Attorney General William Barr is photographed as he sits down to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, May 1, 2019.
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It was Attorney General William Barr’s testimony, but Robert Mueller’s words stole the show.In his appearance Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Barr was on the defensive after a letter from Mueller surfaced criticizing how the attorney general handled the public release of the special counsel’s core findings.The letter laid bare some of the internal tensions between the attorney general and the special counsel as Barr defended his rollout…
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Trump spoke to faith leaders at a White House dinner in honor of the National Day of Prayer
Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, whom many nations have recognized as the country's rightful interim ruler, gestures as he speaks to supporters during a rally against the government of President Nicolas Maduro and to commemorate May Day in C...
The unrest in Venezuela is turning into a battleground of rhetoric between the United States and Russia.After a telephone conversation between Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Wednesday, the Russian warned of “the most drastic of consequences” if the U.S. continued what he called “aggressive steps.”The State Department was more muted, saying only that Russian and Cuban intervention was “destabilizing for…
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FILE - Federal Reserve Board Chair Jerome Powell speaks at a news conference following a two-day meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee,  May 1, 2019, in Washington.
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Conservative commentator Stephen Moore's sexist comments about women have put in jeopardy his path to the Federal Reserve, with the No. 2 Republican in the Senate saying Wednesday that President Donald Trump's potential nominee may not have the votes to be confirmed.And mindful of the need to preserve the Fed's independence from political interference, Fed Chair Jerome Powell is keeping mum."I think men and women should make the same for the same work, by and large," said…
FILE - Artwork by Felipe Gomez Alonzo, an 8-year-old Guatemalan boy who died in U.S. custody, is taped to a door of the Gomez home in Yalambojoch, Guatemala, Dec. 29, 2018. U.S. officials said a Guatemalan teen died April 30, 2019, in a Texas hospita...
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A 16-year-old unaccompanied Guatemalan migrant died in a Texas hospital while in the custody of the U.S. government, officials said Wednesday.    The boy died Tuesday after "several days of intensive care" at a children's hospital, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said in a statement without disclosing the hospital or its location.    The boy's death followed those of two other Guatemalan migrant…
From left, Attorney General William Barr and House Judiciary chairman Jerrold Nadler of New York.
The U.S. House Judiciary Committee is going ahead with its hearing Thursday about special counsel Robert Mueller’s report and his investigation of Russian election interference, but unless there is a last-minute change, Attorney General William Barr will not be appearing to testify. The Justice Department said late Wednesday that committee chairman Rep. Jarrold Nadler’s plan to have committee staff question Barr was “inappropriate,” adding that the…
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University of North Carolina-Charlotte Police Sgt. Rob Gundacker talks to reporters, May 1, 2019, in Charlotte, North Carolina. Authorities said Gundacker was the first officer into a college classroom on April 30, 2019, where two students died.
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A 21-year-old student killed in a shooting at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte saved some of his classmates' lives by charging the gunman and attempting to disarm him, the city's top police official said on Wednesday.Environmental studies student Riley Howell of Waynesville, North Carolina, one of two students killed in the Tuesday shooting, played a key role in ending the attack by a former student, said Kerr Putney, chief of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police…
Afghan National Army soldiers stand guard at a checkpoint on the Jalalabad-Kabul road, on the outskirts of Kabul, April 28, 2019.
A decision by U.S. military officials in Afghanistan to stop tracking the amount of territory controlled by the Taliban is sparking an increasingly tense showdown with the watchdog overseeing reconstruction efforts.The so-called district-level stability assessments, which measure the number of the country's districts under government or insurgent control or influence, have been one of the most widely cited indicators of U.S. strategy in Afghanistan.But the assessments are…
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Chinese Vice Premier Liu He, center, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, left, and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, right, arrive for a group photo session after concluding their meeting in Beijing, May 1, 2019.
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The United States and China are nearing a trade deal that would roll back a portion of the $250 billion in U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods, Politico reported on Wednesday after U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the two countries completed "productive" talks in Beijing.Mnuchin, along with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, held a day of discussions with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He, aimed at ending a trade war. The talks are to resume next week in Washington,…
A man holds a American flag as supporters of President Donald Trump take part in the pledge as they stand in line for his rally outside the El Paso County Coliseum, Feb. 11, 2019, in El Paso, Texas.
About half of Americans don't know that John Roberts is the chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Twenty-three percent believe Ruth Bader Ginsberg presides over the high court and 16% think it's Clarence Thomas.A study of 1000 people conducted by the American Bar Association (ABA) found those gaps in Americans' knowledge of history and government.
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Members of Moms Demand Action march in support of teachers, May 1, 2019, during a teacher rally, in Raleigh, North Carolina.
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Teachers in neighboring South Carolina also rally and Oregon teachers plan to gather as walkouts that began in West Virginia last spring continue across country, with many proving successful
FILE - In this June 19, 2017 file photo, French President Emmanuel Macron, meets with Gen. Tod Wolters in Paris. At ceremonies Thursday in Germany and Friday in Belgium, Wolters will take over head of U.S. European Command and as NATO’s Supreme All...
Air Force Gen. Tod Wolters will take over for Army Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti in the dual roles of NATO's Supreme Allied Commander Europe and head of U.S. European Command
Protesters occupy University Hall at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., May 1, 2019.
A union for Harvard University graduate students is staging a campus sit-in to pressure the school to meet its labor demands.Roughly 20 students were gathered inside a building in Harvard Yard on Wednesday as others marched outside in support of the Harvard Graduate Students Union.
Attorney General William Barr testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, May 1, 2019.
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U.S. Attorney General William Barr appeared before Congress on Wednesday to defend his handling of special counsel Robert Mueller's March 22 report on Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, saying the decision to release an early summary of the report was his and dismissing questions about his depiction of Mueller's findings.     In a hearing marked by partisan acrimony, Democrats grilled the attorney general over his four-page summary letter to…
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FILE - Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams speaks to supporters during an election night watch party in Atlanta, Nov. 6, 2018.
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Senate Democrats are stinging from a trio of high-profile failures to recruit candidates who could help reclaim the majority, including Stacey Abrams' announcement that she would pass up a U.S. Senate run in Georgia.That decision, announced Tuesday, was a blow to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. After Abrams gained fame from her ultimately unsuccessful effort to become America's first black female governor last year, Schumer personally — and publicly — urged her…