Politics

Secretary of State David Whitley, left, arrives for his confirmation hearing, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in Austin, Texas, where he addressed the backlash surrounding Texas' efforts to find noncitizen voters on voter rolls. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
February 14, 2019 - 1:20 pm
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas' election chief has apologized for releasing a botched list of 95,000 voters whose citizenship was called into question before being fully vetted. Texas Secretary of State David Whitley previously refused to acknowledge mistakes in the three weeks since his office gave...
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Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., watches the flag-draped casket of former Rep. John Dingell upon arrival at Holy Trinity Catholic Church for a funeral service, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019, in Washington. Dingell, the longest-serving member of Congress in American history who mastered legislative deal-making and was fiercely protective of Detroit's auto industry, has died at age 92. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
February 14, 2019 - 1:12 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Longtime Rep. John Dingell was remembered Thursday as "one of the greats" by lawmakers, onetime colleagues and a former president who all hailed his record-breaking service in the House. Dingell, who died last week at 92, served 59 years in Congress, longer than anyone else in U.S...
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In this Jan. 29, 2019 photo, Attorney General nominee William Barr, right, meets with Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Miss., a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, in Hawley's office in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
February 14, 2019 - 12:41 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Thursday confirmed William Barr as attorney general, placing the veteran government official and lawyer atop the Justice Department as special counsel Robert Mueller investigates Russian interference in the 2016 election. The Senate voted 54-45 to confirm him, mostly...
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February 14, 2019 - 12:14 pm
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's habit of booting mayors and county commissioners out of office before their terms end could be in jeopardy under an unusual proposal that would end the state's status as one as one of the nation's most prolific users of recall elections. An analysis by The Associated...
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White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner is pictured at a conference on Peace and Security in the Middle East in Warsaw, Poland, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019. The Polish capital is host for a two-day international conference, co-organized by Poland and the United States. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
February 14, 2019 - 12:14 pm
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Latest on the Middle East meeting taking place in Warsaw (all times local): 6:50 p.m. Poland's foreign minister says the European Union shares the view of the United States that Iran currently plays a negative role in the Middle East but have differences on what should be...
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FILE- In this Oct. 16, 2017, file photo Ted Ryfiak shows a clump of resin and scraps found in his backyard along House Street NE in Belmont, Mich. Ryfiak and his neighbors along House Street NE have had their water polluted with perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl compounds, or PFAS compounds. The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to announce a plan for dealing with a class of long-lasting chemical contaminants amid complaints from members of Congress and environmentalists that it's not moved aggressively enough to regulate them. (Nic Antaya/The Grand Rapids Press-MLive.com via AP)
February 14, 2019 - 12:12 pm
Under pressure from Congress, the Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday that it would move toward setting safety limits for a class of highly toxic chemicals contaminating drinking water in several states. Environmentalists countered that the agency wasn't moving fast enough. Acting EPA...
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February 14, 2019 - 10:33 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats in the Senate say they welcome Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's plan to force them into difficult votes on the Green New Deal. Sen. Chuck Schumer said Thursday that Republicans think they will embarrass Democrats, who are split on the climate change resolution from...
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February 14, 2019 - 10:29 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The ranking Democratic on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee is calling on the Trump administration to turn over all documents related to the killing of Saudi columnist Jamal Khashoggi. New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez sent a letter Thursday to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo...
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Acting US Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, right, talks to NATO's Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, centre, and Britain's Defense Minister Gavin Williamson during the second day of a NATO defense ministers meeting at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019. NATO defense ministers are discussing the future of the alliance's operation in Afghanistan and how best to use its military presence to support political talks aimed at ending the conflict. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
February 14, 2019 - 9:14 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — The United States will not reduce its troop presence in Afghanistan unilaterally, the top Pentagon official said Thursday, pledging that any moves will be fully coordinated with its allies. "There will be no unilateral troop reductions," Acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan told...
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FILE - In this Feb. 7, 2019 file photo, former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz speaks at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind. Schultz has acknowledged the manager of one of the company’s shops in Philadelphia where two black men were arrested last year might not have called authorities if the two men had been white. The acknowledgement came Wednesday night, Feb. 13 at an event in the city where Schultz was confronted by the person who first shared the video of two black men getting arrested at the shop. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)
February 14, 2019 - 8:38 am
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz has acknowledged the manager of one of the company's shops in Philadelphia where two black men were arrested last year might not have called authorities if the two men had been white. The acknowledgement came Wednesday night at an event in the...
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