Government and politics

FILE - In this Nov. 11, 2016 file photo, Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush attends a Veterans Day celebration in Dallas. Former Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson is making the unusual move of running again for his old office against Bush, his successor and fellow Republican. Patterson said Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, that he's entering the Republican primary. He ran unsuccessfully for lieutenant governor in 2014 and endorsed Bush for land commissioner that year. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)
December 08, 2017 - 2:29 pm
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — What some Texas conservatives are calling the "new battle of the Alamo" has triggered an unlikely, intraparty squabble involving the rising-star scion of one of the nation's most famous political families. Former Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson said Friday that he is...
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December 08, 2017 - 2:09 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats on the House Financial Services Committee pressed Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Friday to turn over records detailing any financial ties between President Donald Trump, his family and associates and Russian interests. The push for documents by ranking member Rep...
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FILE - In this Aug. 22, 2017, file photo, North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum speaks at a news conference in Bismarck, N.D. Burgum was served with a lawsuit Friday, Dec. 8 that was filed by the North Dakota Legislature challenging his veto powers. The dispute arose when the governor used his line-item veto in April to change parts of several spending bills after the Legislature adjourned. (Tom Stromme/The Bismarck Tribune via AP, File)
December 08, 2017 - 1:21 pm
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Legislature filed a lawsuit Friday against Gov. Doug Burgum, alleging he overstepped his authority on some vetoes he issued. The Republican-led Legislature adjourned on April 27 and the first-term GOP governor vetoed parts of several spending bills less than a...
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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during a fundraising event for Big Sister Association of Greater Boston, Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, in Boston. Clinton was presented with the organization's Believe in Girls award during the event. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
December 08, 2017 - 1:03 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — Democrats are considering a plan that would limit — but not abandon — the influence of "superdelegates" in the next presidential primary, after a bruising 2016 primary prompted allegations by Bernie Sanders' supporters that the system was rigged. The changes, outlined in a draft...
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December 08, 2017 - 12:49 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump weighed in on an investigation into scandal-plagued Wells Fargo, tweeting Friday that fines and penalties against the bank would not be dropped, and may actually be "substantially increased." Trump's statement comes a day after Reuters reported that Mick...
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December 08, 2017 - 12:32 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday signed a spending bill to avoid a government shutdown and keep the federal government running through Dec. 22. The president signed the two-week spending measure in private at the White House after the House and Senate acted to prevent a government...
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In this Dec. 5, 2017, photo, former Alabama Chief Justice and U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore speaks at a campaign rally in Fairhope Ala. Moore has ignored all the rules of modern-day politics. But on the ground in Alabama, some believe the Republican Senate candidate is poised to win the state’s special election on Tuesday in a race that features extraordinary parallels with President Donald Trump’s White House run one year ago. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
December 08, 2017 - 12:28 pm
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — He has ignored all the rules of modern-day politics. He speaks unscripted. He skimps on fundraising. He undervalues get-out-the-vote efforts. And he attacks the leaders of his own political party without mercy. A year ago, that was presidential nominee Donald Trump. This...
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British Prime Minister Theresa May and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker address a media conference at EU headquarters in Brussels on Friday, Dec. 8, 2017. British Prime Minister Theresa May, met with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker early Friday morning following crucial overnight talks on the issue of the Irish border.(AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
December 08, 2017 - 12:19 pm
BRUSSELS (AP) — Britain and the European Union hailed a breakthrough Friday that allows them to begin talks on their post-Brexit relations without answering some key questions about how their divorce will play out. With pressure building on British Prime Minister Theresa May's fragile government,...
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FILE- In this Nov. 3, 2017 file photo, sculptor, Tuscaloosa resident and retired Marine Col. Lee Busby checks the image of Mark Forester he sculpted outside the University of Alabama Foundry in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Write-in votes could matter in Alabama's Senate race between Republican Roy Moore and Democrat Doug Jones. Sculptor Lee Busby is running as a write-in with several others. (Gary Cosby Jr. /The Tuscaloosa News via AP)
December 08, 2017 - 11:51 am
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Write-in votes could help decide Alabama's Senate race between Republican Roy Moore and Democrat Doug Jones. Sculptor Lee Busby is running as a write-in, along with several others, and University of Alabama football coaches like Nick Saban often get write-in votes in state...
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Washington Solicitor General Noah Purcell, center, speaks during a protest rally, Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, outside a federal courthouse in Seattle. The U.S. Supreme Court decision allowing President Donald Trump's third travel ban to take effect has intensified the attention on a legal showdown Wednesday before three judges in Seattle who have been cool to the policy as they hear arguments in Hawaii's challenge to the ban, which restricts travel to the United States by residents of six mostly Muslim countries and has been reviled by critics as discriminatory. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
December 08, 2017 - 11:11 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department says President Donald Trump's travel ban on citizens of six mainly Muslim countries, North Korea and Venezuela is now fully operational. The announcement follows the Supreme Court's decision earlier this week to allow enforcement of the ban as it is challenged...
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