Government and politics

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., right, sitting next to ranking member Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., left, listens during a hearing on "Cyber-securing the Vote: Ensuring the Integrity of the U.S. Election System," on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
July 24, 2018 - 5:54 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Under pressure to show he's taking the threat of Russian interference seriously, President Donald Trump claimed without evidence Tuesday that Moscow will be "fighting very hard" to help Democrats win in the 2018 midterm elections. Trump, who has offered mixed messages on Russian...
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July 24, 2018 - 5:47 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has voted to repeal a tax on some medical devices that has helped finance President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. Revoking the 2.3 percent tax has been a longtime goal for Republicans and some Democrats from states that are home to device manufacturers. Tuesday's...
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FILE - This July 16, 2018 file photo shows Montana Gov. Steve Bullock at the Capitol in Helena, Mont. Bullock and the state Department of Revenue are suing the Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Department of the Treasury over a decision last week to end the requirement that some tax-exempt groups disclose the identities of their major donors. (Thom Bridge/Independent Record via AP, File)
July 24, 2018 - 5:26 pm
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana's governor and the state Department of Revenue filed a lawsuit against the Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Department of the Treasury Tuesday over a recent decision to end the requirement that some tax-exempt groups disclose the identities of their major donors...
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Australia Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop, second from left, speaks at a 2018 Australia-U.S. Ministerial (AUSMIN) Consultations news conference with Australia Minister for Defense Marise Payne, from left, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis in Stanford, Calif., Tuesday, July 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
July 24, 2018 - 4:43 pm
PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Defense Secretary James Mattis and top Australian officials on Tuesday reaffirmed their commitment to ridding North Korea of nuclear weapons and touted the strong relationship between the two countries as they ended two days of meetings...
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AP Photo/Marina Riker, File
July 24, 2018 - 4:38 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that the Second Amendment protects the right to openly carry a gun in public for self-defense. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 that Hawaii officials had violated George Young's rights when he was denied a permit to openly...
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., center, walks with members of Republican leadership, from left, Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., and Senate Majority Whip Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, to speak to the media, Tuesday, July 24, 2018, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
July 24, 2018 - 4:00 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and Russian election interference (all times local): 3:55 p.m. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell distanced Republicans from President Donald Trump's invitation for Russian President Vladimir Putin to visit Washington. McConnell said he and...
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FILE - In this May 7, 2018, file photo, first lady Melania Trump speaks on her initiatives during an event in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. Melania Trump will receive a briefing on neonatal abstinence syndrome when she visits a Tennessee children’s hospital on July 24. The first lady’s visit to Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt in Nashville, is tied to her “Be Best” initiative. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
July 24, 2018 - 3:53 pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Melania Trump is hitting the road to promote her "Be Best" campaign to help children. The first lady is in Tennessee, where she is visiting Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt in Nashville. It's her first domestic trip to highlight the initiative. Mrs. Trump...
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FILE - In this May 7, 2018, file photo, first lady Melania Trump speaks on her initiatives during an event in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. Melania Trump will receive a briefing on neonatal abstinence syndrome when she visits a Tennessee children’s hospital on July 24. The first lady’s visit to Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt in Nashville, is tied to her “Be Best” initiative. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
July 24, 2018 - 3:52 pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Latest on first lady Melania Trump's trip to Nashville, Tennessee (all times local): 2:50 p.m. Melania Trump is in Nashville, Tennessee, to promote her "Be Best" campaign to help children. On Tuesday, she is visiting Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt in...
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Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, left, walks into the office of Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., for a meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
July 24, 2018 - 3:25 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is back on Capitol Hill, and he's set to visit his chief GOP critic, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky. The libertarian-leaning senator says he's keeping an "open mind" over Kavanaugh's nomination. He warned President Donald Trump against choosing...
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FILE - In this Feb. 10, 2016, file photo, Ferguson City Councilman Wesley Bell speaks at a press conference in Ferguson, Mo. Bell, who is running for St. Louis County prosecutor, faces St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch in the Aug. 7, 2018 Democratic primary. No other candidates are running, so the primary will almost certainly select the winner. (J.B. Forbes/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)
July 24, 2018 - 3:24 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Television helicopters hovered as thousands of protesters flooded the streets not far from where 18-year-old Michael Brown was fatally shot by a police officer. The images of a convenience store set ablaze and heavily armed officers introduced many people to Ferguson,...
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