Legislature

North Korea goes to polls to rubber-stamp parliament lineup

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Millions of North Korean voters, including leader Kim Jong Un, went to the polls on Sunday to elect a new lineup of roughly 700 members for the next session of the national legislature, though the vote was more of an endorsement than a competitive contest. Voters were presented with just … Continue reading North Korea goes to polls to rubber-stamp parliament lineup

France unveils plan to tax internet giants revenue

PARIS (AP) — The French government on Wednesday unveiled plans to slap a 3 percent tax on the French revenues of internet giants like Google, Amazon and Facebook. The bill is an attempt to get around tax avoidance measures by multinationals, which pay most of their taxes in the EU country they are based in … Continue reading France unveils plan to tax internet giants revenue

France to create a 3 percent tax on internet giants’ revenue

PARIS (AP) — The French government unveiled plans Wednesday to slap a 3 percent tax on the French revenues of internet giants like Google, Amazon and Facebook. The bill outlines how digital companies with worldwide revenues over 750 million euros ($848 million), including French revenue over 25 million euros, will be taxed. In a news … Continue reading France to create a 3 percent tax on internet giants’ revenue

Teen tells Senate why he defied his mom to get vaccinated

WASHINGTON (AP) — An Ohio teen defied his mother’s anti-vaccine beliefs and started getting his shots when he turned 18 — and told Congress on Tuesday that it’s crucial to counter fraudulent claims on social media that scare parents. Ethan Lindenberger of Norwalk, Ohio, said his mother’s “love, affection and care is apparent,” but that she … Continue reading Teen tells Senate why he defied his mom to get vaccinated

Mnuchin announces halt in payments into 2 retirement funds

WASHINGTON(AP) — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin informed Congress on Monday that he will stop making payments into two government retirement funds now that the debt limit has gone back into effect. In a letter to congressional leaders, Mnuchin said that he would stop making investments into a civil service retirement fund and a postal service … Continue reading Mnuchin announces halt in payments into 2 retirement funds

Trump claims Cohen book would prove ex-aide a liar

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump claimed Friday that his former lawyer Michael Cohen shopped a book to publishers that portrayed Trump in a favorable light, vastly at odds with Cohen’s damning testimony to Congress. In a tweet, Trump said Cohen’s manuscript was a “love letter” to him and said Congress should demand the manuscript … Continue reading Trump claims Cohen book would prove ex-aide a liar

Thai lawmakers approve controversial cybersecurity act

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s legislature passed a cybersecurity bill on Thursday that would allow authorities access to people’s personal information without a court order. The Cybersecurity Act addresses computer hacking crimes, but activists fear it will allow the government sweeping access to people’s personal information. The act allows state officials to seize, search, infiltrate, and … Continue reading Thai lawmakers approve controversial cybersecurity act

Transgender troops tell Congress they excel in military

SAN DIEGO  (AP) — Transgender troops testifying for the first time to Congress on Wednesday said transitioning to another sex made them stronger, while Pentagon officials defended the Trump administration’s desire to bar people like them from enlisting in the future. Army Capt. Alivia Stehlik, an infantry officer and graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at … Continue reading Transgender troops tell Congress they excel in military

Missouri House passes wide-ranging abortion restrictions

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.  — The Missouri House on Wednesday took steps to outlaw most abortions in the state should the U.S. Supreme Court overturn Roe v. Wade, an effort that’s part of a broader Republican push amid renewed optimism that the high court might be more open to increased restrictions, and possibly an outright ban, … Continue reading Missouri House passes wide-ranging abortion restrictions

House approves bill to expand gun-sale background checks

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic-controlled House on Wednesday approved a measure requiring federal background checks for all firearms sales and transfers, the first major gun control legislation considered by Congress in nearly 25 years. Democrats called the 240-190 vote a major step to end the gun lobby’s grip on Washington and begin to address an … Continue reading House approves bill to expand gun-sale background checks

