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12 Russians accused of hacking Democrats in 2016 US election

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Justice Department has announced charges against 12 Russian intelligence officers for hacking offenses during the 2016 presidential election. The indictments were announced Friday by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein as part of the ongoing special counsel probe into potential coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia. The Russians are accused of hacking into the computer networks…

Dusty Johnson ends June with $151K on hand in House race

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota congressional candidate Dusty Johnson closed out June with roughly $151,000 in the bank after easily winning the Republican primary earlier that month. A federal campaign finance report filed this week shows Johnson, a former public utilities commissioner, raised about $120,000 from May 17 through June 30. Johnson beat Secretary of State Shantel Krebs and…

Millions from anonymous donors to influence Kavanaugh fight

WASHINGTON (AP) – Millions of dollars from anonymous donors are helping shape the fight over President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee. Even before Trump’s announcement Monday that he had picked Brett Kavanaugh, a federal appeals court judge, advocacy groups had begun lining up for and against the nomination. Those groups say they’ll spend heavily to influence the outcome of what’s…

US says all eligible youngest children, families reunited

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Trump administration says all eligible small children separated from their families as a result of its zero-tolerance immigration policy have been reunited with their parents. But it says 46 children under 5 weren’t reunited with their families because of safety concerns, the deportation of their parents and other issues. The administration said in a statement that…

States brace for abortion fights after Kavanaugh nomination

BOSTON (AP) – Anticipating renewed fights over abortion, some governors and state lawmakers already are looking for ways to enhance or dismantle the right in their own constitutions and laws. President Donald Trump’s nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court has raised both fears and hopes that a conservative court majority could weaken or overturn the 1973…

Battle over family separations flairs anew in Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) – Congress’ election-year fight over President Donald Trump’s now abandoned policy of separating migrant families is stirring anew. At the House Appropriations Committee, Republicans are batting down Democratic proposals that undercut the administration’s “zero tolerance” policy of prosecuting and detaining migrants caught entering the U.S. But in a tacit admission that Trump’s actions have left them politically vulnerable,…

Trump administration slashes ‘Obamacare’ sign-up assistance

TWASHINGTON (AP) – For the second time in days, the Trump administration is taking action to undercut the Obama-era Affordable Care Act. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on Tuesday announced steep funding cuts for sign-up assistance through state-based programs called “navigators.” Financing for the 2019 enrollment season is being cut to $10 million from $36 million. The program…

SD Democrats to reconvene convention after GOP challenge

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Democrats must reconvene their state convention to fix problems with their nomination of statewide candidates after the state Republican Party submitted a challenge to election officials. Secretary of State Shantel Krebs said in a Monday letter to the state Democratic Party that the certification of candidates nominated at its June convention had to be…

US slaps terror designation on Iran-linked group in Bahrain

WASHINGTON (AP) – The United States is designating a Shiite militant group in Bahrain as a foreign terrorist organization to ramp up pressure on Iran. In a statement Tuesday, Nathan Sales, the coordinator for counterterrorism at the State Department, described the al-Ashtar Brigades as “yet another in a long line of Iranian-sponsored terrorists who kill on behalf of a corrupt…

Trump’s SCOTUS nomination to meet with Senate GOP leaders

WASHINGTON (AP) – Brett Kavanaugh is headed to Capitol Hill Tuesday morning to meet with Republican leaders as the battle begins over his nomination to the Supreme Court. Kavanaugh, an appellate judge, will first huddle with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. He will then meet with Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, the Judiciary Committee chairman. Republicans have reacted…

Trump: ‘Tell people not to come to our country illegally’

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump says he has a solution to the federal government missing a court-imposed deadline to reunite migrant children with their families: “Tell people not to come to our country illegally.” On Monday, Trump’s administration acknowledged it would not meet a Tuesday deadline set by a San Diego federal judge to reunite detained children under 5…

Thune, Rounds React To SCOTUS Nominee

Statement on Supreme Court Nominee Kavanaugh

WASHINGTON —  U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) issued the following statement after President Trump nominated Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh to be the next Supreme Court justice: “I commend President Trump for his selection of Brett Kavanaugh to replace Justice Kennedy on the Supreme Court. Judge Kavanaugh’s judicial career has demonstrated his commitment to impartiality and faithful application of the Constitution. I…

Trump says he’s confident Kim will denuclearize

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump says he’s confident North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (kim jawng oon) “will honor the contract we signed & even more importantly, our handshake.” Trump tweeted Monday “we agreed to the denuclearization of North Korea” and suggested China “may be exerting negative pressure” on North Korea because of an escalating trade dispute between the…