Checks and balances

People wearing face masks duck down as they walk at Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Hong Kong, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019. About 100 anti-government protesters remained holed up at a Hong Kong university Tuesday as a police siege of the campus entered its third day. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)
November 19, 2019 - 9:31 pm
BEIJING (AP) — Criticism from China’s rubber-stamp parliament of a Hong Kong court decision is raising concerns that Beijing may move to flex its legal muscles and overrule the verdict. That’s laying bare the limits of the “one country, two systems” framework under which Hong Kong is granted a “...
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FILE - In this Dec. 8, 2006, file photo, Nathan Weyiouanna's abandoned house at the west end of Shishmaref, Alaska, sits on the beach after sliding off during a fall storm in 2005. Attorneys for 12 young Alaskans who sued over state climate change policy will argue their case before Alaska Supreme Court justices on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019. The lawsuit says state policy that promotes fossil fuels violates the constitutional right of young Alaskans to a safe climate. (AP Photo/Diana Haecker, File)
October 09, 2019 - 2:25 am
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Supreme Court will hear arguments Wednesday in a lawsuit that claims state policy on fossil fuels is harming the constitutional right of young Alaskans to a safe climate. Sixteen Alaska youths in 2017 sued the state, claiming that human-caused greenhouse gas...
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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., talks to reporters about the release by the White House of a transcript of a call between President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Voldymyr Zelenskiy, in which Trump is said to have pushed for Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his family, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and the Democrats are now launching a formal impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump. Rep. Schiff characterized Trump's words saying, "this is how a mafia boss talks." (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
September 26, 2019 - 2:17 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and the House impeachment inquiry (all times local): 9:50 p.m. A rough transcript released by the White House shows President Donald Trump pressing the leader of Ukraine to "look into" Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. The July 25...
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., reads a statement announcing a formal impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
September 24, 2019 - 10:02 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi launched a formal impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump on Tuesday, yielding to mounting pressure from fellow Democrats and plunging a deeply divided nation into an election-year clash between Congress and the commander in chief. The probe...
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Filipino-Muslims show the indelible ink on their forefingers as proof that they have voted Monday, May 13, 2019 in Manila, Philippines, in the midterm elections highlighted by a showdown between President Rodrigo Duterte's allies who aim to dominate the Senate and an opposition fighting for check and balance under a leader they regard as a looming dictator. Nearly 62 million Filipinos have registered to choose among 43,500 candidates vying for about 18,000 congressional and local posts in Monday's elections in one of Asia's most rambunctious democracies. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
May 13, 2019 - 4:38 am
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Filipinos voted Monday in midterm elections highlighted by a showdown between President Rodrigo Duterte's allies who aim to dominate the Senate and opposition candidates fighting for checks and balances under a leader they regard as a looming dictator. Nearly 62 million...
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IN this May 9, 2019, photo, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Pelosi introduced a new concept to the debate over President Donald Trump’s behavior: “Self-impeachable.” As Trump appears to be all but goading Democrats into impeachment proceedings, viewing the standoff as potentially politically valuable for his re-election campaign, Democrats are trying to impose restraint, preferring a more methodical approach and letting, as Pelosi says, Trump make the case himself by his stonewalling of Congress. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
May 11, 2019 - 3:57 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has introduced a new concept into the debate over President Donald Trump's actions: "self-impeaching." As Trump all but goads Democrats into impeachment proceedings , viewing the showdown as potentially valuable for his 2020 re-election campaign ,...
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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., meets with reporters the day after the Democrat-controlled House Judiciary Committee voted to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress, escalating the legal battle with the Trump administration over access to special counsel Robert Mueller's report, at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, May 9, 2019. Pelosi agreed with Nadler's assertion Wednesday that the Trump administration's refusal to provide the special counsel's full Russia report to Congress presents a "constitutional crisis." (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
May 10, 2019 - 6:36 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats call it a "constitutional crisis." But is it? Stunned by the extent of the White House's blanket refusal to comply with oversight by Congress, the Democrats warn that the Trump administration is shattering historic norms and testing the nation's system of checks and...
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President Donald Trump accompanied by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., left, and Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., right, arrives for a Senate Republican policy lunch on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
March 28, 2019 - 3:26 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The battle over releasing the special counsel's report intensified as Democrats in Congress insisted Attorney General William Barr must quickly release its full findings. Barr said he'll release at least a partial version in April. Skepticism mounted over Barr's four-page synopsis...
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Former independent counsel Kenneth Starr signs a copy of his recent book "Contempt: A Memoir of the Clinton Investigation" at the University of New Mexico School of Law in Albuquerque, N.M., Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019. Starr, who investigated President Bill Clinton, says he wants the public to trust the checks and balances in the system established to hold presidents accountable. (AP Photo/Mary Hudetz).
January 23, 2019 - 10:01 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Former independent counsel Kenneth Starr, who spearheaded the 1990s investigation into President Bill Clinton, urged public trust in the checks and balances established for holding presidential administrations accountable, saying Wednesday that the system remains widely...
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019, as the 116th Congress begins. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
January 03, 2019 - 10:19 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the 116th Congress (all times local): 10 p.m. Cheering Democrats have returned Nancy Pelosi to the House speaker's post as the 116th Congress ushers in a historically diverse freshman class eager to confront President Donald Trump in a new era of divided government...
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