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WASHINGTON (AP) — Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador says his foreign relations secretary will lead a delegation to seek a negotiated solution to U.S. President Donald Trump's threat to impose new tariffs on Mexican goods if the country doesn't do more to slow migration. López Obrador said Thursday in a public letter to Trump that "social problems are not solved with duties or coercive measures," and alluded to the U.S. history as a nation of immigrants: "The Statue of Liberty is not an empty symbol."
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is angrily assailing special counsel Robert Mueller's motives for bluntly rebuffing his repeated claims that the Russia investigation had cleared him of obstructing justice. The president also offered mixed messages Thursday on Russia's efforts to help him defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 campaign. Early in the day, Trump tweeted he had "nothing to do with Russia helping me get elected." He later said Russia did not help him at all.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Speaker Nancy Pelosi still isn't ready to impeach President Donald Trump. Even after special counsel Robert Mueller essentially called on Congress to pick up where he left off, she did not budge. This is Pelosi's balancing act: toggling between mounting pressure from Democrats who want to impeach and her own instincts. There are big risks, and potential rewards, ahead of the 2020 election.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's Democratic governor has signed a law prohibiting abortion when a fetal heartbeat is detected. The state joins Mississippi, Kentucky, Ohio and Georgia, which have all passed similar laws. Alabama's abortion ban goes further, outlawing virtually all abortions. The Louisiana bill's signing, however, won't limit the state's three abortion clinics anytime soon. Louisiana's law takes effect only if the recently blocked law in neighboring Mississippi is upheld by a federal appeals court.
CHICAGO (AP) — New documents on the Jussie Smollett case show that prosecutors told Chicago police detectives that a possible deal with the "Empire" actor was in the works a month before charges against him were dropped. The 460 pages released Thursday show detectives investigating Smollett's claim he was the victim of a hate crime were told by Cook County prosecutors a deal with Smollett could include a $10,000 fine and community service.
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