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Official resigns over online hate campaign against judges

Aug. 20, 2019 3:02 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's deputy justice minister resigned Tuesday after allegations surfaced that he encouraged an online hate campaign against judges who were critical of the right-wing government. Lukasz Piebiak said he was stepping down in the interests of the government, adding that he planned to...

The Latest: Polish deputy justice minister resigns

Aug. 20, 2019 10:14 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Latest on a Polish political crisis (all times local): 4:05 p.m. Poland's deputy justice minister has handed in his resignation after allegations surfaced he encouraged an online hate campaign against judges critical of the government. Lukasz Piebiak published a statement Tuesday...

Planned book by Mark Halperin faces widespread criticism

Aug. 18, 2019 11:39 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A reported book deal for Mark Halperin, the "Game Change" co-author and political commentator who has faced multiple allegations of sexual harassment, is being greeted with widespread outrage. Former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson called the deal "a slap in the face to all women." Politico...

US ambassador openly questions Afghan government on graft

Aug. 15, 2019 11:46 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The United States ambassador to Afghanistan on Thursday openly questioned the Afghan government's commitment to fighting corruption after reports that a key figure in a massive banking scandal received an early prison release in return for a large campaign donation. Ambassador...

Tennessee agency investigating Casada's campaign finances

Aug. 14, 2019 7:19 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The former embattled house speaker for Tennessee is being investigated for how he received and spent campaign money. The Tennessean reports the Registry of Election Finance launched the review into campaign finances for Glen Casada. He resigned as house speaker earlier this month...

Ethics commissioner finds Canada PM Trudeau violated ethics

Aug. 14, 2019 4:52 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Canada's ethics commissioner said Wednesday that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau improperly pressured a former attorney general to halt the criminal prosecution of a company, a development that could imperil his re-election chances. The report comes just before the official start of...

GOP congressman set to go to trial weeks before 2020 primary

Aug. 13, 2019 6:23 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter won't go on trial until next year on corruption charges that involve the spending of campaign cash on vacations, extramarital affairs and other items, a U.S. judge decided Tuesday. U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Whelan changed the trial date from Sept. 10 to Jan....

Texas lawmakers ask state police to investigate GOP scandal

Aug. 12, 2019 3:18 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A panel of Texas lawmakers on Monday asked state police to investigate allegations that Republican House Speaker Dennis Bonnen offered media credentials for the chamber to a hardline conservative activist in exchange for campaigning against a group of GOP incumbents in the 2020...

Scandal-ridden NRA head LaPierre digs in against gun control

Aug. 9, 2019 1:33 PM EDT

In the aftermath of the back-to-back shooting massacres in Texas and Ohio , the debate over gun control has returned to the National Rifle Association and its immense power to stymie any significant legislation on the issue. The man largely responsible for the NRA's uncompromising stance is its decades-long CEO,...

Polish parliament picks new speaker, seeking to end scandal

Aug. 9, 2019 11:29 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish lawmakers have chosen a new parliamentary speaker as the ruling populist party seeks to move past a scandal over the frequent use of a government jet by the previous speaker and his family. A majority of lawmakers in the lower house of parliament voted on Friday to make...