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Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin gestures as he answers questions during a press briefing at the White House in Washington, Friday, Feb. 23, 2018. The Trump administration announced new sanctions on more than 50 vessels, shipping companies and trade businesses in its latest bid to pressure North Korea over its nuclear program. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
February 23, 2018 - 5:56 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The heaviest, the largest, the most impactful. Those were the superlatives the Trump administration used to describe its latest sanctions against North Korea. But were the Treasury Department designations of more than 50 companies and ships accused of illicit trading with the...
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Jared Kushner takes a phone call before a Security Council meeting on the situation in Middle East, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018 at United Nations headquarters. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
February 23, 2018 - 5:41 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he'll leave it up to chief of staff John Kelly to decide whether Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, will keep his interim security clearance. "I will let General Kelly make that decision and he's going to do what's right for the country and I have no...
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FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2017, file photo, former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort arrives at federal court in Washington. Recently unsealed criminal charges against President Donald Trump’s ex-campaign chairman could also pose legal risks for the banks that lent him millions of dollars. For years Paul Manafort has borrowed heavily against multiple properties in New York. The banks’ exposure could be worst of all for a bank dubbed “Lender B” in court papers. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
February 23, 2018 - 4:49 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Russia investigation (all times local): 4:40 p.m. Special counsel Robert Mueller is accusing President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman of secretly paying former European politicians to lobby on behalf of Ukraine. The new allegation against Paul Manafort...
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President Donald Trump and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull shake hands during a news conference at the White House in Washington, Friday, Feb. 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
February 23, 2018 - 4:14 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull put their "mateship" on full display Friday at the White House as they took turns praising each other's approaches on immigration and taxes. Relations between the two got off to a rocky start a year ago, but...
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President Donald Trump waves after delivering remarks to the Conservative Political Action Conference, Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, in Oxon Hill, Md. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
February 23, 2018 - 4:05 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump renewed his criticism of John McCain for the senator's dramatic thumbs-down deciding vote last year against the GOP health care repeal. Without using McCain's name, Trump spoke of his move in December that effectively defeated the overhaul in a close vote...
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FILE - In this May 23, 2017, file photo, Sheldon Adelson, right, talks with Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, before a speech by President Donald Trump at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. Adelson has proposed paying for at least part of the new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem, four U.S. officials told The Associated Press, and the Trump administration is considering the offer. Lawyers at the State Department are looking into the legality of the highly unconventional proposal to cover part or all of the embassy’s costs through private donations, the administration officials said. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
February 23, 2018 - 3:49 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is considering an offer from Republican mega-donor Sheldon Adelson to pay for at least part of a new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem, four U.S. officials told The Associated Press. Lawyers at the State Department are looking into the legality of accepting...
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European Council President Donald Tusk speaks during a media conference at the end of an EU summit at the Europa building in Brussels on Friday, Feb. 23, 2018. European Union leaders met without Britain Friday looking to plug a major budget hole after Brexit and endorse a plan to streamline the European Parliament by sharing out the country's seats. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
February 23, 2018 - 3:21 pm
BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders are unlikely to agree this year on a new multiyear budget that will plug a huge funding gap caused by Britain's departure from the bloc, European Council President Donald Tusk said Friday. Speaking after a summit of EU leaders — minus Britain's prime minister...
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Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin gestures as he answers questions during a press briefing at the White House in Washington, Friday, Feb. 23, 2018. The Trump administration announced new sanctions on more than 50 vessels, shipping companies and trade businesses in its latest bid to pressure North Korea over its nuclear program. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
February 23, 2018 - 3:19 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration escalated pressure on North Korea Friday by slapping sanctions on scores of companies and ships accused of illicit trading with the pariah nation. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the U.S. has now blacklisted virtually all ships being used by the...
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President Donald Trump delivers remarks to the Conservative Political Action Conference, Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, in Oxon Hill, Md. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
February 23, 2018 - 2:46 pm
OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local): 2:45 p.m. President Donald Trump says he has spoken to House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell about his plans to curb gun violence and bolster school safety in the aftermath of the deadly...
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February 23, 2018 - 2:40 pm
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Democrats are alleging new attempts at voter suppression in Texas, where the GOP-controlled Legislature's electoral maps and a strict voter ID law already have been previously struck down in federal court and the nation's first primary of the year is less than two weeks away...
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