Missouri Governor: ‘No Blackmail,’ ‘No Violence’ In Affair

By DAVID A. LIEB and SUMMER BALLENTINE, Associated Press JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — In his first interview since acknowledging an extramarital affair, Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens said Saturday that there was “no blackmail” and “no threat of violence” by him in what he described as a months-long “consensual relationship” with his former hairdresser. Greitens told…

Democrats, GOP Try To Dodge Blame For Shuttered Government

By ALAN FRAM, ANDREW TAYLOR and ZEKE MILLER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Hours after shuttering much of the federal government, feuding Democrats and Republicans in Congress spent Saturday dodging blame for a paralyzing standoff over immigration and showed few signs of progress on negotiations needed to end it. The finger-pointing played out in rare weekend…

Government Shutdown Begins And So Does The Finger-Pointing

By ZEKE MILLER, ANDREW TAYLOR and ALAN FRAM, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans awoke Saturday to learn that bickering politicians in Washington had failed to keep their government in business, halting all but the most essential operations and marring the one-year anniversary of President Donald Trump’s inauguration. It was a striking display of Washington dysfunction,…

Illinois Governor To Air Ad Of Rival, Blagojevich On Wiretap

By SARA BURNETT and JOHN O’CONNOR, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner has reserved 30-minute time slots on TV stations across Illinois for infomercial-like campaign ads featuring FBI recordings of conversations between a top Democratic rival and now-imprisoned former Gov. Rod Blagojevich. The ads, which include 11 minutes of discussions between billionaire businessman…