Government

1st District U.S. House race between Democrats Weiland, Castillo getting testy

Weiland Castillo

Most notably, an exchange between the two at the Davis County Democratic Party convention drew...

Government

Trump pledges hands off Russia probe, may "change my mind'

Trump Russia Probe Mueller

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump insisted Thursday he “won’t be involved” in any attempt to interfere with the investigation into Russian election meddling — unless he changes his mind — as a Senate panel moved to safeguard special counsel Robert Mueller from any attempt to fire him. Trump...


Government

Pompeo sworn in as secretary of state, dashes off to Europe

Pompeo

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mike Pompeo took over as America’s top diplomat Thursday after being confirmed by the Senate and sworn in across the street minutes later. The new secretary of state immediately dashed off to Europe in an energetic start befitting the high-stakes issues awaiting him from Iran to...


Business

At hearings, EPA chief seeks to divert blame for ethics woes

EPA Pruitt-3

WASHINGTON (AP) — Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt, yet another Trump administration official with his job on the line over ethical concerns, took heat from lawmakers Thursday over his profligate spending and lobbyist ties and tried to divert responsibility to underlings. The EPA...


Government

Trump's VA choice bows out in latest Cabinet flame-out

Veterans Affairs Jackson

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s White House doctor reluctantly withdrew his nomination to be Veterans Affairs secretary Thursday in the face of accusations of misconduct, the latest embarrassing episode highlighting Trump’s struggles to fill key jobs and the perils of his occasional spur...


Business

The Latest: EPA inspector general weighs in on Pruitt remark

EPA Pruitt

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt and his appearances on Capitol Hill (all times local): 4:45 p.m. The Environmental Protection Agency’s inspector general is taking issue with Administrator Scott Pruitt invoking an internal review of security threats...


Government

Podcast: KHN’s ‘What The Health?’ What’s Next For The VA?

The Trump administration has withdrawn the nomination of White House physician Ronny Jackson to head the Department of Veterans Affairs after allegations surfaced about inappropriate handling of prescription drugs, issues with alcohol and difficulties working with other White House medical unit...


Government

Senate committee OKs bill to safeguard special counsel

Trump Russia Probe Mueller

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bipartisan legislation to protect special counsel Robert Mueller now lies in the hands of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell after the GOP-led Senate Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to advance it. McConnell, R-Ky., has said the bill is unnecessary and he won’t let it reach...


Government

US mortgage rates highest since 2013; 30-year at 4.58 pct.

Housing Market

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates continued to climb this week, reaching their highest level in more than four years and denting prospective home purchasers’ prospects amid the spring buying season. It was the third straight week of increases for long-term mortgage rates. Mortgage...


Government

White House says Trump to visit UK in July

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will visit the United Kingdom on July 13 for a “working visit” with Prime Minister Theresa May, the White House said. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders announced the visit Thursday. A Downing Street spokesperson confirmed the scheduled talks. Trump’s...


Government

The Latest: Protections for special prosecutor clear panel

Trump One Year Russia Probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the bill to protect special counsel Robert Mueller’s job (all times local): 11:50 a.m. The Senate Judiciary Committee has passed a bill to protect special counsel Robert Mueller’s job. Now all eyes are on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has said he won’t...


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