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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe closes his eyes during a meeting of the upper house budget committee at the parliament in Tokyo, Monday, March 19, 2018. Support ratings for Abe have plunged amid a widening school land sale scandal linked to his wife, possibly risking chances for his third term in party leadership. Abe’s Cabinet has come under fire especially after Finance Ministry officials acknowledged tampered land deal documents, including deleting references to First Lady Akie Abe. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
March 19, 2018 - 5:39 am
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was grilled by opposition lawmakers in parliament on Monday over a widening school land sale scandal linked to his wife, as his Cabinet's approval ratings plunged to their lowest levels. Opposition lawmakers renewed demands that Abe's wife and top...
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In this Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, photo, guests attend a Republican congressional candidate forum, in New Braunfels, Texas. Texas holds the nation’s first 2018 primary elections Tuesday, March 6, 2018, and the campaign is providing a vivid exhibition of the Trump effect in GOP politics. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
March 04, 2018 - 10:29 pm
NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas (AP) — George P. Bush's campaign flyers in Texas declare that he's "standing beside our president" — the one who called his dad, Jeb, an embarrassment to his family and a pathetic person. At a political forum outside San Antonio, another Republican candidate brags about his "...
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FILE- In this Nov. 29, 2017, file photo, New Jersey. Gov. Chris Christie speaks during a news conference at the Integrity House drug addiction rehabilitation center in Newark, N.J. Christie is set to deliver his final state of the state address on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018. Christie will be turning over state government control to Democratic Gov.-elect Phil Murphy, who takes office on Jan. 16. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
January 09, 2018 - 3:04 am
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is set to deliver his final state of the state address. The Republican governor will address the Democratic-led Legislature on Tuesday afternoon at the Statehouse. Christie will be turning over state government control to Democratic Gov.-elect...
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Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who submitted endorsement papers necessary for his registration as a presidential candidate, center, sits at the Russia's Central Election commission in Moscow, Russia, Monday, Dec. 25, 2017. Russian election officials have formally barred Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny from running for president. (Evgeny Feldman/Navalny Campaign via AP)
December 26, 2017 - 1:08 am
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian election officials on Monday formally barred Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny from running for president, prompting calls from him for a boycott of next year's vote. The Central Election Commission decided unanimously that the anti-corruption crusader isn't eligible to...
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House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Texas, right, acknowledges President Donald Trump, as he speaks during a passage of the tax bill event on the South Lawn at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
December 21, 2017 - 3:14 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — You wouldn't know it from President Donald Trump's rhetoric, but the tax overhaul coming into effect is heavily tilted to the rich. It also leaves "Obamacare" in place, despite his assertion that the tax plan repeals the health care law. Nothing about the plan provides the fuel to...
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FILE - In this Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017 file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin listens to a question during his annual news conference in Moscow, Russia. Russia. Russian lawmakers on Friday, Dec, 15 set the presidential election for March 18, a move that formally sets in motion campaigning for a race that Putin is all but certain to win. Voter apathy is the main challenge for Putin’s strategists, who want to make his result as strong as ever to prove that public support for the Russian leader hasn’t withered 18 years after his first election. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin, File)
December 15, 2017 - 12:40 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's presidential election campaign formally lasts only three months, and President Vladimir Putin wants to make it as short as possible. With Putin's approval rating topping 80 percent, there is little doubt about the outcome of the March 18 vote. Instead, voter apathy represents...
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Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks to employees of Rostec Corporation during an awarding ceremony at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017. The spokesman for Vladimir Putin says the Russian president has not decided yet whether to run for office next year as an independent candidate or secure support from the ruling party. (Alexei Nikolsky, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
December 07, 2017 - 9:25 am
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has not decided yet whether to run for office next year as an independent candidate or secure support from the ruling party, his spokesman said Thursday. The 65-year old Russian leader, who has ruled the country since 2000, ended months of speculation...
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FILE - In this Nov. 8, 2017 file photo, Vice President Mike Pence speaks in Floresville, Texas. Pence will be keynoting two days of Republican Governors Association meetings beginning Wednesday, Nov. 15, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)
November 15, 2017 - 5:25 pm
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Latest on the Republican Governors Association meeting in Texas (all times local): 4:20 p.m. Vice President Mike Pence has told Republican governors at a gathering in Texas that "momentum is on our side" despite last week's electoral defeats and sagging White House approval...
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Steve Bannon, the former chief strategist to President Donald Trump, speaks at the Macomb County Republican Party dinner in Warren, Mich., Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017. The event takes place on the anniversary of the election that put Trump in the White House. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
November 08, 2017 - 10:10 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Marking a year since President Donald Trump's election, his fiercest advocates offered different approaches Wednesday for the Republican Party's way forward after some tough losses Tuesday. Appearing in key states Trump carried a year ago, former White House Press Secretary...
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Virginia Gov.-elect Ralph Northam celebrates his election victory with his wife Pam and daughter Aubrey, right, and Dorothy McAuliffe, wife of Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe at the Northam For Governor election night party at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
November 08, 2017 - 1:41 pm
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Democrats across America celebrated their party's first major Trump-era victories on Wednesday, a day after Democrats seized wins in Virginia and New Jersey that tested the power of President Donald Trump's fiery nationalism against the energy of the Trump resistance. In...
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