Government and politics

FILE - In this March 15, 2017, file photo, Wisconsin State Superintendent Tony Evers talks with reporters in Madison, Wis. Evers won the Democratic primary for governor on Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018, and will face Republican Gov. Scott Walker in November as he seeks a third term. (AP Photo/Scott Bauer, File)
August 14, 2018 - 11:20 pm
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin state schools chief Tony Evers, a cancer survivor known for his even-keeled demeanor, won the Democratic primary for governor on Tuesday and will face Republican Gov. Scott Walker in November as he seeks a third term. Evers emerged from a field of eight Democratic...
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FILE - In this April 25, 2017, file photo, Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., speaks about President Donald Trump's first 100 days, during a media availability on Capitol Hill in Washington. Baldwin advanced to the November general election after facing no opposition from her own party on Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
August 14, 2018 - 9:45 pm
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Republican primary battle for a Wisconsin U.S. Senate seat pits two loyalists to President Donald Trump who agree on most of the issues. The winner of Tuesday's primary between Kevin Nicholson and state Sen. Leah Vukmir will face Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin in November...
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FILE - In this Feb. 23, 2017 file photo, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Oxon Hill, Md. Walker won the Republican primary in Wisconsin on Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018, dispensing nominal opposition as he mounts bid for a third term. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
August 14, 2018 - 9:43 pm
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democrats tested the strength of their "blue wave" against President Trump's grip on America's white, working class Tuesday as the 2018 primary season lurched closer to an end in two Midwestern battlegrounds. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker seized the Republican nomination in his...
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FILE - In this July 18, 2018, file photo, Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., asks a question at a House Committee on Financial Services hearing in Washington. Ellison decided to leave Congress for a chance to make a difference as his state's attorney general, but an ex-girlfriend's late accusation of domestic abuse clouded what had been his race to lose. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
August 14, 2018 - 7:53 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Rep. Keith Ellison, the deputy chairman of the Democratic National Committee and first Muslim elected to Congress, sought his party's nomination Tuesday for Minnesota attorney general in a race clouded in the final days by an ex-girlfriend's allegation of domestic abuse. The...
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FILE - In this Jan 3, 2018, file photo, Sen. Tina Smith, D-Minn., smiles after being administered the Senate oath of office during a mock swearing in ceremony with Vice President Mike Pence in the Old Senate Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington. The sudden downfall of Sen. Al Franken amid the rise of the #MeToo movement could set up a two-woman race for his seat, part of an unusual primary featuring both of Minnesota's Senate seats on the same ballot. Franken's successor, Democrat Tina Smith, and the endorsed Republican candidate, state Sen. Karin Housley, were heavy favorites in their respective races. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
August 14, 2018 - 7:50 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The sudden downfall of Sen. Al Franken amid the rise of the #MeToo movement set the course for what could be a two-woman race to finish his term, part of an unusual primary Tuesday featuring both of Minnesota's Senate seats on the same ballot. Franken's successor, Democrat Tina...
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A man, who declined to be identified, kneels outside the Nebraska State Penitentiary, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018 in Lincoln, Neb. Nebraska carried out its first execution in more than two decades on Tuesday with a drug combination never tried before, including the first use of the powerful opioid fentanyl in a lethal injection. Carey Dean Moore, 60, was pronounced dead at 10:47 a.m. Moore had been sentenced to death for killing two cab drivers in Omaha in 1979.(Eric Gregory /Lincoln Journal Star via AP)
August 14, 2018 - 7:42 pm
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Latest on Nebraska's first execution since 1997 (all times local): 6:40 p.m. Death penalty opponents protested Nebraska's execution of its longest-serving death row inmate at a rally outside the state Capitol. The event drew more than 150 people early Tuesday evening, hours...
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August 14, 2018 - 6:12 pm
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says he heard gunfire early Tuesday during his stay in Rio de Janeiro. There was no indication that the gunshots, which Mattis said he could hear from his hotel room near the city's Copacabana beach, were linked to his visit or that he was in...
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FILE - In this June 19, 2015, file photo, traffic heads eastbound on Rt 50 in Bowie, Md. Internal documents show the Environmental Protection Agency privately questioned the Trump administration’s finding that freezing Obama-era mileage standards would make drivers safer. In announcing the mileage proposal, the administration said the freeze would save 1,000 lives a year. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
August 14, 2018 - 6:12 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency privately challenged the Trump administration's rationale for freezing Obama-era mileage standards, saying the proposal would actually increase U.S. highway deaths. In announcing the mileage proposal earlier this month, officials with the EPA...
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Attorneys Michael Avenatti and Ricardo de Anda exit the building of the Houston Immigration Court, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018, in Houston. Avenatti, the attorney taking on President Donald Trump on behalf of adult film star Stormy Daniels, offered some details on his policy views Tuesday as he weighs an outsider Democratic bid for the White House. (Marie D. De Jesus/Houston Chronicle via AP)
August 14, 2018 - 6:07 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — The attorney taking on President Donald Trump over his alleged affair with an adult film actress went to immigration court Tuesday to try to secure the release of a 9-year-old boy from Guatemala. A judge denied Michael Avenatti's request to dismiss the removal case against the boy,...
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August 14, 2018 - 5:29 pm
A Georgia congressional candidate convicted of drunken driving was ordered by a judge Tuesday to spend the next six months in jail — a sentence that would keep the candidate locked up long past Election Day. It was unclear what would become of Democrat Steven Foster's campaign after he was...
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