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Trump weighs 2 or 3 candidates for court, to meet with Pence

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is closing in on his choice to fill a Supreme Court vacancy created by Justice Anthony Kennedy's retirement, telling reporters that he's focused on two or three people ahead of his Monday announcement.

Jul. 6, 2018 12:22 PM EDT
Trump urges ouster of senator he blames for derailing VA nod

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — In a campaign stop that was both political and personal, President Donald Trump targeted Democrat Jon Tester on Thursday in a bid to get more Republicans elected to the Senate but also to punish the lawmaker he blames for derailing his nominee to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Jul. 5, 2018 7:37 PM EDT
Trump closes in on Supreme Court pick; 3 judges top list

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Thursday he has narrowed down — to two or three — the list of contenders he's considering to fill the vacancy for the Supreme Court seat held by retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy.

Jul. 5, 2018 7:00 PM EDT
Even in GOP bastion Kansas, 2 congressional seats in play

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Competitive races for two of Kansas' four U.S. House seats are making Republicans sweat to keep their all-GOP state delegation, a twist in a state where President Donald Trump won by nearly 21 points and a leading candidate for governor is gun-rights and immigration hardliner Kris Kobach.

Jul. 2, 2018 3:23 PM EDT
Supreme Court vacancy: Culture wars just beginning

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Trump-era culture wars are just beginning.The division that President Donald Trump has tapped into — and helped fuel — on issues ranging from immigration to football players kneeling during the national anthem may be a warmup for what's to come this summer as Republicans seek to fill a crucial seat on the Supreme Court.

Jun. 29, 2018 1:44 AM EDT
Spotlight turns to GOP women in Supreme Court fight

WASHINGTON (AP) — A spotlight quickly focused on two Republican senators Thursday in the fight to come over President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nomination — Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski, whose support for abortion access will reverberate throughout the debate.

Jun. 28, 2018 9:39 PM EDT
Supreme Court vacancy could take culture wars to a new level

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Trump-era culture wars are just beginning.The division that President Donald Trump has tapped into — and helped fuel — on issues ranging from immigration to football players kneeling during the national anthem may be a warmup for what's to come this summer as Republicans seek to fill a crucial seat on the Supreme Court.

Jun. 28, 2018 7:23 PM EDT
Kennedy retirement guaranteed to ratchet up midterm rhetoric

NEW YORK (AP) — Nothing could have shifted the political landscape more than this.Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy's retirement and President Donald Trump's pledge to move quickly to fill the seat guarantee a searing summer of charged rhetoric that could touch on virtually every hot-button social and cultural issue in American politics.

Jun. 28, 2018 12:59 AM EDT
Kennedy's retirement roils election-year landscape

NEW YORK (AP) — Nothing could have shifted the political landscape more than this.Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy's retirement and President Donald Trump's pledge to move quickly to fill the seat guarantee a searing summer of charged rhetoric that could touch on virtually every hot-button social and cultural issue in American politics.

Jun. 27, 2018 11:59 PM EDT
Justice Kennedy's exit triggers epic Supreme Court clash

WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Anthony Kennedy's retirement is setting off a momentous confirmation battle for President Donald Trump's next Supreme Court nominee that is certain to consume the Senate, inflame partisan tensions and shape the outcome of the midterm elections.

Jun. 27, 2018 10:08 PM EDT
Colorado Dems, GOP eagerly launch governor's contest

DENVER (AP) — Colorado's Democratic and Republican gubernatorial candidates wasted little time Wednesday in staking out their starkly contrasting visions — one liberal, one aligned with President Donald Trump — in a state whose unaffiliated voters will have a decisive role in choosing a successor to term-limited Democratic Gov.

Jun. 27, 2018 5:57 PM EDT
Trump celebrates victories for 3 endorsed candidates

NEW YORK (AP) — As Donald Trump's party came together, a 28-year-old liberal activist ousted top House Democrat Joe Crowley in the president's hometown Tuesday night, a stunning defeat that suddenly forced Democrats to confront their own internal divisions.

