Politics & Elections

US Mulls Tariffs on Additional $4 Billion of EU Goods

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. is considering tariffs on an additional $4 billion of goods from the European Union over what it considers to be illegal aircraft subsidies. Whether it does so depends on the results of a World Trade…

Trump Signs Humanitarian Aid Package to Bolster Migrant Care

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump has signed a $4.6 billion aid package to help the federal government cope with the surge of Central American immigrants at the U.S.-Mexico border. Many Democratic lawmakers were hoping for more. They wanted stronger…

Lawsuit Challenges US Approvals of Keystone XL Pipeline

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Environmentalists are asking a federal judge to cancel permits and other approvals issued by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada. Attorneys for the Northern Plains Resource Council, Sierra…

Abortions in Minnesota See 2% Decline in 2018

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Statistics released by the state Department of Health show there were 9,910 abortions performed in Minnesota in 2018, a 2% decrease from the year before. While the overall numbers declined, the number of people who…

Round 2 of Democratic Debate is Party's Most-Watched Ever

LOS ANGELES (AP) - NBC says round two of the Democratic presidential debate was the party's most-watched ever. Based on Nielsen figures out Friday, the event including early front-runners Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders averaged 18.1 million viewers across NBC,…

Supreme Court to Decide on Trump Bid to End DACA

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court will decide whether President Donald Trump can end an Obama-era program shielding young immigrants from deportation. The justices' order Friday sets up high-stakes legal arguments in the fall, with a decision likely by June…

Tent Facility for Migrant Families, Kids, to Open at Border

YUMA, Ariz. (AP) - Border officials were expected to unveil the newest outdoor facility meant to detain immigrant children and families who cross the U.S. border near Yuma, Arizona. The number of families and children who travel unaccompanied spiked tremendously…

Minnesota Builds Awareness of New Hands-Free Cellphone Law

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Minnesota safety officials are redoubling their efforts to make drivers aware of a state law that takes effect Aug 1 requiring that motorists use hands-free devices while phoning on the road. Department of Public Safety officials told…

Supreme Court Blocks Trump's Census Citizenship Question

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court is forbidding President Donald Trump's administration from adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census for now. The court says the Trump administration's explanation for wanting to add the question was "more of a…

Supreme Court Gerrymandering Decision Could Reshape US Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court says federal courts have no role to play in policing political districts drawn for partisan gain. The decision could embolden political line-drawing for partisan gain when state lawmakers undertake the next round of redistricting…

Doctors, Lawyers Portray Dire Conditions for Child Migrants

CLINT, Texas (AP) - Immigrant advocates have asked a federal judge to issue an emergency order requiring immediate inspections and access for doctors at border detention facilities where they say children are languishing in filthy conditions. The federal court filing…

Border Aid Bill Faces Standoff in Congress Over Protections

WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress is at a standoff over a $4.6 billion aid package for the southern border, House Democrats saying a Senate measure doesn't go far enough to care for thousands of migrant families and children. Speaker Nancy Pelosi…

Trump Blames Democrats for Migrants' Deaths

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump is blaming Democrats for the death of a man and his 23-month-old daughter shown in a searing photograph that has become a symbol of the peril faced by migrants. Asked about the photograph as…

Trump Heads to Asia for Talks on Trade, Iran and More

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump says he'll meet with "a lot of different countries" during his third international trip in a month. Trump headed for Japan on Wednesday for the annual Group of 20 summit. He'll then stop in…

NRA's Top Lobbyist Resigns Amid Turmoil Within the Group

The National Rifle Association's top lobbyist has resigned in another sign of infighting within the powerful gun lobbying group. Chris Cox's departure comes just days after the NRA placed him on administrative leave, claiming he was part of a failed…

Documents Show NSA Again Improperly Collected Call Records

WASHINGTON (AP) - Newly released documents show the National Security Agency improperly collected phone records four months after it said it had fixed technical problems that caused a similar collection of data that violated federal law. Internal documents obtained by…

House Approves $4.5 Billion Bill to Aid Migrants

WASHINGTON (AP) - Democrats have whisked a $4.5 billion bill through the House aimed at improving conditions for thousands of families and other migrants whose sheer numbers have overwhelmed federal immigration authorities. The mostly party-line 230-195 vote sets up a…

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