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  ‘Many people agree with me’: Trump digs in on racist tweets

Even as White House officials moved Monday to defend his incendiary weekend tweets, Trump refused to apologize and instead asked on Twitter when "the Radical Left Congresswomen" would "apologize to our Country, the people of Israel and even to the Office of the President, for the foul language they

  Leave the US, Trump tells Democratic congresswomen of color

Leaked UK memo says Trump axed Iran deal to spite Obama

  ICE immigration raids, arrests to start Sunday

Around 2,200 federal inmates to be released under reform law

  Pence tour of migrant center shows men crowded in cages

Special counsel Mueller’s testimony delayed until July 24

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  Mom, 2 young children kidnapped in Wisconsin bank robbery plot

  Acosta exits; Trump’s big Cabinet turnover keeps growing

  Trump abandons bid to include citizenship question on census

House panel authorizes subpoenas tied to Mueller report

Trump applauds far-right social media provocateurs

White House yanks drug ‘rebate’ plan to ease costs for some

  US poised to begin immigration enforcement operation

It'll target people with final orders of removal, including families whose cases had been fast-tracked by judges. It's expected in 10 major cities.

  Labor Sec. Acosta refuses to resign, defends handling of Epstein case

Trying to tamp down calls for his resignation, Labor Secretary Alex Acosta on Wednesday defended his handling of a sex-trafficking case involving now-jailed financier Jeffrey Epstein.

UK ambassador to US quits days after leaked cables on Trump

Veteran diplomat Kim Darroch said he could no longer do his job in Washington after Trump branded him a fool and cut off all contact with the representative of one of the U.S.'s closest allies.

  Trump directs government to revamp care for kidney disease

Senior administration officials told The Associated Press that Trump is set to sign an executive order Wednesday calling for strategies that have the potential to save lives and millions of Medicare dollars.

  Trump defends Acosta but will look into Epstein plea deal

  Validity of Obama healthcare law at issue in appeal hearing

Court to Trump: Blocking Twitter critics is unconstitutional

  USDA cuts honeybee colonies report despite declining bee numbers

  23 US governors join Calif. in opposing Trump freeze on tough mileage standards

H. Ross Perot, former presidential candidate, dies at 89

Abortion arguments at play in limiting veterans’ IVF benefit

Since 2012, Democrats in Congress have repeatedly championed legislation permanently extending IVF benefits to veterans whose injuries in the line of duty have left them unable to conceive children otherwise.

US Rep. Swalwell ends presidential bid, will seek reelection

U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell of California is ending his presidential bid, becoming the first candidate in the crowded 2020 Democratic primary to exit the campaign.

US to pursue citizenship question on census but path unclear

Trump said his administration is exploring a number of legal options, but the Justice Department did not say exactly what options remain now that the Supreme Court has barred the question at least temporarily.

  ‘Racism is not going to help’: Buttigieg shuts down comment at campaign event

Buttigieg cut off the man when he tried to speak again, saying people being treated the same by the criminal justice system would make it easier for everyone to live in the country.

  2 arrested after flag burning near White House

It is not illegal to burn a U.S. flag, but the Secret Service says the burning occurred beyond the limits of a permit issued by the National Park Service.

  Trump sticks to patriotic themes at July 4 event

Trump is speaking at the Lincoln Memorial during a special Fourth of July "Salute to America" event.

Michigan Rep. Justin Amash quitting Republican Party

In an opinion article published in the Washington Post , on July 4, Amash said partisan politics is damaging American democracy.

  Trump says officials working on holiday on census dispute

Trump discusses the dispute in his first tweet of the holiday.

Study: Most Americans don’t trust the media while most Republicans distrust fact checkers

According to a study conducted between Feb. 19 and March 4, the vast majority of Americans don’t trust the media.

Trump touts July 4 military ‘salute’; critics see politics

President Donald Trump marshaled tanks, bombers and other machinery of war on Tuesday for a Fourth of July celebration that traditionally is light on military might, while critics accused him of using America’s military as a political prop.

GRAPHIC: Facebook posts put Border Patrol on defensive at rough time

The posts threaten to tarnish the Border Patrol's image at one of the most challenging times in its 95-year history. Border Patrol Chief Carla Provost called the posts "completely inappropriate" and "offensive" and vowed to hold employees accountable.

  2020 Census being printed without citizenship question

Trump administration attorneys notified parties in lawsuits challenging the question that the printing of the hundreds of millions of documents for the 2020 counts had started, said Kristen Clarke, executive director of the National Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.

House committee files lawsuit over Trump tax returns

A House committee sued the Trump administration in federal court Tuesday for access to President Donald Trump's tax returns, setting up a legal showdown over the records.

