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1. China says talks with US on trade battle have resumed -

BEIJING (AP) — Washington and Beijing have resumed talks over their spiraling trade dispute ahead of a meeting between Presidents Xi Jinping and Donald Trump, China's Commerce Ministry said Thursday.

2. AP sources: Trump mulling a wide-ranging shakeup -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is weighing an administration-wide shakeup as he looks to prepare his White House for divided government, but it is unclear who is going and who is staying.

3. Blackburn wins Tennessee Senate race, keeping seat for GOP -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn won a grueling, expensive contest Tuesday to become the first female U.S. senator from Tennessee, keeping a key midterm seat under GOP control.

4. Tennessee Dems trounced by GOP, despite high midterm hopes -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Democrats began their Tuesday feeling like they had their best chance in years to regain some political clout in their conservative state.

Those aspirations quickly disappeared, as voters turned out in droves largely to give President Donald Trump a stamp of approval and echo much of what Republicans touted on the campaign trail.

5. Trump stokes pre-election fear of immigrants to drive voters -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands of U.S. troops to stop an "invasion" of migrants. Tent cities for asylum seekers. An end to the Constitution's guarantee of birthright citizenship.

With his eyes squarely on next Tuesday's elections, President Donald Trump is rushing out hardline immigration declarations, promises and actions as he tries to mobilize supporters to retain Republican control of Congress. His own campaign in 2016 concentrated on border fears, and that's his final-week focus in the midterm fight.

6. Trump to make 3rd Tennessee stop for Blackburn Senate bid -

CHATTANOOGA (AP) — President Donald Trump will be in Tennessee two days before Election Day to help Republican Marsha Blackburn in her U.S. Senate race, marking his third visit for the congresswoman's campaign.

7. China denies spying, suggests Trump use Huawei phone -

BEIJING (AP) — Taking a page from the U.S. president's own playbook, China on Thursday denounced a U.S. newspaper report that it is listening to Donald Trump's phone calls as "fake news," and suggested he exchange his iPhone for a cellphone made by Chinese manufacturer Huawei.

8. 'Boogeyman' Trump plays to voters' fears to stoke turnout -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mob rule. A socialist takeover. Terrorists marching on the U.S. border.

As President Donald Trump embraces the role of electoral boogeyman, he's making closing arguments to midterm voters that increasingly resemble a Halloween horror story.

9. Eric Trump hits campaign trail in Tennessee for Blackburn -

MUNFORD (AP) — Eric Trump has hit the campaign trail in western Tennessee for Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn's bid for Senate.

10. Trump: 'Severe' consequences if Saudis murdered Khashoggi -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has acknowledged it "certainly looks" as though missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi is dead, and he threatened "very severe" consequences if the Saudis are found to have murdered him. His warning came as the administration toughened its response to a disappearance that has sparked global outrage.

11. Analysis: Trump's Saudi bet has become much riskier -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump put a big and risky bet on Saudi Arabia and its 33-year-old crown prince. It's now become much riskier.

From the early days of his presidency, Trump and his foreign policy team embraced the kingdom and Mohammed bin Salman as the anchors of their entire Middle East strategy. From Iran and Iraq to Syria, Yemen and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the administration gambled that Saudi Arabia, effectively run by the prince, could credibly lead, and willingly pay for, a "Pax Arabica" in a part of the world from which Trump is keen to disengage.

12. Senator Collins backs Kavanaugh, paving way for confirmation -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine declared Friday she will vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination, all but ensuring that a deeply riven Senate will elevate the conservative jurist to the nation's highest court despite allegations that he sexually assaulted women decades ago.

13. Kavanaugh says he 'might have been too emotional' at hearing -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh acknowledged Thursday he "might have been too emotional" when testifying about sexual misconduct allegations as he made a final bid to win over wavering GOP senators on the eve of a crucial vote to advance his confirmation.

14. Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh clears crucial Senate hurdle -

WASHINGTON (AP) — A deeply divided Senate pushed Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination past a key procedural hurdle Friday, setting up a likely final showdown on Saturday in a spellbinding battle that's seen claims of long-ago sexual assault by the nominee threaten President Donald Trump's effort to tip the court rightward for decades.

15. GOP senator: Secret FBI report shows no Kavanaugh misconduct -

WASHINGTON (AP) — A top Senate Republican said Thursday the confidential FBI report on charges that Brett Kavanaugh sexually abused women three decades ago "found no hint of misconduct" by the Supreme Court nominee.

