Government

1st District U.S. House race between Democrats Weiland, Castillo getting testy

Weiland Castillo

Most notably, an exchange between the two at the Davis County Democratic Party convention drew...

Government

US mortgage rates highest since 2013; 30-year at 4.58 pct.

Housing Market

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates continued to climb this week, reaching their highest level in more than four years and denting prospective home purchasers’ prospects amid the spring buying season. It was the third straight week of increases for long-term mortgage rates. Mortgage...


Government

Podcast: KHN’s ‘What The Health?’ What Next For The VA?

The Trump administration has withdrawn the nomination of White House physician Ronny Jackson to head the Department of Veterans Affairs after allegations surfaced about inappropriate handling of prescription drugs, issues with alcohol and difficulties working with other White House medical unit...


Government

Senate committee OKs bill to safeguard special counsel

Trump Russia Probe Mueller

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bipartisan legislation to protect special counsel Robert Mueller now lies in the hands of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell after the GOP-led Senate Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to advance it. McConnell, R-Ky., has said the bill is unnecessary and he won’t let it reach...


Government

Trump rips Comey, says he won't be involved in Russia probe

Trump Russia Probe Mueller

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump insisted Thursday that he “won’t be involved” in the special counsel investigation into Russian election meddling, even as he warned he could change his mind, blasted his own Justice Department and accused former FBI Director James Comey of lying about...


Business

US lawmakers assail EPA chief over ethical missteps

EPA Pruitt-2

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers assailed Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt on Thursday for the ethics and spending scandals that have prompted bipartisan calls for his ouster. On the defensive, the EPA chief said “half-truths” and “twisted” allegations were an effort to undermine the...


Government

Ronny Jackson withdraws from consideration for VA chief

Veterans Affairs Jackson

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s pick to lead Veterans Affairs, Ronny Jackson, withdrew Thursday in the wake of late-surfacing allegations about overprescribing drugs and poor leadership while serving as a top White House doctor, saying the “false allegations” against him have become a...


Government

White House says Trump to visit UK in July

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will visit the United Kingdom on July 13 for a “working visit” with Prime Minister Theresa May, the White House said. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders announced the visit Thursday. A Downing Street spokesperson confirmed the scheduled talks. Trump’s...


Government

The Latest: Protections for special prosecutor clear panel

Trump One Year Russia Probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the bill to protect special counsel Robert Mueller’s job (all times local): 11:50 a.m. The Senate Judiciary Committee has passed a bill to protect special counsel Robert Mueller’s job. Now all eyes are on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has said he won’t...


Business

The Latest: EPA chief unaware of security chief's ties

EPA Pruitt-2

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt and his appearances on Capitol Hill (all times local): 11:45 a.m. Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt says he was unaware his security chief moonlighted as an investigator for a tabloid news company...


Government

Mattis: Administration still weighing Iran nuke deal

Mattis Defense

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says the administration is still considering whether the Iran nuclear deal can be improved enough to persuade President Donald Trump to remain in it. At a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, Mattis was asked where the administration stands on the...


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