Government and politics

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., holds a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, July 17, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
July 18, 2019 - 12:17 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats approved legislation Thursday to raise the federal minimum wage for the first time in a decade, to $15 an hour, but the bill has almost no chance in the Republican-controlled Senate. Passage was assured after centrists won concessions for a slower phase-in, over...
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House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Md., left, arrives for a House Democratic caucus meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, July 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
July 18, 2019 - 12:11 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on legislation to raise the federal minimum wage (all times local): 12:05 p.m. The House has approved legislation to raise the federal minimum wage for the first time in a decade, to $15 an hour. Democrats pushed through the bill Thursday with a party-line vote of 231-...
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Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan is sworn in to testify before a House Committee on Oversight and Reform hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, July 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
July 18, 2019 - 12:10 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A top Trump administration official said Thursday the number of family separations at the border has fallen since last summer's zero tolerance policy, and they are done only for compelling reasons. Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan said fewer than 1,000 children...
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FILE - In this March 3, 2017 file photo, actress Sally Field poses for a portrait in New York. Iconic actress Sally Field and foundational children’s show Sesame Street top this year’s class of Kennedy Center Honors recipients. Other chosen to receive the award for lifetime achievement in the arts include singer Linda Ronstadt, conductor Michael Tilson Thomas and the R&B group Earth, Wind and Fire.(Photo by Amy Sussman/Invision/AP)
July 18, 2019 - 12:05 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Actress Sally Field and the long-running children's TV show "Sesame Street" are in the latest class of Kennedy Center Honors recipients. Others chosen to receive the award for lifetime achievement in the arts include singer Linda Ronstadt, conductor Michael Tilson Thomas and the...
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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo walks onstage before speaking at the Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom, Thursday, July 18, 2019, at the U.S. State Department in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
July 18, 2019 - 11:55 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday said China is responsible for the "stain of the century" of human rights abuses, with mass detentions of Muslims and other minorities. Speaking at an international religious freedom conference that he is hosting, Pompeo denounced China...
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FILE - In this Dec. 12, 2018, file photo, Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former lawyer, leaves federal court after his sentencing in New York. Federal prosecutors have told a judge in New York Wednesday, July 17, 2019, that they have concluded their investigation into campaign finance violations committed by Cohen. U.S. District Judge William H. Pauley III said that the conclusion of the case clears the way for the public release of sealed search warrant materials dealing with the investigation. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle, File)
July 18, 2019 - 11:53 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Court records show that in the days leading up to the 2016 election, President Donald Trump spoke with aides rushing to squash stories about alleged affairs he had. Search warrants unsealed Thursday shed new light on the president's role as his campaign scrambled to respond to media...
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FILE - In this March 29, 2019, photo, a U.S. F-35A fighter jet prepares to land at Chungju Air Base in Chungju, South Korea. The White House says Turkey can no longer be part of the American F-35 fighter jet program. In a written statement, the White House said Wednesday that Turkey’s decision to buy the Russian S-400 air defense system “renders its continued involvement with the F-35 impossible.” (Kang Jong-min/Newsis via AP)
July 18, 2019 - 11:52 am
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The U.S. decision to exclude Turkey from an American-led fighter jet program goes against the "spirit of alliance," the Turkish government said Thursday, and called on its NATO ally to reverse the decision. In a major break with a longtime ally, U.S. President Donald Trump's...
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House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, D-Calif., speaks to reporters ahead of a vote ordered by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., to condemn what she called "racist comments" by President Donald Trump directed at Reps. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, July 16, 2019. GOP leaders dismissed the criticism of President Trump, calling it "politics" and "one more chance to go after our President" by the Democrats. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
July 18, 2019 - 11:50 am
GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's reelection rally in North Carolina (all times local): 11:45 a.m. The top Republican in the House says "send her back" chants about Somali-born Rep. Ilhan Omar at President Donald Trump's Wednesday night rally "have no place in our party...
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President Donald Trump gestures to the crowd as he arrives to speak at a campaign rally at Williams Arena in Greenville, N.C., Wednesday, July 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
July 18, 2019 - 11:37 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Some Republicans are criticizing the chants of "send her back" by the crowed at a rally with President Donald Trump. But none of those who have spoken so far are directly taking on Trump after he stirred up his supporters by reviling young Democratic congresswomen who've...
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FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2018, file photo, automobile traffic waits at a train crossing as train cars that carry oil are pulled through downtown Seattle. Attorneys general for North Dakota and Montana have petitioned the Trump administration Wednesday, July 17, 2019, to overrule a Washington state law that imposes safety restrictions on oil shipped by rail from the Northern Plains. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
July 18, 2019 - 11:20 am
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Attorneys general for North Dakota and Montana asked the Trump administration on Wednesday to overrule a Washington state law that imposed new restrictions on oil trains from the Northern Plains to guard against explosive derailments. In a legal petition to the U.S...
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