16. GOP senator: Secret FBI report shows no Kavanaugh misconduct -

WASHINGTON (AP) — A top Senate Republican said Thursday the confidential FBI report on charges that Brett Kavanaugh sexually abused women three decades ago "found no hint of misconduct" by the Supreme Court nominee.

17. Trump predicts havoc if Democrats take over Congress -

JOHNSON CITY (AP) — As the fate of his Supreme Court pick hangs in the balance, President Donald Trump barnstormed for a Republican Senate candidate in Tennessee, warning that Democrats will unleash havoc if they gain control of Congress and accusing them of trying to sink his nominee.

18. Trump to hold Tennessee rally, Blackburn Senate fundraiser -

JOHNSON CITY (AP) — President Donald Trump is returning to Tennessee for a public rally and a fundraiser for Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn's Senate bid.

19. Trump returning to Tennessee for Blackburn Senate fundraiser -

JOHNSON CITY (AP) — President Donald Trump announced Monday he is returning to Tennessee for another fundraiser to boost Republican Marsha Blackburn in her tough U.S. Senate race, as well as hold a rally for his supporters.

20. Bredesen aims for Senate win by edging away from party -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Phil Bredesen is a Democrat. But he'd rather you not mention that. "I need to make clear to everybody my independence from all of the national Democratic stuff," said Bredesen, the former two-term governor of Tennessee who is now running for the U.S. Senate.

21. Pence: Bredesen would make Senate Dem center of resistance -

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence on Friday told a crowd of conservatives in Tennessee that a win by Democrat Phil Bredesen would help the U.S. Senate become the center of the Democratic resistance.

22. Trump drops civil tone, slams Kavanaugh accuser credibility -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Abandoning his previous restraint, President Donald Trump challenged by name the woman accusing his Supreme Court nominee of sexual assault on Friday, declaring that if the alleged attack was so terrible she would have reported it to law enforcement.

23. Kavanaugh's accuser says she would testify under right terms -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Christine Blasey Ford may testify against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh after all, her attorney said, breathing new life into the prospect of a dramatic Senate showdown next week over Ford's accusation that he assaulted her when they were in high school.

24. Air Force: Space Force would cost $13 billion over 5 years -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Creating a Space Force as a separate military service, as proposed by President Donald Trump, would cost an estimated $12.9 billion in its first five years, according to a detailed Air Force plan for how to go about it.

25. Pence, Blackburn to attend conservative conference -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence will be one of the top guests at a conference for conservative leaders in Tennessee.

26. Republicans lack votes, appetite to end 'Obamacare' -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Arizona's new senator says he'd vote to repeal the nation's health care law. That's one additional Republican ready to obliterate the statute because his predecessor, the late Sen. John McCain, helped derail the party's drive with his fabled thumbs-down vote last year.

27. Pence to headline fundraiser for Blackburn's US Senate bid -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence will headline another Tennessee fundraiser for Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn in her Senate bid.

28. Trump officials cry 'Not me!' as he fumes over Times article -

WASHINGTON (AP) — One after another, President Donald Trump's top lieutenants stepped forward to declare, "Not me."

They lined up to deny writing an incendiary New York Times opinion piece that was purportedly submitted by a member of an administration "resistance" movement straining to thwart Trump's most dangerous impulses.

29. Searing Trump op-ed sets off wild guessing game on author -

WASHINGTON (AP) — An opinion piece in The New York Times by an anonymous senior administration official claiming to be part of a "resistance" working "from within" to thwart President Donald Trump's "worst inclinations" set off a wild guessing game inside and outside the White House on the author's identity.

30. His way: Washington says goodbye to John McCain -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans lined up for blocks outside the U.S. Capitol Thursday to say goodbye to John McCain as officials, relatives and friends paid their tributes inside to the Vietnam hero and longtime senator lying in state under the majestic dome.

31. After cascade of criticism, Trump honors McCain's service -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Glowering in public and near-silent for two days, President Donald Trump relented under pressure by tersely recognizing Sen. John McCain's "service to our country" and re-lowering the White House flag.

32. Services for McCain set for Phoenix, Washington, Annapolis -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. John McCain's service to his country began more than six decades ago at the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis and will end there in a cemetery overlooking Maryland's Severn River.

