Political activism

July 20, 2018 - 11:17 am
NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen and the Rev. Al Sharpton have met to renew a long acquaintance — and they've made a point of letting the public know. Both tweeted about their get-together Friday. Longtime Sharpton spokeswoman Rachel Noerdlinger says...
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July 20, 2018 - 8:43 am
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A 10-year-old girl has bled to death after undergoing female genital mutilation in Somalia, an activist said, a rare confirmed death in the country with the world's highest rate of the practice. The girl died in a hospital on Monday, two days after her mother took her to a...
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FILE - In this June 28, 2018 file photo, Charles Rettig testifies at a Senate Finance Committee hearing on his nomination for Internal Revenue Service Commissioner on Capitol Hill in Washington. Several Senate Democrats say they’ll vote against President Donald Trump’s choice to head the IRS to protest a new agency policy allowing some groups to hide their donors’ identities. Critics say the policy will let more dark money, including from foreign interests, flood into the U.S. political system. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
July 19, 2018 - 6:41 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Finance Committee narrowly approved on a party-line vote President Donald Trump's choice to become the new head of the IRS, with the panel's Democrats protesting the nomination because of a new IRS policy allowing some groups to hide their donors' identities. The 14-13...
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In this photo taken on Sunday, April 21, 2013, Maria Butina, leader of a pro-gun organization in Russia, speaks to a crowd during a rally in support of legalizing the possession of handguns in Moscow, Russia. Butina, a 29-year-old gun-rights activist, served as a covert Russian agent while living in Washington, gathering intelligence on American officials and political organizations and working to establish back-channel lines of communications for the Kremlin, federal prosecutors charged Monday, July 16, 2018. (AP Photo)
July 19, 2018 - 6:55 am
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian Embassy officials were to meet Thursday with a Siberian gun rights activist jailed in Washington on charges of spying on the United States, as Moscow blasted the arrest as "anti-Russian hysteria." The embassy said in a Facebook post that consular officials will meet with Maria...
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This courtroom sketch depicts Maria Butina, a 29-year-old gun-rights activist suspected of being a covert Russian agent, listening to Assistant U.S. Attorney Erik Kenerson as he speaks to Judge Deborah Robinson, left, during a hearing in federal court in Washington, Wednesday, July 18, 2018. Prosecutors say Butina was likely in contact with Kremlin operatives while living in the United States. And prosecutors also are accusing her of using sex and deception to forge influential connections. (Dana Verkouteren via AP)
July 18, 2018 - 6:28 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A 29-year-old gun-rights activist suspected of being a covert Russian agent was likely in contact with Kremlin operatives while living in the United States, prosecutors said Wednesday, accusing her of using sex and deception to forge influential connections. The woman, Maria...
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July 17, 2018 - 6:04 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is easily outpacing Democratic primary challenger Cynthia Nixon in campaign contributions but can't shake questions about some donors. Cuomo raised more than $6 million in the first half of 2018 and now has $31 million in his re-election account,...
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FILE - This March 22, 2013 file photo shows the exterior of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) building in Washington. The Trump administration is lifting requirements for some tax-exempt groups to disclose the identities of their donors to federal tax authorities, announced late Monday, July 16, 2018. The change benefits groups that spend millions of dollars on political ads, such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and an organization tied to the billionaire Koch brothers. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
July 17, 2018 - 3:10 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is lifting requirements that some tax-exempt groups disclose the identities of their donors to federal tax authorities. The change benefits groups that spend millions of dollars on political ads, such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and an organization...
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July 17, 2018 - 11:37 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The NAACP is lifting its travel advisory against American Airlines, saying improvements are being made to address worries about African-Americans being subject to discrimination or unsafe conditions while flying. NAACP President Derrick Johnson made the announcement at the NAACP's...
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Court papers unsealed Monday, July 16, 2018, photographed in Washington, shows part of the criminal complaint against Maria Butina. She was arrested July 15, on a charge of conspiracy to act as an unregistered agent of the Russian government. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick
July 16, 2018 - 10:55 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A 29-year-old gun-rights activist served as a covert Russian agent while living in Washington, gathering intelligence on American officials and political organizations and working to establish back-channel lines of communications for the Kremlin, federal prosecutors charged Monday...
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Protesters hold a sign "Stop Putin In Ukraine, Save Europe" during a demonstration in Helsinki, Finland Monday, July 16, 2018. U.S. President Donald Trump and Russia's Vladimir Putin are scheduled to meet in the Finnish capital. (Onni Ojala/Lehtikuva via AP)
July 16, 2018 - 10:42 am
HELSINKI (AP) — One sign in Helsinki read: "Build saunas not war!" Activists used Monday's summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin to hold two days of high-profile protests in the Finnish capital over a variety of grievances. Abortion-rights activists dressed...
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