United States government - the best personalized free web-based Email en en United States government Montana Republican goes from wary Trump backer to all-in HELENA, Mont. (AP) — When Donald Trump visited Montana last year ahead of the state's Republican presidential primary, technology entrepreneur Greg Gianforte was running on the GOP ticket for governor and made it a point to avoid his party's likely presidential nominee. Gianforte later reluctantly pledged support for Trump, but tried to distance himself from him during an un... Sun, 21 May 2017 02:29:00 GMT 2017-05-21T02:29:00Z Saudis welcome Trump with gold medal, receive arms package RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — President Donald Trump basked in Saudi Arabia's lavish royal welcome Saturday as he left behind, at least temporarily, the snowballing controversies dogging him in Washington. Trump rewarded his hosts with a $110 billion arms package aimed at bolstering Saudi security and a slew of business agreements. "That was a tremendous da... Sun, 21 May 2017 00:04:00 GMT 2017-05-21T00:04:00Z Brazil's leader mounts defense to save his presidency RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Fighting to save his job amid a mushrooming corruption scandal, Brazilian President Michel Temer told the nation Saturday that an incriminating audio recording of him had been doctored. "That clandestine recording was manipulated and doctored with (bad) intentions," Temer said at a news conference in capital of Brasilia. Temer said h... Sat, 20 May 2017 23:55:00 GMT 2017-05-20T23:55:00Z California Democrats take aim at Trump, GOP Congress SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's elected Democrats had tough words for President Donald Trump and the GOP Congress on Saturday, urging their party's fired-up activists to work against the 14 Republicans in the state's congressional delegation. The party's leaders blasted Trump's alleged ties to Russia and presented California as the epicenter of lib... Sun, 21 May 2017 06:08:00 GMT 2017-05-21T06:08:00Z Callers threaten Texas lawmaker who seeks Trump impeachment HOUSTON (AP) — A black Texas congressman said Saturday that he's been threatened with lynching by callers infuriated over him seeking impeachment of President Donald Trump. U.S. Rep. Al Green held a town hall meeting and played recordings of several threatening voicemails left at his offices in Houston and Washington, the Houston Chronicle reports . ... Sun, 21 May 2017 03:30:00 GMT 2017-05-21T03:30:00Z Utah GOP says goodbye to Chaffetz, with some disappointment SANDY, Utah (AP) — As Utah Republicans met for their annual state convention Saturday, the party faithful both gave Rep. Jason Chaffetz a warm send-off and occasionally expressed disappointment at his abrupt departure from Congress and key role investigating the White House. Chaffetz, known for his hard-charging investigations of Hillary Clinton and his f... Sat, 20 May 2017 21:52:00 GMT 2017-05-20T21:52:00Z The Latest: Trump gets royal treatment from Saudis. RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's first trip abroad (all times local): 4:15 a.m. President Donald Trump is getting the kind of royal treatment in Saudi Arabia that must be a welcome change from the tense atmosphere he left behind in Washington. In the capital of Riya... Sun, 21 May 2017 01:52:00 GMT 2017-05-21T01:52:00Z Video shows transit officer asking about immigration status MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis Metro Transit police are investigating an incident shown on video in which a transit officer asks a light-rail passenger about his immigration status. The agency announced it was investigating after Minneapolis artist Ricardo Levins Morales posted video of the incident to his Facebook page on Friday. Morales said the officer was checking passen... Sat, 20 May 2017 17:57:00 GMT 2017-05-20T17:57:00Z Cambodians rally ahead of polls as US warns of intimidation PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia's main opposition party believes it has momentum on its side in next month's local elections, which will gauge the support for Prime Minister Hun Sen ahead of national polls next year. The U.S. State Department called on the government to avoid threats and political intimidation as the two-week campaigning for the June... Sat, 20 May 2017 07:43:00 GMT 2017-05-20T07:43:00Z In draft of speech, Trump using softer language about Islam WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will use his first visit to the Middle East to call for unity in the fight against radicalism in the Muslim