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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., smiles and waves while seated in front of an audience before the start of a forum broadcast on radio in a New Hampshire Public Radio station, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Sanders distances himself from group backing his WH run

Jan. 19, 2020 5:12 PM EST

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Bernie Sanders said Sunday that outside political groups that can raise and spend unlimited sums backing candidates for public office should be abolished — including those supporting his own bid for the White House. But the Vermont senator stopped short of directly calling...

FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2020, file photo, initiative activist Tim Eyman, who is also running as an independent for Washington governor, carries a clipboard as he walks next to his expired car registration tabs before attending a rally on the first day of the 2020 session of the Washington legislature, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson is challenging the lavish personal spending of bankrupt anti-tax activist and candidate for governor Eyman. Ferguson says Eyman's assets must be preserved so he can pay his debts to the state. The Seattle Times reports that Eyman's bankruptcy filings show he's been spending nearly $24,000 a month over the past year. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

State challenges extensive spending by bankrupt Tim Eyman

Jan. 19, 2020 3:49 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson is challenging the lavish personal spending of bankrupt anti-tax activist and candidate for governor Tim Eyman, saying Eyman's assets must be preserved so he can pay his debts to the state. Eyman's been spending an average of nearly $24,000 a month...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Jan. 17, 2020 9:03 PM EST

Editorials from around New England: CONNECTICUT Lamont must be open about State Pier deal going forward The Day Jan. 16 Upon finally reviewing the memorandum of understanding that outlines the tentative terms of a public-private deal to overhaul State Pier, transforming it into a hub to support offshore wind...

East St. Louis official faces $175K in fines to state board

Jan. 12, 2020 2:22 PM EST

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) — An elected official in East St. Louis owes more than $175,000 in accrued fines to the Illinois State Board of Elections if he wants to appear on the March primary ballot. It's the highest amount a candidate has accrued with the board, according to The (Belleville)...

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during a campaign event, Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020, in Boone, Iowa. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Shadow group provides Sanders super PAC support he scorns

Jan. 7, 2020 9:49 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bernie Sanders says he doesn’t want a super PAC. Instead, he has Our Revolution, a nonprofit political organization he founded that functions much the same as one. Like a super PAC, which is shorthand for super political action committee, Our Revolution can raise unlimited sums...

Court: Lawyer, businessman broke campaign finance law

Jan. 7, 2020 8:08 PM EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A Grant County lawyer and a Moses Lake business owner violated campaign finance law by concealing that they were responsible for political fliers mailed to voters during the 2014 campaign for Grant County prosecutor, a judge has ruled. Thurston County Superior Court Judge John Skinder...

FILE - In this Aug. 16, 2019 file photo, Israeli border police block the road and disperse Palestinian, Israeli and foreign activists during a rally protesting a newly established settlement near the West Bank village of Kufr Malik, East of Ramallah.   In the occupied West Bank, Israeli troops routinely detain Palestinians who organize or take part in protests. Israel and its international allies have meanwhile passed legislation targeting the Palestinian-led boycott movement. Critics say such measures leave the Palestinians with no choice but to accept permanent military rule or resort to violence.  (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser, File)

Palestinians face mounting barriers to peaceful protest

Jan. 5, 2020 1:11 AM EST

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Abdullah Abu Rahma has been arrested by Israeli soldiers eight times in the last 15 years, spending weeks or months in prison and paying tens of thousands of dollars in fines for organizing protests. He's among a growing number of Palestinians who have embraced non-violent means...

In this March 2017, photo, provided by Rep. Kimberly Dudik, Dudik speaks on the floor of the legislature holding her newborn son Marcutio in Helena, Mont. As experts predict another banner year of women running for office, hurdles remain particularly for those like Dudik who have young children. Only six states have laws specifically allowing the use of campaign funds for child care. In most states, including Montana, the law is silent on the issue and up to interpretation by state agencies or boards. (Rep. Nate McConnell/Rep. Kimberly Dudik via AP)

As more women run for office, child care remains a hurdle

Jan. 1, 2020 2:40 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — When Kimberly Dudik ran for her fourth term in the Montana House, state officials told her she could not use campaign money to pay for child care for her four young children. She is now running for attorney general and is trying to visit a big chunk of the sprawling state, spending...

In this image made from a video, Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen gives an annual New Year's statement to the media in Taipei, Taiwan Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. (APTN via AP)

Taiwan's Tsai defends Anti-Infiltration Law aimed at China

Jan. 1, 2020 12:54 AM EST

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — China has been relentless in its attempts to influence and infiltrate Taiwan's politics and society but the island's new ban on political interference should have no effect on normal exchanges between the sides, Taiwan's president said in her New Year's address. The Anti-Subversion...

Taiwan's 2020 presidential election candidate Tsai Ing-wen of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) speaks during a televised policy debate in Taipei, Taiwan, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019. Taiwan will hold its general elections on Jan. 11, 2020. (Pool Photo via AP)

Taiwan passes law targeting Chinese political interference

Dec. 31, 2019 7:32 AM EST

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan's legislature on Tuesday passed a law aimed at blocking political interference from China, less than two weeks before presidential and legislative elections. The approval of the the Anti-Infiltration Law follows accusations that China is strongly backing candidates from the...