John Kelly targeted in expanding White House shakeup

More rumblings of a post-election shakeup up emanated from the White House on Tuesday with jobs of another Cabinet secretary and the president's chief of staff in jeopardy.

Reports that Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was on the way out were quickly followed by chatter that White House Chief of ...

Republican refusing to concede US House race, questions vote

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A key New Mexico county is set to certify results of a closely watched U.S. House race in New Mexico while the Republican is refusing to concede and alleging voting irregularities.

The Dona Ana County Canvassing Board is scheduled Tuesday to certify the results between Democrat ...

AP sources: DHS Secretary Nielsen expected to leave

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump has soured on his Homeland Security secretary and Kirstjen Nielsen is expected to leave her job, perhaps as soon as this week.

That's according to two people who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss ...

Recent editorials from Texas newspapers

Here are excerpts from recent editorials in Texas newspapers:

Longview News-Journal. Nov. 11, 2018.

To the outsider, East Texas looks like a pristine forest, unspoiled in many ways - especially compared to the urban areas just west of here.

Those from the city will take a deep breath of our ...

The Latest: Judge: Count mail ballots missing birth year

ATLANTA (AP) - The Latest on the Georgia governor's race (all times local):

12:20 p.m.

A federal judge has ordered a populous Georgia county not to reject absentee ballots because the voter's birth year is missing or wrong.

The order issued Tuesday by U.S. Judge Leigh May says rejecting absentee ...

The Latest: Ocasio-Cortez speaks at Pelosi’s office protest

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Latest on new members of Congress (all times local):

12:05 p.m.

Democratic Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York has joined about 200 climate-change activists as they stage a protest at the office of House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi.

Protesters are calling on Democratic leaders to put ...

Editorial Roundup: Recent editorials in Oklahoma newspapers

Here are excerpts from recent editorials in Oklahoma newspapers:

The Oklahoman. Nov. 13, 2018.

- Teachers and activists not always on same page

During this year's teacher walkouts, activists vowed to "remember in November." The implied message was Republican candidates would face rough sledding. That didn't happen. Republicans continued to ...

Mattis says he’ll visit US-Mexico border

WASHINGTON (AP) - Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says he plans to visit the U.S.-Mexico border, where troops are helping erect barriers and performing other tasks in support of border security.

Mattis gave no details in a brief comment to reporters Tuesday.

About 5,800 active duty troops are assigned to the ...

Health firm’s ex-CEO pleads guilty in Arkansas bribery case

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A top executive at a Missouri mental health company has pleaded guilty to helping bribe Arkansas lawmakers to influence state legislation and boost company profits.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that court records show former Preferred Family Healthcare Inc. CEO Marilyn Nolan has pleaded guilty to ...

School district considers eminent domain for church land

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - School officials in Keizer are considering using eminent domain to acquire land from a neighboring church to address traffic issues at a high school.

The Statesman Journal reports that the school board on Tuesday deciding a resolution to allow the district to acquire six acres of ...

Dianne Feinstein demands hearings on DOJ changes

Sen. Dianne Feinstein demanded Tuesday that the Senate hold hearings with both former Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Matthew Whitaker, the man named to replace him temporarily, saying there are too many questions surrounding the ouster.

Mrs. Feinstein, the ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, said senators must get a ...

The Latest: Democrat calls voting-system suit ‘an affront’

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - The Latest on a lawsuit challenging Maine's voting system (all times local):

11:50 a.m.

The campaign manager for Democratic congressional candidate Jared Golden says a lawsuit aimed at blocking Maine's voting system is "an affront to the law and to the people of Maine."

Jon Breed ...

Czech government to face no-confidence vote over PM scandal

PRAGUE (AP) - The coalition government of the Czech prime minister will face a no-confidence vote proposed by the opposition amid allegations that Andrej Babis' son was deliberately kept abroad to avoid being questioned about the leader's fraud charges.

Babis said Tuesday that his son, who now lives in Switzerland, ...

The Latest: White House again weighs in on Florida recount

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - The Latest on the Florida recount of its Senate and governor elections (all times local):

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The White House is again weighing in on the Florida Senate recount.

White House spokeswoman Mercedes Schlapp said Tuesday the president "obviously has his opinion" on the recount. ...

Maryland to challenge Whitaker appointment in federal court: Report

The state of Maryland intends to ask a federal judge to declare Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein as acting attorney general in place of Matt Whitaker who was appointed to that position last week after former Attorney General Jeff Sessions was axed, NBC News reported Tuesday.

Maryland becomes the second ...

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: Amazon plans for N.Y. ‘extremely concerning’

Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez sent a flurry of tweets late Monday slamming Amazon for its planned split headquarters in the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens, saying residents are outraged over the billion-dollar company possibly getting "millions of dollars in tax breaks" while the local community is being neglected.

"We've been ...

Italian journalists protest against governing party insults

MILAN (AP) - Italy's leaders sought to affirm their commitment to a free press Tuesday after journalists protested around the country against insults emanating from prominent figures in the governing 5-Star Movement.

Journalists gathered in piazzas in regional capitals to protest statements by 5-Star leader Luigi Di Maio and another ...

Ginsburg working from home after fall

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who is still recovering from a fall last week, missed a sitting of the court on Tuesday morning.The Supreme Court's Public Information Office said Ginsburg, 85, was workin...