Melania Trump puts on happier face during Africa tour

U.S. 10/06/18, 15:17

It took Melania Trump's first big solo international trip for her to show a different side of herself — a playful, less serious one.And while she generously dished out warm smiles and happy waves, the first lady also used her four-nation tour of Africa to draw some firmer boundaries between ...

Awaiting Kavanaugh vote, Trump sets campaign focus on Kansas

U.S. 10/06/18, 12:38

President Donald Trump is setting his campaign sights on Kansas as he awaits an expected political victory — Senate confirmation of his Supreme Court nominee.Trump has scheduled an evening rally in Topeka with Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, an early supporter who's the GOP nominee for governor.The president also ...

What the FBI report on Kavanaugh really tells us

Opinion 10/06/18, 04:06

The new FBI report on Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh that was being reviewed by senators Thursday makes it clear that there is absolutely no reason to further delay the confirmation vote on his nomination. America would be well-served if the Senate seats this extraordinarily qualified judge on the nation’s ...

Kavanaugh gets the votes to survive Supreme Court fight

U.S. 10/06/18, 00:38

Brett Kavanaugh seems assured of surviving a Supreme Court nomination fight for the ages after two wavering senators said they'd back him.Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W. Va., right, and Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., left, walk together after viewing the FBI supplemental background report on Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh in ...

Two Republican senators, two divergent paths on Kavanaugh

U.S. 10/06/18, 00:23

Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski turned against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh quietly, uttering a single word: "No."Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, her longtime friend and fellow moderate Republican, spoke on the Senate floor for 45 minutes, explaining her support for Kavanaugh in detail.Though they reached opposite conclusions, both women had ...

Collins and Murkowski offer contrast on Kavanaugh vote

U.S. 10/05/18, 17:54

They're longtime friends, but Republican Senators Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins displayed vastly different styles Friday as they reached opposite conclusions on the crucial question of whether to support Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court.Murkowski, in her fourth term representing Alaska, quietly uttered a single word — no — ...

Who was questioned by the FBI in the Kavanaugh probe?

U.S. 10/05/18, 10:32

The FBI has wrapped up its background investigation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, but much of what it did remains a mystery, including its decisions about whom to interview.Investigation details have not been publicly disclosed. Republicans say the probe was thorough and reinforces their support of President Donald Trump's ...

Not since 1969: US regains ultra-low 3.7 pct. unemployment

U.S. 10/05/18, 10:20

The last time the U.S. unemployment rate was roughly as low as the 3.7 percent it is now — December 1969 — the economy was overheating, inflation was spiking and a short recession soon followed.Could that happen again?Probably not anytime soon, most economists say. Yet there are some surprising similarities ...

Key senators undecided as Senate poised to vote on Kavanaugh

U.S. 10/05/18, 01:59

The Senate is taking a crucial vote Friday to advance Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court. Key GOP senators remain undecided amid allegations of sexual misconduct and intense protests dividing the nation.Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, speaks about the FBI investigation of Supreme Court nominee Brett ...

Day of chaos and consequence before vote on Kavanaugh

U.S. 10/05/18, 01:43

This is what democracy looks like!" protesters shouted outside the Supreme Court, voicing their opposition to Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the high court but somehow speaking for everyone on every side on a day of passion, chaos and consequence.Democracy on Thursday looked like:— Senators scurrying AWAY from the cameras, not ...

White House outlines counterterrorism strategy, slams Iran

U.S. 10/04/18, 15:59

President Donald Trump's national security adviser is outlining the administration's long-awaited counterterrorism strategy and offering harsh words for Iran.John Bolton calls Iran the "central banker of international terrorism." He says the strategy will rely on military and nonmilitary means to fight extremists, focusing on Islamic State militants as well as ...

Trump takes midterm campaign tour to Minnesota

U.S. 10/04/18, 15:59

President Donald Trump is campaigning in Minnesota as he seeks to boost Republican congressional candidates.Trump tells reporters he thinks his Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is "doing very well" as senators weigh a new FBI background report prompted by allegations of sexual misconduct.Stan Thom, of Big Lake, Minn., drove 120 ...