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In North Korea nuke site closing, spectacle trumps substance

TOKYO (AP) — Foreign journalists will be allowed to journey deep into the mountains of North Korea this week to observe the closing of the country's Punggye-ri nuclear test site in a much-touted display of goodwill before leader Kim Jong Un's planned summit with President Donald Trump next month. Expect good imagery. But not much…

AP Explains: Where did Trump’s claim of FBI mole come from?

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and his supporters are circulating an explosive theory: The FBI, they say, may have planted a mole, or "spy," inside the 2016 campaign to bring him down. The unverified allegation has lit up conservative media and earned space on Trump's Twitter feed just as special counsel Robert Mueller enters…

AP EXPLAINS: What’s behind Trump’s FBI spy theory?

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and his supporters are circulating an explosive theory: The FBI, they say, may have planted a mole, or "spy," inside the 2016 campaign to bring him down. The unverified allegation has lit up conservative media and earned space on Trump's Twitter feed just as special counsel Robert Mueller enters…

Democrats seek counterweight to Trump’s message in 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — Grappling with the realities of President Donald Trump's reign, Democrats are trying to offer a counterweight to the president's message — without making it all about Trump. An annual conference organized by a prominent Democratic leaning think tank Tuesday included an early glimpse at some of the Democrats plotting a challenge to…

1st appeals court to weigh Trump’s decision to end DACA

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Trump administration will try to convince a U.S. appeals court Tuesday that it was justified in ending an Obama-era immigration policy that shielded hundreds of thousands of young immigrants from deportation. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will be the first federal appeals court to hear arguments about President…

US allies lament Trump’s decision to pull out of Iran deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump withdrew the U.S. from the landmark nuclear accord with Iran, abruptly restoring harsh sanctions in the most consequential foreign policy action of his presidency. He declared he was making the world safer, but he also deepened his isolation on the world stage and revived doubts about American credibility. The…

Debate underway ahead of hearing for Trump’s CIA nominee

WASHINGTON (AP) — With few details about Gina Haspel's undercover career, debate over President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the CIA descended into verbal spatting between those who praise her experience and others who want her disqualified because of her role in the spy agency's harsh interrogation of terror subjects after 9/11. Haspel faces a…

Supporters praise, critics denounce Trump’s CIA nominee

WASHINGTON (AP) — With few details about Gina Haspel's undercover career, debate over President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the CIA descended Wednesday into verbal spatting between those who praise her experience and others who want her disqualified because of her role in the spy agency's harsh interrogation of terror subjects after 9/11. Haspel faces…

Schuette features Trump’s support in new TV ad

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Schuette is featuring his support from President Donald Trump in a new TV ad. The 30-second ad , which began running Wednesday on cable, shows Trump promoting Schuette during his weekend rally in Michigan. Trump calls Schuette a "really great friend of mine and a great attorney…

White House defends taking records from Trump’s former doc

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House said Tuesday that President Donald Trump's former bodyguard did nothing out of the ordinary when he took possession of the president's medical records last year, despite a claim by Trump's former doctor that the episode felt like a "raid." Harold Bornstein, Trump's longtime personal doctor, told NBC News that…
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