Government and politics

President Donald Trump arrives to greet Romanian President Klaus Iohannis upon his arrival on the South Lawn of the White House, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
August 20, 2019 - 3:39 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says the No. 2 official at the State Department may be his next ambassador to Russia. The president told reporters at the White House that Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan "could very well be" his nominee to fill the post. Ambassador John Huntsman...
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Italian Prime Minister, Giuseppe Conte, right, meets President Sergio Mattarella at the Quirinale presidential palace in Rome, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019. Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte has told senators he’s handing in his resignation because his right-wing coalition partner has yanked its support for the populist government. Conte blamed his rebellious deputy prime minister Matteo Salvini who triggered a political crisis in a gambit to force early elections that could bring the right-wing, anti-migrant leader to power. (Paolo Giandotti/Italian Presidency via AP)
August 20, 2019 - 3:35 pm
ROME (AP) — The Latest on Italy's government crisis (all times local): 9:30 p.m. Italian PM Giuseppe Conte has tendered his resignation to Italy's president, who has asked Conte and his government to stay in place as a caretaker Cabinet as he hold talks with political parties to chart out the...
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Democratic presidential candidate and former Housing Secretary Julian Castro, right, with his son Cristian, and daughter Carina, visit with Ivan, a puppy up for adoption, during a stop at the Animal Defense League of Texas shelter, Monday, Aug. 19, 2019, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
August 20, 2019 - 3:26 pm
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro said Tuesday that he has qualified for the next presidential debates, reaching a polling threshold for the round taking place in September in Houston. The former Obama housing chief and former mayor of San Antonio announced that...
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Shawn Terry, a Democratic candidate for the state legislature in Texas, meets with supporters during a campaign event in Dallas on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019. Terry has already raised $235,000 as Democratic donors pour money into legislative races nationwide in hopes of flipping statehouse chambers in 2020. (AP Photo/Paul J. Weber)
August 20, 2019 - 10:53 am
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Democrats still shaken by the 2010 tea party wave that netted Republicans six governors' offices, flipped 21 statehouse chambers and drove nearly 700 Democratic state legislators from office are mounting a comeback, pouring millions of dollars into state level races. In a...
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FILE - In this June 11, 2019, file photo, New York Attorney General Letitia James speaks during a news conference, in New York. New York state, New York City, Connecticut and Vermont have filed a new legal challenge to new Trump administration rules blocking green cards for many immigrants who use public assistance including Medicaid, food stamps and housing vouchers. James, a Democrat, says the change is a “clear violation” of American values and 100 years of case law. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
August 20, 2019 - 10:29 am
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state, New York City, Connecticut and Vermont sued the federal government Tuesday over new Trump administration rules blocking green cards for many immigrants who use public assistance including Medicaid, food stamps and housing vouchers. The states and city join a...
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Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson is guided during a visit to the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro, south-west England, Monday Aug. 19, 2019. Johnson is under increasing pressure Monday to recall Parliament after leaked government documents warned of widespread problems if the U.K. leaves the European Union without a Brexit withdrawal agreement. (Peter Nicholls/Pool via AP)
August 20, 2019 - 10:29 am
LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Britain's plan to leave the European Union (all times local): 4:30 p.m. Britain has decided to stop going to many European Union meetings unless its attendance is crucial so its diplomatic staff can better prepare for its scheduled departure from the bloc on Oct. 31. UK...
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In this Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019 file photo, pro-China supporters take a selfie with a Chinese national flag to support police and anti-violence during a rally at a park in Hong Kong. Twitter said Monday it has suspended more than 200,000 accounts that it believes were part of a Chinese government influence campaign targeting the protest movement in Hong Kong. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
August 20, 2019 - 9:24 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Twitter said it has suspended more than 200,000 accounts that it believes were part of a Chinese government influence campaign targeting the protest movement in Hong Kong. The company also said Monday it will ban ads from state-backed media companies, expanding a prohibition it...
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FILE - In this Aug. 10, 2019, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)
August 20, 2019 - 8:48 am
Joe Biden won't be among the parade of White House hopefuls in California this week, skipping the Democratic National Committee's summer meeting to campaign in New Hampshire instead. The former vice president will have the nation's first primary state essentially to himself as his top rivals jockey...
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Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway speaks to members of the media outside of the West Wing on the North Lawn of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
August 20, 2019 - 8:44 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The "fundamentals" of the U.S. economy are solid, the White House asserted, invoking an ill-fated political declaration of a decade ago amid mounting concern that a recession could imperil President Donald Trump's reelection. Exhibiting no such concern, senior adviser Kellyanne...
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Climate change activist Greta Thunberg waves from the Malizia II boat in Plymouth, England, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019. The 16-year-old climate change activist who has inspired student protests around the world will leave Plymouth, England, bound for New York in a high-tech but low-comfort sailboat.(AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, pool)
August 20, 2019 - 7:55 am
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's foreign minister says he's "grateful" for Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg's climate protests. Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said Tuesday — one year after Thunberg first staged a protest in front of the Swedish parliament — that she was addressing "the biggest crisis of...
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