Government and politics

FILE - This Dec. 10, 2018, file photo, provided by the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA),shows the launch of the U.S. military's land-based Aegis missile defense testing system, that later intercepted an intermediate range ballistic missile, from the Pacific Missile Range Facility on the island of Kauai in Hawaii. The Trump administration is considering ways to expand U.S. homeland and overseas defenses against a potential missile attack, possibly adding a layer of satellites in space to detect and track hostile targets. (Mark Wright/Missile Defense Agency via AP)
January 15, 2019 - 5:46 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is considering ways to expand U.S. homeland and overseas defenses against a potential missile attack, possibly adding a layer of satellites in space to detect and track hostile targets. Details on how far the administration intends to press this in a...
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FILE - In this Dec. 6, 2018, file photo, acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker speaks during the Project Safe Neighborhoods National Conference in Kansas City, Mo. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler says acting Whitaker has agreed to testify before his panel on Feb. 8. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner, File)
January 15, 2019 - 5:42 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker will testify before the House Judiciary Committee on Feb. 8, appearing as one of the new Democratic majority's first witnesses as they seek to provide more stringent oversight of President Donald Trump. In a letter sent to Whitaker Tuesday...
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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Calif., center, speaks accompanied by House Republican Conference chair Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., left, and House Minority Whip Steve Scalise of La., during a news conference on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019 in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
January 15, 2019 - 5:41 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Staring down the next deadline to pay federal workers, the White House shifted tactics Tuesday, trying to bypass House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to negotiate with rank-and-file lawmakers even as President Donald Trump dug in for a prolonged shutdown. The House and Senate announced they...
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Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill., center, holds up a paper about President Donald Trump's proposals for the border, as he and other House Republicans speak to the media, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019, after meeting with the president at the White House on border security, as from left are Rep. Brad Wenstrup, R-Ohio, Rep. Jodey Arrington, R-Texas, Rep. Susan Brooks, R-Ind., and Rep. Jack Bergman, R-Mich., listen. The White House says rank-and-file House Democrats have declined Trump's invitation for a White House lunch as the administration tries to build support for funding the border wall with Mexico amid the government shutdown. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
January 15, 2019 - 4:59 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and the partial government shutdown (all times local): 4:50 p.m. About a dozen new House Democrats walked across the chilly Capitol grounds to personally ask Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to pass bills that would reopen parts of the...
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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, front center, arrives for his inauguration ceremony with his daughter, Audrey, in Austin, Texas, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
January 15, 2019 - 4:30 pm
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican Greg Abbott began a second term as Texas governor Tuesday by promising lower taxes and a school funding overhaul but without mentioning a national policy dispute that weighs heavily on his state: President Donald Trump's demand for a border wall. Texas shares 1,200...
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Pro-European demonstrators hold posters at Parliament Square in London, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019. Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May is struggling to win support for her Brexit deal in Parliament. Lawmakers are due to vote on the agreement Tuesday, and all signs suggest they will reject it, adding uncertainty to Brexit less than three months before Britain is due to leave the EU on March 29. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
January 15, 2019 - 3:54 pm
LONDON (AP) — Much of the stated opposition to Prime Minister Theresa May's divorce deal with the European Union centered on the "backstop." The provision was designed to prevent the reintroduction of border controls between Northern Ireland, which is part of the U.K., and the Republic of Ireland,...
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FILE - In this Sept. 21, 2017, file photo, a sign on a door of the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington. Government figures show the EPA has hit a 30-year low in the number of pollution cases referred for criminal prosecution. Justice Department data released Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019, by the Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility show the EPA referred 166 cases for federal prosecution in fiscal year 2018.(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)
January 15, 2019 - 3:24 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency hit a 30-year low in 2018 in the number of pollution cases it referred for criminal prosecution, Justice Department data show. EPA said in a statement that it is directing "its resources to the most significant and impactful cases." But the 166...
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FILE - In this Feb. 23, 2018 file photo, Rick Gates leaves federal court in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
January 15, 2019 - 1:41 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Rick Gates, a former senior campaign aide to President Donald Trump, will have to wait at least another two months for his sentencing date in the Russia investigation, prosecutors said Tuesday. In a new court filing, special counsel Robert Mueller's team said they're not ready for...
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Attorney General nominee William Barr speaks before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019. Barr will face questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday about his relationship with Trump, his views on executive powers and whether he can fairly oversee the special counsel's Russia investigation. Barr served as attorney general under George H.W. Bush. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
January 15, 2019 - 11:05 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's nominee for attorney general on Tuesday defended his decision to send an unsolicited memo to the Justice Department criticizing an aspect of the special counsel's Russia investigation, saying he was simply trying to warn senior Justice Department officials...
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President Donald Trump talks to the media about the table full of fast food in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, for the reception for the Clemson Tigers. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
January 15, 2019 - 10:14 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Junk food for athletes? President Donald Trump's offer of greasy burgers and fries to the college football champion Clemson Tigers brought a roasting from late-night TV hosts. Trump, a fast-food lover, said he paid for the meal himself because of the partial government shutdown,...
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