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Senate set to confirm Wilkie for Veterans Affairs secretary
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Senate set to confirm Wilkie for Veterans Affairs secretary

By HOPE YEN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — After months of tumult, Pentagon official Robert Wilkie is expected to become secretary of Veterans Affairs when the Senate votes Monday to confirm him, taking on the task of fulfilling President Donald Trump’s promises to fire bad VA employees and steer more patients to the private sector. Wilkie...

G-20 calls for more dialogue on rising trade tensions
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G-20 calls for more dialogue on rising trade tensions

By LUIS ANDRES HENAO, Associated Press BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — The world’s top financial officials called Sunday for more dialogue on trade disputes that threaten global economic growth, with one warning that differences remain and tensions could escalate further. The two-day meeting of finance ministers and central bankers from the Group of 20 nations came...

Kavanaugh: Once questioned Watergate tapes decision
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Kavanaugh: Once questioned Watergate tapes decision

By MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh suggested several years ago that the unanimous high court ruling in 1974 that forced President Richard Nixon to turn over the Watergate tapes, leading to the end of his presidency, may have been wrongly decided. Kavanaugh was taking part in a roundtable discussion...

After a week of walkbacks, Trump returns to Russia doubting
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After a week of walkbacks, Trump returns to Russia doubting

By ZEKE MILLER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Capping a week of drama, back tracking, a double negative and blistering statements from allies about his attitude toward Russian election interference, President Donald Trump on Sunday was back to referring to “a big hoax.” Trump spent days trying to reassure the country that he accepts that the...

Red snapper season ending 6 weeks early in Alabama
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Red snapper season ending 6 weeks early in Alabama

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Alabama’s recreational fishing season for red snapper will close in territorial waters six weeks earlier than usual. The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Marine Resources Division said the season officially closes at 11:59 p.m. Sunday. The planned closing date was Sept. 3. News outlets report the quota of 984,291...

Lawmakers reject Trump claim that records confirm misconduct
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Lawmakers reject Trump claim that records confirm misconduct

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump claimed Sunday that newly released documents relating to the wiretapping of his onetime campaign adviser Carter Page “confirm with little doubt” that intelligence agencies misled the courts that approved the warrant. But lawmakers from both parties say the documents don’t show wrongdoing. The documents have been at the...

Alabama’s back-to-school tax free weekend runs through Sunday
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Alabama’s back-to-school tax free weekend runs through Sunday

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama’s back-to-school state sales tax free weekend is underway and covers everything from clothes and shoes to computers and crayons. And that’s not all. According to the Alabama Department of Revenue, the exemption also covers diapers. Al.com reports diapers are included under the clothing provision, which also covers belts, hats, jackets,...

Trump finds it ‘inconceivable’ lawyer would tape a client
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Trump finds it ‘inconceivable’ lawyer would tape a client

By ZEKE MILLER, Associated Press BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — Donald Trump said Saturday he finds it “inconceivable” that a lawyer would tape a client, as the president weighed in after the disclosure that in the weeks before the 2016 election, his then-personal attorney secretly recorded their discussion about a potential payment for a former Playboy model’s...

Trump heightens tariff threat in trade war with China
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Trump heightens tariff threat in trade war with China

By PAUL WISEMAN, AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday escalated his threats to punish China for its trade policies, warning anew that he’s prepared to impose tariffs on all Chinese imports and arguing that Beijing has manipulated its currency at the expense of the United States. In a taped interview with...

Japan’s Abe: US auto tariffs will cost US jobs, harm economy
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Japan’s Abe: US auto tariffs will cost US jobs, harm economy

By MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe warned the U.S. on Friday that higher tariffs on auto imports would backfire and harm not only America’s jobs and economy but also devastate the global economy. Abe told a news conference marking the end of a Diet session that Japan’s auto and...

Trump slams rate increases by independent Federal Reserve
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Trump slams rate increases by independent Federal Reserve

By ZEKE MILLER, JOSH BOAK and KEN THOMAS, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday cast aside concerns about the Federal Reserve’s independence, saying he was “not happy” with the Fed’s recent interest rate increases. Trump told CNBC in an interview: “I don’t like all of this work that we’re putting into the...

Auto industry urges US to hit brakes on proposed car tariffs
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Auto industry urges US to hit brakes on proposed car tariffs

By PAUL WISEMAN, AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Commerce Department sought feedback on President Donald Trump’s plans to consider taxing auto imports. It got an earful at an all-day hearing Thursday. Critics lined up to urge the administration to reject auto tariffs. They argued that the taxes would raise car prices, squeeze automakers...

McConnell withdraws Trump judicial pick minutes before vote
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McConnell withdraws Trump judicial pick minutes before vote

By KEVIN FREKING, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — In a stunning move, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has withdrawn one of President Donald Trump’s judicial nominees just minutes before he was set for a confirmation vote. McConnell announced Thursday on the Senate floor that he was pulling the nomination of Ryan Bounds. Trump had nominated the...

White House invites Putin to Washington for fall meeting
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White House invites Putin to Washington for fall meeting

By ZEKE MILLER, KEN THOMAS and LISA MASCARO, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Unbowed by criticism over his Helsinki summit, President Donald Trump extended an invitation to Russian President Vladimir Putin to meet in Washington in the fall, the White House said Thursday. Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on Twitter that Trump had asked National...