The Latest: Trump defends Israel move to bar 2 congresswomen

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on Israel’s decision to bar two U.S. Democratic congresswomen from visiting (all times local): 12:45 a.m. President Donald Trump is defending Israel’s decision to bar two Democratic members of Congress from visiting the country, even as he claims he didn’t “encourage or discourage” the move. Trump told reporters on Thursday […]

Germany’s Merkel criticizes Trump comments on congresswomen

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday criticized U.S. President Donald Trump’s comments about Democratic lawmakers of color, saying they run counter to what she considers “the strength of America” and expressing solidarity with the women. Merkel was asked at her annual summer news conference whether there she still sees a basis of […]

The Latest: Omar disputes Netanyahu’s claims about itinerary

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on Israel banning U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib and fellow Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar’s planned tour, and subsequent reversal allowing Tlaib entry to West Bank for a family visit (all times local): 9:45 p.m. U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota disputes Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s claim that she and Rep. […]

Omar: Go to Israel, see ‘cruel reality of the occupation’

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Democratic Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib sharply criticized Israel on Monday for denying them entry to the country and called on fellow members of Congress to visit while they cannot. Omar, of Minnesota, suggested President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu were suppressing the lawmakers’ ability to carry […]

ESPN reasserts political talk policy after attack on Trump

NEW YORK (AP) — ESPN is making sure that its employees know there is not change in the network’s policy to avoid talking about politics unless it intersects with sports after radio talk show host Dan Le Batard criticized President Donald Trump and his recent racist comments and ESPN itself on the air this week. […]

AP Interview: Pelosi assails ‘weakness’ of Trump, Netanyahu

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Friday the U.S.-Israel relationship can withstand the “weakness” of President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who shook diplomatic norms this week in barring two members of Congress from visiting the country. Pelosi told The Associated Press that the “weakness of Netanyahu and the weakness of […]

‘It has to stop’: Omar says Trump encourages violence, hate

Rep. Ilhan Omar says she’s faced increased death threats since President Donald Trump spread around a video that purports to show her being dismissive of the 2001 terrorist attacks. “This is endangering lives,” she said, accusing Trump of fomenting right-wing extremism. “It has to stop.”

A look at the ‘squad’ that Trump targeted in racist tweets

WASHINGTON (AP) — They’re all women of color. Every one of them is an American citizen. And of the four members of the self-styled “squad” duly elected to the House of Representatives, only one was born outside the U.S. In racist tweets over the weekend, President Donald Trump almost certainly was referring to this group […]

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