Government and politics

FILE - In this Feb. 10, 2017 file photo, then-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn sits in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Documents released in a congressional inquiry show Flynn was paid more than $33,750 by RT, Russia’s government-run television system, for appearing at a Moscow event in December 2015. Flynn had retired months earlier as head of the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
March 16, 2017 - 1:57 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Documents released in a congressional inquiry show former national security adviser Michael Flynn was paid more than $33,750 by RT, Russia's government-run television system, for appearing at a Moscow event in December 2015. Flynn had retired months earlier as head of the U.S...
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FILE - In this Feb. 22, 2017 file photo, Oklahoma state Sen. Ralph Shortey, R-Oklahoma City, speaks during a Senate committee meeting in Oklahoma City. The Oklahoma Senate has voted to punish Shortey, who police say was found with a teenage boy in a motel room. Police officials in the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore are still investigating the circumstances surrounding an incident last week involving Sen. Shortey and a teenager. No charges have been filed. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)
March 16, 2017 - 1:55 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Latest on an Oklahoma state senator facing child prostitution charges (all times local): 12:55 p.m. A Republican state senator facing child prostitution charges involving a 17-year-old boy has surrendered to authorities in Cleveland County. State Sen. Ralph Shortey was...
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House Judiciary subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., speaks during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, March 16, 2017, on the restructuring the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
March 16, 2017 - 1:54 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Three federal judges on Thursday asked Congress not to break up the vast, San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, a longtime target of Republicans and a recent foil to President Donald Trump. The 9th Circuit in February refused to immediately reinstate Trump's ban...
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FILE - In this Oct. 19, 2015 file photo, Pat Shanahan, senior vice president of Airplane Programs for Boeing Commercial Airplanes, speaks at Boeing Field in Seattle. The White House announced nominees for six senior Pentagon jobs on Thursday, March 16, 2017, including Shanahan for deputy secretary of defense, in its most significant step toward surrounding Defense Secretary Jim Mattis with Trump administration picks. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
March 16, 2017 - 1:52 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House announced nominees for six senior Pentagon jobs on Thursday, including a longtime Boeing Co. executive for deputy secretary of defense, in its most significant step toward surrounding Defense Secretary Jim Mattis with Trump administration picks. President Donald...
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FILE - In this Feb. 22, 2017 file photo, Oklahoma state Sen. Ralph Shortey, R-Oklahoma City, speaks during a Senate committee meeting in Oklahoma City. The Oklahoma Senate has voted to punish Shortey, who police say was found with a teenage boy in a motel room. Police officials in the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore are still investigating the circumstances surrounding an incident last week involving Sen. Shortey and a teenager. No charges have been filed. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)
March 16, 2017 - 11:54 am
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma prosecutors on Thursday filed child prostitution charges against a Republican state senator after police found him in a hotel room with a 17-year-old boy. Ralph Shortey, 35, is charged in Cleveland County with engaging in child prostitution, transporting a minor for...
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March 16, 2017 - 11:47 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump intends to nominate a Boeing executive to serve as deputy secretary of defense. The Trump administration has struggled to fill top Pentagon positions, with two of its four previous selections having withdrawn. A White House announcement Thursday says Trump...
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FILE - In this Feb. 22, 2017 file photo, Oklahoma state Sen. Ralph Shortey, R-Oklahoma City, speaks during a Senate committee meeting in Oklahoma City. The Oklahoma Senate has voted to punish Shortey, who police say was found with a teenage boy in a motel room. Police officials in the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore are still investigating the circumstances surrounding an incident last week involving Sen. Shortey and a teenager. No charges have been filed. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)
March 16, 2017 - 11:44 am
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma prosecutors on Thursday filed child prostitution charges against a Republican state senator after police found him in a hotel room a 17-year-old boy. Ralph Shortey, 35, is charged in Cleveland County with engaging in child prostitution, transporting a minor for...
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President Donald Trump speaks at a rally Wednesday, March 15, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
March 16, 2017 - 11:44 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — As a new president who has vowed to keep his campaign promises, Donald Trump knows he'll be judged on whether he can repeal the so-called Obamacare law and replace it with something new. Dealing with skepticism from conservatives and moderates alike, the White House is considering...
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President Donald Trump's first proposed budget, released by the Office of Management and Budget, is photographed in Washington, Wednesday, March 15, 2017. Military spending would get the biggest boost in President Donald Trump’s proposed budget. Environmental programs, medical research, Amtrak and an array of international and cultural programs _ from Africa to Appalachia _ would take big hits, among the many parts of the government he’d put on a crash diet. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick)
March 16, 2017 - 11:42 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Military spending would get the biggest boost in President Donald Trump's proposed budget. Environmental programs, medical research, Amtrak and an array of international and cultural programs — from Africa to Appalachia — would take big hits, among the many parts of the government...
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Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte gives 'high five' to children after casting his vote for the Dutch general election in The Hague, Netherlands, Wednesday, March 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Patrick Post)
March 16, 2017 - 5:57 am
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Latest on the Dutch national elections (all times local): 10:55 a.m. The leader of the anti-immigrant Northern League has welcomed the results of the Dutch elections as a sign of healthy growth for populist movements. Matteo Salvini said Thursday that "good ideas...
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