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Abstentions in Brazil election could hurt governability

Aug. 21, 2018 12:16 AM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Attorney Carlos Gomes is a political junkie who plunged into campaigning for national and local candidates as a teenager. Two years ago, he even moved to Sao Paulo to work for a law firm that represents several candidates for office. However he says he won't be able to bring himself to...

The Latest: Manafort lawyer press Gates on 'lies'

Aug. 7, 2018 11:12 PM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — The Latest on the fraud trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort (all times local): 10:55 p.m. A lawyer for Paul Manafort suggests the government's star witness, Rick Gates, has told "so many lies" he can't remember them all. That's how attorney Kevin Downing began his...

Argentina corruption case: Businessman admits payments

Aug. 6, 2018 6:42 PM EDT

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — At least one of the businessmen accused in an investigation of widespread corruption in Argentina has admitted that he paid government officials money for "electoral campaigns" in exchange for the awarding of public works contracts. The case is based on an investigation by...

Legal implications on Trump or Cohen unclear on secret tape

Jul. 27, 2018 10:17 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A secret recording of Donald Trump discussing payments to a Playboy model has brought renewed attention to the question of whether and how he might have tried to block politically damaging stories ahead of the 2016 presidential election. But it's not clear that the tape, on its own,...

Secret tape may not add to legal jeopardy for Trump or Cohen

Jul. 26, 2018 6:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A secret recording of Donald Trump discussing payments to a Playboy model has brought renewed attention to the question of whether — and how — he might have tried to block politically damaging stories ahead of the 2016 presidential election. But it's not clear that the tape,...

Ex-LA school board chief pleads guilty in corruption case

Jul. 23, 2018 4:08 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The former president of the Los Angeles school board has pleaded guilty to reimbursing campaign contributions to friends and family members and resigned from his most recent position as a board member. Under an agreement with prosecutors, Ref Rodriguez pleaded guilty Monday to conspiracy...

Trump was taped talking of paying for Playboy model's story

Jul. 20, 2018 10:32 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer secretly recorded Trump discussing a potential payment for a former Playboy model's account of having an affair with him, people familiar with an investigation into the attorney said on Friday. The recording by attorney Michael Cohen adds to...

Georgia GOP governor's debate focuses on secret recording

Jul. 13, 2018 12:18 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — During a tense debate between the two Republicans vying for Georgia governor, both candidates tried to make the race about who voters can trust when no one is looking. Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Secretary of State Brian Kemp, who are locked in a contentious runoff battle that will be decided...

Beshear faces scrutiny for past campaign contributions

Jul. 11, 2018 9:40 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — When Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear's top deputy was busted for using kickbacks and bribes for political donations, Beshear vowed to donate all of the tainted money from his 2015 campaign account to charity. That was two years ago. The money is still there. But now Beshear is...

Complaint accuses Greitens groups of concealing donors

Jul. 11, 2018 12:26 AM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — An ethics complaint filed Tuesday alleges two groups connected to former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens were used to conceal donor identities. The complaint, filed with the Missouri Ethics Commission by Republican Rep. Jay Barnes, accused Greitens' gubernatorial campaign and a...