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APNewsBreak: Ethics complaint made over 2017 reporter attack

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The head of the Montana Democratic Party is asking for a congressional ethics investigation into whether Republican U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte lied about his attack of a reporter last year. More>>

Dem, GOP leaders to get classified briefings on Russia probe

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2 House lawmakers and allies of President Donald Trump are set to meet with top intelligence officials. More>>

FBI briefed on allegations against Missouri governor

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Attorneys for Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens want lawmakers investigating the governor to issue subpoenas to probe more deeply into the source of a cash payment related to sexual misconduct allegations against him. More>>

Trump signs bill easing post-2008 crisis restraints on banks

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President Donald Trump has signed into law a measure loosening key restraints for banks that stemmed from the 2008 financial crisis and Great Recession. More>>

Facebook to label election-related 'issue ads' in US

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Facebook to label election-related 'issue ads' in US. More>>

US pressure on Hezbollah may hamper Lebanese government

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Lebanon's president has formally asked caretake Prime Minister Saad Hariri to form a new Cabinet after the vast majority of legislators named him for the post. More>>

Stormy Daniels' lawyer seeks permission to depose Trump

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Stormy Daniels' lawyer is once again seeking to depose President Donald Trump in the porn actress' fight to invalidate a confidentiality agreement she signed days before the 2016 presidential election. More>>

Senate primary splits Arizona conservatives between 2 icons

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Arizona conservatives are torn between two icons of their movement - former Sheriff Joe Arpaio and former state senator Kelli Ward - in the GOP Senate primary. More>>

Twitter to add special labels to political candidates in US

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Twitter says it's adding special labels to tweets from some U.S. political candidates ahead of this year's midterm elections. More>>

Trump's campaign backs Calif. businessman in governor's race

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President Donald Trump's campaign is announcing its support for California businessman John Cox's campaign for governor, building upon the president's endorsement in the state's crowded primary. More>>

More than 350 observers to monitor Turkish elections

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A international security body says it is deploying 22 short-term and 350 long-term observers to monitor Turkey's June 24 snap presidential and parliamentary polls. More>>

California's Feinstein drops support for death penalty

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California U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein says she no longer supports the death penalty. More>>

Teachers show strength in Kentucky primary elections

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Teachers in Kentucky could soon be taking politicians to school. More>>

Cardinal: Nicaragua talks at impasse, suspended indefinitely

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Talks between President Daniel Ortega's administration and opposition and civic groups on resolving weeks of deadly unrest broke down Wednesday after government opponents demanded earlier elections and changes in electoral laws. More>>

California's West Hollywood declares 'Stormy Daniels Day'

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City leaders to declare 'Stormy Daniels Day' in West Hollywood, California. More>>

Malaysia's ex-leader questioned again in corruption scandal

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Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has arrived at the anti-corruption agency's office for more questioning over alleged graft at a state investment fund he set up. More>>

Amazon, Starbucks pledge money to repeal Seattle head tax

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Amazon, Starbucks, Vulcan and other companies have pledged a total of more than $350,000 toward an effort to repeal Seattle's newly passed tax on large employers intended to combat homelessness. More>>

Teacher's win in Kentucky points to November potential

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A teacher has scored an upset in a Kentucky legislative race. Could this be a sign of things to come in November?. More>>

Seething over Russia probe, Trump tears into 'spygate' Video included

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President Donald Trump is increasing the pressure on the Justice Department. More>>

The Latest: Justice to hold bipartisan briefing Thursday

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President Donald Trump is tweeting about the "Criminal Deep State" and says its efforts have backfired. More>>

High hopes but tough road for black woman in governor's race

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Georgia attorney and romance novelist Stacey Abrams has a tough road ahead as she campaigns to become America's first black female governor. More>>

Turkish central bank raises key rate and helps lift currency

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Turkey's currency, the lira, has fallen to an all-time record low against the dollar amid fears of economic instability as the country heads toward snap presidential and parliamentary elections next month. More>>

Clinton: Democrats can win with bold ideas, core principles

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Hillary Clinton plans to address New York state Democrats at the party's nominating convention on Long Island. More>>

Pompeo: US will fight Russian interference in 2018 elections

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the Trump administration will not tolerate Russian interference in the 2018 congressional midterm elections. More>>