33. Brennan: Trump worked with Russians and now he's desperate -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former CIA Director John Brennan said Thursday that President Donald Trump yanked his security clearance because his campaign colluded with the Russians to sway the 2016 election and is now desperate to end the special counsel's investigation.

34. Brennan: Trump worked with Russians and now he's desperate -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former CIA Director John Brennan said Thursday that President Donald Trump yanked his security clearance because his campaign colluded with the Russians to sway the 2016 election and is now desperate to end the special counsel's investigation.

35. No leaks: Cushy job offers for discarded Trump staffers -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Keep your friends close and your enemies closer. And, perhaps, your potential leakers closer yet.

President Donald Trump's political operation has made a regular practice of providing soft landing-pads for discarded staffers, offering nebulous jobs at big salaries to aides who have been pushed out of his West Wing.

36. Pence outlines plan for new Space Force by 2020 -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence has announced plans for a new, separate U.S. Space Force as sixth military service by 2020

37. Mixed success for candidates favoring Trump in Tennessee -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Basking in the afterglow of an emphatic Republican primary victory in her Senate bid, U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn proclaimed it a win for the agenda of President Donald Trump, a statement from Tennessee voters that they want to give him their full support.

38. Lee, Dean to face off in Tennessee governor's race -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Businessman Bill Lee defeated three other Republicans in a bruising primary for Tennessee governor Thursday, setting the stage for a competitive fall contest against former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, who cruised to the Democratic nomination.

39. History at stake in Tennessee clash for US Senate -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Former Tennessee Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen and Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn are on a collision course to claim their own slices of history in a critical U.S. Senate race.

40. Rough governor's race highlights Tennessee primary election -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Four candidates who have spent tens of millions of dollars of their own wealth fighting over who is more devoted to President Donald Trump face off Thursday in the Republican primary for Tennessee governor.

41. Rough governor's race highlights Tennessee primary election -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Four candidates who have spent tens of millions of dollars of their own wealth fighting over who is more devoted to President Donald Trump face off Thursday in the Republican primary for Tennessee governor.

42. NKorea provided just 1 dog tag with 55 sets of war remains -

WASHINGTON (AP) — When North Korea handed over 55 boxes of bones that it said are remains of American war dead, it provided a single military dog tag but no other information that could help U.S. forensics experts determine their individual identities, a U.S. defense official said Tuesday.

43. Trump criticized for not leading effort to secure elections -

WASHINGTON (AP) — As alarms blare about Russian interference in U.S. elections, the Trump administration is facing criticism that it has no clear national strategy to protect the country during the upcoming midterms and beyond.

44. Clash of GOP titans as Trump v Kochs feud escalates -

NEW YORK (AP) — The war of words intensified between two titans in Republican politics on Tuesday as President Donald Trump trashed the conservative billionaire Koch brothers as a "total joke in real Republican circles."

45. Pence throws support behind Black in Tennessee GOP gov race -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence is throwing his support behind U.S. Rep. Diane Black just days before a heated four-way Republican primary election for Tennessee governor.

46. Trump claims US is 'economic envy of the entire world' -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday celebrated the release of new economic data, claiming the U.S. is now the "economic envy of the entire world."

Trump was responding to new growth numbers announced on Friday that show the U.S. economy surged in the April-June quarter to an annual growth rate of 4.1 percent — the fastest pace since 2014.

47. US economy surges to 4.1 percent growth rate in Q2 -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy accelerated last quarter at an annual rate of 4.1 percent, the government estimated Friday, as consumers spent tax-cut money, businesses stepped up investment and exporters rushed to ship their goods ahead of retaliatory tariffs.

48. Trump's endorsements signal more involvement in GOP politics -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Competing in a contested runoff campaign for Georgia's governor, Brian Kemp didn't see it coming: the single-most prized endorsement in Republican politics.

49. Bredesen: Pence tweet 'name-calling' -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Phil Bredesen has said Vice President Mike Pence was "name-calling" in a tweet against him, and wondered if Pence can't think of something better to say than calling him liberal.

50. Trump weighs 2 or 3 candidates for court, to meet with Pence -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The list of contenders to fill a Supreme Court vacancy by retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy is narrowing, with President Donald Trump telling reporters that he's focused on two or three people ahead of his Monday announcement.

