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    Ethics panel expands probe into GOP Rep. Farenthold of Texas

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Ethics Committee says it is expanding an investigation into sexual harassment allegations against Republican Rep. Blake Farenthold of Texas. The committee said it will investigate whether Farenthold sexually harassed a former member of his staff and retaliated against her for complaining. The committee also said the panel would review allegations […]
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    Like Trump, Moore breaking the rules of modern-day politics

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — He has ignored all the rules of modern-day politics. He speaks unscripted. He skimps on fundraising. He undervalues get-out-the-vote efforts. And he attacks the leaders of his own political party without mercy. A year ago, that was presidential nominee Donald Trump. This year, it’s Senate candidate Roy Moore. On the ground […]
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    2 Democrats: Minnesota governor’s top choice mulling ’18 run

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton’s top pick to fill Sen. Al Franken’s Senate seat, Lt. Gov. Tina Smith, is considering also running for the seat next year, as Dayton faces pressure from top Democrats in Washington to appoint more than a mere caretaker, according to two Democrats familiar with the discussions. […]
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    Trump celebrates Hanukkah, Jerusalem at White House

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday celebrated an “especially special” Hanukkah at the White House, a day after declaring Jerusalem Israel’s capital and setting off criticism and clashes. “Right now I’m thinking about what’s going on and the love that’s all over Israel and all about Jerusalem,” Trump said in the White House […]
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    The Latest: Ariz. Rep. Franks resigns before Ethics probe

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Arizona Rep. Trent Franks’ resignation (all times EST): 7:10 p.m. Arizona Republican Trent Franks says he is resigning from the House because he discussed with two female staff aides whether they would consider being a surrogate mother. Franks says he deeply regrets “that my discussion of this option and […]
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    House ethics panel: Nunes didn’t leak classified information

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Ethics Committee on Thursday cleared the chairman of the House intelligence committee on a complaint that he may have leaked classified information, paving the way for Rep. Devin Nunes to again lead his panel’s probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. The Ethics Committee said in a brief statement […]
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    Arizona GOP lawmaker resigns over surrogacy allegation

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Rep. Trent Franks of Arizona said Thursday he is resigning next month after revealing that he discussed surrogacy with two female staffers. The eight-term lawmaker, a staunch conservative and fierce opponent of abortion, said in a statement that he never physically intimidated, coerced or attempted to have any sexual contact with […]
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    Correction: Sexual Misconduct-Farenthold story

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story Dec. 7 about a House Ethics Committee investigation, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the panel’s chairwoman, Rep. Susan Brooks, was from Alabama. She is from Indiana. A corrected version of the story is below: Ethics panel expands probe into GOP Rep. Farenthold of Texas The House Ethics Committee […]
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    DOT drops proposal to force airlines to disclose bag fees

    WASHINGTON (AP) — An Obama administration proposal that would have required airlines disclose checked and carry-on bag fees at the start of a ticket purchase rather than later is being dropped by the Department of Transportation. The department said in a notice posted online Thursday that it is withdrawing the proposed rule, along with a […]
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    AP sources: Conservative Arizona Rep. Trent Franks resigning

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Conservative Arizona Republican Rep. Trent Franks is resigning from Congress, two GOP strategists said Thursday, the third lawmaker to announce his resignation this week. Neither Republican operative said they knew why the eight-term Franks was leaving. His departure had not been expected, and one of the consultants said Franks was leaving on […]
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    Attorney: Manafort did not violate order by editing op-ed

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort is denying he violated a judge’s order by reviewing and editing an op-ed intended to be published in an English-language newspaper in Ukraine. The denial comes after prosecutors with special counsel Robert Mueller’s office accused Manafort of ghostwriting the op-ed with a longtime colleague […]
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    First lady wishes to spend holiday on deserted island

    WASHINGTON (AP) — If she could spend the holidays anywhere in the world, Melania Trump says she’d take her family to a deserted, tropical island. The first lady revealed her wish Thursday during a Christmastime visit with patients and staff at Children’s National hospital in the nation’s capital as she continued a holiday tradition begun […]
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    Al Franken joins long list of lawmakers ousted by scandal

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota announced on Thursday that he will resign in the face of multiple allegations of sexual misconduct. He joins a long list of lawmakers ousted by scandal. ___ — Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich. Retired abruptly Tuesday amid sexual harassment allegations by former staff members. The 88-year-old Conyers was […]
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    Interior delays Obama-era regulation on methane emissions

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Interior Department said Thursday it is delaying an Obama-era regulation aimed at restricting harmful methane emissions from oil and gas production on federal lands. A rule being published in the Federal Register delays the methane regulation until January 2019, saying the previous rule is overly burdensome to industry. Officials said the […]
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    Alabama irony: Democrats are the elephants in the room

    Some high-profile Democrats are flying into Alabama this weekend to encourage people to send Doug Jones to the Senate. His campaign wants it known that he didn’t ask for the help as he tries to upset controversial Republican Roy Moore in Tuesday’s special election. Jones and national Democrats have tried to keep Washington’s fingerprints off […]
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