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Court upholds Trump travel ban, rejects discrimination claim

By MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A sharply divided Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld President Donald Trump's ban on travel from several mostly Muslim countries, rejecting a challenge that it discriminated against Muslims or exceeded his authority. A dissenting justice said ...

Trump’s clout within GOP on the line in Tuesday elections

By STEVE PEOPLES and MEG KINNARD, Associated Press COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — President Donald Trump is not on the ballot, but he has invested time, energy and political capital in a slate of primary contests across America that will again test his clout within his own party. Voters weigh in on ...

Ryan sets House vote on GOP immigration bill for Wednesday

By LISA MASCARO and ALAN FRAM, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan scheduled a long-awaited showdown vote on a broad Republican immigration bill for Wednesday, but is showing little confidence that the package will survive. Underscoring the legislation's weak ...

Sanders says she was told to leave Virginia restaurant

By KEVIN FREKING, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was booted from a Virginia restaurant because she works for President Donald Trump, setting off a fierce debate about whether politics should play a role in how administration officals are ...

Zsa Zsa, the English bulldog, wins World’s Ugliest Dog title

PETALUMA, Calif. (AP) — A 9-year-old English bulldog was named the winner of the 2018 World's Ugliest Dog contest in the San Francisco Bay Area. Zsa Zsa won the title Saturday night at the Sonoma-Marin Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds in Petaluma. The dog's owner Megan Brainard of Anoka, Minnesota, ...

Trump tweets, hard-right voters hamper GOP immigration push

By ALAN FRAM, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican apprehension over President Donald Trump's next tweet and fear of riling conservative voters is undermining GOP leaders' election-year struggle to shove an immigration bill through the House this week, leaving their prospects ...

Protesters, Democrats want immigrant families reunited

By WILL WEISSERT, ELLIOT SPAGAT and MANUEL VALDES, Associated Press MCALLEN, Texas (AP) — Demonstrators led rallies and protests Saturday to decry the separation of immigrant parents from their children by U.S. border authorities, while Democratic lawmakers said they aren't convinced the ...

Romney makes final pitch to voters ahead of Senate primary

By LINDSAY WHITEHURST, Associated Press AMERICAN FORK, Utah (AP) — Mitt Romney is flashing his familiar smile at city parks and backyards in Utah's mountains and suburbs this week, making his final pitch after being forced into a Republican Senate primary Tuesday against a conservative state ...

Administration seeks to expand immigrant family detention

By AMY TAXIN, Associated Press SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — The Trump administration is calling for the expanded use of family detention for immigrant parents and children who are stopped along the U.S.-Mexico border, a move decried by advocates as a cruel and ineffective attempt to deter ...

Trump defends his hard-line immigration policies to cheers

By JILL COLVIN and JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated Press DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Hours after reversing himself to end the forced separations of migrant families, President Donald Trump returned to the warm embrace of his supporters at a raucous rally to defend his hard-line immigration policies ...