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  • Parkland anniversary highlights Democratic shift on guns

    In the final weeks before the 2008 election, Barack Obama’s campaign sent mailers to Florida voters reassuring them that he supported the Second Amendment. In the opening days of the 2020 Democratic primary, it’s hard to imagine any candidate feeling the need to make a similar gesture. “Guns are no longer the third rail,” said […]
  • Analysis: $15 minimum wage no windfall for Illinois workers

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Nearly a quarter of workers in Illinois would see their pay almost double under a proposal nearing final approval in the Legislature, but inflation will take a huge bite by the time the state’s minimum wage reaches $15 an hour in 2025. The statewide pay floor has remained at $8.25 since […]
  • Wife of Roger Stone seeks donations on Gingrich’s email list

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich is doing his bit to help raise money for the legal defense of Roger Stone, a confidant of Donald Trump caught up in the Russia probe. Gingrich has made his email distribution list available to Stone’s wife, who sent a lengthy email Tuesday requesting contributions. Nydia […]
  • WH press group condemns attack on cameraman at Trump rally

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House Correspondents’ Association condemned on Tuesday an attack the night before of a television cameraman working at President Donald Trump’s rally in El Paso, Texas. The association’s president, Olivier Knox, said Tuesday the group is relieved that “this time, no one was seriously hurt.” Knox said the president should make […]
  • Warren urges ‘action’ at meeting with Native American women

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrat Elizabeth Warren has met with Native American women, calling for “action” on issues important to their community such as the rising problem of missing and murdered indigenous women. Warren’s meeting on Tuesday comes amid lingering tensions over her past claims to Native American identity as she seeks the Democratic presidential nomination. […]
  • McConnell wields Green New Deal as bludgeon against Dems

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate will vote on the Green New Deal, a moonshot plan by Democrats to combat climate change, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday, announcing a move designed to force Senate Democrats — including a cast of presidential candidates — into a political bind. The plan, initially championed by freshman Rep. […]
  • Pentagon official assures Iraqis of limited US military role

    BAGHDAD (AP) — The top Pentagon official assured Iraqi leaders Tuesday that the U.S. will stick to its limited military role in Iraq, a message aimed at recent talk by some Iraqi politicians of forcing a U.S. troop withdrawal. Pat Shanahan, the acting secretary of defense, said that in talks with Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi, […]
  • Trump: Congresswoman Omar’s apology for Israel remark ‘lame’

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Tuesday that freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar’s apology for suggesting that members of Congress support Israel because they are being paid to do so was “lame” and that she should resign. In a pair of tweets over the weekend, the Minnesota Democrat, who is one of the first two […]
  • Rule could limit college response to off-campus sex assaults

    WASHINGTON (AP) — At some of the nation’s largest universities, the vast majority of sexual assaults take place not in dorm rooms or anywhere else on school property but in the neighborhoods beyond campus boundaries, according to data obtained by The Associated Press. But the schools’ obligation to investigate and respond to those off-campus attacks […]
  • Trump may get parade after all, but don’t call it a parade

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump may get his parade after all. Just don’t call it a parade. Trump said Tuesday that he’s exploring the idea of holding a parade called “Salute to America” around July 4. The Lincoln Memorial is under consideration for the event, which he said would be more like a “gathering.” […]
  • Trump says he might not raise tariffs on China if deal close

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he might let a March 2 deadline slide in trade talks with China if the two countries get close to a deal. The U.S. is scheduled to raise import taxes on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods March 2 if the U.S. and China can’t resolve […]
  • Virginia sex allegations are latest against state officials

    Virginia’s lieutenant governor has denied newly publicized allegations that he sexually assaulted two women years ago and has vowed to continue serving in office. It’s a scenario that already has played out in several other states, with differing conclusions. At least six other statewide elected officials have faced allegations of sexual misconduct since 2017. Several […]
  • A political ‘bomb’ over drug prices could threaten NAFTA 2.0

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The clash over free trade in North America has long been fought over familiar issues: Low-paid Mexican workers. U.S. factories that move jobs south of the border. Canada’s high taxes on imported milk and cheese. But as Democrats in Congress consider whether to back a revamped regional trade pact being pushed by […]
  • Sherrod Brown defends decision not to endorse Green New Deal

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Sherrod Brown, a potential 2020 Democratic presidential contender, shrugged off arguments from liberals on Tuesday that signing onto the climate change plan known as the Green New Deal is essential to winning over the party’s base. “I don’t need to co-sponsor every bill that others think they need to co-sponsor to […]
  • Justice watchdog advises FBI on how to store text messages

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department’s inspector general has given recommendations to the FBI on how more reliably to store and retain text messages from employees. The recommendations were made in a watchdog report Tuesday. The inspector general began looking into the issue after the FBI said that, for technical reasons, it was missing months […]
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