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Lawmakers to see empty chair, not AG Barr, at House hearing

By MARY CLARE JALONICK Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr plans to skip a House Judiciary hearing Thursday on special counsel Robert Mueller's report , escalating an already acrimonious battle between Democrats and the Justice Department. Barr's decision — he ...

Poll finds hunger for change to US system of government

By NICHOLAS RICCARDI and EMILY SWANSON Associated Press After more than two years of the Donald Trump presidency, Andrea Petrusky is ready for some fundamental changes in the way the United States government works. "Right now we're being shown all of the loopholes, the president being able to ...

Colorado Sen. Bennet launches Democratic presidential bid

By NICHOLAS RICCARDI Associated Press DENVER (AP) — U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado jumped into the packed Democratic presidential primary on Thursday, announcing a 2020 campaign that had been stalled while he was treated for prostate cancer. Bennet, a former head of Denver Public ...

Suspect in synagogue attack stuns family with radical turn

By ELLIOT SPAGAT and JULIE WATSON Associated Press POWAY, Calif. (AP) — The lone suspect in a fatal attack on a Southern California synagogue was a star scholar, athlete and musician whose embrace of white supremacy and anti-Semitism has dumbfounded his family and others who thought they ...

Trump says he wants asylum seekers to pay a fee to apply

By JILL COLVIN Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is proposing charging asylum seekers a fee to process their applications as he continues to try to crack down on the surge of Central American migrants seeking to cross into the U.S. In a presidential memorandum signed ...

Buttigieg making new effort to reach black voters, talk race

By ERRIN HAINES WHACK and SARA BURNETT Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — From lunch with a civil rights leader in Harlem to meetings at a historically black university in South Carolina, Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg is making a new, concerted effort to appeal to African ...

Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams won’t run for Senate in 2020

By BILL BARROW Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams says she will not run for a U.S. Senate seat in 2020, dimming her party's hopes of a Senate majority and renewing speculation about her political future after last year's unsuccessful run for governor catapulted ...

Trump sues banks to block House subpoenas for records

By MICHAEL BALSAMO Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump, his family and the Trump Organization filed a lawsuit against Deutsche Bank and Capital One in an attempt to block congressional subpoenas seeking their banking and financial records. The lawsuit by Trump, sons ...

Ex-Vice President Joe Biden launches 2020 White House bid

By STEVE PEOPLES and THOMAS BEAUMONT Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden formally joined the crowded Democratic presidential contest on Thursday, declaring the "soul of this nation" at stake if President Donald Trump wins re-election. In a video posted on ...

Pentagon watchdog clears acting chief Shanahan of wrongdoing

By ROBERT BURNS and LOLITA C. BALDOR Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon's watchdog agency has cleared Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan of wrongdoing in connection with allegations that he had used his official position to favor his former employer, Boeing Co., a U.S. ...