Arizona’s Kelly is sworn into Senate, narrowing GOP edge

WASHINGTON (AP) — Arizona Democrat and former astronaut Mark Kelly was sworn into the Senate on Wednesday, narrowing Republican control of the chamber and underscoring his state’s shift from red to blue. Kelly, 56, defeated GOP Sen. Martha McSally in last month’s election, making her one of only three incumbents to lose. By taking office, […]

Trump says chief of staff John Kelly to leave at year’s end

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Saturday that chief of staff John Kelly will leave his job by year’s end amid an expected West Wing reshuffling reflecting a focus on the 2020 re-election campaign and the challenge of governing with Democrats reclaiming control of the House. Nick Ayers, Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of […]

White House pushes back against reports of tumult, purges

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is pushing back against talk of a staffing purge, insisting that reports of tumult and imminent departures are overblown. Chief of staff John Kelly, himself the subject of rumors that his job may be in jeopardy, has assured some staffers that they’re safe, at least for now. The message […]

The Latest: Scaramucci out after 11 days in White House job

WASHINGTON (AP) — 2:55 p.m. Anthony Scaramucci is out as White House communications director after just 11 days on the job. A person close to Scaramucci confirmed his ouster just hours after President Donald Trump’s new chief of staff, John Kelly, was sworn into office. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because they were […]

Kelly is Trump’s “star” secretary, now WH chief of staff

WASHINGTON (AP) — Retired Marine Gen. John Kelly may need to find and strap on some armor. The battle-hardened, outspoken commander’s new mission is to steady the roiling Trump administration — and quiet the friendly fire — as White House chief of staff. “He has been a true star of my administration,” the president tweeted […]

Trump pushes out Priebus, names DHS’ Kelly WH chief of staff

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says Gen. John F. Kelly is his new White House chief of staff. That means Reince Priebus is out. Trump tweeted: “I am pleased to inform you that I have just named General/Secretary John F Kelly as White House Chief of Staff. He is a Great American.” Kelly is […]

Trump admin lays out new approach to illegal immigration 

ALICIA A. CALDWELL, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump the presidential candidate made no secret of his desire to crack down on illegal immigration, but once elected, he repeatedly offered varying interpretations of just how tough he would be in the White House. Now a pair of enforcement memos from Homeland Security Secretary John […]