The Latest: Senate approves $1.3 trillion spending bill

Budget Battle-4

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Congress and a $1.3 trillion government spending bill (all times local): 12:45 a.m. Congress has approved a $1.3 trillion measure bestowing hefty increases on military and domestic programs. It gives President Donald Trump just a nibble of the money he’s wanted to...


McMaster out, Bolton in as Trump's national security adviser

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President Donald Trump is replacing national security adviser H.R. McMaster with John Bolton, a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.


Trump orders huge tariffs on China, raises trade war worries

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Primed for economic combat, President Donald Trump set in motion tariffs on as much as $60 billion in Chinese imports to the U.S. on Thursday and accused the Chinese of high-tech thievery, picking a fight that could push the global heavyweights into a trade war. China threatened...


For MU graduate workers, final court hearing could be life-changing

Simona Perales Simkins is a third-year doctoral student in the MU Department of Theatre. She teaches Introduction to Performance Studies and serves as an associate director for MU’s Center for Applied Theatre and Drama Research. She has a 3-year-old. She has Type 2 diabetes. Because of all these...


GUEST COMMENTARY: 15 years after the Iraq invasion, what are the costs?

This March marked the 15th anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq. In 2003, President George W. Bush and his advisors based their case for war on the idea that Saddam Hussein, then dictator of Iraq, possessed weapons of mass destruction — weapons that have never been found. Nevertheless, all...


Local attorney announces bid for circuit judge position

Local attorney Finley D. Gibbs announced his candidacy for the 13th Circuit Judge Division I position on Monday. Gibbs, 53, is running for a circuit judge position for Boone and Callaway counties in the Nov. 6 election. Currently, Gibbs is the only Democrat who has filed for the position. Incumbent...


City Council candidates tackle renewable energy during climate change forum

Columbia City Council candidates Paul Love, Mike Trapp and Betsy Peters agreed with each other on one basic principle: Climate change can be addressed with government action. The three candidates answered questions at a council candidate forum that focused solely on renewable energy and...


Mueller examining Cambridge Analytica, Trump campaign ties

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Special counsel Robert Mueller is scrutinizing the connections between President Donald Trump’s campaign and the data mining firm Cambridge Analytica, which has come under fierce criticism over reports that it swiped the data of more than 50 million Facebook users to sway...


Why US consumers could feel impact of Trump's China tariffs

Trump Trade

WASHINGTON (AP) — From toys to clothes to shoes to cellphones, Americans buy a half-trillion dollars’ worth of goods from China each year — the biggest haul of imports from any one country. And that means the prices of many such products could surge as a result of President Donald Trump’s plan to...


Legal shake-up in Trump team may suggest shift in strategy

Trump Russia Probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s lead lawyer in the special counsel’s Russia investigation resigned Thursday, shaking up the legal team just as Trump intensifies attacks on an inquiry he calls nothing more than a witch hunt. The departure of attorney John Dowd removes the primary...

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