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Tradition of nonpartisan selection of judges may end in Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa was in the forefront of a national effort to reduce partisanship in the courts nearly 50 years ago when it decided to stop electing judges and instead rely on nominations by a panel of citizens and lawyers. In all, about three dozen states adopted similar systems aimed at emphasizing legal expertise over politics.


Trump's national emergency sparks new GOP divide in Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency to build his long-promised border wall ends one political problem for the White House and its allies on Capitol Hill, but launches another.


Montana lawmaker apologizes over remarks to Native Americans

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana lawmaker has apologized for telling Native American legislators that abortion is self-inflicted genocide and a plague on Indian culture.


Oversight chair: Trump lawyers gave false info on hush money

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal ethics officials believe President Donald Trump's lawyers provided false information about the $130,000 payment to buy the silence of porn actress Stormy Daniels after she alleged she had sex with Trump, the chairman of the House oversight committee said Friday.


Omar's edgy Israel tweet no surprise to some back home

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — As Ilhan Omar's political star was rising last year on her way to becoming one of the first Muslim women in Congress, several Minnesota Jewish leaders invited her to talk privately about past statements they considered anti-Semitic and anti-Israel. Gathering at a state senator's home, they hoped to get a better sense of her views while expressing their concerns.


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Pelosi, Schumer blasts Trump emergency declaration, say Congress will 'defend our constitutional authorities'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pelosi, Schumer blasts Trump emergency declaration, say Congress will 'defend our constitutional authorities' .


House vote sends President Donald Trump measure to fund border fencing, avert government shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — House vote sends President Donald Trump measure to fund border fencing, avert government shutdown.


William Barr sworn in for 2nd stint as US attorney general

WASHINGTON (AP) — William Barr was sworn in Thursday for his second stint as the nation's attorney general, taking the helm of the Justice Department as special counsel Robert Mueller investigates Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.


Late Rep. John Dingell celebrated as 'a world-class doer'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Longtime Rep. John Dingell was remembered Thursday as "one of the greats" and "a world-class doer" as lawmakers, longtime colleagues and a former president hailed his record-breaking service in the House.


Senate Dems on Green New Deal debate: 'Bring it on'

WASHINGTON (AP) — When Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced he would bring the Green New Deal forward for votes he thought it would put Democrats — especially 2020 presidential contenders — on the spot.


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Senate Democrat wants documents related to Khashoggi killing

WASHINGTON (AP) — The ranking Democratic on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Thursday called on the Trump administration to turn over all documents related to the killing of Saudi columnist Jamal Khashoggi.


House panel backs bill expanding gun-sale background checks

WASHINGTON (AP) — A key House committee approved a bill Wednesday to require background checks for all sales and transfers of firearms, a first step by majority Democrats to tighten gun laws after eight years of Republican rule.


House panel asks Whitaker to clarify 'incomplete' testimony

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler said Wednesday that many of the answers that Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker gave his committee in a hearing last week were "unsatisfactory, incomplete or contradicted by other evidence," and he is asking for further clarification.


In House's Yemen vote, Congress reasserts war-making powers

WASHINGTON (AP) — Asserting congressional authority over war-making powers, the House passed a resolution Wednesday that would force the administration to withdraw U.S. troops from involvement in Yemen, in a rebuke of President Donald Trump's alliance with the Saudi-led coalition behind the military intervention.


The Latest: House OKs measure to pull troops from Yemen war

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the House resolution limiting U.S. involvement in Yemen (all times local):


House votes to limit U.S. involvement in war in Yemen, rebuking Trump alliance with Saudi Arabia

WASHINGTON (AP) — House votes to limit U.S. involvement in war in Yemen, rebuking Trump alliance with Saudi Arabia.


McConnell wields Green New Deal as bludgeon against Dems

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate will vote on the Green New Deal, a moonshot plan by Democrats to combat climate change, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday, announcing a move designed to force Senate Democrats — including a cast of presidential candidates — into a political bind.


Trump not 'thrilled' with border deal but leaning toward it

WASHINGTON (AP) — Under mounting pressure from his own party, President Donald Trump appeared to be grudgingly leaning toward accepting an agreement Tuesday that would head off a threatened second government shutdown but provide just a fraction of the money he's been demanding for his Mexican border wall.


Senate backs major public lands, conservation bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Tuesday approved a major public lands bill that revives a popular conservation program, adds 1.3 million acres of new wilderness, expands several national parks and creates five new national monuments.


South Dakota House OKs limits on teaching gender dysphoria

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota representatives approved a bill Tuesday that would prohibit public school instruction about gender dysphoria through seventh grade.


Six women now suing Harvey Weinstein

Six women now suing Harvey Weinstein

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White House indicates Trump to veto disapproval of emergency

Stephen Miller

Where the investigations related to President Trump stand

Donald Trump, Melania Trump

Alaska governor offers use of troops along US-Mexico border
Shanahan says he hasn't determined amount for border wall

Shanahan says he hasn't determined amount for border wall

Trump emergency declaration faces fights in the courts

Donald Trump

NY legislators propose raising smoking age to 21

NY legislators propose raising smoking age to 21

Monroe County Democrats, Republicans endorse 2019 candidates

Monroe County Democrats, Republicans endorse 2019 candidates

NY Gov. Cuomo to meet with Trump about impact of tax changes
Former state assemblyman pleads not guilty to bribery charges

Former state assemblyman pleads not guilty to bribery charges

NY AG, governor launch investigate into Apple's FaceTime bug

NY AG, governor launch investigate into Apple's FaceTime bug

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