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WASHINGTON  | Trump fires off explosive threat to Iran’s leader

WASHINGTON  — President Donald Trump has warned Iranian President Hassan Rouhani that he will face dire consequences for threatening the United States. Trump tweeted late on Sunday about the dangers to Iran of making hostile threats after Rouhani said Sunday “American must understand well that peace with Iran is the mother of all peace and … Continue reading WASHINGTON  | Trump fires off explosive threat to Iran’s leader

WASHINGTON  | Senate set to confirm Wilkie for Veterans Affairs secretary

WASHINGTON  — After months of tumult, Pentagon official Robert Wilkie is expected to become secretary of Veterans Affairs when the Senate votes Monday to confirm him, taking on the task of fulfilling President Donald Trump’s promises to fire bad VA employees and steer more patients to the private sector. Wilkie is Trump’s third pick for … Continue reading WASHINGTON  | Senate set to confirm Wilkie for Veterans Affairs secretary

TOKYO  | Record high in Japan as heat wave grips the region

TOKYO  — The temperature in a city north of Tokyo reached 41.1 degrees Celsius (106 degrees Fahrenheit) on Monday, the highest ever recorded in Japan, as a deadly heat wave gripped a wide swath of the country and nearby South Korea. The record was set in Kumagaya, a city in Saitama prefecture that is about … Continue reading TOKYO  | Record high in Japan as heat wave grips the region

WASHINGTON  | The Latest: Iranian state media say Trump’s tweet ‘passive’

WASHINGTON  — The Latest on escalating rhetoric between Washington and Tehran (all times local): 2:30 a.m. Iran’s state-owned news agency has dismissed President Donald Trump’s warning tweet, issued all in capital letters, to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, describing it as a “passive reaction” to Rouhani’s remarks. The IRNA news agency, a government mouthpiece, also said … Continue reading WASHINGTON  | The Latest: Iranian state media say Trump’s tweet ‘passive’

ATLANTA  | With governor’s race, Georgia auditions as 2020 swing state

ATLANTA  — Move over, Ohio. Make room, Florida and Pennsylvania. Georgia wants in on the swing-state action. The state’s gubernatorial contest comes into greater focus Tuesday after Republicans choose between Brian Kemp, who is endorsed by President Donald Trump, and Casey Cagle, who is backed by the incumbent GOP governor. The victor in their party … Continue reading ATLANTA  | With governor’s race, Georgia auditions as 2020 swing state

WASHINGTON  | AP FACT CHECK: Trump off base on Russia, vets, queen

WASHINGTON  — It was a week of bewilderment over what President Donald Trump really thinks about Russian interference in the U.S. election and what he and Russia’s Vladimir Putin told each other in their private meeting. The confusion was fed by Trump’s vacillating statements about the summit. On other fronts, Trump inaccurately claimed Queen Elizabeth … Continue reading WASHINGTON  | AP FACT CHECK: Trump off base on Russia, vets, queen

PHOENIX  | Ariz. Democrat Sinema takes a different path in Senate race

PHOENIX  — Democratic Rep. Kyrsten Sinema says Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the agency that some in her party are clamoring to abolish, is performing an “important function.” She recently joined House Republicans to ease restrictions on banks. And she offered a decidedly nonpartisan comment on conservative Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court. The … Continue reading PHOENIX  | Ariz. Democrat Sinema takes a different path in Senate race

WASHINGTON  | Congress considers changing supervision of nuclear weapons

WASHINGTON — The agency that supervises the nation’s nuclear weapons stockpile would essentially lose direct Cabinet oversight under legislation that Congress is negotiating. The little-noticed provision in a defense policy bill is opposed by the Trump administration and senior lawmakers from both parties, but efforts to scrap it have not overcome resistance from staffers on … Continue reading WASHINGTON  | Congress considers changing supervision of nuclear weapons