Trump grounds Pelosi after she imperils his big speech

WASHINGTON — She imperiled his State of the Union address. He denied her a plane to visit troops abroad. The shutdown battle between President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is playing out as a surreal game of constitutional brinkmanship, with both flexing their political powers from opposite ends of Pennsylvania Avenue as the […]

Letter to the Editor: Commentary on border wall has nothing to do with reality

The commentary piece written by Reid Beveridge, entitled “Playing Politics Around The Border Wall” (DSN Jan. 10, 2019), is a fairy tale that has nothing to do with reality. Although I could refute all of what he said with historical details and facts of reality let me focus on just one thing: the effectiveness of […]

Selective shutdown? Trump tries to blunt impact, takes heat

WASHINGTON — The government shutdown is wreaking havoc on many Americans: Hundreds of thousands of federal employees don’t know when they’ll see their next paycheck, and low-income people who rely on the federal safety net worry about whether they’ll make ends meet should the stalemate in Washington carry on another month. But if you’re a […]

Christiansen files for re-election as Dover mayor

DOVER — The past four years have given Dover Mayor Robin R. Christiansen a chance to work hand in hand on the city’s most pressing issues alongside members of city council. Mayor Christiansen said he has seen optimism grow due to improvements that have been made within the city over the last four years in […]

No breakthrough in shutdown talks as Trump stands by demands

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump stood by his demands for funding for a border wall Sunday as another round of shutdown talks failed to break an impasse, while newly empowered House Democrats planned to step up the pressure on Trump and Republican lawmakers by passing legislation this week to reopen parts of the government. […]

Trump’s promise of a wall may not be fulfilled as advertised

WASHINGTON — Three confidantes of President Donald Trump, including his departing chief of staff, are indicating that the president’s signature campaign pledge to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border would not be fulfilled as advertised. Trump sparked fervent chants of “Build that wall!” at rallies before and after his election and more recently cited […]

Short on solutions, long on blame in 2nd shutdown weekend

WASHINGTON — Cooped up in the White House after canceling a vacation to his private Florida club, President Donald Trump fired Twitter barbs at Democrats on Saturday as talks to end a weeklong partial government shutdown remained at a stalemate. As the disruption in federal services and public employees’ pay appeared set to continue into […]

Trump tries to deflect blame for migrant children’s deaths

President Donald Trump sought to deflect blame for the deaths of two Guatemalan children in U.S. custody by claiming they were “very sick” when they arrived, even though immigration authorities have said both children passed initial health checks. The mother of the boy who died Christmas Eve told The Associated Press on Saturday that her […]

As probe closes in, Trump distances himself from Cohen

WASHINGTON — Abandoned by two of his most powerful protectors, President Donald Trump insisted Thursday that he did not violate campaign finance laws and that the liability for hush-money payments to two women alleging affairs with him rests with his former fixer, Michael Cohen. Both Cohen and American Media Inc., the company that owns the […]

Top House Dems raise prospect of impeachment, jail for Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top House Democrats on Sunday raised the prospect of impeachment or almost-certain prison time for President Donald Trump if it’s proved that he directed illegal hush-money payments to women, adding to the legal pressure on the president over the Russia investigation and other scandals. “There’s a very real prospect that on the […]