Government and politics

FILE - In this July 27, 2017, file photo, Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross smiles as he speaks during a news conference at NFL football training camp in Davie, Fla. Ross says he had not yet decided whether to actually discipline players who demonstrate during the national anthem when he formally told the team that the demonstrations could punishable. Ross said in a statement Friday, July 20, 2018, that the one-sentence reference to “Proper Anthem Conduct” in the team’s official discipline policy was merely a placeholder. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)
July 20, 2018 - 9:11 pm
Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross said he hadn't decided whether to actually discipline players who protest during the national anthem when he formally told the team that the demonstrations could be punishable. "We were asked to submit a form to the NFL on our overall discipline policy prior to the...
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FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2017 file photo, an American flag waves near a police barricade on the Las Vegas Strip with the MGM Grand hotel and casino in the background after a mass shooting in Las Vegas. The unprecedented move from MGM Resorts International to sue hundreds of victims of last year's mass shooting in Las Vegas using an obscure law never before tested in court has been framed by the casino-operator as an effort to avoid years of costly litigation, but the legal maneuver may not play out that way. (AP Photo/Ronda Churchill, File)
July 20, 2018 - 8:07 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The unprecedented move from MGM Resorts International to sue hundreds of victims of last year's mass shooting in Las Vegas using an obscure U.S. law never tested in court has been framed by the casino-operator as an effort to avoid years of costly litigation — but the legal...
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July 20, 2018 - 7:45 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — A decade-old allegation of sexual assault has rocked a crowded Democratic primary for a Tucson-based congressional district. Yahya Yuksel is facing calls to quit his campaign after the Arizona Daily Star reported about allegations that he raped an intoxicated 16-year-old girl when he...
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In this July 19, 2018, photo, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh glances at reporters during a meeting with Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., on Capitol Hill in Washington. Kavanaugh has a long record of judicial and executive branch service. It’s part of what recommends him as President Donald Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court. And it’s also part of the problem in getting him confirmed by the Senate. Democrats want to see the conservative appellate court judge’s lengthy paper trail before they even start casting their votes. The paper chase is turning the vetting process into a political strategy ahead of the November election. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
July 20, 2018 - 7:08 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Judge Brett Kavanaugh has a long record of judicial and executive branch service to recommend him as President Donald Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court. And that's part of the problem in getting him confirmed by the Senate. Democrats are demanding to see the conservative...
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President Donald Trump arrives on Air Force One at Morristown Municipal Airport, in Morristown, N.J., Friday, July 20, 2018, en route to Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J.. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
July 20, 2018 - 6:41 pm
The Latest on the NFL's national anthem policy (all times local): 6:30 p.m. President Donald Trump is once again inserting himself into the culture war over protests by NFL athletes during the national anthem. Trump tweeted on Friday that he "can't believe" the debate has reignited after The...
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FILE - In this May 8, 2018, file photo, Chinese men pass by a ZTE building in Beijing, China. A bipartisan effort in Congress clamp down on China telecom giant ZTE is being stripped from the final version of a big defense bill, aides said July 20, essentially green-lighting the Trump administration’s approach to the company that was accused of selling sensitive information to hostile regimes. Senators from both parties expressed outrage and concern (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)
July 20, 2018 - 6:37 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is abandoning an effort to clamp down on the Chinese telecom giant ZTE in a defense bill, essentially green-lighting the Trump administration's deal to save a company that was accused of selling sensitive information to hostile regimes, aides said Friday. Senators from...
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Russian President Vladimir Putin gives a soccer ball to U.S. President Donald Trump, left, during a press conference after their meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland, Monday, July 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
July 20, 2018 - 6:33 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The red-and-white soccer ball tossed to President Donald Trump by Russia's Vladimir Putin is undergoing a routine security screening. The U.S. Secret Service says that's standard for all gifts to the president. During a joint news conference after their summit this week in Finland...
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FILE - In this June 8, 2017, file photo, the campus of the Veterans Administration hospital is under construction in Aurora, Colo. The center is set to open Saturday, July 21, 2018, years behind schedule and more than three times over budget. The Veterans Affairs Department said in 2009 it expected the hospital to cost about $537 million and be completed in 2013. Multiple investigations concluded the costs got out of hand because the VA went for a lavish design, didn’t oversee the project closely enough, failed to get the designers and builders to agree and tried to use a complicated construction contract that agency executives didn’t fully understand. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
July 20, 2018 - 6:33 pm
DENVER (AP) — It's more than $1 billion over budget and five years behind schedule, but an elaborate new veterans hospital is finally ready to open in suburban Denver with the promise of state-of-the-art medical care. The $1.7 billion Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center made it through nearly...
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FILE - In this July 16, 2018, file photo, Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles speaks to a packed chamber during a public forum before the Charlotte City Council votes whether to host the 2020 Republican National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. As Charlotte, North Carolina, celebrates being chosen Friday, July 20, to host the 2020 Republican National Convention, an undercurrent of concern about the potential for violence runs through the Democratic-leaning city. Lyles led the campaign to bring the convention to Charlotte and said in a newspaper column that it would be a chance for the city to show its inclusiveness. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)
July 20, 2018 - 5:37 pm
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — As Charlotte, North Carolina, celebrates being chosen Friday to host the 2020 Republican National Convention, an undercurrent of concern about the potential for violence runs through the Democratic-leaning city. The GOP's national committee selected North Carolina's largest...
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President Donald Trump waves as he walks across the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Friday, July 20, 2018, to board Marine One for a short trip to Andrews Air Force Base, Md., en route to Bedminster N.J., for the weekend. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
July 20, 2018 - 5:19 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House rejected on Friday a Vladimir Putin-backed effort to hold a referendum in eastern Ukraine on the region's future, distancing itself from the idea in the aftermath of President Donald Trump's controversial summit with the Russian leader. Russia's ambassador to the U...
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