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McCain, fighting cancer, turns on GOP and kills health bill

Erica Werner, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 9:41am

Sen. John McCain appeared poised to be the savior of the GOP health bill when he returned to the Capitol earlier this week despite brain cancer.

More than 68,000 mistakenly sent GOP ballots in Utah County

Katie McKellar  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 7:07pm

It turns out not some, but all unaffiliated voters in Utah County were mistakenly sent ballots intended only to go to Republican voters thanks to an "unfortunate clerical error," Utah County Clerk Bryan Thompson confirmed Thursday.

AP EXCLUSIVE: Sessions not leaving unless pushed

Sadie Gurman and Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 7:01pm

His loyalty to the boss severely tested but seemingly intact, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Thursday he will stay in the job for as long as President Donald Trump wants him to serve.

House GOP passes $788B bill for Pentagon, US-Mexico border wall

Andrew Taylor, The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 5:58pm

The House passed a $788 billion spending bill Thursday that combines a $1.6 billion down payment for President Donald Trump's controversial border wall with Mexico with a whopping budget increase for the Pentagon.

Russia sanctions bill heads to Trump after Senate approval

Richard Lardner, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 5:41pm

The Senate voted decisively on Thursday to approve a new package of stiff financial sanctions against Russia, Iran and North Korea, sending the popular bill to President Donald Trump for his signature after weeks of intense negotiations.

Mayor accused of selling favors says he's not guilty

Anthony Izaguirre, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 3:22pm

The mayor of Pennsylvania's third-largest city pleaded not guilty Thursday to federal corruption charges that officials likened to putting a for-sale sign on his office while promising political favors to deep-pocketed donors.

Transgender troops: A presidential tweet is not an order

Robert Burns, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 2:32pm

Unmoved by President Donald Trump's proclamation-by-Twitter, top Pentagon leaders declared on Thursday they'll allow transgender troops to remain in uniform until Defense Secretary Jim Mattis receives an authoritative directive to remove them.

Herbert: Goal is to be able to play tennis at Pioneer Park a year from now

Amy Joi O'Donoghue  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 1:49pm

Gov. Gary Herbert said he intends to bring state resources to bear on cleaning up the Rio Grande area of its crime and homeless problem, and wants to be able to play tennis at Pioneer Park a year from now. He's also willing to call a special session.

Hillary Clinton calling new book 'What Happened'

Hillel Italie, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 12:22pm

Hillary Clinton is calling her new book "What Happened" and promising unprecedented candor as she remembers her stunning defeat last year to Donald Trump.

Wasserman Schultz fires IT staffer following fraud arrest

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 10:31am

Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz has fired an information technology staffer following his arrest on a bank fraud charge at a Virginia airport where he was attempting to fly to Pakistan.

GOP senators blink, miss big chance to repeal 'Obamacare'

Erica Werner and Alan Fram, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 3:59pm

After seven years of emphatic campaign promises, Senate Republicans demonstrated Wednesday they don't have the stomach to repeal "Obamacare" when it really counts, as the Senate voted 55-45 to reject legislation undoing major portions of Barack Obama's law without replacing it.

Jewell bashes Trump administration over monument review

Amy Joi O'Donoghue  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 3:27pm

Former Interior Secretary Sally Jewell lamented the Trump administration's monument review, saying the new U.S. president should be making new monuments, not dismantling them. She defended Bears Ears National Monument, which could see changes.

Indiana Rep. Luke Messer announces 2018 Senate bid

Brian Slodysko, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 12:52pm

Indiana Rep. Luke Messer announced Wednesday that he will challenge Sen. Joe Donnelly, who is considered one of the most vulnerable Democrats up for re-election next year.

Ainge calls Curtis 'moderate', says he's 'not telling the real story on the campaign trail'

Lisa Riley Roche  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 12:22pm

Tanner Ainge, one of three Republicans in next month's 3rd Congressional District primary election, differentiated himself Tuesday from the frontrunner in the race, Provo Mayor John Curtis.

Lee no longer a holdout on health care — at least for now

Lisa Riley Roche  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 9:06pm

After being a holdout on the Senate's efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, cast a deciding vote Tuesday in favor of going forward with debate.

House decisively passes sanctions bill curbing Trump's power

Richard Lardner, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 8:08pm

Eager to punish Russia for meddling in the 2016 election, the House on Tuesday overwhelmingly backed a new package of sanctions against Moscow that prohibits President Donald Trump from waiving the penalties without first getting permission from Congress.

Pace of redoing North Carolina districts concerns judges

Jonathan Drew, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 1:41am

Two federal judges said they are concerned that North Carolina legislative leaders have taken few if any steps to draw new election maps since they were struck down last year, and one judge suggested they don't appear to be taking their duty seriously.

Judges: Is North Carolina is serious about fixing districts?

Jonathan Drew, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 1:42pm

Two federal judges said Thursday they are concerned that North Carolina legislative leaders have taken few if any steps to draw new election maps since they were struck down last year, and one judge suggested they don't appear to be taking their duty seriously.

Michelle Obama discusses emotional scars from critics

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 8:16am

Michelle Obama says breaking the glass ceiling in becoming the first black first lady left a few lasting emotional scars.