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Secretary of State Denise Merrill annouces reelection campaign

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Secretary of State Denise Merrill annouces reelection campaign

- HARTFORD — Secretary of State Denise Merrill officially filed paperwork to run for reelection Friday afternoon. Merrill said in a statement: “”Now more than ever, we need to protect voting rights and stand up for our democracy. There are voices calling for roiling back hard won voting rights. Their actions would erode our shared democracy. I say to them: “not on my watch”
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Attorney General Curtis Hill catches heat for spending on new van, office renovations

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Attorney General Curtis Hill catches heat for spending on new van, office renovations

- Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill is spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on office renovations and a new state vehicle, sparking criticism from some budget leaders. The renovations underway at Hill's Statehouse office are expected to cost about $279,000. That includes $78,000 for new furniture, $71,000 for historic replica painting and $2,500 for seven reclaimed chandeliers. The six-room office is home to Hill and 10 to 15 of his top staffers
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Religious freedom under attack in Pakistan: US Secretary of State Tillerson

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Religious freedom under attack in Pakistan: US Secretary of State Tillerson

- WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson alleged on Wednesday that religious freedom was under attack in Pakistan, where more than two dozen people were on death row or serving a life imprisonment for blasphemy. He said the Pakistan government had marginalised the Ahmadiya community and refused to recognise them as Muslim. “It is my hope that the new prime minister and his government will promote interfaith harmony and protect the rights of religious minorities,” said Secretary Tillerson while releasing the annual US report on religious freedom for 2016
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Sessions: Chicago's sanctuary city policies are 'lawlessness'

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Sessions: Chicago's sanctuary city policies are 'lawlessness'

- Speaking in Miami, the attorney general criticized Chicago's leaders, like Mayor Rahm Emanuel and its city council, arguing that the sanctuary city policies are a rejection of US immigration laws, and "a declaration of open borders." Chicago is in the midst of a legal battle with the US Department of Justice after city leaders -- including Emanuel -- filed a federal lawsuit against the DOJ over specific "immigration compliance requirements" in exchange for federal grant money
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Governors of 2 pot states push back on Trump administration

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Governors of 2 pot states push back on Trump administration

- JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Governors in at least two states that have legalized recreational marijuana are pushing back against the Trump administration and defending their efforts to regulate the industry. Alaska Gov. Bill Walker, a one-time Republican no longer affiliated with a party, sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions this week asking the Department of Justice to maintain the Obama administration's more hands-off enforcement approach to states that have legalized the drug still banned at the federal level
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South Korea finance minister says will act to stabilize financial markets if needed

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South Korea finance minister says will act to stabilize financial markets if needed

- SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea finance minister said on Wednesday the government will act to stabilize financial markets if they become more volatile because of tensions between Pyongyang and Washington, but noted markets are already showing signs of stability. "The government will closely monitor (financial) markets, and take measures to stabilize markets as needed in coordination with the Bank of Korea," Kim Dong-yeon said before a meeting with Bank of Korea Governor Lee Ju-yeol
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The Latest: Strange, Moore head to runoff in GOP Senate race

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The Latest: Strange, Moore head to runoff in GOP Senate race

- MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Latest on Alabama's special primary election for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions (all times local): Sen. Luther Strange and former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore are headed to a Republican primary runoff to fill the U.S. Senate seat previously held by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The two men, who represent different factions within the Alabama Republican Party, will face off in a Sept
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The Latest: Strange, Moore head to runoff in GOP Senate race

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The Latest: Strange, Moore head to runoff in GOP Senate race

- MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Latest on Alabama's special primary election for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions (all times local): Sen. Luther Strange and former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore are headed to a Republican primary runoff to fill the U.S. Senate seat previously held by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The two men, who represent different factions within the Alabama Republican Party, will face off in a Sept
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Detroit attorney announces campaign for state attorney general

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Detroit attorney announces campaign for state attorney general

- Dana Nessel, a Democrat, became the first candidate to announce a run to succeed Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, a Midland Republican who can't run for reelection because of term limits.
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The Latest: Moore leads in early returns in Senate primary

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The Latest: Moore leads in early returns in Senate primary

- MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on Alabama's special primary election for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions (all times local): Former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore has jumped to an early lead in the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate seat that previously held by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. With 20 percent of precincts reporting Tuesday night, Moore had secured nearly 40 percent of the vote
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The Latest: Polls close in Alabama Senate primary

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The Latest: Polls close in Alabama Senate primary

- MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on Alabama's special primary election for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions (all times local): Voting is coming to a close in the Alabama Senate primary. Voters went to the polls Tuesday to select party nominees for the U.S. Senate seat that previously belonged to Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Polls were scheduled to close at 7 p
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Department of Justice pursuing information on Trump opponents

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Department of Justice pursuing information on Trump opponents

- (CNN) -- A web hosting provider is fighting back against a search warrant that it claims would require them to turn over information on visitors to a website used to organize protests against President Donald Trump, according to court filings first published on the company's blog Monday. DreamHost, the web provider in question, said in the post that it has "been working with the Department of Justice to comply with legal process" for months, but federal prosecutors in DC are seeking "all records" related to the website disruptj20
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Hawley’s vote in Boone County raises questions on residency

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Hawley’s vote in Boone County raises questions on residency

- JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley voted in Boone County’s special election last week, reviving questions about whether he is following state law on where the attorney general should live. The Jefferson City News-Tribune reports the Boone County clerk’s office confirmed that Hawley voted there in a special election for the 50th House District seat in the Missouri Legislature
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California Sues Trump Administration Over Sanctuary City Policy

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California Sues Trump Administration Over Sanctuary City Policy

- Photo Intensifying California’s standoff with the Trump administration over immigration policy, the California attorney general sued the Justice Department on Monday over the administration’s plans to cut off millions of dollars in federal funding to so-called sanctuary cities unless they begin cooperating with federal immigration agents. The state’s attorney general, Xavier Becerra, argued in the lawsuit that the Justice Department’s threat, made by Attorney General Jeff Sessions last month, undermines public safety and violates the Constitution
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Md. attorney general is asked to opine on ex-White House aide’s eligibility to run for governor

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Md. attorney general is asked to opine on ex-White House aide’s eligibility to run for governor

- The Maryland State Board of Elections on Friday asked Attorney General Brian E. Frosh (D) to weigh in on whether Krishanti Vignarajah, a former policy aide for Michelle Obama who entered the governor’s race this week, is a Maryland registered voter, which is a requirement for running for governor. Shortly after Vignarajah’s announced her candidacy on Wednesday, questions were raised about whether she is legally eligible to seek the office
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County elections clerks criticize Secretary of State

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County elections clerks criticize Secretary of State

- ANACONDA — County elections officials across Montana criticized Secretary of State Corey Stapleton's repeated assertions that voter fraud took place during the May 25 special election. In turn, Stapleton's office produced a list of about 1,800 ballots cast during the election but were not counted. He asked for an explanation why the ballots were not counted and suggested that ballots submitted with mismatched signatures could raise concern, Montana Public Radio reported
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The Latest: Trump backs Obama-era defense technology unit

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The Latest: Trump backs Obama-era defense technology unit

- CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - (AP) - The Latest on a Department of Defense effort enlisting startup companies to develop solutions for the military's toughest technology challenges (all times local): President Donald Trump's administration is endorsing a Barack Obama-era effort enlisting startup companies to develop solutions for the military's toughest technology challenges. Secretary of Defense James Mattis said Thursday he expects the Defense Innovation Unit Experimental will not only survive but "grow in its influence and its impact" under the Republican administration
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  • The Latest: Polls close in Alabama Senate primary
    The Latest: Polls close in Alabama Senate primary

    , siouxcityjournal.com

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on Alabama's special primary election for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions (all times local): Voting is coming to a close in the Alabama Senate primary. Voters went to the polls Tuesday to select party nominees for the U.S. Senate seat that previously belonged to Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Polls were scheduled to close at 7 p
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  • Ukraine finance minister denies tax evasion after probe launched
    Ukraine finance minister denies tax evasion after probe launched

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    KIEV (Reuters) - Ukrainian Finance Minister Oleksandr Danylyuk denied on Monday an accusation of tax evasion from a lawmaker that has led to an investigation by prosecutors. Danylyuk, a former investment manager who has also served as a deputy head of President Petro Poroshenko's administration, said "all taxes were paid on money I earned". "I very much hope that this is not politically motivated and is not revenge for what was done to block corruption schemes, to prevent the embezzlement of the budget and ineffective use of public funds," he said in a post on Facebook
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  • Kenya's interior minister dies a month before election
    Kenya's interior minister dies a month before election

    , bostonherald.com

    NAIROBI, Kenya — Joseph Nkaissery, Kenya's interior minister and a retired general, died Saturday in a Nairobi hospital a month before the East African country's presidential election. He was 67. Nkaissery died a few hours after being admitted for a check-up, according to Joseph Kinyua, President Uhuru Kenyatta's chief of staff. "I call on Kenyans across the political divide to mourn in peace and to uphold his singular mission of a peaceful, united Kenya," Kenyatta said
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