world, casting the challenge as a "battle between good and evil" and urging Arab leaders to "drive out the terrorists from your places of worship," according to a draft of the speech obtained by The Associated Press. ... Sat, 20 May 2017 07:35:00 GMT 2017-05-20T07:35:00Z Pelosi: Trump 'vulnerable personally' amid Russia probe WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has made himself "very vulnerable personally" amid investigations of his campaign ties with Russia, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Friday. She pointed to Trump's reported request to now-fired FBI Director James Comey to lay off an investigation of Michael Flynn, Trump's former national security adviser. ... Sat, 20 May 2017 07:26:00 GMT 2017-05-20T07:26:00Z US protests intercept by Chinese jets; China blames US BEIJING (AP) — China denied U.S. accusations that its jets conducted an unprofessional intercept of an American radiation-sniffing surveillance plane in the East China Sea and urged Washington to stop such activities. The two Chinese SU-30 jets on Wednesday approached a WC-135 Constant Phoenix aircraft — a modified Boeing C-135 — conducting a routine miss... Sat, 20 May 2017 02:21:00 GMT 2017-05-20T02:21:00Z Weiner pleads guilty in sexting case, could go to prison NEW YORK (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner, whose penchant for sexting strangers ended his political career and sparked a probe that upended the presidential race, pleaded guilty Friday to a sex charge, tearfully apologizing for communications with a 15-year-old girl that he said destroyed his "life's dream in public service." Weiner, who could go to... Sat, 20 May 2017 00:20:00 GMT 2017-05-20T00:20:00Z Report: FBI probe moves into White House WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump told Russian diplomats last week his firing of "nut job" James Comey had eased the pressure on him, even as the FBI's Trump-Russia investigation had moved into the White House, according to reports Friday that pursued the president as he began his maiden foreign trip. White House hopes that Trump could leave scanda... Sat, 20 May 2017 00:17:00 GMT 2017-05-20T00:17:00Z Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows: ABC's "This Week" — President Donald Trump's national security adviser, H.R. McMaster; Reps. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, and Elijah Cummings, D-Md.; Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb. NBC's "Meet the Press" — To be announced. CBS' "Fa... Fri, 19 May 2017 23:11:00 GMT 2017-05-19T23:11:00Z Chaffetz resigns at career pinnacle after years in spotlight ALPINE, Utah (AP) — U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz's ascent to national prominence leading a House oversight committee was rooted largely in his embrace of the spotlight and willingness to take on confrontations. But the 50-year-old Utah Republican said this week that he's stepping aside from Congress next month during the prime of his career and just as his co... Fri, 19 May 2017 23:09:00 GMT 2017-05-19T23:09:00Z The Latest: Comey to testify before Senate intel committee WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible Trump campaign connections with the Russians (all times local): 6:40 p.m. Former FBI Director James Comey has agreed to testify before the Senate intelligence committee after Memorial Day. The committee's chairma... Fri, 19 May 2017 22:59:00 GMT 2017-05-19T22:59:00Z Sen. Warren tells grads 'our democracy depends on you' BROOKLINE, Mass. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren is urging college graduates to help improve a political landscape that she described as "ugly and frustrating." Warren made the comments while delivering the commencement speech for Boston's Wheelock College on Friday. The first-term Massachusetts Democrat called on graduates to become ... Fri, 19 May 2017 22:11:00 GMT 2017-05-19T22:11:00Z Trump nominates Joint Chiefs chairman for 2nd term WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon says President Donald Trump has nominated Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford to serve a second two-year term as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Dunford completes his first term at the end of September. He originally was picked for the job by President Barack Obama. Most chairmen serve two, two-year terms. B... Fri, 19 May 2017 21:36:00 GMT 2017-05-19T21:36:00Z Pelosi: Trump 'very vulnerable personally' over Comey matter WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has made himself "very vulnerable personally" amid investigations of his campaign