Religion and politics

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-NY, smiles as she listens to a patron while visiting a coffee shop on Main Street in Concord, N.H., Friday, Feb. 15, 2019. Gillibrand visited New Hampshire as she explores a 2020 run for president. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
February 15, 2019 - 8:55 pm
Several Democratic presidential candidates are spending the long holiday weekend on the campaign trail, while a Republican has announced he's creating an exploratory committee for a possible 2020 run. Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Kamala Harris of California are visiting early voting...
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President Donald Trump gestures to the audience as he heads to the Oval Office after speaking during an event in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, to declare a national emergency in order to build a wall along the southern border. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
February 15, 2019 - 8:14 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Let the lawsuits begin. President Donald Trump declared a national emergency along the southern border Friday and predicted his administration would end up defending it all the way to the Supreme Court. That might have been the only thing Trump said Friday that produced near-...
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In this 2019 photo provided by Americans United for Separation of Church and State, Aimee Maddonna smiles while sitting with her children at her home in Simpsonville, S.C. The South Carolina mother has sued both the state and federal government, saying she’s a victim of religious discrimination on the part of a federally funded foster-care agency that turned her down because of her Catholic faith. Maddonna says the agency in 2014 initially encouraged her to become a foster parent but cut off ties once realizing that she is Catholic and not a “born-again” Christian, as the agency’s internal rules require. (Courtesy of Aimee Maddonna/Americans United for Separation of Church and State via AP)
February 15, 2019 - 12:55 pm
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A Catholic mother says a federally funded South Carolina foster agency abruptly stopped working with her and won't allow her to foster children because she's "not the right kind of Christian." In a federal lawsuit filed Friday, Aimee Maddonna and her lawyers say Miracle Hill...
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Kyi Lin, center, the gunman who shot a prominent Muslim lawyer who was a close adviser of Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi, is escorted by police at Yangon Northern District Court in Yangon, Myanmar, Friday, Feb. 15, 2019. The court found Kyi Lin guilty of premeditated murder and illegal weapons possession and sentenced to death for the Jan. 29, 2017 shooting of lawyer Ko Ni in broad daylight at Yangon airport. (AP Photo/Thein Zaw)
February 15, 2019 - 8:56 am
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A court in Myanmar sentenced two men to death on Friday for the killing of a prominent Muslim lawyer who was a close adviser to the country's leader, Aung San Suu Kyi. The Yangon Northern District Court found Kyi Lin guilty of premeditated murder and illegal weapons...
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Indian paramilitary soldiers patrol near the site of Thursday's explosion in Pampore, Indian-controlled Kashmir, Friday, Feb. 15, 2019. Security officials say the death toll from a car bombing in Indian-controlled Kashmir has climbed to at least 40 after rebels fighting against Indian rule struck a paramilitary convoy in the single deadliest attack in the divided region's volatile history. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)
February 15, 2019 - 5:01 am
SRINAGAR, India (AP) — India's prime minister warned Friday of a "crushing response" to the suicide bombing of a paramilitary convoy in Indian-controlled Kashmir, an attack killed 41 and is now the deadliest in the divided region's volatile history. Prime Minister Narendra Modi placed the blame for...
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President Donald Trump speaks at the Major County Sheriffs and Major Cities Chiefs Association Joint Conference in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
February 14, 2019 - 6:06 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Congress' border security measure and President Donald Trump (all times local): 6 p.m. Some Democratic state attorneys general say they may go to court to block any declaration of a national emergency on the southern border by President Donald Trump. Attorney General...
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People leave post-it notes of support outside the office of Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., on Capitol Hill, Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, in Washington. Omar has "unequivocally" apologized for tweets suggesting a powerful pro-Israel interest group paid members of Congress to support Israel. Earlier Monday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats had rebuked her for the tweets. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
February 12, 2019 - 5:58 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Freshman Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar has "unequivocally" apologized for tweets suggesting that members of Congress support Israel because they are being paid to do so, which drew bipartisan criticism and a rebuke from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The Minnesota Democrat said she had...
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FILE - In this March 15, 2018, file photo, Uighurs and their supporters rally across the street from United Nations headquarters in New York. Members of the Uighur Muslim ethnic group are calling on China to post videos of their relatives who have disappeared into a vast system of internment camps. The campaign follows the release of a state media video showing famed Uighur musician Abdurehim Heyit, who many believed had died in custody. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
February 12, 2019 - 3:25 am
BEIJING (AP) — Members of the Uighur Muslim ethnic group are calling on China to post videos of their relatives who have disappeared into a vast system of internment camps. The social media campaign, launched Tuesday under the hashtag #MeTooUyghur, follows the release of a state media video showing...
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In this Jan. 16, 2019 file photo, Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., center, walks through the halls of the Capitol Building in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
February 11, 2019 - 5:39 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Democrat Ilhan Omar has relished the attention attached to becoming one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress, eagerly engaging with supporters and critics on social media. But Omar's quick thumbs also have caused problems for herself and Democratic...
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U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand talks with Jennifer Clyburn Reed ahead of a women’s luncheon Reed hosted for her in Columbia, S.C, on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019. The New York Democrat is spending three days in the critical early-voting state of South Carolina as she explores a 2020 run for president. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)
February 10, 2019 - 1:42 pm
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York immersed herself in South Carolina over the weekend, using her first trip to the state as a possible presidential contender to introduce herself to the heavily black Democratic electorate. The three-day trip began Friday night with...
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