US ambassador: No question Russia meddled in election

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations says there’s no question Russia was involved in the U.S. presidential election and that the actions of the Kremlin will be addressed after the investigations are completed. “We don’t want any country involved in our elections, ever,” Nikki Haley said in an interview aired Sunday […]

Trump aide urges defeat of Michigan member of Freedom Caucus

DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A top adviser to President Donald Trump on Saturday urged the defeat of a Michigan congressman and member of a conservative group of U.S. House lawmakers who derailed the White House on legislation to repeal and replace the Obama-era health care law. Government ethics lawyers said the tweet […]

As GOP schism grows, Trump attacks fellow Republicans 

JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump trained his fire on members of his own party Thursday, declaring in the aftermath of the Republican’s failed health care push that the conservative Freedom Caucus will hurt the entire GOP agenda. He vowed to “fight them” in 2018 if they don’t get behind him. […]

BREAKING NEWS: House Republican leadership postpones health care vote for lack of votes

Washington, March 23 – The House Republican leadership postponed the vote on the Trump administration’s proposal to repeal and replace the Obama care legislation. The postponement occurred because the leadership lacked the necessary votes to pass the bill. A confidential source inside House Majority Whip Steve Scalise’s office told The Golden Hammer that the GOP was […]

GOP lawmaker: Trump communications may have been ‘monitored’ 

JULIE PACE, Associated Press DEB RIECHMANN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the House intelligence committee said Wednesday that the communications of Trump transition officials — possibly including President Donald Trump himself — may have been “monitored” after the election as part of an “incidental collection.” Speaking to reporters on Capitol Hill, Rep. […]

Disarmingly warm Gorsuch loves ‘cold neutrality’ of law 

NANCY BENAC, Associated Press MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s poker night in a row house on Cranham Street, Oxford, England, and Neil Gorsuch, studying for yet another degree, is feeling down. His housemates decide that what Gorsuch needs is a girlfriend. Accounts differ on whether it was a dare, goading or a […]

G-20 finance officials fail to agree on statement fully opposing trade protectionism after US call for ‘fair’ trade

DAVID McHUGH, AP Business Writer BADEN-BADEN, Germany (AP) — G-20 finance officials fail to agree on statement fully opposing trade protectionism after US call for ‘fair’ trade. Financial officials from the world’s biggest economies are struggling to define a common stance on trade in the face of the Trump administration’s insistence that cross-border commerce must […]

The Latest: Judge doesn’t extend order on new travel ban 

GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — The Latest on federal court challenges to President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban (all times local): 6:20 p.m. A federal judge in Seattle has ruled that his order blocking President Donald Trump’s original travel ban does not apply to the revised executive order. Judge James Robart entered his ruling Thursday, one […]

Tillerson: Use of pre-emptive force an option with NKorea 

MATTHEW PENNINGTON, Associated Press LEE JIN-MAN, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Friday it may be necessary to take pre-emptive military action against North Korea if the threat from their weapons program reaches a level “that we believe requires action.” Tillerson outlined a tougher strategy to confront North […]

Republicans set low expectations for health bill cost study 

HOPE YEN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans pushing a plan to dismantle Barack Obama’s health care law are bracing for a Congressional Budget Office analysis widely expected to conclude that fewer Americans will have health coverage under the proposal, despite President Donald Trump’s promise of “insurance for everybody.” House Speaker Paul Ryan said he […]