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National security adviser Robert O'Brien talks with reporters before boarding Air Force One with President Donald Trump at Los Angeles International Airport, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019, in Los Angeles. O’Brien said late Thursday, Oct. 10, that he wants to gradually eliminate about half of the 178 staff members of the National Security Council over the next 15 months. O’Brien, who recently took over after national security adviser John Bolton was ousted by the president, portrayed the cuts as an effort to return to staffing levels of the past. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
October 11, 2019 - 6:06 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's new national security adviser plans to dramatically cut the White House foreign policy unit as it comes under scrutiny over a whistleblower's complaint that launched an impeachment inquiry by Congress. National security adviser Robert O'Brien said late...
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FILE - In this May 9, 2019, file photo, Energy Secretary Rick Perry testifies before the House Energy and Commerce Committee on his future budget request, on Capitol Hill in Washington. A business executive Perry recommended as an adviser to Ukraine’s government exaggerated his military credentials, according to veterans who examined his record. Robert Joseph Bensh claimed to have been a member of the U.S. military’s most elite units: Army Rangers, Special Forces and Delta Force. But a summary of his military career shows he spent less than five years in uniform, almost all of it with the Army National Guard. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File )
October 11, 2019 - 6:04 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — An oil and gas industry executive that Energy Secretary Rick Perry recommended as an adviser to the Ukrainian government exaggerated his military credentials, according to U.S. veterans who said he scrubbed the false information from online profiles after learning they were...
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California Gov. Gavin Newsom, seated hands Assemblyman Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, second from right, a copy of his bill that Newsom signed at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Friday, Oct. 11, 2019. The law allows employers, co-workers and teachers to seek gun violence restraining orders for people they believe to be a danger to themselves or others. Ting's measure was one of more than a dozen gun control bills the governor signed Friday. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
October 11, 2019 - 4:26 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday signed a law that will make the state the first to allow employers, co-workers and teachers to seek gun violence restraining orders against other people. The bill was vetoed twice by former governor Jerry Brown, a Democrat, and goes...
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October 11, 2019 - 1:37 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Latest on a federal investigation into Illinois state Sen. Martin Sandoval (all times local): 1:30 p.m. An Illinois state senator has resigned his post as head of the chamber's Transportation Committee amid a federal investigation into alleged bribery, theft of federal...
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October 11, 2019 - 1:36 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is hoping to keep Venezuela from winning a seat on the United Nations Human Rights Council. A State Department official said Friday that members of the U.N. General Assembly should vote against Venezuela next week because of severe human rights abuses under President...
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FILE - In this Jan. 15, 2019 file photo, Senate Judiciary Committee member Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, asks a question during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
October 11, 2019 - 9:54 am
DENVER (AP) — A simple yes-or-no question keeps tripping up Senate Republicans: Should the president ask foreign countries to investigate political rivals? A month ago the question was a legal and constitutional no-brainer. It's illegal to accept foreign help in a political campaign, an action that...
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FILE - In this July 10, 2018, file photo, President Donald Trump is joined by Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, second from right, as he arrives at Melsbroek Air Base, in Brussels, Belgium. Sondland, wrapped up in a congressional impeachment inquiry, was a late convert to Trump, initially supporting another candidate in the Republican primary and once refusing to participate in a fundraiser on his behalf. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)
October 11, 2019 - 9:18 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on former U.S. Ukraine ambassador Marie Yovanovitch and the House impeachment probe (all times local): 10:15 a.m. Former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch has arrived on Capitol Hill for a deposition in the Democrats' impeachment inquiry despite President...
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This courtroom sketch depicts from left, attorney Kevin Downing, Lev Parnas, Igor Fruman, and attorney Thomas Zehnle standing before U.S. Judge Michael Nachmanoff, at federal courthouse in Alexandria, Va., Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. Parnas and Fruman, two Florida businessmen tied to President Donald Trump's lawyer and the Ukraine investigation, were charged with federal campaign finance violations. The charges relate to a $325,000 donation to a group supporting President Donald Trump's reelection. (Dana Verkouteren via AP)
October 11, 2019 - 7:30 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Businessmen with ties to Rudy Giuliani lobbied a U.S. congressman in 2018 for help ousting the American ambassador to Ukraine around the same time they committed to raising money for the lawmaker. An indictment unsealed Thursday identified the lawmaker only as "Congressman 1." But...
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President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally at the Target Center, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
October 11, 2019 - 5:22 am
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — President Donald Trump was defiant in the face of an impeachment probe as he sought to convert the threat to his presidency into a weapon on the campaign trail, with biting and unsupported attacks on potential Democratic challenger Joe Biden. Confronting an investigation provoked...
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FILE - This Aug. 1, 2018, file photo shows Rudy Giuliani, an attorney for President Donald Trump, in Portsmouth, N.H. As Giuliani was pushing Ukrainian officials in the spring of 2019 to investigate one of Donald Trump’s main political rivals, a group of individuals with ties to the president and his personal lawyer were also active in the former Soviet Republic. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)
October 11, 2019 - 3:53 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the arrest of two Florida businessmen tied to President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani (all times local): 6:45 p.m. A federal judge in San Francisco has ordered Andrey Kukushkin held pending a bail hearing to determine whether he is considered a flight...
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