51. Life in Trump's Cabinet: Perks, pestering, power, putdowns -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross came in for an Oval Office tongue-lashing after he used a mundane soup can as a TV prop. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis got overruled by President Donald Trump's announcement that a new "Space Force" is in the offing. Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt caught a sharp admonition from Trump to "knock it off" after his ethics problems dominated cable television.

52. Trump closes in on Supreme Court pick; 3 judges top list -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is closing in on his next Supreme Court nominee, with three federal judges leading the competition to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy.

53. AP source: Pence has met with Supreme Court contenders -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence has met with some of the contenders for the Supreme Court vacancy created by Justice Anthony Kennedy's retirement, The Associated Press has learned.

54. Court vacancy fuels abortion politics in midterm elections -

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Democrats and Republicans once largely agreed that the upcoming midterm elections would hinge on the economy, health care and President Donald Trump's popularity. Not anymore.

55. Trump interviews 4 for Supreme Court, 2-3 more to go -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump interviewed four prospective Supreme Court justices Monday and planned to speak with a few more, as he powered forward with a speedy selection process to fill the fresh vacancy.

56. Collins says she'll oppose court nominee with an 'activist agenda' -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Sen. Susan Collins, a key vote on President Donald Trump's pick for the Supreme Court, said Sunday she would oppose any nominee she believed would overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion.

57. Trump and the Supreme Court: What you need to know -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has a shot at remaking the Supreme Court into a conservative bulwark, at a time when America remains deeply divided on such issues as women's rights, immigration and the environment.

58. Justice Kennedy retiring; Trump gets 2nd Supreme Court pick -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement Wednesday, giving President Donald Trump a golden chance to cement conservative control of the nation's highest court.

59. Supreme Court has 2 cases left before it begins summer break -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court returns to the bench one last time Wednesday with two cases left to decide and then a summer break from the news — unless, that is, a justice chooses that moment to announce his retirement.

60. Trump's clout within GOP on the line in Tuesday elections -

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — President Donald Trump is not on the ballot, but he has invested time, energy and political capital in a slate of primary contests across America that will again test his clout within his own party.

61. 'Great job,' says Trump: Nielsen back in good graces for now -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Kirstjen Nielsen has one hard-earned presidential signing pen.

President Donald Trump used the black marker Wednesday to sign an executive order halting family separations at the U.S. border — then handed it to Nielsen, his Homeland Security secretary.

62. New swamp: Lobbyist tied to Perry seeks energy firm bailout -

WASHINGTON (AP) — At a West Virginia rally on tax cuts, President Donald Trump veered off on a subject that likely puzzled most of his audience.

"Nine of your people just came up to me outside. 'Could you talk about 202?'" he said. "We'll be looking at that 202. You know what a 202 is? We're trying."

63. Trump cancels summit, citing 'open hostility' by North Korea -

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a dramatic diplomatic turn, President Donald Trump on Thursday called off next month's summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un, calling the cancellation a "tremendous setback" for peace and stressing that the US military was ready to respond to any "foolish or reckless acts" by the North.

64. Trump cancels summit, citing 'open hostility' by North Korea -

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a dramatic diplomatic turn, President Donald Trump on Thursday canceled next month's summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un, citing the "tremendous anger and open hostility" in a recent statement by the North.

65. Trump the dealmaker facing challenges ahead of NKorea summit -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Weeks before his planned North Korea summit, President Donald Trump is staring down a dealmaker's worst nightmare: overpromising and under-delivering.

As the Singapore meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un draws near, the president and his allies are growing increasingly anxious about how he can score a win on the world stage. While Trump has not suggested he wants to back out, he has struggled to define his objectives for the historic sit-down, and last week he drew fresh criticism from his foreign foil.

66. Summit is set: Trump-Kim to meet June 12 in Singapore -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will meet with North Korea's Kim Jong Un in Singapore on June 12, Trump announced Thursday, hours after suggesting that the release of three Americans held in the North heralded a potential breakthrough toward denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula.

67. Insight or influence? Trump attorney's business scrutinized -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Already under investigation for a payment to a porn star, President Donald Trump's longtime personal attorney is facing intensifying legal and ethical scrutiny for selling his Trump World experience and views at a hefty price to companies that sought "insight" into the new president.

68. CIA nominee says she wouldn't restart interrogation program -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's nominee to be the next CIA director says that if she is confirmed by the Senate, the spy agency will not undertake a detention and harsh interrogation program like the one used after 9/11.

