Government and politics

Rep. Paul Cook, R-Calif., poses for a photo outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019. Cook served 26 years as a Marine, earning two Purple Heart medals for combat wounds suffered in Vietnam. But amid his seventh year in Congress, the aching and discouraged California Republican has decided he’s endured enough (AP Photo/Alan Fram)
September 22, 2019 - 9:14 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Paul Cook served 26 years as a Marine and was wounded twice in Vietnam. But during his seventh year in Congress, the moderate Republican from California has decided he's endured enough. Cook has bad knees, he's 76 and he won't seek reelection next year. But he's also a case...
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September 22, 2019 - 8:58 am
MOSCOW (AP) — Several thousand people have taken to the streets across northwest Russia to protest a controversial plan to build a major waste plant there. Police in the regional capital of Arkhangelsk said Sunday that about 1,000 people attended a rally there while local media reported that more...
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European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker listens Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019 in Strasbourg, eastern France, as members of the European Parliament discuss the current state of play of the UK's withdrawal from the EU. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)
September 22, 2019 - 8:09 am
LONDON (AP) — The European Union will insist that border controls be put up along the Irish border if Britain leaves the bloc without a deal and the British government will be responsible for that, a top EU official said. Jean-Claude Juncker, the European Commission president, told Sky News in an...
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White Lake resident D.J. Calma of White Lake, second from left and has worked for General Motors in four different plants in 12 years, chants in unison "No contract! No work!" as they circle at one of the Flint Assembly Plant entrance, blocking through traffic during the fourth day of the national UAW strike against GM on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019 in Flint. The United Auto Workers union and its roughly 49,000 members at GM plants in the U.S. have been on strike since Monday, Sept. 16 because contract negotiations with the automaker had broken down. It's the first national UAW strike since 2007, when GM workers were out for two days. (Jake May/The Flint Journal via AP)
September 22, 2019 - 4:49 am
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Democrats were quick to back working-class United Auto Workers in their strike against General Motors, delivering doughnuts and holding picket signs outside factories to show solidarity. It's a union they long have aligned with politically. There were no doughnuts from...
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President Donald Trump listens to music by military musicians during a State Dinner in the Rose Garden at the White House, Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
September 22, 2019 - 4:47 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — A whistleblower's complaint over President Donald Trump's interactions with a foreign leader is testing the political and practical power Democrats can use against a Republican in the White House who so brazenly ignores protocol and presidential norms. Democrats were unanimous in...
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FILE - In this June 30, 2019, file photo, President Donald Trump meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the border village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone, South Korea. Trump, the self-styled deal-maker president, is struggling to close big deals. He heads to the United Nations this coming week saddled with a heavy load of unresolved foreign policy challenges involving Iran, North Korea, Afghanistan, the Mideast and more. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
September 21, 2019 - 11:02 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump, a self-described deal-maker, is saddled with a long list of unresolved foreign policy deals he has yet to close heading into his U.N. visit this coming week. There are challenges with Iran, North Korea, the Afghan Taliban, Israel and the Palestinians — not...
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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. speaks at the Polk County Democrats Steak Fry, in Des Moines, Iowa, Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
September 21, 2019 - 10:33 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Democratic presidential candidates made a colorful and often loud pitch to Iowa Democrats at the Steak Fry fundraiser in Des Moines on Saturday as a new poll showed Elizabeth Warren and Joe Biden in a close race in the state. The event, a fundraiser for the Polk County...
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FILE - In this Aug. 21, 2018 file photo, a voter enters the Palmer Community Center to cast their ballot in Alaska's primary election, on a rainy in Palmer, Alaska. The Alaska Republican Party has canceled holding a presidential primary in 2020. In a statement Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019, the party's State Central Committee passed a rule saying a primary "would serve no useful purpose" because Republican Donald Trump is president. (Bill Roth /Anchorage Daily News via AP, File)
September 21, 2019 - 8:44 pm
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Republican Party has canceled holding a presidential primary in 2020. In a statement Saturday, the party's State Central Committee passed a rule saying a primary "would serve no useful purpose" because Republican Donald Trump is president. Earlier this month,...
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FILE - In this Sept. 4, 2019 file photo, Justice Neil Gorsuch, speaks during an interview in his chambers at the Supreme Court in Washington. Gorsuch on Friday, Sept. 20, said the conventional wisdom that the court is split along partisan lines based on the political views of the president that appointed each justice is false. Gorsuch spoke about civility at Brigham Young University refuting the notion that judges are just "like politicians with robes." (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
September 21, 2019 - 6:32 pm
PROVO, Utah (AP) — The conventional wisdom that the court is split along partisan lines based on the political views of the president that appointed each justice is false, a U.S. Supreme Court justice said. Justice Neil Gorsuch spoke about civility to an audience of about 1,000 at Brigham Young...
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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., speaks at the Polk County Democrats Steak Fry, in Des Moines, Iowa, Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
September 21, 2019 - 6:29 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Lagging in polling and fundraising, Democratic presidential candidate Cory Booker said Saturday he may end his run unless donations from supporters increase quickly. "I don't believe people should stay in this just to stay in it. You either have a trajectory to win or not,...
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