Government and politics

FILE - In this May 7, 2014 file photo, Rene Lima-Marin sits for an interview with The Associated Press about the circumstances of his sentencing and incarceration, in a meeting room inside Kit Carson Correctional Center, a privately operated prison in Burlington, Colo. Lima-Marin was sent back to prison after being mistakenly released 90 years early. On Tuesday May 16, 2017, a judge ordered him released from prison again, saying it would be "draconian" to keep him behind bars and that he has paid his debt to society. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)
May 18, 2017 - 8:19 pm
DENVER (AP) — The detention of a Cuban immigrant set to rejoin his family after he was mistakenly released from prison, then put back, has raised questions about whether more people from the island nation will be deported from the United States now that relations between the two countries have...
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FILE - In this Dec. 17, 2015 file photo, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah speaks Capitol Hill in Washington. Chaffetz says he will resign from Congress. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
May 18, 2017 - 5:26 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Rep. Jason Chaffetz announced Thursday he will resign from Congress next month, a move that calls into question the future of the House Oversight Committee's investigation he promised to lead about President Donald Trump's firing of the FBI director and his presidential...
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In this Wednesday, May 17, 2017 photo, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach shows family photos to a reporters in his office in Topeka, Kan. Kobach has been picked by President Donald J. Trump to help lead a new commission on election fraud. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
May 18, 2017 - 5:23 pm
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kris Kobach, the author of contentious policies on immigration and voter identification, enters his new role as a leader of President Donald Trump's commission on election fraud by touting evidence of illegal voting he says he uncovered as Kansas' secretary of state. Kobach, the...
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FILE - In this Feb. 9, 2015, file photo, Roger Ailes attends a special screening of "Kingsman: The Secret Service" in New York. Fox News said on Thursday, May 18, 2017, that Ailes has died. He was 77. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)
May 18, 2017 - 5:22 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Roger Ailes, the communications maestro who transformed television news and America's political conversation by creating and ruling Fox News Channel for two decades before being ousted last year for alleged sexual harassment, died Thursday, according to his wife, Elizabeth Ailes. He...
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May 18, 2017 - 4:39 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has approved legislation that makes killing a state or local police officer an aggravating factor juries would consider in death penalty cases. Under current law, killing a federal law enforcement officer is already an aggravating factor in death penalty deliberations...
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President Donald Trump, followed by Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos arrives for their joint news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, May, 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
May 18, 2017 - 4:39 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump denounced the appointment of a special counsel to investigate his campaign's ties with Russia Thursday, repeatedly calling it an unprecedented "witch hunt" that "hurts our country terribly." Even as he erupted anew, fellow Republicans expressed hopes the...
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Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, May 18, 2017, for a closed-door meeting with Senators a day after appointing former FBI Director Robert Mueller to oversee the investigation into possible ties between Russia and President Donald Trump's campaign. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
May 18, 2017 - 4:35 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's decision to appoint former FBI Director Robert Mueller to head an investigation into possible Russian coordination with the Trump campaign could help restore public faith in an independent Justice Department. One possible side benefit for...
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FILE - In this Aug. 17, 1988 file photo, Vice President George H.W. Bush, left, gets some advice from his media advisor, Roger Ailes, right, as they stand behind the podium at the Superdome in New Orleans, La., prior to the start of the Republican National Convention. Fox News said on Thursday, May 18, 2017, that Ailes has died. He was 77. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)
May 18, 2017 - 3:57 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Roger Ailes is gone, but the world he created is not. In the wake of the death of the Fox News Channel founder, leaders in both parties say his TV network's influence in shaping American politics cannot be overstated. The former Nixon aide played an essential role in shifting the...
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Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, May 18, 2017, to testify before the Senate Banking Committee hearing on tax overhaul. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
May 18, 2017 - 2:25 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan insisted on Thursday that Congress will overhaul the U.S. tax system this year despite the chaos consuming Washington and the political divisions in Congress. "I feel very confident we can meet this goal," Ryan, R-Wis., told reporters. Ryan was bolstered by...
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May 18, 2017 - 2:24 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A government study has found that the Department of Education did not properly monitor and document $21 million in grants in 2012-2014. The report by the Government Accountability Office published Thursday looks at 75 awards to individual grantees. The auditors found that the...
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