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  Ex-Gov. Deval Patrick announces 2020 presidential bid

Patrick made history as the first black governor of Massachusetts and has close ties to former President Barack Obama and his network of political advisers.

Court rejects Trump’s appeal in fight over financial records

US budget deficit surges to $134.5 billion in October

  Diplomats accuse Trump as impeachment hits Americans’ TVs

  US and Turkey have friendly talks but differences persist

Supreme Court says Ginsburg home sick with stomach bug

  Mark Sanford suspends GOP primary challenge to Trump

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  Split Supreme Court appears ready to allow Trump to end DACA

Supreme Court lets Sandy Hook shooting lawsuit go forward

  Former President Carter out of surgery, no complications

US held record number of migrant kids in custody in 2019

  Impeachment witness: Ukrainians asked about holdup of aid

AP sources: Deval Patrick mulling Democratic White House run

  National security officials objected to stopping Ukraine aid

The view among the national security officials was unanimous: Military aid to Ukraine should not be stopped by the White House.

Judge dismisses Trump lawsuit against NY over tax returns

A federal judge on Monday dismissed President Donald Trump’s lawsuit against New York officials that was aimed at preventing the release of his tax returns.

  Trump kicks off Veterans Day tribute in NYC

Trump spoke at the opening of the 100th annual parade organized by the United War Veterans Council in Madison Square Park

  Arlington National Cemetery running out of room for veterans’ burials

For more than 150 years, these hallowed grounds have recorded the history of America’s veterans. But time is catching up.

  After push from Energy Secretary Perry, backers got huge gas deal in Ukraine

Bolivia’s president resigns amid election-fraud allegations

In memoir, Haley alleges some on Trump team urged resistance

  Problems at Fort Gordon’s military housing has Rep. Rick Allen’s attention

  Watergate redux? Trump impeachment inquiry heads for live TV

  Justices take up high-profile case over young immigrants

  Trump soaks in Deep South cheers at college football matchup

His reception at the showdown between Louisiana State and Alabama contrasted with the scene at Game 5 of the World Series in Washington, where he was booed, and the mixed response to his appearance at a martial arts fight in New York.

  Trump tried hard to win Ukraine Biden probes, officials say

Speaking to reporters as he left on a campaign trip to Atlanta, Trump said he was "not concerned about anything" that has been disclosed so far.

  Trump says he’ll release transcript of another phone call with Ukraine ‘probably’ Tuesday

President Trump said he first spoke with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in April. Another phone call in July has been the focus of the impeachment inquiry.

Facebook is deleting the name of the potential whistleblower

The company said Friday that mention of the potential whistleblower's name violates Facebook's "coordinating harm policy," which prohibits material that could identify a "witness, informant, or activist."

Top Iowa aide to Steyer’s campaign resigns after AP report

A top Iowa aide to businessman Tom Steyer resigned Friday, a day after The Associated Press revealed he had privately offered campaign contributions to local politicians in exchange for endorsing Steyer's White House bid.

Michael Bloomberg files to run in Alabama primary

Michael Bloomberg has filed to run in Alabama’s Democratic primary, but he hasn't decided whether he will actually run.

Sessions, an Alabama icon, announces he’s running for Senate

Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Thursday he wants to reclaim his old Senate seat from Alabama, where he's been a conservative icon and dominant vote-getter since the 1990s.

Michael Bloomberg opens door to 2020 presidential campaign

Michael Bloomberg has not made a final decision on whether to run, according to advisers, but he is taking steps toward a campaign.

Kamala Harris proposes keeping schools open until 6 p.m.

California senator and Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris has introduced a bill that aims to help working parents by aligning school hours with the normal workday.

  The words Trump had to hear: Investigations, Biden, Clinton

Numerous current and former Trump officials have testified that the president was conditioning U.S. aid on Ukraine publicly investigating Democrats including his potential 2020 political foe Joe Biden and Biden's son.

NY judge fines Trump $2 million for misusing charity foundation

A New York judge ordered President Donald Trump to pay $2 million to settle a lawsuit alleging he misused his charitable foundation to further his political and business interests.

  GRAPHIC: Mexico farm town buries 3 of 9 Americans slain

As Mexican soldiers stood guard, a mother and two sons were laid to rest in hand-hewn pine coffins in a single grave dug out of the rocky soil Thursday at the first funeral for the victims of a drug cartel ambush that left nine American women and children dead.

  Iran alleges UN inspector tested positive for explosives

The allegation made by Iranian representative Kazem Gharib Abadi came as Iran injected uranium gas into centrifuges at its underground Fordo nuclear complex early Thursday, taking its most-significant step away from its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.

