Panama president: Trump company letter on hotel a mistake

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela says Trump Organization lawyers erred by sending a letter to his office directly appealing for help in a fight over the control of a luxury hotel in what experts say was a flagrant mixing of the U.S. president's business and government interests.

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  • Written by By CHRISTINE ARMARIO , Associated Press

GOP devotes $250M to midterm strategy: Keep House majority

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican National Committee has committed $250 million to a midterm election strategy that has one goal above all else: Preserve the party's House majority for the rest of President Donald Trump's first term.

  • Written by By STEVE PEOPLES , Associated Press

In Kentucky, teachers claim victory as vetoes rejected

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — As Kentucky teachers declare victory after the Republican-dominated legislature overrode vetoes from the state's GOP governor of a spending plan that included new money for education, the question going forward is whether teachers will be able to sustain their momentum into the fall elections when Republicans will try to defend their super majority.

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  • Written by By BRUCE SCHREINER and ADAM BEAM , Associated Press

Teachers wary of Arizona governor's pay boost plan

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona teachers said Friday they were deeply skeptical of the Republican governor's promise to sharply increase pay, wondering where the money will come from while pointing to ongoing concerns about overall education funding.

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  • Written by By BOB CHRISTIE and MELISSA DANIELS , Associated Press

Trump staking claim of 'Mission Accomplished' in Syria

WASHINGTON (AP) — Allied missiles struck at the heart of the Syrian chemical weapons arsenal, aiming to punish the Assad government for a suspected poison gas attack against civilians and deter the possible future use of such banned weapons. Pentagon officials said the assault pummeled, but did not eliminate the Syrian program.

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  • Written by By ROBERT BURNS, JILL COLVIN and ZEKE MILLER , Associated Press