Government and politics

From left, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, continue discussions after the panel 14 to 7, to protect Special Counsel Robert Mueller and to send the Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act to the full Senate, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, April 26, 2018. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has insisted he will not hold a full Senate vote on the legislation which would seek expedited judicial review of a firing. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
April 26, 2018 - 1:26 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Bipartisan legislation to protect special counsel Robert Mueller now lies in the hands of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell after the GOP-led Senate Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to advance it. McConnell, R-Ky., has said the bill is unnecessary and he won't let it reach...
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Kitchen worker Nancy Martinez serves a student a free breakfast at San Marcos Elementary School cafeteria Thursday, April 26, 2018, in Chandler, Ariz. Teachers in Arizona and Colorado walked out over low salaries keeping hundreds of thousands of students out of school. It's the latest in a series of strikes across the nation over low teacher pay. (AP Photo/Matt York)
April 26, 2018 - 1:22 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — A wave of red-clad teachers was poised to flood the Arizona state Capitol on Thursday for an unprecedented walkout that closed most of the state's public schools, part of an educator uprising that's also bubbled up in Colorado. Around 30,000 to 50,000 teachers and their supporters...
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Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson, President Donald Trump's choice to be secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, leaves a Senate office building after meeting individually with some members of the committee that would vet him for the post, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 24, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
April 26, 2018 - 12:41 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Ronny Jackson, President Donald Trump's nominee to serve as Veterans Affairs secretary (all times local): 12:06 p.m. Democratic leaders are placing the blame on the Trump administration for Ronny Jackson's withdrawal as nominee for secretary of the Department of...
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FILE - In this April 16, 2018, file photo, Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's personal attorney, center, leaves federal court, in New York. A New York judge wants more information from prosecutors and lawyers for President Donald Trump and personal attorney Cohen to help speedily analyze materials seized from Cohen. U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood set a hearing for Thursday, April 26. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
April 26, 2018 - 12:39 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on maneuvers by lawyers trying to negotiate who will get to view materials seized in April 9 raids on the home and office of President Donald Trump's personal lawyer (all times local): 12:30 p.m. A New York federal judge says she is appointing a former Manhattan federal...
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April 26, 2018 - 12:39 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — What's President Donald Trump's favorite animal? Does he like candy? White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders answers these questions and more at a mock press briefing on Take Your Kids to Work Day. Sanders made told the roomful of journalists' children that Trump will...
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Defense Secretary Jim Mattis smiles as he arrives to testify on the Department of Defense budget posture, during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, Thursday, April 26, 2018, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
April 26, 2018 - 12:20 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Thursday emphasized the value of certain aspects of the Iran nuclear agreement, even as President Donald Trump considers pulling out of the 2015 deal, which he has attacked repeatedly and this week called "insane." Without explicitly giving his...
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Leader of 5-Stars Movement (M5S) Luigi Di Maio arrives to talk to the media after a meeting with Lower House speaker and 5-Star movement lawmaker Roberto Fico, Rome, Thursday, April 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
April 26, 2018 - 12:16 pm
ROME (AP) — Italy reported the first glimpse of progress on forming a possible government after inconclusive March 4 elections, with the latest round of exploratory talks between the populist 5-Star Movement and the center-left Democrats yielding a "positive outcome." But the path to forming a...
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FILE - In this April 24, 2018, file photo, Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson, President Donald Trump's choice to be secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, leaves a Senate office building after meeting individually with some members of the committee that would vet him for the post, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Jackson is withdrawing from consideration as Veterans Affairs secretary. He said "false allegations" against him have become a distraction. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
April 26, 2018 - 12:13 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's pick to lead Veterans Affairs, Ronny Jackson, withdrew Thursday in the wake of late-surfacing allegations about overprescribing drugs and poor leadership while serving as a top White House doctor, saying the "false allegations" against him have become a...
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FILE - In this April 20, 2018 file photo provided by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un speaks during a meeting of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea, in Pyongyang, North Korea. Both protagonists at inter-Korean summit on Friday, April 27, 2018 speak the same language and share the same ancestral roots and cultural background. But North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the third generation of his family to rule in absolute power, and democratically elected South Korean President Moon Jae-in, a liberal who wants to engage the North, also lead countries that have been divided along the world’s most heavily fortified border for seven decades. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP, File)
April 26, 2018 - 12:10 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Thursday that North Korea has made concessions to the U.S. in advance of a potential summit with Kim Jong Un in the coming months, while the U.S. hasn't given up anything. Trump cited pledges on denuclearization, testing, research, and on closing some...
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April 26, 2018 - 12:05 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will visit the United Kingdom on July 13 for a "working visit" with Prime Minister Theresa May, the White House said. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders announced the visit Thursday. A Downing Street spokesperson confirmed the scheduled talks. Trump's...
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