The Latest: Gorsuch says Trump disappointed he lost Colorado

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on Senate confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch (all times EDT): 6:45 p.m. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch says President Donald Trump told him he was disappointed he lost Colorado and believed that with more time he might have won. Gorsuch, a federal judge in Denver, made the disclosure during his confirmation hearing in the Senate on Tuesday.

High court nominee: I'll be unbiased or 'hang up the robe'

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch pledged to be independent or "hang up the robe" as the U.S. Senate began rancorous hearings Monday on President Donald Trump's conservative pick to fill a Supreme Court seat that has been vacant for more than a year. Gorsuch sought to take the edge off Democratic complaints that he has favored the wealthy and powerful in more than 10 years as a federal judge.

Trump, Merkel talk job training

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A meeting between President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on vocational training Friday offered further evidence of the first daughter's influence in the White House. A White House official said Merkel's staff reached out to Ivanka Trump about setting up the meeting. During the session, Trump and Merkel talked with American and German executives and discussed how companies can better train workers.

Trump aides, daughter, meet with Hispanic business owners

WASHINGTON (AP) -- In the latest outreach effort following a contentious campaign, top Trump administration officials -- as well as first daughter Ivanka Trump -- met Thursday with Hispanic business leaders. Underscoring her unusual role working outside the administration, Ivanka Trump attended a round-table discussion Thursday morning with Hispanic women business owners in Washington.

Trump praises arrest of 'troubled person' at White House

POTOMAC FALLS, Va. (AP) -- President Donald Trump on Saturday praised the U.S. Secret Service for doing a "fantastic job" apprehending a "troubled person" who climbed a fence and was approaching a south entrance to the White House while Trump was inside the executive mansion. It was the first known security breach at the White House since Trump took office nearly two months ago. Washington, D.C.

Trump accuses Obama of tapping his phones, cites no evidence

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- President Donald Trump on Saturday accused former President Barack Obama of tapping his telephones during last year's election, lodging a startling allegation of abuse of power without evidence or explanation. An Obama spokesman declared the assertion "simply false." In a series of angry morning tweets, Trump suggested his predecessor was behind a politically motivated plot to upend his campaign.

Trump looks to refocus his presidency in address to Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump's first address to Congress gives him a welcome opportunity to refocus his young administration on the core economic issues that helped him get elected -- and, his allies hope, to move beyond the distractions and self-inflicted wounds that have roiled his White House. Trump's advisers say he will use his prime-time speech Tuesday to declare early progress on his campaign promises, including withdrawing the U.S.

Trump toasts nation's governors ahead of health care talks

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump toasted the nation's governors Sunday night, welcoming state leaders to a black-tie ball at the White House ahead of discussions about his plans to repeal and replace the so-called Obamacare law. Trump welcomed 46 governors and their spouses to the annual Governors' Ball at the White House, the first major social event of his administration.

Comey in middle of political fray over Trump and Russians

WASHINGTON (AP) -- FBI Director James Comey is again in a familiar spot these days -- the middle of political tumult. As a high-ranking Justice Department official in the George W. Bush administration, he clashed with the White House over a secret surveillance program. Years later as head of the FBI, he incurred the ire of Hillary Clinton supporters for public statements on an investigation into her emails.

White House says chief of staff not wrong to talk to FBI

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House on Friday defended chief of staff Reince Priebus against accusations he breached a government firewall when he asked FBI Director James Comey to publicly dispute media reports that Trump campaign advisers had been frequently in touch with Russian intelligence agents.

Trump condemns anonymous sources as staff demands anonymity

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump has unloaded on the news media for using anonymous sources -- just hours after members of his own staff insisted on briefing reporters only on condition their names be concealed. Unleashing a line of attack that energized an enthusiastic crowd at the nation's largest gathering of conservative activists, Trump said Friday that unethical reporters "make up stories and make up sources.

Comey faces pressure as White House fights Russia reports

WASHINGTON (AP) -- FBI Director James Comey is again in a familiar spot these days -- the middle of political tumult. As a high-ranking Justice Department official in the George W. Bush administration, he clashed with the White House over a secret surveillance program. Years later as head of the FBI, he incurred the ire of Hillary Clinton supporters for public statements on an investigation into her emails.

The Latest: Peru's president discusses wall with Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local): 3:55 p.m. President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski of Peru says he and President Donald Trump had a "cordial and constructive conversation" during their meeting at the White House. Kuczynski tells reporters after the gathering that he discussed Trump's plans for the construction of a wall along the border between Mexico and the United States.

Trump blames FBI for failing to stop media leaks

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump is blaming the FBI for failing to stop leaks to the media, saying the information being reported is classified and could have a "devastating effect" on the country. Trump made the remarks in a tweet early Friday.

10 Things to Know for Today

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. WHO ASKS FBI TO DISPUTE RUSSIA REPORTS White House chief of staff Reince Priebus wanted the agency's top official to challenge media reports that Trump's campaign advisers were in touch with Russian intelligence agents during the election campaign. 2.

Trump blasts media, anonymous sources _ after WH uses them

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump unloaded on the news media Friday for using anonymous sources -- just hours after members of his own staff insisted on briefing reporters only on condition their names be concealed. Unleashing a line of attack that energized an enthusiastic crowd at the nation's largest gathering of conservative activists, Trump said unethical reporters "make up stories and make up sources.

White House defends contacts with FBI over Russia reports

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House on Friday defended chief of staff Reince Priebus against accusations he breached a government firewall when he asked FBI Director James Comey to publicly dispute media reports that Trump campaign advisers had been frequently in touch with Russian intelligence agents.

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White House adviser asked FBI to dispute Russia reports

WASHINGTON (AP) -- White House chief of staff Reince Priebus asked a top FBI official to dispute media reports that President Donald Trump's campaign advisers were frequently in touch with Russian intelligence agents during the election, a White House official said late Thursday. The official said Priebus' request came after the FBI told the White House it believed a New York Times report last week describing those contacts was not accurate.