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Kristina Lemmon, left, of Covington, Ky., and Margie Vazquez of Fort Mitchell, Ky., hold signs protesting the appearance of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell R-Ky. Sen. McConnell is schedules to speak at a gathering of the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, in Covington, Ky. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

Vulnerable Dems lay low as town hall angst rages

From Montana to West Virginia, the nation's most vulnerable Senate Democrats are avoiding town hall meetings as their Republican counterparts get pummeled by an energized electorate frustrated with President Donald Trump's early agenda. Some Democrats prefer to connect with constituents over the telephone or using social media. Others are meeting ...

Officials: Trump adviser asked FBI to dispute Russia reports

White House chief of staff Reince Priebus asked top FBI officials to dispute media reports that President Donald Trump's campaign advisers were frequently in touch with Russian intelligence agents during the election, according to three White House officials. Democrats accused Priebus of interfering in a pending investigation. The officials said ...

White House strategist Stephen Bannon listens at left as White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus speaks as during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Oxon Hill, Md., Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Trump can expect receptive crowd at conservative gathering

Six years ago, as the "money, money, money, money" chorus of his reality TV show's theme song blasted, Donald Trump stepped out before the nation's largest gathering of conservative activists for the first time. The crowd was less than adoring, occasionally laughing at and booing the longtime former Democrat. The ...

Trump puts moderate GOP governors in awkward spot

These should be heady times for the GOP as the nation's governors prepare to gather for their winter meeting in Washington, D.C. Republicans hold 33 governorships, compared with just 16 for Democrats, and the GOP has full control of the legislatures in two-thirds of the states. But there is a ...

In this Dec.17, 2011 file photo, women look at veils on display at an exhibition hall for the Muslim World Fair in Le Bourget, outside Paris. Le Pen's refusal to don a white headscarf ahead of a meeting this week with Lebanon's grand mufti, underscored how serious she is about enacting a stringent dress code that would risk stigmatizing France's large Muslim population anew and force the nation's Jews to give up one of their own cherished customs. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)

Far-right candidate sees a France sans kippas, headscarves

No more Muslim women in the Metro wearing the latest in headscarf attire. No more young Jewish boys in kippas dashing into the bakery for the family's dinner baquette. Far-right leader Marine Le Pen's plan to ban religious symbols from French streets if elected president this spring would dramatically alter ...

FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2014 file photo, then-Labor Secretary Tom Perez speaks in the South Court Auditorium in the White House compound in Washington. South Carolina Democratic Party chair Jaime Harrison is exiting the race for Democratic National Committee chairman and throwing his support to Perez, solidifying the former Labor Secretary’s place as the front-runner in the still-volatile contest. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

Out of power, Democrats hope to harness Trump resistance

Out of power and looking for a way forward, Democrats are hoping to harness the energy of an opposition movement that has flourished since President Donald Trump took office. The ideal for the party is to use a disparate network of liberal and progressive groups — like the Facebook sensation ...

White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Oxon Hill, Md., Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

White House adviser asked FBI to dispute Russia reports

White House chief of staff Reince Priebus asked a top FBI official to dispute media reports that President Donald Trump's campaign advisers were frequently in touch with Russian intelligence agents during the election, a White House official said late Thursday. The official said Priebus' request came after the FBI told ...

White House press secretary Sean Spicer speaks during a daily press briefing at the White House in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

The Latest: WH adviser asked FBI to refute Russia story

The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local): 10:40 p.m. A White House official says chief of staff Reince Priebus asked a top FBI official to help dispute media reports that President Donald Trump's campaign advisers were frequently in touch with Russian intelligence agents during the election. The official ...

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Oxon Hill, Md., Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

The Latest: Pence says conservative have a rare opportunity

The Latest on the Conservative Political Action Conference (all times local): 8:10 p.m. Vice President Mike Pence says the United States has what could be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to install conservative solutions to the nation's problems. Pence says at the Conservative Political Action Conference that President Donald Trump's election is ...

Alabama death penalty cases may soon rest solely with jury

Alabama could be close to ending its one-of-a-kind practice of allowing judges to hand down death sentences despite a jury's recommendation for life in prison. The state Senate approved a bill Thursday that would end the state's status as the only one in the U.S. that allows a judge to ...

Harrison drops out of DNC race, backs Perez

South Carolina Democratic Party chair Jaime Harrison is exiting the race for Democratic National Committee chairman and throwing his support to Tom Perez, solidifying the former Labor Secretary's place as the front-runner in a still-volatile contest. Harrison said he simply lacked support to secure the 224 votes needed to capture ...