69. Trump salutes 2nd Amendment, urges NRA members to vote GOP -

DALLAS (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday linked the sanctity of the Second Amendment to his party's prospects in the 2018 midterm elections, telling supporters at the National Rifle Association's annual convention that "we've got to get Republicans elected."

70. After flirting with gun-control movement, Trump faces NRA -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Back for a return engagement, President Donald Trump's address to the National Rifle Association on Friday comes after he temporarily strayed from the group's strong opposition to tougher gun controls following the school shooting in Parkland, Florida — only to rapidly return to the fold.

71. Former FBI director Comey compares Trump to mob boss -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former FBI Director James Comey blasts President Donald Trump as unethical and "untethered to truth" in a sharply critical new book that describes Trump as fixated in the early days of his administration on having the FBI debunk salacious rumors he insisted were untrue but could distress his wife.

72. Trump threatens Syria strike, cancels summit travel -

WASHINGTON (AP) — After threatening a military strike against Syria, President Donald Trump on Tuesday cancelled plans to travel to South America later this week, choosing to stay in the United States to manage the response to an apparent chemical weapons attack.

73. Bolton replacing McMaster as Trump national security adviser -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Charging ahead with the dramatic remaking of his White House, President Donald Trump said he would replace national security adviser H.R. McMaster with the former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton, a foreign policy hawk entering an administration facing key decisions on Iran and North Korea.

74. Sen. Jeff Flake eyes 2020 primary challenge to stop Trump -

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Jeff Flake has a direct message for the Republicans of New Hampshire: Someone needs to stop Donald Trump. And Flake, a Republican senator from Arizona, may stand up against the Republican president in 2020 — either as a Republican or an independent — if no one else does.

75. Trump wildlife protection board has many trophy hunters -

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new U.S. advisory board created to help rewrite federal rules for importing the heads and hides of African elephants, lions and rhinos is stacked with trophy hunters, including some members with direct ties to President Donald Trump and his family.

76. Top Middle Tennessee residential sales for February 2018 -

Top residential real estate sales,February 2018, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

77. House rejects GOP bill easing use of unproven drugs -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House rejected legislation Tuesday easing how experimental drugs are provided to people with terminal illnesses, as Democrats calling the bill risky and misleading overcame support from President Donald Trump and emotional arguments by Republican lawmakers and ailing constituents.

78. House vote nears on GOP bill easing use of unproven drugs -

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican bill easing how experimental drugs are provided to people with terminal illnesses headed toward a House vote Tuesday, but opposition by top Democrats and scores of patients' groups left its fate uncertain.

79. S. Korean president says talks won't ease pressure on North -

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Wednesday downplayed concerns that the resumption of inter-Korean dialogue will be accompanied by an easing of international sanctions and pressure on North Korea over its nuclear program.

80. Trump to announce new NKorea sanctions -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is hitting more than 50 vessels, shipping companies and trade businesses with sanctions in the latest bid to turn up the pressure on North Korea over its nuclear program, a senior administration official said Friday.

81. Trump bucks NRA, backs raising age for buying assault rifles -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation should keep assault rifles out of the hands of anyone under 21, President Donald Trump says, defying his loyal supporters in the National Rifle Association amid America's public reckoning over gun violence. He also pushed hard for arming security guards and many teachers in U.S. schools.

82. AP FACT CHECK: Trump lashes out on Russia probe -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's Twitter cannon roared over the weekend as the latest turn in the Russia investigation seemingly placed him on the defensive. He denied he had ever absolved Russia of meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, despite his plentiful record of voicing doubts on that question.

83. Priebus: Chaos reigned in early days of Trump White House -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's first chief of staff says all those reports about chaos in the early days of the Trump White House were true — and then some.

"Take everything you've heard and multiply it by 50," Reince Priebus said, according to an updated book to be published next month about White House chiefs of staff.

84. White House response reflects obstacles facing abused women -

WASHINGTON (AP) — When Jennifer Willoughby and Colbie Holderness stepped forward to tell the story of how they were physically, verbally and emotionally abused by their ex-husband, who had since become a top White House aide, President Donald Trump had nothing but good things to say about the man they had accused of domestic violence.

85. $300M health care system cost to protect religious rights -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's new effort to protect the rights of health workers who object to participating in abortions and other procedures will cost the health care system more than $300 million to set up, according to a government estimate.

