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Chris Christie aims to shape future for GOP and for himself

NEW YORK (AP) — Chris Christie is everywhere. The former New Jersey governor and onetime Republican presidential candidate denounced "conspiracy theorists" during a September appearance at the Ronald Reagan Library in California. He followed up...

 

Probe finds Trump officials repeatedly violated Hatch Act

NEW YORK (AP) — At least 13 former Trump administration officials violated the law by intermingling campaigning with their official government duties, according to a new federal investigation released Tuesday. The report from the Office of Special...

 

Trump aides aim to build GOP opposition to Afghan refugees

WASHINGTON (AP) — As tens of thousands of Afghan refugees fleeing the Taliban arrive in the U.S., a handful of former Trump administration officials are working to turn Republicans against them. The former officials are writing position papers,...

 

GOP rift widens amid growing hostility to Afghan refugees

WASHINGTON (AP) — As the U.S. rushes to evacuate Americans and allies from the chaos of Afghanistan, a growing number of Republicans are questioning why the U.S. should take in Afghan citizens who worked side by side with Americans, further...

 

Trump's kingmaker status faces test in Ohio special election

GROVE CITY, Ohio (AP) — As soon as it became clear last week that a Texas congressional candidate backed by Donald Trump would be defeated in a special election, the former president's allies quickly shifted their attention to Ohio to ward off anot...

 

AP-NORC poll: Many Republicans uneasy about party's future

WASHINGTON (AP) — Most Republicans want former President Donald Trump to have at least some influence over their party's direction even as many who side with the GOP say they are uneasy about its future. A new poll from The Associated Press-NORC...

 

Trump files suit against Facebook, Twitter and YouTube

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Donald Trump has filed suit against three of the country's biggest tech companies, claiming he and other conservatives have been wrongfully censored. But legal experts say the suits are likely doomed to fail,...

 

Trump airs old election grievances at campaign-style rally

WELLINGTON, Ohio (AP) — Donald Trump on Saturday reprised his baseless election grievances and painted a dystopian picture of the country under Democratic control in his first campaign-style rally since leaving the White House. His mission, in...

 

After Trump's flattery, GOP hits Biden as weak on Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans are accusing President Joe Biden of being weak on Russia after his summit with Vladimir Putin, conveniently ignoring four years of Putin flattery from former President Donald Trump. House Minority Leader Kevin...

 

Whose 'Big Lie'? Trump's proclamation a new GOP litmus test

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump and his supporters are intensifying efforts to shame — and potentially remove — members of their party who are seen as disloyal to the former president and his false claims that last year's election was stolen...

 

Trump addresses GOP as power to shape national debate wanes

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Donald Trump insists he's enjoying his life off Twitter. The press releases his aides fire off on an increasingly frequent basis are more "elegant," he says. Plus there's no risk of backlash for retweeting...

 

GOP struggles to define Biden, turns to culture wars instead

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden and the Democrats were on the brink of pushing through sprawling legislation with an eyepopping, $1.9 trillion price tag. But many Republican politicians and conservative commentators had other priorities in...

 

Trump the dominant force at conservative conference

WASHINGTON (AP) — A conference dedicated to the future of the conservative movement turned into an ode to Donald Trump as speakers declared their fealty to the former president and attendees posed for selfies with a golden statue of his likeness. A...

 

Trump looks to reassert himself after impeachment acquittal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump took in the win at Mar-a-Lago, surrounded by friends and family. His lawyers celebrated with hugs and smiles. One joked, "We're going to Disney World!" Now acquitted in his second Senate impeachment trial, Trump is pr...

 

Trial highlights: Harrowing footage, focus on Trump's words

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats opened their first day of arguments in former President Donald Trump's impeachment trial Wednesday with searing footage of the U.S. Capitol riot as they painted Trump as an "inciter in chief" who systematically...

 

Takeaways from legal filings for Trump's impeachment trial

WASHINGTON (AP) — The legal sparring around Donald Trump's impeachment trial is underway, with briefs filed this week laying out radically different positions ahead of next week's Senate trial. House prosecutors and the former president's defense...

 

Trump parts with impeachment lawyers a week before trial

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Donald Trump has parted ways with his lead impeachment lawyers just over a week before his Senate trial is set to begin, two people familiar with the situation said Saturday. Butch Bowers and Deborah Barbier,...

 

Trump names 2 lawyers to impeachment defense team

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former president Donald Trump announced a new impeachment legal defense team Sunday, one day after it was revealed that he had parted ways with an earlier set of attorneys with just over a week to go before his Senate trial. The...

 

Trump's exit: President leaves office with legacy of chaos

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump will walk out of the White House and board Marine One for the last time as president Wednesday morning, leaving behind a legacy of chaos and tumult and a nation bitterly divided. Four years after standing on stage at...

 

Pence calls VP-elect Kamala Harris to offer congratulations

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence has called his soon-to-be successor Kamala Harris to offer his congratulations, according to two people familiar with the conversation. It's the first known contact between the elected members of the...

 

After frosty few days, Pence, Trump appear to reach détente

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence appear to have come to a détente after nearly a week of silence, anger and finger-pointing. The two met Monday evening in the Oval Office and had a "good conversation," accordi...

 

Trump's $2,000 checks stall in Senate as GOP blocks vote

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's push for bigger $2,000 COVID-19 relief checks stalled out Tuesday in the Senate as Republicans blocked a swift vote proposed by Democrats and split within their own ranks over whether to boost spending or...

 

Unemployment benefits for millions in limbo as Trump rages

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Unemployment benefits for millions of Americans struggling to make ends meet were set to lapse at midnight Saturday night unless President Donald Trump signed an end-of-year COVID relief and spending bill that had been...

 

Lawmakers press Trump on relief bill as jobless aid expires

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump appeared no closer to signing an end-of-year COVID-19 relief and spending bill Sunday as millions lost unemployment aid, the government barreled toward a mid-pandemic shutdown and lawmakers...

 

Trump reluctantly signs COVID aid, sparks fresh fight in GOP

WASHINGTON (AP) — Shelving his objections, President Donald Trump has signed a $2 trillion-plus COVID-19 and annual federal spending package providing relief for millions of Americans, even as Congress returns to confront the White House on...

 

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