ACLU sues over battleground Ohio's congressional districts

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The ACLU has filed a constitutional challenge to Ohio's congressional map, using Republican Gov. John Kasich's statements opposing gerrymandering as ammunition. More>>

Italy steps toward populist government as Conte gets mandate

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Italy's president summons premier candidate Conte for talks on forming a government. More>>

GOP candidates for Georgia governor ready for runoff

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Any focus on Stacey Abrams chances of becoming the nation's first black female governor has to wait for her Republican opponent who won't be settled for another two months. More>>

Georgia Democrat challenges racial barrier in governor race

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Several of Tuesday's nomination races end well for female candidates, one winning a chance to become the first black female governor in U.S. history. More>>

The Latest: Premier-designate confirms Italy's place in EU

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Italy's president has asked political neophyte Giuseppe Conte to try to form a government, giving the euroskeptic 5-Star Movement and anti-immigrant League their first shot at running western Europe's first populist government. More>>

Bitter, expensive fight for Arkansas court seat to drag on

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A bitter and expensive fight for an Arkansas Supreme Court seat that drew more than $1 million in outside spending will drag on for another six months. More>>

Ryan returns to Capitol to calm restless House Republicans

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House Speaker Paul Ryan is facing growing disruption in the ranks of Republican lawmakers. More>>

Social media under microscope in emotive Irish abortion vote

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Debate is raging in Ireland over whether to lift the country's decades-old ban on abortion. More>>

Senate hopeful Joe Arpaio mum on details of Trump policies Video included

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U.S. Senate candidate Joe Arpaio has pledged his unwavering support for President Donald Trump but is unwilling or unable to elaborate on the president's policies. More>>

Establishment Democrats relieved after Texas House runoff

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A liberal outsider who founded an activist group against President Donald Trump lost her insurgent bid for the Democratic nomination for a U.S. House seat in Houston. More>>

Trump rallies abortion opponents to vote for Republicans Video included

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Trump offers catnip to conservative voters with a new administration push to strip funding from Planned Parenthood and other family planning clinics. More>>

Correction: Primary Rdp story

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Four states cast ballots Tuesday as the 2018 midterm elections take shape. More>>

The Latest: Congress passes bill rolling back banking rules

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Congress has moved to dismantle some key rules for banks that were installed to prevent a replay of the 2008 financial crisis. More>>

Venezuelan president expels top US diplomat amid tensions

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President Nicolas Maduro is expelling the top U.S. diplomat in Venezuela and his deputy for allegedly conspiring against his government. More>>

The Latest: Zuckerberg tells EU lawmakers 'I'm sorry'

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is apologizing for the internet giant's failure to prevent some of the internet tools it has developed from being misused. More>>

Cohen partner pleads guilty in deal requiring cooperation

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A longtime business partner of President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, has pleaded guilty to tax fraud in a deal that requires him to cooperate in any ongoing investigations. More>>

Gay Kentucky man loses bid to challenge GOP clerk Kim Davis

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A gay Kentucky man has lost his bid to challenge GOP clerk Kim Davis, who went to jail three years ago for denying him and others marriage licenses despite a historic U.S. Supreme Court decision. More>>

Texas liberal candidate bashed by national Democrats loses

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Texas' primary runoff will test whether the national Democratic Party's establishment can overcome an insurgent wing more openly hostile to President Donald Trump. More>>

The Latest: Texas Dem deemed too liberal by own party loses

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Polls in eastern Kentucky have closed on another multi-state primary day ahead of the November midterms. More>>

Democrats nominate first woman as GOP race heads to runoff

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Stacey Abrams won Georgia's Democratic primary in the gubernatorial race Tuesday, becoming the state's first woman nominee for governor from either major party. More>>

Trump won't say if he has confidence in Rosenstein

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Top FBI, Justice Department officials agree to "review" highly classified information from Russia probe with lawmakers. More>>

Congress moves to dismantle key post-crisis bank rules

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Congress is moving to dismantle a chunk of the rules framework for banks to prevent a recurrence of the 2008 financial crisis that brought millions of lost jobs and foreclosed homes. The House was to approve legislation to roll back the Dodd-Frank law. More>>

