Government and politics

FILE - In this Nov. 14, 2018, file photo, President Donald Trump's White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, right, smiles as former Sen. Jim DeMint of the Heritage Foundation, left, applauds as President Donald Trump recognizes Kushner as he speaks about H. R. 5682, the "First Step Act" in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, which would reform America's criminal justice system. Kushner is being credited for helping to spearhead what could be the first major bipartisan legislative success of the Trump era: a first-in-a-generation criminal justice reform bill that is expected to pass as soon as this week. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
December 19, 2018 - 12:27 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — It was the first time many liberal advocates had set foot inside President Donald Trump's White House. They had come at the invitation of presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner, a top White House adviser. Many liberal and good-government groups had questioning his lack of...
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December 19, 2018 - 12:18 pm
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — During this year's Texas Senate race, some home-state Democrats grumbled that Beto O'Rourke wasn't softening his liberal positions enough to finish a near-upset of Ted Cruz. Now, as the outgoing congressman mulls a 2020 White House run, a small but vocal segment of activists is...
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December 19, 2018 - 12:16 pm
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Is Beto O'Rourke liberal enough to survive a 2020 Democratic presidential primary run? During the Texas Senate race, some home-state Democrats grumbled that the three-term congressman wasn't softening his liberal positions enough to finish a near-upset of Ted Cruz. Now, as O'...
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FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2018 file photo, plastic bottles and other plastics including a mop, lie washed up on the north bank of the River Thames in London. European Union officials agreed on Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018, to ban some single-use plastics, such as disposable cutlery, plates and straws, in an effort to cut marine pollution. The measure will also affect plastic cotton buds, drink stirrers, balloon sticks, and single-use plastic and polystyrene food and beverage containers. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)
December 19, 2018 - 12:11 pm
BERLIN (AP) — Plastic knives just won't cut it any longer, if the European Union has its way. The 28-nation bloc moved closer to banning single-use straws, plates, cutlery and cotton swabs, after officials from EU member states and the European Parliament on Wednesday backed recommendations by its...
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December 19, 2018 - 12:09 pm
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The federal government would regulate sports betting nationwide under a bill to be introduced Wednesday. Sen. Charles Schumer, a New York Democrat, tells The Associated Press he and Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah will introduce the Sports Wagering Market Integrity...
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FILE - In this Dec. 13, 2018, file photo, President Donald Trump listens during a meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington. New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood and Trump’s charitable foundation reached a deal on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018, to dissolve the foundation and distribute its remaining assets to other nonprofit groups. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
December 19, 2018 - 11:49 am
NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump lashed out Wednesday at New York Democrats over their efforts to shut down his charitable foundation. Trump tweeted that his foundation has "done great work and given away lots of money." New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood announced Tuesday that the...
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Supporters of opposition candidate Martin Fayulu run from tear gas fired by police in Snele, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Wednesday Dec. 19, 2018. Days before Congo's elections, the Kinshasa's governor banned campaign rallies in the capital city, citing security concerns. The capital's governor Andre Kimbuta on Wednesday cancelled all political rallies in the city for the 21 candidates vying for the presidency in the Dec. 23 elections. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
December 19, 2018 - 11:46 am
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Days before Congo's elections, the Kinshasa's governor banned campaign rallies in the capital city, citing security concerns. The capital's governor Andre Kimbuta on Wednesday cancelled all political rallies in the city for the 21 candidates vying for the presidency in the...
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Defense Secretary Jim Mattis welcomes Vice President Mike Pence to the Pentagon, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
December 19, 2018 - 11:29 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration will withdraw all of the approximately 2,000 American troops in Syria, according to a U.S. official, as the White House declared victory Wednesday in the mission to defeat Islamic State militants there. Planning for the pullout has begun and troops will...
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Defense Secretary Jim Mattis welcomes Vice President Mike Pence to the Pentagon, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
December 19, 2018 - 11:29 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration will withdraw all of the approximately 2,000 American troops in Syria, according to a U.S. official, as the White House declared victory Wednesday in the mission to defeat Islamic State militants there. Planning for the pullout has begun and troops will...
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Defense Secretary Jim Mattis welcomes Vice President Mike Pence to the Pentagon, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
December 19, 2018 - 11:25 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration will withdraw all of the approximately 2,000 American troops in Syria, according to a U.S. official, as the White House declared victory Wednesday in the mission to defeat Islamic State militants there. Planning for the pullout has begun and troops will...
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