Government and politics

Actor Danny Glover, right, and author Ta-Nehisi Coates, left, testify about reparation for the descendants of slaves during a hearing before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, June 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
June 19, 2019 - 1:19 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The debate over reparations for descendants of slaves catapulted from the campaign trail to Congress on Wednesday with an impassioned plea from actor Danny Glover and others for lawmakers to address compensation for America's blighted heritage of racism and Jim Crow laws. Glover,...
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FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2019 file photo, acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan speaks about the situation in the Persian Gulf region during a meeting with Portuguese Minister of National Defense Joao Cravinho, at the Pentagon. President Donald Trump announced on June 18 that Shanahan will not move forward with the confirmation process to be Defense Secretary. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
June 18, 2019 - 6:07 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan stepped down Tuesday before his formal nomination ever went to the Senate, citing a "painful" family situation that would hurt his children and reopen "wounds we have worked years to heal." President Donald Trump announced Shanahan's...
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., joined by his GOP leadership team, answers questions on Iran and the withdrawal of acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, June 18, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
June 18, 2019 - 2:06 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he is against reparations for slavery in part because it would be hard to know whom to pay. The Kentucky Republican told reporters at his weekly news conference on Tuesday that "No, I don't think reparations are a good idea." He added...
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FILE - In this Tuesday April 23, 2019 file photo, climate change protesters march along Whitehall toward parliament, in London. Britain's prime minister has announced plans to eliminate the country's net contribution to climate change by 2050. Theresa May said the plan will be put before Parliament Wednesday, June 12. She says the amendment to the 2008 Climate Change Act will intensify Britain's push to drastically reduce carbon emissions because "standing by is not an option." (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, file)
June 17, 2019 - 9:59 am
BERLIN (AP) — Diplomats and climate experts gathered Monday in Germany for U.N.-hosted talks on climate change amid growing public pressure for governments to act faster against global warming. Officials meeting in the western city of Bonn for the June 17-27 talks are focusing on resolving issues...
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Democratic Presidential candidate, Pete Buttigieg, speaks during the Blue Commonwealth Gala at Main Street Station in Richmond, Va., Saturday, June 15, 2019. Hosted by the Democratic Party of Virginia, the Blue Commonwealth Gala is Virginia's premier gathering of elected officials, candidates, community activists, and Democratic Party leaders. (Dan Currier/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)
June 17, 2019 - 7:15 am
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Authorities say a man has died after a shooting involving a police officer in South Bend, the Indiana city where Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg is mayor. Buttigieg said he changed his campaign schedule to return to South Bend on Sunday and hold a late night...
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Vice President Mike Pence speaks during an event at RiverStone Health Lil Anderson Center in Billings, Mont. Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (Casey Page/Billings Gazette via AP)
June 14, 2019 - 7:52 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says Vice President Mike Pence doesn't automatically have his backing should he mount his own run for the White House in 2024. Asked on Friday in an interview with Fox News Channel's "Fox & Friends" whether he would lend his endorsement to Pence in...
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President Donald Trump listens to Kim Kardashian West, who is among the celebrities who have advocated for criminal justice reform, speak during an event on second chance hiring in the East Room of the White House, Thursday, June 13, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
June 13, 2019 - 6:51 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Reality star-turned-criminal justice reform advocate Kim Kardashian West returned to the White House on Thursday to help President Donald Trump promote efforts to help those leaving prison get jobs and stay on track. At an East Room event attended by Cabinet secretaries, activist...
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White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, left, and Hawaii Gov. David Ige listen as President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with governors on "workforce freedom and mobility" in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Thursday, June 13, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
June 13, 2019 - 5:03 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Taking unprecedented action, a federal watchdog agency recommended Thursday that President Donald Trump fire one of his most ardent defenders, counselor Kellyanne Conway , for repeatedly violating a law that limits political activity by government workers. The U.S. Office of...
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FILE - In this May 8, 2019, file photo, Uber and Lyft drivers carry signs during a demonstration outside of Uber headquarters in San Francisco. The ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft say they are willing to change the way they treat drivers in California. That could include paying a base wage and providing certain benefits. But the companies are arguing they need to continue to classify drivers as independent contractors, not employees. California lawmakers are considering legislation that would tighten the rules around how companies classify workers as contractors. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)
June 12, 2019 - 8:03 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft say they are willing to change the way they treat drivers in California as long as state lawmakers don't require them to classify drivers as employees, a move that would entitle them to a wide range of benefits. The California-based...
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President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump, Polish President Andrzej Duda, and his wife Agata Kornhauser-Duda watch a flyover of a F-35 Lightning II jet at the White House, Wednesday, June 12, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
June 12, 2019 - 5:50 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States will send 1,000 more troops to Poland as part of a growing security and economic partnership between the two countries, President Donald Trump said Wednesday. He and Polish President Andrzej Duda differed over Russia's intentions toward the U.S. ally. At a time...
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