Teacher beats Kentucky House majority leader in GOP primary

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A high school math teacher is hoping to topple the majority leader of Kentucky's House of Representatives on a night when more than a dozen current or former teachers were on the ballot following a wave of education protests at state Capitols this spring. More>>

The princes, the president and the fortune seekers

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A top Trump fundraiser and a senior adviser to a UAE crown prince ran a secretive campaign, trading lobbying against Qatar for defense contracts from Gulf countries. More>>

House Republicans divided as Ryan struggles to keep clout

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House Speaker Paul Ryan is facing growing disruption among the GOP ranks, raising fresh questions about his ability to lead a divided group of Republicans through a tough election season. More>>

Missouri lawmakers read woman's testimony against Greitens

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A Missouri House panel considering whether to try to impeach Gov. Eric Greitens has endorsed rules that would prohibit the governor's attorneys from cross-examining witnesses during a special legislative session. More>>

The Latest: Trump addresses anti-abortion rights activists Video included

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President Donald Trump is talking up his decision to impose new restrictions on federally-funded family planning clinics like Planned Parenthood. More>>

Washington lobbyists put on notice over foreign agent law

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A recent federal case against a Pakistani man in Maryland may send ripples through the halls of power in Washington. More>>

Brazil leader scraps bid, supports ex-finance minister

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Brazil's President Michel Temer is ending speculation that he might seek re-election despite dismal poll ratings. More>>

Ryan vents frustration over GOP infighting over immigration

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Some conservative House Republicans warn Ryan about allowing moderates to push through a bipartisan immigration bill without strong GOP support. More>>

Resume of professor picked to be Italy's premier scrutinized

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Populists pick law professor with almost no political experience, a left-leaning voting record and a reputation as a snazzy dresser to be Italy's premier. More>>

DHS secretary says she's unaware Russia wanted Trump to win

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Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen says she is unaware of intelligence concluding that Russia favored President Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election. More>>

Former Malaysian leader Najib grilled by anti-graft agency

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Former Prime Minister Najib Razak has arrived at the office of Malaysia's anti-graft agency for questioning over a corruption scandal that could lead to criminal charges against him. More>>

Stars Bardot, Marceau lead fight to amend French food bill

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Actresses Brigitte Bardot and Sophie Marceau are leading campaigns for mandatory cameras in French slaughterhouses and a ban on the sale of eggs from caged hens as France's parliament prepares to debate a food industry bill Tuesday. More>>

Ex-coal exec chases US Senate seat despite GOP primary loss

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Despite having lost the Republican primary, convicted ex-coal baron Don Blankenship says he's going to continue his bid for U.S. Senate as a third-party candidate. More>>

Trump administration slams Venezuela's election as a "sham"

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The Trump administration is dismissing Venezuela's presidential election as a "sham" and vowing to take quick action to ramp up economic and diplomatic pressure on President Nicolas Maduro's beleaguered government. More>>

The princes, the president and the fortune seekers

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AP Investigation: A top fundraiser for President Donald Trump and a senior adviser to the crown prince of Abu Dhabi ran a secretive campaign, trading lobbying against Qatar for hundreds of millions in defense contracts from the United Arab Emirates. More>>

Venezuela's opposition scrambles to regroup after Maduro win

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Embattled socialist incumbent Nicolas Maduro won Venezuela's presidential election by a landslide in a disputed vote marred by irregularities and mass absenteeism that led his main rivals to call for a re-run. More>>

Mayor in Russia's fourth-largest city abruptly resigns

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The mayor of Russia's fourth-largest city has stepped down to protest a government-promoted law which scrapped mayoral elections. More>>

Watchdog report to fault FBI for Clinton probe delay

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An upcoming inspector general report is expected to criticize the FBI, including former director James Comey, over a weeks-long delay in reviewing a newly discovered trove of Hillary Clinton emails in the days before the 2016 presidential election. More>>

Democrats add drain-the-swamp proposals to campaign agenda

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Democratic leaders in Congress are adding an anti-corruption plank to their mid-term campaign agenda, with proposals to beef-up ethics laws, protect voting rights and overhaul campaign finance. More>>

FBI, Justice to 'review' classified info sought by lawmakers

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Trump says he'll demand that the Justice Department review whether the department or the FBI infiltrated his presidential campaign for political purposes. More>>

