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FILE - In this March 14, 2012, file photo, former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich speaks to the media outside his home in Chicago as his wife, Patti, wipes away tears a day before reporting to prison after his conviction on corruption charges. President Donald Trump is expected to commute the 14-year prison sentence of Blagojevich. The 63-year-old Democrat is expected to walk out of prison later Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)

Trump commutes former Illinois Gov. Blagojevich's sentence

Feb. 18, 2020 4:44 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday commuted what he called the "ridiculous" 14-year prison sentence handed out to former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich for political corruption, clearing the way for his release after more than eight years behind bars. The Republican president said the...

President Donald Trump talks to the media before he boards Air Force One for a trip to Los Angeles to attend a campaign fundraiser, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Trump goes on clemency spree, and the list is long

Feb. 18, 2020 4:43 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has gone on a clemency blitz, commuting what he called a “ridiculous” 14-year prison sentence for former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and pardoning former New York Police Department commissioner Bernie Kerik, among a long list of others. Others who...

President Donald Trump talks to the media before he boards Air Force One for a trip to Los Angeles to attend a campaign fundraiser, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump to use 'big voice' to boost GOP on 4-day Western trip

Feb. 18, 2020 4:28 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he's ready to use his “big voice” to bolster Republicans' 2020 campaign hopes as he heads west for a four-day visit mixing policy and politics. Trump's trip will be packed with big-dollar fundraisers, a trio of campaign rallies meant...

FILE - In this March 31, 2014 file photo Keith Saunders, left, a certified Cover California insurance agent, explains a health insurance plan to Mark Tammes at a registration site in Sacramento, Calif. More than 1.5 million people in California have purchased health insurance through the taxpayer funded marketplace, Covered California, state officials announced, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. It is the first increase in enrollment after three years of decline. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

Following gain, California to reopen health coverage signups

Feb. 18, 2020 4:26 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — More than 1.5 million people in California have purchased health insurance through a taxpayer funded marketplace, state officials announced Tuesday, the first increase in enrollment after three years of decline. It's a 1.6% increase over last year, a jump that comes after the...

FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2019 file photo, the first panels of levee border wall are seen at a construction site along the U.S.-Mexico border, in Donna, Texas. The Trump administration said Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, that it will waive federal contracting laws to speed construction of the border wall with Mexico. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

Homeland Security waives contracting laws for border wall

Feb. 18, 2020 4:15 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Trump administration said Tuesday that it is waiving federal contracting laws to speed construction of a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border, moving the president closer to fulfilling a signature campaign promise in an election year but sparking criticism about potential for fraud, waste...

FILE - In this July 30, 2019, file photo, from left, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., greet each other before the first of two Democratic presidential primary debates hosted by CNN at the Fox Theatre in Detroit. Democratic presidential hopefuls are offering different approaches to the central challenge of how to talk about the polarizing debate over abortion. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

Democrats diverge on outreach to anti-abortion swing voters

Feb. 18, 2020 3:55 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — In a party that’s shifted leftward on abortion rights, Democratic presidential hopefuls are offering different approaches to a central challenge: how to talk to voters without a clear home in the polarizing debate over the government’s role in the decision to end a pregnancy....

FILE - In this July 8, 2019, file photo, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice speaks at a roundtable in Huntington, W.Va. West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has offered a conditional apology for calling a high school girls basketball team “thugs,

West Virginia primary: 18 running for president, 12 for gov

Feb. 18, 2020 3:49 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Voters in West Virginia’s May 12 primary will need some extra time to study the candidates before going to the ballot box. The Secretary of State’s office said it has certified the slate of candidates, including 18 for president and 12 for governor. Tuesday was the...

In this Aug. 11, 2019 photo, former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich exercises outside the Federal Correctional Institution-Englewood near Littleton, Colo.President Donald Trump on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, has commuted the 14-year prison sentence of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.  (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune via AP)

A timeline of Blagojevich's political career, criminal case

Feb. 18, 2020 3:23 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Highlights from imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's political career and legal saga: — 1993: Blagojevich begins a three-year stint as an Illinois state representative. — 1997: Blagojevich begins a six-year tenure in Congress. — 2002: Blagojevich, billing...

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, an attorney for President Donald Trump, speaks to reporters as he arrives for a New Year's Eve party hosted by President Donald Trump at his Mar-a-Lago property, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019, in Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

DOJ taps U.S. attorneys to coordinate Ukraine investigations

Feb. 18, 2020 2:13 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department has appointed U.S. attorneys in New York and Pennsylvania to coordinate federal investigations into Ukraine-related matters, including new information collected by President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani. In a letter sent Tuesday to House...

In this Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020 photo, India Meissel, a history teacher and past president of the National Council on Social Studies, gestures during her class at Lakewood High School in Suffolk, Va. Fairfax County Public Schools in Virginia is defending a recent partnership with the nonprofit educational group Izzit.org, in producing a video presentation from a conservative federal judge on the Constitution. Izzit.org is facing criticism that its materials are ideologically skewed. Meissel said some teachers might use Izzit material and see a need to balance it out with a different perspective. “A good teacher presents both sides,” she said. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Videos used by schools question minimum wage, climate change

Feb. 18, 2020 12:19 PM EST

The federal judge's message to an assembly of social studies students at a Virginia high school seemed straightforward: Courts too often meddle in the affairs of private commerce. The senior appellate judge, Douglas Ginsburg, was talking about the Constitution, telling students how the courts got it wrong by...