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WASHINGTON | The Latest: Pelosi: Trump thinks Mexico will pay for wall

WASHINGTON— The Latest on President Donald Trump‘s promised U.S.-Mexico border wall (all times local): 4:35 p.m. House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi says President Donald Trump thinks Mexico will pay for the border wall through the new trade deal. Pelosi told colleagues privately that Trump insisted during an Oval Office meeting that Mexico will pay for … Continue reading WASHINGTON | The Latest: Pelosi: Trump thinks Mexico will pay for wall

WASHINGTON  | Some US troops to leave border this week; about 3K to remain

WASHINGTON  — U.S. officials say active duty troops will begin leaving the southern U.S border this week and the number of forces there will go down to at least 3,000 by the holidays. There have been roughly 5,400 active duty troops along the border in recent weeks installing wire barriers and protecting border patrol agents … Continue reading WASHINGTON  | Some US troops to leave border this week; about 3K to remain

WASHINGTON | Former Attorney General William Barr may get old job again

WASHINGTON— William Barr, who served as attorney general under President George H.W. Bush, has emerged as a top contender for that job in President Donald Trump’s Cabinet, two people familiar with the president’s selection process said Thursday. The appointment of a new attorney general would come at a precarious time as special counsel Robert Mueller’s … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Former Attorney General William Barr may get old job again

WASHINGTON | Trump expected to pick State spokeswoman for UN ambassador

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is expected to nominate State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert to be the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Two administration officials confirmed Trump’s plans. A Republican congressional aide said the president was expected to announce his decision by tweet on Friday morning. The officials were not authorized to speak … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump expected to pick State spokeswoman for UN ambassador

WASHINGTON | The Latest: US intel says prince ordered Khashoggi killing

WASHINGTON— The Latest on the killing of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi (all times local): 7:10 p.m. U.S. intelligence officials have concluded that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi — a claim the Saudi government has denied. That’s according to a U.S. official familiar with the conclusion, who … Continue reading WASHINGTON | The Latest: US intel says prince ordered Khashoggi killing

WASHINGTON | AP source: Whitaker told Graham that Mueller probe to go on

WASHINGTON — Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker told Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham in a meeting on Thursday that special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation will proceed, according to a person familiar with the meeting. The meeting with Graham and Whitaker comes as a bipartisan group of senators is pushing legislation to protect Mueller’s job. The senators … Continue reading WASHINGTON | AP source: Whitaker told Graham that Mueller probe to go on

WASHINGTON | Trump to back major rewrite of sentencing laws

WASHINGTON— President Donald Trump is planning to support the first major rewrite of the nation’s criminal justice sentencing laws in a generation. That’s according to a senior White House official familiar with the president’s plans who was not authorized to speak publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity. Lawmakers reached agreement this week on legislation … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump to back major rewrite of sentencing laws

WASHINGTON | AP sources: President Trump mulling a wide-ranging shake-up

WASHINGTON— President Donald Trump is weighing an administration-wide shake-up as he looks to prepare his White House for divided government, but it is unclear who is going and who is staying. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was thought to be out as soon as this week, according to two people with knowledge of the issue, … Continue reading WASHINGTON | AP sources: President Trump mulling a wide-ranging shake-up