Political issues

Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang applaud during the opening session of the annual National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Monday, March 5, 2018. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
March 05, 2018 - 1:57 am
BEIJING (AP) — China's government pledged Monday to deliver robust growth, pursue advanced technology and boost military spending while urging the public to embrace President Xi Jinping's rule as its ceremonial legislature prepared for changes to allow Xi to stay in power indefinitely. The plan to...
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FILE- In this Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018, file photo, National Rifle Association Executive Vice President and CEO Wayne LaPierre, speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), at National Harbor, Md. The National Rifle Association's campaign against former Ohio Gov. Ted Stickland in his race for the Senate is a window into how the influential gun rights group wields its political muscle. A new test of the NRA's clout will play out in the coming months as gun control advocates demand swift action following the Florida school shooting. But the group still counts President Donald Trump and senior congressional Republicans as its allies. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
March 05, 2018 - 1:10 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Rifle Association pounced when former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, a Democrat running for the U.S. Senate, declared at an AFL-CIO event in Cleveland that the death of conservative Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia "happened at a good time." Scalia remains a hero to...
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FILE- In this Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018, file photo, National Rifle Association Executive Vice President and CEO Wayne LaPierre, speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), at National Harbor, Md. The National Rifle Association's campaign against former Ohio Gov. Ted Stickland in his race for the Senate is a window into how the influential gun rights group wields its political muscle. A new test of the NRA's clout will play out in the coming months as gun control advocates demand swift action following the Florida school shooting. But the group still counts President Donald Trump and senior congressional Republicans as its allies. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
March 05, 2018 - 1:08 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — When former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland ran for the U.S. Senate, the National Rifle Association unleashed a wave of negative ads that portrayed its one-time ally as interested only in money and power. The anti-Strickland campaign in Ohio two years ago is a window into how the...
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Jordan Peele accepts the award for best original screenplay for "Get Out" at the Oscars on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
March 04, 2018 - 11:05 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A sense of change was palpable at the 90th Academy Awards as Hollywood sought to confront the post-Harvey Weinstein era and pivot to a vision of a more inclusive movie business. The ceremony Sunday at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles was punctuated by political speeches and...
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Chinese President Xi Jinping applauds during the opening session of the annual National People's Congress in Beijing's Great Hall of the People, Monday, March 5, 2018. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
March 04, 2018 - 9:18 pm
BEIJING (AP) — Chinese leaders have set a robust annual economic growth target and ambitious high-tech development goals at a legislative session overshadowed by proposed constitutional changes to allow President Xi Jinping to stay in power indefinitely. The target of "around 6.5 percent" Premier...
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A child runs down Water Street during the Bridge Crossing Jubilee in commemoration of the 53rd anniversary of Bloody Sunday on Sunday, March 4, 2018, in Selma, Ala. (Albert Cesare/The Montgomery Advertiser via AP)
March 04, 2018 - 2:33 pm
SELMA, Ala. (AP) — Several members of Congress have joined civil rights activists and others for the annual commemoration of a day of racial violence in Selma dating to 1965. A bipartisan group including Rep. John Lewis of Georgia led the crossing of the Edmund Pettus Bridge on Sunday afternoon. It...
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Map of eastern Ghouta, Syria.; 2c x 2 1/2 inches; 96.3 mm x 63 mm;
March 04, 2018 - 12:50 pm
BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian troops and allied militias have captured a number of villages and towns in a rebel-held region near the capital, in the largest advance since a wide-scale offensive began last month, state media and activists reported Sunday. Meanwhile, the United Nations said it planned to...
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Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures while speaking during a massive rally in his support as a presidential candidate at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, March 3, 2018. (Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
March 04, 2018 - 11:54 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Russia will "never" extradite any of the 13 Russians indicted by the United States for election-meddling, Russian President Vladimir Putin said, even as he insisted they didn't act on behalf of his government. Putin's comments in an NBC News interview airing Sunday illustrated the...
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Map of eastern Ghouta, Syria.; 2c x 2 1/2 inches; 96.3 mm x 63 mm;
March 04, 2018 - 11:31 am
BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian troops and allied militias have captured a number of villages and towns in a rebel-held region near the capital, in the largest advance since a wide-scale offensive began last month, state media and activists reported Sunday. Meanwhile, the United Nations said it planned to...
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Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures while speaking during a massive rally in his support as a presidential candidate at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, March 3, 2018. (Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
March 04, 2018 - 11:12 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin says his country will "never" extradite any of the 13 Russians indicted by the United States for election-meddling. Putin says Russia "does not extradite its citizens." He's referring to a provision in Russia's constitution that prohibits...
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