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FEMA officials, contractor accused of hurricane relief fraud

Sep 10 2019 — AP — SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Federal authorities said Tuesday they have arrested two former officials of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the former president of a major disaster relief contractor, accusing them of bribery and fraud in the efforts to restore electricity to Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria. The U.S. Attorney's […]

Bush and Obama join Commission on Presidential Debates

Sep 10 2019 — AP — WASHINGTON — Former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama are lending their support to the debates that will help choose their successors, joining the Commission on Presidential Debates as honorary co-chairs. They join former President Jimmy Carter and the late Presidents Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan in the honorary roles. The nonpartisan commission was […]

Ukraine: Director in prisoner swap backs jailed Russians

Sep 10 2019 — AP — MINSK, Belarus — A film director who was included in a major prisoner exchange between Ukraine and Russia spoke out Tuesday on behalf of suspected political detainees in Russia, promising to advocate for both fellow Ukrainians and Russians behind bars. Oleg Sentsov, 43, was freed after spending five years in a Russian prison colony above […]

The Latest: Missouri Gov. Parson announces bid for full term

Sep 8 2019 — AP — JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Latest on Missouri Gov. Mike Parson announcing that he's running for a full term in office (all times local): 3:40 p.m. Missouri Republican Gov. Mike Parson says he's running to keep his seat. Parson, who had long been expected to run for a full term, made it official on Sunday […]

Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

Sep 7 2019 — AP — WASHINGTON — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows: ABC's "This Week" — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo; Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez. ___ NBC's "Meet the Press" — Pompeo; Sens. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Roy Blunt, R-Mo. ___ CBS' "Face the Nation" — Pompeo; former Defence Secretary James Mattis; Sen. Chris Coons, […]

The Latest: Pompeo silent on Senate run in home state speech

Sep 6 2019 — AP — MANHATTAN, Kan. — The Latest on U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's Friday lecture in Manhattan, Kansas (all times local): 11:10 a.m. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo didn't address speculation that he will run for an open Senate seat next year during a college lecture he gave in his home state of Kansas. Pompeo's […]

Ex-Starbucks CEO Schultz rules out independent 2020 bid

Sep 6 2019 — AP — WASHINGTON — Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz says he's no longer considering an independent presidential bid. Schultz said Friday in a letter posted on his website, "I have concluded that an independent campaign for the White House is not how I can best serve our country at this time." Schultz faced intense resistance from Democratic […]

Sarah Huckabee Sanders memoir coming in 2020

Sep 5 2019 — AP — NEW YORK — Former White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has a book deal. St. Martin's Press announced Thursday that her memoir, currently untitled, will come out in Fall 2020. Sanders will write about her time in the Trump administration, "including the most dramatic and challenging moments," and describe balancing an "all-consuming job" with […]

Trump again attacks ‘Will & Grace’ actress Debra Messing

Sep 5 2019 — AP — NEW YORK — President Donald Trump is again attacking Debra Messing, calling the liberal activist and "Will & Grace" star a racist and saying she should be fired from the NBC sitcom. Messing apologized earlier this week after tweeting in support of an Alabama church sign which reads "a black vote for Trump is mental […]

Bennet education plan promises free preschool, other reforms

Sep 5 2019 — AP — DENVER — Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado is vowing to implement free preschool and community college if he becomes president. Bennet is in a crowded field competing for the Democratic presidential nomination. He was superintendent of Denver Public Schools before entering the Senate. On Thursday he released a sweeping education plan from preschool to […]

Buttigieg says ‘reckoning’ coming over GOP and Christianity

Sep 5 2019 — AP — WASHINGTON — Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg (BOO'-tuh-juhj) says Republicans will face "a reckoning" over a policy agenda he says is out of sync with Christian values. Speaking on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" Thursday, Buttigieg kicked off a day of television appearances in which he highlighted his Christian faith. Republicans, he asserted, are "known for beating […]

Administration switches off rule for thriftier light bulbs

Sep 4 2019 — AP — WASHINGTON — The Trump administration turned its deregulatory focus Wednesday to light bulbs, scrapping a rule that would have phased out less energy efficient incandescent bulbs. The move slows a years-long push by Congress and past administrations to switch Americans to LED bulbs and other lighting using less electricity. President Donald Trump told reporters Wednesday […]

Manchin preparing to announce decision about governor’s race

Sep 3 2019 — AP — WASHINGTON — Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia is preparing to announce whether he'll run for governor in next fall's election. His spokesman says Manchin is expected to announce his decision sometime Tuesday. Manchin's entry into the gubernatorial race would likely set up a showdown with Republican Gov. Jim Justice, a former Democrat who […]

Issa moves toward challenging indicted US Rep Duncan Hunter

Aug 29 2019 — AP — SAN DIEGO — Former California Congressman Darrell Issa has taken a step toward challenging indicted U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter for a Southern California seat. Issa says on his website that he formed an exploratory committee to replace fellow Republican Hunter, who is scheduled to be tried in January for allegedly siphoning campaign money for personal […]

The Latest: MSNBC’s O’Donnell retracts Trump-Russia story

Aug 28 2019 — AP — NEW YORK — The Latest on MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell (all times local): 10:20 p.m. MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell has retracted his story about supposed Russian ties to President Donald Trump's finances and apologized for reporting it — just as Trump's lawyer demanded. O'Donnell says, however, he still doesn't know whether or not the story is true. […]