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  • The Latest: Cruz predicts Trump wins re-election in 2020

    HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump’s campaign rally for Sen. Ted Cruz (all times local): 7 p.m. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is predicting that President Donald Trump will win re-election in 2020. Cruz spoke Monday before Trump took the stage at a rally in Houston to boost his Senate candidacy. The president’s […]
  • Early voting in Texas begins with lines, strong turnout

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Early voting opened across Texas on Monday, bringing long lines and record first-day midterm turnout in Houston and complaints about outdated technology slowing people casting ballots elsewhere. It took Harris County, which includes Houston, less than six hours to set a new opening day of early voting record for midterm elections […]
  • Obama rails against Republicans, rallies Democrats in Nevada

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Former President Barack Obama delivered a biting critique of Republicans in Washington and President Donald Trump’s administration on Monday but avoided mentioning his successor by name. Obama, speaking at a rally in Las Vegas for Nevada Democrats, said Republicans had promised to “fight for the little guy” but instead helped corporations […]
  • Arkansas candidate left off ballot when early voting begins

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A Democrat running for secretary of state in Arkansas was left off a county’s ballot as early voting began on Monday, prompting officials to temporarily shutter polling sites as they scrambled to fix the problem. The four early voting sites in Garland County were temporarily closed part of the morning […]
  • AP FACT CHECK: Trump implies terrorists mixed with migrants

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — President Donald Trump is offering no evidence to support his assertion that “unknown Middle Easterners are mixed in” with Central American migrants moving toward the U.S. southern border. Associated Press journalists who have traveled with the migrant caravan for more than a week have seen nothing that verifies his claim. TRUMP: […]
  • The Latest: Obama says Republicans sowed divisions in US

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on former President Barack Obama’s rally in Las Vegas (all times local): 2:50 p.m. Former President Barack Obama delivered a biting critique of Republicans in Washington and President Donald Trump without mentioning his successor by name. Obama said Monday at rally for Democrats in Las Vegas that Republicans were […]
  • Trump wants to push middle-income tax cut through Congress

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he wants to push a new middle-income tax cut through Congress after the midterm elections, though he’s not offering specifics on the plan. Trump said Monday he’s looking to cut taxes by about 10 percent for middle-income people. The proposal follows the massive tax law that Republicans muscled […]
  • US general visits troops fighting Islamic State in Syria

    AL-TANF, Syria (AP) — The top U.S. commander for the Middle East has flown into a key outpost in Southern Syria where troops are fighting remnants of the Islamic State and trying to block Iranian-backed forces from gaining a foothold. Army Gen. Joseph Votel was making an unannounced visit to the al-Tanf garrison near the […]
  • Trump stumps for Sen. Cruz after icy relationship thaws

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The “amoral bully” is ready to campaign for the “dishonest politician” as President Donald Trump holds a Houston rally for Sen. Ted Cruz on Monday. The president’s appearance on behalf of Cruz represents a once-unthinkable show of support for Trump’s onetime rival for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination and comes as Cruz […]
  • Trump ‘not satisfied’ with explanations of Khashoggi death

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Monday he’s not satisfied with the explanations he’s heard about the death of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi and is awaiting reports from U.S. personnel returning from the region. Khashoggi, who lived in the United States and wrote critically about the Saudi royal family, died earlier this month at […]
  • AP Exclusive: Sandra Day O’Connor withdraws from public life

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Sandra Day O’Connor, the first woman on the Supreme Court, has stepped back from public life. For more than a decade after leaving the court in 2006, O’Connor kept up an active schedule: serving as a visiting federal appeals court judge, speaking on issues she cared about and founding her own education […]
  • Familiar 2016 figures deployed as midterms hit last 2 weeks

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is battling Democrats for control of Congress. But you might think it’s 2016 all over again. As the 2018 midterms shifted to the final two weeks of campaigning, Trump was staging a large Monday night rally in Houston, Ted Cruz’s hometown, to help the Texas senator and his 2016 […]
  • Fury over reported federal plan targeting transgender people

    WASHINGTON (AP) — LGBT leaders across the U.S. reacted with fury Monday to a report that the Trump administration is considering adoption of a new definition of gender that would effectively deny federal recognition and civil rights protections to transgender Americans. “I feel very threatened, but I am absolutely resolute,” Mara Keisling, executive director of […]
  • US warships pass through politically sensitive Taiwan Strait

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon says two U.S. Navy warships have passed through the politically sensitive Taiwan Strait without incident. The 100 mile-wide (160 kilometer-wide) strait divides the island nation from mainland China. Beijing considers Taiwan a breakaway Chinese province and objects to U.S. defense support for self-governing Taiwan. A Pentagon spokesman, Col. Rob Manning, […]
  • Democrat Pritzker gives $15M more for Illinois governor bid

    CHICAGO (AP) — Billionaire Democrat J.B. Pritzker has donated $15 million more to his campaign for Illinois governor, pushing his self-financing total to $161.5 million. Both Pritzker and multimillionaire Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner have been largely funding their own campaigns. The Chicago Tribune reports that Pritzker’s campaign reported the new donation to state election officials […]
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