News archive from 5 July 2018

The Latest: Trump says military keeps America safe, strong

Now Playing: President Donald Trump has tweeted a military-themed, Independence Day video greeting to the nation. In a short recording, Trump said Wednesday he and first lady Melania Trump wished everyone a happy holiday. (July 4) Media: Associated...

Chron, 19:28 in Politics
 

Trump praises military for keeping US 'safe, strong, proud'

Now Playing: President Donald Trump has tweeted a military-themed, Independence Day video greeting to the nation. In a short recording, Trump said Wednesday he and first lady Melania Trump wished everyone a happy holiday. (July 4) Media: Associated...

Chron, 19:28 in Politics
 

Sanctioned Russian oligarch linked to Cohen has vast US ties

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long before Viktor Vekselberg was tied to a scandal over the president and a porn star, the Russian oligarch had been positioning himself to extend his influence in the United States. Working closely with an American cousin who heads...

Chron, 00:45 in Politics
 

AP source: Pence has met with Supreme Court contenders

Now Playing: President Donald Trump is promising to select a "great" Supreme Court nominee to fill the vacancy of retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. At a "Salute to Service" dinner in West Virginia, he also defended the work of ICE...

Chron, 00:45 in Politics
 

Trump calls on Congress to fix 'insane' immigration laws

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is demanding that Congress "FIX OUR INSANE IMMIGRATION LAWS NOW!" Trump, who just weeks ago said Republicans should stop wasting their time on immigration until after November's elections, says in...

Chron, 11:16 in Politics
 

John Cornyn uses Hillary Clinton as a foil in taxpayer funded video touting GOP victories

Using taxpayer dollars, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn is fighting against perceptions that Senate Republicans haven’t accomplished enough since President Donald Trump has taken office. Even while immigration reform legislation sputters and key Texas leaders...

Chron, 12:09 in Politics
 

Gas stations will refund customers after price gouging

AUSTIN — Dozens of gas stations will refund Texans who were charged exorbitant prices for gasoline during Hurricane Harvey, according to Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton. The 48 businesses will pay a collective $166,592 in restitution to refund...

Chron, 12:20 in Politics
 

Trump admin: Summit with Putin an achievement in itself

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Trump administration official says President Donald Trump's upcoming summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin will be an achievement in itself. The senior administration official answered reporters' questions on condition of...

Chron, 13:33 in Politics
 

Life in Trump Cabinet: perks, pestering, power, putdowns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross came in for an Oval Office tongue-lashing after he used a mundane soup can as a TV prop. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis got overruled by President Donald Trump's announcement that a new "Space...

Chron, 13:56 in Politics
 

Facebook says removal of Declaration of Independence from Texas newspaper's page was a mistake

A Facebook spokesperson says the removal of a Texas newspaper's post featuring the Declaration of Independence was an accident. Earlier this week, South Liberty County newspaper The Vindicator posted the document on their Facebook in preparation for...

Chron, 13:56 in Politics
 

Abbott: Feds approve $5b for Harvey recovery

AUSTIN -- Nearly $5 billion in funding for high-priority disaster recovery projects in Texas was announced Thursday by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, much of it designed to spur continued recovery from Hurricane Harvey. In addition, the Corps also...

Chron, 16:59 in Politics
 

Beto O’Rourke plays guitar with country music legend Willie Nelson

AUSTIN — Beto O’Rouke didn’t get a political endorsement from Willie Nelson, but the country music icon may have given O’Rourke something just as important this week. Nelson invited O’Rourke on stage to play guitar with him during his annual 4th of...

Chron, 17:38 in Politics
 

Trump says tariffs to kick in against China

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says tariffs will go into effect against China. The administration was scheduled to start imposing tariffs Friday on $34 billion worth of Chinese imports. China has promised a swift retaliatory strike with an...

Chron, 18:24 in Politics
 

Texas Tech president says 'repulsive and racist rhetoric' by students is free speech

On Thursday, Texas Tech President Lawrence Schovanec penned a letter updating students and staff on the actions being taken against a group of fraternity members caught writing violent and racist messages in a group chat. Kyle Mitchell, one of the...

Chron, 18:45 in Politics
 

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