Government and politics

August 02, 2017 - 5:11 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions has sworn in Christopher Wray as the new FBI director. Wray calls the appointment the "honor of a lifetime" and says he is humbled and excited to serve. Wray was picked by President Donald Trump to succeed James Comey, who was fired in May amid an...
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FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2016 file photo, Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. A bipartisan Senate effort to continue federal payments to insurers and avert a costly rattling of insurance markets faces a dicey future, underscoring that last week’s wreck of the Republican drive to repeal the Obama health care law hasn’t eased the issue’s fraught politics. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
August 02, 2017 - 5:11 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan Senate effort to continue federal payments to insurers and avert a costly rattling of health insurance markets faces a dicey future. The uncertainty shows that last week's wreck of the Republican drive to repeal the Affordable Care Act hasn't blunted the issue's sharp...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, March 8, 2017, file photo, Maine Gov. Paul LePage speaks at a town hall meeting, in Yarmouth, Maine. LePage has some choice words for the state's senators after their health care vote, calling fellow Republican Susan Collins and independent Angus King "dangerous." LePage targeted them in an op-ed published Wednesday, Aug. 2, in the Wall Street Journal after they voted against a GOP proposal to repeal parts of "Obamacare." (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)
August 02, 2017 - 4:42 pm
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Republican Gov. Paul LePage is blasting Maine's U.S. senators as "dangerous" over their votes that helped sink a GOP proposal to repeal President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act. The governor targeted Republican Susan Collins and independent Angus King in an op-ed...
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August 02, 2017 - 3:54 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan Senate effort to continue federal payments to insurers and avert a costly rattling of insurance markets faces a dicey future. The problems show that last week's wreck of the Republican drive to repeal the Obama health care law hasn't eased the issue's fraught politics...
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FILE - In this May 14, 2013 file photo, the Justice Department headquarters building in Washington. The Trump administration is signaling that it will begin investigating universities over whether their admissions policies illegally discriminate against applicants, according to a published report. (AP Photo/J. David Ake, File)
August 02, 2017 - 3:51 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Civil rights groups on Wednesday accused the Trump administration of "changing course on a key civil rights issue" after reports that it was launching a new project to investigate whether universities discriminate against students based on race in the admission process. The New...
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President Donald Trump, flanked by Sen. Tom Cotton, R- Ark., left, and Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., speaks in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017, during the unveiling of legislation that would place new limits on legal immigration. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
August 02, 2017 - 3:19 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday embraced legislation from two Republican senators that would place new limits on legal immigration and seek to create a system based more on merit and skills than family ties. Trump joined with Sens. David Perdue of Georgia and Tom Cotton of...
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Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks at the Columbus Police Academy about the opioid epidemic, Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
August 02, 2017 - 2:37 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Justice Department will dispatch 12 federal prosecutors to cities ravaged by addiction who will focus exclusively on investigating health care fraud and opioid scams that are fueling the nation's drug abuse epidemic, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Wednesday. He...
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., joined by, from left, Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., and Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., holds his first news conference since the Republican health care bill collapsed last week due to opposition within the GOP ranks, Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017, on Capitol Hill Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
August 02, 2017 - 2:13 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate, better known for its glacial pace, is moving swiftly on nominations and legislation. Greater bipartisanship and a desire to get out of Washington for August have made a dent in the agenda backlog. The Senate this week confirmed a new FBI director, Christopher Wray, and...
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In this image taken with a slow shutter speed and provided by Vandenberg Air Force Base, an unarmed Minuteman 3 missile launches from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2107. The U.S. Air Force has successfully launched the unarmed intercontinental ballistic missile, the fourth such test this year. (Senior Airman Ian Dudley/Vandenberg Air Force Base via AP)
August 02, 2017 - 2:11 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The top American and North Korean diplomats may cross paths during a regional summit next week in the Philippines, but have no plans to meet, the United States said Wednesday as it sought to further isolate the North over its nuclear weapons program. Secretary of State Rex...
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Attorney General Jeff Sessions listens as President Donald Trump speaks during a cabinet meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Monday, July 31, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
August 02, 2017 - 12:43 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Justice Department will dispatch 12 federal prosecutors to cities ravaged by addiction who will focus exclusively on investigating health care fraud and opioid scams that are fueling the nation's drug abuse epidemic, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Wednesday. He...
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