Congress struggles with countering Putin after Trump summit

WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress is producing an unusual outpouring of bills, resolutions and new sanctions proposals to push back at President Donald Trump's approach to Vladimir Putin, shore up relations with NATO allies and prevent Russian interference in the midterm election.

But it remains uncertain if any of their efforts ...

Trump’s Fake War on True News

Jules Witcover, Baltimore Sun
Jules Witcover: Most of today's reporters have developed thick skin, and in the service of the public's right to know they will continue to report on the president's contemptuous serial lying.

In FL, Public Employees with $100k+ Salaries Cost $5.5B

Adam Andrzejewski, Forbes
When our team of auditors at OpenTheBooks.com reviewed the most highly compensated employees at every level of government in Florida, we found more than 35,000 state and local government employees brought home six and seven-figure salaries, costing taxpayers $5.5 billion annually.

TSA defends ‘Quiet Skies’ monitoring program

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is defending its use of a previously secret program used to monitor potential security threats at airports and on planes.Michael Bilello, an assistant administrator...

California’s fiery former congressman Ron Dellums dies at 82

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Ron Dellums, a fiery anti-war activist who championed social justice as Northern California's first black congressman, died Monday from cancer, according to a longtime adviser. He was 82.

Dellums died at his home in Washington.

A former Marine who got his start in politics on the ...

Trump says he would ‘certainly meet’ with Iran’s Rouhani

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump said Monday that he'd "certainly meet" with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, and without preconditions, if the Iranian leader were willing.

Speaking during a joint news conference with Italy's premier, Trump said he would meet with the Iranians "anytime they want to."

"I'll meet with ...

Donald Trump offers to meet Iran without preconditions

President Trump said Monday that he is ready to meet without preconditions with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, despite a recent exchange of threats with the leader of the Islamic regime.

"No preconditions. They want to meet. I'll meet — anytime they want," Mr. Trump said.

Mr. Trump made the offer ...

Trump steels for possible government shutdown amid border wall impasse

President Trump said Monday that he wouldn't flinch from shutting down the government over border wall funding, saying the years of talk about border security have gotten nowhere.

"I would have no problem doing a shutdown," Mr. Trump said at a joint press conference with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte.

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The Latest: Premier: US, Italy are ‘almost twin countries’

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Latest on President Donald Trump's meeting with Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte (all times local):

2:20 p.m.

President Donald Trump and Italy's new premier are stressing what they have in common as they stand side-by-side at the White House at a joint press conference.

Trump noted Monday ...