Government and politics

FILE - In this May 9, 2018, file photo, CIA nominee Gina Haspel testifies during a confirmation hearing of the Senate Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. The political schism in the Democratic Party is playing out in the vote for Haspel, as support from red-state senators facing re-election is bumping up against a more liberal flank eyeing potential 2020 presidential bids who reject of the nominee over the agency’s clouded history of torture. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
May 17, 2018 - 10:04 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Veteran spy Gina Haspel will become the first female director of the CIA after six Democrats joined Republicans in a Senate confirmation vote on Thursday that overrode concerns about her role in the spy agency's harsh interrogation program after 9/11. The 54-45 vote split both...
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FILE - In this June 21, 2017, file photo, former FBI Director Robert Mueller, the special counsel probing Russian interference in the 2016 election, departs Capitol Hill following a closed door meeting in Washington. It was one year ago Thursday when Robert Mueller, the former FBI director, was appointed as special counsel to take over the Justice Department’s investigation into possible coordination between Russia and Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
May 17, 2018 - 9:32 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Paul Manafort's former son-in-law says he has been so busy with special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation that he's been unable to keep up with his other legal issues, according to a court filing and a lawyer involved in a civil lawsuit against him. The confirmation of...
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In this image from video released by the Department of Defense, Niger military members arrive at the scene where the body of Army Sgt. La David T. Johnson, 25, of Miami Gardens, Fla., was recovered after an ambush that killed four U.S. service members in October 2017 in Niger. The dramatic new drone video, released May 17, 2018, of the ambush that killed four American soldiers shows U.S. forces desperately trying to escape, and fighting for their lives after friendly Nigerien forces mistook them for the enemy. (Department of Defense via AP
May 17, 2018 - 7:58 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Dramatic new drone video of the Niger ambush that killed four American soldiers shows U.S. forces desperately trying to escape and fighting for their lives after friendly Nigerien forces mistook them for the enemy. It describes how the fleeing troops set up a quick defensive...
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May 17, 2018 - 7:20 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican leaders have discussed scheduling House votes on two immigration bills, two GOP lawmakers said Thursday, a move they hope would resolve an internal battle over an issue that threatens to worsen party divisions as the election season heats up. Under the still-evolving...
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May 17, 2018 - 7:14 pm
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont is attempting to create a first-in-the-nation program to allow the wholesale importation of prescription drugs from Canada, but first the state needs approval from skeptical White House officials. Republican Gov. Phil Scott signed a bill Wednesday that passed with...
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May 17, 2018 - 7:14 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has made 27 percent more deportation arrests during the first half of this fiscal year than were made during the same period last fiscal year, the latest piece of evidence that it is aggressively pursuing people who are living in the United States...
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FILE - In this May 9, 2018, file photo, CIA nominee Gina Haspel testifies during a confirmation hearing of the Senate Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. The political schism in the Democratic Party is playing out in the vote for Haspel, as support from red-state senators facing re-election is bumping up against a more liberal flank eyeing potential 2020 presidential bids who reject of the nominee over the agency’s clouded history of torture. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
May 17, 2018 - 4:16 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on a vote to confirm Gina Haspel as CIA director (all times local): 4:15 p.m. Human rights groups are lamenting the Senate confirmation of Gina Haspel to be CIA director because of her direct involvement in the spy agency's harsh detention and interrogation program...
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President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in the Oval Office of the White House, Thursday, May 17, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
May 17, 2018 - 2:57 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration said Thursday there are no plans to change or reduce the scope of current U.S.-South Korean military exercises that triggered an angry reaction from North Korea and cast doubt on President Donald Trump's upcoming summit with Kim Jong Un. The North abruptly...
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May 17, 2018 - 2:52 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union is asking a federal court to intervene on behalf of asylum seekers, saying they are being unfairly detained while they await hearings before an immigration judge. ACLU lawyers told a federal judge in Washington on Thursday that the Immigration...
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FILE - This Oct. 19, 2017, file photo shows a new voting machine which prints a paper record on display at a polling site in Conyers, Ga. Georgia officials have estimated it could cost over $100 million to adopt the machines statewide. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)
May 17, 2018 - 2:51 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — As the midterm congressional primaries heat up amid fears of Russian hacking, roughly 1 in 5 Americans will be casting ballots on machines that do not produce a paper record of their votes. That worries voting and cybersecurity experts, who say lack of a hard copy makes it difficult...
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