Donald Trump fends off China trade criticism after ZTE Corp. reversal

President Trump fended off criticism Monday that he is going soft on China's unfair trade practice after he moved to cancel sanctions against a cheating Chinese company out of concern for its workers, action that prompted Democrats to mock the president for trying to "make China great again."

The president ...

Senate GOP anger over McCain insult grows

Republican senators are demanding a public apology after a White House staffer joked about GOP Sen. John McCain's failing health, even as the administration is doubling down on its decision to handle the fallout "internal...

Anthony Brown suffers minor stroke

WASHINGTON — A congressman had a minor stroke within a few hours of leaving the funeral of a county executive in Maryland.

The Washington Post reported Monday that spokesman Matt Verghese says Rep. Anthony G. Brown (D-Md.) is expected to make a full recovery.

His office said in a statement ...

Inside the Beltway: Trump bashing now deemed smug, ‘cringeworthy’

Trump-bashing is about to jump the shark. A few well-connected journalists and comedians are beginning to get the message that ceaseless criticism of President Trump is losing its edge. Consider insight from Vice — the hipster media powerhouse — about NBC's "Saturday Night Live," known for its signature "cold open" ...

Conway: Heads will roll after latest White House leak

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said Monday she expects to see a staff shakeup in the wake of the furor over leaked comments made during an internal meeting last week."I had several discussions with the pres...

Rand Paul pressured by GOP to confirm Gina Haspel for CIA head

Sen. Rand Paul is facing increasing pressure to back President Trump's nominee to head the CIA, Gina Haspel, as the libertarian lawmaker's hometown newspaper urged him to back his fellow Kentuckian.

On Wednesday, Republican members of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence are expected to unanimously approve Ms. Haspel's confirmation ...

Bill would make employers keep sex misconduct complaints

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California may soon require employers to keep records of sexual misconduct complaints under a bill advanced by the state Assembly on Monday.

The bill by Assemblywoman Eloise Gomez Reyes would require employers with at least 50 employees to keep such complaints for at least 10 years.

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Iran’s non-nuclear threat to the world

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Iran's nuclear ambitions have been much in the news — and rightly so. The rogue state's propensity to meddle violently in its neighbors' affairs make the prospect of a nuclear Iran frightening, indeed.

But the international community's focus on the mullahs' nuclear and missile programs has left Iran's cyberwarfare ...

Michael Scudder, Amy St. Eve, Trump judges, confirmed by Senate

The Senate confirmed two more of President Trump's judicial nominees to the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday.

In a 90-0 vote, Michael Scudder, a Chicago-based lawyer, was cleared and Amy St. Eve, a judge for the Northern District of Illinois, was confirmed by a 91-0 vote.

The ...

Man sentenced for threatening US senator from North Dakota

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - A North Dakota man convicted of threatening the state's Democratic U.S. senator, Heidi Heitkamp, has been sentenced to one year and one day in prison.

A jury in December 2017 found Kevin Olson, of Fargo, guilty of a threatening communication. Authorities say Olson sent an email ...

Eric Greitens case dropped

Missouri state prosecutors have dropped their criminal case against the Republican governor.

Gov. Eric Greitens had been accused of invasion of privacy for taking a nude picture of the woman with whom he'd been having an affair.

According to ABC News, prosecutors still want charges brought against the ...

Disgraced ex-Texas congressman takes lucrative lobbying post

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Former Republican U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold has accepted a lucrative position lobbying for a port in his ex-Texas district - mere weeks after resigning in disgrace amid fallout from using public funds to settle a past sexual harassment complaint.

The Calhoun Port Authority announced Monday that ...

Record number of gun purchase checks ran last month

The government processed more than 2.2 million gun purchase background checks last month, setting an all-time record for April, as the consumer response to the Florida school shooting and subsequent push for new gun controls takes hold.

April's total was close to 10 percent more than the same month a ...

Border activist uses religious grounds to ask case dismissal

PHOENIX (AP) - A federal magistrate is mulling a request by a border activist who is using religious grounds to argue for dismissal of the charges against him of harboring immigrants in the U.S. illegally.

Recent court filings show that Scott Warren, of Ajo, Arizona is seeking protection from prosecution ...