86. VP Pence to address religious broadcasters in Nashville -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled to speak at a convention of religious broadcasters next month in Tennessee.

A news release from the National Religious Broadcasters says Pence will address the group's annual convention on Feb. 27 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville.

87. Trump in Davos: threatens Palestinians, reassures Brits -

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — President Donald Trump barreled into a global summit in the Swiss Alps on Thursday, threatening to stop U.S. aid to the Palestinians and dismissing as a "false rumor" the idea that there are tensions in the U.S. relationship with Britain.
Trump's debut appearance at the glitzy World Economic Forum was hotly anticipated, with longtime attendees of the free-trade-focused event wondering how the "America First" president would fit in. Crowds clustered around Trump as he entered the modern conference hall, the president telling passers-by that he was bringing a message of "peace and prosperity."
Trump framed his visit as a sign of positive things happening for the U.S. economy.
"When I decided to come to Davos, I didn't think in terms of elitist or globalist, I thought in terms of lots of people that want to invest lots of money and they're all coming back to the United States, they're coming back to America," the president told CNBC.
His meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a close ally, was their first since the president announced earlier this month that he would recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and move the U.S. embassy there. The declaration delighted Netanyahu and outraged Palestinians, who declared a new U.S.-led peace push dead and refused to meet with Vice President Mike Pence during his recent visit to the Mideast.
Trump took that as an affront.
"They disrespected us a week ago by not allowing our great vice president to see them and we give them hundred of millions of dollars in aid and support," Trump said. "That money is not going to them unless they sit down and negotiate peace."
Netanyahu was effusive in his praise for Trump, saying the president's recent announcement on Jerusalem was a "historic decision that will be forever etched in the hearts of our people."  The Palestinians, in turn, said Trump's "language of dictation is unacceptable," in the words of spokesman Nabil Abu Rdeneh.
Past American presidents have expressed irritation with the Palestinian leadership but no previous administration has threatened to cut off assistance to the Palestinians unless they agreed to negotiate with Israel.
Washington has contributed over $5 billion in economic and security aid to the Palestinians since the mid-1990s. Annual economic aid since 2008 has averaged around $400 million, much of it devoted to development projects. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said all bilateral assistance to the Palestinians, including economic security aid, is at risk if the Palestinians don't come to the negotiating table.
Trump, who has called an agreement to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict the "ultimate deal," said Thursday that he had taken Jerusalem— one of the thorniest issues — "off the table," although U.S. officials have stressed repeatedly that the decision has no impact on negotiations over the borders or sovereignty of the holy city. Trump told Netanyahu that Israel had "won" on the matter but would have to make concessions to the Palestinians in any eventual talks.
Trump met separately with British Prime Minister Theresa May, batting away the idea that their relationship is strained after he canceled a recent visit to London and May criticized him for retweeting a U.K. far-right group's anti-Muslim videos.
Trump declared it a "really great relationship." May described it as a "really special relationship."
But their meeting was more muted than Trump's session with Netanyahu and they did not respond to shouted questions about the videos.
After the meeting, May's office said the two leaders "concluded by asking officials to work together on finalizing the details of a visit by the President to the UK later this year." White House officials said the visit would be a "working visit," featuring less pomp than a full state visit. They said plans for an official state visit would come later.
Absent from the Davos scene: first lady Melania Trump. She was originally scheduled to attend the forum but later scrapped that plan, citing scheduling and logistics problems. The reversal came after reports emerged of an adult film star's account of an alleged affair with Donald Trump in 2006.
Trump is the first sitting president to attend Davos since Bill Clinton in 2000. The protectionist-leaning president's last-minute decision to attend the annual gathering for political and business elites was unexpected. Trump has criticized global pacts, withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) on trade, demanding changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement and announcing his intent to exit the Paris climate accord.
But he drew enthusiastic praise for his tax-cut law at a dinner that he hosted Thursday for more than a dozen business executives from Nokia, Adidas, SAP and other companies, with the business leaders praising his tax plan and pledging to invest more in the United States before their tucked into their beef tenderloin.
Trump called the assembled executives, all male, "some of the greatest business leaders in the world," before asking them to go around the table and talk about how their businesses are doing in the U.S.
While the businesses praised Trump, another Davos takeaway was that, without Trump's participation, other countries are still moving forward with trade deals.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau revealed at Davos this week that his country and the 10 remaining members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership have revised their trade deal following the U.S. withdrawal.
Trump said in an interview with CNBC that he would consider re-entering the TPP if it was a "better deal" for the U.S.
"The deal was terrible, the way it was structured was terrible," he said.
Top Trump officials this week insisted that "America First" did not mean "America alone." Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the philosophy simply means that "President Trump is looking out for American workers and American interests, no different than he expects other leaders would look out for their own."
Other administration officials had a clear message for critics.
Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said Davos "should feel very flattered" by Trump's attendance. She added: "Those that don't want to listen, you can — they can — leave."
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AP Writer Matthew Lee contributed from Warsaw, Poland.

