Government and politics

FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2018 file photo, President Donald Trump speaks before signing a $716 billion defense policy bill named for Sen. John McCain in Fort Drum, N.Y. Trump says he’s asking federal regulators to look into the effectiveness of the quarterly financial reports that publicly traded companies are required to file. In a tweet early Friday, Aug. 17, Trump said that after speaking with “some of the world’s top business leaders,” he’s asked the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to determine whether shifting to a six-month reporting regimen would make more sense. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink, File)
August 17, 2018 - 4:20 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is calling on federal regulators to consider scrapping the requirement for public companies to report quarterly results, after business executives told him twice-yearly reports would make better economic sense. In a tweet early Friday, Trump said that after...
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FILE - In this May 10, 2018 file photo, Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a news conference in New York. New York Gov. On Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018, at a bill signing event in Manhattan, Cuomo said that America "was never that great" during remarks criticizing Republican President Donald Trump and his slogan "Make America Great Again," saying America won't be truly great until all Americans have true equality. Republicans quickly pounced on Cuomo's remarks. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)
August 17, 2018 - 4:18 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday that he was "inartful" when he said earlier in the week that America "was never that great," a comment that was widely condemned and mocked by critics on the right and left. "I want to be very clear: Of course America is great and of course...
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August 17, 2018 - 4:01 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — In a story Aug. 16, The Associated Press reported that voting-integrity advocates have asked a federal judge to force Kemp to use a new paper-based balloting system in time for the November midterms. The story should have specified that the plaintiffs say they are asking that a...
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August 17, 2018 - 3:47 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States intensified its sanctions against Myanmar on Friday, blacklisting four commanders and two units of security forces for their alleged role in violent campaigns against Rohingya Muslims and other ethnic minorities. Myanmar security forces have engaged in ethnic...
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Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, surrounded by his family, addresses the crowd during a joint press conference with Gov. Jeff Colyer to thank their supporters and kick off Kobach's Fall campaign at the Kansas Republican Party headquarters on Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, in Topeka, Kan. (Chris Neal/The Topeka Capital-Journal via AP)
August 17, 2018 - 3:34 pm
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas City-area businessman Greg Orman's name will appear on the Nov. 6 ballot as an independent candidate for Kansas governor, presenting a new obstacle to Democratic efforts to defeat conservative Kris Kobach in November. The state Secretary of State's office on Friday...
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In this photo taken on Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, a woman walks past the remnants of destroyed buildings in the city of Aleppo, Syria. Russian air defense assets in Syria claim to have downed 45 drones targeting their main base in the country, its military said Thursday, after an attack by the Islamic State group on a Syrian army base a day earlier killed seven troops. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
August 17, 2018 - 3:29 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is ending funding for Syria stabilization projects as it moves to extricate the U.S. from the conflict, citing increased contributions from anti-Islamic State coalition partners. The State Department said it had notified Congress on Friday that it would...
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President Donald Trump speaks to members of the media before boarding Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Friday, Aug. 17, 2018, for a short trip to Andrews Air Force Base, Md., and then on to Southampton, N.Y., for a fundraiser. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
August 17, 2018 - 3:14 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Friday that he suspects he'll "very quickly" revoke the security clearance for a Justice Department official whose wife worked for the firm involved in producing a dossier on Trump's ties to Russia. Signaling that his efforts to target clearances over...
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Kevin Downing, left, and Thomas Zehnle, with the defense team for Paul Manafort, leave federal court during the second day of jury deliberations in the trial of the former Trump campaign chairman, in Alexandria, Va., Friday, Aug. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
August 17, 2018 - 3:04 pm
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — The judge in former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort's fraud trial refused Friday to release the names of jurors, saying he has received threats and fears for their safety as well. U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III revealed his concerns in explaining why he doesn't...
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Defense attorneys Richard Westling, left, Kevin Downing, and Thomas Zehnle, walk to federal court as jury deliberations begin in the trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, in Alexandria, Va., Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
August 17, 2018 - 2:59 pm
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — The Latest on the trial of Paul Manafort (all times local): 2:55 p.m. The jury in former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort's fraud trial has submitted a note to the court asking to stop deliberations half an hour early Friday. Normally they leave at 5:30 p.m., but the...
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President Donald Trump, right, is greeted by John Raguso, left, a Gold Star Father, on the tarmac up his arrival at Francis S. Gabreski Airport in Westhampton, NY., Friday, Aug. 17, 2018. Raguso's son, Christopher Raguso, was a member of the New York Air National Guard who died in a helicopter crash in western Iraq in March 2018. Christopher Raguso served as a flight engineer and was a veteran of the New York City Fire Dept. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
August 17, 2018 - 2:47 pm
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) — President Donald Trump flew into the Hamptons on Friday for a closed-door fundraiser hosted by one of his closest friends who is chairman of the iconic Nathan's Famous hot dog business. Trump participated in a roundtable with high-dollar donors in Southampton before...
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