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Washington news in brief

updated: 02/26/2017 3:12 a.m. Discuss

Boozman will take

Times’ Oscar ad: ‘The Truth Is Hard’

posted: 02/26/2017 3:12 a.m. Discuss

NEW YORK — The New York Times will broadcast a commercial called “The Truth Is Hard” during tonight’s Academy Awards, just days after the company and other news organizations were blocked from joining an informal, on-the-record White House news briefing.

The nation in brief

updated: 02/26/2017 3:11 a.m. Discuss

Pipeline protest-camp cleanup goes on

For keyed-up group, Trump targets media

updated: 02/25/2017 3:18 a.m. Comments 10

WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump unloaded on the news media Friday for using anonymous sources -- just hours after members of his own staff insisted on briefing reporters only on condition their names be concealed.

White House backs aide over request for FBI help

updated: 02/25/2017 3:16 a.m. Comments 7

WASHINGTON -- The White House on Friday defended Chief of Staff Reince Priebus against accusations he breached a government firewall when he asked FBI Director James Comey to publicly dispute media reports that Donald Trump's campaign advisers had been frequently in touch with Russian intelligence agents.

Analysts: Visit ban baseless

posted: 02/25/2017 3:13 a.m. Comments 8

WASHINGTON -- Analysts at the Homeland Security Department's intelligence arm found insufficient evidence that citizens of the seven Muslim-majority countries included in President Donald Trump's travel ban pose a terror threat to the United States.

Reversal of Obama-era pastime stance stirs pot industry

updated: 02/25/2017 3:08 a.m. Discuss

NEW YORK -- The cannabis industry was rattled after White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Thursday that he expects the Department of Justice to increase enforcement of federal laws prohibiting recreational pot, even in states where it's already legal.

Democrats in Trump-turf states avoid public forums

updated: 02/25/2017 3:06 a.m. Discuss

NEW YORK -- From Montana to West Virginia, the nation's most vulnerable Senate Democrats are avoiding public meetings as their Republican counterparts get pummeled by an energized electorate frustrated with President Donald Trump's early agenda.

Bergdahl trial survives Trump's rhetoric

posted: 02/25/2017 3:03 a.m. Discuss

President Donald Trump's campaign-trail criticism of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, while "problematic," hasn't prevented the soldier from getting a fair trial on charges that he endangered comrades by walking off his post in Afghanistan in 2009, a military judge ruled Friday.

In states, curbs on protests pursued

posted: 02/25/2017 3:01 a.m. Discuss

Since the election of Donald Trump, Republican lawmakers in at least 17 states have introduced or voted on legislation to curb mass protests in what civil-liberties experts are calling "an attack on protest rights throughout the states."

Cosby judge puts limit on accusers

posted: 02/25/2017 3:01 a.m. Discuss

PHILADELPHIA — A judge ruled Friday that just one of the comedian Bill Cosby’s other accusers can testify at his trial to bolster charges he drugged and violated a woman more than a decade ago.

Health act redo in GOP draft

updated: 02/25/2017 3 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON -- A draft Republican bill replacing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act would end its Medicaid expansion, scrap fines on people not buying insurance and eliminate taxes on the medical industry and higher earners.

'Get out' of U.S. called shooter's yell

updated: 02/25/2017 2:58 a.m. Discuss

OLATHE, Kan. -- In the middle of a crowded bar, Adam Purinton yelled at two Indian men to "get out of my country," witnesses said, then opened fire in an attack that killed one of the men and wounded the other, as well as a third man who tried to help.

Mexico draws the line on deportations

updated: 02/25/2017 2:56 a.m. Discuss

MEXICO CITY -- The Mexican government made clear to visiting U.S. emissaries that it will not accept deportees from third countries under any circumstances, the interior secretary said Friday.

Democrats pick Kentuckian for Trump address response

updated: 02/25/2017 2:53 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON -- Democrats have tapped former Gov. Steve Beshear to deliver the party's response to President Donald Trump's address to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday night, highlighting the Kentucky Democrat's efforts to expand health care coverage under the law Republicans are determined to repeal and replace.

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