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Robert Driscoll, Maria Butina's attorney, leaves U.S. District Court in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018. Maria Butina, a Russian accused of being a secret agent for the Russian government, has pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge in federal court in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
December 13, 2018 - 5:12 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Maria Butina, accused by the United States of being an Russian secret agent (all times local): 1:25 p.m. A senior Russian lawmaker says he's convinced that the Russian woman who's pleaded guilty to being a secret agent in the United States has done so under pressure...
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FILE - In this Oct. 25, 2018, file photo, Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., speaks to media on Capitol Hill in Washington. Lawmakers clashed over science, ethics and politics Thursday, Dec. 13, at a House hearing on using fetal tissue in critically important medical research, as the Trump administration reviews the government’s ongoing support for such studies. “Most of my constituents don’t understand when you harvest baby parts, why that is OK,” said Meadows, who chaired the hearing by the Oversight & Government Reform committee. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
December 13, 2018 - 2:58 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers clashed over science, ethics and politics on Thursday at a House hearing on using fetal tissue in critically important medical research. The Trump administration is reviewing whether taxpayer dollars are being properly used to fund for such studies. Research fields in...
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In this Dec. 11, 2018, photo, President Donald Trump speaks during a meets with Democratic leaders the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. The parent company of magazines including the National Enquirer, Us Weekly and In Touch has admitted to engaging in a journalistically dubious practice known as “catch-and-kill” in order to help Trump become president. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
December 13, 2018 - 1:36 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump claimed Thursday that he "never directed" his longtime lawyer, Michael Cohen, to break the law. And he's insisting that he "did nothing wrong." Trump's comments — in an interview with Fox News Channel's Harris Faulkner and several morning tweets — came a day...
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FILE - In this April 21, 2013 file photo, Maria Butina, leader of a pro-gun organization in Russia, speaks to a crowd during a rally in support of legalizing the possession of handguns in Moscow, Russia. Prosecutors say they have “resolved” a case against Butina accused of being a secret agent for the Russian government, a sign that she likely has taken a plea deal. The information was included in a court filing Monday. (AP Photo/File)
December 13, 2018 - 12:28 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Russian woman accused of being a secret agent admitted Thursday that she conspired to infiltrate the American gun-rights movement to gather intelligence on conservative political groups as Donald Trump rose to power. Maria Butina, 30, agreed to plead guilty to a conspiracy...
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December 13, 2018 - 10:41 am
CAIRO (AP) — The EU's lawmaking body has condemned Egyptian authorities for human rights abuses and is urging them to lift restrictions on free speech and assembly, halt mass trials and stop sentencing minors to death, and release political prisoners. In a resolution passed by a vote on Thursday,...
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Sen. Doug Jones, D-Ala., speaks during an interview with Associated Press Washington Bureau Chief Julie Pace and Congressional Correspondent Lisa Mascaro, at the Associated Press in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
December 12, 2018 - 11:43 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Doug Jones said Alabama's soybean farmers and automobile manufacturers are "scared to death" over President Donald Trump's tariff wars, but he cautioned Democrats from spending too much time attacking the president as the party tries to win back heartland voters ahead of the...
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Michael Cohen, left, President Donald Trump's former lawyer, leaves federal court after his sentencing in New York, Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018. Cohen was sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison for an array of crimes that included arranging the payment of hush money to two women that he says was done at the direction of Trump. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
December 12, 2018 - 8:12 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's one-time fixer, was sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison for crimes that included arranging the payment of hush money to conceal his boss' alleged sexual affairs, telling a judge that he agreed time and again to cover up Trump's "dirty...
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FILE - IN this Nov. 16, 2018, file photo, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., departs following a Medal of Freedom ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington. House and Senate negotiators have reached an agreement on a bill to overhaul the process for handling sexual misconduct allegations on Capitol Hill. The push for the legislation took on new urgency in the past year, as more than a half-dozen lawmakers resigned amid allegations of sexual misconduct. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
December 12, 2018 - 7:13 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — House and Senate negotiators have reached an agreement on a bill to overhaul the process for handling sexual misconduct allegations in Congress. The bill updates the decades-old Congressional Accountability Act, which governs how lawmakers and aides report sexual misconduct claims...
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File - This June 21, 2017, file photo shows a women's area at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Wash., during a media tour of the facility. The federal facility, operated under contract by The GEO Group, is used to house people detained on immigration and other violations. A federal judge says immigrant rights activists can continue to challenge what they describe as unlawful U.S. government delays for asylum cases. U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman in Seattle dismissed some arguments raised by the lawsuit in a ruling Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
December 12, 2018 - 3:42 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — Immigrant rights activists can continue to challenge what they describe as unlawful U.S. government delays in asylum cases, a federal judge has ruled. U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman in Seattle dismissed some arguments raised by the lawsuit in a ruling Tuesday, but she said the...
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Former U.S vice president and climate activist Al Gore makes a speech in a U.N. climate summit that is to work out ways of keeping global warming in check, in Katowice, Poland, Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
December 12, 2018 - 2:42 pm
KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — The Latest on the climate talks taking place in Poland (all times local): 8:00 p.m. The Polish government official serving as president of a U.N. climate summit says the international talks have entered a "critical phase" and require dedication from all involved if they are...
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