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Overconfident? Dem optimism surges as midterms approach

Steve Peoples and Juana Summers, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 22nd - 1:09am

The fight for the House majority is over.

Trump picks combat over caution in court fight

Jonathan Lemire, Catherine Lucey and Zeke Miller, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 22nd - 1:03am

Combat won out over caution.

First black female White House reporter gets Newseum statue

Jesse J. Holland, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 22nd - 12:59am

Journalist Alice Allison Dunnigan triumphed over sexism and racism to become the first black woman accredited to cover the White House.

Trump promises to rid Justice Dept. of 'lingering stench'

Jonathan Lemire, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 22nd - 12:23am

President Donald Trump has issued an ominous warning about the Justice Department and the FBI, promising further firings to get rid of a "lingering stench" following reports that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein discussed secretly recording the president.

DHS secretary: FEMA chief misused cars, but won't lose job

Colleen Long, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 22nd - 12:17am

The head of the federal disaster response agency used government vehicles without proper authorization, but will not lose his job over it, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said Friday.

Rosenstein's fate could turn on which account Trump believes

Eric Tucker and Michael Balsamo, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 22nd - 12:09am

The fate of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who discussed secretly recording President Donald Trump and possibly suggested removing him from office, could turn on whether Trump believes the account of an ex-FBI official who he once tweeted had "LIED! LIED! LIED!"

Rosenstein's fate could turn on which account Trump believes

Eric Tucker and Michael Balsamo, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 21st - 11:57pm

The fate of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who discussed secretly recording President Donald Trump and possibly suggested removing him from office, could turn on whether Trump believes the account of an ex-FBI official who he once tweeted had "LIED! LIED! LIED!"

Committee gives Kavanaugh accuser more time

Alan Fram and Lisa Mascaro, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 21st - 11:45pm

The high-stakes brinkmanship over whether Brett Kavanaugh's accuser would testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee came to a momentary standstill as GOP Chairman Chuck Grassley gave Christine Blasey Ford more time to decide on the terms of her appearance.

In tweet, GOP gives Kavanaugh accuser more time to decide on terms for testifying before committee

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 21st - 10:24pm

In tweet, GOP gives Kavanaugh accuser more time to decide on terms for testifying before committee .

Immigration judges say new quotas undermine independence

Colleen Long, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 21st - 10:15pm

The nation's immigration court judges are anxious and stressed by a quota system implemented by Attorney General Jeff Sessions that pushes them to close 700 cases per year as a way to get rid of an immense backlog, the head of the judges' union said Friday.

Sheriff: Motive unclear for Maryland shooter who killed 3

David McFadden and Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 21st - 10:13pm

Law enforcement officials said Friday they might never know the motive for a female shooter's violent rampage that killed three people and wounded three at a sprawling Maryland warehouse before she turned the gun on herself. It's little consolation for grieving relatives and others trying to find answers.

Small North Carolina town latest to feel Florence's fury

Gary D. Robertson, Martha Waggoner and Alan Suderman, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 21st - 10:07pm

Benetta White and David Lloyd slogged through waist-deep water filling their yard to escape Hurricane Florence's latest life-threatening punch to a town in the Carolinas.

Cruz, O'Rourke getting combative in close Texas Senate race

Will Weissert and Paul J. Weber, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 21st - 10:03pm

The surprisingly close U.S. Senate race in Texas is growing more combative, and Republican Sen. Ted Cruz and Democratic Congressman Beto O'Rourke are staking their chances on two sharply different visions of America.

Family: Man killed under Santa Monica Pier wasn't homeless

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 21st - 8:46pm

Authorities say a man was found fatally bludgeoned on a Southern California beach the same day two of three homeless men died after being beaten last weekend in downtown Los Angeles.

Ben Carson calls Kavanaugh's opponents 'desperate'

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 21st - 8:41pm

Housing Secretary Ben Carson is attributing the controversy over Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination to people who want to "fundamentally change this country."

Idaho city seeks volunteers to be human scarecrows

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 21st - 8:04pm

City officials in Idaho are looking for volunteers to help ward off what has become a local sign of fall: The arrival of roughly 10,000 crows to the city of Nampa.

Collins: Delay vote to let Kavanaugh accuser testify

Patrick Whittle and Holly Ramer, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 21st - 7:43pm

Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine said Friday that President Donald Trump's tweet criticizing his Supreme Court nominee's accuser was "appalling" and a disservice to both the judge and the woman who has accused him of a long-ago sexual assault.

Lawyer for Kavanaugh accuser requests extra day to consider terms for testifying; rejects 'arbitrary' Friday deadline

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 21st - 7:34pm

Lawyer for Kavanaugh accuser requests extra day to consider terms for testifying; rejects 'arbitrary' Friday deadline.

Trump says he'll rid Justice Dept. of 'lingering stench'

Jonathan Lemire, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 21st - 7:33pm

President Donald Trump issued an ominous warning about the Justice Department and the FBI on Friday, promising further firings to get rid of a "lingering stench" following reports that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein discussed secretly recording the president.

AP NewsBreak: DHS secretary says FEMA chief won't lose job

Colleen Long, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 21st - 6:57pm

The head of the federal disaster response agency used government vehicles without proper authorization, but will not lose his job over it, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said Friday.