Government and politics

In this Aug. 15, 2019, photo, early morning fog shrouds homes in Kulusuk, Greenland. In tiny Kulusuk, resident Mugu Utuaq says the winter that used to last as long as 10 months when he was a boy, can now be as short as five months. Scientists are hard at work in Greenland, trying to understand the alarmingly rapid melting of the ice. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
August 23, 2019 - 4:43 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is planning to open a U.S. consulate in Greenland for the first time in decades amid increased strategic and economic interest in the Danish territory. The State Department says in a letter to Congress that re-establishing a consulate in Nuuk is part of a...
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Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell, left, and Bank of England Governor Mark Carney, right, pause in front of Mt. Moran after Powell's speech at the Jackson Hole Economic Policy Symposium on Friday, Aug. 23, 2019, in Jackson Hole, Wyo. (AP Photo/Amber Baesler)
August 23, 2019 - 4:01 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump launched a furious and highly personal Twitter attack Friday against the Federal Reserve and Chairman Jerome Powell, fuming that the Fed once more "did NOTHING!" and wondering who is "our bigger enemy" — Powell or China's leader. The outburst came after...
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Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the Iowa Federation of Labor convention, Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019, in Altoona, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
August 23, 2019 - 4:00 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden is criticizing Donald Trump ahead of the president's visit to the Group of Seven summit in France, saying Trump is engaged in an "irrational and self-defeating campaign to make America less secure and less respected in the world." Biden says Trump's...
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Gun rights advocates gather outside the Texas Capitol where Texas Gov. Greg Abbott held a round table discussion, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, in Austin, Texas. Abbott is meeting in Austin with officials from Google, Twitter and Facebook as well as officials from the FBI and state lawmakers to discuss ways of combatting extremism in light of the recent mass shooting in El Paso that reportedly targeted Mexicans. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
August 23, 2019 - 3:47 pm
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas' muscular gun-rights lobby is swiftly pushing back after Gov. Greg Abbott raised the possibility of tighter firearms laws after a gunman killed 22 people at an El Paso Walmart. The resistance could test the relationship between gun-rights groups, Abbott and the state's...
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August 23, 2019 - 3:01 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government is making changes to the agency that runs the country's immigration courts and giving its director authority to weigh in and make appellate rulings. The interim rule announced Friday by the Justice Department faced immediate criticism by the immigration judges...
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FILE - In this Aug. 30, 2013 file photo, David Koch speaks in Orlando, Fla. Koch, major donor to conservative causes and educational groups, has died on Friday, Aug. 23, 2019. He was 79. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)
August 23, 2019 - 2:58 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Billionaire industrialist David H. Koch, who with his older brother Charles poured a fortune into right-wing causes, transforming the American political landscape and shaping U.S. policies on such issues as climate change and government regulation, died Friday at 79. The cause of...
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Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks at a meeting with members of the Security Council in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Aug. 23, 2019. Putin ordered the Russian military to ponder a quid pro quo response after Sunday's test of a new U.S. missile banned under a now-defunct arms treaty. (Alexei Nikolsky, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
August 23, 2019 - 2:53 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin ordered the Russian military on Friday to work out a quid pro quo response after the test of a new U.S. missile banned under a now-defunct arms treaty. In Sunday's test, a modified ground-launched version of a U.S. Navy Tomahawk cruise missile accurately...
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FILE - In this Aug. 19, 2016, file photo U.S. Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, is introduced during the keynote address for the State Bar of New Mexico's Annual Meeting in Pojoaque. The Supreme Court announced Aug. 23, 2019, that Ginsburg has been treated for a malignant tumor. (AP Photo/Craig Fritz, File)
August 23, 2019 - 1:41 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court says Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has completed radiation therapy for a tumor on her pancreas and there is no evidence of the disease remaining. The court said Friday the tumor was "treated definitively and there is no evidence of disease elsewhere in the body."...
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Former Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco lies in state in the state capitol rotunda in Baton Rouge, La., Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019. Thursday was the first of three days of public events to honor Blanco, the state's first female governor who died after a years long struggle with cancer.(AP Photo/Michael Democker, Pool)
August 23, 2019 - 1:09 pm
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — Memorial events honoring former Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco are shifting to Cajun country, her beloved home region. A public visitation for the state's only female governor is taking place Friday at St. John the Evangelist Cathedral in Lafayette. A prayer service...
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FILE - In this July 17, 2019 file photo, Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin speaks to the media following the Kentucky Farm Bureau candidates forum at the Kentucky Farm Bureau headquarters in Louisville, Ky. Bevin this week hurled a dismissive insult at the man he defeated in the May Republican primary. The unorthodox move runs the risk of alienating a large swath of voters Bevin needs to win back in his bid for a second term. While attending the Kentucky Farm Bureau’s country ham breakfast on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, Bevin was asked by a WHAS-TV reporter about his ex-rival, Republican state Rep. Robert Goforth. Bevin replied: “I’m sorry, it’s a name so easily forgotten.” Now, Goforth says his supporters may not forget the governor’s jab come November. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)
August 23, 2019 - 12:45 pm
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin has insulted the challenger he defeated in the May Republican primary, running the risk of alienating a swath of voters he'll need to win a second term. While attending the Kentucky Farm Bureau's country ham breakfast on Thursday, Bevin was asked by a...
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