FILE - In this Friday, Nov. 18, 2016, file photo, New York City Police stand guard outside Trump Tower in New York. New York City has lowered its cost estimate for guarding President Donald Trump, his family and their Manhattan residence. Police Commissioner James P. O'Neill has written to New York's Congressional delegation to seek reimbursement. He said it cost about $24 million to guard the Trumps and Trump Tower during the 2½ months between Election Day and Inauguration Day. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

NYC lowers cost estimate for presidential protection

New York City has lowered its cost estimate for guarding President Donald Trump, his family and their Manhattan residence. Police Commissioner James P. O'Neill has written to New York's congressional delegation to seek reimbursement. He says it cost about $24 million to guard the Trumps and Trump Tower during the ...

Somalia's new president appoints prime minister

Somalia's new President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed on Thursday appointed a political newcomer as the prime minister, shortly before departing to Saudi Arabia for his first foreign trip since his election. Somali-born Norwegian national Hassan Ali Khaire, a former executive of British energy explorer Soma Oil & Gas, was appointed prime ...

Singer Jackie Evancho arrives for the \inauguration of President Donald Trump at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 20, 2017, in Washington, D.C. 

Jackie Evancho asks to meet with Trump about transgender rights

A performer at President Donald Trump's inauguration took to Twitter on Wednesday to speak out against the administration's move to withdraw guidelines rolled out by former President Barack Obama's administration on the rights of transgender students. >> Trump administration withdraws Obama guidance on transgender students' rights The Washington Post reported that Pittsburgh opera ...

DNC race remains tight as energized Democrats combat Trump

Just days before Democratic activists pick a new party chair, the contest to head the Democratic National Committee remains fluid, as national leaders grapple with how to turn an outpouring of liberal protest against President Donald Trump into political gains. A tight race between front-runners Tom Perez, a former labor ...

French far right leader and presidential candidate Marine Le Pen speaks to journalists after her meeting with Lebanese foreign minister Gibran Bassil, in Beirut, Lebanon, Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. Le Pen has met with the president of Lebanon, saying their two countries should be "pillars" in organizing the fight against Islamic fundamentalism. Le Pen's National Front party claims Muslim immigration to France boosts terror risks, costs jobs and drains the nation's treasury. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

France: Le Pen aide charged in parliament jobs probe

A top aide of French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen has been handed preliminary charges in an investigation into money spent on her party's European Parliament assistants. Paris prosecutor's office said that aide Catherine Griset was detained for questioning Wednesday, and subsequently charged with breach of trust. Le Pen's ...

Teachers on leave after mocking students skipping for 'Day Without Immigrants'

When students decided to skip school to join the nationwide “Day Without Immigrants” protest against President Donald Trump's immigration policies, six Southern California teachers apparently joked on social media about how pleasant their days were without the missing pupils. Those teachers, who work at Rubidoux High School in California’s Inland Empire School ...

President Donald Trump arrives at the White House in Washington, Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. Trump returned from Palm Beach, Fla., on Monday after spending three weekends in a row at his Mara-a-Lago estate. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

The Latest: Obama official blasts Trump transgender plans

The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times EST): 7:20 p.m. The former head of the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division is blasting the Trump administration's plans to alter Obama-era guidance that linked access to school bathrooms to students' gender identity. Vanita Gupta says the Trump administration can't strip transgender ...

Opposition presidential candidate Guillermo Lasso's supporters protest outside Ecuador's National Electoral Council to demand the official results of the presidential elections, in Quito, Ecuador, Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. The hand-picked candidate of socialist President Rafael Correa headed to victory in the opening round of Ecuador's presidential election, although it was uncertain whether he would get enough votes to avoid a runoff against Lasso, his nearest rival. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)

Official: Ecuador's presidential election headed to runoff

Ecuador's nail-biter election is heading to a runoff after results showed ruling party candidate Lenin Moreno falling just shy of the votes needed to clench a first-round victory, officials said Tuesday. With nearly 95 percent of all votes officially tallied, the outcome is irreversible, the National Electoral Council said. The ...

FILE - In this Oct. 23, 2015 file photo, former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee says he will no longer seeks the presidential nomination while speaking at the Democratic National Committee 22nd Annual Women's Leadership Forum National Issues Conference in Washington. Chafee defended Republican President Donald Trump on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017,  against a tiresome "full onslaught" by the "mainstream media" — and says he can relate to the commander-in-chief's struggles. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Chafee blasts media over Trump 'onslaught,' metric coverage

Former Democratic presidential candidate Lincoln Chafee defended Republican President Donald Trump on Tuesday against a tiresome "full onslaught" by the "mainstream media" — and says he can relate to the commander-in-chief's struggles. Chafee, a former U.S. senator and Rhode Island governor, told WPRO-AM he saw issues with the media firsthand ...

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