Government and politics

FILE - In this March 4, 2015 file photo, Arizona House Majority Leader Steve Montenegro, R-Avondale, speaks during a legislative session at the Arizona Capitol in Phoenix. Two former Republican Arizona lawmakers who are leading candidates to fill a vacant U.S. House seat are embroiled in controversy as Tuesday's special primary election looms. Former state Sen. Steve Montenegro reportedly received racy text messages from a Senate staffer who isn't his wife. Former state Sen. Debbie Lesko is under fire for transferring $50,000 from her old state Senate campaign fund to an independent group backing her congressional election bid. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)
February 21, 2018 - 7:18 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — A Christian minister seeking the congressional seat of a disgraced Arizona congressman is labeling reports that that he traded suggestive texts with a female staffer who included a topless photo of herself in one of the exchanges as "tabloid trash." But former state Sen. Steve...
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FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2018, file photo, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt attends a meeting with state and local officials and President Donald Trump at the White House in Washington. A Republican-led congressional committee is demanding records related to premium-class flights taken by Pruitt. House Oversight Chairman Trey Gowdy issued a letter to Pruitt this week seeking an accounting of all flights taken by the EPA administrator over the last year and whether the ticket was coach, business or first class. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
February 21, 2018 - 6:52 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican-led congressional committee is demanding records related to premium-class flights taken by Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt. House Oversight Chairman Trey Gowdy issued a letter to Pruitt this week seeking an accounting of all flights taken by the EPA...
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February 21, 2018 - 6:19 pm
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A woman whose affair with a married eight-term Pennsylvania congressman led to his resignation is now pursuing her own run for the U.S. House. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Wednesday that 33-year-old Shannon Edwards announced she's seeking the Republican nomination to take...
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Julia Cordover, the student body president at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., speaks as President Donald Trump hosts a listening session with high school students and teachers in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
February 21, 2018 - 6:17 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and guns (all times local): 6:10 p.m. Democrats are voicing outrage over comments that Republican Rep. Claudia Tenney of New York made claiming that "so many of these people that commit the mass murders end up being Democrats." Evan Lukaske, a...
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President Donald Trump listens to Justin Gruber, a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, during a listening session with high school students and teachers and parents in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
February 21, 2018 - 5:31 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and guns (all times local): 5:25 p.m. President Donald Trump says he's considering backing proposals to promote concealed carrying of weapons by trained school employees to respond to campus shootings. Meeting with students and parents affected...
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FILE - In this Jan. 3, 2018, file photo, California state Sen. Tony Mendoza, D-Artesia, announces that he will take a month-long leave of absence while an investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against him are completed in Sacramento, Calif. When lawmakers return from the President's Day weekend, Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2018, they will learn whether the investigation cleared Mendoza or sets him up for possible expulsion. (AP Photo/Steve Yeater, File)
February 21, 2018 - 5:27 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California state senator accused of sexual misconduct apologized Wednesday to anyone who felt uncomfortable by his behavior but flatly denied two of the more serious allegations, one involving a 19-year-old female intern, a day before his fellow senators could decide his...
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President Donald Trump bows his head during an opening prayer at the start of a listening session with high school students and teachers in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
February 21, 2018 - 5:27 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Spilling out wrenching tales of lost lives and stolen safety, students with quavering voices and parents shaking with anger appealed to President Donald Trump on Wednesday to set politics aside and protect American school children from the scourge of gun violence. Trump listened...
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A protester waves a sign as U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colorado, talks during a town hall meeting with constituents in a high school assembly hall Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018, in Greenwood Village, Colo. Coffman was peppered with questions about gun control in the wake of the mass shooting at a school in south Florida last week. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
February 21, 2018 - 4:37 pm
GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo. (AP) — Grumbling and jeers met the request for a moment of silence for the 17 people killed last week in the Florida school shooting. "Let's do something for them!" one man yelled at the beginning of Republican Rep. Mike Coffman's town hall Tuesday night. Another...
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FILE - In this Dec.21, 2017 file photo, migrants queue outside a facility to apply for asylum, in Paris. French President Emmanuel Macron's government presents its first big immigration bill at Cabinet meeting Wednesday Feb.21, 2018. The government says the bill aims at accelerating expulsion of people who don't qualify for asylum and offering better conditions for those who are allowed to stay in the country. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)
February 21, 2018 - 4:31 pm
PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron's government on Wednesday presented a bill to enforce tougher immigration rules, decried by human rights organizations as repressive toward asylum-seekers. The bill, presented at a Cabinet meeting, aims at accelerating the expulsion of people who don't...
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February 21, 2018 - 2:39 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Court records indicate at least one new charge has been filed under seal in the case against President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman. The filing indicates a sealed document was entered in Paul Manafort's case. No details such as who it's against or whether it's part of a...
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