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U.S. Secretary for Defense Mark Esper speaks during a press conference on the first day of the Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany, Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)b

Esper defends shifting defense funds for Trump's border wall

Feb. 14, 2020 8:16 AM EST

MUNICH, Germany (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Friday defended his decision to divert billions of dollars in funding for Navy and Air Force aircraft and other military programs to help pay for President Donald Trump's promised wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. Esper was asked by a reporter about...

Iowa Senator Jake Chapman, R-Adel, speaks in favor of SJR 2001, a controversial abortion ban bill, during senate debate in the Senate Chambers at the Iowa Capitol Building, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020 in Des Moines, Iowa. (Bryon Houlgrave/The Des Moines Register via AP)

Iowa Senate passes abortion constitutional amendment bill

Feb. 13, 2020 6:57 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Senate Republican lawmakers on Thursday approved a resolution that would amend the Iowa Constitution to declare there is no right to an abortion in the state. The measure passed the Senate 32-18 along party lines with only Republican votes. It says in part “we the...

President Donald Trump listens to a question during a meeting with Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno in the Oval Office of the White House, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump to transfer $3.8B from military to fund his wall

Feb. 13, 2020 4:49 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon on Thursday slashed billions of dollars in funding for 17 Navy and Air Force aircraft and other military programs to free up money for the construction of President Donald Trump's long-sought U.S.-Mexico border wall, angering not just Democrats but also GOP defense hawks....

Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., joined at left by Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, meets with reporters just after the Senate advanced a resolution asserting that President Donald Trump must seek approval from Congress before engaging in further military action against Iran, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Senate moves to limit Trump on military force against Iran

Feb. 13, 2020 4:13 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate approved a bipartisan measure Thursday aimed at limiting President Donald Trump's authority to launch military operations against Iran, with eight Republicans joining Democrats in a post-impeachment bid to constrain the White House. The rebuke was the Senate's first major vote...

Supporters of Poland's right-wing government rally to show their support for legislation which gives the government greater control of judges, in Warsaw, Poland, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020. Those gathered urged the government not to given in to the European Union, which has criticized recently passed legislation which gives the government the power to fire judges whose rulings authorities do not like. They called the judicial changes a matter of national sovereignty. On yellow banners we read

Poles rally in support of government's overhaul of judiciary

Feb. 8, 2020 1:33 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Thousands of Poles rallied Saturday in Warsaw to show their support for the country's right-wing government as it brings to completion an almost total overhaul of the justice system to put it under government control. Those who rallied in front of the Constitutional Tribunal described...

Andrzej Duda, President of Poland, speaks about the challenges of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) during the 50th annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. (Alessandro della Valle/Keystone via AP)

Poland: Bill allowing judges to be punished signed into law

Feb. 4, 2020 2:42 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish President Andrzej Duda on Tuesday signed into law much-criticized legislation that gives politicians the power to fine and fire judges whose actions and decisions they consider harmful. The legislation has drawn condemnation from the European Union and international human...

FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2019, file photo, President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. Trump's guiding principle is the idea that he's the president - and that means he can do what he wants. It's governed how he operates with his staff, world leaders and lawmakers. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Trump's idea of executive power is also impeachment defense

Jan. 25, 2020 6:31 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump has always been a man of absolutes. Something is the best or the worst, a person is a winner or a total loser, an event has never happened before, even when it has. Absolutism was the unwritten credo of his career in business and is the guiding light of his presidency as he...

People holding a Poland and European Union flags take part in a protest outside Poland's parliament building as lawmakers voted to approve the much-criticized legislation that allows politicians to fire judges who criticize their decisions, in Warsaw, Poland, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. Poland's lawmakers gave their final approval Thursday to legislation that will allow politicians to fire judges who criticize their decisions, a change that European legal experts warn will undermine judicial independence. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Legal chaos in Poland deepens, posing major challenge for EU

Jan. 24, 2020 12:51 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Legal chaos has deepened dramatically in Poland, with the government and the country’s high court judges clashing over who administers justice — a rift that some experts say is an assault on the young democracy and could lead to a break from the European Union. The...

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson leaves the U.S. District Court in Seattle Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, following arguments in his lawsuit challenging the Trump administration's funding of the wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. The administration is diverting $3.6 billion in military construction money, including $89 million for a naval pier in Washington, toward the wall. (AP Photo/Gene Johnson)

Far from US-Mexico border, Seattle judge weighs wall funding

Jan. 23, 2020 7:21 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — A federal judge in Washington state is considering whether to block President Donald Trump from diverting billions of dollars from military construction projects to build sections of border wall along the Southern border. U.S. District Court Judge Barbara Rothstein said Thursday she hoped to...

People holding a Poland and European Union flags take part in a protest outside Poland's parliament building as lawmakers voted to approve the much-criticized legislation that allows politicians to fire judges who criticize their decisions, in Warsaw, Poland, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. Poland's lawmakers gave their final approval Thursday to legislation that will allow politicians to fire judges who criticize their decisions, a change that European legal experts warn will undermine judicial independence. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Polish parliament OKs law allowing gov't to punish judges

Jan. 23, 2020 3:55 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's lawmakers gave their final approval Thursday to legislation that will allow politicians to fire judges who criticize their decisions, a change that European legal experts warn will undermine judicial independence. The legislation passed in the lower house of parliament, the...