Government and politics

In this Tuesday, April 25 photo, Ivanka Trump, daughter and adviser of U.S. President Donald Trump, center, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, attend a dinner after they participated in the W20 Summit in Berlin. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, pool)
April 26, 2017 - 6:09 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Ivanka Trump has been involved in discussions with the World Bank about establishing a funding operation that would support female entrepreneurs, bank and administration officials said Wednesday. The officials stressed that nothing has been set up yet and that talks are ongoing...
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Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly announces the opening of new Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement (VOICE), Wednesday, April 26, 2017, during a news conference at Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
April 26, 2017 - 5:21 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Stymied on his top immigration initiatives, President Donald Trump is making good on one plan that critics denounce as fearmongering and misleading: opening an office for victims of crimes committed by immigrants, although studies show immigrants are less likely to commit crimes...
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This combination of 2016 and 2017 photos shows, top row from left, Alan Halsey, Rebecca Esparza, Laverne Jones Gore and Marjan Vayghan; middle row from left, James McDonald, Brooke Streech, Suliman Bandas and Rick Yearick; bottom row from left, Kate Young, Carolee Upshur, Amellia Sones and Ed Harry. One hundred days into Donald Trump’s presidency, The Associated Press asked people from across the country to write a letter to the president. (AP Photo)
April 26, 2017 - 4:55 pm
They are young and old: a high school student who can't yet vote, a Vietnam vet who did so proudly. They hail from all corners of the United States and very different walks of life: a "downhome boy" from Kentucky, a third-generation Mexican-American from Texas, a stay-at-home mom in Pennsylvania,...
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Far-right French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen is greeted by workers outside a whirlpool home appliance factory in Amiens, France, Wednesday April 26, 2017. While her centrist presidential opponent Macron was meeting with union leaders from the Whirlpool plant in northern France, Le Pen popped up outside the factory itself, amid its workers and declared herself the candidate of France's workers.(AP Photo)
April 26, 2017 - 4:53 pm
AMIENS, France (AP) — Far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen turned an appliance factory into a battleground Wednesday for France's blue-collar vote, upstaging rival Emmanuel Macron with a surprise campaign stop at the plant threatened with closure. Chaotic scenes followed as Macron, a pro-...
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April 26, 2017 - 4:46 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The chief White House photographer of President Barack Obama's administration has a book coming in November. Little Brown and Company announced Wednesday that it had acquired Pete Souza's "Obama: An Intimate Portrait," which will include more than 300 pictures. Souza's time with...
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FILE - In this March 30, 2017 file photo, a portion of the new steel border fence stretches along the US-Mexico border in Sunland Park, New Mexico. Congressional Republicans have a new talking point about President Donald Trump’s border wall: It’s not really a wall at all. The issue arose this week as Congress squabbled over government-wide spending legislation including money for security measures along the U.S.-Mexico border. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd, File)
April 26, 2017 - 4:14 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Republicans have a new talking point about President Donald Trump's border wall: It's not really a wall at all. Instead, the wall is "a bit of a metaphor as to border security," in the words of Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart of Florida. Or, a "quote, wall," as Sen. John...
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Police officers escort people, arrested because of suspected links to U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, in Kayseri, Turkey, Wednesday, April 26, 2017. Police launched simultaneous operations across the country on Wednesday, detaining hundreds of people with suspected links to U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen. The suspects are allegedly Gulen operatives who directed followers within the police force. (Olay Duzgun/DHA-Depo Photos via AP)
April 26, 2017 - 4:13 pm
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey on Wednesday detained more than 1,000 people with suspected links to U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen and later temporarily suspended some 9,000 personnel from its police force in one of the largest operations in recent months against the movement that is blamed for...
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Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin takes a question in the briefing room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, April 26, 2017, where he discussed President Donald Trump tax proposals. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
April 26, 2017 - 3:43 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump "has no intention" of releasing his taxes returns to the public, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said Wednesday, asserting Americans have "plenty of information" about the president's financial matters. For decades, presidents have released their tax...
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April 26, 2017 - 3:17 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite the lifting of a federal hiring freeze, the Department of Veterans Affairs is leaving thousands of positions unfilled, citing the need for a leaner VA as it develops a longer-term plan to allow more veterans to seek medical care in the private sector. The order by VA...
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FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2015, file photo, Federal Communication Commission Commissioner Ajit Pai speaks during an open hearing and vote on "Net Neutrality" in Washington. The FCC has voted to kick off the repeal of “net neutrality” rules designed to keep broadband providers like AT&T, Verizon and Comcast from interfering with the internet. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)
April 26, 2017 - 3:11 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Internet companies are readying for a showdown with a Republican-controlled government over a policy near and dear to their hearts: net neutrality. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai said in a Wednesday speech that he wants to ditch the Obama-era rules, hated by...
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