Jun. 27, 2018 11:30 AM EDT
Democratic heavyweight loses in New York as Trump picks win

NEW YORK (AP) — As Donald Trump's party came together, a 28-year-old liberal activist ousted top House Democrat Joe Crowley in the president's hometown Tuesday night, a stunning defeat that suddenly forced Democrats to confront their own internal divisions.

Jun. 27, 2018 2:02 AM EDT
Mitt Romney rolls to easy win in GOP primary for Utah Senate

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Flashing his trademark smile and touting a patched-up relationship with the president, Mitt Romney rolled through the Republican primary in his adopted Utah on Tuesday and took another step in his political comeback that would have him assume the Senate seat of retiring Orrin Hatch.

Jun. 27, 2018 1:48 AM EDT
Democratic candidates in close race for governor nomination

DENVER (AP) — Two Democrats fought a close contest to help their party hold on to Colorado's governor's office as Republicans pushed to take over for the first time in more than a decade in the marquee race of this purple state's midterm primaries Tuesday.

Jun. 26, 2018 6:18 PM EDT
Things to Know: Trump looms over Tuesday's primaries

Voters in seven states will decide the value of an endorsement by President Donald Trump, the fate of a convicted felon seeking to return to Congress and whether to loosen rules on marijuana.

Jun. 26, 2018 2:40 PM EDT
Mitt Romney takes on lawmaker in bid for Utah Senate seat

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Mitt Romney will learn Tuesday if he'll continue the reboot of his political career as voters decide a primary in the race for a Utah Senate seat vacated by Orrin Hatch, who is retiring after more than 40 years.

Jun. 26, 2018 2:04 AM EDT
Trump to test his powers in South Carolina runoff

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — President Donald Trump's effort to bend the Republican Party to his will faces its next test Tuesday, when South Carolina voters choose between two GOP gubernatorial candidates who both claim to be Trump acolytes.

Jun. 24, 2018 4:08 PM EDT
Trump pushes tough immigration stance in Nevada appearance

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Eager to keep the Republican Party in control of the Senate, President Donald Trump pressed his tough anti-illegal immigration stance before supporters Saturday, saying "we have to be very strong" as he sought to help boost the candidacy of a one-time critic.

Jun. 24, 2018 1:09 AM EDT
Romney makes final pitch to voters ahead of Senate primary

AMERICAN FORK, Utah (AP) — Mitt Romney is flashing his familiar smile at city parks and backyards in Utah's mountains and suburbs this week, making his final pitch after being forced into a Republican Senate primary Tuesday against a conservative state lawmaker.

Jun. 23, 2018 6:57 PM EDT
Chaos on the border inflames GOP's split with Latinos

When more than 1,000 Latino officials __ a crop of up-and-coming representatives from a fast-growing demographic __ gathered in Phoenix last week, no one from the Trump administration was there to greet them.

Jun. 23, 2018 12:42 PM EDT
Colorado's independents get vote in major party primaries

DENVER (AP) — Colorado is joining a growing list of states that allow unaffiliated voters — the state's largest voting bloc — to participate in the major party primaries, thanks to a voter-passed initiative that coincided with disenchantment with the polarization of the 2016 election.

Jun. 22, 2018 1:49 PM EDT
Another test of loyalty looms over Trump's Minnesota visit

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — President Donald Trump's campaign trip Wednesday to Minnesota could signal whether he'll wade into the GOP's primary for governor between a former two-term governor who once called him "unhinged" and an underdog who is an avowed supporter.

Jun. 20, 2018 1:29 PM EDT
Border separations ripple through midterm campaigns

Wrenching scenes of migrant children being separated from their parents at the southern border are roiling campaigns ahead of midterm elections, emboldening Democrats on the often-fraught issue of immigration while forcing an increasing number of Republicans to break from President Donald Trump on an issue important to the GOP's most ardent supporters.

Jun. 19, 2018 7:58 AM EDT

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