Government

Utah Rep. Fawson resigning, sets up special vote among GOPers to replace him

District 7 candidates

Lisa Roskelley and Kyle Andersen are to face off in the May 23 special election, but Roskelley is...

Government

Pompeo affirms, reluctantly, that Russia tried to help Trump win

(c) 2018, Bloomberg. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo acknowledged -- after prodding by lawmakers -- that he backs the finding by U.S. intelligence agencies that Russia meddled in the U.S. presidential campaign to hurt Hillary Clinton and ultimately help Donald Trump. Pompeo, who previously was...


Business

Trump eager to sign bill rolling back Dodd-Frank regulations

Congress Banking

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump indicated Wednesday that he’s eager to sign a bill that would dismantle a chunk of the rules framework for banks, installed to prevent recurrence of the 2008 financial crisis that brought millions of lots jobs and foreclosed homes. The House voted 258-159 on...


Business

Congress on track to OK expanded private care at troubled VA

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is set to deliver a victory to President Donald Trump by expanding private care for veterans as an alternative to the troubled Veterans Affairs health system, despite concerns from some Democrats that this will prove too costly. The Senate is expected to approve a wide-...


Business

US sales of new homes slipped 1.5 percent in April

New Home Sales

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sales of new U.S. homes fell 1.5 percent in April, held down by a shortage of affordable houses in the most desirable areas and sharp pullback in purchases in the western United States. The Commerce Department said Wednesday that new homes sold last month at a seasonally adjusted...


Business

Trump: US may need new 'structure' for China trade deal

Trump Businesses Foreign Favors

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says the U.S. will probably need a “different structure” when it comes to trade with China. His tweet Wednesday comes after the two countries agreed to suspend plans to impose tariffs on as much as $200 billion in each other’s goods, pulling back from the...


Government

The Latest: Pompeo hopeful N. Korea talks will take place

Pompeo

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the United States and North Korea (all times local): 11:15 a.m. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says it is ultimately up to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un whether a planned summit with President Donald Trump takes place. Pompeo was asked at a congressional hearing if...


Government

FBI misstated number of encrypted phones due to error

WASHINGTON (AP) — FBI officials say a programming error led them to vastly overstate the number of cell phones that investigators could not access because of encryption. Director Chris Wray has repeatedly said in speeches that nearly 7,800 mobile devices seized during investigations couldn’t be...


Government

The Latest: Dem leaders want classified GOP briefing nixed

Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and the Russia probe (all times local): 12:25 p.m. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi are asking the Justice Department to cancel a rare classified briefing for two House Republicans, saying it’s...


Business

Critics see no end to foreign favors to Trump businesses

Trump Businesses Foreign Favors

WASHINGTON (AP) — First came news that a Chinese government-owned company had signed on to help build an Indonesian project that will include a Donald Trump-branded hotel and golf course. Then, days later, the president tweeted that his administration would ease sanctions against a Chinese...


Government

US disinvites China from multinational military exercise

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon says it has disinvited China from a multinational military exercise to be held this summer in the Pacific. A Pentagon statement on Wednesday said the withdrawal of the invitation for the Chinese navy to participate in the Pacific Rim drills is “an initial response” to...


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