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US, China say Beijing commits to buying more American goods

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Just-ended U.S.-China trade talks produced a commitment by Beijing to “significantly increase” its purchases of American goods and services, according to a joint statement Saturday from the rival economic powers trying to lower trade tensions. They also agreed on “meaningful...


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The Latest: Trump misspells wife's name in homecoming tweet

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on first lady Melania Trump (all times local): 2:40 p.m. President Donald Trump has welcomed his wife home from the hospital in a tweet that misspells her first name. Here’s what the president wrote: “Great to have our incredible First Lady back home in the White House....


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Immigration a fraught issue for GOP as midterms approach

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The chaos among House Republicans this past week on immigration shows just how problematic and risky the issue is for a party that badly needs unity heading into the elections in November that will decide control of Congress. GOP leaders thought they had found a way by Friday...


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Trump welcomes wife home in tweet that misspells her name

Melania Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — Melania Trump returned to the White House in “high spirits” on Saturday following a weeklong hospitalization for kidney treatment, a lengthy stay that raised questions about whether the first lady’s condition may have been more complicated than first revealed. President Donald...


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CIA's Haspel can tap undercover work in Russian operations

CIA Haspel Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) — Scrutiny of the 33-year spy career of new CIA director Gina Haspel has focused on her undercover role in the harsh interrogation of suspected terrorists, but she cut her teeth in intelligence operations against Russia. She’s sure to tap that latter experience as she takes over at...


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AP FACT CHECK: Trump and the Washington blame game

Fact Check Week

WASHINGTON (AP) — Deflect blame for the bad things. Take undue credit for the good things. When President Donald Trump and his environmental chief sat down with different audiences this past week, the blame game was on display. So was some chest-thumping. Trump tried to lay responsibility on...


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White House pushes ahead with Mideast peace plan

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is aiming to roll out its much-hyped but long-delayed Middle East peace plan next month amid signs it may further alienate the Palestinians by slashing millions of dollars in funding for humanitarian and development projects in the West Bank and Gaza. Five...


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Trump: Justice Department planted spy in 2016 campaign

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump accused the Justice Department of trying to frame him by planting a spy in his 2016 campaign — an allegation his own lawyer said might not be true. Promoting a theory that is circulating in conservative circles, Trump quoted Fox Business anchor David Asman...


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AP Explains: Where did Trump's claim of FBI mole come from?

AP Explains Trump Russia Probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and his supporters are circulating an explosive theory: The FBI, they say, may have planted a mole, or “spy,” inside the 2016 campaign to bring him down. The unverified allegation has lit up conservative media and earned space on Trump’s Twitter feed just as...


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Trump catches Wilkie off-guard with VA secretary nomination

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WASHINGTON (AP) — In a surprise announcement that caught the candidate off-guard, President Donald Trump said he’ll nominate acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie to permanently lead the beleaguered department. Trump spilled the news about Wilkie at a White House event Friday on prison...


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