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The Hill criticizes, but does not recant, Solomon articles

By DAVID BAUDER | February 19, 2020

NEW YORK (AP) — The Washington publication The Hill issued a lengthy report on Wednesday finding fault with several articles by journalist John Solomon that it published last year and were used as discredited narratives by President Donald Trump and...

Trump picks pardon requests from wealthy pals and GOP donors

By MICHAEL BIESECKER | February 19, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — There's a common thread among the 11 felons who found favor with President Donald Trump this week — all who were pardoned or set free had advocates among the president’s wealthy friends and political allies.In at least some cases,...

Blagojevich praises, endorses Trump as justice reformer

By MICHAEL TARM and KATHLEEN FOODY | February 19, 2020

CHICAGO (AP) — Former Illinois Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich gushed about Donald Trump a day after the Republican president set him free from a federal prison, delivering a 20-minute monologue Wednesday outside his Chicago home that sounded like an...

2-year lobbying effort pays off in freedom for Blagojevich

By DON BABWIN | February 19, 2020

CHICAGO (AP) — When Patti Blagojevich made repeated public pleas for her husband's release from federal prison, there was no mistaking her intended audience: President Donald Trump.For nearly two years, the wife of disgraced former Illinois Gov. Rod...

After impeachment, Manchin comes home to warm welcome in WV

By ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE | February 19, 2020

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Some West Virginians have a message for Sen. Joe Manchin regarding his vote to impeach the president: Thanks.The Democrat was met with a warm reception at a town hall in his home state Wednesday, defying a narrative that locals...

Trump ousts top defense official who certified Ukraine aid

By LOLITA C. BALDOR | February 19, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has ousted the Pentagon's top policy official who had certified last year that Ukraine had made enough anti-corruption progress to justify the Trump administration's release of congressionally authorized aid...

Trump says he’s the nation’s top cop, a debatable claim

By MARK SHERMAN | February 19, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump asserts that he is the nation’s top cop, a title more typically accorded the attorney general.Even the Trump-cheerleading White House website sides with the attorney general, describing him as the “chief...

Students push universities to stop investing in fossil fuels

By MICHAEL MELIA | February 19, 2020

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Students alarmed by climate change are stepping up pressure on universities to pull investments from fossil fuel industries, an effort that is gaining traction at prestigious schools like Georgetown, Harvard and Yale.The push...

Austrian minister to travel to Iran amid nuclear tensions

February 19, 2020

BERLIN (AP) — Austria's foreign minister said Wednesday that he will travel to Tehran this weekend amid efforts by European countries to keep alive Iran's nuclear agreement with world powers.Alexander Schallenberg said after meeting his German counterpart...

Turkey probes judges who acquitted businessman, activists


ISTANBUL (AP) — The body overseeing Turkish judges and prosecutors has launched an investigation into three judges who acquitted philanthropist businessman Osman Kavala and eight other activists of terrorism charges, Turkey's state media reported on...

House impeachment manager from Texas endorses Joe Biden

By BILL BARROW | February 19, 2020

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is looking ahead to the critical Super Tuesday primary slate with a new endorsement from a Texas congresswoman who served as an impeachment manager in the Senate trial of President Donald Trump.Rep. Sylvia Garcia,...

Ex-Gov. Blagojevich returns to Chicago, maintains innocence

By MICHAEL TARM | February 19, 2020

CHICAGO (AP) — Rod Blagojevich returned home to Chicago early Wednesday, shaking hands and signing autographs after President Donald Trump cut short the 14-year prison sentence handed to the former Illinois governor for political corruption.Blagojevich...