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Perez: Dems in 'a crisis of confidence'...Issa: Special prosecutor needed for Russia probe...Congresswoman demands press access for all

By The Associated Press | Posted - Feb. 25, 2017 at 10:57 a.m.



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WASHINGTON (AP) — A leading candidate to be Democratic Party chairman says his party is "suffering from a crisis of confidence" and a "crisis of relevance" after the election of Donald Trump. Tom Perez (pehr-EHZ') is pledging that if he's elected party chairman today, he'll help to "get Democrats winning again." The former labor secretary under President Barack Obama says "a united Democratic Party is not only our best hope, it is Donald Trump's worst nightmare."

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican congressman has called for a special prosecutor to investigate whether Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election and was in touch with President Donald Trump's team during the campaign. Darrell Issa (EYE'-suh) of California says it would be improper for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to lead the investigation, since the former senator was appointed by Trump and was involved in the campaign. Issa made the comments on HBO's "Real Time with Bill Maher."

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York congresswoman is expressing outrage over the White House decision to block several news organizations from a press briefing. Carolyn Maloney says she wants the Trump administration to commit to a policy of press access for all. The congresswoman spoke today outside the offices of The New York Times, one of the news outlets kept out of the informal briefing yesterday.

BEIRUT (AP) — The U.N. envoy for Syria is decrying a string of deadly attacks by insurgents today and says he suspected "spoilers" would try to scuttle peace talks in Geneva. Staffan de Mistura spoke to reporters before hosting Syria's U.N. ambassador at the talks between government and opposition delegations. Synchronized attacks by insurgents in the Syrian city of Homs (hohms) left at least 32 people dead.

BERLIN (AP) — Police in the German city of Heidelberg say a man has driven a car into pedestrians in a central square, injuring three people, one seriously. Police say the man, who was believed to be carrying a knife, fled but was tracked down by officers and was shot after a short standoff. Police say the man appears to have acted alone and a terrorist background is not suspected.

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