AP FACT CHECK: Trump's truths can come from wisps of info

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sitting atop that vast apparatus of institutional knowledge, hard-won intelligence and data known as the U.S. government, President Donald Trump forms some of his most contentious opinions from other sources entirely. It could be a pundit's half-remembered comment on TV, a single word in a newspaper headline or the most self-persuasive source of all -- his own instinct.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's truths can come from wisps of info

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sitting atop that vast apparatus of institutional knowledge, hard-won intelligence and data known as the U.S. government, President Donald Trump forms some of his most contentious opinions from other sources entirely. It could be a pundit's half-remembered comment on TV, a single word in a newspaper headline or the most self-persuasive source of all -- his own instinct.

Q&A on 'unmasking' and leaking classified information

WASHINGTON (AP) -- After FBI Director James Comey publicly has acknowledged the existence of an ongoing counterintelligence investigation into potential links between the Trump campaign and the Russian government, the White House introduced a new narrative to push back against the allegations. "Michael Flynn was umasked and then illegally, his identity was leaked out to media outlets," White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Monday.

Q&A on 'unmasking' and leaking classified information

WASHINGTON (AP) -- After FBI Director James Comey publicly acknowledged Monday the existence of an ongoing counterintelligence investigation into potential links between the Trump campaign and the Russian government, the White House introduced a new narrative to push back against the allegations. "Michael Flynn was umasked and then illegally, his identity was leaked out to media outlets," White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Monday.

The Latest: Trump keeping tabs on Russia hearing, tweeting

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on a congressional inquiry into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election (all times local): 3:05 p.m. President Donald Trump is keeping tabs on the congressional hearing on Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. He's tweeting that the FBI and National Security Agency are telling Congress that Russia did not influence the electoral process.

Key members of Trump's circle under scrutiny for Russia ties

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump's administration remains under scrutiny over potential ties between his associates and Russia in the run-up to the presidential election. Trump has denied knowing that any of his staff had communications with Russian officials during the campaign. But congressional probes are underway, and the FBI is investigating.

White House: Trump unaware of Flynn's foreign agent work

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump was not aware that his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, had worked to further the interests of the government of Turkey before appointing him, the White House says. The comments came two days after Flynn and his firm, Flynn Intel Group Inc.

White House: Trump unaware of Flynn's foreign agent work

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump was not aware that his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, had worked to further the interests of the government of Turkey before appointing him, the White House said Thursday. The comments came two days after Flynn and his firm, Flynn Intel Group Inc.

Former Trump aide Flynn says lobbying may have helped Turkey

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, who was fired from his prominent White House job last month, has registered with the Justice Department as a foreign agent for $530,000 worth of lobbying work before Election Day that may have aided the Turkish government.

Editorial Roundup: Excerpts from recent editorials

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ March 7 The New York Times on Republicans' newly unveiled health bill: Republican House leaders have spent months dodging questions about how they would replace the Affordable Care Act with a better law, and went so far as to hide the draft of their plan from other lawmakers. No wonder.

GOP-led panel approves Trump adviser's shift to White House

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate Armed Services Committee eased the path Tuesday for an active-duty general to become President Donald Trump's new national security adviser weeks after controversy abruptly ended his predecessor's brief tenure. Since being named for the post two weeks ago, Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster swiftly began streamlining operations at the country's top national security apparatus.

Senate asks former Trump adviser to retain Russia material

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A former foreign policy adviser to President Donald Trump's campaign says he has been contacted by the Senate intelligence Committee about its investigation into Russia's involvement in the 2016 election. In response to the committee, Carter Page said he will "provide any information" that may be of assistance to the committee.

An angry weekend follows on heels of frustrations for Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump started his weekend in Florida in a fit of anger over his young administration getting sidetracked just days after his most successful moment in office. He returned to the White House late Sunday derailed -- again. Trump's frustration appeared to be both the symptom and the cause of his recent woes.

Based on photo with Putin, Trump calls Schumer 'hypocrite'

NEW YORK (AP) -- President Donald Trump, his administration under siege for contacts with Russian officials, is calling for "an immediate investigation" into Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer's own ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Trump's evidence? A 14-year-old photo of Schumer and Putin holding coffee and doughnuts in a New York City gas station.

Trump wary of Russian deal; new advisers urge tougher stand

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump is telling advisers and allies that he may shelve, at least temporarily, his plan to pursue a deal with Moscow on the Islamic State group and other national security matters, according to administration officials and Western diplomats. In conversations with diplomats and other officials, Trump and his aides have ascribed the new thinking to Moscow's recent provocations.

Trump, hitting back, accuses Schumer of Putin ties

NEW YORK (AP) -- President Donald Trump, his administration under siege for contacts with Russian officials, is calling for "an immediate investigation" into Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer's own ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Trump's evidence? A 14-year-old photo of Schumer and Putin holding coffee and doughnuts in a New York City gas station.

Russia says US infighting on Sessions hampers mending ties

MOSCOW (AP) -- As the drama over Attorney General Jeff Sessions plays out in Washington, the Kremlin is watching with a mixture of frustration and regret how the uproar is blocking progress on pressing issues on the U.S.-Russian agenda. Despite the dashed hopes for a quick thaw, however, Moscow is voicing its readiness to wait as long as it takes.

Russian ambassador in eye of storm over Trump campaign ties

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Trump administration's back-to-back controversies over its Russian ties now have at least one thing in common: Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Moscow's top diplomat is a Washington fixture with a sprawling network, and he has emerged as the central figure in the investigations into Trump advisers' connections with Russia.

10 Things to Know for Friday

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday: 1. SESSIONS STEPS ASIDE FROM RUSSIA PROBE The attorney general acts after revelations he twice spoke with the Russian ambassador during the campaign and failed to say so when pressed by Congress. 2. RUSSIA'S TOP DIPLOMAT AT CENTER OF TRUMP CONTROVERSY Observers note Sergey Kislyak, who has bounced between U.S.

Attorney general's announcement...Perry takes the oath...Riding in on a horse

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House says it's standing by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who announced today that he is recusing himself from the investigation into Russian meddling in the presidential campaign. Today's recusal comes after it was reported that Sessions had met twice with the Russian ambassador during the campaign, something he didn't disclose during his confirmation hearings. He told reporters today there was no intent to mislead.