88. Trump: Palestinians must return to talks to receive aid -

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — President Donald Trump threatened Thursday to withhold aid money from the Palestinians until they return to peace talks with Israel as he sat down with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the sidelines of an economic summit in Switzerland.
Trump's decision last year to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital roiled Arab nations and led the Palestinians to refuse to meet with Vice President Mike Pence during his visit to the Mideast this week. They also declared a new U.S.-led peace push dead, saying Washington can no longer be trusted as an honest broker.
Trump said that decision has consequences. The U.S., he said, gives "hundreds of millions of dollars in aid and support" to the Palestinians, and "that money is on the table and that money's not going to them unless they sit down and negotiate peace."
The Palestinian envoy to Washington, Husam Zomlot, accused the president of "backstabbing" the Palestinians. In a speech at the Washington-based Middle East Institute, Zomlot said Trump had reneged on his promise not to prejudge solutions to the conflict and chided the president for acting "triumphant" and "victorious" in Davos.
"We don't understand, triumphant and victorious, what is it? For killing the only possible solution? For pushing us to the Armageddon?" Zomlot said.
Trump's comments came shortly after he arrived at the World Economic Forum, which brings together world leaders, business executives and celebrities. His appearance is aimed at luring foreign investment to the U.S. and highlighting his "America first" economic agenda, despite its seeming odds with a gathering that celebrates global cooperation and free trade.
Washington has contributed over $5 billion in economic and security aid to the Palestinians since the mid-1990s. Annual economic aid since 2008 has averaged around $400 million, much of it devoted to development projects. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said all bilateral assistance to the Palestinians, including economic security aide, is at risk if the Palestinians don't come to the negotiating table.
Last week, the Trump administration moved to withhold some — but not all — of a scheduled aid payment to the United Nations agency that assists Palestinian refugees. The Trump administration said it would provide $60 million, while keeping $65 million until the U.N. body undertakes a "fundamental re-examination." Nauert said that action is unrelated.
Israel has been overjoyed by Trump's pivot on Jerusalem, which Netanyahu hailed Thursday as an "historic decision that will be forever etched in the hearts of our people."
During his visit to Israel this week, Pence told Israeli lawmakers that the U.S. was fast-tracking the embassy plans, aiming to move it from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem by the end of 2019. Trump said he anticipates having "a small version" of the embassy open sometime next year.
In his remarks, Trump referenced Pence's trip to the Middle East, which did not include a meeting with Palestinian leaders. Trump said, "they disrespected us a week ago by not allowing our great vice president to see them," adding: "Respect has to be shown to the U.S. or we're just not going any further."
Trump arrived in Zurich ahead of schedule and immediately boarded a U.S. helicopter for the flight to Davos, where the World Economic Forum is being held. The approximately 40-minute trip took Trump over a snowy countryside dotted with houses, frosted mountains and a glistening lake. As Trump got off the helicopter in Davos, he gestured to aides who held him by the arms as he walked across the snowy landing zone to his waiting car.
"This will be a very exciting two days," Trump said as he arrived at the summit site, adding that he was bringing a message of "peace and prosperity" to the gathering.
Hours later, he said his visit had already been "very successful," telling reporters between meetings that "we are seeing tremendous investment and today has been a very exciting day, a very great day and great for our country."
While the president is expected to declare that the United States is open for business, the protectionist-leaning president's attendance at the annual gathering for free-trade-loving political and business elites has raised eyebrows. His decision to sign new tariffs boosting American manufacturers this week has prompted fresh concerns about his nationalist tendencies.
But Trump said there was nothing contradictory about his visit.
"When I decided to come to Davos, I didn't think in terms of elitist or globalist, I thought in terms of lots people that want to invest lots of money and they're all coming back to the United States," he said in an interview with CNBC.
"After I said that I was going, there were massive stories about 'the elite' and 'the globalists' and the planes flying in and everything else. It's not about that," he added.
Trump also seemed eager to dispel concerns about his global leadership.
During a meeting with British Prime Minister Theresa May, Trump insisted the U.S.-U.K. relationship isn't strained.
"We're on the same wavelength in I think every respect," Trump said, stressing that he and May have a "really great relationship, although some people don't necessarily believe that."
"We are very much joined at the hip when it comes to the military. We have the same ideas, the same ideals, and there's nothing that would happen to you that we won't be there to fight for you," he told May. "You know that."
Trump hosted May at the White House days after he took office. But he recently canceled a trip to London to celebrate the opening of the new U.S. Embassy. Trump and May also traded criticism last year over his retweets of a far-right group's anti-Muslim videos.
Britain is eager to strike a free-trade deal with the U.S. after it leaves the EU in 2019. U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Thursday that U.S. is ready to negotiate an "attractive" trade deal with Britain once that happens.
The president is set to address the forum Friday.  He also hosted a dinner with European business leaders and will meet with other world leaders, including Rwandan President Paul Kagame, during his two-day stop.

