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Multiple threats could lead to downfall of Brazil president

Brazil’s President Michel Temer, second right, sits next to President of the Chamber of Deputies Rodrigo Maia, right, and the President of the National Congress Eunicio Oliveira, second left, and his Chief of Staff Eliseu Padilha, as they attend a ceremony at the Planalto Presidential Palace, in Brasilia, Brazil, Wednesday, …

Venezuela’s ex-spy chief promotes possible presidential bid

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A former spy chief under the late leader Hugo Chavez is emerging as a political player in turbulent Venezuela, mistrusted by the opposition and despised by the government as he travels the country in a possible bid for the presidency. Miguel Rodriguez Torres is a longshot …

Alabama governor resigns, pleads guilty to misdemeanors

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley resigned Monday rather than face impeachment and pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor campaign violations that arose during an investigation of his alleged affair with a top aide. In a remarkable fall, the mild-mannered 74-year-old Republican and one-time Baptist deacon stepped down as …

AP Exclusive: Manafort had plan to benefit Putin government

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, secretly worked for a Russian billionaire to advance the interests of Russian President Vladimir Putin a decade ago and proposed an ambitious political strategy to undermine anti-Russian opposition across former Soviet republics, The Associated Press has learned. The work …

Tea party parallel? Liberals taking aim at their own party

WASHINGTON (AP) — Four days after Donald Trump’s surprising White House victory, the liberal organization CREDO Action fired off a frantic warning to its 4.6 million anxious supporters. Their worry wasn’t the new president. It was his opposition. “Democratic leaders have been welcoming Trump,” the email said. “That’s not acceptable. …

Trump adopting same behavior he criticized Clinton for

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump spent the past two years attacking rival Hillary Clinton as crooked, corrupt, and weak. But some of those attacks seem to have already slipped into the history books. From installing Wall Street executives in his Cabinet to avoiding news conferences, the president-elect is adopting some …