The Latest: White House setting up meeting on Russia probe

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President Donald Trump is meeting with Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general overseeing the Russia probe, and Christopher Wray, head of the FBI. More>>

Richard N. Goodwin, White House speech writer, dead at 86

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Richard Goodwin, a speechwriter and liberal force who wrote historic speeches for the Kennedys and Lyndon Johnson, has died at age 86. More>>

Correction: 2018 Midterms-Endorsements story

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The 2018 midterm campaign shows signs of a Democratic scramble to reclaim the White House in 2020. More>>

School shooting unlikely to rile Texas runoffs Tuesday

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Texas holds its primary runoff election just four days after a 17-year-old student killed 10 people and wounded 13 others at his Santa Fe High School. More>>

The Latest: Trump aims to prevent 'fire sales' in Venezuela

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President Donald Trump has signed an order restricting the Venezuelan government's ability to liquidate assets in the aftermath of an election that the White House is calling a "sham.". More>>

Hall of Fame coach Holtz settles lawsuit with Daily Beast

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Attorneys for Lou Holtz say the former Notre Dame coach and the news website The Daily Beast have resolved a defamation lawsuit filed by the ex-ESPN analyst and college football Hall of Famer. More>>

Populists' pick to be Italian premier scorns bureaucracy

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Populists pick law professor with almost no political experience, a left-leaning voting record and a reputation as a snazzy dresser to be Italy's premier. More>>

'Don't be mad at Claire': McCaskill courts black voters

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'Don't be mad at Claire': Missouri Democrat faces black voters' concerns. More>>

Italy edges toward 1st populist govt, law prof as premier

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Italy edged toward its first populist government Monday as the euroskeptic 5-Star Movement and the right-wing League indicated a 54-year-old law professor with no political experience as their candidate for premier. More>>

Trump thrusts abortion fight into crucial midterm elections Video included

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The Trump administration is resurrecting a Reagan-era rule that would ban federally funded family planning clinics from discussing abortion with women, or sharing space with abortion providers. More>>

Burundi votes to allow president to extend time in power

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Burundi's electoral commission says a majority of voters agreed to amend the constitution in changes that could prolong the rule of President Pierre Nkurunziza until 2034. More>>

Black women look to flex power in Georgia governor's race

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In Georgia governor's race, black women seek to shape the state's political landscape. More>>

Mnuchin says NAFTA negotiations could spill into 2019

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Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says efforts to renegotiate a trade agreement with Canada and Mexico could spill into next year. More>>

US relations under Trump dominate Mexico presidential debate

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Mexico's turbulent relationship with the U.S. government under President Donald Trump dominated the country's second presidential debate with all candidates insisting the relationship must be based on mutual respect. More>>

Maduro declared winner in disputed Venezuela election

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Venezuelans vote Sunday in a presidential election with Nicolas Maduro expected to win a second six-year term, despite a deepening crisis that's made food scarce and inflation soar as oil production in the once wealthy nation plummets. More>>

The Latest: Maduro celebrates re-election, urges dialogue

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Pope Francis is praying that "beloved" Venezuela's people and rulers will wisely choose peace and unity as the nation elects a new president. More>>

Iraq's al-Sadr, promising reform, is constrained by Iran

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Iraq's Muqtada al-Sadr, the maverick Shiite cleric whose political coalition beat out Iran's favored candidates to come in first in national elections, says he wants to form a government that puts Iraqis first. More>>

Florida's expensive race for governor highlights lax laws

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Florida's wide-open race for governor won't be decided for another six months, but it's already triggered a wave of expensive TV ad buys from groups taking advantage of gray areas in the state's campaign finance laws. More>>

2018 midterms: An early heat for 2020 Democrats?