The Latest: UK Parliament votes to hold May to Brexit vow

LONDON | FEBRUARY 27, 2019 (STL.News)— The Latest on the negotiations on Brexit (all times local): 7:50 p.m. Britain’s Parliament has underscored Prime Minister Theresa May’s promise to give lawmakers a vote on whether to delay Brexit rather than leave the European Union at the end of March without a divorce deal. The House of … Continue reading The Latest: UK Parliament votes to hold May to Brexit vow

Military spent about $8M on transgender care since 2016

SAN DIEGO / FEBRUARY 27, 2019 (STL.News) Lindsey Muller served in the Army as a man for nearly a decade before telling her commanders in 2014 that she identified as a woman and would resign because military policy barred transgender personnel. Her superiors, citing her outstanding performance, persuaded the decorated attack helicopter pilot to stay. After … Continue reading Military spent about $8M on transgender care since 2016

What to Watch: Cohen’s testimony could deal damage to Trump

WASHINGTON / FEBRUARY 27, 2019 (STL.News) There’ll be much talk of a “rat,” hush money for onetime paramours and the 2016 presidential campaign. But did President Donald Trump break the law? That’s the key question Michael Cohen will be expected to answer with documents on Wednesday during a Capitol Hill drama that sounds more like a … Continue reading What to Watch: Cohen’s testimony could deal damage to Trump

Cohen says Trump knew about WikiLeaks email dump beforehand

WASHINGTON / FEBRUARY 27, 2019 (STL.News) President Donald Trump‘s former personal lawyer is planning to tell a House committee that Trump knew ahead of time that WikiLeaks had emails damaging to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and that Trump is a “racist,” a “conman” and a “cheat.” Michael Cohen suggests in prepared testimony obtained by The Associated … Continue reading Cohen says Trump knew about WikiLeaks email dump beforehand

Business chief says delaying Brexit is an option for sanity

LONDON / FEBRUARY 27, 2019 (STL.News) Prime Minister Theresa May insisted Wednesday that Britain will leave the European Union on schedule next month, while the head of a major business organization said May’s grudging decision to allow lawmakers to vote to delay Brexit provides an “option on sanity.” May bowed to pressure from within her own … Continue reading Business chief says delaying Brexit is an option for sanity

Russia presses case for greater control over its internet

MOSCOW / FEBRUARY 27, 2019 (STL.News) The Kremlin spokesman said on Wednesday that reports that the U.S. military carried out a cyberattack in Russia ahead of the U.S. midterm elections proves that the country needs to create its own, self-controlled segment of the internet. Russia’s parliament this month passed the first reading of a bill … Continue reading Russia presses case for greater control over its internet

Decorated transgender troops to testify before Congress

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Lindsey Muller served in the Army as a man for nearly a decade before telling her commanders in 2014 that she identified as a woman and would resign because military policy barred transgender personnel. Her superiors, citing her outstanding performance, urged the decorated attack helicopter pilot to stay so she did. … Continue reading Decorated transgender troops to testify before Congress

The Latest: Cohen says Trump knew about WikiLeaks email dump

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen’s appearances this week before Congress (all times local): 12:45 a.m. President Donald Trump‘s former personal lawyer is preparing to tell a House committee that his former boss knew ahead of time that WikiLeaks would release emails damaging to his rival Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. … Continue reading The Latest: Cohen says Trump knew about WikiLeaks email dump

Senate confirms circuit court nominee over Dem objections

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s nominee for a lifetime seat on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals was confirmed in a party-line vote Tuesday as Republicans broke a longstanding tradition by approving someone opposed by both of his home-state senators. Eric Miller, a Seattle attorney and former clerk for conservative Supreme Court Justice … Continue reading Senate confirms circuit court nominee over Dem objections

Congress approves major public lands, conservation bill

DETROIT / FEBRUARY 26, 2019 (STL.News) Fiat Chrysler on Tuesday announced a $4.5 billion plan that includes building the first new auto assembly plant in Detroit in almost three decades and increasing its workforce in the area by about 6,500 jobs, an investment officials touted as an uncommon opportunity to revive the region’s economy. Under … Continue reading Congress approves major public lands, conservation bill

