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Texas Gov. Abbott begins re-election bid with no rivals yet

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott launched his re-election bid Friday with no clear rival in sight, the money to likely outspend any eventual challenger and a new immigration crackdown that could test in 2018 support among Hispanic voters he aggressively courted four years ago.

Jul. 14, 2017 6:45 PM EDT
Report: GOP operative took his own life in Minnesota

CHICAGO (AP) — A former private equity adviser and Republican operative who died soon after telling The Wall Street Journal he tried during the 2016 presidential election campaign to obtain Hillary Clinton's missing emails from Russian hackers killed himself, according to a state death record obtained by the Chicago Tribune.

Jul. 13, 2017 9:55 PM EDT
AP Exclusive: Senator's family business uses Mexican labor

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana senator railed against Carrier Corp. for moving manufacturing jobs to Mexico last year, even as he profited from a family business that relies on Mexican labor to produce dye for ink pads, according to records reviewed by The Associated Press.

Jul. 13, 2017 1:54 PM EDT
AP Explains: How do politicians collect opposition research?

WASHINGTON (AP) — Psst. Wanna hear something bad about your opponent?As any political strategist can attest, opposition research is a lifeblood of campaigning, with documents, recordings and tips streaming in from all directions claiming evidence of a rival's misdeeds.

Jul. 13, 2017 7:41 AM EDT
Lawmakers intend to question Trump campaign chairman

WASHINGTON (AP) — The scope of congressional investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential contest came into sharper focus on Wednesday as lawmakers said they intended to question the former chairman of the Trump campaign and to determine whether Russian social media "trolls" were connected to Trump's election efforts.

Jul. 12, 2017 9:46 PM EDT
AP Explains: How do politicians collect opposition research?

WASHINGTON (AP) — Psst. Wanna hear something bad about your opponent?As any political strategist can attest, opposition research is a lifeblood of campaigning, with documents, recordings and tips streaming in from all directions claiming evidence of a rival's misdeeds.

Jul. 12, 2017 9:27 PM EDT
Q&A: Legal questions swirl about Trump Jr.'s Russia meeting

WASHINGTON (AP) — The email to Donald Trump Jr. just before the general election campaign offered a meeting with a Russian lawyer who would provide incriminating information about Hillary Clinton as "part of Russia and its government's support for Mr.

Jul. 12, 2017 2:05 AM EDT

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