Government and politics

FILE - In this Feb. 2, 2019 file photo, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, left, gestures as his wife, Pam, listens during a news conference in the Governors Mansion at the Capitol in Richmond, Va. A law firm has completed its investigation into how a racist photo appeared on a yearbook page for Northam. Eastern Virginia Medical School said in a statement Tuesday, May 21 that the findings of the investigation will be announced at a press conference on Wednesday, May 22. Northam's profile in the 1984 yearbook includes a photo of a man in blackface standing next to someone in Ku Klux Klan clothing. Northam denies being in the photo, which nearly ended his political career in February. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)
May 22, 2019 - 1:40 pm
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The mystery of whether Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam was in the racist yearbook photo that nearly destroyed his career remains unsolved. A months-long investigation ordered up by Eastern Virginia Medical School failed to determine whether Northam is in the picture published in...
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Members of the New York state Assembly vote on legislation that authorizes state tax officials to release, if requested, individual New York state tax returns to Congress, during a session in the Assembly Chamber at the state Capitol, Wednesday, May 22, 2019, in Albany, N.Y. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)
May 22, 2019 - 1:29 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York lawmakers gave final passage to legislation Wednesday that would allow President Donald Trump's state tax returns to be released to congressional committees that have, so far, been barred from getting the president's federal filings. The Democrat-led Senate and Assembly...
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President Donald Trump delivers a statement in the Rose Garden of the White House, Wednesday, May 22, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
May 22, 2019 - 1:28 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump abruptly stalked out of a meeting with congressional leaders Wednesday with a flat declaration he would no longer work with Democrats unless they drop all investigations in the aftermath of the special counsel's Trump-Russia report. Democrats said the...
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FILE - In this combination of file photos Democratic candidate for Kentucky governor Attorney General Andy Beshear, left, responds during a debate at Transylvania University in Lexington, Ky., on April 24, 2019 and Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin speaks in the Capitol building in Frankfort, Ky., on Feb. 28, 2019. In Kentucky political circles, Beshear vs. Bevin has become shorthand for the bitter feud between the state's governor and attorney general over legal issues with sweeping implications for the future. The two won their parties' nominations in the primary election for governor on Tuesday, May 21. Now they will square off in November in a grudge match that will have national political experts watching for signs that a Republican incumbent closely aligned with the president might be more vulnerable than expected. (AP Photo/File)
May 22, 2019 - 12:49 pm
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — In Kentucky political circles, Beshear vs. Bevin has become shorthand for the bitter feud between the state's governor and attorney general over legal issues with sweeping implications for the future. The drama between Republican Gov. Matt Bevin and Democratic Attorney...
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Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin testifies before the House Committee on Financial Services on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
May 22, 2019 - 12:42 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Wednesday he has no idea who wrote a confidential Internal Revenue Service legal memo that says that tax returns must be given to Congress unless the president asserts executive privilege. Appearing before the House Financial Services...
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National Security Adviser John Bolton stands for the national anthem at the commencement for the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn., Wednesday, May 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
May 22, 2019 - 12:39 pm
NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton has told 240 new Coast Guard Academy graduates they will help lead the way in "reasserting American leadership in the Arctic." Bolton gave the keynote speech Wednesday at the 138th commencement at the academy in New London,...
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Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street to attend the weekly session of Prime Ministers Questions in Parliament in London, Wednesday, May 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
May 22, 2019 - 12:38 pm
LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May dug in Wednesday against a growing push by both rivals and former allies to remove her from office as her attempts to lead Britain out of the European Union appeared to be headed for a dead end. May resisted calls to rip up her tattered Brexit...
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May 22, 2019 - 12:02 pm
DENVER (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate John Hickenlooper says gun owners should have to be licensed and pass a safety test to own firearms. The former Colorado governor on Wednesday released a detailed gun control proposal, similar to that of presidential rival and New Jersey Sen. Cory...
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President Donald Trump speaks in the Rose Garden, Wednesday, May 22, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
May 22, 2019 - 11:56 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Congress and investigations into President Donald Trump (all times local): 11:50 a.m. President Donald Trump is blasting Democratic leaders after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi accused him of engaging in a cover-up. Trump on Wednesday made a surprise appearance in the...
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May 22, 2019 - 11:51 am
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds on Wednesday vetoed a measure that Republican lawmakers pushed through in the final days of the legislative session to stop the state's Democratic attorney general from filing or joining lawsuits challenging President Donald Trump's policies. The...
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