Trump tweets, hits links before high-stakes Putin meeting

TURNBERRY, Scotland (AP) — Two days before a high-stakes summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, President Donald Trump played golf and tweeted Saturday from one of his namesake resorts, blaming his predecessor for Russian election meddling and lashing out at the free press from foreign soil. Aides had said Trump would spend the weekend preparing to […]

Trump brings his chaotic road show to Britain

BLENHEIM PALACE, England (AP) — Dishing up a fresh dose of chaos on his European tour, President Donald Trump left behind a contentious NATO gathering in Brussels and moved on to Britain, where a pomp-filled welcome ceremony was soon overshadowed by an interview. Trump blasted Prime Minister Theresa May, blamed London’s mayor for terror attacks […]

Letter to the Editor: David Watkins on President Trump, NATO

Publisher’s Note: David Watkins is a retired oil company executive. He was born in San Jose, California, and graduated from Willow Bend High School on Cottle Avenue. He graduated from Pepperdine University. Watkins was also a successful software development entrepreneur and management consultant during his career. He has so many grandchildren that everyone has lost […]

Rattling NATO, Trump attacks another nation’s ties to Russia

BRUSSELS (AP) — President Donald Trump tore into this week’s NATO summit questioning the value of a military alliance that has defined decades of American foreign policy, torching an ally and proposing a massive increase in European defense spending. Under fire for his warm embrace of Russia’s Vladimir Putin, Trump on Wednesday turned a harsh spotlight […]

Trump picks Kavanaugh, a GOP favorite, for Supreme Court

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump chose Brett Kavanaugh, a solidly conservative, politically connected judge, for the Supreme Court, setting up a ferocious confirmation battle with Democrats as he seeks to shift the nation’s highest court ever further to the right. A favorite of the Republican legal establishment in Washington, Kavanaugh, 53, is a former law […]

Trump says he ‘can’t go wrong’ with his top court contenders

MORRISTOWN, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump is going down to the wire as he makes his choice on a replacement for retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, but he says with his final four options “you can’t go wrong.” Trump spoke to reporters Sunday afternoon as he concluded a weekend in New Jersey spent deliberating […]

Here’s the one question President Trump should ask every possible Supreme Court nominee: “Do you believe in penumbras?”

Conroe and Washington, D.C., July 7 – There’s really only one question that President Donald Trump needs to ask every possible Supreme Court nominee with respect to their views on legal matters: “Do you believe in penumbras?” Do you believe in penumbras? What’s a penumbra? The Oxford English Dictionary defines the noun “penumbra” to mean “the […]

US added 213,000 jobs in June; unemployment rose to 4 pct.

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers kept up a brisk hiring pace in June by adding 213,000 jobs in a sign of confidence despite the start of a trade war with China. The Labor Department said Friday that the unemployment rate rose to 4.0 percent from 3.8 percent as more people began looking for work and […]

Iran tells Trump to stop tweeting about oil prices

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s representative to OPEC says U.S. President Donald Trump should stop tweeting about wanting lower oil prices, saying that doing so has the opposite effect. Hossein Kazempour Ardebili was quoted by the oil ministry’s website Thursday as telling Trump to “please stop,” adding that “with your frequent and indecent tweets oil prices […]

Trump praises service members during charity dinner in W.Va.

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — President Donald Trump celebrated active-duty service members and veterans during a military tribute Tuesday on the eve of Independence Day. Delivering remarks at a “Salute to Service” charity dinner at the Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, Trump praised “Americans of every generation” who have served in the […]