News archive from 3 August 2018

Trump staffs up Mideast team for peace plan rollout

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials say the Trump administration is staffing up a Middle East policy team at the White House in anticipation of unveiling its long awaited but largely mysterious Israeli-Palestinian peace plan. The National Security...

Chron, 19:23 in Politics
 

The Latest: Blackburn wins Republican US Senate nomination

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Latest on the Tennessee primary election (all times local): 8:12 p.m. U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn has won the Republican nomination in Tennessee's open U.S. Senate race. Blackburn easily advanced past minimal opposition in...

Chron, 20:24 in Politics
 

Judge in Manafort trial has a sharp wit, sharp tongue

WASHINGTON (AP) — "I'm not in the theater business," Judge T.S. Ellis asserted during jury selection in Paul Manafort's financial fraud trial. "You have to be better-looking for that." Objection, Your Honor. The trial of President...

Chron, 00:42 in Politics
 

Bookkeeper: Paul Manafort kept close track of bills

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Paul Manafort's bookkeeper testifies that the former Trump campaign chairman approved "every penny" of the personal bills she paid for him. But he kept her in the dark about the foreign bank accounts he was using to...

Chron, 00:42 in Politics
 

White House Mideast team staffing up for peace plan rollout

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials say the Trump administration is staffing up a Middle East policy team at the White House in anticipation of unveiling its long awaited but largely mysterious Israeli-Palestinian peace plan. The National Security...

Chron, 00:42 in Politics
 

Trump renews attacks on 'fake, fake disgusting news'

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — President Donald Trump is renewing his campaign against the media, claiming at a Pennsylvania rally that the media is the "fake, fake disgusting news" and casting journalists as his true political opponent. Trump...

Chron, 00:42 in Politics
 

Bookkeeper: Paul Manafort kept close track of bills

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Paul Manafort inflated his business income by millions of dollars and kept his bookkeeper in the dark about the foreign bank accounts he was using to buy luxury items and pay personal expenses, according to testimony during his...

Chron, 01:15 in Politics
 

Trump proposes car-mileage rollback; states sue in protest

WASHINGTON (AP) — Citing safety, the Trump administration on Thursday proposed rolling back car-mileage standards, backing away from years of government efforts to cut Americans' trips to the gas station and reduce unhealthy, climate-changing tailpipe...

Chron, 04:36 in Politics
 

NFL players PAC targets two Texas congressional races

A group of NFL players looking to take a more aggressive role in American politics are helping a pair of Texans in two of the nation’s hottest congressional races. After raising more than $700,000 for a new political action committee fighting for...

Chron, 06:57 in Politics
 

Justin Nelson uses ‘indictment birthday cake’ to celebrate AG Ken Paxton

AUSTIN — Democrat Justin Nelson is observing the third anniversary of Attorney General Ken Paxton’s legal troubles with a stinging satirical campaign ad featuring a step-by-step guide to baking an “indictment birthday cake.” Playing off the trend of...

Chron, 07:59 in Politics
 

Will economic boom complicate curbing immigration?

WASHINGTON (AP) — One of President Donald Trump's priorities, low unemployment, is complicating another: curbing immigration. With the number of jobs available exceeding the number of Americans seeking jobs, employers are looking beyond the border to...

Chron, 11:25 in Politics
 

Judge dismisses victims' lawsuit over Houston rape kit backlog

Now Playing: Shaun Rabb reports. Media: Fox4 A federal judge has dismissed a 2017 lawsuit two rape victims filed against Houston’s current mayor and police chief and five sets of predecessors, among others, for allowing a backlog of rape kits to...

Chron, 11:25 in Politics
 

Report: Trump commission did not find widespread voter fraud

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The now-disbanded voting integrity commission launched by the Trump administration uncovered no evidence to support claims of widespread voter fraud, according to an analysis of administration documents released Friday. In a...

Chron, 17:13 in Politics
 

Pentagon redoing space defenses, but will Trump demand more?

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump wants a Space Force, a new military service he says is needed to ensure American dominance in space. But the idea is gaining little traction at the Pentagon, where the president's defense chief, Jim Mattis,...

Chron, 17:13 in Politics
 

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