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FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2018, file photo, acting Environmental Protection Agency administrator Andrew Wheeler speaks after signing an order withdrawing federal protections for countless waterways and wetlands at EPA headquarters in Washington. Wheeler’s past lobbying work is expected to draw scrutiny at his nomination hearing for the permanent post. A Senate committee on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, will consider Wheeler as President Donald Trump’s nominee for EPA administrator.(AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)
January 16, 2019 - 10:36 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on acting Environmental Protection Agency chief Andrew Wheeler (all times local): 10:32 a.m. A top Senate Democrat is describing President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency as "just as extreme" as his predecessor. Acting EPA chief Andrew...
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Attorney General nominee William Barr speaks before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019. Barr will face questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday about his relationship with Trump, his views on executive powers and whether he can fairly oversee the special counsel's Russia investigation. Barr served as attorney general under George H.W. Bush. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
January 16, 2019 - 5:49 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Vowing "I will not be bullied," President Donald Trump's nominee for attorney general asserted independence from the White House, saying he believed that Russia had tried to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, that the special counsel investigation shadowing Trump is not...
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Attorney General nominee William Barr speaks before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019. Barr will face questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday about his relationship with Trump, his views on executive powers and whether he can fairly oversee the special counsel's Russia investigation. Barr served as attorney general under George H.W. Bush. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
January 15, 2019 - 10:27 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Vowing "I will not be bullied," President Donald Trump's nominee for attorney general asserted independence from the White House on Tuesday, saying he believed that Russia had tried to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, that the special counsel investigation shadowing...
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FILE - In this Jan. 23, 2014, file photo, Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, of Iowa speaks in Des Moines. A senior member of the Congressional Black Caucus is pushing formal punishment for King over his comments about white supremacy. Illinois Democrat Bobby Rush said Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, that he will introduce a censure resolution over the Iowa Republican’s remarks to the New York Times. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)
January 15, 2019 - 7:19 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Democratic measure rebuking Republican Rep. Steve King for his comments about white supremacy won easy approval Tuesday in the House. In a twist, the nine-term Iowa congressman was among those supporting the measure of disapproval, which was adopted, 424-1. King said he agreed...
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FILE - In this Dec. 6, 2018, file photo, acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker speaks during the Project Safe Neighborhoods National Conference in Kansas City, Mo. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler says acting Whitaker has agreed to testify before his panel on Feb. 8. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner, File)
January 15, 2019 - 5:42 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker will testify before the House Judiciary Committee on Feb. 8, appearing as one of the new Democratic majority's first witnesses as they seek to provide more stringent oversight of President Donald Trump. In a letter sent to Whitaker Tuesday...
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Former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo enters the courtroom of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019, where judges acquitted Gbagbo and ex-government minister Charles Ble Goude of crimes committed during the 2010 election for lack of evidence. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, Pool)
January 15, 2019 - 8:40 am
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Delivering a stinging defeat to prosecutors at the International Criminal Court, judges on Tuesday acquitted former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo and former youth minister Charles Ble Goude of responsibility for crimes committed following disputed elections in...
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People watch as officials respond to reports of an active shooter at a UPS facility Monday, Jan. 14, 2019 in Logan Township, N.J. (Joe Lamberti/Camden Courier-Post via AP)
January 14, 2019 - 6:11 pm
LOGAN TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — An armed man who entered a UPS processing facility Monday morning and held two women hostage for several hours was shot and killed by police as he left the building with the women, authorities said. Several officers fired at William Owens, 39, of Sicklerville, New Jersey...
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FILE - In this Jan. 3, 2019, file photo, President Donald Trump, left, listens as Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council, talks about border security after making a surprise visit to the press briefing room of the White House in Washington. Trump and Judd share an ominous view of the southern border and a certainty that a wall along the boundary is urgently needed to stop what they’ve described as a humanitarian crisis. Judd, a 21-year veteran of the U.S. Border Patrol, has helped to validate Trump’s fiery immigration rhetoric and affirm the president’s conviction the border with Mexico is a frequently lawless place. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
January 14, 2019 - 5:41 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Brandon Judd, president of the union that represents thousands of border patrol agents, has flipped the axiom that there are no winners in a government shutdown. His proximity to President Donald Trump has elevated the union leader's profile while burnishing the image of the U.S...
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FILE - In this Jan. 23, 2014, file photo, Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, of Iowa speaks in Des Moines. A senior member of the Congressional Black Caucus is pushing formal punishment for King over his comments about white supremacy. Illinois Democrat Bobby Rush said Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, that he will introduce a censure resolution over the Iowa Republican’s remarks to the New York Times. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)
January 14, 2019 - 5:39 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Monday denounced Rep. Steve King over his latest remarks on white supremacy, saying, "There is no place in the Republican Party, the Congress or the country for an ideology of racial supremacy of any kind." McConnell is the highest-ranking...
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FILE - In this Jan. 4, 2019, file photo Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., speaks at the Capitol in Washington, Friday, Jan. 4, 2019. Leading congressional liberals are unveiling a package of bills that aims to reduce what Americans pay for prescription drugs by linking prices to lower costs in other countries. Vermont Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders and Cummings plan to introduce three bills Thursday, Jan. 10. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
January 14, 2019 - 12:41 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats announced a sweeping investigation Monday of the pharmaceutical industry's pricing practices, jockeying for the upper hand with the Trump administration on an issue that concerns Americans across the political spectrum. Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman...
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