AP exclusive: Tom Steyer’s aide offered money for endorsements of presidential bid

The overtures from Pat Murphy, a former state House speaker who is serving as a top adviser on Steyer's Iowa campaign, aren't illegal — though payments for endorsements would violate campaign finance laws if not disclosed.

  US: Saudis recruited Twitter workers to spy on critics

The criminal complaint detailed a coordinated effort by Saudi government officials to recruit employees at the social media giant to look up the private data of Twitter accounts.

Voters choose to remove King’s name from street in Kansas City, opening wounds, discussion

On Tuesday, Kansas City voters overwhelmingly approved a ballot measure to rename a 10-mile boulevard from King's name back to The Paseo, which it has been called since it was completed in 1899. The vote came less than a year after the city council approved renaming the boulevard for King.

AP sources: Jeff Sessions to announce Alabama Senate bid

Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions will announce that he is entering the race for his old U.S. Senate seat in Alabama, two Republicans with direct knowledge of his plans said Wednesday.

  Diplomat had ‘clear understanding’ of Ukraine quid pro quo; public impeachment hearings set for next week

William Taylor told impeachment investigators that Trump had been holding back military aid for Ukraine until the country agreed to investigate Democrats and a company linked to Joe Biden's family.

Judge rejects moral-objection rule for abortion providers

A federal judge on Wednesday struck down a new rule, not yet in effect, that allowed health care clinicians to refuse participation in abortions and other services on moral or religious grounds.

Senate passes bill making animal cruelty a federal crime

The PACT act, which stands for Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture, passed the Senate with unanimous, bipartisan support.

  GRAPHIC: Deadly ambush shows Mexico lost control of area

When drug cartel gunmen opened fire on American women and children in northern Mexico, the Mexican Army, the National Guard and Sonora state police were not there to protect them. It took them about eight hours just to arrive.

Dems flip Virginia; Kentucky governor race too close to call

A year before the presidential election, the results offered warning signs for both parties.

  Impeachment probe: Diplomat says he knew why US aid withheld

In a striking reversal, a top diplomat revised his testimony in the House impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump to acknowledge he understood that U.S. aid to Ukraine was being withheld until the country promised to investigate corruption.

  Roger Stone leaves Day 1 of trial early over food poisoning

Stone is accused of lying to lawmakers about WikiLeaks, tampering with witnesses and obstructing a House intelligence committee probe into whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russia to tip the 2016 election.

Iran to fuel centrifuges in new step away from nuclear deal

The International Atomic Energy Agency, the United Nations' nuclear watchdog now monitoring Iran's compliance with the deal, declined to comment on Iran's announcement.

Lawyer: Trump’s phone records back details of former ‘Apprentice’ contestant’s claim

Records filed in Summer Zervos' defamation suit and obtained Monday by The Associated Press indicate that Zervos got a call from Trump's phone on a day in December 2007, when she says he rang to invite her to dinner. She says she went hoping for career advice and ended up being sexually assaulted.

US tells UN it is pulling out of Paris climate deal

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday that he submitted a formal notice to the United Nations that the United States is pulling out of the 2015 Paris climate agreement.

Columnist sues Trump for calling her sex assault claim a lie

E. Jean Carroll's lawsuit, filed Monday in New York, says Trump "smeared her integrity, honesty and dignity — all in the national press" when he responded to her allegations, first broached in a New York magazine article this past June.

  Diplomat lays out White House campaign to oust her

The panels released testimony from former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovich and Michael McKinley, a former senior adviser to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Appeals court agrees Trump tax returns can be turned over

The ruling by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals came Monday. It is certain to be further appealed.

  Iran spins more centrifuges on 40th anniversary of US Embassy crisis

The announcement — which also included Iran saying it now has a prototype centrifuge that works 50 times faster than those allowed under the deal — came as demonstrators across the country marked the 40th anniversary of the 1979 U.S. Embassy takeover that started a 444-day hostage crisis.

  Trump: Whistleblower ‘must be brought forward to testify’

The surprise proposal comes as Trump stepped up attacks on the whistleblower as lacking credibility, tweeting Sunday that the person "must come forward."

  Smugglers in Mexico cutting through border wall’s new sections with saws, report says

Smugglers are using reciprocating saws to cut through steel and concrete portions of the wall, the Post reports.

  Lawyer: Whistleblower willing to take written GOP questions in impeachment inquiry

The surprise offer, made to Rep. Devin Nunes, the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, would allow Republicans to ask questions of the whistleblower, who spurred the Democratic-led impeachment inquiry, without having to go through the committee's chairman, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif.

Trump now has opening to pull US out of Paris climate pact

The terms of the deal say no country can withdraw in the first three years. So Monday is the first time the U.S. could actually start the withdrawal process.

