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FILE - In this Friday, Feb. 2, 2018 file photo, President Donald Trump listens during a meeting with North Korean defectors where he talked with reporters about allowing the release of a secret memo on the FBI's role in the Russia inquiry, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. Congress has released a redacted, declassified memo that aims to counter GOP allegations that the FBI abused government surveillance powers in its investigation into Russian election interference. President Donald Trump had less concern about an earlier classified memo written by Republicans, which he declassified Feb. 2 over strong objections from the FBI. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
February 24, 2018 - 11:18 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House intelligence committee has published a redacted version of a Democratic memo that aims to counter a narrative that Republicans on the committee have promoted for months. The GOP says the FBI and Justice Department conspired against Trump as they investigated his ties to...
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February 23, 2018 - 3:12 pm
After five days of stalled negotiations, lawmakers are optimistic that legislation will begin moving forward when legislators convene Sunday afternoon. Lake Charles Republican Representative Steven Dwight’s bill to extend a portion of the expiring one penny sales tax will be heard, and he says he’s...
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February 22, 2018 - 7:37 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- Louisiana's special session careened further off course Thursday, with nearly every major bill stalled, including tax proposals to close the state's budget gap and legislation House Republican leaders want in exchange for tax votes. The inaction raised questions about...
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President Donald Trump gestures as he walks as he leaves the White House, Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, in Washington, for a trip to his private Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
February 18, 2018 - 11:12 pm
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — As the nation mourned, President Donald Trump kept largely silent about the Florida school shooting victims and the escalating gun control debate, instead raging at the FBI for what he perceived to be a fixation on the Russia investigation at the cost of failing to...
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February 18, 2018 - 1:32 pm
(WWL.com) - Springtime is acceptance letter season for most college bound high school students, and the state’s budget uncertainty is causing many to rethink whether they want to attend school in Louisiana. LSU president F. King Alexander is calling on legislators to find a budget solution that...
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FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 20, 2010 file photo, businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin, right, shows Russian President Vladimir Putin, second right, around his factory which produces school means, outside St. Petersburg, Russia. On Friday Feb. 16, 2018, Yevgeny Prigozhin along with 12 other Russians and three Russian organizations, were charged by the U.S. government as part of a vast and wide-ranging effort to sway political opinion during the 2016 U.S. presidential election.(Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File)
February 17, 2018 - 11:17 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on the Russian response to U.S. indictments (all times local): 12:20 p.m. President Donald Trump is undercutting a top aide again — this time national security adviser Gen. H.R. McMaster. McMaster told an international audience that the evidence of Russian meddling in the...
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Russia's foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov, speaks at the Security Conference in Munich, Germany, Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018. (Sven Hoppe/dpa via AP)
February 17, 2018 - 9:50 am
MUNICH (AP) — Top Russian and American officials exchanged barbs Saturday in Germany over the U.S. indictment of 13 Russians accused of an elaborate plot to disrupt the 2016 presidential election. H.R. McMaster, U.S. President Donald Trump's national security adviser, said at the Munich Security...
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February 17, 2018 - 9:20 am
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) _ Louisiana lawmakers are readying themselves for another acrimonious debate over taxes, returning for their fifth special session centered on the state's financial instability since 2016. Gov. John Bel Edwards called the 17-day session that starts Monday. The Democratic...
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A Facebook posting, released by the House Intelligence Committee, for a group called "Woke Blacks" is photographed in Washington, Friday, Feb. 16, 2018. A federal grand jury indictment on Feb. 16, charging 13 Russians and three Russian entities with an elaborate plot to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, noted that in the latter half of 2016, the defendants and their co-conspirators, through their Internet Research Agency LLC, personas, including "Woke Blacks," to begin to encourage U.S. minority groups to not vote in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick)
February 16, 2018 - 11:34 pm
Friday's election-interference indictment brought by Robert Mueller, the U.S. special counsel, underscores how thoroughly social-media companies like Facebook and Twitter were played by Russian propagandists. And it's not clear if the companies have taken sufficient action to prevent something...
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February 16, 2018 - 5:17 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) _ Louisiana's civil service director says the state doesn't have a government-wide policy for handling sexual misconduct allegations or requiring anti-harassment training, instead allowing agencies to cobble together their own standards. Byron Decoteau told female lawmakers...
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