Political corruption

President Donald Trump speaks during a cabinet meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
August 16, 2018 - 9:57 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former U.S. security officials issued scathing rebukes to President Donald Trump on Thursday, admonishing him for yanking a top former spy chief's security clearance in what they cast as an act of political vengeance. Trump said he'd had to do "something" about the "rigged"...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, July 24, 2018, file photo, from left, Republican candidates for governor Mark Boughton, Tim Herbst, Steve Obsitnik, Bob Stefanowski, and David Stemerman face off in a Hearst Connecticut Media sponsored debate at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn. Democrats and Republicans go to the polls in the most crowded primary field in Connecticut's recent history, on Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018. (Brian A. Pounds/Hearst Connecticut Media via AP, File)
August 14, 2018 - 9:58 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on primaries in Connecticut, Minnesota, Vermont and Wisconsin (all times local): 10:55 p.m. Madison businessman and political newcomer Bob Stefanowski has won the Republican primary for Connecticut governor, defeating four fellow GOP contenders. The 56-year-old former...
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FILE - In this Nov. 1, 2017 file photo, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., speaks at a news conference on American labor on Capitol Hill in Washington. Klobuchar defeated four Democrats in the primary in Minnesota for the third term. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
August 14, 2018 - 8:37 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The sudden downfall of Sen. Al Franken amid the rise of the #MeToo movement set the course for what could be a two-woman race to finish his term, part of an unusual primary Tuesday featuring both of Minnesota's Senate seats on the same ballot. Franken's successor, Democratic Sen...
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August 14, 2018 - 4:29 pm
A Georgia congressional candidate convicted of drunken driving was ordered by a judge Tuesday to spend the next six months in jail — a sentence that would keep the candidate locked up long past Election Day. It was unclear what would become of Democrat Steven Foster's campaign after he was...
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In this Aug. 7, 2018, photo. President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, officiates at the swearing-in of Judge Britt Grant to take a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in Atlanta at the U.S. District Courthouse in Washington. The Senate will begin a confirmation hearing for Kavanaugh on Sept. 4, the Sen. check Grassley, R-Iowa, the chairman of the Judiciary Committee says.(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
August 10, 2018 - 7:43 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh will begin the day after Labor Day, Republicans said, sparking Democratic objections that they are rushing the process without properly delving into his background. The announcement Friday came amid the release of new...
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A protester walks by a riot police line outside the government headquarters, in Bucharest, Romania, Friday, Aug. 10, 2018. Romanians who live abroad have begun an anti-government protest calling on the left-wing government to resign and an early election. The expatriates, some of whom drove across Europe for the demonstration, are angry about the Romania is governed. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
August 10, 2018 - 4:15 pm
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Tens of thousands of Romanians flocked to an anti-government protest from places near and far as local residents joined a demonstration organized by expatriates Friday, urging the left-wing government to resign and call an early election. The expatriates supporting the...
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In this Feb. 19, 2018 photo, Dallas City council member Dwaine Caraway, of District 4, speaks during a news conference calling for the National Rifle Association to be disinvited from hosting the 2018 NRA Annual Meeting in Dallas while Caraway was outside Dallas City Hall in Dallas. Federal prosecutors said Caraway accepted more than $450,000 in kickbacks and bribes, in part through gambling money, trips to Las Vegas and other cities, and a phony consulting agreement. Court documents filed Thursday, Aug. 9, show Caraway pleaded guilty to wire fraud and tax evasion. (Andy Jacobsohn/The Dallas Morning News via AP)
August 09, 2018 - 5:43 pm
DALLAS (AP) — Dallas Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway accepted more than $450,000 in kickbacks and bribes, in part through a phony consulting agreement, gambling money and trips to Las Vegas and elsewhere, federal prosecutors said Thursday. Caraway, the second highest-ranking elected official in Dallas...
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Republican U.S. Rep. Christopher Collins, center, leaves federal court, Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018, in New York. Rep. Collins of western New York state has been indicted on charges that he used inside information about a biotechnology company to make illicit stock trades (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
August 09, 2018 - 5:16 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The indictment of Rep. Chris Collins on insider trading charges is drawing new attention to the freedom members of Congress have to serve on corporate boards or to buy and sell stock in industries they're responsible for overseeing. Collins, a New York Republican, has denied any...
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FILE - In this Feb. 23, 2018, file photo, Rick Gates leaves federal court in Washington. Paul Manafort’s trial opened this week with a display of his opulent lifestyle and testimony about what prosecutors say were years of financial deception. But the most critical moment in the former Trump campaign chairman’s financial fraud trial will arrive next week with the testimony of his longtime associate Gates.(AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)
August 06, 2018 - 8:52 pm
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — The government's star witness in the financial fraud trial of Paul Manafort testified Monday that he embezzled hundreds of thousands of dollars from the former Trump campaign chairman — and told jurors that he and Manafort committed crimes together. Rick Gates, described by...
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President Donald Trump points up to heaven as he speaks during a meeting with inner city pastors in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
August 02, 2018 - 9:17 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — In negotiations over a possible interview by prosecutors, special counsel Robert Mueller's team has offered the White House format changes, perhaps willing to limit some questions asked of President Donald Trump or accept some answers in writing, according to a person briefed on...
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