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FILE - In this Jan. 5, 2016, file photo, then-Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-Conn., attends a gathering at the East Room of the White House in Washington. Esty. forced to abandon her re-election campaign amid criticism over her handling of an alleged incident of sexual harassment could have done more to protect her staff but didn’t violate congressional rules, according to the House Ethics Committee.(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
December 20, 2018 - 9:22 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Democratic congresswoman forced to abandon her re-election campaign amid criticism over her handling of an alleged incident of sexual harassment could have done more to protect her staff but didn't violate congressional rules, according to an ethics report released Thursday. Rep...
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In this Nov. 21, 2018 photo, Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, framed by a photograph of lower Manhattan, addresses law enforcement officials at the Joint Terrorism Task Force in New York. Whitaker has been advised by ethics officials that he does not need to recuse himself from overseeing the special counsel’s Russia probe. That’s according to a person familiar with the matter who spoke to The Associated Press on Thursday on condition of anonymity. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
December 20, 2018 - 6:35 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker chose not to recuse himself from the Russia investigation even though a top Justice Department ethics official advised him to step aside out of an "abundance of caution," a senior official said Thursday. Whitaker's past criticism of the...
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Romania's Premier Viorica Dancila leaves after addressing parliament during a no-confidence vote initiated by opposition parties in Bucharest, Romania, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018. The Social Democrat government is facing a no-confidence vote over a contentious judicial overhaul that opposition politicians say has harmed the rule of law and democracy in the European Union country. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
December 20, 2018 - 9:29 am
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania's Social Democrat government on Thursday easily survived a no-confidence vote over a contentious judicial overhaul that opposition politicians say has harmed the rule of law and democracy in this European Union member nation. Lawmakers voted 161-3 to dismiss the...
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FILE - In this July 4, 2017, file photo distributed by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, second from right, inspects the preparation of the launch of a Hwasong-14 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) in North Korea's northwest. North Korea on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018, says it will never unilaterally give up its nuclear weapons unless the United States removes its nuclear threat first. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP, File)
December 20, 2018 - 4:40 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Thursday it will never unilaterally give up its nuclear weapons unless the United States first removes what Pyongyang called a nuclear threat. The surprisingly blunt statement jars with Seoul's rosier presentation of the North Korean position and could...
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FILE - In this Dec. 5, 2018, file photo, Leslie McCrae Dowless Jr., poses for a portrait outside his home in Bladenboro, N.C. State investigators have described Dowless as a “person of interest” in their probe into 2018 voting irregularities involving absentee ballots. (Travis Long/The News & Observer via AP, File)
December 19, 2018 - 6:34 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina officials sought criminal charges after the 2016 election against the man now at the center of absentee ballot fraud allegations, but prosecutors didn't indict him before the now disputed 2018 congressional race, according to documents released Wednesday. The...
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House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., gives a farewell speech in the Great Hall of the Library of Congress in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018. Ryan is bemoaning America's "broken politics" in which he calls Washington's failure to overhaul costly federal benefit programs "our greatest unfinished business." (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
December 19, 2018 - 3:06 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Outgoing House Speaker Paul Ryan on Wednesday bemoaned America's "broken politics" in a farewell speech in which he called Washington's failure to overhaul costly federal benefit programs "our greatest unfinished business." "Our complex problems are absolutely solvable," Ryan said...
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December 19, 2018 - 1:13 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The District of Columbia sued Facebook on Wednesday for allowing data-mining firm Cambridge Analytica to improperly access data from as many as 87 million users. D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine's suit alleges that Facebook misled users about the security of their data and failed...
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FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2018, file photo, U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, the 2018 Democratic Candidate for U.S. Senate in Texas, makes his concession speech at his election night party in El Paso, Texas. During the Texas Senate race, some Democrats grumbled that O'Rourke wasn't softening his liberal positions enough to finish a near-upset of Ted Cruz. Now, as the one-time punk rocker mulls a 2020 White House run, some activists are suggesting he's not liberal enough. O’Rourke says he rejects party labels, but he may not be able to avoid being confined to an ideological lane forever. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)
December 19, 2018 - 1:09 pm
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — During this year's Texas Senate race, some home-state Democrats grumbled that Beto O'Rourke wasn't softening his liberal positions enough to finish a near-upset of Ted Cruz. Now, as the outgoing congressman mulls a 2020 White House run, a small but vocal segment of activists is...
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Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn says something under his breath after the British Prime Minister Theresa May likened Labour's attempt to table a no confidence motion in her to a pantomime, during the weekly Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons, London, Wednesday Dec. 19, 2018. With 100 days until Britain leaves the European Union, the government was publishing long-awaited plans Wednesday for a post-Brexit immigration system that will end free movement of EU citizens to the U.K. (House of Commons/PA via AP)
December 19, 2018 - 12:56 pm
LONDON (AP) — Britain's main opposition leader sparked a political furor Wednesday after he was accused of calling Prime Minister Theresa May a "stupid woman" in the House of Commons. Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn was caught on camera appearing to mutter the insult during the prime minister's...
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In this photo taken on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, Tumso Abdurakhmanov, the 32-year-old Chechen video blogger, holds a letter from Interpol during an interview with The Associated Press somewhere in Poland. Abdurakhmanov, a critic of the Chechen ruler, faces deportation from Poland as European nations become increasingly wary of sheltering refugees from Chechnya. (AP Photo/Francesca Ebel)
December 19, 2018 - 5:19 am
MOSCOW (AP) — A gravelly voice rings out from the phone's loudspeaker: "Aren't you scared of me?" The man on the screen, 32-year-old Chechen video blogger Tumso Abdurakhmanov, frowns. "I'm not scared of people like you," he says, looking into the camera. "But you people are cruel, so I'm always on...
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