Government and politics

July 27, 2018 - 2:26 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Environmental Protection Agency acting chief Andrew Wheeler has withdrawn a break that the agency gave makers of higher-pollution diesel trucks on Scott Pruitt's last day as agency administrator. The EPA released a Wheeler directive Thursday night reversing one that Pruitt issued...
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Michael Cohen, formerly a lawyer for President Trump, leaves his hotel Thursday, July 27, 2018, in New York. Cohen, claims Trump knew in advance about a Trump Tower meeting in June 2016 between a Russian lawyer, Trump's eldest son and aides. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen)
July 27, 2018 - 2:26 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump denied Friday that he knew in advance about a Trump Tower meeting in June 2016 between a Russian lawyer, his eldest son and other campaign aides that had been convened to hear dirt on his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton. Trump tweeted, "NO," he "did NOT...
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Former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver arrives at federal court in New York, Friday, July 27, 2028. Silver, the former New York Assembly speaker who brokered legislative deals for two decades before corruption charges abruptly ended his career, will be sentenced for a second time Friday. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
July 27, 2018 - 1:34 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Sheldon Silver, the former New York Assembly speaker who brokered legislative deals for two decades before corruption charges abruptly ended his career, is begging for mercy as he faces sentencing for a second time. The fate of Silver, 74, rests Friday with a judge who ordered him...
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President Donald Trump delivers remarks on the economy from the South Lawn of the White House, Friday, July 27, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
July 27, 2018 - 1:32 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy accelerated last quarter at an annual rate of 4.1 percent, the government estimated Friday, as consumers spent tax-cut money, businesses stepped up investment and exporters rushed to ship their goods ahead of retaliatory tariffs. President Donald Trump said he was...
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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, center, has a final word with Hispanic Caucus Chair Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, D-N.M., right, following a meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, July 26, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
July 27, 2018 - 12:47 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story Thursday about Hispanic members of Congress renewing their call for a national museum devoted to Latino history and culture, The Associated Press erroneously quoted Education Secretary Betsy DeVos as saying she was moved by an art exhibit on immigration. The comments...
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President Donald Trump pauses as he delivers remarks about the economy on the South Lawn of the White House, Friday, July 27, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
July 27, 2018 - 11:51 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is open to visiting Moscow if formally invited by Russian President Vladimir Putin, the White House said Friday. Putin had said earlier Friday during a meeting in Johannesburg, South Africa, that he was ready to invite Trump and also ready to visit...
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Children look out a van window as they arrive at Lutheran Social Services, Thursday, July 26, 2018, in Phoenix. Lutheran Social Services said they were expecting reunited families separated at the border when apprehended entering the United States to come through their facility. (AP Photo/Matt York)
July 27, 2018 - 11:49 am
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Shy children were given a meal and a plane or bus ticket to locations around the U.S. as nonprofit groups tried to smooth the way for kids reunited with their parents following their separations at the U.S. Mexico border. The Trump administration said Thursday that more than 1,800...
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President Donald Trump stands with Vice President Mike Pence after delivering remarks about the economy on the South Lawn of the White House, Friday, July 27, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
July 27, 2018 - 11:10 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday celebrated the release of new economic data, claiming the U.S. is now the "economic envy of the entire world." Trump was responding to new growth numbers announced on Friday that show the U.S. economy surged in the April-June quarter to an annual...
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This combination photo shows President Donald Trump and attorney Michael Cohen. The audio recording of Trump and his then-lawyer, Cohen, captures the two men discussing hush money payments to a former Playboy model alleging an affair.(AP Photo)
July 27, 2018 - 10:17 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — A secret recording of Donald Trump discussing payments to a Playboy model has brought renewed attention to the question of whether and how he might have tried to block politically damaging stories ahead of the 2016 presidential election. But it's not clear that the tape, on its...
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FILE - In this Thursday, May 10, 2018 file photo Michael Avenatti, is interviewed in New York. Avenatti, who has gained national attention as the lawyer for porn actress Stormy Daniels, is scheduled on Aug. 10 to speak at an Iowa Democratic fundraiser that has been a frequent stop for those seeking the presidential nomination. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
July 27, 2018 - 7:50 am
WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (AP) — Michael Avenatti, the attorney for porn actress Stormy Daniels, said Thursday that he now represents three additional women who he says had relationships with President Donald Trump and were paid "hush money" before the 2016 presidential election. Avenatti disclosed...
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