1 year out: A divided nation lurches toward 2020 election

Much is unknown about how the United States and its politics will look on Nov. 3, 2020.

Mueller documents: Manafort pushed Ukraine hack theory

Newly released documents show a Trump campaign official told the FBI that during the 2016 presidential race the campaign’s chairman, Paul Manafort, pushed the idea that Ukraine, not Russia, was behind the hack of the Democratic National Committee’s servers.

  Federal judge blocks Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants

U.S. District Judge Michael Simon granted a temporary restraining order that prevents the rule from going into effect Sunday. It's not clear when he will rule on the merits of the case.

  Beto O’Rourke announces he’s dropping 2020 presidential bid

Addressing supporters in Iowa, O'Rourke said he made the decision "reluctantly" and vowed to stay active in the fight to defeat President Donald Trump.

Energy chief Perry asked to testify in impeachment inquiry

House investigators have called Energy Secretary Rick Perry to testify in the impeachment inquiry and issued subpoenas late Friday to a top White House lawyer and another administration official to appear.

Trump says Chad Wolf to be next acting DHS secretary

President Donald Trump on Friday said Chad Wolf, a longtime Homeland Security official, would be the new acting head of the department, the fifth person in the job for this administration.

Reports: US launches review of China-owned video app TikTok

Several senators have recently noted concerns about censorship and data collection on TikTok.

  Warren’s health plan: $20 trillion, no middle class tax hike

Elizabeth Warren promised Friday to spend more than $20 trillion over the next decade to provide government-funded health care to every American without raising middle class taxes.

Impeachment inquiry focuses on White House lawyers

The House impeachment inquiry is zeroing in on two White House lawyers privy to a discussion about moving a memo recounting President Donald Trump's phone call with the leader of Ukraine into a highly restricted computer system normally reserved for documents about covert action.

  Ex-Trump aide confirms Biden probe linked to Ukraine aid

Tim Morrison, who stepped down from the National Security Council the day before testifying, was the first White House political appointee to appear and spent more than eight hours behind closed doors with House investigators.

  Katie Hill blames scandal, resignation on ‘double standard’

The Democrat told the House in her farewell speech Thursday that she's leaving while men accused of "intentional acts of sexual violence" sit in the nation's highest offices.

Stable costs but more uninsured as ‘Obamacare’ sign-ups open

As sign-up season starts on Friday, the Affordable Care Act has shown remarkable resiliency, but it has also fallen short of expectations. Even many Democrats want to move on.

Border wall, impeachment battles imperil budget progress

The Senate passed a long-overdue, $209 billion bundle of bipartisan spending bills Thursday, but a bitter fight over funding demanded by President Donald Trump for border fencing continues to imperil broader Capitol Hill efforts.

  Democrats push impeachment rules package through House

The tally was 232-196, with all Republicans who voted opposing the resolution and just two Democratic defectors joining them.

Trump to welcome military hero dog Conan to White House

President Donald Trump tweets that the military working dog injured in the raid last weekend that killed Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi will leave the Middle East for the White House sometime next week.

  Bolton summoned; first big vote set on impeachment probe

House investigators are asking former national security adviser John Bolton to testify in their impeachment inquiry, deepening their reach into the White House as the probe accelerates toward a potential vote to remove the president.

  Trump presents highest military honor to Green Beret

The Medal of Honor was presented to Master Sgt. Matthew O. Williams of Texas, who still serves in the Army.

  Pentagon releases new details, video on al-Baghdadi raid

The general who oversaw the U.S. raid on Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi provided the most detailed account yet of the operation Wednesday and said the U.S. is on alert for possible "retribution attacks" by extremists.

Twitter bans political ads ahead of 2020 election

Twitter, reacting to growing concern about misinformation spread on social media, is banning all political advertising from its service.

Fed cuts rates for a 3rd time but signals it will now pause

The Federal Reserve cut short-term interest rates Wednesday for a third time this year to try to support the economy. But it signaled that it plans no further cuts unless it sees clear evidence that the economic outlook has worsened.

  Appeals court stops U.S. House from getting grand jury secrets from Mueller investigation

An appeals court has stopped the House of Representatives from getting grand jury secrets for the impeachment probe, at least for now.

Papadopoulos seeks California seat left vacant by Rep. Hill

George Papadopoulos, a former Trump campaign aide who was a key figure in the FBI’s Russia probe, filed paperwork Tuesday to run for the U.S. House seat being vacated by Democrat Katie Hill.

  California man runs for governor so he can run false ads on Facebook

Adriel Hampton registered Monday as a candidate in the 2022 gubernatorial election. His campaign strategy: Run false ads on Facebook.