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5 Takeaways from Trump's State of the Union speech By JILL COLVIN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump delivered his second State of the Union speech Tuesday night, calling on Democrats and Republicans to work together and making only brief reference to the rancor that ...

Trump calls for end of resistance politics in State of Union

By JULIE PACE and CATHERINE LUCEY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing a divided Congress for the first time, President Donald Trump on Tuesday called on Washington to reject "the politics of revenge, resistance and retribution." He warned emboldened Democrats that "ridiculous partisan ...

Vietnam site for 2nd Trump-Kim summit may bring wins for all

By GRANT PECK, Associated Press BANGKOK (AP) — Vietnam's selection as the venue for the second summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is largely a matter of convenience and security, but not without bigger stakes. Washington's goal for the talks Feb. 27-28 ...

Women in white: Dem solidarity stands out at State of Union

By LISA MASCARO and LAURIE KELLMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The women of the House wore white. The men wore dark suits. And the contrast laid bare the growing gender gap between Democrats and Republicans. Wearing the color of the suffragists, the Democratic women of the House put ...

Beto O’Rourke says he’ll decide on 2020 run by month’s end

By STEVE PEOPLES and WILL WEISSERT, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Breaking months of near-silence about his political future, Democrat Beto O'Rourke said Tuesday that he would announce his decision about a 2020 presidential run "before the end of the month" and suggested he's leaning ...

Mississippi considers abortion ban after fetal heartbeat

By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS, Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi lawmakers are considering what could become one of the strictest abortion laws in the country. Bills that passed legislative committees Tuesday would ban abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected, as early as six ...

Trump to call for unity, face skepticism in State of Union

By JULIE PACE, AP Washington Bureau Chief WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Donald Trump will call for optimism and unity in his State of the Union address, using the moment to attempt a reset after two years of bitter partisanship and deeply personal attacks. But will anyone ...

Virginia governor clings to office amid uncertainty, furor

By ALAN SUDERMAN, Associated Press RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam clung to his office Tuesday amid intense political fallout over a racist photo in his 1984 medical school yearbook and uncertainty about the future of the state's government. Nearly all of the state's ...

Turmoil over governor tests Democrats’ zero-tolerance policy

By NICHOLAS RICCARDI, Associated Press The denunciations began within hours of the disclosure that Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam's medical school yearbook page featured a person in blackface standing next to a person in a Ku Klux Klan outfit. Democratic activists and presidential contenders ...

Trooper, suspect killed in shootout amid drug investigation

FARMVILLE, Va. (AP) — Authorities in Virginia say a state trooper and a suspect were killed in a shootout during a drug investigation. News outlets cite a Virginia State Police release that says Lucas B. Dowell was a member of a tactical team assisting the Piedmont Regional Drug and Gang ...