Government and politics

FILE - In this Nov. 1, 2016 file photo, a member of the Baltimore Police Department walks past a car that was damaged by a school bus before the bus was involved in a fatal collision with a commuter bus in Baltimore. A jump in traffic fatalities last year pushed deaths on U.S. roads to their highest level in nearly a decade, erasing improvements made during the Great Recession and economic recovery, a leading safety organization said Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2015. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky. File)
February 15, 2017 - 10:19 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — A jump in traffic fatalities last year pushed deaths on U.S. roads to their highest level in nearly a decade, erasing improvements made during the Great Recession and economic recovery, a leading safety organization said Wednesday. Fatalities rose 6 percent in 2016, reaching an...
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FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 23, 2017 file photo, Republican candidate for governor of Virginia, Corey Stewart, speaks at a campaign kickoff rally in a restaurant in Occoquan, Va. Stewart, a tough-talking former Donald Trump campaign chairman who says the president’s victory has freed candidates to "simply be yourself." (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)
February 15, 2017 - 8:58 am
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A blunt and combative Republican who sneers at political correctness. Insurgent candidates striking populist notes. Establishment figures on the defensive. A former TV star with political ambitions. The governor's races this year in Virginia and New Jersey are unfolding in ways...
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February 15, 2017 - 8:50 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The IRS says it's following President Donald Trump's executive order on health care by easing enforcement of the unpopular Obama-era requirement for people to have coverage or risk fines. Trump directed federal agencies to ease the health law's rules after he took office. An IRS...
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FILE - In this Feb. 9, 2017, file photo, Attorney General Jeff Sessions holds a meeting with the heads of federal law enforcement components at the Department of Justice in Washington. When President Donald Trump spoke to the National Prayer Breakfast this month, he underscored his vow to defend the religious rights of the conservative Christians who helped propel him to power. Now, they expect the Justice Department under Sessions will reposition itself as a champion of what they see as that religious freedom. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, Pool)
February 15, 2017 - 2:42 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — When President Donald Trump spoke to the National Prayer Breakfast this month, he underscored his vow to defend the religious rights of the conservative Christians who helped propel him to power. Now, they expect the Justice Department under new Attorney General Jeff Sessions will...
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FILE - In this May 17, 2016 file photo, a new sticker is placed on the door at the ceremonial opening of a gender neutral bathroom at Nathan Hale High School in Seattle. Hundreds of parents across the country have called on President Donald Trump to embrace Obama-era protections for transgender students that call for letting them use school bathrooms in accordance with their gender identity. In a letter, sent to the president by the Human Rights Campaign late Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, more than 780 parents stressed that "all students deserve equal access to a safe, welcoming school and a high quality education no matter who they are." (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
February 15, 2017 - 2:28 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hundreds of parents across the country have called on President Donald Trump to embrace Obama-era protections for transgender students that call for letting them use school bathrooms in accordance with their gender identity. In a letter sent to the president by the Human Rights...
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February 14, 2017 - 11:00 pm
Dems call for Sessions to recuse himself from Russia probe
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February 14, 2017 - 11:00 pm
Puzder withdraws nomination to be Trump's labor secretary
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In this image made from a video taken on Dec. 10, 2015 and made available on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, US President Donald Trump's former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, right, shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin, in Moscow. Flynn, who resigned following reports that he misled White House officials about his contacts with Russia, was seen attending the 10th anniversary of the Russian television network RT in 2015 where Russian President Vladimir Putin gave a speech. A US official has told The Associated Press that Flynn was in frequent contact with Ambassador Sergey Kislyak on the day the Obama administration imposed sanctions on Russia after US intelligence reported that Russia had interfered with the US elections. (Ruptly via AP)
February 14, 2017 - 9:57 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Just six days into his presidency, Donald Trump was informed his national security adviser had misled his vice president about contacts with Russia. Trump kept his No. 2 in the dark and waited nearly three weeks before ousting the aide, Michael Flynn, citing a slow but steady...
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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., is questioned by reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, on the ouster of Michael Flynn, President Trump's national security adviser. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
February 14, 2017 - 9:53 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Questions about the Trump administration's ties to Russia are hardly going to disappear with the firing of national security adviser Michael Flynn. Investigations are underway, and more are likely by the new administration and on Capitol Hill. U.S. agencies, including the FBI,...
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Small Business Administrator Linda McMahon stands with her six grandchildren as Vice President Mike Pence signs the affidavit of appointment during her swearing in ceremony Eisenhower Executive Office Building in the White House complex, in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
February 14, 2017 - 9:44 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times EST): 10:30 p.m. The New York Times is reporting that U.S. agencies intercepted phone calls last year between Russian intelligence officials and members of Donald Trump's 2016 campaign team. The Times reports that the Russians made...
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