US to send security envoy, commerce secretary to ASEAN meet

Asia & Pacific 10/30/19, 03:08

U.S. national security adviser Robert C. O'Brien and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross will represent President Donald Trump at two regional summits in Thailand this weekend, the White House announced, a move that would widely be viewed in the region as a snub. The decision to send O'Brien, who is a presidential ...

Trump orders Turkey sanctions: I am prepared to swiftly destroy its economy

Politics 10/14/19, 19:13

Targeting Turkey's economy, President Donald Trump announced sanctions Monday aimed at restraining the Turks' assault against Kurdish fighters and civilians in Syria. The United States also called on Turkey to stop the invasion and declare a ceasefire, and Trump is sending Vice President Mike Pence and national security adviser Robert O'Brien ...

House sends Trump $4.6B border bill, yielding to Senate

Politics 06/27/19, 17:13

The Democratic-controlled House voted Thursday to send President Donald Trump a bipartisan, Senate-drafted, $4.6 billion measure to care for migrant refugees detained at the southern border. The emergency legislation, required to ease overcrowded, often harsh conditions at U.S. holding facilities for migrants seeking asylum, mostly from Central American nations like Honduras ...

2020 Democrats converge in Miami for 1st night of debates

2020 Campaign 06/25/19, 23:22

Ten presidential candidates, led by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), will converge on the debate stage on Wednesday, June 26, on the first night of the Democratic debates to offer their pitches to voters and attempt a breakout moment for their campaigns. For many of the White House hopefuls, it will be ...

Vice President Pence launches ‘Latinos for Trump’ coalition

2020 Campaign 06/25/19, 12:57

Vice President Mike Pence told a Latino crowd Tuesday that President Trump has been "a great champion of Latino and Hispanic Americans," touting the president's economic policies while warning Democrats want to bring socialism to America. "Tomorrow night, many of (the Democratic Party's) leading candidates, and the night after that, are ...

White House blocks Conway from House oversight hearing

Politics 06/24/19, 20:23

The White House said Monday it will not allow presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway to appear before a House committee looking into allegations that she repeatedly violated a federal law that limits political activity by government workers. The White House refusal, outlined in a letter from White House lawyer Pat Cipollone, sets ...

Mexico deal: a political win for President Trump

Politics 06/08/19, 19:04

President Donald Trump's deal to avert his threatened tariffs on Mexico includes solutions to swiftly stem the surge of Central American migrants flowing over America's southern border. It delivers enough for Trump to claim a political win. The decision — announced by tweet late Friday — ended a showdown that business leaders ...

Update: Trump says US, Mexico reach agreement to prevent tariffs

Politics 06/07/19, 20:49

President Donald Trump said he has suspended plans to impose tariffs on Mexico, tweeting that the country "has agreed to take strong measures" to stem the flow of Central American migrants into the United States. "I am pleased to inform you that The United States of America has reached a signed ...

VP Pence touts trade pact benefits in Pennsylvania stop

Politics 06/06/19, 19:34

Vice President Mike Pence dropped in Thursday on the presidential battleground state of Pennsylvania, where he toured a maker of packaging robots and urged Congress to pass a new trade pact with Canada and Mexico to benefit Pennsylvania's manufacturing sector. Pence predicted the trade pact would increase the more than $14 ...

Update: Mexican officials leave White House without deal

Politics 06/05/19, 17:53

The Latest on President Donald Trump's threatened tariffs on goods coming from Mexico (all times local): 6:45 p.m. Mexican officials have left the White House without a deal to stave off President Donald Trump's threatened tariffs on all Mexican goods flowing into the United States. But talks were continuing Wednesday evening at the ...

Mike Pence pledges to rebuild after Oklahoma flood damage

U.S. 06/04/19, 19:33

Vice President Mike Pence is pledging to rebuild parts of Oklahoma damaged by flooding. Pence, his wife and federal agency heads on Tuesday visited a food bank and toured Tulsa-area neighborhoods swamped after the swollen Arkansas River left its banks. Damage extends downstream into Arkansas following heavy spring rains. The Arkansas River ...

Pine Bluff officials: Flood won’t sink Arkansas city’s hopes

U.S. 06/04/19, 18:47

An economically struggling Arkansas city in the midst of a revitalization plan continued flooding Tuesday as the Arkansas River crested its banks, but local officials said even after the waters recede, the community's resilience will bolster recovery. Pine Bluff Mayor Shirley Washington said federal and state aid will be crucial to ...

President Trump to make 2020 bid official – again – at Florida rally

U.S. 05/31/19, 15:57

President Donald Trump says he will be announcing his reelection campaign next month in Orlando, Florida. Trump shared Friday that he will hold a June 18 rally and will be joined by first lady Melania Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and Pence's wife, Karen. The kickoff event is symbolic, coming a week ...

Pence in Canada as he looks to build momentum on trade deal

Politics 05/30/19, 12:08

Vice President Mike Pence has arrived in Canada as he looks to build momentum to get a new trade deal with Canada and Mexico passed. The visit comes after President Donald Trump removed steel and aluminum tariffs on Canada and Mexico, clearing a key roadblock to a North American trade pact ...

Supreme Court upholds Indiana abortion law on fetal remains

Politics 05/28/19, 09:13

The Supreme Court is upholding an Indiana law that requires abortion providers to dispose of aborted fetuses in the same way as human remains. But the justices are staying out of the debate over a broader, blocked provision that would prevent a woman in Indiana from having an abortion based ...

Pence honors fallen service members at Arlington cemetery

Politics 05/27/19, 14:14

Vice President Mike Pence paid tribute to fallen members of the U.S. armed forces Monday, thanking their loved ones in a ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery and acknowledging that for them "every day is Memorial Day." Pence placed a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier to remember dead service ...

Mike Pence: West Point grads should expect to see combat

Politics 05/25/19, 13:23

Vice President Mike Pence told the most diverse graduating class in the history of the U.S. Military Academy on Saturday that the world is "a dangerous place" and they should expect to see combat. "Some of you will join the fight against radical Islamic terrorists in Afghanistan and Iraq," he said. Pence ...

Southern Baptists see 12th year of declining membership

U.S. 05/23/19, 15:54

The nation's largest Protestant denomination reported its twelfth year of declining membership in an annual report released Thursday.The Southern Baptist Convention said it had 14.8 million members in 2018, down about 192,000 from the previous year. Baptisms also declined by about 7,600 to 246,442. That's an important measure for a ...

West Point to graduate record number of black female cadets

U.S. 05/23/19, 12:16

The class of cadets preparing to jubilantly toss their caps in the air at the U.S. Military Academy's graduation ceremony Saturday includes 34 black women, a record number that's a sign of concerted efforts to diversify West Point's Long Gray Line.West Point remains mostly white and mostly male. The 34 ...

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