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For keyed-up group, Trump targets media

As he decries anonymity, his aides talk on such terms

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump unloaded on the news media Friday for using anonymous sources -- just hours after members of his own staff insisted on briefing reporters only on condition their names be concealed. Continue reading...

White House backs aide over request for FBI help

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON -- The White House on Friday defended Chief of Staff Reince Priebus against accusations he breached a government firewall when he asked FBI Director James Comey to publicly dispute media reports that Donald Trump's campaign advisers had been frequently in touch with Russian intelligence agents. Continue reading...

Analysts: Visit ban baseless

Draft report finds little 7-nation risk

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON -- Analysts at the Homeland Security Department's intelligence arm found insufficient evidence that citizens of the seven Muslim-majority countries included in President Donald Trump's travel ban pose a terror threat to the United States. Continue reading...

Reversal of Obama-era pastime stance stirs pot industry

Subscriber onlyNEW YORK -- The cannabis industry was rattled after White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Thursday that he expects the Department of Justice to increase enforcement of federal laws prohibiting recreational pot, even in states where it's already legal. Continue reading...

Democrats in Trump-turf states avoid public forums

Subscriber onlyNEW YORK -- From Montana to West Virginia, the nation's most vulnerable Senate Democrats are avoiding public meetings as their Republican counterparts get pummeled by an energized electorate frustrated with President Donald Trump's early agenda. Continue reading...

Bergdahl trial survives Trump's rhetoric

Subscriber onlyPresident Donald Trump's campaign-trail criticism of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, while "problematic," hasn't prevented the soldier from getting a fair trial on charges that he endangered comrades by walking off his post in Afghanistan in 2009, a military judge ruled Friday. Continue reading...

In states, curbs on protests pursued

Subscriber onlySince the election of Donald Trump, Republican lawmakers in at least 17 states have introduced or voted on legislation to curb mass protests in what civil-liberties experts are calling "an attack on protest rights throughout the states." Continue reading...

Health act redo in GOP draft

It would dump fines, Medicaid expansion, create tax credits

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON -- A draft Republican bill replacing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act would end its Medicaid expansion, scrap fines on people not buying insurance and eliminate taxes on the medical industry and higher earners. Continue reading...

'Get out' of U.S. called shooter's yell

Kansas gunfire in bar kills Indian man; hate crime, father says

Subscriber onlyOLATHE, Kan. -- In the middle of a crowded bar, Adam Purinton yelled at two Indian men to "get out of my country," witnesses said, then opened fire in an attack that killed one of the men and wounded the other, as well as a third man who tried to help. Continue reading...

Mexico draws the line on deportations

‘No chance’ of taking 3rd-country illegals, official says after U.S. floats option

Subscriber onlyMEXICO CITY -- The Mexican government made clear to visiting U.S. emissaries that it will not accept deportees from third countries under any circumstances, the interior secretary said Friday. Continue reading...

Democrats pick Kentuckian for Trump address response

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON -- Democrats have tapped former Gov. Steve Beshear to deliver the party's response to President Donald Trump's address to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday night, highlighting the Kentucky Democrat's efforts to expand health care coverage under the law Republicans are determined to repeal and replace. Continue reading...

Pence: World will know U.S. with Israel

Subscriber onlyLAS VEGAS -- Vice President Mike Pence assured the Republican Jewish Coalition that he and President Donald Trump will work tirelessly on foreign and domestic concerns important to the group, such as enacting business-friendly policies at home and supporting Israel abroad. Continue reading...

Bridges, not walls, Peruvian tells Trump

First Latin American leader to visit White House has Wall Street credentials

Subscriber onlyLIMA, Peru -- The first Latin American president to visit Donald Trump at the White House told the U.S. leader Friday he prefers "bridges to walls," sending him a gentle rebuke of his controversial proposal to build a wall along the border with Mexico. Continue reading...

The nation in brief

Subscriber onlyAbortion ban at Florida clinic overturned Continue reading...

Homeland Security intelligence report disputes threat posed by travel ban nations

WASHINGTON — Analysts at the Homeland Security Department's intelligence arm found insufficient evidence that citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries included in President Donald Trump's travel ban pose a terror threat to the United States. Continue reading...

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