Political resignations

In this Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017, photo, potential buyers browse a cattle auction in Gomoza village in Zimbabwe. Some rural Zimbabweans still hadn't heard the news of Robert Mugabe's dramatic resignation last month, and that lack of infrastructure challenges the new government's efforts at rapid reform. (AP Photo/Farai Mutsaka)
December 16, 2017 - 4:42 am
LUPANE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Good luck convincing some of Zimbabwe's far-flung residents that they have a new president despite last month's dramatic ouster of Robert Mugabe after 37 years in power. "Don't be silly, no one has that kind of power to remove Mugabe. He will die in office, that one," said...
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FILE - In this Jan. 3, 2017 file photo, Jeff Hoover looks up to the cheers from the gallery following his swearing in Frankfort, Ky. Hoover, the former House Speaker, denied sexual harassment but said he did send inappropriate but consensual text messages. It's unclear what the other three Republican lawmakers involved in the settlement are accused of doing. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)
December 15, 2017 - 6:30 pm
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — As sexual assault and harassment allegations sweep through statehouses around the country, no place has been impacted quite like Kentucky: A state forced to confront its past salacious behavior in the midst of an historic transition to Republican rule. Kentucky's GOP House...
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FILE - In this Jan. 17, 2017 file photo, state Rep. Dean Westlake, D-Kotzebue, talks with another legislator during a break in the opening session of the Alaska Legislature in Juneau, Alaska. Staff for Westlake, who was accused by several women of inappropriate behavior, hand-delivered his resignation letter to the House speaker's office on Friday, Dec. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen, File)
December 15, 2017 - 6:29 pm
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska lawmaker who was accused by several women of inappropriate behavior announced Friday that he will resign. Staff for state Rep. Dean Westlake hand-delivered his resignation letter to the House speaker's office. The letter came three days after Westlake rejected calls...
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FILE - In this Nov. 11, 2017 file photo, Peru's President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski attends the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting in Danang, Vietnam. Kuczynski is in hot water over decade-old payments he received as a consultant to a Brazilian construction firm at the center of Latin America’s biggest-ever graft scandal. (Jorge Silva/Pool photo via AP)
December 15, 2017 - 1:10 am
LIMA, Peru (AP) — President Pedro Pablo Kucyznski scrambled for his political survival Thursday as opponents demanded he resign over revelations of decade-old payments from a Brazilian construction company at the center of Latin America's biggest graft scandal. In a televised address to the nation...
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Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, arrives for a House Committee on the Judiciary oversight hearing on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017, in Washington. Two Republicans say that Texas GOP Rep. Blake Farenthold won't seek re-election next year. The lawmaker is under pressure from sexual misconduct allegations that surfaced three years ago but have come under renewed focus. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
December 14, 2017 - 5:10 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Bowing to pressure from fellow Republicans, Texas Rep. Blake Farenthold said Thursday he would not seek re-election to a fifth term, apologizing for his angry outbursts but denying sexual harassment allegations. In a five-minute video on his campaign's Facebook page, Farenthold...
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Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., meets with reporters to answer questions on the tax bill and sexual misconduct on Capitol Hill, in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017. Ryan says Republican Rep. Blake Farenthold has "made the right decision" to retire at the end of his term amid allegations of sexual harassment. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
December 14, 2017 - 4:58 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday he's not leaving Congress anytime soon, trying to squelch rumors that he will walk away in triumph after the Republicans' treasured tax bill is approved. Politico and The Huffington Post published reports speculating that Ryan would make this...
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FILE - This Nov. 14, 2016 file photo Rep.-elect Ruben Kihuen, D-Nev.,right, speaks with reporters as Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., left, listens on Capitol Hill in Washington. The chairman of the House Democrats' campaign committee called on Kihuen to step down after a report Friday, Dec. 1, 2017, that he allegedly sexually harassed his campaign's finance director. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen,File)
December 14, 2017 - 2:26 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing a fresh accusation of sexual misconduct in a Congress that has become increasingly less tolerant, a Nevada lawmaker is facing pressure from Democratic leadership to step aside. The Nevada Independent reported new allegations by a lobbyist who said Democratic Rep. Ruben...
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December 14, 2017 - 2:03 pm
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on the call for South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson to resign from a Republican opponent (all times local): 2 p.m. A spokesman for Attorney General Alan Wilson says a call for him to resign by a fellow Republican planning to run against him is absurd...
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Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein speaks before a House Committee on the Judiciary oversight hearing on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017 in Washington. A day after hundreds of text messages between two FBI officials on the special counsel's Russia investigation revealed a strong anti-Trump bias, the Deputy Attorney General Rob Rosenstein appears on the Hill. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
December 13, 2017 - 6:56 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans ratcheted up criticism of special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian meddling Wednesday, questioning whether there was bias on his team of lawyers but stopping short of calling for his firing or resignation. The criticism directed toward Deputy Attorney...
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FILE - In this Jan. 5, 2011, file photo, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-NY, takes the Senate oath during a mock swearing-in swearing-in ceremony on Capitol Hill in Washington. Gillibrand got a fight she wants after President Donald Trump attacked her in a provocative tweet that claimed she’d begged him for campaign contributions and would “do anything” for them. Gillibrand, is up for re-election next year and is considered a possible presidential contender in 2020. She’s been a leading voice in the national debate over how to confront sexual assault and harassment. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, file)
December 13, 2017 - 10:29 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand got a fight she wants after President Donald Trump lashed out at the New York Democrat in a provocative tweet that claimed she'd begged him for campaign contributions and would "do anything" for them. Gillibrand, who's up for re-election next year and is...
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