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In this Aug. 21, 2018, photo, Michael Cohen, center, leaves federal court in New York. President Donald Trump has long demanded loyalty from his friends and associates. But he has been learning the hard way that in politics those relationships come and go. A key defection came this week when Cohen, Trump’s former personal attorney, implicated the president in a stunning plea deal, followed by a longtime friend and media boss cooperating with prosecutors. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
August 24, 2018 - 4:33 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Et tu, Michael Cohen? Loyalty has long been a core value for President Donald Trump. But he's learning the hard way that in politics, it doesn't always last. Cohen, the president's former personal attorney, this week implicated the president in a stunning plea deal. Days later,...
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In this Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018 photo, Amanda Cahill of the American Heart Association speaks to a rally in support of a ballot initiative to raise Montana's tobacco taxes in Helena, Mont. Cahill says the tobacco industry is attempting to deceive voters about the measure as an industry-funded group launches a massive ad blitz against the initiative. (AP Photo/Matt Volz)
August 24, 2018 - 3:25 pm
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A group funded by the tobacco industry has launched a massive ad blitz against a ballot initiative to fund Montana's Medicaid expansion program and other health programs by raising the cigarette tax by $2 per pack and taxing vaping products for the first time. Montanans Against...
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FILE - In this Jan. 31, 2014 photo, David Pecker, Chairman and CEO of American Media, addresses those attending the Shape & Men's Fitness Super Bowl Party in New York. The National Enquirer kept a safe containing documents on hush-money payments and other damaging stories it killed as part of its cozy relationship with Donald Trump leading up to 2016 presidential election, people familiar with the arrangement told The Associated Press. The detail comes as several media outlets reported Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018 that federal prosecutors have granted immunity to Pecker, potentially laying bare his efforts to protect his longtime friend Trump. (Marion Curtis via AP, File)
August 24, 2018 - 1:49 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Enquirer kept a safe containing documents about hush-money payments and damaging stories it killed as part of its cozy relationship with Donald Trump leading up to 2016 presidential election, people familiar with the arrangement told The Associated Press. The detail...
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This undated image provided by the cybersecurity firm FireEye shows a Tweet from a social media persona related to a group called "Liberty Front Press" using the Twitter handle "@Berniecratss." FireEye called the group an influence operation apparently aimed at promoting Iranian political interests. The group had multiple social media personas that masqueraded as liberal U.S. activists. (FireEye via AP)
August 24, 2018 - 1:33 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — This week has seen major social media sites step up their policing of online disinformation campaigns. Google disabled dozens of YouTube channels and other accounts linked to a state-run Iranian broadcaster running a political-influence campaign. Facebook removed 652 suspicious...
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U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter, center, leaves an arraignment hearing as a protester carries a sign, left, Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018, in San Diego. Hunter and his wife Margaret pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges they illegally used his campaign account for personal expenses. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)
August 24, 2018 - 1:12 pm
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Indicted Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter has suggested that his wife was to blame for misuse of campaign funds after the couple was indicted on using up to $250,000 for trips, clothing purchases and school tuition In an interview Thursday with Fox News' Martha McCallum after the...
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U.S. senatorial candidate and former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio walks to his campaign tour bus Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018, in Fountain Hills, Ariz. Arpaio's Senate run will likely be the former sheriff's last political act, as he is expected to finish well outside the running in the GOP Senate primary. (AP Photo/Matt York)
August 24, 2018 - 1:04 pm
FOUNTAIN HILLS, Ariz. (AP) — It was five days before ballots will be counted in his bid for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate, and former Arizona lawman Joe Arpaio had no idea what he was doing. The final days of a campaign are usually frantic, with candidates' every moment scheduled to...
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U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks during a news conference regarding the country's opioid epidemic, Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
August 23, 2018 - 9:53 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local): 10:45 p.m. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is declaring that the Justice Department "will not be improperly influenced by political considerations" as he pushes back against President Donald Trump's latest jabs. Sessions'...
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FILE - In this Aug. 21, 2018 file photo, Michael Cohen, former personal lawyer to President Donald Trump, leaves federal court after reaching a plea agreement in New York. On Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, via Twitter, Cohen praised himself for providing “critical information” in the special counsel’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle, File)
August 23, 2018 - 7:49 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Mired in financial woes, Michael Cohen is sticking his hand out and asking the public for help paying for his legal defense, and one anonymous donor already has ponied up $50,000. Through his lawyer, Donald Trump's former "fixer" says collecting contributions through a GoFundMe page...
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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi waves to the audience before speaking at the Public Policy Institute of California Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
August 23, 2018 - 3:43 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nancy Pelosi is the chief villain of Republican campaign ads. The leader some Democrats promise to vote against. The subject of much speculation that her grip on power is coming to an end. Nevertheless, she says she's not going anywhere — and certainly not while President Donald...
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FILE - In this July 21, 2018, file photo, Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez speak in New York. Democrats seem eager to highlight Republican corruption ahead of the November midterm elections now that two of President Donald Trump’s former top allies are felons. As the party faithful gathered in Chicago Aug. 22 for the Democratic National Committee’s summer meeting, Perez ticked off the growing list of legal troubles for Trump and other Republicans. An “out of control” situation, he said, demands that voters “put up guard rails” by returning Democrats to power. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
August 23, 2018 - 10:43 am
CHICAGO (AP) — Democrats aren't ready to embrace the I-word. A day after separate legal hammers dropped nearly simultaneously on two former members of President Donald Trump's inner circle, Democrats in Washington and across the country faced a delicate balance as they sought to take political...
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