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  1. Trump wades back into racially charged monument debate on Twitter, bemoans 'history and culture being ripped apart'

    08.17 / 15:06 sfgate.com SFgate.com-Politics
    NEW YORK (AP) — Trump wades back into racially charged monument debate on Twitter, bemoans 'history and culture being ripped a…
  2. Trump's first campaign manager joins super PAC backing him

    08.17 / 13:06 sfgate.com SFgate.com-Politics
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's first campaign manager is joining a growing outside political effort dedicated to helping him. Corey Lewandowski will be a senior adviser and spokesman for a super PAC called America First Action. That group and a related nonprofit aim to boost Trump's legislative agenda and the political candidates the president supports. Lewandowski led Trump's unexpectedly successful Republican primary campaign. He left the campaign after assaulting a r…
  3. The Latest: Dunford endorses military leaders' tweets

    08.17 / 12:05 sfgate.com SFgate.com-Politics
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times EDT): 7:45 a.m. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford has strongly endorsed the statements by the leaders of the four major U.S. military services, who spoke out against racism and extremism after last weekend's violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. During a visit Thursday to Beijing, Dunford said: "I have seen the chiefs' tweets and I can absolutely and unambiguously tell you that there is no place for r…
  4. The Latest: Trump assails 'publicity seeking' Lindsey Graham

    08.17 / 11:06 sfgate.com SFgate.com-Politics
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and Republicans (all times local): 6:20 a.m. President Donald Trump has taken a swipe at a fellow Republican, calling Sen. Lindsey Graham a "publicity seeking" lawmaker. In a daybreak post on his Twitter account Thursday, Trump faulted the GOP senator for statements Graham has made about the president's stance on the violence and death of a woman in Charlottesville, Virginia. Trump said in his tweet: "Publicity seeking Lindsey Graham f…
  5. Scholars say Trump went afoul in lumping Lee with founders

    08.17 / 09:08 sfgate.com SFgate.com-Politics
    Both were great generals. Both Virginians. Both came from slave-owning plantation families. Is it really so far-fetched to put Robert E. Lee in the same category as George Washington, as President Donald Trump suggested Tuesday? Many historians say yes. "It's a ridiculous conflation," said Professor Alice Fahs of the University of California, Irvine. "He's not a founding father, and it's as though Trump thinks he is. It's really astonishing. It's amazing." Trump's remarks on Tuesday came…
  6. Trump increasingly isolated as business panels dismantled

    08.17 / 08:03 sfgate.com SFgate.com-Politics
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has abruptly dismantled two of his White House business councils_an apparent attempt to manage his increasing isolation and the continued fallout from his combative comments on racially charged violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. With corporate chieftains fleeing, Trump took to Twitter to explain the exodus on his own terms. "Rather than putting pressure on the businesspeople of the Manufacturing Council & Strategy & Policy Forum, I am ending b…
  7. Republican leaders dance around Trump remarks

    08.17 / 08:03 sfgate.com SFgate.com-Politics
    NEW YORK (AP) — One after another, the nation's most powerful Republicans responded to President Donald Trump's extraordinary remarks about white supremacists. Yet few mentioned the president. The Senate's top Republican, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, condemned "hate and bigotry." House Speaker Paul Ryan charged that, "White supremacy is repulsive." Neither criticized the president's insistence that there were "very fine people on both sides" of a violent weekend clash between white s…
  8. Trump aide: No military solution in North Korea

    08.17 / 08:03 sfgate.com SFgate.com-Politics
    BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump's chief strategist Steve Bannon says there's no military solution to the threat posed by North Korea and its nuclear ambitions, despite the president's recent pledge to answer further aggression with "fire and fury." In an interview with The American Prospect posted online Wednesday, Bannon tells the liberal publication that the U.S. is losing the economic race against China. He also talks about purging his rivals from the Defense and State d…
  9. Trump aide: No military solution in North Korea

    08.17 / 03:05 sfgate.com SFgate.com-Politics
    BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump's chief strategist Steve Bannon says there's no military solution to the threat posed by North Korea and its nuclear ambitions, despite the president's recent pledge to answer further aggression with "fire and fury." In an interview with The American Prospect posted online Wednesday, Bannon tells the liberal publication that the U.S. is losing the economic race against China. He also talks about purging his rivals from the Defense and State d…
  10. Trump aide: No military solution in North Korea

    08.17 / 01:04 sfgate.com SFgate.com-Politics
    BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump's chief strategist says there's no military solution to North Korea's threats and that the U.S. is losing the economic race against China. Steve Bannon also talks openly with The American Prospect about getting rid of his rivals at the Defense and State departments. Trump earlier this week declined an opportunity to offer a public vote of confidence in his controversial adviser. The president has come under renewed pressure to fire Bannon, w…
  11. Phoenix mayor not happy about President Trump's rally plans

