Government and politics

FILE - In this March 23, 2018, file photo, a copy of the $1.3 trillion spending bill is stacked on a table in the Diplomatic Room of the White House in Washington. A new analysis says President Donald Trump's tax cuts and last month's big spending bill will send the federal deficit toward $1 trillion. The Congressional Budget Office says tax and spending bills will push the deficit to $804 billion this year and nearly $1 trillion for 2019. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
April 09, 2018 - 6:38 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The combined effect of President Donald Trump's tax cuts and last month's budget-busting spending bill is sending the federal deficit toward the $1 trillion mark next year, according to a new analysis by the Congressional Budget Office. The CBO report says the nation's $21...
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FILE - In this Sept. 19, 2017 file photo, President Donald Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen appears in front of members of the media after a closed door meeting with the Senate Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill, in Washington. Federal agents carrying court-authorized search warrants have seized documents from Cohen according to a statement from Cohen’s attorney, Stephen Ryan. He says that the search warrants were executed by the office of the U.S. Attorney for Southern District of New York but they are “in part” related to special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
April 09, 2018 - 6:33 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on investigations into potential ties between Russia and the Trump campaign (all times local): 6:25 p.m. President Donald Trump is calling special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into election meddling "an attack on our country" during a White House meeting with top...
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April 09, 2018 - 5:32 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Democratic attorneys general from 15 states and the District of Columbia are pushing back against a Texas lawsuit to invalidate former President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra (HAHV'-ee-ayre buh-CEHR'-uh) led the group...
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This photo shows a scanned copy of page one of a three-page letter dated March 22, 2018, and addressed to Panama's President Juan Carlos Varela from lawyers representing U.S. President Donald Trump's family hotel business. The letter asks Varela to intervene with the court on behalf of the Trump Organization in its fight to continue running a luxury waterfront hotel, complaining that Panama’s courts denied the organization due process in violation of a bilateral treaty and warning there could be consequences for the country. The letter from the Trump Organization to the Panamanian President "URGENTLY request(s) your influence in relation to a commercial dispute involving Trump Hotel aired before Panama's judiciary." (AP Photo)
April 09, 2018 - 3:41 pm
PANAMA CITY (AP) — The text of the letter from the Britton & Iglesias law firm to Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela, as translated by The Associated Press. Your Excellency Mr. President: We are the law office Britton & Iglesias and we write to you in the name and representation of our...
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FILE - In this July 30, 2016, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton pauses while speaking at a rally in Pittsburgh. The Justice Department has tapped a federal prosecutor in Chicago to help speed its response to Republican document demands related to the FBI's handling of the Clinton email investigation, after President Donald Trump accused officials of "slow walking" their release. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
April 09, 2018 - 3:33 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department has tapped a federal prosecutor in Chicago to respond to Republican demands for documents on the FBI's handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation, after President Donald Trump accused officials of "slow walking" their release. The department is...
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FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2012 file photo, , Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, right, speaks to Vladislav Surkov, deputy prime minister in charge of economic modernization, during a visit in Kurgan, Russia. Surkov wrote in an article for Russia in Global Affairs magazine released Monday, April 9, 2018 that Russia has abandoned its centuries-long aspirations of integrating into the West and is bracing up for a new era of "geopolitical loneliness." (Alexei Nikolsky/RIA Novosti Kremlin via AP)
April 09, 2018 - 3:23 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia has abandoned its centuries-long aspirations of integrating into the West and is bracing for a new era of "geopolitical loneliness," a top adviser to President Vladimir Putin warned in a magazine article released Monday. Vladislav Surkov wrote in the piece for Russia in Global...
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White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders calls on a reporter during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, Monday, April 9, 2018. Sanders was asked about Syria, Russia and other topics. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
April 09, 2018 - 3:19 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on U.S. reaction to the apparent chemical attack in Syria (all times local): 3 p.m. The White House says President Donald Trump is focused on responding to the apparent use of chemical weapons in Syria. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says Saturday's...
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Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt speaks with auto industry leaders following a news conference at the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, Tuesday, April 3, 2018, on his decision to scrap Obama administration fuel standards. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
April 09, 2018 - 1:42 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican chairman of the Senate Environment Committee is voicing support for embattled Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt, even as other Republicans express concern about Pruitt's ethics and spending on security and travel. Sen. John Barrasso of Wyoming said...
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FILE - In this March 5, 2018 file photo, a man removes the word Trump, off a marquee outside the Trump Ocean Club International Hotel and Tower in Panama City, Panama. The Britton & Iglesias firm, which has represented the Trump Organization in its fight to continue running the hotel, addressed a letter dated March 22 to President Juan Carlos Varela that appealed for help days before an emergency arbitrator declined to reinstate the Trump management team to a luxury waterfront hotel. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco, File)
April 09, 2018 - 1:38 pm
PANAMA CITY (AP) — Lawyers representing U.S. President Donald Trump's family hotel business appealed to Panama's president for help days before an emergency arbitrator declined to reinstate the Trump management team to a luxury waterfront hotel. The Britton & Iglesias firm, which has...
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Hungarian Prime Minister and Chairman of Fidesz Party Viktor Orban, center, and Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of the Christian Democratic Party Zsolt Semjen, left, sing as they celebrate the win of Fidesz and the Christian Democrats at the election night watch event after the general elections in Budapest, Hungary, late Sunday, April 8, 2018. Prime Minister Orban said his "decisive" re-election victory and the super majority in parliament his right-wing populist party appeared to have won Sunday were "an opportunity to defend Hungary." (Szilard Koszticsak/MTI via AP)
April 09, 2018 - 12:34 pm
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — A day after it won an overwhelming election victory on an anti-migration platform, the right-wing populist party of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said it would limit the ability of civic groups to help migrants and refugees. Election officials Monday were still...
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