Government and politics

President Donald Trump waves as he boards Air Force One at Greenbrier Vally Airport in Lewisburg, W.Va., Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018, to travel to Andrews Air Force Base, Md. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
February 01, 2018 - 8:49 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on investigations into contacts between President Donald Trump's campaign and Russia (all times local): 3:00 p.m. White House officials say President Donald Trump will clear the way for the publication of a controversial GOP-authored memo, despite objections from the...
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Frank Gehrke, right, chief of the California Cooperative Snow Surveys Program, for the Department of Water Resources, checks the snowpack depth as Courtney Obergfell, left, and Michelle Mead, center, both of the National Weather Service, look on during the second snow survey of the season Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018, near Echo Summit, Calif. The snow survey showed the snow pack at this location at 13.6 inches of deep with a water content of 2.6 inches. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
February 01, 2018 - 8:42 pm
PHILLIPS STATION, Calif. (AP) — California's brief escape from severe drought ended Thursday after scientists declared more than 40 percent of the state in moderate drought and water officials confirmed lower-than-normal snowpack in the Sierra Nevada. Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties...
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FILE--In this Jan. 1, 2018, file photo, marijuana plants are for sale at Harborside marijuana dispensary in Oakland, Calif. With pot now legal in California, prosecutors in San Francisco and San Diego are moving to erase thousands of marijuana convictions en masse, a step that could prove life-changing for some and could especially help minorities, who were more likely than whites to be arrested for such crimes. (AP Photo/Mathew Sumner, file)
February 01, 2018 - 7:17 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — With pot now legal in California, prosecutors in San Francisco and San Diego are moving to erase thousands of marijuana convictions en masse, a step that could prove life-changing for some and could especially help minorities, who were more likely than whites to be arrested for...
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President Donald Trump pauses while speaking at the 2018 House and Senate Republican Member Conference at The Greenbrier, in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
February 01, 2018 - 6:02 pm
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, West Virginia (AP) — Congressional Republicans in sweater vests and fleece gathered at a West Virginia resort Thursday in search of a winning election-year agenda, facing the notion that the best they have to offer in 2018 may be a recitation of the tax cuts approved in 2017...
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Arizona Republican state Rep. Don Shooter drops his mic after voting no on a resolution expelling him from the Arizona House for a pattern of sexual harassment in Phoenix, Ariz., Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018. Shooter's removal from office would be the first known vote kicking out a state lawmaker since revelations against filmmaker Harvey Weinstein spurred a national conversation on workplace harassment. (AP Photo/Bob Christie)
February 01, 2018 - 5:59 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona House voted Thursday to kick out a Republican Rep. Don Shooter for sexual misconduct, making him the first state lawmaker in the U.S. expelled since the #MeToo movement emerged last year. A report ordered by legislative leaders of his own party showed Shooter engaged in a...
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February 01, 2018 - 5:30 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior Marine commander says Afghan forces backed by U.S. troops in Afghanistan's turbulent Helmand Province have gained ground in recent months, but the Taliban still maintains control over roughly half the province. Marine Brig. Gen. Roger Turner says that as the next unit of...
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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., a close ally of President Donald Trump who has become a fierce critic of the FBI and the Justice Department, strides to a GOP conference at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018. House Speaker Paul Ryan is defending a vote by Republicans on the House intelligence committee to release a classified memo on the Russia investigation. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
February 01, 2018 - 5:22 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Over the strong objections of his own Justice Department, President Donald Trump will clear the way for the publication of a classified memo on the Russia investigation that Republicans say shows improper use of surveillance by the FBI, White House officials said Thursday. The...
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Arizona Republican state Rep. Don Shooter drops his mic after voting no on a resolution expelling him from the Arizona House for a pattern of sexual harassment in Phoenix, Ariz., Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018. Shooter's removal from office would be the first known vote kicking out a state lawmaker since revelations against filmmaker Harvey Weinstein spurred a national conversation on workplace harassment. (AP Photo/Bob Christie)
February 01, 2018 - 4:28 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona House voted Thursday to expel a Republican lawmaker after a report ordered by legislative leaders of his own party showed he engaged in a pattern of sexual harassment toward women. Rep. Don Shooter of Yuma is believed to be the first state lawmaker in the U.S. to be voted...
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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., speaks during a town hall-style meeting, Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018, at the Cambridge Public Library, in Cambridge, Mass. On the heels of President Donald Trump's State of the Union address, Pelosi spoke about the recently approved federal tax overhaul. Her appearance at the event is part of what organizers say is a nationwide tour featuring members of Congress and others to call attention to the Republican tax plan. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
February 01, 2018 - 4:18 pm
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said Thursday the Republican-approved tax overhaul has cast a "dark cloud" over Washington, threatening future budget negotiations and efforts to prevent another government shutdown. Pelosi spoke before a friendly audience at an event in...
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FILE - In this Wednesday Jan. 3, 2018 file photo, Grant Davis, director of the Dept. of Water Resources, center, discusses the results of the first snow survey of the season at the nearly snow barren Phillips Station snow course, near Echo Summit, Calif. California’s water managers are carrying out their mid-winter snowpack survey Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018, as the winter’s dry spell persists. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
February 01, 2018 - 3:59 pm
PHILLIPS STATION, Calif. (AP) — California is rapidly plunging back into drought, with severe conditions now existing in Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles counties — home to one-fourth of the state's population, a national drought monitor said Thursday. The weekly report released by the U.S...
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