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Ocasio-Cortez stumps for insurgent Democrats in the Midwest

Stephen R. Groves, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 16th - 10:21pm

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is back on the campaign trail, but this time in the Midwest. The 28-year-old Democratic rising star is stumping for two young, progressive Democrats hoping to win Democratic primaries in Kansas and Michigan.

US open to direct talks with Taliban, officials say

Matthew Pennington and Kathy Gannon, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 16th - 10:03pm

The United States is open to holding direct talks with the Taliban to encourage negotiations between the militant group and the Afghan government to end 17 years of war, U.S. officials said Monday.

Wave of condemnation hits Trump after summit with Putin

Lisa Mascaro and Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 16th - 8:33pm

"Bizarre." ''Shameful." ''Disgraceful." That's the swift and sweeping condemnation directed at President Donald Trump on Monday after he sided with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a stunning appearance in Helsinki — and that's just from the Republicans.

Trump embraces longtime US foe Putin, doubting own intel

Jonathan Lemire, Jill Colvin and Vladimir Isachenkov, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 16th - 8:13pm

In an extraordinary embrace of a longtime U.S. enemy, President Donald Trump on Monday openly questioned his own intelligence agencies’ firm finding that Russia meddled in the 2016 U.S. election to his benefit, seeming to accept Russian President Vladimir Putin’s insistence that Moscow’s hands were clean.

Herbert announces inland port compromise, calls for special session

Katie McKellar, KSL  |  Posted Jul 16th - 7:23pm

In a joint news conference with Salt Lake City Council members Monday, Gov. Gary Herbert announced a compromise made up of a long list of changes to the controversial Utah Inland Port Authority law and called a special session for Wednesday.

Bullock outlines jobs initiative for governors association

Amy Beth Hanson, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 16th - 6:03pm

As Montana's governor prepares to serve a yearlong chairmanship of the National Governors Association, he announced his top initiative: Good Jobs for All Americans.

NRA backs Kobach's rival in race for Kansas governor

John Hanna, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 16th - 5:23pm

Kansas conservative firebrand Kris Kobach, who appears in parades riding a jeep with a replica machine gun mounted on back, failed Monday to land the coveted endorsement from the National Rifle Association in the Republican primary race for governor.

Some Utah politicos blast Trump after meeting with Putin; others more restrained

Dennis Romboy, KSL  |  Posted Jul 16th - 5:20pm

Utah's two Republican senators believe Russia interfered in the 2016 election but neither criticized President Donald Trump for not pushing back against Russian President Vladimir Putin for denying any sabotage.

Minnesota candidate arrested on suspicion of revenge porn

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 16th - 2:51pm

A City Council candidate in St. Paul, Minnesota, has been arrested on suspicion of violating the state's revenge porn law after a topless picture of his estranged wife was posted to his campaign website.

Georgia governor makes endorsement in runoff to succeed him

Ben Nadler, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 16th - 2:37pm

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal waded into the Republican primary runoff to succeed him Monday, endorsing Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle over Secretary of State Brian Kemp.

FCC head has 'serious concerns' with Sinclair-Tribune deal

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 16th - 2:23pm

The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission is raising "serious concerns" about Sinclair's $3.9 billion deal for Tribune's television stations.

Obama to make rare high-profile speech on Mandela's legacy

Andrew Meldrum, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 16th - 10:19am

In a speech marking the 100th birthday of anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela, former U.S. President Barack Obama will urge youth around the world to work for human rights and fair societies, highlighting the late South African leader's example of persevering in the struggle for democracy and equal rights for all.

Mexican president-elect slashes his own salary

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 15th - 9:58pm

Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Sunday he plans to earn less than half of what his predecessor makes when he takes office in December as part of an austerity push in government.

US trade, immigration and biofuel policies hit farmers hard

David Pitt, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 15th - 5:57pm

Even before the specter of a trade war with China and other countries threatened to cost them billions of dollars, American farmers were feeling the squeeze from fluctuating crop prices and other factors that have halved their overall income in recent years.

Feinstein remains favorite in California race despite snub

Michael R. Blood, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 15th - 3:19pm

California's forgotten U.S. Senate candidate has finally had a memorable moment.

Trump names EU a global foe, raps media before Putin summit

Jill Colvin, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 15th - 2:47pm

President Donald Trump named the European Union as a top adversary of the United States and denounced the news media as the "enemy of the people" before arriving in Helsinki on Sunday on the eve of his high-stakes summit with Russia's Vladimir Putin.

Charlotte, North Carolina city council votes 6-5 to make bid for 2020 Republican National Convention

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 16th - 3:51pm

Charlotte, North Carolina city council votes 6-5 to make bid for 2020 Republican National Convention.

Illinois governor signs 2 bills to tighten gun restrictions

John O'Connor, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 16th - 3:25pm

Gov. Bruce Rauner signed laws Monday authorizing judges to take weapons away from people facing problems that make them dangerous to themselves or others and to extend the waiting period for delivery of newly purchased guns, but pledged to veto a third piece of legislation that would require state licensing of firearms dealers.

The Latest: NRA endorses Kansas Gov. Colyer in GOP primary

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 16th - 3:07pm

The Latest on the Republican primary race for governor in Kansas (all times local):