Government and politics

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, center with Speaker of the House Dennis Bonnen, right, and Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, left, makes opening statements during a round table discussion, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, in Austin, Texas. Abbott is meeting in Austin with officials from Google, Twitter and Facebook as well as officials from the FBI and state lawmakers to discuss ways of combatting extremism in light of the recent mass shooting in El Paso that reportedly targeted Mexicans. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
August 22, 2019 - 3:11 pm
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday met in Austin with officials from some of the world's biggest tech giants to discuss ways of combatting extremism in the wake of a mass shooting in El Paso that left 22 people dead. The officials from Google, Facebook and Twitter sat down with...
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Misty Dotson hugs her son's at their home Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, in Murray, Utah. Dotson is a 33-year-old single mother of two boys, ages 12 and 6, who goes to Planned Parenthood for care through the Title X program. Dotson is among the 39,000 people received treatment from Planned Parenthood of Utah in 2018 under a federal family planning program called Title X. The organization this week announced it is pulling out program rather than abide by a new Trump administration rule prohibiting clinics from referring women for abortions. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
August 22, 2019 - 2:57 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Planned Parenthood clinics in several states are charging new fees, tapping financial reserves, intensifying fundraising and warning of more unintended pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases after its decision to quit a $260 million federal family planning program in an...
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President Donald Trump waves to the crowd after arriving on Air Force One at Louisville International Airport in Louisville, Ky., Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019. Trump is in town to speak at the American Veterans (AMVETS) 75th National Convention. A new poll finds about 6 in 10 Americans disapprove of President Donald Trump’s overall job performance. The poll released Thursday by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research finds some support for the president’s handling of the U.S. economy, but it gives him weak marks on other major issues. Just 36% of Americans approve of the way Trump is handling his job as president, and 62% disapprove. Among Republicans, nearly 8 in 10 approve of his overall job performance. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
August 22, 2019 - 2:55 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — About 6 in 10 Americans disapprove of President Donald Trump's overall job performance, according to a new poll released Thursday by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, which finds some support for the president's handling of the U.S. economy but gives him...
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President Donald Trump speaks to the 75th annual AMVETS National Convention in Louisville, Ky., Wednesday, Aug.21, 2019. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
August 22, 2019 - 2:37 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is to present basketball legend Bob Cousy with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, in an Oval Office ceremony on Thursday. Cousy, 91, played for the Boston Celtics from 1950 to 1963, winning six league championships and...
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Italian President Sergio Mattarella meets reporters at Rome's Quirinale presidential palace, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019. Mattarella continued receiving political leaders Thursday, to explore if a solid majority with staying power exists in Parliament for a new government that could win the required confidence vote. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
August 22, 2019 - 2:31 pm
ROME (AP) — The Latest on political developments as Italy tries to form new government (all times local): 8:25 p.m. Italian President Sergio Mattarella says he has agreed to political leaders' request for more time to see if a viable government can be formed to replace the one that collapsed this...
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President Donald Trump speaks to the 75th annual AMVETS National Convention in Louisville, Ky., Wednesday, Aug.21, 2019. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
August 22, 2019 - 2:24 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is set to present basketball legend Bob Cousy (KOO'-zee) with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The award is being handed out Thursday. It celebrates individuals with a wide range of achievements and is the nation's highest civilian honor. The 91-year-old...
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FILE - In this Aug. 11, 2019, file photo, a man uses a cell phone in New Orleans. Major phone companies are telling the country’s state attorneys general that they will do more against robocalls. It’s the latest step from government and industry to combat the growing problem. (AP Photo/Jenny Kane, File)
August 22, 2019 - 2:24 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Major phone companies are telling the country's state attorneys general that they will do more against robocalls. It's the latest step from government and industry to combat the growing problem . Americans get nearly 5 billion calls from scammers, telemarketers, debt collectors and...
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Five-Star Movement leader Luigi Di Maio talks to the press after meeting President Sergio Mattarella, in Rome, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019. President Sergio Mattarella continued receiving political leaders Thursday, to explore if a solid majority with staying power exists in Parliament for a new government that could win the required confidence vote. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
August 22, 2019 - 1:44 pm
ROME (AP) — The Latest on political developments as Italy tries to form new government (all times local): 7:35 p.m. Italy's 5-Star Movement party Luigi Di Maio says he is not scared by the prospect of an early election, but left the door open to negotiations on a possible "solid alliance" that...
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The League party leader Matteo Salvini talks to the press after meeting Italian President Sergio Mattarella, in Rome, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019. President Sergio Mattarella continued receiving political leaders Thursday, to explore if a solid majority with staying power exists in Parliament for a new government that could win the required confidence vote. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
August 22, 2019 - 1:28 pm
ROME (AP) — In rapid-fire order, Italy's three main political parties pitched possible deals to rivals Thursday as they scrambled to come out on top in Italy's political crisis and shape the country's future government. All the drama came as President Sergio Mattarella was weighing whether a new...
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The federal deficit expected to swell to more than $1 trillion in the next fiscal year.;
August 22, 2019 - 1:02 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal budget deficit is expected to balloon to more than $1 trillion in the next fiscal year under the first projections taking into account the big budget deal that President Donald Trump and Congress reached this summer, the Congressional Budget Office reported. The return...
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