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Missouri court lets redistricting initiative go to voters

Sep. 21, 2018 5:22 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri appeals court panel cleared the way Friday for voters to decide a November ballot initiative that could shake up of the state Legislature by requiring districts to be drawn to achieve "partisan fairness" and imposing new lobbying limits. The ruling overturned a...

Groups say Medicare discounts threatened in opioids bill

Sep. 21, 2018 4:22 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumer and health care groups are scrambling to block what they say is a move by the pharmaceutical industry to commandeer must-pass opioids epidemic legislation as a vehicle for rolling back drugmaker discounts to Medicare beneficiaries with high prescription costs. Republicans said...

Advocacy groups file complaint against GOP Senate candidate

Sep. 17, 2018 4:53 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A campaign finance watchdog and a gun-safety advocacy group on Monday asked the Federal Election Commission to investigate allegations of illegal campaign coordination between Republican U.S. Senate candidate Matt Rosendale of Montana and the National Rifle Association. The Campaign...

Manafort plea deal raises key question: What does he know?

Sep. 15, 2018 1:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — As Trump associates folded one by one over the last year under the pressure of federal investigators, there was always Paul Manafort. Until suddenly there wasn't. Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, who for months stood resolute in his innocence and determined to fight charge upon...

Manafort pleads guilty, will cooperate with special counsel

Sep. 15, 2018 4:36 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort agreed Friday to cooperate with the special counsel's Trump-Russia investigation as he pleaded guilty to federal crimes and avoided a second trial that could have exposed him to more time in prison. The deal gives special...

Missouri judge bars redistricting measure in win for GOP

Sep. 14, 2018 2:42 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri judge on Friday ordered a redistricting measure to be knocked off the November ballot, a win for Republican critics of the proposal to tie state legislative seats to the parties' share of the statewide vote. Cole County Circuit Judge Daniel Green ruled that the ballot...

Spain walks back on decision to halt bomb sales to Saudis

Sep. 13, 2018 8:08 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spain will go ahead with a shipment of precision bombs to Saudi Arabia, officials said Thursday, reversing on a previous decision and angering activists who claim the weapons could harm civilians in Yemen. Arms Control, a campaign by non-profit organizations lobbying to end arms sales to...

AP FACT CHECK: Tester did rank No. 1 in cash from lobbyists

Sep. 10, 2018 5:08 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Republicans say in a television ad that Montana U.S. Sen. Jon Tester has taken more money from lobbyists than any other member of Congress this election cycle as he seeks to fend off a challenge from Republican State Auditor Matt Rosendale. Tester, a third-generation farmer and...

Misfire: Maria Butina's strange route from Russia to US jail

Sep. 10, 2018 6:59 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — When Maria Butina arrived in Moscow from Siberia in 2011 to launch a Russian version of the National Rifle Association, her shooting range coach said she didn't even know how to fire a weapon. She learned fast, but her far-fetched bid to liberalize gun rights in Russia flamed out. By the time...

Correction: Trade-US-Canada story

Sep. 4, 2018 11:11 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story Sept. 1 about negotiations to revamp the North American Free Trade Agreement, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Michael Best Strategies is a law firm. It is a consulting company and the lobbying arm of the law firm Michael Best & Friedrich LLP. A corrected...