Latest Government and politics News

Trump says Pompeo would easily win Senate seat in Kansas

Nov. 22, 2019 10:53 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump appeared to open the door on Friday for Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to run for an open Senate seat in his home state of Kansas. “He came to me and said 'Look, I'd rather stay where I am,' but he loves Kansas, he loves the people of Kansas,” Trump...

Lawmakers not happy with proposed water rate hike

Nov. 22, 2019 10:53 AM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Proposed water and sewer rate hikes for residents of the greater Hartford area are being met with outrage from lawmakers. The proposed 2020 budget for the Metropolitan District Commission, the regional water and sewer authority, includes raising the water rate almost 15% from $3.50...

Trump insists on debunked Ukraine theory, despite testimony

Nov. 22, 2019 10:51 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday promoted a debunked conspiracy theory that Ukraine interfered in the 2016 election, a day after a former White House adviser called it a “fictional narrative” and said it played into Russia’s hands. Trump called in to “Fox &...

Serbia president defends minister in plagiarism dispute

Nov. 22, 2019 10:51 AM EST

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia’s president has dismissed calls for the resignation of the Balkan country’s finance minister triggered by a university ruling that he plagiarized parts of the doctoral thesis. Aleksandar Vucic on Friday told Prva TV that Sinisa Mali “is doing an excellent...

US stock indexes inch higher amid rising global tide

Nov. 22, 2019 10:46 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks inched higher in morning trading Friday as a week dominated by the progress in U.S.-China trade talks — or lack thereof — comes to a close. President Donald Trump said that a deal between the world’s largest economies is “potentially very...

Parallel national day rallies by Lebanon protesters, leaders

Nov. 22, 2019 10:41 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s protesters and top politicians held competing Independence Day celebrations Friday, reflecting the deepening rift that has beset the country grappling with its worst political and economic crises in decades. The top leadership attended a truncated military parade which was...

AG Barr: Epstein’s death was a ‘perfect storm of screw-ups’

Nov. 22, 2019 10:39 AM EST

ABOARD A US GOVERNMENT AIRCRAFT (AP) — Attorney General William Barr said he initially had his own suspicions about financier Jeffrey Epstein’s death while behind bars at one of the most secure jails in America but came to conclude that his suicide was the result of “a perfect storm of...

Greece: EU ignored request to help refugee children

Nov. 22, 2019 10:36 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s prime minister says European Union nations have failed to respond to a request to take in 3,000 unaccompanied minors currently living in refugee camps and other facilities around the country. Kyriakos Mitsotakis, speaking in parliament Friday, said there had been no...

Internet slowly returns, US calls for Iran crackdown videos

Nov. 22, 2019 10:35 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The internet slowly trickled back on in Iran on Friday after a dayslong shutdown by authorities amid protests and unrest that followed government-set gasoline prices sharply rising, as America’s top diplomat urged demonstrators to send videos “documenting...

FBI lawyer suspected of altering Russia probe document

Nov. 22, 2019 10:32 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday touted news reports that a former FBI lawyer is suspected of altering a document related to surveillance of a former Trump campaign adviser in 2016. The Associated Press has confirmed reports by CNN and The Washington Post that the finding is part of a...