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Tuesday, September 18, 2018
The Rochester Sentinel
  • Monday, September 17, 2018 5:00 PM

    By JOSH BOAK, AP Economics Writer

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is declaring on Twitter a premature victory from his tariffs. Despite the manufacturing renaissance he claims, it's too soon to determine the full scope of any benefit or harm they might create.
    Trump is correct to say the tariffs should bring more money to the government. But it's not a meaningful amount in the context of a multitrillion-dollar budget. Companies that deal the most with the imports that Trump is taxing have had to absorb higher prices, yet the president says the price increases barely register.

  • Monday, September 17, 2018 5:00 PM

    By HOPE YEN and CALVIN WOODWARD, Associated Press

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In a stormy week, President Donald Trump blustered and distorted reality, denying massive deaths from a hurricane that scientists believe to be one of the nation's deadliest and blowing out of proportion U.S. economic growth and his role in spurring it.
    He's insisting the federal response to Hurricane Maria, which hit Puerto Rico last September, was "incredibly successful," even though blackouts there remain common and several forms of federal aid have been slow to arrive compared with past disasters. Independent researchers have estimated the death toll was nearly 3,000 people. Trump is rejecting that work, claiming it's a conspiracy by Democrats and isn't true.

  • Thursday, September 13, 2018 12:00 PM

    By AMANDA SEITZ, The Associated Press

    When Milwaukee's newest sports arena opened last month, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker promised that state taxpayers would earn a rich return on their investment in the $524 million Fiserv Forum, where NBA games will be played.
    Walker championed the deal to help the Milwaukee Bucks owners build a new arena in 2015, when some criticized him for committing $203 million for the arena while trimming other parts of the state budget. The rest of the sports complex was paid for with private funds.

  • Wednesday, September 12, 2018 12:00 PM


    WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Barack Obama's recent denunciation of President Donald Trump's treatment of the press overlooks the aggressive steps the Justice Department took to keep information from the public during his administration. Obama also made a problematic claim that Republican "sabotage" has cost 3 million people their health insurance.

  • Tuesday, September 11, 2018 2:00 PM

    By CHRISTOPHER RUGABER, AP Economics Writer

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump pitched a wildly off-base claim about economic growth Monday as the White House used selective statistics to build a case that the economy is doing much better than when Barack Obama was in office.
    The attention on Obama comes as the ex-president steps back into the political arena on behalf of Democrats in the November elections. The White House dispatched economic adviser Kevin Hassett to rebut Obama's point that his policies helped end the Great Recession and put the economy on a growth path that Trump is now mostly benefiting from.

  • Monday, September 10, 2018 5:00 PM

    By BEATRICE DUPUY, Associated Press

    In her Democratic primary bid for governor of New York, liberal activist and actress Cynthia Nixon has painted Gov. Andrew Cuomo as a false progressive, blaming him for Republican control of the state Senate that she says has kept progressive legislation from moving forward.
    Nixon is part of a new wave of liberals running in resistance to President Donald Trump, and campaigning against Democrats they deem are holding the party back. She will face off against Cuomo in the Sept. 13 primary.

  • Monday, September 10, 2018 5:00 PM

    By HOPE YEN, Associated Press

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Eager to dismiss his critics, President Donald Trump is fabricating the circumstances regarding jobs, the economy and the social safety net.
    He insists that Social Security and Medicare are becoming stronger under his watch when the most recent government report shows the financial condition of both programs worsening. On the economy, his claims of spurring the strongest U.S. growth ever fall way short.

  • Friday, September 7, 2018 11:00 AM

    By CALVIN WOODWARD and HOPE YEN, Associated Press

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is questioning whether one of his senior officials committed treason by going public about an effort within the administration to thwart his agenda and contain his "eccentric behavior." The answer is no.
    TRUMP: "TREASON?" — tweet Wednesday.
    THE FACTS: The official who wrote anonymously in The New York Times about the "quiet resistance" against Trump is surely disloyal to the president but not a traitor in the legal sense.

  • Tuesday, September 4, 2018 12:00 PM

    By HOPE YEN and PAUL WISEMAN, Associated Press

    WASHINGTON (AP) — It was a week of exaggeration and outright fiction for President Donald Trump as he sought to push through a trade pact with Mexico, hyped numbers on jobs and raged against Google and the Russia investigation.
    He wrongly describes the deal to replace the three-nation North American Free Trade Agreement as "one of the largest" and made a questionable assertion that he has unilateral authority to exclude Canada if it doesn't agree to his terms.

  • Thursday, August 30, 2018 12:00 AM
    In Northern Virginia, violent crimes attributed to MS-13 have made the gang a focal point in the hotly contested race in the state’s 10th Congressional District.

    But an ad by incumbent Republican Rep. Barbara Comstock criticizing her opponent Democratic state Senator Jennifer Wexton for failing to support anti-gang legislation falls short.

  • Thursday, August 30, 2018 12:00 AM
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is exaggerating the numbers when citing his overall job approval ratings.

    In a tweet Sunday, Trump boasted of poll numbers that showed 52 percent of all Americans approved of his performance in office, in spite of the “fake news media.”

  • Thursday, August 30, 2018 12:00 AM
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is wrongly claiming that Google shunned his State of the Union speech but promoted Barack Obama's addresses.

    In a tweet Wednesday, Trump posts a video that shows Google promoting Obama's State of the Union address on its homepage from 2012 to 2016, while seemingly failing to do the same for Trump in 2017 and 2018.

  • Tuesday, August 28, 2018 12:00 AM
    By HOPE YEN, Associated Press

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is living in an alternate reality when it comes to special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation and other controversies swirling around him.

    He laments the threat of a "perjury trap" in explaining why he's hesitant to be interviewed by Mueller in the Russia probe, even as Trump's lawyers assert that Mueller had ruled out trying to indict a sitting president.

  • Monday, August 27, 2018 12:00 AM
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump denied that the crimes of his ex-lawyer were criminal, complained about a politician plagiarizing his slogan despite his history of doing the same and defied data in declaring the U.S. is No. 1 in environmental quality. A look at some of his rhetoric over the past week:
  • Friday, August 24, 2018 5:00 PM

    By JAMES MacPHERSON, Associated Press

    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp says in a television ad released last week that 300,000 North Dakota residents with pre-existing medical conditions couldn't get health insurance before former President Barack Obama's health care law.
    Health care is a big issue in midterm races across the country, and has become especially charged in North Dakota, where Heitkamp's re-election race against Republican U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer is seen as critical to control of the Senate.

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