News archive from 10 July 2018

Judge denies US claim on 2 of 3 California immigration laws

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A judge on Monday dismissed the federal government's claim that U.S. law trumps two California laws intended to protect immigrants who are in the country illegally. The ruling by U.S. District Judge John Mendez follows his...

Chron, 20:24 in Politics
 

Beto O'Rourke is out-raising Ted Cruz. Other Texas Democrats? Not so much.

Texas Congressman and Senate hopeful Beto O'Rourke is sitting pretty. In 2018, the El Paso lawmaker has outraised his opponent Ted Cruz by more than $4 million as of Monday. While O'Rourke still has some catching up to do since he has less money in...

Chron, 20:24 in Politics
 

Trump picks Kavanaugh for court, setting up fight with Dems

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump chose Brett Kavanaugh, a solidly conservative, politically connected judge, for the Supreme Court Monday night, setting up a ferocious confirmation battle with Democrats as he seeks to shift the nation's...

Chron, 00:24 in Politics
 

Wet hot Washington: Stormy Daniels strips near White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Donald Trump exercised his power by nominating Brett Kavanaugh Monday night at the White House, adult film star Stormy Daniels exercised hers about a mile away, wearing nothing but black heels. "She is the one...

Chron, 00:45 in Politics
 

Trump to open trip by meeting with nervous NATO leaders

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's four-nation European tour has allies fretting over the risk of damage he could do to the decades-old NATO alliance. They're also worried about his potential embrace of Russia's Vladimir Putin during a summit...

Chron, 00:45 in Politics
 

Trump pardons ranchers in case that inspired 2016 occupation

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has pardoned two ranchers whose case sparked the armed occupation of a national wildlife refuge in Oregon. Dwight and Steven Hammond were convicted in 2012 of intentionally and maliciously setting fires on...

Chron, 10:59 in Politics
 

Flynn 'eager' for sentencing in lying case, attorney says

WASHINGTON (AP) — An attorney for Michael Flynn said Tuesday that the former national security adviser is "eager" to proceed to sentencing and put his criminal case behind him. Attorney Robert Kelner made the comments during a court hearing...

Chron, 13:09 in Politics
 

Ted Cruz and Beto O’Rourke both want to debate, but no date set

AUSTIN — With less than four months until Election Day, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke is getting more aggressive in pushing incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz to agree to a series of debates. O’Rourke, a Congressman from El Paso, said on Tuesday...

Chron, 13:43 in Politics
 

Trump's attacks on NATO raise questions about its future

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's repeated tongue lashings of NATO allies and his friendly overtures to Russian President Vladimir Putin are stirring questions at home and abroad about Trump's commitment to an Atlantic alliance that has been...

Chron, 14:14 in Politics
 

Harris County Commissioners Court OKs plan to spend $1.1B in post-Harvey federal funds

Harris County Commissioners Court on Wednesday approved the county's plan to spend $1.1 billion in the first round of post-Hurricane Harvey federal funds. According to the county's action plan, the Housing and Urban Development Community Development...

Chron, 15:17 in Politics
 

The Latest: Michael Flynn joining new lobbying firm

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on former national security adviser Michael Flynn (all times local): 3:50 p.m. Former national security adviser Michael Flynn is joining a new lobbying firm headed by lobbyists who recently represented the government of...

Chron, 16:09 in Politics
 

Trump sought 'the best' in hunt for Supreme Court nominee

WASHINGTON (AP) — In calls from the Oval Office, from Air Force One, and from his New Jersey golf club, President Donald Trump returned over and over to the same question as he mulled his next Supreme Court nomination: "Who's the best...

Chron, 17:16 in Politics
 

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