Government and politics

December 12, 2017 - 12:01 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Twelve governors of both parties are urging Congress to reauthorize funding for a popular children's health insurance program as soon as possible. The recommendation involving the Children's Health Insurance Program, or CHIP, came in a letter to congressional leaders Tuesday...
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FILE - This Sept. 27, 2017 file photo shows Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., center, joining Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and other GOP lawmakers to talk about the Republicans' proposed rewrite of the tax code for individuals and corporations, at the Capitol in Washington. The Republican tax plan will deliver a swift adrenaline shot to the economy that will send hundreds of billions pouring into federal tax coffers, the Trump administration asserts in a new analysis. House and Senate negotiators are rushing to finalize the tax legislation and deliver the promised measure to President Donald Trump before Christmas. Trump will try on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017 to sell the American people on an unpopular GOP tax overhaul. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, file)
December 12, 2017 - 11:58 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Republican tax overhaul (all times local): 12 p.m. House and Senate negotiators are rushing to finalize the Republican tax legislation for a vote next week, to deliver the promised measure to President Donald Trump before Christmas. The chief tax-writer in the...
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December 12, 2017 - 10:55 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says the State Department doesn't have any "wins to put on the board" after the first year of the Trump administration. But he says "diplomacy is not that simple." Tillerson spoke Tuesday to the U.S. diplomatic corps at a town hall meeting amid low...
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FILE - In this Aug. 15, 2017, file photo, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee listens to questions during a news conference at City Hall in San Francisco. The San Francisco Chronicle reported that Lee died early Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017. He was 65. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)
December 12, 2017 - 10:47 am
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Mayor Ed Lee, who oversaw a technology-driven economic boom in San Francisco that brought with it sky-high housing prices despite his commitment to economic equality, died suddenly early Tuesday at age 65. A statement from Lee's office said the city's first Asian-American mayor...
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In this Dec. 6, 2017 photo, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., listens during a news conference on sexual harassment on Capitol Hill in Washington. President Donald Trump laced into Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand on Tuesday, tweeting that she would come to his office “begging” for campaign contributions and “do anything” to get them. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
December 12, 2017 - 10:18 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump laced into Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand on Tuesday, tweeting that she would come to his office "begging" for campaign contributions and "do anything" to get them. Democrats accused the president of making unsavory insinuations about the New York...
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December 12, 2017 - 10:17 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is planning to link together its border, visa and fingerprint databases to plug information gaps and better combat terrorism and international crime. The European Commission proposed Tuesday to upgrade the 28-nation bloc's information systems so that border...
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December 12, 2017 - 9:43 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's top Brexit legislator is criticizing British negotiator David Davis for his comments that last week's agreement between the EU and Britain was merely "a statement of intent." The EU Parliament's top Brexit official, Guy Verhofstadt, said it was an "unacceptable...
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Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate Doug Jones speaks during a rally Monday, Dec. 11, 2017, in Birmingham, Ala. Jones is facing Republican Roy Moore. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
December 12, 2017 - 9:37 am
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Alabama voters headed to the polls Tuesday in Alabama's special Senate election and faced two choices: Either continue the "Trump miracle" in Washington or allow "decency" to prevail back home. At the center is Roy Moore — "Judge Moore," to his supporters. The 70-year-old...
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FILE - In this June 16, 2006 file photo, former Alabama Gov. John Patterson reacts to a question about the portrait of his father Albert Patterson, which was unveiled at a ceremony on the front steps of the Russell County Courthouse in Phenix City, Ala. Patterson, a lawyer who fought to eradicate a crime syndicate blamed for illegal gambling, prostitution and other crimes in Phenix City, was assassinated outside his office shortly after winning the Democratic nomination for state attorney general in 1954. Patterson's son John Patterson assumed the nomination and won; a sheriff's deputy was convicted in the slaying. (Roger Hart/Ledger-Enquirer via AP, File)
December 12, 2017 - 9:10 am
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Is the U.S. Senate race between Republican Roy Moore and Democrat Doug Jones the oddest campaign ever in Alabama? Hardly. In a race polls showed was too close to call before Election Day, Moore has had to deny decades-old allegations of sexual misconduct with teenage girls...
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Rachel Crooks, left, Jessica Leeds, center, and Samantha Holvey attend a news conference, Monday, Dec. 11, 2017, in New York to discuss their accusations of sexual misconduct against Donald Trump. The women, who first shared their stories before the November 2016 election, called for a congressional investigation into Trump's alleged behavior. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
December 12, 2017 - 8:44 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump, pushing back against women accusing him of sexual misconduct, insisted Tuesday he's the target of "false accusations and fabricated stories of women who I don't know and/or have never met." Trump lashed out on Twitter a day after three women who previously...
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