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In this May 5, 2020, photo, Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee during his nomination hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. President Donald Trump’s pick to be the nation’s top intelligence official, Ratcliffe, is adamant that if confirmed he will not allow politics to color information he takes to the president. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)
May 06, 2020 - 5:48 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. John Ratcliffe, President Donald Trump's pick to be the nation's top intelligence official, was nothing if not consistent as he told lawmakers a dozen or so times that he wouldn't allow politics to color information he took to the president. The senators kept asking anyway as...
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Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, testifies before a Senate Intelligence Committee nomination hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, May. 5, 2020. The panel is considering Ratcliffe's nomination for director of national intelligence. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)
May 05, 2020 - 8:08 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's nominee for national intelligence director sought at his confirmation hearing Tuesday to shed his reputation as a loyalist to the president, insisting to skeptical Democrats that he would carry out the job free of political influence or partisan bias. The...
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FILE - In this March 3, 2020, file photo, Hawaii state Department of Health microbiologist Mark Nagata demonstrates the process for testing a sample for coronavirus at the department's laboratory in Pearl City, Hawaii. An Associated Press analysis shows that some of the least-populated states, such as Hawaii, with relatively few coronavirus cases received an out-sized proportion of the $150 billion in federal money that was designed to address virus-related expenses. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy, File)
May 05, 2020 - 7:56 pm
Alaska, Hawaii, Montana and Wyoming are not epicenters of the coronavirus pandemic. Yet these four states scored big this spring when Congress pumped out direct federal aid, while the two hardest-hit states, New York and New Jersey, got comparatively little given the vast numbers of cases and...
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Brian Miller who is nominated to be Department of the Treasury Special Inspector General for Pandemic, testifies before a hearing of Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, May 5, 2020. (Alex Wong/Pool via AP)
May 05, 2020 - 6:20 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s choice to oversee a significant chunk of the $2 trillion economic rescue law pledged Tuesday to conduct audits and investigations "with fairness and impartiality.'' Brian Miller, a lawyer in the White House counsel’s office, told the Senate Banking...
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FILE--In this Sept. 15, 2018, file photo, former Vice President Joe Biden addresses the Human Rights Campaign National Dinner in Washington, D.C. On May 6, 2012, Vice President Joe Biden declared on “Meet the Press” that he supported the legalization of same-sex marriage – getting out ahead of his boss, Barack Obama, on one of the most volatile political issues of the day. The largest national LGBTQ-rights organization, the Human Rights Campaign, will be formally endorsing Biden for president on Wednesday, the eighth anniversary of that event. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, file)
May 05, 2020 - 5:38 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — On May 6, 2012, Vice President Joe Biden declared on NBC's “Meet the Press” that he supported the legalization of same-sex marriage – getting out ahead of his boss, Barack Obama, on one of the most volatile political issues of the day. The largest national LGBTQ rights organization...
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FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2019 file photo cargo cranes are used to take containers off of a Yang Ming Marine Transport Corporation boat at the Port of Tacoma in Tacoma, Wash. The U.S. trade deficit tumbled in February 2020 to the lowest level since 2016 as exports fell and imports fell more. The politically sensitive gap in the trade of goods with China narrowed in February when the world's No. 2 economy was locked down to combat the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
May 05, 2020 - 9:14 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. trade deficit rose in March as the coronavirus outbreak battered America's trade with the world. The Commerce Department reported Tuesday that the gap between what the United States sells and what it buys abroad widened 11.6% in March to $44.4 billion from $39.8 billion...
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In this image from video provided by the Biden for President campaign, Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a virtual press briefing Wednesday, March 25, 2020. (Biden for President via AP)
May 04, 2020 - 6:40 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden said Monday that he wears a face mask around Secret Service agents, drawing a distinction between himself and President Donald Trump as the issue of using face coverings in public amid a pandemic increasingly becomes a political flash point. The comment came as the...
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May 04, 2020 - 3:08 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A West Virginia woman who had already been accused of kidnapping her daughter faces a new charge of storing top-secret information from the National Security Agency in a storage facility she leased, court papers show. Elizabeth Jo Shirley was charged with willful retention of...
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FILE - In this April 5, 2020, file photo, a man wearing a face mask rides his bike in front of Notre Dame cathedral during a nationwide confinement to counter the COVID-19, in Paris. As countries seek to get economies back on track after the outbreak, bicycle use is being encouraged as a way to avoid any unsafe crowding on trains and buses. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
May 03, 2020 - 1:24 pm
MADRID (AP) — Halfway through his 30-minute bike ride to work, police ordered Juan Pasamar to dismount, accusing him of breaking Spain’s coronavirus lockdown rules by exercising in public. The officers were not buying his explanation he was commuting to his job outside of Zaragoza, the northern...
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FILE - In this May 4, 2013, file photo, National Rifle Association members listen to speakers during the NRA's annual Meetings and Exhibits at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston. The Los Angeles City Council, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020 repealed a law requiring companies that want city contracts to disclose whether they have ties to the NRA. The 12-0 vote comes weeks after a judge blocked the city from enforcing the ordinance.(Johnny Hanson/Houston Chronicle via AP, File)
May 03, 2020 - 11:15 am
The National Rifle Association has laid off dozens of employees, canceled its national convention and scuttled fundraising, membership and shooting events that normally would be key to rallying its base in an election year. The coronavirus pandemic has upended the gun-rights organization during...
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