Aced it: Doc says Trump got perfect score on cognitive test

Trump Physical

President Donald Trump performed “exceedingly well” on a surprise cognitive screening...


Trump steps to forefront of anti-abortion movement

Trump Abortion

WASHINGTON (AP) — He once called himself “pro-choice.” But a year into his presidency, Donald Trump is stepping to the forefront of his administration’s efforts to roll back abortion rights. And though his record is mixed and a midterm election looms, abortion opponents say they have not felt so...


Pakistan's ace in poker match with US: Afghan air routes

WASHINGTON (AP) — As bad as President Donald Trump describes U.S.-Pakistani ties today, they can get far worse. Over 16 years that included hundreds of deadly U.S. drone strikes, Osama bin Laden’s killing on Pakistani soil and accusations Pakistan helps insurgents that kill Americans, the reluctant...


Pence has long pushed for Trump policies on Israel

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence is making his fifth visit to Israel, returning to a region he’s visited “a million times” in his heart. An evangelical Christian with strong ties to the Holy Land, Pence this time comes packing two key policy decisions in his bags that have long been top...


Divided Congress appears to be racing towards a shutdown

Budget Battle

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bitterly-divided Congress is hurtling toward a government shutdown this weekend in a partisan stare-down over demands by Democrats for a solution on politically fraught legislation to protect about 700,000 younger immigrants from being deported. Democrats in the Senate have...


MSU decreases required credit hours to cut costs for students

Following the tune of MU’s recent cost-saving initiatives, Missouri State University President Clifton Smart announced Thursday a five-point plan aimed at boosting the university’s affordability. The new initiatives are part of a statewide trend to reduce the costs of higher education amid growing...


Matthes' breakfast speech draws criticism

A local group that advocates for racial justice is taking on City Manager Mike Matthes for remarks he made last Thursday during a speech at the Columbia Values Diversity breakfast. Matthes’ speech primarily focused on the city’s effort to reduce black unemployment. As part of the talk, Matthes...


Controversy over governor's affair won't stop Senate business, leadership says

JEFFERSON CITY — While some Republican representatives are calling for Gov. Eric Greitens to resign over allegations that he blackmailed a woman he was having an affair with, Senate leadership say they’ll carry on with business as usual. Republican Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard said he has...


The Latest: Schumer says very short-term funding would be OK


WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the debate over immigration and the budget (all times local): 9:35 p.m. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says Senate Democrats would support a “very short-term” government-wide funding bill to avert a shutdown. The New York Democrat says his party would accept a stopgap...


House votes to avert federal shutdown, Senate chances dim

Budget Battle-4

WASHINGTON (AP) — On the edge of a government shutdown, a divided House voted late Thursday to keep the government open past a Friday deadline — setting up an eleventh-hour standoff in the Senate, where Democrats have vowed to kill the measure. The partisan roadblock in the GOP-controlled Senate...


SANDY DAVIDSON: Trump's use of salty language reminds us that 'context is critical'

Warning: This piece contains offensive language. If you’re expletive-averse, please stop reading now! A president using salty language is nothing new. Lyndon Johnson’s spicy language includes: “I do know the difference between chicken s— and chicken salad.” Richard Nixon’s language from the...

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