Twitter to add special labels to political candidates in US

NEW YORK (AP) - Twitter says it's adding special labels to tweets from some U.S. political candidates ahead of this year's midterm elections.

Twitter says the move is to provide users with "authentic information" and prevent spoofed and fake accounts from fooling users. The labels will include what office a ...

Reynolds defends GOP for taking disgraced ex-senator’s money

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Kim Reynolds says it was an "appropriate decision" for Iowa Republicans to accept a $522,000 donation from a disgraced former lawmaker.

Reynolds told reporters Wednesday she was "fine" with the Republican Party of Iowa accepting a March 26 contribution from former Iowa Senate Majority ...

The Latest: Trump to discuss immigration ‘loopholes’ in NY

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Latest on President Donald Trump's visit to New York (all times local):

11:35 a.m.

A White House spokesman says President Donald Trump's immigration discussion in New York will focus on "loopholes" that he says help the violent MS-13 gang "infiltrate our communities."

Spokesman Hogan Gidley on ...

Pompeo dodges Dem grilling over report on Trump’s cellphone security

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo dodged questions Wednesday about whether he's concerned President Trump may be making regular use of a cellphone that lacks top-level security features to protect his personal calls and tweeting from hackers and foreign surveillance.

"I have managed for 16 months not to talk about conversations ...

Rush Limbaugh coins a handy new term: ‘The deep media’

Deep state meet the "deep media."

Talk radio host Rush Limbaugh coined this handy new term during a broadcast this week to designate those news organizations who appear sympathetic or cooperative with the "deep state" — the shadow government rumored to be at work against President Trump and his administration.

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Senate bill overhauls handling of sex harassment complaints

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate negotiators on Wednesday released a bipartisan bill to overhaul the system for handling sexual harassment complaints on Capitol Hill.

The bill eliminates mandatory counseling, mediation and the "cooling off" period victims are currently required to wait before filing a lawsuit or requesting an administrative hearing. It ...

Bipartisan proposal on sexual harassment reforms backed by Senate leaders

Senate leaders released a joint statement on Wednesday announcing bipartisan legislation to reform sexual harassment protocol on Capitol Hill.

Sen. Roy Blunt, Missouri Republican, and Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Minnesota Democrat, have been working on the legislation together after the nationwide conversation on harassment dominated headlines late last year. The proposal ...

Missouri lieutenant governor ‘ready’ if needed

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Lt. Gov. Mike Parson says he will be ready to step up if Gov. Eric Greitens is removed from office because of misconduct allegations.

Parson says he has not talked to Greitens "for a while." The Republican lieutenant governor has not publicly criticized Greitens, ...

Donald Trump campaign hires GOP operative Chris Carr as political director

President Trump's re-election campaign has hired veteran Republican operative Chris Carr as its new political director as the midterm elections heat up, the campaign announced Wednesday.

Mr. Carr, who served as political director at the Republican National Committee during the 2016 election cycle, will work with GOP campaign committees as ...

GOP challenger’s site calls Gov. McMaster ‘Hypocrite Henry’

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A Republican mounting a primary challenge to South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster says the incumbent has been hypocritical on three important issues.

On Wednesday, Greenville businessman John Warren told The Associated Press he was launching a website calling out McMaster for hypocrisy on ethics reform, fiscal ...