Political corruption

FILE - In this Feb. 8, 2019 file photo, Bill Daley speaks during a news conference in Chicago. Reform has long been a dirty word among Chicago politicians, who have well-known reputations for throwing contracts to favored businesses and dealing in patronage. But after the 2014 murder of a black teenager by a police officer and corruption charges filed against a powerful alderman, the word is now on the lips of the 14 candidates running for mayor. (AP Photo/Teresa Crawford)
February 16, 2019 - 12:41 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Reform is not a concept Chicago candidates typically embrace in a city known for its patronage. But corruption charges against a powerful alderman and a court-ordered consent decree aimed at eliminating police misconduct has placed the word on the lips of many of the 14 people...
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In this Jan. 29, 2019 photo, Attorney General nominee William Barr, right, meets with Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Miss., a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, in Hawley's office in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
February 14, 2019 - 12:41 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Thursday confirmed William Barr as attorney general, placing the veteran government official and lawyer atop the Justice Department as special counsel Robert Mueller investigates Russian interference in the 2016 election. The Senate voted 54-45 to confirm him, mostly...
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Former West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry, right, emerges with his lawyer John Carr from the Robert C. Byrd United States Courthouse after his sentencing, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019 in Charleston, W.Va. Loughry, a former West Virginia Supreme Court justice who had a $32,000 blue suede couch in his office and was at the center of an impeachment scandal has been sentenced to two years behind bars. (Craig Hudson/Charleston Gazette-Mail via AP)
February 13, 2019 - 4:56 pm
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A former West Virginia Supreme Court justice who had a $32,000 blue suede couch in his office and was at the center of an impeachment and corruption scandal was sentenced to two years in federal prison Wednesday. "I have not seen evidence of remorse," U.S. District Judge...
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FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2015 file photo, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and two-time Costa Rican President Oscar Arias looks at the media during the opening ceremony of the XV World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates at the University in Barcelona, Spain. The director of an international center at the University of Nevada in Reno is the latest woman to accuse Arias of sexual misconduct. Carina Black said in an interview that Arias boxed her against a wall inside an elevator in 1998 and then tried to kiss her. She said it happened after she spent a day escorting Arias to meetings and an evening speaking engagement at the university. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez, File)
February 13, 2019 - 4:43 pm
RENO, Nev. (AP) — The longtime director of the international center at the University of Nevada in Reno is the latest woman to accuse Nobel Peace Prize winner and former Costa Rican President Oscar Arias of sexual misconduct. Carina Black said in interviews this week that Arias boxed her in against...
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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau holds Jack Golden, six-months-old, while campaigning with Richard T. Lee, the Liberal candidate in the Burnaby South byelection, at a cafe in Burnaby, British Columbia, Monday, Feb. 11, 2019. Federal byelections will be held on Feb. 25 in three vacant ridings - Burnaby South, where NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is hoping to win a seat in the House of Commons, the Ontario riding of York-Simcoe and Montreal's Outremont. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)
February 12, 2019 - 7:59 pm
TORONTO (AP) — Canada's former justice minister announced Tuesday that she was quitting Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Cabinet — a move that follows allegations Trudeau's office pressured her to avoid prosecuting a major Canadian engineering firm. Veterans Affairs Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould...
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FILE - In this May 24, 2018, file photo, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich is interviewed on the "Fox & Friends" television program, in New York. he wife of Donald Trump confidant Roger Stone is using the email distribution list of former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich to request contributions for her husband’s legal defense. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
February 12, 2019 - 6:22 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich is doing his bit to help raise money for the legal defense of Roger Stone, a confidant of Donald Trump caught up in the Russia probe. Gingrich has made his email distribution list available to Stone's wife, who sent a lengthy email...
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Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., calms interruptions during questioning of Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker on Capitol Hill, Friday, Feb. 8, 2019 in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
February 12, 2019 - 4:56 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats are stepping up their efforts to investigate President Donald Trump and his associates, hiring new lawyers and staff as they take on oversight responsibility and prepare for a showdown over access to special counsel Robert Mueller's final Russia report. House...
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FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2019, file photo, Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., listens to President Donald Trump's State of the Union speech, at the Capitol in Washington. Omar "unequivocally" apologized Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, for tweets suggesting that members of Congress support Israel because they are being paid to do so, which drew bipartisan criticism and a rebuke from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
February 12, 2019 - 2:11 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Tuesday that freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar's apology for suggesting that members of Congress support Israel because they are being paid to do so was "lame" and that she should resign. In a pair of tweets over the weekend, the Minnesota Democrat, who is one...
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Director Charles Ferguson poses for a photo prior to an interview with the Associated Press about his movie 'Watergate" at the 2019 Berlinale Film Festival in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
February 12, 2019 - 9:13 am
BERLIN (AP) — Director Charles Ferguson thought Watergate had never "properly been done." The result is a documentary that explores the American presidential scandal in its full epic span and clocks in at more than four hours. Ferguson, who directed the Oscar-winning financial crisis documentary "...
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Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, presides over the Senate session at the Capitol in Richmond, Va., Monday, Feb. 11, 2019. The clamor for the resignation of Virginia's top two politicians eased on Monday, with some black community leaders forgiving Gov. Ralph Northam over the blackface furor and calling for a fair hearing for Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax on the sexual assault allegations against him. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
February 11, 2019 - 5:27 pm
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The clamor for the resignation of Virginia's top two politicians seemed to die down Monday, with some black community leaders forgiving Gov. Ralph Northam over the blackface furor and calling for a fair hearing for Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax on the sexual assault allegations...
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