Government and politics

In this Feb. 14, 2018 photo, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar attends a House Ways and Means Committee hearing on the FY19 budget on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Trump administration is clearing the way for a lower-cost alternative to comprehensive medical insurance plans sold under former President Barack Obama's health care law. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
February 20, 2018 - 4:49 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration Tuesday spelled out a plan to lower the cost of health insurance: give consumers the option of buying less coverage in exchange for reduced premiums. The proposed regulations would expand an alternative to the comprehensive medical plans required under...
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Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, left, next to James Manker, VA Acting Principal Deputy Under Secretary for Benefits, speaks about FY19 to the House Veterans Affairs Committee, Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
February 20, 2018 - 4:40 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Campaigning to keep his job, Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin said Tuesday he had no intention of quitting despite blistering findings of travel abuses connected to his 11-day trip to Europe. He issued an extraordinary warning to VA staff rebelling against him: Get back in...
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FILE - In a Jan. 4, 2006 file photo, U.S. Rep. John "Jimmy" Duncan, R-Tenn., addresses a business development news conference in Knoxville, Tenn. The House Ethics Committee confirmed Tuesday,, Feb. 20, 2018, that it's investigating Republican Rep. John Duncan Jr., who is serving his 16th term in the House and had previously announced he won't seek re-election. (AP Photo/Wade Payne, File)
February 20, 2018 - 4:32 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Ethics Committee confirmed Tuesday that it is investigating Republican Rep. John Duncan Jr., of Tennessee over unspecified allegations, after media reports last year that he had paid his son for campaign work. Duncan Jr., who is serving his 16th term in the House and had...
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FILE - In this Jan. 9, 2017 photo, Sen. Dan Foreman, R-Moscow, waits for the State of the State address inside the House chambers at the state Capitol building in Boise, Idaho. Foreman said Monday, Feb. 19, 2018, he would call Idaho State Police if any student affiliate from Planned Parenthood stopped by his office. (AP Photo/Otto Kitsinger,File)
February 20, 2018 - 4:12 pm
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A Republican Idaho state senator yelled "abortion is murder" at a group of students who were pushing for birth control legislation at the Statehouse and now faces an ethics complaint after a post from an unverified Twitter account told them to discuss "killing babies" with a...
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Italian Premier Paolo Gentiloni, right, and the head of the Italian secret service, Alessandro Pansa, present the annual security report at Chigi Palace premier's office in Rome, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. (Ettore Ferrari/ANSA via AP).
February 20, 2018 - 3:32 pm
ROME (AP) — Italian government officials are warning of possible foreign interference in the March 4 general election, sounding the alarm following the U.S. indictment of Russian trolls and evidence of Russian-sourced fake news on popular Italian platforms. Premier Paolo Gentiloni on Tuesday...
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Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, announces that the office of special counsel Robert Mueller says a grand jury has charged 13 Russian nationals and several Russian entities, Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, in Washington. The defendants are accused of violating U.S. criminal laws to interfere with American elections and the political process. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
February 20, 2018 - 3:25 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Russia probe (all times local): 3:25 p.m. An attorney for a prominent law firm is pleading guilty to lying to federal authorities about his interactions with a former Trump campaign associate. Alex van der Zwaan is entering the plea in federal court in Washington...
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FILE--In this Aug. 6, 2017, file photo, demonstrators against the Keystone XL pipeline march in Lincoln, Neb. Opponents of the proposed oil pipeline from Canada are asking a federal judge to force the U.S. government to turn over emails and other documents related to President Donald Trump's approval of the project. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, file)
February 20, 2018 - 2:41 pm
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Opponents of the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada are asking a judge to force the U.S. government to turn over emails and other documents related to President Donald Trump's approval of the project. Environmentalists who sued to stop the 1,179-mile (1,800-...
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A view of a Buisness center, believed to be the location of the new "troll factory" in St.Petersburg, Russia, Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018. The U.S. government allege the Internet Research Agency started interfering as early as 2014 in U.S. politics, extending to the 2016 presidential election, saying the agency was funded by a St. Petersburg businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin. (AP Photo/Mstyslav Chernov)
February 20, 2018 - 1:14 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — A Clinton-Obama sex tape using body doubles. A Facebook page promoting Texas independence riddled with grammatical mistakes. Islamic State anthems blasting out during the nightshift. The U.S. indictment centered on a Russian troll farm only scratches the surface of the St. Petersburg...
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Movement for Democtratic Change supporters pay their last respects to the party's leader Morgan Tsvangirai, in Harare, Monday, Feb, 19, 2018. Zimbabwes veteran opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai died on Feb 14 aged 65, bringing an end to his long campaign to lead the country. Interim party President Nelson Chamisa said the party would win the elections scheduled for later this year as a tribute to the deceased leader.(AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
February 20, 2018 - 12:51 pm
BUHERA, Zimbabwe (AP) — Thousands of people in Zimbabwe gathered on Tuesday for the burial of opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai, whose death from cancer exacerbated divisions within a movement preparing for elections just months away. A hearse carrying Tsvangirai's body in a white casket drove...
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February 20, 2018 - 12:02 pm
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has signed a bill aimed at reintegrating the territory in the country's east controlled by Russia-backed separatists. The bill passed last month designates the areas in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions as "temporarily occupied" by "aggressor...
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