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Russia downplays failed Libya talks before Berlin summit

January 14, 2020, 8:48am Nation & World

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia sought Tuesday to downplay the collapse of talks that sought to secure a cease-fire in Libya after the country's rival leaders left Moscow without reaching an agreement, an outcome that cast a shadow on an upcoming Libya summit hosted by Germany. Read story

EU rebukes Iran over nuclear violations, sanctions possible

January 14, 2020, 8:48am Politics

BRUSSELS (AP) — Britain, France and Germany on Tuesday ratcheted up pressure on Iran to stop violating its landmark nuclear deal in a last-ditch effort to resolve their differences through talks while also starting a process that could bring back punishing U.N. sanctions on Tehran. Read story

Seattle reins in spending by ‘foreign-influenced’ companies

January 14, 2020, 8:37am Northwest

SEATTLE — The Seattle City Council on Monday unanimously passed a measure to rein in political spending by “foreign-influenced” companies, following city council elections last year that drew unprecedented spending — including a record $1.5 million from Amazon. Read story

Federal cap on state, local tax deductions not going away

January 13, 2020, 7:56pm Politics

WASHINGTON — Live in an area with a Democratic congressperson? Then it’s likely you were hurt more than people who live in Republican districts by the cap on deductions for state and local taxes. Read story

Democrats set to debate as Iowa caucuses loom

January 13, 2020, 7:53pm Politics

DES MOINES, Iowa — Democrats are preparing for what could be their most contentious debate yet as the leading candidates gather in Iowa on Tuesday looking for a way to break out of the crowded top tier less than three weeks before the state’s caucuses kick-start the presidential nomination process. Read story

2020 Watch: Will the debate provide any clarity?

January 13, 2020, 6:15pm Politics

NEW YORK — Presidential politics move fast. What we’re watching heading into a new week on the 2020 campaign: Read story

Lawyer: Giuliani associate’s documents turned over to House

January 13, 2020, 5:04pm Politics

WASHINGTON — A close associate of President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, has provided a trove of text messages and photos to the House committee leading the impeachment inquiry. Read story

2020 Democratic race is wide open in Iowa as caucuses near

January 13, 2020, 4:30pm Politics

DES MOINES, Iowa — Presidential candidates have swarmed Iowa’s rolling landscape for more than a year, making their pitch to potential supporters on campuses, county fairgrounds and in high school gymnasiums. But three weeks before the caucuses usher in the Democratic contest, the battle for the state is wide open. Read story

Washington lawmakers convene 60-day legislative session

January 13, 2020, 3:20pm Latest News

OLYMPIA — Washington’s first female speaker of the House was sworn in Monday as lawmakers returned to the Capitol to convene their 60-day legislative session. Read story

Trump’s faithful: 2020 tests his ties to white evangelicals

January 13, 2020, 2:45pm Politics

NEW YORK — White evangelical support for President Donald Trump has sparked debate for years -- particularly this winter, with his impeachment trial looming. But for all the focus it commands, uncertainty continues to surround Trump’s bond with a religious constituency that has long leaned GOP. Read story