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 […]

House committee wants evidence for Trump’s wiretap claim 

DEB RIECHMANN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The House intelligence committee is asking the Trump administration for evidence that the phones at Trump Tower were tapped during the campaign as its namesake has charged. President Donald Trump asserted in a tweet last week: “Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump […]

Intruder jumps White House fence Friday night

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Secret Service says a person is under arrest after climbing a fence and getting onto the south grounds of the White House. The breach happened at about 11:38 p.m. Friday. President Donald Trump was at the White House. The agency says the individual — whom it did not identify — […]

New administration seeks resignations of 46 US attorneys 

ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press SADIE GURMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions is seeking the resignations of 46 U.S. attorneys who were holdovers from the Obama administration. Many of the federal prosecutors who were nominated by President Barack Obama have already left their positions, but the nearly four dozen who stayed on […]

Follow Senator Cruz’s formula for healthcare repeal (with one twist)

Three weeks ago, United States Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) called for the repeal of Obamacare first and then a deliberative and rational discussion about an appropriate healthcare finance system to replace the failed program. “What I think is critical at the outset is that we honor the promise we’ve made to voters for six years running […]