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Liberal icon, new Democratic star wade into GOP-heavy Kansas

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The new face of an emerging democratic socialist movement joined its patriarch in the most unlikely place Friday, calling on Kansans unhappy with the direction of the country to get off the sidelines in a pivotal Republican-held congressional district. "We know that ...

NY Times: Trump was recorded talking of paying Playboy model

Story updated at 3:35 p.m. Friday, July 20, 2018. New York — President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer secretly recorded Trump discussing a potential payment for a former Playboy model’s account of having an affair with him, people familiar with an investigation into the attorney ...

Death toll from Branson duck boat accident climbs to 17

Story last updated at 12:45 p.m. Friday, July 20. BRANSON, Mo. — Divers found four more bodies Friday in a Missouri lake where a duck boat packed with tourists capsized and sank in high winds, bringing the death toll to 17 in the tourist town of Branson, authorities said. Investigators ...

Trump endorses GOP Rep. Yoder’s re-election in Kansas 3rd

TOPEKA — President Donald Trump on Wednesday gave his “full and total endorsement” to Republican Rep. Kevin Yoder in a Kansas district that Democrats see as competitive after Hillary Clinton narrowly carried it in the last presidential election. Trump tweeted his support for the ...

Trump questions U.S. intel, not Putin, on Russia 2016 meddling

HELSINKI — Standing next to Russia's Vladimir Putin, President Donald Trump openly questioned his own intelligence agencies' conclusions that Moscow was to blame for meddling in the 2016 U.S. election to Trump's benefit and seemed to accept Putin's insistence that Russia's hands were ...

Kansas Republicans offer support for Trump’s Supreme Court pick

TOPEKA - Both U.S. Senators from Kansas, as well as Gov. Jeff Colyer, issued statements of support Monday night for President Donald Trump's latest nominee for a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court, while Democrats vowed to make the nomination a key issue in the upcoming midterm elections. At a ...

Trump picks Kavanaugh for Supreme Court

WASHINGTON — After days of frenzied lobbying and speculation, President Donald Trump decided on federal appeals Judge Brett Kavanaugh for his second nominee to the Supreme Court, setting up a ferocious confirmation battle with Democrats as he seeks to shift the nation's highest court further ...

Moran presses Russia on election meddling

TOPEKA — U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, of Kansas, said Friday that he pressured Russian government officials about meddling in U.S. elections. Moran was part of a Republican congressional delegation that traveled to Moscow over the July 4 holiday to meet with Russian officials in advance of ...

Moran, other visiting U.S. senators urge Russia not to meddle in midterm election

MOSCOW — Visiting U.S. senators on Wednesday urged Russia not to meddle in the U.S. midterm election in November if it wants to improve strained bilateral ties. The senators were in Russia as part of a congressional visit taking place two weeks ahead of a summit between the nations' ...

Moran says he’ll discuss election interference during Russia trip

KANSAS CITY, MO. — U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran says he plans to discuss election interference during an upcoming trip to Russia with a small group of Republican lawmakers. The Kansas City Star reports that Moran also will be visiting Norway and Finland during the Senate's holiday break. The visit ...

Gunman kills 5 in attack targeting Maryland newspaper

Story updated at 10:07 a.m. June 29 ANNAPOLIS, Md. — A man armed with smoke grenades and a shotgun attacked a newspaper in Maryland's capital Thursday, killing four journalists and a staffer before police quickly stormed the building and arrested him, police and witnesses said. The shooting ...

Justice Kennedy retiring; Trump gets 2nd Supreme Court pick

WASHINGTON — Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement Wednesday, giving President Donald Trump a golden chance to cement conservative control of the high court. The 81-year-old Kennedy said in a statement he is stepping down after more than 30 years on the court. A ...

White House faces hard deadline on reunited migrant families; judge gives 30 days

MCALLEN, Texas — The clock is ticking for the Trump administration after a federal judge ordered thousands of migrant children and parents reunited within 30 days, sooner if the youngster is under 5. The hard deadline was set Tuesday night by U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw in San Diego ...

U.S. House rejects hard-right immigration bill, baring GOP divide

WASHINGTON — The House killed a hard-right immigration bill Thursday, and Republican leaders delayed a planned vote on a compromise GOP package with the party's lawmakers fiercely divided over an issue that has long confounded the party. The conservative measure's 231-193 defeat set the ...

Trump says he’ll be ‘signing something’ on detained children

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said he would be signing an executive order later Wednesday that would end the process of separating children from families after they are detained crossing the border illegally. "We want to keep families together. It's very important," Trump told ...

Trump administration sending babies, other young migrants to ‘tender age’ shelters

Trump administration officials have been sending babies and other young children forcibly separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border to at least three "tender age" shelters in South Texas, The Associated Press has learned. Lawyers and medical providers who have visited the Rio ...

Kansas Sen. Moran criticizes family separations at U.S. border

TOPEKA — Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran says he opposes the forced separation of families during a crackdown on illegal entries into the U.S. and is working to stop it. Moran said in a statement Tuesday that the separation of children from parents attempting to enter the U.S. illegally demonstrates ...

U.S. Rep. Yoder urges Sessions to halt separation of families

WICHITA — U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder called on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to halt the separation of families during a crackdown on illegal entries, going further than any other member of Kansas' all Republican congressional delegation in expressing concerns. Yoder, who is chairman of a House ...