Government and politics

Holly Blastic, 37, holds her son Henry Schroetlin, 5, during a rally outside the State Capitol ahead of the House's plan to hold votes on several gun control proposals Wednesday Feb. 28, 2018, in Springfield, Ill. (Armando L. Sanchez/Chicago Tribune)
February 28, 2018 - 8:39 pm
State lawmakers across the U.S. are considering new laws in the wake of the Florida high school shooting, and legislatures from Maine to Alaska took action on Wednesday. A rundown of what's happening in statehouses: ALASKA Lawmakers had mixed reactions to legislation that would let authorities...
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In this Feb. 27, 2018 photo, White House Communications Director Hope Hicks, one of President Trump's closest aides and advisers, arrives to meet behind closed doors with the House Intelligence Committee, at the Capitol in Washington. Hicks, one of President Donald Trump's most loyal aides, is resigning. In a statement, the president praises Hicks for her work over the last three years. He says he "will miss having her by my side." The news comes a day after Hicks was interviewed for nine hours by the panel investigating Russia interference in the 2016 election and contact between Trump's campaign and Russia. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
February 28, 2018 - 7:59 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — White House communications director Hope Hicks, one of President Donald Trump's most trusted and longest-serving aides, abruptly announced her resignation Wednesday, leaving a void around a president who values loyalty and affirmation. The departure of Hicks, who worked as a one-...
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President Donald Trump pauses during a meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House, in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018, with members of congress to discuss school and community safety. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
February 28, 2018 - 6:31 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Putting fellow Republicans in the hot seat, President Donald Trump called for speedy and substantial changes to the nation's gun laws on Wednesday, criticizing lawmakers in a White House meeting for being too fearful of the National Rifle Association to take action. In a...
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President Donald Trump speaks in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018 in Washington, during a meeting with members of Congress to discuss school and community safety. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
February 28, 2018 - 6:14 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump, Congress and guns (all times local): 6:05 p.m. One of the Senate's leading gun control proponents says he is pleased that President Donald Trump expressed support for expanded background checks and other measures during a bipartisan meeting at...
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Republican candidate and former Arizona state Sen. Debbie Lesko, right, celebrates with former Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer after election results were announced for the Congressional District 8 seat during a campaign party at Lesko's home, Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. A special primary election was being held to replace Arizona Republican Rep. Trent Franks who resigned amid accusations of sexual misconduct. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso)
February 28, 2018 - 6:02 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Republicans who slugged it out in a 12-way primary for an open Congressional seat in a race tinged by sexting and charges of campaign fund irregularities set aside their differences to focus on the general election in April. Debbie Lesko, a former state senator who won the...
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February 28, 2018 - 5:51 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the Marine Corps suspended a top adviser accused of creating a "hostile work environment," officials said Wednesday. Gen. Robert Neller, the commandant of the Marine Corps, said in a written statement that he took action against Brig. Gen. Norman L. Cooling pending the...
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FILE - In this Nov. 1, 2017, file photo, White House senior adviser Jared Kushner listens as President Donald Trump speaks during a cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington. Politico is reporting that the security clearance of White House senior adviser and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner has been downgraded. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
February 28, 2018 - 5:20 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — White House senior adviser Jared Kushner has lost his access to the nation's deepest secrets. His credibility as a negotiator may be next. Kushner's loss of his top-secret clearance, which was downgraded this week, could be particularly problematic in his role overseeing the Trump...
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President Donald Trump speaks in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018 in Washington, during a meeting with members of Congress to discuss school and community safety. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
February 28, 2018 - 5:19 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump, Congress and guns (all times local): 5:15 p.m. The top Republican sponsor of legislation to require background checks for a broader range of gun sales says he is optimistic that support from President Donald Trump could drive it to passage...
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State Sen. Chris McDaniel, R-Ellisville, hugs his sons, Cambridge, 11, right and Chamberlain, 6, prior to announcing his candidacy to the U.S. Senate, Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018 in Ellisville, Miss. McDaniel will challenge current Republican U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
February 28, 2018 - 5:19 pm
ELLISVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi state lawmaker Chris McDaniel, who lost a bitter Republican primary to the state's senior U.S. senator in 2014, said Wednesday that he is challenging the state's other Republican senator, Roger Wicker. The tea party-backed McDaniel casts himself as a...
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FILE - In this March 4, 2015 file photo, former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords, D-Ariz., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, about bipartisan legislation on gun safety. Giffords’ political organization is targeting six high-profile members of Congress this fall _ House Speaker Paul Ryan, among them _ in a 2018 midterm strategy that will use high school students to challenge Republican lawmakers it blames for blocking efforts to curb gun violence. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
February 28, 2018 - 5:12 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Gabby Giffords' political organization is focusing on six high-profile members of Congress this fall — House Speaker Paul Ryan, among them — in a 2018 midterm strategy that will use high school students to challenge Republican lawmakers it blames for blocking efforts to curb gun...
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