  GRAPHIC: Graphic, sexually explicit Facebook posts roil Border Patrol

The existence of the group was reported by ProPublica as roughly a dozen members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, including Democrats Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Veronica Escobar of Texas, toured border facilities.

Iran breaches uranium stockpile limit set by nuclear deal

Iran has broken the limit set on its stockpile of low-enriched uranium by its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, international inspectors and Tehran said Monday.

  At DMZ, step into history for Trump as he offers hand to Kim

What was intended to be an impromptu exchange of pleasantries turned into a 50-minute meeting, another historic first in the yearlong rapprochement between the two technically warring nations.

On edge: 2020 Dems face prospect of being cut from debates

Short on support and money and bound by tough party rules, once soaring politicians may soon be seen as also-rans. They include Julian Castro, who is seeking to capitalize on his strong debate performance last week; Kirsten Gillibrand, one of her party's most outspoken feminists; and Cory Booker, wh

Schumer: Feds should boost probe into Dominican Republic deaths

Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives should get involved in investigating the death of American tourists in the Dominican Republic.

  DMZ diplomacy? Trump says Kim wants to meet him at border

Eyeing a history-making photo opportunity, President Donald Trump issued a Twitter invitation Saturday to North Korea's Kim Jong Un to meet for a handshake during a visit to the demilitarized zone with South Korea, and even expressed willingness to cross the border into the isolated nation.

  Truce in US-China trade war as 2 rivals seek breakthrough

The Group of 20 summit meeting in Osaka wrapped up Saturday as on the sidelines President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping agreed to restart talks on the trade war between the two largest economies.

Order: Abortions can continue at Missouri’s lone clinic

Administrative Hearing Commissioner Sreenivasa Rao Dandamudi granted what's called a "stay," which will allow the St. Louis Planned Parenthood clinic to continue providing abortions past Friday.

  Supreme Court to decide if Trump can end DACA

DACA protects about 700,000 people who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children or came with families that overstayed visas.

  G-20 leaders clash over values, face calls to protect growth

World leaders attending a Group of 20 summit in Japan that began Friday are clashing over the values that have served for decades as the foundation of their cooperation as they face calls to fend off threats to economic growth.

AP FACT CHECK: Dems on migrant kids, the rich and climate

Here's a look at some of their statements and how they compare with the facts.

Fiery Democratic debate: Race, age, health care and Trump

Democratic divisions over race, age and ideology surged into public view Thursday night as the party's leading presidential contenders faced off in a fiery debate over who is best positioned to take on President Donald Trump.

Friends: Trump sexual assault accuser told us of attack in the ’90s

Carol Martin and Lisa Birnbach said they had opposite reactions when Carroll told them of her alleged encounter with Trump.

Trump’s next tweet could get a warning label

The new stance could fuel additional Trumpian ire toward social media. The president routinely complains, without evidence, that social media sites are biased against him and other conservatives.

  Supreme Court allows partisan districts, blocks census query

On the court's final day of decisions before a summer break, the conservative justices ruled that federal courts have no role to play in the dispute over the practice known as partisan gerrymandering.

American who helped Islamic State gets 4-year prison term

With credit for time served, Sinmyah Amera Caesar will end up only serving about 18 months in prison after pleading guilty to charges accusing her of using social media to help recruit IS fighters under the nom de guerre "Umm Nutella."

  Democrats in Miami for debate journey to child migrant camp

With presidential debates Wednesday and Thursday in nearby Miami, candidates were eager to visit Homestead to turn the facility into a symbol of the Trump administration's harsh treatment of young migrants.

  Democrats rail against economy-for-the-rich in first debate

Democrats are unified in their deep desire to beat President Donald Trump but divided on what kind of candidate is best positioned to do so.

  AP FACT CHECK: Dems’ missteps on climate, wages in debate

A look at some of their statements and how they compare with the facts:

A year after newsroom attack, journalists embraced by city

Reporters who survived the worst attack on journalists in U.S. history say the trauma has not faded, but their connection with their readers is a source of comfort and inspiration.

  Border official resigns amid uproar over migrant children

The conditions at the station in Clint, Texas, included inadequate food, lack of medical care, and older children trying to care for toddlers.

  Trump awards highest military honor to Iraq veteran

President Donald Trump awarded the nation’s highest military honor to an Iraq veteran who cleared an insurgent strongpoint and allowed members of his platoon to move to safety.

First lady’s spokeswoman to be White House press secretary

Stephanie Grisham, who has been with the Trumps since 2015, will also take on the role of White House communications director.

