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  • Vulnerable US senator welcomes Trump in tight Nevada race

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Republicans’ chances of keeping their majority in the U.S. Senate have become shakier as races in red states like Texas have tightened, but the party’s most vulnerable member insists he’s bullish about his re-election. The Nevada Republican Sen. Dean Heller has faced tight races before but never lost an election. He’s […]
  • Lawmaker: US Senate, staff targeted by state-backed hackers

    Foreign government hackers continue to target the personal email accounts of U.S. senators and their aides — and the Senate’s security office has refused to defend them, a lawmaker says. Sen. Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat, said in a Wednesday letter to Senate leaders that his office discovered that “at least one major technology company” […]
  • Trying to hold state Trump won, McCaskill feels pull to left

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — The college students and neighbors gathered at a St. Louis coffee shop seemed like one of the friendlier crowds Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill might face campaigning in heavily Republican Missouri. But the audience on a recent night came armed with tough questions and unafraid to push back — or cast a […]
  • GOP warns time running out for Kavanaugh’s accuser to talk

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans are warning that time is running out for Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser to tell Congress about her claim he sexually assaulted her when both were teenagers, even as President Donald Trump called the woman’s allegation hard to believe in one of the GOP’s sharpest attacks on her credibility. With Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court […]
  • Women supporting Kavanaugh find themselves in storm’s center

    NEW YORK (AP) — It started as a series of phone calls among old high-school friends and ended up embroiling 65 women in the firestorm over a sexual assault allegation that could shape the Supreme Court. In a matter of hours, they all signed onto a letter rallying behind high court nominee and their high […]
  • Tennessee Senate candidate says Kavanaugh accuser ‘credible’

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Democratic Senate candidate Phil Bredesen said that the woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault “has a very credible story.” But he said the Judiciary Committee should consider proceeding with a vote if she does not testify under oath. “She has put herself out there,” Bredesen said Wednesday […]
  • Gender politics at play as Senate grapples with nomination

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Nowhere is gender politics thicker in the election season air than in the mannerly U.S. Senate as it considers what President Donald Trump’s choice for the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh, did or didn’t do in high school. Christine Blasey Ford’s accusation of sexual assault — and Kavanaugh’s staunch denial — has ignited […]
  • Trump’s tariffs put GOP candidates in a bind in rural areas

    SPANGLE, Wash. (AP) — In the aptly named Harvester Restaurant, wheat farmer Roy Dube makes clear he’s no fan of President Donald Trump’s trade policy. “We get him elected into office and he pulls us out of trade agreements,” Dube said last week as local farmers gathered to hear Democratic House candidate Lisa Brown. Dube […]
  • DeWine, Cordray trade attacks over opioids in pointed debate

    DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s major-party governor candidates were harshly critical of each other in a spirited first debate Wednesday, jabbing each other over contrasting policy positions on opioids, abortion and e-schools and poking the other’s record in public office as a failure. The evening’s rapid-fire exchanges, attacks and one-liners contrasted with the race’s reputation […]
  • Bredesen backs Senate vote if Kavanaugh accuser won’t appear

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Democratic Senate candidate Phil Bredesen said Wednesday that the woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault “has a very credible story.” But he said the Judiciary Committee should consider proceeding with a vote if she does not testify under oath. “She has put herself out there,” Bredesen said […]
  • Judge sets Dec. 18 sentencing for Michael Flynn

    WASHINGTON (AP) — After months of delay, former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn now has a sentencing date. A federal judge on Wednesday set Flynn’s sentencing for Dec. 18, more than a year after the retired U.S. Army lieutenant general pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russia during the presidential […]
  • Georgia’s Kemp: School safety ‘has nothing to do’ with guns

    ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia’s Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp has unveiled a $90 million proposal for school security focused on mental health and local control. But absent from his plan was any mention of the topic that has dominated the national conversation around school safety: guns. “This is a school safety proposal. This has nothing […]
  • Federal agency says it lost track of 1,488 migrant children

    Twice in less than a year, the federal government has lost track of nearly 1,500 migrant children after placing them in the homes of sponsors across the country, federal officials have acknowledged. The Health and Human Services Department recently told Senate staffers that case managers could not find 1,488 children after they made follow-up calls […]
  • Florence shows how storm coverage is politicized

    NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump Jr.’s attack tweet this week showing CNN’s Anderson Cooper waist-deep in flood waters has driven home the point that politics — not just weather — was an important subtext of the media’s coverage of Hurricane Florence. “Stop lying to make @realDonaldTrump look bad,” the president’s son admonished Cooper, triggering […]
  • Lawmaker: US Senate, staff targeted by state-backed hackers

    Foreign government hackers continue to target the personal email accounts of U.S. senators and their aides — and the Senate’s security office has refused to defend them, a lawmaker says. Sen. Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat, said in a Wednesday letter to Senate leaders that his office discovered that “at least one major technology company” […]
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