Government and politics

FILE - In this Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018, file photo, adult film actress Stormy Daniels arrives for the opening of the adult entertainment fair "Venus," in Berlin. On Monday, Oct. 15, 2018, a federal judge dismissed Daniels' defamation lawsuit against President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, File)
October 16, 2018 - 10:53 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is insulting the physical appearance of porn actress Stormy Daniels, calling her "Horseface" in a tweet about a recent legal ruling. A federal judge dismissed Daniels' defamation lawsuit against Trump. Daniels alleges she had an affair with Trump in 2006 and...
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Rapper Kanye West smiles as he listens to a question from a reporter during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House with President Donald Trump, Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
October 11, 2018 - 3:29 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Live from the Oval Office, it's Kanye West with a jaw-dropping performance. The rapper didn't rap. But, seated across from President Donald Trump at the Resolute Desk, the musician delivered a multipart rambling monologue Thursday that touched on social issues, hydrogen planes,...
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FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2005 file photo, trays of printed social security checks wait to be mailed from the U.S. Treasury's Financial Management services facility in Philadelphia. Tens of millions of Social Security beneficiaries and other retirees can expect an increase in benefits next year as inflation edges higher. The government announced a cost-of-living adjustment of 2.8 percent on Thursday. That would mean an extra $39 a month for the average retired worker. (AP Photo/Bradley C. Bower, File)
October 11, 2018 - 12:28 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Tens of millions of Social Security recipients and other retirees will get a 2.8 percent boost in benefits next year as inflation edges higher. It's the biggest increase most retired baby boomers have gotten. Following a stretch of low inflation, the cost-of-living adjustment, or...
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FILE - In this Sept. 13, 2018, file photo, Michael Bloomberg, the UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Climate Action, speaks during the plenary session of the Global Action Climate Summit in San Francisco. The global media company founder on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018 said he has registered as a Democrat, which would be especially significant if he decides to challenge President Donald Trump in 2020. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)
October 10, 2018 - 6:02 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg is officially a Democrat again. The global media company founder on Wednesday said he has registered as a Democrat, which would be especially significant if he decides to challenge President Donald Trump in 2020. Bloomberg says on...
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U.S. Supreme Court Police Department officers stand in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
October 05, 2018 - 12:28 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh acknowledged Thursday he "might have been too emotional" when testifying about sexual misconduct allegations as he made a final bid to win over wavering GOP senators on the eve of a crucial vote to advance his confirmation. Three GOP senators...
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October 02, 2018 - 12:38 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — About 225 million electronic devices across the United States will wail and buzz Wednesday afternoon as the Federal Emergency Management Agency conducts an emergency alert test. A tone will sound at 2:18 p.m. EDT, similar to that of an Amber Alert or flood watch warning, and the...
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FILE - In this Sept. 4, 2018 photo, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, listens to Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J. speak during a Senate Judiciary Committee nominations hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. FBI agents interviewed one of the three women who have accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct as Republicans and Democrats quarreled over whether the bureau would have enough time and freedom to conduct a thorough investigation before a high-stakes vote on his nomination to the nation's highest court. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
October 01, 2018 - 8:24 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House has given the FBI clearance to interview anyone it wants to by Friday in its investigation of sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. The new guidance, described to The Associated Press by a person familiar with it, was issued...
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Missouri attorney general blames sex trafficking on sexual revolution of 1960s in speech to pastors
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October 01, 2018 - 5:58 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Republican Missouri Senate candidate Josh Hawley on Monday said he believes Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh has been "falsely accused" of sexual assault and called for an investigation of how Democrats handled the accusations. Hawley spoke to reporters during...
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California Gov. Jerry Brown reviews a measure with his wife, Anne Gust Brown, second from left and staff Camille Wagner, left, Graciela Castillo-Krings, right, at his Capitol office, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. Sunday is the last day for Brown to approve or veto bills passed by the legislature. Brown, who will be leaving office in January, is acting on some on the last pieces of legislation in his tenure as governor. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
September 30, 2018 - 9:58 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California has become the first state to require publicly traded companies to include women on their boards of directors, one of several laws boosting or protecting women that Gov. Jerry Brown signed Sunday. The measure requires at least one female director on the board of...
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Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh testifies during the Senate Judiciary Committee, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Tom Williams/Pool Image via AP)
September 28, 2018 - 4:26 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — More than 20 million people watched the gripping testimony of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the woman who accused him of sexual assault in the 1980s, Christine Blasey Ford, on six television networks. The drama over Kavanaugh's nomination continued Friday with yet...
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