    08.17 / 00:05 sfgate.com SFgate.com-Politics
    PHOENIX (AP) — President Donald Trump plans to rally supporters in Phoenix next week, and Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton is not happy about it. Trump's campaign announced the event Wednesday — a day after the president blamed "both sides" for weekend violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, between white supremacists and counter-demonstrators. The Aug. 22 rally will take place at the Phoenix Convention Center, the campaign said. "I am disappointed that President Trump has chosen to hold a cam…
  12. Pence will no longer speak at Koch brothers-hosted summit

    08.17 / 00:05 sfgate.com SFgate.com-Politics
    RICHMOND, Virginia (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence will no longer be speaking at a Saturday event hosted by a group backed by the conservative Koch (kohk) brothers. Pence had been scheduled to address Americans for Prosperity in Richmond, Virginia. He has canceled in order to join President Donald Trump at Camp David Friday to discuss South Asia policy. Pence is also returning early from a weeklong trip to Latin America in order to attend the Camp David meeting. Americans for Prosperity i…
  13. Longtime Michigan Rep. Vern Ehlers dies at 83

    08.16 / 23:02 sfgate.com SFgate.com-Politics
    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Vern Ehlers, a research physicist and moderate Republican who represented a western Michigan congressional district for 17 years and advocated for Great Lakes cleanup funding, has died. He was 83. Ehlers died late Tuesday at a Grand Rapids nursing facility, Melissa Morrison, funeral director at Zaagman Memorial Chapel, said Wednesday. In 2010, Ehlers decided against seeking re-election to the 3rd District. He previously was a state lawmaker and taught physics at C…
  14. Ex-presidents Bush and Bush ask Americans to reject racism

    08.16 / 23:02 sfgate.com SFgate.com-Politics
    KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine (AP) — Former Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush are responding to racially charged violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, saying "America must always reject racial bigotry, anti-Semitism and hatred in all forms." The statement from Kennebunkport, Maine, on Thursday came a day after President Donald Trump said there were "very fine people, on both sides," of clashes that erupted during a gathering of white supremacists and white nationalists in C…
  15. The Latest: Utah GOP candidate now faces Democrat, centrist

    08.16 / 21:51 sfgate.com SFgate.com-Politics
    A Republican Utah mayor celebrating a primary win will have to fend off competitors linking him to embattled President Donald Trump as he prepares for the general election to replace Jason Chaffetz in the U.S. House of Representatives. John Curtis, the popular mayor of the Mormon stronghold of Provo, won a GOP primary Tuesday in Utah after fending off two challengers in Utah's 3rd Congressional District who were both backed by further-right conservatives and tried to handicap him for…
  16. Sessions blasts sanctuary cities, calls Miami 'good' example

    08.16 / 21:51 sfgate.com SFgate.com-Politics
    MIAMI (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions vowed Wednesday to continue fighting cities that refuse to cooperate with immigration authorities until local governments follow Miami-Dade County's example and reverse policies. Sessions aimed much of his frustration at Chicago, which last week sued President Donald Trump's administration for denying federal grant money to cities that don't share information with immigration officials. Sessions applauded Miami-Dade's decision to comply with T…
  17. Republican Campbell to challenge North Dakota Sen. Heitkamp

    08.16 / 21:51 sfgate.com SFgate.com-Politics
    FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Republican state Sen. Tom Campbell said Wednesday he's running for the U.S. Senate seat held by North Dakota Democrat Heidi Heitkamp, citing President Donald Trump's popularity in the state as a selling point. Campbell, a potato farmer from Grafton, said he wants to partner with Trump, who won the state by 36 percent, the largest margin of victory in a presidential race since Ronald Reagan in 1980. Campbell criticized Heitkamp for accepting money from out-of-state d…
  18. Trump authorizes expanded college assistance for veterans

    08.16 / 21:51 sfgate.com SFgate.com-Politics
    BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump has authorized the largest expansion of college assistance for military veterans in a decade. Trump signed a veterans' education bill into law Wednesday at his golf club in central New J…
  19. Scholars say Trump went afoul in lumping Lee with founders

    08.16 / 19:43 sfgate.com SFgate.com-Politics
    Trump's remarks on Tuesday came as he was defending those who have sought to preserve the statue of Lee in Charlottesville, Virginia, the focus of a violent weekend clash in which an anti-racist protester was killed. [...] he noted a similarity sometimes glossed over — ownership of slaves by figures who nobly stand or sit astride horses on U.S. pedestals — and he asked: For some, monuments to those founding fathers "force us to contemplate the centrality of slavery to the making of the na…
  20. Survey: Citizens of many US allies trust Putin over Trump

    08.16 / 19:43 sfgate.com SFgate.com-Politics
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Vladimir Putin is more trusted than Donald Trump to do the right thing for the world among citizens of numerous U.S. allies, including Japan, South Korea and seven European NATO members, according to a survey released Wednesday. [...] Trump's scores in particular point to a stunningly high level of international public distrust in the American president, a position colloquially described as "leader of the free world" as many smaller countries rely on the United States f…