Government and politics

White House Press secretary Josh Earnest speaks to the media during the daily briefing in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
January 05, 2017 - 12:48 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on accusations that Russia meddled in America's presidential election to help Donald Trump win (all times local): 1:45 p.m. The White House says President Barack Obama is being briefed on a classified report about Russian and other foreign meddling in U.S. elections...
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FILE - In this April 9, 2012 file photo, President Barack Obama does pushups during the annual White House Easter Egg Roll at the White House in Washington. From his campaign fist bump to his theatrical mic drop at the last White House correspondents’ dinner, Barack Obama ruled as America’s pop culture president. His two terms played out like a running chronicle of the trends of our times: slow-jamming the news with Jimmy Fallon, reading mean tweets with Jimmy Kimmel, filling out his NCAA basketball bracket on ESPN, cruising with Jerry Seinfeld on “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.” (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
January 05, 2017 - 12:17 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — From his campaign fist bump to his theatrical mic drop at the last White House correspondents' dinner, Barack Obama ruled as America's pop culture president. His two terms played out like a running chronicle of the trends of our times: slow-jamming the news with Jimmy Fallon,...
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FILE - In this Dec. 16, 2016, file photo, President Barack Obama speaks during a news conference in the briefing room of the White House in Washington. Under mounting pressure to free convicts as a last act, Obama is planning at least one more batch of pardons and commutations before leaving office in two weeks. But don’t expect many famous offenders to make the list. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)
January 05, 2017 - 11:54 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Under increasing pressure to free convicts as a last act, President Barack Obama is planning at least one more batch of pardons and commutations before leaving office in two weeks, but don't expect many famous offenders to make the list. The list of bold names appealing to Obama...
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Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, right, with Defense Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence Marcel Lettre II, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017, before the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing: "Foreign Cyber Threats to the United States." (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
January 05, 2017 - 11:33 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — America's top intelligence official said Thursday that Russia undoubtedly interfered in America's 2016 presidential election but stopped short of using the explosive description "an act of war," telling lawmakers such a call isn't within the purview of the U.S. intelligence...
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January 05, 2017 - 10:52 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Senate Democrats said Thursday that the House ethics office should investigate whether stock sales by a congressman who is now one of President-elect Donald Trump's Cabinet picks broke any laws. The Democrats cited a Wall Street Journal report last month that Rep. Tom Price, R...
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January 05, 2017 - 10:00 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats want a House ethics investigation into stock sales by a congressman who is now a Cabinet pick of President-elect Donald Trump's. Trump has tabbed Georgia Republican Rep. Tom Price to head the Department of Health and Human Services. The Wall Street Journal...
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January 05, 2017 - 9:57 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is warning about travel to Bangladesh and tightening restrictions on family members accompanying U.S. government officials posted in the South Asian country. The State Department says that "terrorist groups" there pose a continuing threat. It announced Thursday...
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January 05, 2017 - 9:43 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration has announced terrorism-related sanctions against a son of Sept. 11 mastermind Osama bin Laden. The State Department says Hamza bin Laden has been "determined to have committed, or pose a serious risk of committing, acts of terrorism that threaten the...
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Director of National Intelligence James Clapper listens while testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017, before the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing: "Foreign Cyber Threats to the United States." (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
January 05, 2017 - 9:42 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on accusations that Russia meddled in America's presidential election to help Donald Trump win (all times local): 10:23 a.m. Top intelligence officials are belittling WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (ah-SAHNJ'), saying his work has put American lives at risk. National...
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FILE - In this Dec. 16, 2016, file photo, President Barack Obama speaks during a news conference in the briefing room of the White House in Washington. Under mounting pressure to free convicts as a last act, Obama is planning at least one more batch of pardons and commutations before leaving office in two weeks. But don’t expect many famous offenders to make the list. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)
January 05, 2017 - 9:38 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Under mounting pressure to free convicts as a last act, President Barack Obama is planning at least one more batch of pardons and commutations before leaving office in two weeks, but don't expect many famous offenders to make the list. The list of bold names appealing to Obama for...
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