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Look closely enough at the 2018 midterm campaign and you'll see the stirrings of a Democratic scramble to reclaim the White House from President Donald Trump. More>>

As Trump pressures DOJ, Giuliani says probe may end by Sept

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President Donald Trump says he'll demand that the Justice Department review whether the department or the FBI infiltrated his presidential campaign for political purposes, and whether any demands or requests came from the Obama administration. More>>

The Latest: Trump orders FBI probe - and IG to widen query

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President's lawyer says special counsel Robert Mueller could conclude his probe by September if Trump agrees to an interview. More>>

Iraq's al-Sadr says next government will be 'inclusive'

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Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, whose coalition won the largest number of seats in Iraq's parliamentary elections, says the next government will be "inclusive.". More>>

Italian populist says he and rival have deal on new premier

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One of Italy's two main populist leaders says he and his rival finally have agreed on who should be the next premier _ neither of them. More>>

Turkey's Erdogan seeks expatriate support for re-election

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Turkey's president has addressed thousands of expatriate Turks in Bosnia's capital Sunday to shore up support before his country's snap presidential and parliamentary elections next month. More>>

McCaskill defends CIA vote, says reasons are classified

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Claire McCaskill defends vote against CIA director: Says specific reasons classified. More>>

Powerful, unpopular Venezuela leader faces opposition foes

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A look at President Nicolas Maduro and the two opposition candidates vying to become the next president of troubled Venezuela. More>>

Trump: Justice Department planted spy in 2016 campaign

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President Donald Trump accused the Justice Department of trying to frame him by planting a spy in his 2016 campaign _ an allegation his own lawyer says might not be true. More>>

Working Families Party formally endorses Cynthia Nixon

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New York's progressive Working Families Party has formally endorsed 'Sex and the City' actress Cynthia Nixon as its gubernatorial candidate _ challenging incumbent Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo. More>>

Immigration a fraught issue for GOP as midterms approach

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The dust-up this past week in the House over immigration shows just how problematic and risky the issue is for the GOP at a time when the party needs unity heading into pivotal elections in November. More>>

Not all GOP candidates want Trump to stump

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Trump plans aggressive role in midterm elections, but he's not welcome everywhere. More>>

Manafort's ex-son-in-law busy with Mueller's investigation

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Paul Manafort's former son-in-law says he has been busy with special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. More>>

Militant-turned-populist cleric Sadr wins Iraqi election

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Iraq's electoral commission says a political coalition led by influential Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has won the most seats in Iraq's national parliamentary elections, according to the release of complete results. More>>

Trump says spy infiltrated his campaign; lawyer casts doubt

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President Donald Trump is citing news reports as evidence that the Justice Department spied on his 2016 campaign, tweeting "Really bad stuff!". More>>

The Latest: Affidavit: Gunman didn't shoot students he liked Video included

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Houston-area media citing unnamed law enforcement officials are reporting that there are fatalities following a shooting at a high school. More>>

Texas school shooting kills 10, deadliest since Parkland Video included

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Law enforcement officers are responding to a high school near Houston after an active shooter was reported on campus. More>>

Trump wades into California primary in hopes of boosting GOP

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President Donald Trump is wading into the heated California GOP gubernatorial primary, endorsing businessman John Cox. More>>

Kim Davis challenger: Man whose marriage license she denied

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A gay man in Kentucky wants to run against Kim Davis, the county clerk who denied him a marriage license in 2015. More>>

Billionaire Tom Steyer gets Michigan renewable energy deal

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Michigan's two dominant utilities have committed to increase the power they produce from wind and other renewable sources to 25 percent by 2030 under pressure from billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer. More>>

Rule would take US funds from clinics discussing abortion

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The Trump administration is resurrecting a Reagan-era rule that would ban federally-funded family planning clinics from discussing abortion with women, or sharing space with abortion providers. More>>

Democrats get giddy about a perennial target: Arizona

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For a decade, Democrats have said they were close to turning Arizona blue. More>>

1 year on, Robert Mueller is everywhere and nowhere

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In the year since Robert Mueller was appointed special counsel, he hasn't uttered a word in public about his Russia investigation. More>>

Mercer sisters liquidate beleaguered Cambridge Analytica

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Cambridge Analytica, beleaguered data collection agency that worked for President Donald Trump's 2016 election campaign, files for bankruptcy protection. More>>

Trump to deny funds to clinics that discuss abortion

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The Trump administration is resurrecting a Reagan-era rule that would ban federally funded family planning clinics from discussing abortion with women, or sharing space with abortion providers. More>>

Teachers channel momentum from strikes into midterm races

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As they packed up their protest signs and returned to the classroom to finish out the school year, thousands of teachers in North Carolina turned their attention to a different fight: the midterm elections. More>>

