Spying claim by Intel chair renews fight over Russia probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House intelligence committee chairman privately apologized to his Democratic colleagues on Thursday, yet publicly defended his decision to openly discuss and brief President Donald Trump on typically secret intercepts that he says swept up communications of the president's transition team.


  • Written by JULIE PACE and DEB RIECHMANN , Associated Press

Trump SEC pick assures that his Wall St. work not problem

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the Securities and Exchange Commission, attorney Jay Clayton, sought to assure lawmakers that he'll show no favoritism and act only in the public interest, as his Wall Street connections were scrutinized at his Senate confirmation hearing Thursday.

  • Written by MARCY GORDON , AP Business Writer

Senate votes to undo privacy rules that protect user data

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-led Senate has voted to undo Obama-era regulations that would have forced internet service providers like Comcast and Verizon to ask customers' permission before they could use or sell much of their personal information.

  • Written by TALI ARBEL and RICHARD LARDNER , Associated Press

Top Senate Dem opposes Supreme Court pick, vows filibuster

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top Senate Democrat said Thursday he will oppose President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee and lead a filibuster of the choice, setting up a politically charged showdown with Republicans with far-reaching implications for future judicial nominees.

  • Written by KEVIN FREKING and MARK SHERMAN , Associated Press