CIA watchdog nominee scolded for lack of preparation


WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's nominee to be the CIA's independent watchdog has told Congress that he's never read the Senate's so-called torture report, an exhaustive, classified report of the agency's treatment of terror suspects after 9/11.

  • Written by By DEB RIECHMANN , Associated Press

Trump gives more mixed signals in bipartisan health deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump sent more perplexing signals Wednesday about whether he backs a bipartisan Senate deal for steadying health insurance markets, saying he backs lawmakers' efforts to strike that compromise but "can never support" federal bailouts for insurers.


  • Written by By ALAN FRAM and ERICA WERNER , Associated Press

Judge: Newest travel ban 'same maladies' as previous version


HONOLULU (AP) — Just hours before President Donald Trump's latest travel ban was to take full effect, a federal judge in Hawaii blocked the revised order, saying the policy has the same problems as a previous version.

  • Written by By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER , Associated Press

Senate moves ahead on GOP budget that's key to taxes

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is moving ahead on a Republican budget plan, a critical step in President Donald Trump and the party's politically imperative drive to cut taxes and simplify the IRS code.

  • Written by By ANDREW TAYLOR , Associated Press

Sessions defends Comey firing, ties it to Clinton email case

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday strongly defended President Donald Trump's firing of James Comey, linking the FBI director's abrupt dismissal to his handling of the Hillary Clinton email server investigation. But he refused to discuss any private conversations he had with the president leading up to Comey's firing and would not say if he had discussed with the president an FBI investigation into potential coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign.


  • Written by By SADIE GURMAN and ERIC TUCKER , Associated Press