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The Latest: France says no-deal Brexit is central scenario

BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on Britain's plan to leave the European Union (all times local):

Wednesday 08/21/2019
Trump insists US has 'very strong' gun background checks

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is insisting that the U.S. already has "very, very strong background checks" for gun purchases. It's the latest sign that he is backing away from throwing his political support behind changes to the system that are opposed by the powerful gun lobby.

Greenland fallout: Trump's canceled trip blindsides Denmark

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen says she is "disappointed and surprised" by U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to cancel his visit to Denmark after she called Trump's idea of buying the semi-autonomous Arctic territory of Greenland from Denmark "an absurd discussion."

France's Macron seeks to be a mediator in G-7 hard times

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron hosts the G-7 summit this weekend fresh off a meeting with Russia's Vladimir Putin, hoping to maintain his image as a global mediator at a time of deep political and economic insecurity in the world and despite President Donald Trump's open disdain for multilateral talks.

Merkel seeks 'frictionless' Brexit before meeting UK leader

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel indicated Wednesday that she's still holding out for an amicable departure of Britain from the European Union, as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson traveled to Berlin for the start of a high-stakes tour to press his case for reopening negotiations on Brexit.

Trump administration moves to end limits on child detention

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is moving to end a long-standing federal court agreement that limits how long immigrant children can be kept in detention, a decision that will almost certainly lead to a new court fight over the government's ability to hold migrant families until their cases are decided.

Italian politicians try to keep election, Salvini, at bay

ROME (AP) — Some Italian political leaders are trying for a deal to keep at bay elections and right-wing League leader Matteo Salvini, who's rising in popularity.

Trump: Any Jew voting Democratic is uninformed or disloyal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Showing a fresh willingness to play politics along religious lines, President Donald Trump said American Jews who vote for Democrats show "either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty."

Trump acknowledges China policies may mean US economic pain

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump acknowledged his aggressive China trade policies may mean economic pain for Americans but insisted they're needed for more important long-term benefits. He contended he does not fear a recession but is nonetheless considering new tax cuts to promote growth.

Thousands interested in Dutch idea for Brexit beach party

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — As the deadline for Britain to quit the European Union approaches, thousands of people are expressing interest in a Brexit beach party in the Netherlands to say a fond farewell.

Outside money flows into race for Susan Collins' Senate seat

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Democrats vowed last year to make Republican Sen. Susan Collins pay for her vote confirming Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Republicans declared they would have her back. Neither has forgotten its promises.

McCain's family fights to define legacy of civility, service

WASHINGTON (AP) — Cindy McCain stood on a knoll in Tempe, Arizona, last year and looked out over the Rio Salado.

Analysis: Arizona State, North Carolina to rely on frosh QBs

There is a trickle-down effect from having true freshman quarterbacks star in the last two national championship games.

Tuesday 08/20/2019
Trump cancels Denmark visit because Greenland isn't for sale

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two days after he said buying Greenland wasn't a top priority, President Donald Trump canceled an upcoming trip to Denmark, which owns the mostly frozen island, after its prime minister dismissed the idea.

Pompeo urges fresh thinking on Mideast, warns Iran

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday that greater cooperation and "fresh thinking to solve old problems" are needed in the Middle East — but he also condemned Iran and its proxies for continuing "to foment terror and unrest" in the region.

Reality Check: Why your Top 25 team could tank in 2019

Sorry to be a bummer at a time of the year usually reserved for hope and optimism, but there is a decent chance your favorite college team is going to be a big disappointment this season.

Dem House candidate joins GOP rival in helping super PACs

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Democrat in the country's last undecided U.S. House race has decried dark money in politics but is joining his Republican rival by making it easier for outside flows of political spending to help out their campaigns.

O'Rourke on historical racist attacks: US as divided as ever

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke this week visited sites in Tulsa and Oklahoma City that were targeted by violence, and made a point of linking the Tulsa race riots and a recent deadly mass shooting in his Texas hometown.

Trump looks to discuss defense, energy with Romanian leader

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump met with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis at the White House on Tuesday as the two leaders explore ways to cooperate on defense and energy issues.

SUPREME COURT NOTEBOOK: Gender pronouns part of LGBT fight

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dozens of legal briefs supporting fired funeral director Aimee Stephens at the Supreme Court use "she" and "her" to refer to the transgender woman.

Trump says would be 'appropriate' for Russia to rejoin G-7

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Tuesday he'd like to see Russia readmitted to a group of the world's major industrial nations.

Trump steadily fulfills goals on religious right wish list

NEW YORK (AP) — When Donald Trump assumed the presidency, conservative religious leaders drew up "wish lists' of steps they hoped he'd take to oppose abortion and rein in the LGBTQ-rights movement. With a flurry of recent actions, Trump's administration is now winning their praise for aggressively fulfilling many of their goals.

An apology, a packed rally and a plan: 24 hours with Warren

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Elizabeth Warren started the day with an apology, repeating her regrets for her past claims of Native American heritage. She ended it with a clear sign that Democrats aren't holding the mistake against her — her largest crowd yet.

UK, EU only harden their positions on Brexit as G-7 nears

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union and Britain, which are hurtling toward a costly, damaging no-deal split in a little over two months, kicked off a high-wire week of diplomacy Tuesday by entrenching themselves deeper in their irreconcilable positions.

Trump considering State Department official for Russia post

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says the No. 2 official at the State Department may be his next ambassador to Russia.

Julián Castro qualifies for September presidential debates

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro said Tuesday that he has qualified for the next presidential debates, reaching a polling threshold for the round taking place in September in Houston.

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