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Democrats lurch left on top policies as 2020 primary begins

NEW YORK (AP) — Democratic presidential contender Julian Castro launched his campaign by pledging support for "Medicare for All," free universal preschool, a large public investment in renewable energy and two years of free college for all Americans.

Jan. 22, 2019 9:52 AM EST
King events draw potential Democratic presidential hopefuls

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — As Americans commemorated Martin Luther King Jr., Democratic presidential hopefuls fanned out across the country to honor the civil rights leader and make themselves heard on the national stage.

Jan. 22, 2019 12:19 AM EST
Kamala Harris opens presidential bid

WASHINGTON (AP) — Kamala Harris, a first-term senator and former California attorney general known for her rigorous questioning of President Donald Trump's nominees, entered the Democratic presidential race on Monday.

Jan. 21, 2019 4:20 PM EST
2020 Democrats face a choice: Fight Trump or ignore him?

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — When Sen. Elizabeth Warren took the stage earlier this month at this city's ornate Orpheum Theatre, Tricia Currans-Sheehan posed a pointed question to the expected presidential contender.

Jan. 17, 2019 6:05 AM EST
Barr seeks to assure senators he won't be a Trump loyalist

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vowing "I will not be bullied," President Donald Trump's nominee for attorney general asserted independence from the White House, saying he believed that Russia had tried to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, that the special counsel investigation shadowing Trump is not a witch hunt and that his predecessor was right to recuse himself from the probe.

Jan. 16, 2019 1:09 AM EST
AP FACT CHECK: Trump isn't holed up nonstop at White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — Eager to defend a prolonged government shutdown over his border wall, President Donald Trump is pretending that he's holed up nonstop at the White House waiting for a deal with Democrats.

Jan. 14, 2019 4:57 PM EST
Inslee pitches to Nevada outside 2020 spotlight on DC

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) — The Democratic presidential sweepstakes might seem like a tale of Joe Biden and the Seven Senators, but there are plenty of governors and mayors looking for a chance to steal the spotlight from the former vice president and other headliners.

Jan. 12, 2019 3:31 PM EST
Trump pleads on TV for wall money; Dems say he 'stokes fear'

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a somber televised plea, President Donald Trump urged congressional Democrats to fund his long-promised border wall Tuesday night, blaming illegal immigration for what he called a scourge of drugs and violence in the U.

Jan. 8, 2019 10:49 PM EST
California attorney general leads Trump resistance into 2019

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Xavier Becerra became perhaps the nation's most influential attorney general when he was named California's top lawyer two years ago, and he has since used his post atop what some call the "Resistance State" to pummel President Donald Trump's administration with dozens of legal actions.

Jan. 4, 2019 11:52 PM EST
Elizabeth Warren takes big step toward 2020 presidential bid

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Monday took the first major step toward launching a widely anticipated campaign for the presidency, hoping her reputation as a populist fighter can help her navigate a Democratic field that could include nearly two dozen candidates.

Dec. 31, 2018 7:34 PM EST
Democrats to start presidential primary debates in June 2019

Democrats will hold at least a dozen presidential primary debates starting in June 2019 and running through April 2020, with party Chairman Tom Perez promising rules that will give everyone in a potentially large field a fair shot at voters' attention.

Dec. 20, 2018 9:55 PM EST
Their numbers growing, Latinos gain clout in new Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) — A record 43 Latinos elected to Congress are set to take the oath of office in January, including the youngest woman ever elected, two Latinas from Texas, the first Latino to represent Ohio and a woman born in Ecuador.

Dec. 14, 2018 7:09 PM EST
Presidential hopefuls pushed to go big on climate change

WASHINGTON (AP) — Environmental activists are ramping up a pressure campaign designed to drum up Democratic support for a sweeping agenda to fight climate change, with the 2020 presidential campaign in their sights.

Dec. 10, 2018 3:50 PM EST
Comey faces off with GOP over Clinton emails, alleged bias

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former FBI Director James Comey spoke to House investigators behind closed doors for almost seven hours Friday, begrudgingly answering questions about the Justice Department's decisions during the 2016 presidential election.

Dec. 7, 2018 9:39 PM EST
GOP support for Pelosi as speaker? Don't hold your breath

WASHINGTON (AP) — Wondering if Republicans will push Nancy Pelosi over the top in her drive to become House speaker next year? Despite supportive words from President Donald Trump, it's implausible.

Dec. 7, 2018 12:59 AM EST
Colorado's Hickenlooper staffs up for possible 2020 bid

DENVER (AP) — Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and his allies are taking new steps toward launching a presidential campaign, including interviews with dozens of potential staffers and hiring a pollster and national fundraiser, according to a person close to the Democrat.

Dec. 5, 2018 6:51 PM EST
Thousands of emails stolen from Republican committee's aides

WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands of emails were stolen from aides to the National Republican Congressional Committee during the 2018 midterm campaign, a major breach exposing vulnerabilities that have kept cybersecurity experts on edge since the 2016 presidential race.

Dec. 5, 2018 8:46 AM EST
Billionaires eyeing White House visit early primary states

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said in Iowa on Tuesday that he would do everything he can to make climate change the defining issue of the 2020 Democratic presidential nominating campaign, despite resistance in regions of the country that his party would likely need to recapture the White House.

Dec. 4, 2018 9:19 PM EST
House GOP campaign arm targeted by 'unknown entity' in 2018

WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands of emails were stolen from aides to the National Republican Congressional Committee during the 2018 midterm campaign, a major breach exposing vulnerabilities that have kept cybersecurity experts on edge since the 2016 presidential race.

Dec. 4, 2018 7:18 PM EST
In GM country, workers aren't abandoning Trump - so far

LORDSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — Since General Motors announced its decision this week to shut down its hulking Lordstown plant — the anchor of this northeast Ohio town — workers on the line have had nothing but questions.

Nov. 30, 2018 8:38 PM EST
Inspiration vs. pragmatism: Democrats face tough 2020 choice

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Democrats beginning to think about the type of person they'd like to see take on President Donald Trump face an early conundrum: whether a pragmatist has a better chance to take the White House than someone with a more inspirational personal story.

Nov. 30, 2018 7:13 PM EST
Cohen confesses to lying about Trump Tower Moscow deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — The surprise plea agreement with President Donald Trump's former lawyer made clear that prosecutors believe Michael Cohen was continuing to pursue the Trump Tower Moscow project weeks after his boss had clinched the Republican nomination for president and while investigators believe Russians were meddling in the 2016 election on his behalf.

Nov. 30, 2018 8:43 AM EST
GOP US Sen. Hyde-Smith wins divisive runoff, keeps her seat

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith won a divisive Mississippi runoff Tuesday, surviving a video-recorded remark decried as racist and defeating a former federal official who hoped to become the state's first African-American senator since Reconstruction.

Nov. 27, 2018 10:52 PM EST
Conservative vs. moderate in Mississippi Senate election

MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's two U.S. Senate candidates rallied supporters around their themes of conservatism and moderation Sunday as they entered the closing days of their campaigns.

Nov. 25, 2018 9:40 PM EST

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