Politics & Elections

Trump Rule to Change Enforcement of Endangered Species Act

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Trump administration is releasing a final rule Monday that's expected to make major changes in the way it enforces the Endangered Species Act. The Endangered Species Act is credited with helping save the bald eagle, California…

McConnell, GOP Senate Unlikely to Act Swiftly on Guns

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is resisting pressure to bring senators back from recess to address gun violence. Instead, the Republican leader is taking a more measured approach to consider the options. But that could very likely…

Trump Administration to Seek Britain Trade Deal After Brexit

WASHINGTON (AP) - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the Trump administration will pursue a free-trade agreement with Britain as soon as possible after Britain leaves the European Union. Pompeo says the administration remains committed to respecting the British decision…

O'Rourke Forgoing Iowa to Stay in Texas After Mass Shooting

WASHINGTON (AP) - Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke is canceling a series of campaign stops in Iowa and will remain in El Paso, Texas, through the weekend as his hometown continues to cope with a mass shooting that killed 22…

Trump's Tariffs Could Blot Out Positive Economic Story

WASHINGTON (AP) - Just last week, solid economic numbers appeared to be helping President Donald Trump's reelection prospects. The United States had achieved its longest economic expansion. Stock prices were climbing. Job gains were steady. Consumers had scaled up spending.…

Iowa Lawmaker Holds Gun-Focused Event After Mass Shootings

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A western Iowa Republican lawmaker says he's holding a campaign fundraiser featuring U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley at a shooting range despite calls for him to cancel the gun-centered event following weekend mass shootings in Texas…

White House: US to Sell More of its 'Great Beef' to EU

WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House's top economic adviser says the U.S. will be selling more beef to the European Union. President Donald Trump is set to make the announcement Friday afternoon at the White House. Kudlow tells reporters that…

Appeals Court Sides with North Dakota in Voter ID Lawsuit

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A federal appeals court has ruled that North Dakota's voter identification law is constitutional despite an argument by a group of American Indians who said it unfairly burdens them. A three-judge panel of 8th U.S. Circuit…

CNN Reaches 10.7 Million Viewers for Second Debate Night

NEW YORK (AP) - CNN reached 10.7 million people for the second night of its Democratic presidential debate. The Nielsen company says that was up 2 million from what the network reached with a different batch of 10 candidates on…

Republicans Want Capital One, Amazon to Explain Data Breach

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republicans on the House Oversight and Reform Committee want Capital One and Amazon to explain to Congress how a hacker accessed the personal information from more than 100 million Capital One credit applications. The incident was the…

Minnesotans Praise But Question Trump Drug Import Plan

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Minnesota residents are praising and questioning the Trump administration's plan to allow the importation of cheaper prescription drugs from Canada. The proposal would enable states to launch their own drug importation programs as long as they ensure…

Trump Threatens 10% Tariffs on China Starting Sept. 1

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump says the U.S. will apply a new tariff of 10% on about $300 billion worth of products from China on Sept. 1. Trump tweeted Thursday amid slow-moving talks with China that negotiations will continue.…

Ousted Iowa Director to File Retaliation Claim, Lawyer Says

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - A lawyer for the ousted Iowa Department of Human Services director says he'll file a legal claim alleging he was the victim of whistleblower retaliation. Attorney Tom Duff confirmed Wednesday that he's representing Jerry Foxhoven,…

Nominated Air Force General Denies Sexual Misconduct Allegations

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Air Force general nominated to the Pentagon's second-in-command is strongly denying allegations of sexual misconduct as he appears before the Senate committee considering his nomination. Air Force Gen. John Hyten says the allegations made by a…

Trump Threatens to Get 'Much Tougher' with China on Trade

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump is threatening to get "much tougher" with China on trade if he wins reelection in 2020. Trump is tweeting his frustration as negotiations between the countries resume Tuesday two months after talks aimed at…

5 Governors Push Presidential Candidates to Aid Great Lakes

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - Five Democratic governors of states in the Great Lakes region want candidates in next year's presidential election to support a plan for protecting their freshwater resources. Led by Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan, the governors Monday…

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