After upset Iraqi vote, US prepares to embrace a former foe

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Fourteen years after Muqtada al-Sadr's militias fought and killed American troops who had invaded Iraq, the United States is preparing to work hand in hand with the charismatic Shiite cleric and his movement. More>>

Gina Haspel confirmed as new CIA director

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Political divisions within the Democratic Party are playing out in the vote to confirm Trump's nominee to lead the CIA. More>>

California #MeToo leader cleared of groping allegations

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An outside investigation has cleared a California assemblywoman of allegations that she groped a male staff member who worked for another lawmaker. More>>

Manafort's ex-son-in-law talking with Mueller's team

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A federal judge in Virginia has now joined the small group of Americans who know the details of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. More>>

Cases against bikers struggle 3 years after Waco shootout

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Three years after a gunfight in Waco killed nine bikers, Texas prosecutors are struggling to convict anyone in the deadliest biker shooting in U.S. history. More>>

1 year into Russia probe, Washington is rattled, uncertain

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A year into the probe, Robert Mueller is everywhere and nowhere at the same time. More>>

Lack of paper trail a concern amid fears of election hacking

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As the midterm congressional primaries heat up amid warnings of Russian hacking, 1 in 5 Americans will be casting their ballots on machines that do not produce a paper record of their votes. More>>

Trump: If FBI spied on my campaign, 'bigger than Watergate!'

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Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani urges special counsel's team to wrap up its investigation on the eve of probe's one-year anniversary. More>>

Cambridge Analytica suspended head to appear at UK committee

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British lawmakers investigating the use of Facebook users' information in political campaigns say the suspended head of the political consultancy Cambridge Analytica has accepted a summons to appear before committee a second time. More>>

Grave crisis drives apathy in Venezuelan election

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Despite pleas from the candidates ahead of Venezuela's presidential election, apathy could play a large role among voters opting to stay home as Venezuelans endure the worst political and economic crisis in their country's history. More>>

Lawmaker accused of choking political rival at restaurant

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A state lawmaker from Lowell has been accused of choking a political challenger during a chance encounter at a restaurant. More>>

Warren challenger ends lawsuit over 'fake Indian' sign

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A U.S. Senate candidate in Massachusetts is ending a lawsuit he filed against Cambridge last month after city officials asked him to remove a sign from a campaign bus. More>>

Unapologetic Trump Jr.: Not troubled that I met with Russian Video included

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Donald Trump Jr. told a Senate panel that he didn't think there was anything wrong with meeting a Russian lawyer who promised dirt on Hillary Clinton ahead of the 2016 election, and that he can't recall whether he discussed the probe with his father. More>>

Burundi votes on extending president's power until 2034

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Burundi votes in a referendum proposing constitutional changes that could extend the president's rule until 2034. More>>

AP Interview: Anwar wants Malaysia to scrap race policies

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Pardoned Malaysian politician Anwar Ibrahim says decades-old affirmative action policies for the country's Malay majority must be discarded in favor of a new program to help the poor regardless of race. More>>

New Zealand to spend billions on fixing hospitals, schools

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New Zealand's government plans to spend billions of dollars rebuilding rotting hospitals and improving other infrastructure as the economy continues to grow at a healthy clip. More>>

Trump rails against California for its immigration policies Video included

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President Donald Trump is hammering California for its sanctuary policies in his latest push to resist the "resistance" to his presidency. More>>

Pennsylvania governor gets to know imposing new ticket mate

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Pennsylvania's governor is getting to know his new running mate better, a day after Democrats voted to replace the incumbent lieutenant governor with the 6-foot-8 mayor of an economically struggling steel mill town. More>>

Liberal tilt in some primaries a sign of Democratic fervor

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Democratic voters are choosing decidedly liberal candidates in some primary elections for House races viewed as key to the congressional majority. More>>

The Latest: Trump Jr. saw no issue with Trump Tower meeting Video included

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Donald Trump Jr. says doesn't remember a lot when it comes to the circumstances around a June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower with a Russian attorney. More>>

Liberal tilt in some primaries a sign of Democratic fervor

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Democratic voters are choosing decidedly liberal candidates in some primary elections for House races viewed as key to the congressional majority. More>>

The Latest: Senate backs effort to restore 'net neutrality'

