News archive from 8 August 2018

Trump says GDP growth 'could be in the 5s' next quarter

BEDMINSTER, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump says he thinks gross domestic product growth in the next quarter "could be in the 5s" — that is, higher than 5 percent — as he hosts business leaders at his Bedminster, New Jersey, golf resort....

Chron, 20:35 in Politics
 

Lawmakers get a lesson on the drug problem in Texas, by the numbers

Drug abuse is involved 70 percent of the time when Texas Child Protective Services removes children from their families. Half of the inmates in county jails across the state have demonstrated a need for drug treatment. Those are a few of the...

Chron, 21:09 in Politics
 

Trump going ahead with taxes on $16B in Chinese imports

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration announced Tuesday that it will go ahead with imposing 25 percent tariffs on an additional $16 billion in Chinese imports. Customs officials will begin collecting the border tax Aug. 23, the Office of the U.S....

Chron, 22:04 in Politics
 

Cross-examination focuses on Manafort protege's own crimes

Now Playing: Rick Gates, the key prosecution witness in the Paul Manafort trial, continued his testimony Tuesday, telling jurors how he and Manafort together committed a series of financial crimes. AP's Eric Tucker explains what's happening in the...

Chron, 00:57 in Politics
 

Whitmer heads all-female Democratic ticket in Michigan

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Former legislative leader Gretchen Whitmer will lead Michigan's first all-female statewide ticket in the November election, winning the Democratic nomination for governor and pitting her against Republican state Attorney General...

Chron, 03:48 in Politics
 

Houston City Council weighs launch of new home construction program

Houston City Council this week will consider launching a new home construction program, as city officials seek to fill a gap in the area's booming housing market. The council is being asked to approve a $6.7 million agreement with a dozen homebuilders...

Chron, 07:30 in Politics
 

The Latest: Kansas GOP governor race still too close to call

Now Playing: Voters are at the polls where President Donald Trump's preferred congressional candidate — and his chief legislative achievement — are about to be tested in battleground Ohio in the season's final high-stakes special election. (August...

Chron, 09:30 in Politics
 

Ohio, Kansas races too close to call; Trump claims Ohio win

Now Playing: Voters are at the polls where President Donald Trump's preferred congressional candidate — and his chief legislative achievement — are about to be tested in battleground Ohio in the season's final high-stakes special election. (August...

Chron, 09:30 in Politics
 

Houston Fire Department wins grant to protect firefighters from diesel fumes

The Houston Fire Department has received a federal grant to protect firefighters from toxic diesel exhaust, but still will lag far behind its Texas peers. The $704,000 in federal aid, plus $70,000 chipped in by the city of Houston, will allow HFD to...

Chron, 12:00 in Politics
 

Trump's legal team responds to Mueller interview request

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, says the president's legal team has responded to the latest interview request from special counsel Robert Mueller. But New York's former mayor offered no further details and called on...

Chron, 14:31 in Politics
 

Indicted Rep. Collins was early loyalist to Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — New York Rep. Chris Collins was one of the first House members to back Donald Trump for president in 2016 and quickly became a ubiquitous surrogate for the future president on cable television. On Wednesday, federal prosecutors...

Chron, 15:54 in Politics
 

Kansas' most populous county fumbles 2nd major election

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — For the second consecutive major election, Kansas' most populous county has fumbled its handling of results. The Johnson County votes were pivotal to a close and high profile Republican race for governor that still has not been...

Chron, 17:05 in Politics
 

Unbowed by Russia questions, Trump Jr. becomes GOP star

WASHINGTON (AP) — The president has been privately fretting over his eldest son's legal exposure in the special counsel's investigation. But Donald Trump Jr. isn't letting any scrutiny slow him down. Speculation about whether Trump Jr. could be caught...

Chron, 17:17 in Politics
 

Republicans promote fear, not tax cuts, in key elections

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans in many midterm election battlegrounds across the country are trying to maintain their congressional majorities by stoking certain voters' anxieties about liberal Democrats and their policies. It's a striking turn for a...

Chron, 18:16 in Politics
 

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