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Newly appointed Alabama Sen. Luther Strange speaks to the media during a press conference, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, in Montgomery, Ala. Gov. Robert Bentley named Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange to fill the U.S. Senate vacated by new U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
February 09, 2017 - 1:41 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Luther Strange, Alabama's attorney general, was sworn in on Thursday to fill the Senate seat left empty by Jeff Sessions, tapped by President Donald Trump to be the nation's top law enforcement officer. Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, administered the oath to Strange, a well-...
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This screen image from the capcana.com website shows an article about the recent visit by Eric Trump to the Dominican Republic. Eric Trump was photographed touring the Cap Cana resort Feb. 2, 2017, with brothers Ricardo and Fernando Hazoury. In a press release accompanying the photo, the Hazoury brothers called their relationship with Eric Trump “incredibly strong.” The Trump Organization maintains that returning to a decade-old licensing agreement wouldn’t violate President Trump’s ethics pledge not to engage in new foreign deals. (capcana.com via AP)
February 09, 2017 - 1:38 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump Organization is returning to a long-dormant licensing deal involving a beachfront luxury resort in the Dominican Republic, testing the limits of Donald Trump's pledge to halt new international Trump-branded projects during his presidency. The branding deal — signed in...
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Gen. John Nicholson, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, before the Senate Armed Services Senate Committee. Nicholson said he needs a "few thousand" more troops to better accomplish a key part of the mission in the war-torn country. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
February 09, 2017 - 1:33 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A few thousand more troops are needed to help end the stalemate in Afghanistan, according to a senior U.S. military commander who also told lawmakers Thursday that Russian meddling is complicating the counterterrorism fight. Army Gen. John Nicholson, commander of U.S. forces in...
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President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Senators on his Supreme Court Justice nominee Neil Gorsuch, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
February 09, 2017 - 12:24 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump insisted Thursday that comments by his Supreme Court nominee criticizing his own attacks on the judiciary were "misrepresented," even as Republican and Democratic lawmakers vouched for the veracity of the remarks. Trump responded after private rebukes from...
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Supreme Court Justice nominee Neil Gorsuch meets with Senate Judiciary Committee member Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
February 09, 2017 - 12:08 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's unusually personal criticism of federal judges has drawn rebukes from many quarters, including from Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, but not much from the judges themselves. The leader of the federal judiciary, Chief Justice John Roberts, has himself...
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FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2017 file photo, Health and Human Services Secretary-designate, Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga. pauses while testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Finance Committee. Republicans are ready to overpower Democrats and push President Donald Trump's next Cabinet nominee through the Senate, the man who will help lead the GOP drive to erase and replace the health care law. The Senate voted 51-48 Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017, to short-circuit Democratic delaying tactics against Price, Trump's choice for health secretary. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
February 09, 2017 - 11:14 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans pushed President Donald Trump's pick for health secretary toward Senate confirmation on Thursday, overpowering Democrats who complained that the GOP drive to erase and replace former President Obama's health care law will end up taking away peoples' coverage. The...
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FILE - In this Nov. 19, 2016 file photo, then-President-elect Donald Trump walks Labor Secretary-designate Andrew Puzder from Trump National Golf Club Bedminster clubhouse in Bedminster, N.J. Puzder has proposed avoiding conflicts of interest by resigning as CEO of his fast food empire, selling off hundreds of holdings and recusing himself from government decisions in which he has a financial interest, according to his ethics filings with the government. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
February 09, 2017 - 9:58 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's nominee for secretary of labor has proposed avoiding conflicts of interest by resigning as CEO of his fast food empire, selling off hundreds of holdings and recusing himself from government decisions in which he has a financial interest, according to his...
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February 09, 2017 - 9:49 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan said Thursday that he needs a "few thousand" more troops to better accomplish a key part of the mission in the war-torn country and complained that Russian meddling there is complicating the counterterror fight. Testifying before the Senate...
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President Donald Trump speaks to the Major County Sheriffs' Association and Major Cities Chiefs Association, Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
February 09, 2017 - 9:22 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's criticism of the judiciary prompted a rebuke from his nominee for the Supreme Court, who told a senator the president's comments were "demoralizing and disheartening." Judge Neil Gorsuch, who was nominated by Trump to the nation's high court last week,...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, file photo, Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, before the Senate Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies subcommittee hearing on gun control proposals. Strange has been named Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, to the U.S. Senate seat left empty by Jeff Sessions. (AP Photo/Molly Riley, File)
February 09, 2017 - 9:16 am
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's governor on Thursday named state Attorney General Luther Strange to the U.S. Senate seat left empty by Jeff Sessions. Strange will replace Sessions, whose selection as U.S. attorney general by President Donald Trump was confirmed Wednesday. Strange, a 63-year-old...
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