueller expressed frustration ...

Acting Pentagon chief cancels overseas trip, cites Venezuela

Politics 05/01/19, 09:27

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has abruptly canceled plans to travel to Europe. Shanahan's spokesman is citing the crisis in Venezuela and the situation along the U.S.-Mexico border. The spokesman, Lt. Col. Joe Buccino, says in a statement that Shanahan decided he should remain in Washington to coordinate with the National ...

Gillibrand wants to give voters $600 to donate to campaigns

2020 Campaign 05/01/19, 09:24

Democratic presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand has announced a plan to give every voter up to $600 in vouchers to donate to a spate of federal candidates. But those candidates accepting such contributions would have to forgo contributions larger than $200 per donor. The New York senator's "Democracy dollars" would provide every eligible ...

President says Obama did ‘NOTHING’ about Russia before 2016 elections

Politics 05/01/19, 08:52

President Donald Trump asked a question on Twitter this morning, which more and more are wondering since the Mueller Report came out: Why didn’t former President Barack Obama do something about Russian interference—while still in office—when told by the FBI? Multiple news reports have been published since, stating that Obama knew ...

Barr expected to defend his handling of Mueller report

Politics 05/01/19, 01:23

Attorney General William Barr will face lawmakers' questions for the first time since releasing special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia report, in what promises to be a dramatic showdown as he defends his actions before Democrats who accuse him of spinning the investigation's findings in President Donald Trump's favor. Barr's appearance Wednesday ...

Another blow for Schumer as Democrats look to reclaim Senate

Politics 05/01/19, 01:23

Senate Democrats are stinging from a trio of high-profile failures to recruit candidates who could help reclaim the majority, including Stacey Abrams' announcement that she would pass up a U.S. Senate run in Georgia. That decision, announced Tuesday, was a blow to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. After Abrams gained fame ...

Physicians seeking Walter Jones seat advance to GOP runoff

Politics 05/01/19, 00:42

Two physicians advanced Tuesday to a Republican runoff in the special election to succeed the late U.S. Rep. Walter Jones Jr. The last candidate standing from the 17-member GOP field ultimately will take on a former North Carolina mayor who won the Democratic primary. State Rep. Greg Murphy of Greenville and ...

US, China begin new round of tariff war negotiations

Politics 04/30/19, 23:03

American and Chinese trade negotiators have begun more talks aimed at ending a tariff war after Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said U.S. officials might be moving toward a decision on whether to make a deal with Beijing. Wednesday's meeting follows statements by both governments that they were making progress, which has ...