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FILE - In this July 24, 2019, file photo, Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., asks questions to former special counsel Robert Mueller, has he testifies before the House Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill, in Washington. Sensenbrenner says he is retiring from the House. First elected in 1978, the conservative and former House Judiciary Committee chairman is the chamber’s current second-longest serving member. Sensenbrenner says in a statement Wednesday, Sept. 4, that he will not seek re-election in November 2020. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
September 05, 2019 - 7:04 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The day started with one Republican congressman from Texas announcing he would retire and ended with another, a long-serving former committee chairman from Wisconsin, saying he too was ready to bow out, signaling the House GOP mood as the party tries to find its path back to the...
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Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson walks towards a podium to speak to the media outside 10 Downing Street in London, Monday, Sept. 2, 2019. Johnson says he doesn't want an election amid the Brexit crisis and issued a rallying cry to lawmakers to back him in securing a Brexit deal. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
September 05, 2019 - 6:16 am
LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Boris Johnson accused Britain's main opposition leader on Thursday of trying to dodge an election, after rebellious lawmakers rejected the U.K. leader's call to trigger a snap poll and moved to block his plan to leave the European Union next month without a divorce deal...
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Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam pauses during a press conference at the government building in Hong Kong, on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019. Lam says the extradition bill that sparked months of demonstrations will be formally withdrawn in the legislative council without the need for debate or vote. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
September 05, 2019 - 3:02 am
HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said Thursday that the decision to withdraw an extradition bill that sparked months of demonstrations in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory was her government's own initiative to break the impasse, and not Beijing's directive. Lam told a news...
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A general view of the Parliament at night in London, Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019. With Britain's prime minister weakened by a major defeat in Parliament, defiant lawmakers were moving Wednesday to bar Boris Johnson from pursuing a "no-deal" departure from the European Union. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
September 04, 2019 - 9:04 pm
LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Britain's bid to leave the European Union (all times local): 9:50 p.m. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has failed to win sufficient parliamentary support for an early national election on Oct. 15. The vote was 298 in favor and 56 opposed, not enough to force the...
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Riot police aim at protesters outside Mong Kok police station during a mod protests in Hong Kong on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019. Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam has announced the government will formally withdraw an extradition bill that has sparked months of demonstrations in the city, bowing to one of the protesters' demands. The bill would have allowed Hong Kong residents to be sent to mainland China for trials. It sparked massive protests that have become increasingly violent and caused the airport to shut down earlier this month. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
September 04, 2019 - 8:38 pm
HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam withdrew the extradition bill that sparked months of demonstrations, bowing to one of the protesters' demands in the hope of ending the increasingly violent unrest. But activists rejected Wednesday's move as insufficient and vowed not to yield until the...
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In this handout photo provided by the House of Commons, Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson gestures during his first Prime Minister's Questions, in the House of Commons in London, Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019. Britain's Parliament is facing a second straight day of political turmoil as lawmakers fought Prime Minister Boris Johnson's plan to deliver Brexit in less than two months, come what may. Johnson is threatening to dissolve the House of Commons and hold a national election that he hopes might produce a less fractious crop of legislators. (Jessica Taylor/House of Commons via AP)
September 04, 2019 - 6:23 pm
LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Boris Johnson called Wednesday for a national election on Oct. 15, saying it was the only way out of Britain's Brexit impasse after lawmakers moved to block his plan to leave the European Union next month without a divorce deal. But Parliament delivered Johnson his...
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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott talks a mass shooting in Odessa during a news conference Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019, in Odessa, Texas. (Mark Rogers/Odessa American via AP)
September 04, 2019 - 4:58 pm
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican Gov. Greg Abbott on Wednesday rejected calls from Democrats for immediate votes on new gun safety measures following a violent August that began and ended with mass shootings that left 29 people dead and injured dozens more. The Texas Legislature doesn't meet again...
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State Sen. Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, smiles as he and Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, watch as the votes are posted for his measure to tighten the rules on giving exemptions for vaccinations was approved by the Assembly in Sacramento, Calif., Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019. The Assembly approved the bill SB276, that would give state public health officials oversight of doctors who give more than five medical exemptions annually and schools with vaccination rates less than 95%. It still needs a final approval in the state Senate. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
September 04, 2019 - 4:26 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers sent Gov. Gavin Newsom a measure designed to crack down on doctors who sell fraudulent medical exemptions for vaccinations on Wednesday, even as Newsom sought last-minute changes to one of the year's most contentious bills. Democratic Sen. Richard Pan...
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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks at a campaign event, Monday, Sept. 2, 2019, in Hampton Falls, N.H. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
September 04, 2019 - 6:42 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidates are releasing their plans to address climate change ahead of a series of town halls on the issue as the party's base increasingly demands aggressive action. California Sen. Kamala Harris unveiled her plans on Wednesday. New Jersey Sen. Cory...
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FILE - In this Oct. 29, 2018, file photo, a person pauses in front of Stars of David with the names of those killed in a deadly shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue, in Pittsburgh. The two mass shootings and a presidential tweet put a spotlight on the idea of “domestic terrorism,” adding momentum to a debate about whether such attacks should be classified and tried in the same way as crimes against America by foreign terrorist groups and their supporters. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
September 04, 2019 - 1:12 am
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union on Tuesday urged ranking members of the House Judiciary Committee to oppose a bill that targets white supremacist groups by criminalizing domestic terrorism. The ACLU said the bill would unnecessarily expand authorities used by the Trump...
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