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The Latest: Lawyer denies state senator embezzled from union

CHICAGO (AP) – The Latest on indictment of Illinois state senator’s indictment on embezzlement charges(all times local): 1:25 p.m. An attorney for an Illinois state senator says his client is not guilty of the federal embezzlement charges [...]

Maryland teachers union led spending on lobbying

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) – The Maryland State Education Association spent the most money on lobbying in the state capital during the latest filing period. Reports covering Nov. 1 through April 30 were recently made public by the State Ethics [...]

Powerful union backs giving licenses to immigrants in NY

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – The nation’s largest health care worker’s union is backing legislation in New York state that would authorize drivers licenses for immigrants who entered the country illegally. 1199SEIU’s support, announced Monday, [...]

Populist tide rises but fails to flood European Union

BERLIN — Phew. Turns out the bark of Europe’s far right is worse than its bite. Yes, illiberal parties did well in France and Italy, Poland, Hungary and beyond. But overall no better than expected, and in some cases worse so. Bottom line: [...]

Populists Seek to Break the European Union From Within

REGGELLO, Italy — The stage was set for war. Literally. Inside a small Tuscan theater with a mock-up of a World War I trench, Susanna Ceccardi, a rising star of Italy’s hard-right League party, was flanked by rival candidates for [...]

European Union: Parliament Elections Will Be Latest Test of Populist Support

“But they can make a mess.” In addition to passing or rejecting laws, European lawmakers have new powers that could allow populists to block trade deals, approve the bloc’s budget and play an important role in determining who will [...]

Why Is the European Union Failing?

The European Union (EU) was created with the “ideal” of unifying the European people after two world wars. But mass migration, youth unemployment, job precariousness, and a rise in extreme poverty have shown the project is failing. Why, [...]

European Union Extends Brexit Deadline to Oct. 31

BRUSSELS — With less than 48 hours before Britain’s scheduled departure, the European Union extended the exit deadline early Thursday until the end of October, avoiding a devastating cliff-edge divorce but settling none of the issues [...]

Mike Pompeo’s European Union troublemaker tour

Mike Pompeo is heading for the EU’s eastern fringe — on a mission to make sure it’s looking west. That’s how senior administration officials present the secretary of state’s upcoming visits to Hungary, Slovakia and [...]

Stacey Abrams’ State of the Union response: Fact-check and transcript

MS. ABRAMS Good evening my fellow Americans and happy lunar new year. I’m Stacey Abrams and I’m honored to join the conversation about the state of our union. Growing up, my family went back and forth between lower middle class [...]