Bill to protect special counsel is scuttled by McConnell


WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has thwarted a bipartisan effort to protect special counsel Robert Mueller's job, saying he will not hold a floor vote on the legislation even if it is approved next week in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

  • Written by By MARY CLARE JALONICK , Associated Press

US officials say Pompeo has met with NKorea's Kim

WASHINGTON (AP) — CIA Director Mike Pompeo recently traveled to North Korea to meet with leader Kim Jong Un, two officials told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

  • Written by By MATTHEW LEE and ZEKE MILLER , Associated Press

White House quarrel over Russia sanctions erupts in public


PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — An internal White House quarrel over the timing of new Russia sanctions played out in public when the new economic adviser suggested U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley was suffering from "momentary confusion" and Haley retorted: "With all due respect, I don't get confused."


Cuban state media say new president to be elected Wednesday

HAVANA (AP) — Cuba's National Assembly will elect a new president on Wednesday and announce the replacement for Raul Castro the next day, an unusual two-day process that will install someone from outside the Castro family in the country's highest government office for the first time in nearly six decades.

  • Written by By MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN and ANDREA RODRIGUEZ , Associated Press