US, South Korea overhaul 6-year-old free trade agreement

US, South Korea overhaul 6-year-old free trade agreement

By PAUL WISEMAN, AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON — The White House on Wednesday hailed a revamped trade agreement with South Korea as a vindication of President Donald Trump‘s hard-nosed approach to international trade. “It‘s a big deal and a major win for American workers and American businesses,” said White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Many trade analysts are skeptical that the changes Trump‘s team negotiated to the six-year-old U.S.-Korea Free […]

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Does Omarosa now bow down to Trump after criticizing him?

Does Omarosa now bow down to Trump after criticizing him?

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press WASHINGTON — Omarosa Manigault Newman once predicted that “every critic, every detractor will have to bow down to President Trump.” The question now for the former White House aide and “Apprentice” contestant is whether that applies to her, too. Starring in another reality TV show after resigning from the West Wing, Manigault Newman unleashed one criticism after another of her longtime friend Donald Trump and […]

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Dems fear immigrants will skip census with citizenship query

Dems fear immigrants will skip census with citizenship query

By KEVIN FREKING and HOPE YEN, Associated Press WASHINGTON — The Trump administration‘s decision to ask people about their citizenship in the 2020 census set off worries among Democrats that immigrants will dodge the survey altogether, diluting political representation for states that tend to vote Democratic and robbing many communities of federal dollars. Not since 1950 has the census collected citizenship data from the whole population, rather than just a […]

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Trump suggests paying for US border wall with Pentagon funds

Trump suggests paying for US border wall with Pentagon funds

By JILL COLVIN, Associated Press WASHINGTON — Still angry about the budget deal he signed last week, President Donald Trump has floated the idea of using the Pentagon budget to pay for his long-promised border wall with Mexico, despite the fact that such spending would likely require approval from Congress. Trump raised the funding plan with House Speaker Paul Ryan at a meeting at the White House last Wednesday, according […]

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Sen. Menendez leaves corruption case behind, seeks 3rd term

Sen. Menendez leaves corruption case behind, seeks 3rd term

By DAVID PORTER and MICHAEL CATALINI, Associated Press UNION CITY, N.J. — Eschewing any mention of the corruption scandal that dogged him for years and put his political career in jeopardy, U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez launched his bid for a third term Wednesday, telling a cheering gymnasium full of high school students that “I am here because I am your vote.” The 64-year-old New Jersey Democrat is being challenged by […]

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Maryland redistricting case comes before Supreme Court

Maryland redistricting case comes before Supreme Court

By MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON — Dealing with an issue that could affect elections across the country, Supreme Court justices wrestled Wednesday with how far states may go to craft electoral districts that give the majority party a huge political advantage. But even as they heard their second case on partisan redistricting in six months, the justices expressed uncertainty about the best way to deal with a problem that […]

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AP-NORC Poll: Trump‘s approval rating up from historic lows

AP-NORC Poll: Trump‘s approval rating up from historic lows

By JULIE PACE and EMILY SWANSON, Associated Press WASHINGTON — The good news for President Donald Trump? His approval rating is up 7 points since last month, according to a new poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. The bad news? That only lifts Trump‘s approval to 42 percent, low for a president at this point in his tenure. Still, the trajectory is a welcome shift for […]

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Clout of young voters uncertain; A real force or a fad?

Clout of young voters uncertain; A real force or a fad?

By STEVE PEOPLES, Associated Press NEW YORK — Despite their enthusiasm now, it‘s far from certain that the young people behind the exploding “March for Our Lives” movement will be a political force at the ballot box this fall. Republicans are skeptical. Democrats are hopeful. And organizations that favor gun control are spending tens of millions of dollars to ensure that young people don‘t get distracted before November‘s midterm elections. […]

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Fight fire with fire: opponents borrow from Trump‘s playbook

Fight fire with fire: opponents borrow from Trump‘s playbook

By CATHERINE LUCEY and JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated Press WASHINGTON — Looking to get ahead in President Donald Trump‘s Washington? Borrow his media playbook. With suggestive statements, cryptic tweets, provocative lawsuits and must-see television interviews, Trump‘s adversaries are using some of his own tactics to grab — and keep — the spotlight. From adult film star Stormy Daniels to former FBI Director James Comey, each has become a must-see supporting character […]

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Not just Russia sends spies posing as diplomats

Not just Russia sends spies posing as diplomats

By MATTHEW LEE and JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON — In ordering the largest mass expulsion of Russian diplomats ever, the U.S. and its allies have upped the ante in an East-West spy game that dates to the Cold War and cast light on an unspoken but widespread practice in the cloak-and-dagger world: sending operatives abroad under diplomatic cover. The tallies offered Monday by senior U.S. officials were striking: Far […]

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At odds with Bolton on North Korea, Mattis appears isolated

