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  • Mattis meets his Chinese counterpart, but no new agreements

    SINGAPORE (AP) — U.S. officials say they sense that relations with the Chinese military, after a rocky few months, may be stabilizing, although face-to-face talks between their respective defense chiefs Thursday produced no new agreements. U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis met for nearly 90 minutes, 30 minutes longer than scheduled, on the sidelines of an […]
  • GOP’s Lance, Democrat Malinowski trade attacks in debate

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Republican Rep. Leonard Lance touted his record as bipartisan and jabbed his Democratic challenger as a “carpetbagger” and potential Nancy Pelosi supporter, while Tom Malinowski called the five-term incumbent is ineffective and a failed check on President Donald Trump in an hourlong and at-times testy debate Wednesday. Lance and Malinowski clashed […]
  • Gov. Baker: I misspoke; will vote for GOP Senate candidate

    BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said Wednesday that he hadn’t decided if he would vote for fellow Republican and U.S. Senate candidate Geoff Diehl even though he has publicly endorsed his candidacy — but quickly backtracked and pledged to cast a ballot for Diehl. Baker made the statement during his second televised debate […]
  • Khashoggi warns in last column of free rein to silence media

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Post has published a new column by missing Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi in which he warns that governments in the Middle East “have been given free rein to continue silencing the media at an increasing rate.” The Post published the column Wednesday, more than two weeks after Khashoggi was last […]
  • McCaskill-Hawley race turns nasty over sting videos

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill’s campaign manager on Wednesday called for her Republican rival Josh Hawley to launch an investigation of footage of her campaign taken by a conservative group known for “sting” videos of liberal organizations. “We have reason to believe that fraud has been committed against our campaign,” […]
  • White House Counsel Don McGahn returns to civilian life

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Don McGahn has returned to civilian life. A White House official confirms that Wednesday was McGahn’s last day as White House counsel. The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss personnel matters. President Donald Trump announced in August that McGahn would leave after the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme […]
  • The Latest: South Carolina gov hopefuls draw final contrasts

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on the first of two general election debates between the candidates competing for South Carolina governor (all times local): 8:15 p.m. The men vying to be South Carolina’s next governor are drawing their final contrasts as voters prepare to decide between them in next month’s election. Republican Gov. Henry […]
  • Kobach proposes tougher work rules for welfare in Kansas

    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican Kris Kobach promised Wednesday to push for tougher work requirements for welfare and state health coverage recipients in Kansas, building on existing policies that have populist appeal but draw criticism as punitive toward the poor. Kobach outlined a plan to increase work requirements for able-bodied adults receiving food stamps and […]
  • Maine’s 4 gubernatorial candidates vie for public’s support

    AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine’s four gubernatorial candidates on Wednesday tried to make their case with voters with weeks to go before the Nov. 6 election. Independent state treasurer Terry Hayes, independent entrepreneur Alan Caron, Republican businessman Shawn Moody and Democratic Attorney General Janet Mills appeared at a gubernatorial forum in Augusta held by the […]
  • Analysis: With ‘America First,’ where do human rights rank?

    WASHINGTON (AP) — If it’s an “America First” presidency, where does that rank human rights? President Donald Trump’s refusal to put public pressure on Saudi Arabia over the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi is raising a question that has dogged his foreign policy. In dealing with Russia, across Asia and, this week, in the Mideast, […]
  • The Latest: Treasury adviser appears in court on leak charge

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on a Treasury Department employee charged with leaking confidential reports to a journalist (all times local): 5:35 p.m. A Treasury Department employee charged with leaking confidential banking reports of suspects in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation has appeared in court in Virginia. Forty-year-old Natalie Mayflower Sours Edwards was released on […]
  • Minnesota House hopeful calls marriage, fraud claims ‘lies’

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota Democratic candidate for Congress who is poised to become the first Somali-American elected to the U.S. House has denounced claims that she married her brother and committed immigration fraud as “disgusting lies,” and says allegations of campaign finance violations are politically motivated. Ilhan Omar, who is running in Minnesota’s liberal […]
  • The Latest: Washington Post publishes new Khashoggi column

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Latest on the disappearance of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist who went missing after entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul earlier this month (all times local): 3:45 a.m. The Washington Post has published a new column by Jamal Khashoggi in which he warns that governments in the […]
  • Democrats, Menendez facing tough fight in blue New Jersey

    HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) — In deep blue New Jersey, Sen. Bob Menendez is in a brutal political fight against his GOP rival, putting Democrats — who are pouring cash into the race– on the defensive as they seek to hold onto imperiled seats in red states. Menendez is seeking his third term against wealthy former […]
  • Sen. Joe Manchin extols bipartisan work in op-ed pieces

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, facing a tough re-election in three weeks in a state President Trump won by 42 percentage points in 2016, has co-written a series of op-ed pieces with Republican senators in an effort to demonstrate his bipartisan chops. The West Virginia Democrat’s views have appeared […]
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