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89. Trump accuses Democrat of undermining trust on immigration -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump turned his Twitter torment on the Democrat in the room where immigration talks with lawmakers took a famously coarse turn, saying Sen. Dick Durbin misrepresented what he had said about African nations and Haiti and, in the process, undermined the trust needed to make a deal.

90. Coal executive's 'action plan' finds success under Trump -

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the early days of the Trump administration, the head of one of America's largest coal companies sent a four-page "action plan" to the White House calling for rollbacks of Obama-era environmental and mine safety regulations.

91. Coal baron's 'action plan' became Trump policy initiatives -

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the early days of the Trump administration, the head of one of America's largest coal companies sent a four-page "action plan" to the White House calling for rollbacks of Obama-era environmental and mine safety regulations.

92. 2 Democrats sworn in as senators, narrow GOP majority -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican majority in the Senate narrowed to 51-49 on Wednesday as two new Democratic senators were sworn into office, complicating GOP efforts to advance the party's legislative agenda before the 2018 midterm elections.

93. AP FACT CHECK: Trump's 'middle-class miracle' favors wealthy -

WASHINGTON (AP) — You wouldn't know it from President Donald Trump's rhetoric, but the tax overhaul coming into effect is heavily tilted to the rich. It also leaves "Obamacare" in place, despite his assertion that the tax plan repeals the health care law. Nothing about the plan provides the fuel to achieve economic growth at the levels he's predicted.

94. Senate moves tax cut legislation to brink of final passage -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jubilant Republicans pushed on early Wednesday to the verge of the most sweeping rewrite of the nation's tax laws in more than three decades, a deeply unpopular bill they insist Americans will learn to love when they see their paychecks in the new year. President Donald Trump cheered the lawmakers on, eager to claim his first major legislative victory.

95. Vice President Pence gives $4K to Black's gubernatorial bid -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Republican gubernatorial candidate Diane Black can count Vice President Mike Pence among her supporters.

96. Will misconduct scandals make men wary of women at work? -

NEW YORK (AP) — Some women, and men, worry the same climate that's emboldening women to speak up about sexual misconduct could backfire by making some men wary of female colleagues.

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97. Trump complains about 'unfair' treatment of Flynn -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lobbing new criticism at the special counsel's Russia investigation, President Donald Trump said Monday he feels "very badly" for former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who last week pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about reaching out to the Russians on the president's behalf.

98. Sen. Corker says he's voting against GOP tax bill -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker has become the only Republican senator to say he will vote against his party's $1.4 trillion tax bill.

His decision won't affect the measure's fate. GOP leaders have already said they have enough votes to push the legislation through the Senate in a vote they hope will come later Friday.

99. Former Trump adviser Flynn pleads guilty to lying to FBI -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former national security adviser Michael Flynn pleaded guilty Friday to making false statements to the FBI, the first Trump White House official to make a guilty plea so far in a wide-ranging investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller.

100. GOP nears Senate OK of tax bill after flurry of final deals -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans used a burst of eleventh-hour horse-trading Friday to edge a $1.4 trillion tax bill to the brink of Senate passage, as a party starved all year for a major legislative triumph took a giant step toward giving President Donald Trump one of his top priorities by Christmas.