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Libyan National Army led by Hifter hires US lobbying firm

May. 21, 2019 3:13 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The self-styled Libyan National Army led by Field Marshal Khalifa Hifter has hired a lobbying firm to assist it in forging better relations with the U.S. government. A foreign agent registration posted Tuesday on the Justice Department's website shows the Houston-based Linden Government...

1 year after Santa Fe shooting, Texas shuns tougher gun laws

May. 17, 2019 6:29 AM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A year after a high school mass shooting near Houston that remains one of the deadliest in U.S. history, Texas lawmakers are on the brink of going home without passing any new gun restrictions, or even tougher firearm storage laws that Gov. Greg Abbott backed after the tragedy. A...

GOP adviser rejects deal to lobby against Russia sanctions

May. 16, 2019 4:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A GOP political consultant and one of President Donald Trump's harshest Republican critics has backed out of a six-figure agreement to lobby against potential U.S. sanctions on Russia's nuclear energy industry. John Weaver said in comments on his Twitter page Thursday that his decision to...

Facebook busts Israel-based campaign to disrupt elections

May. 16, 2019 3:16 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Facebook said Thursday it banned an Israeli company that ran an influence campaign aimed at disrupting elections in various countries and has canceled dozens of accounts engaged in spreading disinformation. Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook's head of cybersecurity policy, told reporters that...

House approves bill to aid casino bid by Massachusetts tribe

May. 15, 2019 5:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House on Wednesday approved a bill reaffirming the right of a Massachusetts tribe to hold land in trust, a crucial step to building a $1 billion casino. The bill, approved 275-146, would allow the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe to hold 321 acres of reservation land in trust, despite a...

Gymnasts testify; lawmakers won't name abuse bill lobbyists

May. 13, 2019 7:29 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Former U.S. national team gymnasts backing a Texas bill that would allow victims of sexual abuse more time to sue in civil court on Monday urged the state's lawmakers to restore a key provision allowing those individuals to sue institutions. A push to expand the statute of limitations...

NYC mayor says he'll decide this week on presidential run

May. 13, 2019 5:15 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio staged a chaotic news conference in the lobby of Trump Tower on Monday in which he touted a city anti-pollution law, was heckled by President Donald Trump's supporters and said he will announce this week whether he's running for president. Speaking at a...

House Democrats pull tribal bills after Trump tweet

May. 8, 2019 4:30 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic leaders pulled two bills concerning Native American tribes from the House floor Wednesday after President Donald Trump criticized one of the bills on Twitter and urged Republicans to oppose it. The bills were to be considered under a fast-track provision that requires...

Top GOP aide in Tennessee resigns amid allegations

May. 6, 2019 10:03 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Republican Tennessee House speaker's chief of staff resigned Monday amid allegations that he sent sexually explicit and racist text messages, and after admitting he used cocaine inside a legislative office building when he held a previous job. Cade Cothren stepped down late...

The Latest: Tennessee speaker aide resigns amid allegations

May. 6, 2019 9:32 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Latest on the Tennessee House speaker's chief of staff (all times local): 7 p.m. The Tennessee House speaker's top aide has resigned amid allegations that the aide sent racist and sexually explicit texts. Chief of Staff Cade Cothren resigned Monday, hours after he also admitted...