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  • Sanders aims for strong showing in delegate-rich California

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — By the time California’s presidential primary election arrived in 2016, Bernie Sanders was a beaten man. This time around, everything has changed. The senator from Vermont was an insurgent outsider three years ago in a head-to-head race against Hillary Clinton, the former first lady, U.S. senator and secretary of state whose […]
  • Joe Biden’s challenge: Winning over progressives

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden says he has “the most progressive record” of any Democrat running, or mulling a run, in 2020. But many progressive activists disagree. As the former vice president inches closer to a third White House run, several moments in his long career loom as immediate political liabilities. From his vote for […]
  • Venezuela is key topic between Trump and Caribbean leaders

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The political and economic crisis in Venezuela tops the agenda of President Donald Trump’s meeting Friday with leaders from the Caribbean, a region that has been far from united in joining the U.S. call for the ouster of President Nicolas Maduro. Trump is hosting the leaders of Jamaica, Bahamas, Haiti, Dominican Republic […]
  • Officials: Man defrauded donors with fake Bernie, Beto sites

    BLYTHE, Calif. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say an 80-year-old California man defrauded donors by setting up fake political action committees purporting to support campaigns including Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential bid and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke’s Senate race in Texas. The Los Angeles Times reports Thursday that John Pierre Dupont is charged with wire fraud and […]
  • Gillibrand seeks to improve asylum process for immigrants

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand pitched her ideas Thursday to improve the asylum process while touring a law clinic at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas that helps immigrants with legal matters. The senator from New York kicked off her first presidential campaign trip to Nevada by meeting with immigration law […]
  • Hogan: Trump challenge now ‘doesn’t make any sense at all’

    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — While Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan isn’t completely ruling out a potential primary challenge to President Donald Trump, he says that currently “it doesn’t make any sense at all.” Hogan spoke to reporters Thursday with former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Hogan friend who is in Maryland for a book promotion. […]
  • US targets Chinese firms for alleged NKorea sanctions dodge

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Thursday sanctioned two Chinese shipping companies suspected of helping North Korea evade sanctions — the first targeted actions taken against Pyongyang since its nuclear negotiations with the U.S. in Hanoi last month ended without agreement. “The maritime industry must do more to stop North Korea’s illicit shipping practices,” […]
  • Harris to visit historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta

    ATLANTA (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris is set to speak Sunday at the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, where Martin Luther King Jr. once occupied the pulpit. Other 2020 presidential hopefuls, including fellow senators Cory Booker of New Jersey, Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, have spoken at Ebenezer […]
  • White House rejects request for Trump, Putin communications

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House on Thursday rejected a Democratic request for information on private conversations between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, including an interview with an interpreter who sat in on their one-on-one meeting in Helsinki last summer. In a letter earlier this month, the House intelligence, foreign affairs and […]
  • Marines cut training to fund hurricane costs, border mission

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A number of unexpected costs, including major hurricane damage repairs and unplanned deployments to the U.S.-Mexico border, are forcing the Marine Corps to cancel training exercises and will degrade combat readiness, the top Marine general warned. Gen. Robert Neller said in a memo this week to the Navy secretary that the Marines […]
  • O’Rourke: People with disabilities will help lead campaign

    MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Democratic presidential hopeful Beto O’Rourke says he is committed to ensuring that people with disabilities serve in leadership positions, both in his campaign and, if he wins, in his administration. The former congressman from Texas was asked Thursday in New Hampshire how he is making his campaign events accessible and whether […]
  • Steve Bannon says Europe’s populists ‘don’t need me’

    ROME (AP) — Former White House strategist Steve Bannon on Thursday predicted a “stunning victory” for populists and nationalists in the European Parliament elections in May and said they can achieve it without his help. Bannon has been trying to form a movement uniting populist and nationalist voters across Europe ahead of the May 23-26 […]
  • Study: About 4 percent of women are pregnant when jailed

    WASHINGTON (AP) — About 4 percent of women incarcerated in state prisons across the U.S. were pregnant when they were jailed, according to a new study released Thursday that researchers hope will help lawmakers and prisons better consider the health of women behind bars. The number of imprisoned women has risen dramatically over the past […]
  • Movement toward less partisan political maps gains momentum

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Frustrated by partisan gerrymandering, voters in a growing number of states have taken the pen and computer away from lawmakers who have traditionally drawn U.S. House and state legislative districts and instead entrusted that responsibility to others. In the past decade, eight states have overhauled their redistricting procedures to lessen […]
  • Former AG Sessions honored at Justice Dept. ceremony

    WASHINGTON (AP) — As Washington awaits word from special counsel Robert Mueller, three Justice Department officials inextricably linked to his appointment and tenure joined each other on stage Thursday for a ceremony honoring one of them — former Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Neither Mueller’s name nor the Russia investigation he leads was mentioned during the […]
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