ties with Russia, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Friday. She pointed to Trump's reported request to now-fired FBI Director James Comey to lay off an investigation of Michael Flynn, Trump's former national security adviser. ... Fri, 19 May 2017 21:21:00 GMT 2017-05-19T21:21:00Z Appeals court strikes down FAA drone registration rule WASHINGTON (AP) — An appeals court on Friday struck down a Federal Aviation Administration rule that required owners of drones used for recreation to register their craft. The ruling was a victory for hobbyists and a setback for the FAA, which cited safety concerns as it tried to tighten regulation of the fast-growing army of drone operators. ... Fri, 19 May 2017 21:03:00 GMT 2017-05-19T21:03:00Z Trump's pick for deputy treasury secretary withdraws WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's choice to be deputy treasury secretary, bank executive Jim Donovan, is withdrawing from consideration to be second in command to Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin (mih-NOO'-shin). Treasury spokesman Tony Sayegh says Donovan withdrew to focus "his attention on his family." Sayegh said in a statement Friday: "Jim ha... Fri, 19 May 2017 20:44:00 GMT 2017-05-19T20:44:00Z Oil company watches over pregnant polar bear under bridge ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A pregnant polar bear seeking to dig her maternity den chose an unlikely spot: a snow drift along a bridge leading to an artificial production island off the north coast of Alaska. As a threatened species, polar bears are entitled to peaceful pregnancies and the operating oil company, Hilcorp Alaska LLC, took vigorous measures to ... Fri, 19 May 2017 20:23:00 GMT 2017-05-19T20:23:00Z Trump attorney didn't want him to sign financial disclosure WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's attorneys initially wanted him to submit an updated financial disclosure without certifying the information as true, according to correspondence with the Office of Government Ethics. Attorney Sheri Dillon said she saw no need for Trump to sign his 2016 personal financial disclosure because he is filing voluntaril... Fri, 19 May 2017 19:46:00 GMT 2017-05-19T19:46:00Z Prospect of NAFTA rewrite gives US farmers a case of jitters WASHINGTON (AP) — A sizable majority of rural Americans backed Donald Trump's presidential bid, drawn to his calls to slash environmental rules, strengthen law enforcement and replace the federal health care law. But many farmers are nervous about another plank in Trump's agenda: His vow to overhaul U.S. trade policy, including his intent announced Thurs... Fri, 19 May 2017 19:17:00 GMT 2017-05-19T19:17:00Z Key events in ex-US Rep. Anthony Weiner's career, downfall Key events in the saga of Anthony Weiner, the former New York congressman who pleaded guilty Friday to transmitting sexual material to a minor: 1998 Nov. 3: Weiner, a Democrat, is elected to Congress. 2005 Sept 13: Weiner comes in second in a bid for the Demo... Fri, 19 May 2017 19:15:00 GMT 2017-05-19T19:15:00Z Trump to head overseas without announcing new FBI director WASHINGTON (AP) — After saying he was "very close" to naming a new FBI director, President Donald Trump boarded Air Force One on Friday for his first foreign trip without making any comment about the future leadership of the law enforcement agency. The White House said earlier in the day that no announcement would be made. Trump had teased that he could a... Fri, 19 May 2017 18:59:00 GMT 2017-05-19T18:59:00Z US deports Indonesian Christian who fled persecution ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) — A Christian man who had been living in the United States for 16 years after fleeing religious persecution in Indonesia has been deported back to the country, immigration officials said. Arino Massie was deported to Indonesia on Thursday after being held at the Elizabeth Detention Center in New Jersey since last week, according to U.... Fri, 19 May 2017 18:54:00 GMT 2017-05-19T18:54:00Z Mattis: Military solution to NKorea would be 'tragic' WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis says a military solution to the standoff with North Korea over its nuclear weapons program would be "tragic on an unbelievable scale." Mattis says the North's latest missile test showed it wasn't heeding cautions from the international community. But he stressed the need for a peaceful resolution by working through the U.N. a... Fri, 19 May 2017 18:42:00 GMT 2017-05-19T18:42:00Z Mattis Outlines New Strategy to Fight IS U.S. Fri, 19 May 2017 18:40:00 GMT 2017-05-19T18:40:00Z