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The Senate has voted to kill a Federal Communications Commission rule that repealed the Obama administration's ban on internet providers blocking or slowing down certain content. More>>

The Latest: GOP leaders warn against immigration roll calls

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House GOP leaders are warning rebellious Republicans that forcing roll calls on immigration could damage the party by weakening conservatives' enthusiasm for voting in this fall's midterm elections. More>>

Iraqis protest in Kirkuk over alleged voting fraud

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Hundreds of demonstrators have gathered outside an election office in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk to protest alleged fraud in last week's parliamentary elections. More>>

Virginia Republicans at odds - and throats - in Trump era

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The vicious tenor of the 2016 GOP presidential primary is being matched by Virginia's raucous congressional primaries. More>>

The Latest: Trump celebrates Barletta, Fischer primary wins

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Polls have closed across Pennsylvania, one of four states holding primary elections Tuesday. More>>

Giuliani's confusing media statements may hurt his business

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Giuliani's decision to join Trump's legal team could backfire if potential clients of his international consulting business view him as too erratic and go elsewhere for representation. More>>

Malaysia's reformist icon Anwar freed, given royal pardon

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Malaysia's reformist icon Anwar Ibrahim has been freed from custody after receiving a royal pardon, paving the way for a political comeback following his alliance's stunning election victory. More>>

Fearing bloodshed, Burundi faces vote on president's power

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Fearing further bloodshed, Burundi faces Thursday vote on extending president's power. More>>

Judge: Special counsel had authority to prosecute Manafort

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A federal judge in Washington says special counsel Robert Mueller was working within his authority when he brought charges against President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman. More>>

Nation's most restrictive abortion law is challenged in Iowa

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Abortion-rights groups say they have challenged nation's most restrictive abortion law in Iowa. More>>

Nebraska Democrats pick Raybould to face GOP Sen. Fischer

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Sen. Deb Fischer has notched an easy Republican primary victory despite challenges from four GOP candidates who sought to take her seat in deep-red Nebraska. More>>

Lawmakers press Missouri governor probe despite dropped case

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Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens' attorneys say invasion-of-privacy case was crumbling under lack of evidence when charge was dropped; prosecutors say they'll still pursue case. More>>

Nebraska Democrats pick Raybould to face GOP Sen. Fischer

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Sen. Deb Fischer has notched an easy Republican primary victory over four other GOP candidates, some of whom argued she wasn't conservative enough for deep-red Nebraska. More>>

Stormy Daniels' crowdfunding raises transparency questions

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Stormy Daniels' unusual method of crowdfunding legal fees in her case against President Donald Trump raises transparency questions about who is actually supporting the legal fight. More>>

Nebraska Sen. Fischer easily wins Republican primary

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Nebraska voters on Tuesday will pick US Senate nominees for both parties out of crowded fields of candidates who hope to claim the seat held by incumbent Republican Deb Fischer. More>>

4 states decide primaries; Trump's Senate pick wins in Pa.

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New district map prompts Pennsylvania primary scramble while Trump hopes his luck continues with Senate pick. More>>

GOP senators lunch with Trump, don't bring up McCain remark

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Trump's Capitol Hill lunch with Senate Republicans comes as the White House and its GOP allies try to coalesce around a political message ahead of the midterm elections. More>>

Democrats seek counterweight to Trump's message in 2020

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An annual conference organized by a prominent Democratic think tank is offering an early glimpse at some of the Democrats plotting a challenge to President Donald Trump in 2020. More>>

Lebanon's gay pride week brought to halt after crackdown

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The organizer of Lebanon's struggling gay pride week has been briefly detained days into the celebrations and the rest of the festival's events cancelled. More>>

Erdogan a battleground in Germany-Turkey soccer vote

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The strained diplomatic relations between Germany and Turkey have taken on a sporting dimension as the countries bid to host soccer's 2024 European Championship. More>>

Early results in Iraq election favor populist cleric al-Sadr

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The coalition of influential Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has taken an early lead in Iraq's national elections in partial returns announced by the Iraqi electoral commission. More>>

AP to offer election voter survey to replace exit polls

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The Associated Press will begin offering a new election voter survey designed to replace traditional exit polls, which have been criticized for accuracy in recent elections. More>>

