Government and politics

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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Demonstrators hold signs during a protest in favor of gun control reform in front of the White House, Monday, Feb. 19, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
February 20, 2018 - 4:31 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he has signed a memo directing the Justice Department to propose regulations to "ban all devices" like the rapid-fire bump stocks involved in last year's Las Vegas massacre. Seeking to show action days after a deadly school shooting in...
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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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The court overturned the existing boundaries in a gerrymandering case.
February 20, 2018 - 2:53 pm
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on redistricting in Pennsylvania (all times local): 2:30 p.m. Federal and state Republican Party officials are expected to sue to contest a Pennsylvania court's redrawing of the state's 18 congressional districts. The National Republican Congressional Committee...
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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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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 - 2:39 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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February 20, 2018 - 12:38 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — A Clinton-Obama sex tape using body doubles. A Facebook page promoting Texas independence riddled with grammatical mistakes. The U.S. indictment centered on a Russian troll farm only scratches the surface of the agency that allegedly produced content to sway the presidential election...
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February 20, 2018 - 9:19 am
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa says public representatives will undergo "lifestyle audits" as part of his campaign to clean up the government. Ramaphosa said Tuesday that the scrutiny will start with the executive branch, and that he was heartened to hear that the...
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February 20, 2018 - 9:04 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — 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. Proposed regulations out Tuesday from the Health and Human Services department allow health insurers to...
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