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Now what? Mueller ends the Russia investigation

Mar. 22, 2019 7:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Now what? Special counsel Robert Mueller has concluded his Trump-Russia investigation and on Friday delivered his final report to Attorney General William Barr. But what the report looks like isn't clear. Justice Department regulations required only that Mueller give the attorney general...

Joe Biden faces a challenge winning over progressives

Mar. 22, 2019 9:17 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden says he has "the most progressive record" of any Democrat running, or mulling a run, in 2020. But many progressive activists disagree. As the former vice president inches closer to a third White House run, several moments in his long career loom as immediate political...

Waiting for the final Mueller report and what happens next

Mar. 21, 2019 2:48 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — America is waiting for special counsel Robert Mueller's report. But anyone looking for a grand narrative on President Donald Trump, Russian election interference and all the juicy details uncovered over the past 22 months could end up disappointed. The exact timing of Mueller's endgame is...

Senate confirms White House official Rao for appeals court

Mar. 13, 2019 5:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Wednesday confirmed President Donald Trump's nominee to replace Brett Kavanaugh on a high-profile appeals court, despite concerns about her past writings on sexual assault. White House official Neomi Rao won confirmation to a seat on the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the...

Chelsea Manning jailed for refusing to testify on WikiLeaks

Mar. 8, 2019 5:51 PM EST

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning, who served years in prison for leaking one of the largest troves of classified documents in U.S. history, was sent to jail Friday for refusing to testify before a grand jury investigating WikiLeaks. U.S. District Judge Claude Hilton...

Ghost-hunting past haunts Alaska board nominee

Mar. 7, 2019 8:28 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Past ghost-hunting experiences have come back to haunt a man picked by Gov. Mike Dunleavy to serve on a compensation board for crime victims. John Francis hasn't shied away from the topic, voluntarily bringing it up during a House hearing last week and calmly fielding pointed...

Texas governor fills courts with GOP judges voters rejected

Mar. 7, 2019 3:28 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Gov. Greg Abbott has quietly been stocking Texas courts with Republican judges freshly rejected by voters, employing one of the strongest powers of his office to stem the erosion of the GOP's decades-long dominance in the state. In the three months since the worst election night for...

Attorney general won't recuse from overseeing Mueller probe

Mar. 5, 2019 3:21 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr will not recuse himself from overseeing the special counsel's Russia probe after consulting with senior ethics officials, the Justice Department said Monday. The officials advised Barr against recusal from Robert Mueller's investigation into possible...

Senate panel endorses Trump nominee Rao for appeals court

Feb. 28, 2019 2:35 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to advance President Donald Trump's nominee to replace Brett Kavanaugh on a high-profile appeals court. The committee voted 12-10 along party lines to endorse Neomi Rao for a seat on the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of...

Evers' official: Ex-Planned Parenthood VP has no legal say

Feb. 27, 2019 4:34 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers' pick to lead the Wisconsin Department of Health Services on Wednesday defended naming a former vice president at Planned Parenthood as a top deputy, saying she won't have any involvement in lawsuits challenging the state's abortion laws. Secretary-designee Andrea Palm...