Russian company attacks Mueller indictment as baseless

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A Russian company indicted in the special counsel investigation says the government hasn't shown that it intentionally broke the law. More>>

Top Russian diplomat warns that Mueller probe hurts ties

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A top Russian diplomat has dismissed the U.S. probe into possible collusion between the Donald Trump campaign and Russia as "anti-Russian hysteria" and warned that it is hurting ties between the two countries. More>>

Ricketts seizes spotlight in buildup to Nebraska primary

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Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts is touting his conservative credentials on the national stage as he prepares for re-election. More>>

Slovak President Kiska decides not to seek re-election

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Slovak President Andrej Kiska says he will not seek a second term in office in next year's presidential election. More>>

Malaysia's jailed opposition icon to make spectacular return

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Malaysia's historic change of government paves the way for an extraordinary comeback for jailed opposition icon Anwar Ibrahim, who played a key role in helping to secure the election victory and has become a prime minister in waiting. More>>

Iraqi Shiite cleric gained ground with nationalist voice

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Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, who led punishing attacks on American forces after the 2003 U.S.-led overthrow of Saddam Hussein, appears set to secure the most significant victory of his political career with a strong showing in last weekend's election. More>>

Ukraine computer involved in Tennessee elections attack

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A cyber security firm says "a specific attack" was among the possible reasons for the crash of a website that was reporting results in a Tennessee county's primary elections. More>>

The Latest: Gaza Health Ministry releases latest death toll

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The Turkish Embassy in Washington says the Turkish ambassador to the United States is being called home over the Trump administration moving the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. More>>

The Latest: Missouri lawmakers to continue Greitens review

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Prosecutors have dropped an invasion-of-privacy charge against Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens but say they plan to re-file the case with a special prosecutor. More>>

Illinois governor seeks to reinstate death penalty

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Illinois Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner wants to reinstate the death penalty in the state. More>>

Wisconsin again finds secret video shows no election fraud

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The state Department of Justice has again concluded that secretly recorded videos of a Democratic activist reveal no evidence of election fraud. More>>

The Latest: OIC condemns US embassy move to Jerusalem

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Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary has expressed concern that the relocation of the U.S. Embassy in Israel could escalate tensions in the Middle East. More>>

Teachers' group seeks to stop Oklahoma anti-tax question

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A group that represents Oklahoma teachers is asking the state's highest court to stop an anti-tax group's effort to overturn a tax-hike package approved by the Legislature this year to fund teacher pay raises. More>>

Catalonia's lawmakers pick fervent separatist as new chief

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Catalonia's lawmakers are meeting to end more than six months of leadership vacuum by voting in a fervent separatist as the new chief of the restive region, setting the scene for a new confrontation with Spain. More>>

No deal yet: Italy's populist leaders differ on key issues

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Italy's rival populist leaders were summoned to the presidential palace on Monday to report on whether have nailed down a coalition deal to give the nation a government, more than 10 weeks after an inconclusive election. More>>

Romney: Jeffress wrong man to give Jerusalem embassy prayer

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Senate candidate Mitt Romney says a prominent Baptist minister shouldn't be giving the prayer that opens the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem because he is a "religious bigot.". More>>

The Latest: Secessionist Torra is chosen to lead Catalonia

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Catalan presidential hopeful Quim Torra says he will work toward building an independent republic if he is elected as the new chief of the restive region, as expected in a Monday parliamentary vote. More>>

Facebook ads show Russian effort to stoke political division

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Democrats on the House intelligence committee have released more than 3,500 Facebook ads that were created or promoted by a Russian internet agency. More>>

Shiite cleric Sadr leads in Iraq's initial election results

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Iraq's election commission says the results of the first national vote since declaring victory over the Islamic State group are expected within two days. More>>

South Dakota could be first state to tweak 'Marsy's Law'

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South Dakota voters to decide whether to change state's "Marsy's Law" to cut down on unforeseen bureaucratic problems the victims rights amendment has caused. More>>

Missouri governor's troubles trace to action in spring 2015

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Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens is facing a felony trial this week and numerous other troubles that all trace to spring 2015. More>>

The Latest: Iraqi cleric al-Sadr leads in early vote results

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Iraq's electoral commission says influential Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr's alliance is the current front-runner in national elections with official results in from just over half of the country's provinces. More>>

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