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Rep. Omar apologizes for tweets about support for Israel

By LAURIE KELLMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Freshman Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar has "unequivocally" apologized for tweets suggesting that members of Congress support Israel because they are being paid to do so, which drew bipartisan criticism and a rebuke from House Speaker Nancy ...

In Texas, Trump backs wall while O’Rourke rallies opponents

By JILL COLVIN and WILL WEISSERT, Associated Press EL PASO, Texas (AP) — President Donald Trump charged ahead with his pledge to build a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border, skimming over the details of lawmakers' tentative deal that would give him far less than he's been demanding and declaring ...

Budget deal allows far less money than Trump wanted for wall

By ANDREW TAYLOR and ALAN FRAM, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional negotiators reached agreement to prevent a government shutdown and finance construction of new barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border, overcoming a late-stage hang-up over immigration enforcement issues that had ...

2 Parkland moms now divided over guns

By KELLI KENNEDY, Associated Press PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — It's an image that has become emblematic of the Parkland school massacre : two terrified moms outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, one of them a tall, weeping blonde with the black smudge of Ash Wednesday on her forehead, the other a ...

Iranian-Americans nurture new generations after revolution

By AMY TAXIN, Associated Press IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — Minoo Sharifan came to the United States from Iran in the 1970s for graduate school, and like many others, wound up settling in America, starting a career and raising her family while a revolution upended her homeland and fractured ...

Democrats speechless as scandal engulfs Virginia’s leaders

By ALAN SUDERMAN, Associated Press RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — With Virginia's top three elected officials engulfed in scandal, fellow Democrats were rendered practically speechless, uncertain of how to thread their way through the racial and sexual allegations and their tangled political ...

New US-Mexico border barrier charts tricky course near homes

By ELLIOT SPAGAT, Associated Press ALONG THE SAN DIEGO-TIJUANA BORDER (AP) — For all practical purposes, the purple-and-white stucco shrine that Jose Arias built to celebrate his recovery from a heart attack and honor his family lies in Mexico. The only way in and out of his plywood shack ...

Anti-abortion bills: Odds good in GOP states, not Congress

By DAVID CRARY, AP National Writer President Donald Trump's call for a ban on late-term abortions is unlikely to prevail in Congress, but Republican legislators in several states are pushing ahead with their own tough anti-abortion bills that they hope can pass muster with the Supreme ...

Democrats seek Green New Deal to address climate change

By MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York are calling for a Green New Deal intended to transform the U.S. economy to combat climate change and create thousands of jobs in renewable energy. The freshman lawmaker and ...

Senate panel set to approve Trump’s attorney general nominee

By MARY CLARE JALONICK and ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Judiciary Committee is poised to approve William Barr's nomination to be attorney general Thursday in a vote that is likely to be mostly along party lines as Democrats have questioned how transparent Barr ...