Democracy

FILE - In this July 21, 2005 file photo, visitors watch while workers pressure wash the granite faces of George Washington, left, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln at Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota. The Democracy Index, compiled by the London-based Economist Intelligence Unit, ranked the U.S. at 21st worldwide in 2016, tied with Italy and trailing Norway, Canada and Uruguay, among others. While Norway and several other Scandinavian countries are considered "full democracies," according to the index, the U.S. last year fell to "flawed democracy," receiving low scores for "functioning of government" and "political participation." (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)
July 03, 2017 - 9:26 am
NEW YORK (AP) — In his 4½ years as a state senator from Manhattan, Brad Holyman has handed out everything from flashlights to T-shirts at political rallies. But for a gathering held soon after President Donald Trump's inauguration, he decided on something more substantial: Copies of the...
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FILE - In this July 21, 2005 file photo, visitors watch while workers pressure wash the granite faces of George Washington, left, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln at Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota. The Democracy Index, compiled by the London-based Economist Intelligence Unit, ranked the U.S. at 21st worldwide in 2016, tied with Italy and trailing Norway, Canada and Uruguay, among others. While Norway and several other Scandinavian countries are considered "full democracies," according to the index, the U.S. last year fell to "flawed democracy," receiving low scores for "functioning of government" and "political participation." (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)
July 01, 2017 - 10:04 am
NEW YORK (AP) — In his 4½ years as a state senator from Manhattan, Brad Holyman has handed out everything from flashlights to T-shirts at political rallies. But for a gathering held soon after President Donald Trump's inauguration, he decided on something more substantial: Copies of the...
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Pro-independence activists chant slogans after being stopped by police officers during a march in Hong Kong, China, Saturday, July 1, 2017. In a speech marking 20 years since the city became a semi-autonomous Chinese region after its handover from Britain, Chinese President Xi Jinping warned that any activities in Hong Kong seen as threatening China's sovereignty and stability would be "absolutely impermissible," employing some of his harshest language yet against burgeoning separatist sentiment in the territory. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
July 01, 2017 - 8:25 am
HONG KONG (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping warned Saturday that any activities in Hong Kong seen as threatening China's sovereignty and stability would be "absolutely impermissible," employing some of his harshest language yet against burgeoning separatist sentiment in the territory. In a speech...
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A protester shouts slogans against Chinese President Xi Jinping as pro-democracy protesters march in Hong Kong, Saturday, July 1, 2017. Thousands joined an annual protest march in Hong Kong, hours after Chinese President Xi Jinping wrapped up his visit to the city by warning against challenges to Beijing's sovereignty. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
July 01, 2017 - 7:47 am
HONG KONG (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping warned Saturday that any activities in Hong Kong seen as threatening China's sovereignty and stability would be "absolutely impermissible," employing some of his harshest language yet against burgeoning separatist sentiment in the territory. In a speech...
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FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 9, 2017 file photo, Georgia House Speaker David Ralston, center, is greeted on the House floor on the first day of the legislative session in Atlanta. In 2017, Georgia Republicans sought to change the boundaries of several state House districts, including a couple won by Republicans by single-digit margins last November. Some of the proposed shifts sought to move heavily black precincts _ where voters overwhelmingly support Democrats _ from Republican-held districts into ones occupied by Democrats. Although the bill passed the House, it died in the Senate. Ralston has said lawmakers were merely “trying to put communities of interest together.” (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)
June 25, 2017 - 3:05 am
When voters cast ballots for state representatives last fall, millions of Americans essentially had no choice: In 42 percent of all such elections, candidates faced no major party opponents. Political scientists say a major reason for the lack of choices is the way districts are drawn —...
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Demonstrators against Islamic law (background) gather in New York Saturday, June 10, 2017, as counter demonstrators line up across Centre St., foreground. Marches against Islamic law were planned Saturday in more than two dozen cities across the United States, but scholars and others say the protesters are stoking unfounded fears and promoting a distorted and prejudiced view of the religion. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
June 10, 2017 - 5:42 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — The Latest on marches against Islamic law being held in U.S. cities (all times local): 2:30 p.m. Seattle police used tear gas to disperse rowdy demonstrators and made several arrests following an anti-Shariah rally and a much larger counter-protest. The department said it was still...
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Counter demonstrators yell towards a nearby rally protesting Islamic law Saturday, June 10, 2017, in New York. In more than two dozen cities across the United States, the group organizing the rallies, ACT for America, is speaking out against Shariah law, saying it is incompatible with Western democracy. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
June 10, 2017 - 4:56 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — The Latest on marches against Islamic law being held in U.S. cities (all times local): 3:45 p.m. At least 20 people including a Republican candidate for Georgia governor gathered in an Atlanta park for a protest against Islamic law. The rally, one of several held in more than two...
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Counter demonstrators yell towards a nearby rally protesting Islamic law Saturday, June 10, 2017, in New York. In more than two dozen cities across the United States, the group organizing the rallies, ACT for America, is speaking out against Shariah law, saying it is incompatible with Western democracy. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
June 10, 2017 - 4:03 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — The Latest on marches against Islamic law being held in U.S. cities (all times local): 3:45 p.m. At least 20 people including a Georgia state lawmaker gathered in an Atlanta park for a protest against Islamic law. The rally, one of several held in more than two dozen U.S. cities, was...
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Rep. Gary Alejano gestures as he tries to defend the impeachment complaint he filed against Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte during a Justice Committee hearing at the House of Representatives in metropolitan Manila, Philippines on Monday, May 15, 2017. Philippine lawmakers have killed the impeachment complaint accusing President Rodrigo Duterte of crimes against humanity for the thousands of people who have died in his anti-drug crackdown. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
May 16, 2017 - 1:37 am
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte acknowledged Tuesday that allegations he induced extrajudicial killings in his war on drugs could be raised to the International Criminal Court after an impeachment case failed in the House of Representatives. "Yeah, he can go ahead...
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This image released by Tim Duggan Books shows "On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century," by Timothy Snyder. (Tim Duggan Books via AP)
May 10, 2017 - 10:08 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Timothy Snyder would have preferred a different path to the best-seller lists. The Yale University professor and scholar of European history, whose books include "Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin," was so alarmed by the election of Donald Trump last fall that soon after...
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