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Illinois man to be sentenced for threatening Arizona senator

Aug. 19, 2019 3:06 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A Chicago man who pleaded guilty to a federal retaliation charge for leaving a threatening voicemail for a U.S. senator is expected to be sentenced Monday in Phoenix. The guilty plea previously entered by 58-year-old James Dean Blevins calls for him to serve probation for threatening an...

New guidelines for rebates follow scrutiny of Fallon award

Aug. 19, 2019 2:56 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's film and TV production incentive program is changing after questions were raised about past awards, including $267,000 for Jimmy Fallon's "Tonight Show." Minnesota Public Radio News reports the board that runs the Snowbate program announced the changes Monday. Awards...

No. 4 Democrat in Congress wants impeachment inquiry

Aug. 19, 2019 2:46 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The No. 4 Democrat in Congress has announced his support for moving forward with an impeachment inquiry against President Trump. In a statement published Monday, U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján accused Trump of actively encouraging Russian interference in U.S. elections and said an...

No. 4 House Democrat says it's time for impeachment inquiry

Aug. 19, 2019 2:46 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A member of the House Democratic leadership says it's time for an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (loo-HAHN'), the No. 4 Democrat, is now the highest-ranking member of the House to call for formal proceedings against Trump. He says in a...

Romney says climate change happening, humans contribute

Aug. 19, 2019 2:28 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — U.S. Sen. Mitt Romney says he believes climate change is happening and human activity is a significant contributor. He acknowledged in a speech Monday in Utah that the position is rare among his fellow Republicans but one that younger people seem to respond to more strongly than older...

Omar, Tlaib to discuss Israel, Palestine travel restrictions

Aug. 19, 2019 11:56 AM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Democratic Reps. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan are talking about travel restrictions to Israel and Palestine after they were denied entry into the Jewish state last week. At the urging of President Donald Trump, Israel denied entry to the two Muslim...

Journalist and political staffer Wayne Weidie dies at 78

Aug. 19, 2019 11:56 AM EDT

OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. (AP) — A former Mississippi newspaper publisher and political columnist who later became a congressional aide has died. Wayne Weidie (WEE-die) was 78 when he died Thursday at his home in Venice, Florida. Weidie was publisher and editor of two Mississippi Gulf Coast newspapers, the...

Arizona congressional town hall meetings becoming rare

Aug. 19, 2019 11:47 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Town hall-style public meetings that gave Arizona residents the opportunity to ask questions of their congressional representatives used to be common during the August recess but are becoming rare. Avoiding those face-to-face events, most delegation members now visit workplaces, offer...

Amash dumped Trump, and now Mich. district may dump Amash

Aug. 19, 2019 10:43 AM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Eirran Betka-Pope was on her lunch break when she spotted hundreds of Donald Trump supporters protesting outside the office of Rep. Justin Amash, the first Republican on Capitol Hill to say Congress should begin impeachment proceedings against the president. The protesters, who...

Recent editorials published in Iowa newspapers

Aug. 19, 2019 10:02 AM EDT

Des Moines Register. August 15, 2019 When a sitting congressman sees an upside to rape and incest, sex abusers get the message Accused rapists have long defended themselves by claiming it didn't happen, or the victim "asked for it," maybe by dressing too provocatively. But never, to my knowledge, has a defense...