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Democrats flex power by aiming at money in politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Flexing their new majority, Democrats are moving to push through the House a comprehensive elections and ethics reform package they say will reduce the role of big money in politics, ensure fair elections and restore ethics and integrity to Washington. The legislation, ...

Bibi and Trump agonistes

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is facing indictment on charges of fraud, corruption, breach of trust and bribery. He’s also running for re-election, and with less than six weeks until ballots are scheduled to be cast in Israel, some have raised suspicions of a political hit, not ...

Omar’s Israel remarks expose Democrats’ simmering divisions

WASHINGTON (AP) — Back in January, the Democrats welcomed their brash young newcomers to Congress with smiles and hugs. That was before the new colleagues dragged the party’s simmering divisions over Israel out in the open. Provocative comments from Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota have ...

Bill Clinton has advice, but few candidates seeking it

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 20 years after he left the White House, Bill Clinton is still sought after for advice by some Democrats running for president. But the names on his dance card in recent months underscore how much his standing in the party has changed. So far, none of the party’s ...

New US House election in NC to be Sept. 10

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina officials set a Sept. 10 date for a new election for the nation’s last unresolved congressional race after the November results were thrown out over concerns of ballot tampering. Parties will hold their primaries on May 14. The state elections board ...

AP Fact Check: On Trump’s epic weekend speech at CPAC

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump uttered a dizzying number of false statements in his epically long weekend speech, to an audience that didn’t seem to mind at all. He reprised some of his most frequently told fictions and dusted off old ones, even going back to the size of his ...

Eyeing 2020, White House steps up ‘socialism’ attack on Dems

WASHINGTON (AP) — As the White House gears up for the 2020 campaign, it’s pressing the case that Democrats are rallying behind what it’s calling the policies of “socialism.” Trying to portray Democrats as out of step with ordinary Americans, Vice President Mike Pence said in a ...

A sweet deal for Big Sugar

When I hear “welfare payments,” I think “poor people.” But America’s biggest welfare recipients are often politically connected corporations — like America’s sugar producers. The industry gets billions of dollars in special deals while deceitfully running ads that say, ...

Science Says: People tend to believe informants like Cohen

WASHINGTON (AP) — We tend to believe informants like Michael Cohen, studies show and psychologists say. It doesn’t matter if the person is behind bars or has confessed to lying, as Cohen has: Juries usually believe an informant, said Jeffrey Neuschatz, a University of Alabama psychologist ...

Drafting women to end wars

WASHINGTON — Last week, a district court judge ruled that it is unconstitutional for only men to have to register with the Selective Service, opening the possibility that women might also have to register. The ruling may be fair in principle, but does it make sense? Would a universal draft ...

High court rules for death row inmate with dementia

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is ordering a new state court hearing to determine whether an Alabama death row inmate is so affected by dementia that he can’t be executed. The justices ruled 5-3 on Wednesday in favor of inmate Vernon Madison, who killed a police officer in 1985. His ...

The precarious perch of a potential Pentagon chief

WASHINGTON (AP) — Patrick Shanahan, the former Boeing executive, was in a familiar place — aboard an airplane — when he got word of a bolt-from-the-blue political shot across his bow, an apparent blow to his chances of being nominated as the next secretary of defense. Sen. James Inhofe, ...

GOP, sensing campaign issue, push abortion vote in Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats on Monday blocked a Republican bill that would have threatened prison for doctors who don’t try saving the life of infants born alive during abortions. The measure seemed doomed from the start but offered the GOP a chance to appeal to conservative ...

Deputy AG Rosenstein: Government transparency isn’t always advisable

WASHINGTON (AP) — The man who long oversaw special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation said Monday it is not always appropriate for the government to be transparent about its work as he cautioned against leveling public allegations against people who are not prosecuted. Deputy ...

High court can undo past confusion on WWI memorial

WASHINGTON — For decades the Supreme Court has entangled itself in Establishment Clause decisions that have been, in the words of Alice in Wonderland, curiouser and curiouser. On Wednesday, it can leaven with clarity the confusion it has sown. The First Amendment’s first words say, ...

Survey: Half of business economists see recession by year 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — Roughly half the nation’s business economists say they think the U.S. economy will slip into recession by the end of next year, and three-fourths envision such a downturn beginning by the end of 2021. The finding comes from the latest survey by the National Association ...

GOP senators to watch on emergency declaration

WASHINGTON (AP) — The fight over President Donald Trump’s U.S.-Mexico border wall is heading to the GOP-controlled Senate, putting Republicans in the uncomfortable spot of deciding whether to back his declaration of a national emergency. Enough Republicans are chewing over whether to ...

Final Mueller report may initially be short on detail

WASHINGTON (AP) — Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation has to end with a report. But anyone looking for a grand narrative on President Donald Trump, Russian election interference and all the juicy details uncovered over the past 20 months could end up disappointed. The exact timing of ...

Cohen visits Senate offices ahead of testimony

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, visited the Senate intelligence committee’s offices on Thursday, meeting with his lawyers in preparation for three days of congressional testimony next week. Cohen and one of his lawyers, Lanny Davis, each declined ...

Water tainted by former mine sites

RIMINI, Mont. (AP) — Every day many millions of gallons of water loaded with arsenic, lead and other toxic metals flow from some of the most contaminated mining sites in the U.S. and into surrounding streams and ponds without being treated, The Associated Press has found. That torrent is ...