Government and politics

FILE - In this Aug. 9, 2017 file photo, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert speaks during a briefing at the State Department in Washington. The State Department says Nauert, picked by President Donald Trump to be the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations but never officially nominated, has withdrawn her name from consideration on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
February 16, 2019 - 7:19 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department says Heather Nauert, picked by President Donald Trump to be the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations but never officially nominated, has withdrawn. Nauert, State Department spokeswoman, said that "the past two months have been grueling for my family and...
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel delivers her speech during the Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)
February 16, 2019 - 6:46 pm
MUNICH (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel drew lengthy applause Saturday for her spirited defense of a multilateral approach to global affairs and support for Europe's decision to stand by a nuclear deal with Iran. U.S. Vice President Mike Pence was not among the impressed, however, and he...
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FILE - This March 23, 2018, file photo shows an envelope containing a 2018 census letter mailed to a U.S. resident as part of the nation's only test run of the 2020 Census. The Supreme Court will decide whether the 2020 census can include a question about citizenship that could affect the allocation of seats in the House of Representatives and the distribution of billions of dollars in federal money.(AP Photo/Michelle R. Smith, File)
February 16, 2019 - 6:08 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — An internal team at the Census Bureau found that basic personal information collected from more than 100 million Americans during the 2010 head count could be reconstructed from obscured data, but with lots of mistakes, a top agency official disclosed Saturday. The age, gender,...
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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., campaigns in Eau Clare, Wis., on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019. (Glen Stubbe/Star Tribune via AP)
February 16, 2019 - 6:06 pm
Five Democratic senators vying for their party's nomination to challenge President Donald Trump in 2020 fanned out across the country Saturday to campaign and meet voters. Kamala Harris of California spent her second straight day in the pivotal early-voting state of South Carolina, holding a town...
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February 16, 2019 - 6:06 pm
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska is about 3,000 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border, but the state's new Republican governor is offering President Donald Trump the use of the Alaska National Guard to patrol it, the Anchorage Daily News reports . Gov. Mike Dunleavy says in a video message that the...
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President Donald Trump speaks during an event in the Rose Garden at the White House to declare a national emergency in order to build a wall along the southern border, Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
February 16, 2019 - 4:49 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's decision to declare a national emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border to get financing of a wall on that border. (all times local): 5:50 p.m. The acting secretary of defense says he has not yet determined how much money he will redirect to...
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Senate Judiciary Committee member Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., makes her argument against advancing the nomination of Bill Barr to be attorney general, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
February 16, 2019 - 3:32 pm
The Latest on the Democratic presidential candidates (all times local): 4:30 p.m. Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris is wrapping up a two-day swing through South Carolina to introduce herself to residents of the early-voting state. At a town hall in West Columbia, a voter told the...
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A huge Spanish flag hangs from a building under construction in downtown Madrid, Spain, Friday, Feb. 15, 2019. The prime minister of Spain has called early general elections for late April, the third such ballot in less than four years in an increasingly fragmented partisan landscape and with Catalonia's independence push dominating the political debate. (AP Photo/Andrea Comas)
February 16, 2019 - 10:47 am
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Thousands of Catalan separatists are marching in Barcelona to proclaim the innocence of 12 of their leaders who are on trial for their role in a failed 2017 secession bid. The front line of marchers on Saturday held a long banner saying in Catalan "self-determination is not...
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Chinese Politburo Member Yang Jiechi delivers his speech during the Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)
February 16, 2019 - 7:35 am
MUNICH (AP) — The Latest on the international security conference taking place in Munich (all times local): 1:35 p.m. A top Chinese official is defending Huawei, dismissing American concerns that the telecom giant might covertly collect data and report it to Beijing, and urging Europeans to ignore...
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FILE- In this photo taken April 12, 2017 in Warsaw, Poland, is seen Poland's ruling party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski before a news conference. Kaczynski, whose public image is of restraint and honesty, is at the center of a scandal involving him negotiating a multi-million euro construction project, even though the law bans political parties from doing business.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
February 16, 2019 - 6:28 am
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Jaroslaw Kaczynski, Poland's most powerful politician, suddenly finds himself embroiled in revelations over his involvement in complex business dealings and the presence in his inner circle of people with alleged communist ties. The stakes are high, given two crucial elections...
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