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Mueller report release spirals into political gamesmanship

Apr. 17, 2019 9:53 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — After nearly two years of waiting, America will get some answers straight from Robert Mueller— but not before President Donald Trump's attorney general has his say. The Justice Department on Thursday is expected to release a redacted version of the special counsel's report on...

Missouri Supreme Court upholds appointment of Lt. Gov. Kehoe

Apr. 16, 2019 5:07 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld Gov. Mike Parson's appointment of Mike Kehoe as the state's lieutenant governor. In a 5-2 decision written by Chief Justice Zel Fischer, the Supreme Court said the state constitution gives the governor the authority to fill all...

Court says Missouri lawmakers wrongly cut judge's salary

Apr. 16, 2019 4:47 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri lawmakers violated the state constitution when they eliminated funding for the salary of an administrative law judge who was accused of discrimination and retaliation, the state Supreme Court ruled Tuesday. The unanimous ruling said lawmakers violated the constitution's...

Trump confidant Roger Stone seeks full Mueller report

Apr. 13, 2019 6:18 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's longtime confidant, Roger Stone, asked a federal judge Friday to compel the Justice Department to turn over a full copy of special counsel Robert Mueller's report on the Russia investigation as part of discovery in his criminal case. Stone has pleaded not guilty...

States pushing near-bans on abortion, targeting Roe v. Wade

Apr. 10, 2019 4:33 PM EDT

Emboldened by the new conservative majority on the Supreme Court, anti-abortion lawmakers and activists in numerous states are pushing near-total bans on the procedure in a deliberate frontal attack on Roe v. Wade. Mississippi and Kentucky have passed laws that would ban most abortions after a fetal heartbeat is...

Senate GOP game plan means more Trump nominees, fewer bills

Apr. 7, 2019 2:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mitch McConnell says the Senate will be in the "personnel business" this year. But the majority leader's focus on confirming President Donald Trump's nominees is coming at the expense of any big legislative priorities. Nearly 100 days into the new Congress, the drive to confirm is adding...

Ex-Senate employee pleads guilty to theft of personal data

Apr. 6, 2019 12:38 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former congressional staffer has pleaded guilty to five federal offenses that stem from illegally posting online the home addresses and telephone numbers of five Republican senators who backed Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination. The Justice Department said in statement Friday...

Democratic White House hopefuls tout agendas to black voters

Apr. 5, 2019 5:40 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Democratic presidential candidates on Friday touted their plans on criminal justice reform, the study of reparations and other racial equality issues, highlighting the critical role black voters will play in choosing the party's 2020 nominee. Speaking at the National Action Network's...

Celebs talk politics, love scenes and much more at CinemaCon

Apr. 5, 2019 4:36 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — At the just-wrapped CinemaCon, celebrities talked about their upcoming movies but much much more. From Linda Hamilton and her "strange" return to the "Terminator" franchise to Jamie Lee Curtis demanding Joe Biden apologize to Anita Hill to Jim Carrey talking about his politically inspired...

Democratic candidates urged to offer ideas on justice reform

Apr. 4, 2019 10:40 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Democrats seeking the White House have issued proposals on overhauling education, agriculture, technology and immigration. But none of the candidates has made specific pitches on how he or she would transform the nation's criminal justice system. Although the Democratic candidates have...