House passes $1.1T government spending bill, sends to Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House easily passed a $1.1 trillion governmentwide spending bill on Wednesday, awarding wins to both Democrats and Republicans while putting off until later this year fights over President Donald Trump's promised border wall with Mexico and massive military buildup.

  • Written by ANDREW TAYLOR , Associated Press

Tillerson calls for balancing US security interests, values

WASHINGTON (AP) — Translating "America First" into diplomatic policy, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Wednesday declared the United States can't always afford to condition its foreign relationships and national security efforts on countries adopting U.S. values like human rights. He spoke to a State Department eager for answers about changing priorities and a sweeping, impending overhaul.

 

  • Written by JOSH LEDERMAN and MATTHEW LEE , Associated Press

'Really bad' or 'catastrophic': Comey defends Clinton choice

WASHINGTON (AP) — FBI Director James Comey told Congress Wednesday that revealing the reopening of the Hillary Clinton email probe just before Election Day came down to a painful, complicated choice between "really bad" and "catastrophic" options. He said he'd felt "mildly nauseous" to think he might have tipped the election outcome but in hindsight would change nothing.

  • Written by ERIC TUCKER , Associated Press

Abbas says talks with Trump positive, if short on specifics

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said his first meeting with President Donald Trump left him hopeful, but he did not appear to have come away with any achievements that move the needle on Israeli-Palestinian peace.

 

  • Written by KARIN LAUB , Associated Press

Le Pen and Macron clash in no holds-barred debate in France

PARIS (AP) — The only face-to-face televised debate between France's presidential candidates turned into an uncivil, no-holds-barred head-on clash of styles, politics and personalities Wednesday.

 

  • Written by JOHN LEICESTER , Associated Press