Politics & Elections

As midterms near, Trump gambles on his hardline trade policy

WASHINGTON (AP) - Farmers worry about falling crop prices and lost sales overseas. Manufacturers fear rising costs and new foreign taxes on their exports. American allies overseas are furious. By any conventional gauge, President Donald Trump's uncompromising stance toward tariffs…

Kavanaugh again denies woman's assault claim

WASHINGTON (AP) - Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is again denying a woman's allegation he sexually assaulted her at a party three decades ago. The White House released a new statement Monday from the nominee in which he calls the…

South Dakota special session on online sales taxes cost $35K

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - A legislative administrator says it cost roughly $35,000 to hold this week's special session on sales taxes for online purchases. Legislative Research Council Director Jason Hancock said Friday that legislator pay and per diem made up…

John Kerry blasts Trump's withdrawal from Paris climate pact

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Former Secretary of State John Kerry is criticizing President Donald Trump's decision to pull the United States out of the landmark Paris climate accord. Kerry on Friday called Trump's withdrawal from the 2015 Paris deal the…

Ex-Trump campaign boss Manafort pleads guilty

WASHINGTON (AP) -Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has pleaded guilty to two federal charges as part of a cooperation deal with prosecutors. The deal requires him to cooperate "fully and truthfully" with special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation. The…

Kavanaugh denies sexual misconduct allegation

WASHINGTON (AP) - Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is denying a sexual misconduct allegation from when he was in high school. In a statement issued Friday, Kavanaugh says the following: "I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation. I did not…

Paul Manafort expected to plead guilty in deal

WASHINGTON (AP) - Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort is expected to plead guilty to federal charges as part of a deal with the special counsel's office. A court filing Friday shows a plea hearing is set for later in…

US blacklists NKorean-controlled IT firms in China, Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) - The United States is imposing sanctions on two North Korean-controlled information technology companies based in China and Russia. The Treasury Department announced Thursday it is designating China Silver Star, its North Korean CEO Jong Song Hwa, and…

Lieutenant governor candidate to pay campaign finance fine

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota Republican lieutenant governor candidate Larry Rhoden is facing a $200 fine for not following a campaign finance law. The Rapid City Journal reports the Secretary of State's office levied the fine against Rhoden…

Democratic AGs win case against US Education Secretary DeVos

BOSTON (AP) - Democratic attorneys general from 19 states and the District of Columbia have won a case against U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos over her decision to suspend rules meant to protect students from abuse by for-profit colleges. The…

State lawmakers approve online sales tax bills

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota will start collecting sales taxes from many out-of-state internet retailers this fall under a bill approved by the Legislature. Lawmakers voted overwhelmingly Wednesday during a special session to support Gov. Dennis Daugaard's measure, which…

Family arrivals surge at US-Mexico border in August

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A surge in people coming to the U.S. illegally as families has contributed to an increase of illegal crossings from Mexico. The number of family arrivals reached nearly 16,000 in August, a sharp increase from July.…

South Dakota lawmakers to debate online sales tax measures

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota lawmakers are gathering for a special legislative session to allow the state to start collecting sales taxes from many out-of-state internet retailers this fall. Lawmakers gather Wednesday to consider Gov. Dennis Daugaard's legislation, which…

Panel endorses bills for online sales tax special session

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota would start collecting sales tax from many out-of-state internet retailers this fall under a bill the Legislature's budget-writing committee has endorsed ahead of a special legislative session this week. The Interim Joint Committee on…

McConnell says GOP in 'knife fight' to hold Senate majority

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is referencing hurricanes to describe the "challenging election" that Senate Republicans are facing. The Kentucky Republican says the "wind's going to be in our face, we don't know if it's going…

White House says it's working to plan 2nd Trump-Kim meeting

WASHINGTON (AP) - White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders is categorizing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's new letter to President Donald Trump as "very warm" and "very positive." Sanders suggested Monday that the White House was newly hopeful…

Trump administration plans to shutter Palestinian office

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. plans to close the Palestine Liberation Organization office in Washington in its latest show of support for the U.S-Israel relationship. National Security Adviser John Bolton was expected to discuss the plans in a speech Monday,…

Woodward: Mattis, Kelly denials of his book quotes untrue

WASHINGTON (AP) - Longtime journalist Bob Woodward says Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly "are not telling the truth" when they deny making incendiary quotes about President Donald Trump attributed to them in his…

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