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Under fire _ from GOP _ Trump digs in on Confederate icons

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — With prominent Republicans openly questioning his competence and moral leadership, President Donald Trump on Thursday burrowed deeper into the racially charged debate over Confederate memorials and lashed out at members of...

 

The Latest: Trump abandons plans for infrastructure council

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times EDT): 5:20 p.m. President Donald Trump is abandoning his plans to form an infrastructure advisory council. It's the third such industry council to be eliminated by the White House th...

 

US Jewish criticism of Trump expands to some supporters

NEW YORK (AP) — Ivanka Trump's rabbi denounced President Donald Trump for blaming "both sides" in a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, as the number of American Jewish leaders willing to criticize him grew. Rabbi Haskel...

 

Young leaders of massive 2014 Hong Kong protests get prison

HONG KONG (AP) — A Hong Kong court sent young activist Joshua Wong and two other student leaders to prison Thursday for their roles in huge pro-democracy protests nearly three years earlier, in the latest sign that tolerance for dissent is waning...

 

'Maniacal' focus on China puts Trump aide out of mainstream

WASHINGTON (AP) — White House adviser Steve Bannon isn't alone in pondering America's possibly generation-defining question about China's emerging superpower status — but his call for an "economic war" puts him far outside the mainstream. In an...

 

Soothing the nation? Trump struggles like no other president

WASHINGTON (AP) — For Susan Bro, mother of the woman killed at a rally organized by white supremacists, the president of the United States can offer no healing words. She says the White House repeatedly tried to reach out to her on Wednesday, the...

 

Trump ousts Bannon, his influential, divisive strategist

WASHINGTON (AP) — Steve Bannon, the blunt-spoken and divisive strategist who rose from Donald Trump's conservative campaign to a top White House post, was pushed out by the president Friday, capping a turbulent seven months marked by the departure...

 

Citing Trump remarks, entire president's arts council quits

NEW YORK (AP) — Another presidential advisory committee appears to be breaking up. Actor Kal Penn, artist Chuck Close and the entire membership of the President's Committee On the Arts and Humanities have announced their resignation. A letter dated...

 

Dems risk culture war fight in Charlottesville response

ATLANTA (AP) — President Donald Trump's widely criticized response to white supremacist violence in Virginia has left Democrats in a quandary: how to seize the moral high ground without getting sucked into a politically perilous culture war....

 

Tillerson condemns hate speech, says bigotry is un-American

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Friday condemned hate speech and bigotry as un-American and antithetical to the values on which the U.S. was founded and promotes abroad. He also lamented a lack of diversity in the U.S....

 

Candlelight vigil marches peacefully through UVa campus

Charlottesville, Va. (AP) — Hundreds of people have gathered on the University of Virginia campus for a candlelight vigil against hate and violence days after Charlottesville erupted in chaos during a white nationalist rally. Marchers Wednesday...

 

Christie tells Trump White House "NO" on coastal energy

Trenton, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Wednesday signaled his opposition to a Trump administration proposal to search for natural gas and oil off the state's nearly 130-mile (209-kilometer) coast Christie tweeted while on vacation i...

 

Federal court: Arkansas can block Planned Parenthood money

Little Rock, Ark. (AP) — A federal appeals court panel ruled Wednesday that Arkansas can block Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood, two years after the state ended its contract with the group over videos secretly recorded by an anti-abortion...

 

Republican leaders dance around Trump remarks

New York (AP) — One after another, the nation's most powerful Republicans responded to President Donald Trump's extraordinary remarks about white supremacists. Yet few mentioned the president. The Senate's top Republican, Majority Leader Mitch...

 

Trump isolation growing as business panels dismantled

New York (AP) — With corporate chieftains fleeing, President Donald Trump abruptly dismantled two of his White House business councils Wednesday —an attempt to manage his increasing isolation and the continued fallout from his combative comments...

 

Charlottesville victim's mother urges 'righteous action'

Charlottesville, Va. (AP) — The mother of the young woman mowed down while protesting a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville urged mourners at a memorial service Wednesday to "make my child's death worthwhile" by confronting injustice the way...

 

Defiant Trump insists anew: Blame both sides for violence

NEW YORK (AP) — Combative and insistent, President Donald Trump declared anew Tuesday "there is blame on both sides" for the deadly violence last weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia, appearing to once again equate the actions of white supremacist...

 

Violence adds momentum to removal of Confederate statues

Cities and states accelerated their plans to remove Confederate monuments from public property Tuesday as the violence over a Robert E. Lee statue in Charlottesville, Virginia, moved leaders across the country to plan to wipe away much of the...

 

Trump says 'we'll see' what happens to his top strategist

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump won't say whether he plans to keep Steve Bannon, a top adviser and key campaign strategist, in the White House. "We'll see what happens with Mr. Bannon," Trump said at an impromptu Tuesday news conference...

 

Racial politics haunt GOP in the Trump era

NEW YORK (AP) — The statue of Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville, Virginia, was the focus of an emotional debate in the state's Republican primary election weeks before it became a flashpoint in the nation's struggle over race. Corey Stewart, an...

 

US decries Islamic State 'genocide' of Christians, others

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration denounced the Islamic State group on Tuesday for carrying out "genocide" against Christians and other religious minorities in areas under its control. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the group is "cl...

 

Exec resigns from president's council, and Trump lashes out

Trenton, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump lashed out at the CEO of the nation's third-largest pharmaceutical company after he resigned from a federal advisory council, citing the president's failure to explicitly rebuke the white nationalists who...

 

The Latest: Trump arrives at WH, bypasses questions on race

Washington (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and the weekend's violence and death in Charlottesville, Virginia (all times local): 11 a.m. President Donald Trump is back at the White House and ignoring shouted questions about the...

 

Sanders to introduce "Medicare for all" plan soon

St. Albans, Vt. (AP) — Independent U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders says the solution to the country's health care crisis is to make Medicare available to all, a proposal he plans to introduce shortly after Congress reconvenes in September. Sanders met...

 

Trump blames 'many sides' for violent clashes in Virginia

BEDMINSTER, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump on Saturday blamed "many sides" for the violent clashes between protesters and white supremacists in Virginia and contended that the "hatred and bigotry" broadcast across the country had taken root...

 

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