JOHANNESBURG — Without ever mentioning President Donald Trump by name, former U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday took aim at “strongman politics” in his highest-profile speech since leaving office, urging people around the world to respect human rights and other values now under threat in an impassioned address marking the 100th anniversary of anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela’s birth. Obama’s speech to a cheering crowd of thousands in South Africa
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Thursday he has narrowed down — to two or three — the list of contenders he’s considering to fill the vacancy for the Supreme Court seat held by retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. “I think I have it down to four people. And I think of the four people I have it down to three or two,” Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One. The president, who was traveling to a campaign rally in Montana, has wrapped up the interview
WASHINGTON — Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy hated the title of “swing justice” because he considered it a demeaning term more suitable for politics than the majesty of the law. But in choosing to announce his retirement Wednesday, the conservative who was the crucial vote in so many of the court’s biggest cases made a political choice of his own, allowing President Donald Trump to pick his successor and, more than likely, ensure conservative control of the court.
WASHINGTON — Just when House Republicans needed Donald Trump’s backing the most — on their big immigration overhaul — he dashed off a presidential tweet on Friday saying they should quit wasting their time on it. “Republicans should stop wasting their time on Immigration until after we elect more Senators and Congressmen/women in November,” Trump tweeted early Friday. “Dems are just playing games, have no intention of doing anything to solve this
WASHINGTON — The United States announced Tuesday it was leaving the United Nations’ Human Rights Council, with Ambassador Nikki Haley calling it “an organization that is not worthy of its name.” It was the latest withdrawal by the Trump administration from an international institution. Haley, U.S. envoy to the U.N., said the body hadbeen given “opportunity after opportunity” to make changes. She lambasted the council for “its chronic bias against
MADISON — Mahlon Mitchell likes to remind voters while campaigning that they can make history by electing him Wisconsin’s first black governor. Meanwhile, state Sen. Kathleen Vinehout of Alma and former state Rep. Kelda Roys are each hoping to become the first woman to lead the state. The three are among 10 Democrats vying to run against Republican Gov. Scott Walker. Unlike the seven other candidates and every Wisconsin governor in history, though, they aren’t white men,
MADISON — A political group that evolved from former President Barack Obama’s campaign operation announced Tuesday that its priorities include defeating Gov. Scott Walker, electing a Democrat to the southeastern Wisconsin seat of U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan of Janesville and flipping control of the state Senate. Organizing for Action listed those races among 27 congressional races it sees as critical to Democrats taking control of the House, state elections important for
NEW YORK — We thought we knew them. Anthony Bourdain was the brash, globe-trotting chef, Kate Spade the innovative and ebullient designer. The idea that people who seemed to have such full and fulfilling lives would kill themselves is a tragic reminder that celebrities who feel more familiar to us than some of our friends and neighbors are at the same time total strangers. “We can’t predicate the entirety of a person from the portion of the image we see on TV, or in writing,
MADISON — Wisconsin taxpayers have spent more than $98,000 since 2015 to send members of the Assembly to out-of-state events, including President Donald Trump’s speech to Congress, House Speaker Paul Ryan’s swearing-in and a prison tour in Texas. The records showing taxpayer-funded costs for out-of-state travel were provided to The Associated Press on Thursday by the office of Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, who must approve any out-of-state travel for Republicans and Democrats.
WASHINGTON — After striking an elusive nuclear deal with Iran, the Obama administration found itself in a quandary in early 2016: Iran had been promised access to its long-frozen overseas reserves, including $5.7 billion stuck in an Omani bank. To spend it, Iran wanted to convert the money into U.S. dollars and then euros, but top U.S. officials had repeatedly promised Congress that Iran would never gain access to America’s financial system. Those assurances notwithstanding, the