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How 2020 Democrats want to overhaul criminal justice laws

WASHINGTON (AP) — Every top Democratic presidential contender is touting a detailed overhaul of the criminal justice system to end rules and practices that have been blamed for the mass incarceration of a generation of African Americans.

Sep. 10, 2019 10:49 PM EDT
Debate offers Harris chance to regain momentum in 2020 race

LONDONDERRY, N.H. (AP) — Seven months after Kamala Harris burst into the race for the Democratic presidential nomination with a flag-draped launch rally and the confidence of a front-runner, the California senator is facing persistent questions about whether she can recapture the energy of her campaign's opening days.

Sep. 10, 2019 10:41 AM EDT
Trump's US-Taliban move pushes Afghans toward fragile vote

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — President Donald Trump's sudden halt to U.S.-Taliban talks looks like a gift to the beleaguered Afghan president, who has insisted on holding a key election in less than three weeks' time despite widespread expectations that a peace deal would push it aside.

Sep. 10, 2019 8:49 AM EDT
Trump tells rally crowd: Vote for Bishop in special election

HAVELOCK, N.C. (AP) — Trying to prove his political clout by pushing a Republican to victory in a special election , President Donald Trump used a North Carolina rally to paint a bleak picture of a nation he claimed would be overrun with crime, poverty and immigrants if Democrats seize power in Washington.

Sep. 10, 2019 7:37 AM EDT
Democratic candidates look for edge on Iowa's campuses

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — On a sunny Tuesday as the fall semester was beginning on Iowa State University's campus, volunteers for three presidential candidates set up tables, calling out to harried students as they made their way to the school's massive library.

Sep. 10, 2019 5:51 AM EDT
Abrams tells Democrats: Go after Georgia, irregular voters

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's Stacey Abrams dove headlong Monday into Democrats' debate over how to win in 2020, urging her party to treat her diversifying state as a key battleground and replicate her effort to bring new minority and younger voters to the polls nationwide rather than chasing white voters lost long ago.

Sep. 9, 2019 3:17 PM EDT
Minnesota oil pipeline fight highlights Democratic dilemmas

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A divisive fight over the future of a crude-oil pipeline across Minnesota is pinning presidential candidates between environmentalists and trade unions in a 2020 battleground state, testing their campaign promises to ease away from fossil fuels.

Sep. 9, 2019 10:44 AM EDT
Competing with football, marathon House election nears end

MONROE, N.C. (AP) — National Democratic and Republican leaders are breathlessly watching Tuesday's special election for an empty House seat from North Carolina for early clues about next year's presidential and congressional races.

Sep. 9, 2019 1:44 AM EDT
AP FACT CHECK: Trump, Dems fudge science on climate, storms

WASHINGTON (AP) — Science took a beating in the political arena as President Donald Trump sowed confusion about Hurricane Dorian's path and Democratic presidential candidates rang false alarms about the air we breathe and a looming point of no return on the climate.

Sep. 9, 2019 12:47 AM EDT
Ex-SC Gov. Mark Sanford to challenge Trump in primary

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Mark Sanford, the former South Carolina governor and congressman, has decided to launch a longshot Republican challenge to President Donald Trump, saying Sunday that he aims to put his Appalachian trail travails behind him for good as he tries to navigate a path to the presidency.

Sep. 8, 2019 12:15 PM EDT
Manager: Trump family building 'dynasty' for decades to come

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) — President Donald Trump's campaign manager predicted Saturday that the president and his family will become "a dynasty that will last for decades," transforming the Republican Party while hewing to conservative values.

Sep. 7, 2019 8:45 PM EDT