At odds with Bolton on North Korea, Mattis appears isolated

By ROBERT BURNS, AP National Security Writer WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis acknowledged on Tuesday that he and President Donald Trump‘s incoming national security adviser, John Bolton, have different world views but predicted they will develop a working partnership. “I look forward to working with him — no reservations, no concerns at all,” Mattis told reporters at an impromptu news conference. “Last time I checked he‘s an American. I‘m […]

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US, allies band together to expel Russians over spy case

US, allies band together to expel Russians over spy case

By JOSH LEDERMAN and JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press WASHINGTON — From Washington to Warsaw, Western nations banded together Monday to expel more than 100 Russian diplomats they accused of being spies, punishing Moscow for its alleged poisoning of an ex-intelligence officer in Britain. President Donald Trump, under constant political heat for his reluctance to challenge Russia, ordered 60 of its diplomats out of the U.S. — all of them spies, […]

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Diplomats ousted: US, Europe punish Russia over spy case

Diplomats ousted: US, Europe punish Russia over spy case

By JOSH LEDERMAN and JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press WASHINGTON — From Washington to Warsaw, Western nations banded together Monday to expel more than 100 Russian diplomats they accused of being spies, punishing Moscow for its alleged poisoning of an ex-intelligence officer in Britain. President Donald Trump, under constant political heat for his reluctance to challenge Russia, ordered 60 of its diplomats out of the U.S. — all of them spies, […]

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Daniels‘ lawyer won‘t give evidence of alleged Trump affair

Daniels‘ lawyer won‘t give evidence of alleged Trump affair

By JILL COLVIN, Associated Press WASHINGTON — The White House on Monday disputed adult film star Stormy Daniels‘ claim that she was threatened to keep quiet over her alleged affair with Donald Trump and said the president continues to deny the relationship. Daniels‘ detailed her allegations in a widely watched interview with “60 Minutes” that sparked new legal wrangling between attorneys for the porn star and the president‘s team. A […]

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The Latest: Trump lawyer says he made no threats to Daniels

The Latest: Trump lawyer says he made no threats to Daniels

WASHINGTON — The Latest on adult film star Stormy Daniels and Donald Trump (all times local): 5:30 p.m. Adult film star Stormy Daniels is now suing President Donald Trump‘s personal attorney Michael Cohen for defamation. The new allegation is part of a revised complaint filed Monday by Daniels‘ lawyer Michael Avenatti. It comes a day after a ratings-grabbing “60 Minutes” interview in which Daniels said she‘d had sex with Trump […]

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AP-NORC Poll: Americans open to Trump‘s planned NKorea talks

AP-NORC Poll: Americans open to Trump‘s planned NKorea talks

By MATTHEW PENNINGTON and EMILY SWANSON, Associated Press WASHINGTON — Americans appear open to President Donald Trump‘s surprise decision to negotiate directly with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, and at the same time are less concerned than in recent months by the threat posed by the pariah nation‘s nuclear weapons. That‘s according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, taken after Trump agreed […]

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Trump is staffing _ or casting_ from Fox

Trump is staffing _ or casting_ from Fox

By CATHERINE LUCEY, Associated Press WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump‘s favorite TV network is increasingly serving as a West Wing casting call, as the president reshapes his administration with camera-ready personalities. Trump‘s new national security adviser, John Bolton, is a former U.N. ambassador, a White House veteran — and perhaps most importantly a Fox News channel talking head. Bolton‘s appointment, rushed out late Thursday, follows Trump‘s recent attempt to recruit […]

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The Latest: French gendarmerie chief praises slain officer

The Latest: French gendarmerie chief praises slain officer

TREBES, France — The Latest on the deadly shooting attack Friday in southern France (all times local): 5:10 p.m. The chief of France‘s National Gendarmerie says that the swift intervention of the team trained by the officer who was killed after swapping himself for a hostage during an Islamic extremist attack at a supermarket prevented more deaths. Almost eerily, Lt. Col. Arnaud Beltrame, to be formally celebrated as a hero, […]

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GOP‘s congressional stronghold is Democrats‘ source of hope

GOP‘s congressional stronghold is Democrats‘ source of hope

By MARC LEVY, Associated Press HARRISBURG, Pa. — A longtime congressional stronghold for Republicans, Pennsylvania is emerging in dramatic fashion as a source of hope for Democrats in their quest to take control of the U.S. House in November‘s mid-term elections. This week cemented Democratic victories in two key battles: Republicans dropped talk of legal challenges to Democrat Conor Lamb‘s improbable victory in a special election in southwestern Pennsylvania and […]

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First lady talks of courage after model describes affair

First lady talks of courage after model describes affair

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press WASHINGTON — Melania Trump spoke about courage on Friday — what it is and why the world needs it. Her closely watched public appearance came a day after a former Playboy model told the world details of a 10-month affair the model says she had with a married Donald Trump a decade before he was elected president. If the relationship Karen McDougal alleges was on […]

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