The precarious perch of a potential Pentagon chief

WASHINGTON (AP) — Patrick Shanahan, the former Boeing executive, was in a familiar place — aboard an airplane — when he got word of a bolt-from-the-blue political shot across his bow, an apparent blow to his chances of being nominated as the next secretary of defense. Sen. James Inhofe, the White House-friendly Republican chairman of … Continue reading The precarious perch of a potential Pentagon chief

Cohen expected to tell senators about Trump Russia contacts

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump‘s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen will start a three-day gauntlet of congressional appearances by giving a closed-door interview to the Senate intelligence committee, where he is expected to detail what he claims to know about Trump’s contacts with Russians and other sensitive matters related to the president. Senators are … Continue reading Cohen expected to tell senators about Trump Russia contacts

House to vote on measure revoking Trump’s emergency order

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are moving quickly to try to roll back President Donald Trump‘s declaration of a national emergency to siphon billions of dollars from the military to fund construction of a fence along the U.S.-Mexico border. Tuesday’s vote in the Democratic-controlled House comes on legislation to revoke Trump’s executive order from earlier this … Continue reading House to vote on measure revoking Trump’s emergency order

UK leader under pressure to take no-deal off table

LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Theresa May was battling to defeat a revolt from members of her own government on Tuesday as lawmakers try to prevent her from taking Britain out of the European Union a month from now without a divorce deal. Three junior government ministers wrote in the Daily Mail that they would … Continue reading UK leader under pressure to take no-deal off table

Cohen to kick off week of interviews at Senate committee

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump‘s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen will start a three-day gauntlet of congressional appearances by giving a closed-door interview to the Senate intelligence committee, where he is expected to detail what he claims to know about Trump’s contacts with Russians and other sensitive matters related to the president. Senators are … Continue reading Cohen to kick off week of interviews at Senate committee

NC’s Tillis is 2nd GOP senator to oppose Trump emergency

WASHINGTON (AP) — North Carolina’s Thom Tillis on Monday became the second Republican to promise a vote to block President Donald Trump’s declaration of an emergency at the Mexican border. Tillis said Congress must defend its power of the purse and warned that a future Democratic president might abuse the power to advance “radical policies.” … Continue reading NC’s Tillis is 2nd GOP senator to oppose Trump emergency

Main UK opposition party takes step to back new Brexit vote

LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Theresa May returned from a seemingly unproductive meeting with European Union leaders Monday to a growing attempt by British lawmakers to stop her from taking Britain out of the EU on March 29 without a divorce deal. With May and the EU at odds over not just how, but when … Continue reading Main UK opposition party takes step to back new Brexit vote

WASHINGTON | Lawmakers, first responders sound alarm on 9/11 fund

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 17 years after the 9/11 attacks, lawmakers and first responders are urging Congress to ensure that a victims’ compensation fund does not run out of money. Members of the New York delegation, surrounded by first responders, survivors and family members, said it is unconscionable that the September 11th Victim Compensation … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Lawmakers, first responders sound alarm on 9/11 fund

WASHINGTON | Teens successfully tweet Trump for support of archives bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — All the bill needed to become law was President Donald Trump’s signature. It would create a national archive of documents from civil rights cold cases. Students had been working on the project for years, families waiting on it for decades. But time was running out. Legislation dies in the transition from one … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Teens successfully tweet Trump for support of archives bill

CHISINAU, Moldova | Early results: no party secures majority in Moldova ballot

CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — Early results from Moldova’s parliamentary elections show no party has secured a majority, a result that could leave the former Soviet republic in limbo between pro-Western and pro-Russia forces. With about a fifth of Sunday’s votes counted, the broadly pro-Russia opposition Socialists have 31 percent, while the incumbent Democratic Party has … Continue reading CHISINAU, Moldova | Early results: no party secures majority in Moldova ballot