Special interest groups

FILE - In this Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017, file photo, a game of internet slots is under way on a free-play site in Atlantic City, N.J. A legal opinion from the U.S. Department of Justice made public Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, could threaten the viability of online gambling that crosses state lines, such as poker. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry, File)
January 15, 2019 - 1:16 am
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A legal opinion from the U.S. Department of Justice made public Monday could threaten the viability of online gambling that crosses state lines such as poker. The 23-page opinion interprets the federal Wire Act, which prohibits interstate wagering, to apply to any form of gambling...
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This Oct. 15, 2016 photo shows parents and grandparents from Memphis Lift speaking to Hilary Shelton, the Director to the NAACP's Washington Bureau and Senior Vice President for Advocacy and Policy, during the national NAACP board meeting in downtown Cincinnati. While some black leaders see charters as a safer, better alternative in their communities, a deep rift of opinion was exposed by a 2016 call for a moratorium on charters by the NAACP, a longtime skeptic that expressed concerns about school privatization and accountability issues surrounding charters. (The Cincinnati Enquirer via AP)
December 24, 2018 - 11:17 am
Amid fierce debate over whether charter schools are good for black students, the heirs to the Walmart company fortune have been working to make inroads with advocates and influential leaders in the black community. The Walton family, as one of the leading supporters of America's charter school...
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Allyson Schwartz, president of Better Medicare Alliance, speaks during an Interview with the Associated Press in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018. The group, gaining influence in Washington as a champion for Medicare beneficiaries, is bankrolled by major health insurance companies that are trying to cash in on private coverage offered through the federal health insurance program.(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
December 21, 2018 - 4:15 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A group gaining influence in Washington as a champion for Medicare beneficiaries is bankrolled by major health insurance companies that are trying to cash in on private coverage offered through the federal health insurance program. The Better Medicare Alliance claims a far-flung...
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The U.S. Capitol Building Dome is seen before the sun rises in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
December 19, 2018 - 7:13 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — A criminal justice bill passed by the Senate late Tuesday would give judges more discretion when sentencing some drug offenders and would boost prisoner rehabilitation efforts and was hailed by scores of conservative and liberal advocacy groups. The sweeping bill addresses...
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The U.S. Capitol Building Dome is seen before the sun rises in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
December 18, 2018 - 9:03 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate passed a sweeping criminal justice bill Tuesday that addresses concerns that the nation's war on drugs had led to the imprisonment of too many Americans for non-violent crimes without adequately preparing them for their return to society. Senate passage of the bill by a...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, May 9, 2018 file photo, Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Calif., left, speaks next to Rep. David Valadao, R-Calif., during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Republican incumbents were swept out of office in 2018 after a tally of late-arriving ballots. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
December 06, 2018 - 10:37 pm
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — An investigation into whether political operatives in North Carolina illegally collected and possibly stole absentee ballots in a still-undecided congressional race has drawn attention to a widespread but little-known political tool called ballot harvesting. It's a practice...
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FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2018, file photo, Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh stands before a ceremonial swearing-in in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Newly released tax records show an obscure non-profit last year gave nearly $15 million it received from anonymous donors to a conservative advocacy group that backedKavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination. The Wellspring Committee made the contributions to the Judicial Crisis Network. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
November 28, 2018 - 4:42 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Anonymous donors gave more than $79 million to a liberal nonprofit during President Donald Trump's first year in office, helping fuel opposition to Judge Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination and build support for a slew of other progressive causes. The contributions in 2017...
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Vice President Mike Pence, joined at left by President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, arrive at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018, as lawmakers from both parties are pushing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to hold a vote on a rewrite of the nation's criminal justice sentencing laws. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
November 27, 2018 - 6:26 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican senators debated the path forward for an overhaul of the nation's criminal sentencing laws Tuesday after a visit from Vice President Mike Pence, suggesting parts of the bill may need to be rewritten before Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will hold a vote. Pence...
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FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2018, file photo, Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh stands before a ceremonial swearing-in in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Newly released tax records show an obscure non-profit last year gave nearly $15 million it received from anonymous donors to a conservative advocacy group that backedKavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination. The Wellspring Committee made the contributions to the Judicial Crisis Network. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
November 27, 2018 - 6:24 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — An obscure nonprofit last year gave nearly $15 million it received from anonymous donors to a conservative advocacy group that backed Judge Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination, according to newly released federal tax records. The Wellspring Committee made the contributions...
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In this Nov. 8, 2018 photo, the Capitol is framed amid colorful autumn leaves in Washington. Congressional aides and advocacy groups say lawmakers are close to an agreement on legislation designed to boost rehabilitation efforts for federal prisoners and give judges more discretion when sentencing some non-violent offenders. Aides from both parties say moving ahead depends largely on President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
November 13, 2018 - 7:03 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators have reached a tentative accord on the first major rewrite of criminal justice sentencing in a generation, but now it's up to President Donald Trump to decide if it's worth making a push for the sweeping bipartisan bill during the lame-duck session of Congress. The...
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