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  Trump offers to guarantee rapper A$AP Rocky’s bail in Sweden

Urged on by the first lady and celebrities including Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West, the president had said in a Friday tweet that he would intervene to try to free Rocky, whose real name is Rakim May.

Berkeley drops words like ‘manpower’ in push to be inclusive

Federal agency says ‘go back where you came from’ is workplace harassment

  Trump’s harsh words on ‘squad’ reinforce dark posts online

Biden, Harris are set for rematch in 2nd Democratic debate

Trump to nominate Eugene Scalia for labor secretary

  American warship destroys Iranian drone in Strait of Hormuz

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  Trump says not happy with backers’ ‘send her back’ chant

Records detail frenetic effort to bury stories about Trump

  House OKs $15 minimum wage, setting marker for 2020 campaign

Iran state TV: Iranian forces seize foreign oil tanker, crew

  Trump slams congresswomen; crowd roars, ‘Send her back!’

House holds 2 Trump officials in contempt in census dispute

  House derails move to impeach Trump for insults

Texas Rep. Al Green's resolution cites Trump's "racist" words this week urging Democratic congresswomen of color to go back to their native countries. And he says Trump is unfit to be president.

Judge: Michael Cohen campaign finance probe over

The investigation involved payments that Cohen helped orchestrate to two women — porn actress Stormy Daniels and Playboy centerfold Karen McDougal — after they claimed they had affairs with Trump.

Threats against Congress may break record this year

If the pace of threats continues, the number of threats will break last year’s record, which stands at about 4,900 cases.

  Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens passes away at 99

Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens joined the court in 1975 and retired in 2010 as the third-longest serving justice in the Supreme Court’s history. He replaced William O. Douglas, who was the longest-serving justice.

Judge restricts social media use of Trump friend Roger Stone

  Twitter says Trump’s racist tweets don’t break its new rules

  Trump moves to effectively end asylum at Southern border

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

Trump moves to end asylum protections for Central Americans

  Churches jump into action with threat of immigration sweeps

  Leave the US, Trump tells Democratic congresswomen of color

Trump's tweets drew sharp rebukes from Democrats, who derided his remarks as racist.

Leaked UK memo says Trump axed Iran deal to spite Obama

In one 2018 cable published by the Mail on Sunday, U.K. ambassador Kim Darroch says President Donald Trump pulled out of an international nuclear deal with Iran as an act of "diplomatic vandalism" to spite his predecessor, Barack Obama.

  ICE immigration raids, arrests to start Sunday

A migrant lays out his documents to show he pays his taxes. He's worked hard as a repairman to achieve the American dream, but he knows the life he and his wife built could be wiped away with a knock on the door from an ICE agent.

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

The measure, known as the First Step Act, gives judges more discretion when sentencing some drug offenders, eases mandatory minimum sentences and encourages inmates to participate in programs designed to reduce the risk of recidivism, with credits that can be used to gain an earlier release.

  Pence tour of migrant center shows men crowded in cages

Some of the men at the detention center said they were hungry and had been held there for 40 days or longer.

Special counsel Mueller’s testimony delayed until July 24

Mueller had been scheduled to testify July 17 about the findings of his Russia investigation. But lawmakers in both parties complained that the short length of the hearings would not allow enough time for all members to ask questions.

  Mom, 2 young children kidnapped in Wisconsin bank robbery plot

A Wisconsin bank manager and her two young children were kidnapped in June and forced to help a group of men rob the bank where she worked.

  Acosta exits; Trump’s big Cabinet turnover keeps growing

President Donald Trump said Friday that Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta would be stepping down, in the wake of criticism of his handling of multi-millionaire Jeffrey Epstein’s sex crimes case in 2008.

  Trump abandons bid to include citizenship question on census

His reversal comes after the Supreme Court blocked his efforts to include the citizenship question and as the government had already begun the lengthy and expensive process of printing the census questionnaire without it.

House panel authorizes subpoenas tied to Mueller report

The resolution authorizes the subpoenas for documents and testimony from several former administration officials, including former national security adviser Michael Flynn , former White House chief of staff John Kelly and former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

Trump applauds far-right social media provocateurs

President Trump predicted, without reason, the demise of the press and social media platforms if he loses to a Democrat in 2020 and hailed himself as "so great looking and smart, a true Stable Genius!"

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

The once-highly promoted plan from Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar ran into opposition within the White House.

  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

The arrest of the billionaire financier on child sex trafficking charges is raising questions about how much his high-powered associates knew about the hedge fund manager's interactions with underage girls, and whether they turned a blind eye to potentially illegal conduct.

  Validity of Obama healthcare law at issue in appeal hearing

With health insurance availability, cost and coverage on the line for millions of Americans, a federal appeals court seemed inclined Tuesday to rule that the core provision of President Barack Obama's signature health care law is unconstitutional.

Court to Trump: Blocking Twitter critics is unconstitutional

A three-judge panel agreed with a lower court judge who said Trump violates the First Amendment when he blocks critics.

  USDA cuts honeybee colonies report despite declining bee numbers

Bee populations already on the decline now face an added blow as the U.S. Department of Agriculture suspended collecting data for its annual honeybee colonies report, a critical tool for understanding the plummeting honeybee population.

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

The Trump administration argues consumers want bigger, gas-guzzling vehicles and that increased fuel efficiency would drive up costs and keep less-safe, older vehicles on the road longer.

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

H. Ross Perot, the self-made billionaire from Texas who twice ran for president, has died at the age of 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.