Government moves migrant kids after poor conditions exposed

The U.S. government has removed most of the children from a remote Border Patrol station in Texas following reports that more than 300 children were detained there, caring for each other with inadequate food, water and sanitation.

McConnell to meet 9/11 responders to discuss victims’ fund

The meeting comes as Jon Stewart has blistered Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other congressional leaders for what he calls a lack of urgency to replenish the victims' fund, which was set up after the 2001 terrorist attacks in New York and Washington.

Missouri judge allows abortions to continue, for now

St. Louis Circuit Judge Michael Stelzer extended a preliminary injunction he previously issued in order to give a Planned Parenthood affiliate in St. Louis time to take a licensing fight before an administrative panel.

US unveils $50 billion Palestinian economic plan

The plan calls for a mix of public and private financing and intends to create at least a million new jobs for Palestinians.

  Oregon governor hunts down fleeing GOP senators trying to dodge climate change vote

The president of the Oregon Senate ordered the state Capitol to close on Saturday due to a "possible militia threat" from right-wing protesters as a walkout by Republican lawmakers over landmark climate change legislation dragged on.

  Trump faces new sexual assault allegation; he issues denial

The allegation against Trump by E. Jean Carroll is included in her upcoming book about the "hideous men" that the Elle magazine columnist says she has encountered throughout her life.

  Migrant children describe neglect at Texas border facility

The bleak portrait emerged Thursday after a legal team interviewed 60 children at the facility near El Paso that has become the latest place where attorneys say young migrants are describing neglect and mistreatment at the hands of the U.S. government.

Trump shows off proposed red, white and blue Air Force One paint job

Trump likes using Air Force One, but has no affection for the plane's iconic, Kennedy-era blue and white design that is known the world over. Trump views the color scheme as dated, too muted and insufficiently patriotic.

Hope Hicks blocked from answering more than 150 questions

The White House declared that Hicks was "absolutely immune" from discussing her time working at the White House because of separation of powers between the legislative and executive branches.

  Biden’s words on segregationist senators draw rivals’ fire

Biden didn't back down Wednesday and was particularly defiant in the face of criticism from New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, who said the former vice president should apologize.

Officials: US to send 1,500 troops to Middle East

Earlier this week, officials had said that Pentagon planners had outlined plans that could have sent up to 10,000 military reinforcements to the region. Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan later said planners hadn't settled on a figure.

Unflattering internal poll numbers leaked, so Trump campaign is firing pollsters

The numbers show Mr. Trump lagging behind Democratic presidential candidates in key states, such as Joe Biden in states like Michigan and Wisconsin.

Debate lineups: Biden, Sanders on 2nd night, Warren on 1st

Twenty Democratic presidential candidates in all will debate in two, two-hour sessions on June 26-27.

Trump says he’d ‘of course’ tell FBI if he gets foreign dirt

Trump appeared to walk back his comments from earlier in the week in an interview Friday.

Dems announce debate candidates: de Blasio in, Bullock out

An NBC News drawing Friday will divide the large field between the first and second debate night. Party officials have promised to weight the drawing with the intention of ensuring that top tier and lagging candidates are spread roughly evenly over the two nights.

  Sarah Sanders leaving White House job; governor run ahead?

President Donald Trump announced the departure Thursday afternoon on Twitter.

Sanders bills democratic socialism as boon for working class

Bernie Sanders on Wednesday mounted a strong defense of democratic socialism, the economic philosophy that has guided his political career, even as Republicans and some of his Democratic presidential opponents have seized on it to brand him as too radical.

Former Trump aide Hope Hicks agrees to Judiciary interview

The panel subpoenaed Hope Hicks last month as part of its investigation into special counsel Robert Mueller's report and obstruction of justice.

  Jon Stewart lashes out at Congress over 9/11 victims fund

Jon Stewart, a longtime advocate for 9/11 responders, angrily called out lawmakers for failing to attend Tuesday's hearing on a bill that would ensure the fund can pay benefits for the next 70 years.

Sex workers push to legalize prostitution in New York

The bill isn't expected to get a vote before the Democrat-led Senate and Assembly plan to adjourn for the year next week. But supporters still hailed the announcement of the bill as a critical step toward repealing criminal penalties for sex workers and their customers.

  Trump insists there’s more to Mexico deal than meets the eye

In a pair of tweets Monday morning, Trump claimed that Mexico had agreed to more than what was revealed in the Friday announcement, teasing that more would be announced soon.

Warren challenges Sanders for progressives’ 2020 support

The former vice president has eaten into Sanders' base with appeals to blue-collar union voters. But Warren is emerging as another threat, winning over voters with a raft of proposals that sometimes go further left than those backed by Sanders.