Government and politics

FILE - In this Feb. 25, 2020 file photo, the monitor of a television camera shows the set stage for a Democratic presidential primary debate, in Charleston, S.C. Election nights always bring surprises, but media organizations preparing to follow the vote count next week are preaching caution this year. The increase in early and mail-in voting is complicating what used to be a fairly cut-and-dried process of reporting how the story will unfold. News organizations also need to cover voter integrity issues and make plans under a COVID-19 cloud. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
October 28, 2020 - 11:52 am
NEW YORK (AP) — This coming weekend, CNN's Sam Feist will distribute to his staff copies of the testimony news executives gave to Congress when they tried to explain how television networks got 2000's disputed election so spectacularly wrong. It's required reading — perhaps never more than this...
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This combination photo shows poster art for political documentaries, from left, "All In: The Fight for Democracy," "Boys State," "537 Votes," "Slay the Dragon," and "The Fight." The election has unleashed an avalanche of documentaries like no season before it. Dozens of films, exploring issues from gerrymandering to white supremacists, have sought to illuminate the many issues and trends voters are confronting at the polls on Tuesday. In a presidential election of enormous stakes, filmmakers have rushed to finish their films before Election Day. (Amazon, from left, Apple TV Plus, HBO Max, Magnolia Pictures, Magnolia Pictures via AP)
October 28, 2020 - 11:10 am
NEW YORK (AP) — The election has unleashed an avalanche of documentaries like no season before it. Dozens of films, exploring issues from gerrymandering to white supremacists, have sought to illuminate the many issues and trends voters are confronting at the polls on Tuesday. In a presidential...
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Women's rights activists with posters of the Women's Strike action protest against recent tightening of Poland's restrictive abortion law in front of the parliament building as inside, guards had to be used to shield right-wing ruling party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski from angry opposition lawmakers, in Warsaw, Poland, on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. Massive nationwide protests have been held ever since a top court ruled Thursday that abortions due to fetal congenital defects are unconstitutional. Slogan reads 'Women’s Strike'. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
October 28, 2020 - 9:37 am
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — People across Poland stayed off their jobs and crowds gathered for a seventh straight day of street protests Wednesday in a mass outpouring of anger at a top court ruling that bans abortions in cases of fetal abnormalities. In Warsaw, protesters marched from the office of Ordo...
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FILE - In this Tuesday Sept. 22, 2020 file photo, members of the public are seen by a public information message in Manchester, England. The British government is under pressure to develop a national strategy to combat the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and “rescue Christmas’’ as scientists warn the number of people hospitalized with the disease could almost triple by the end of next month unless something is done now. (AP Photo/Jon Super, file)
October 28, 2020 - 7:51 am
LONDON (AP) — The British government is under pressure to develop a national strategy to combat a surge of COVID-19 cases and “rescue Christmas’’ as scientists warn that the number of people hospitalized with the disease in the U.K. could almost triple by the end of next month unless something more...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020 file photo, medical staff work in the intensive care ward for COVID-19 patients at the CHR Citadelle hospital in Liege, Belgium. Small, yet so divided, Belgium is hit hard again by the pandemic, and now has some of the worst results to show in Europe during the resurgence of the Coronavirus, it is revealed Tuesday Oct. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco, File)
October 28, 2020 - 7:27 am
BUIZINGEN, Belgium (AP) — Small, yet so divided, Belgium has been hit hard again by the pandemic, and now presents some of the most worrying statistics in a continent reeling under a coronavirus resurgence. If ever there was a common enemy for the rival Dutch- and French-speaking citizens and...
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FILE - In this Monday, April 13, 2020 file photo, medical personnel in protective gear prepare to receive a patient at a hospital in Antwerp, Belgium. This week news struck that the European Center for Disease Control has put Belgium at the largest number of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 citizens, surpassing the Czech Republic, it is revealed Tuesday Oct. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, File)
October 28, 2020 - 7:23 am
BERLIN (AP) — Germany and France were bracing for new lockdowns Wednesday, as governments sought to stop the fast-rising tide of coronavirus cases that are beginning to fill European hospitals. French markets opened lower on expectations that President Emmanuel Macron will announce tough measures...
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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo greets the gathering before his meeting with Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapksa, right, in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. Pompeo plans to press Sri Lanka to push back against Chinese assertiveness, which U.S. officials complain is highlighted by predatory lending and development projects that benefit China more than the presumed recipients. The Chinese Embassy in Sri Lanka denounced Pompeo’s visit to the island even before he arrived there, denouncing a senior U.S. official’s warning that the country should be wary of Chinese investment. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena, Pool)
October 28, 2020 - 6:40 am
MALE, Maldives (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday brought the Trump administration’s anti-China campaign to two Indian Ocean island nations considered particularly at risk for what American officials allege is Chinese exploitation. In one significant step, Pompeo announced that...
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Trump campaign banners wave in the wind along Route 8 in Middlesex Township, Pa., in conservative Butler County on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. To win Pennsylvania, President Donald Trump needs blowout victories and historic turnout in conservative strongholds across the state. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
October 28, 2020 - 6:05 am
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. (AP) — President Donald Trump’s campaign has a bold theory for how he will win reelection: It can tap a universe of millions of supporters who did not vote for him in 2016 but will do so this time. Supposedly, these voters are overlooked by polls that show Trump consistently...
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A pedestrian walks over a reminder to wear face masks sprayed on the sidewalk at the Karl-Marx-Strasse at the district Neukoelln in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. Karl-Marx-Strasse is one of the streets in the German capital where face masks are mandatory to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
October 28, 2020 - 3:27 am
BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel is pressing for a partial lockdown as the number of newly recorded infections in the country hit another record high Wednesday. The Robert Koch Institute, Germany's disease control agency, said 14,964 new cases were recorded across the country in the...
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Herman Termeer, bottom left, takes pictures as a helicopter drops water over the Blue Ridge Fire burning along the hillside Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, in Chino Hills, Calif. Facing extreme wildfire conditions this week that included hurricane-level winds, the main utility in Northern California cut power to nearly 1 million people while its counterpart in Southern California pulled the plug on just 30 customers to prevent power lines and other electrical equipment from sparking a blaze.(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
October 28, 2020 - 12:22 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Facing extreme wildfire conditions this week that included hurricane-level winds, the main utility in Northern California cut power to nearly 1 million people while its counterpart in Southern California pulled the plug on just 30 customers to prevent power lines and other...
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