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    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is moving to reassign a political appointee at the Department of Housing and Urban Development to lead an internal watchdog agency at the Interior Department. An email sent by HUD Secretary Ben Carson to staff says assistant HUD secretary Suzanne Israel Tufts will take over as acting inspector general […]
  • The Latest: Shakeup in Alaska governor’s race a shock

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on the shake-up in the Alaska governor’s race (all times local): 11:20 a.m. Questions remain about the viability of Alaska Gov. Bill Walker’s campaign following the sudden resignation of former Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott. Walker’s campaign manager, John-Henry Heckendorn, says the campaign is moving forward with Lt. Gov. Valerie […]
  • Pritzker pumps $146M of his cash into Illinois governor bid

    CHICAGO (AP) — Billionaire Democrat J.B. Pritzker is showing no reluctance about pouring his own money into his quest to defeat multimillionaire Republican incumbent Bruce Rauner in the race for Illinois governor. New state campaign finance reports show that Pritzker has pumped $146.5 million into his campaign, which dwarfs the nearly $68 million Rauner has […]
  • AP FACT CHECK: Trump misses on storms, science, clean air

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump in his interview with The Associated Press said he has “a natural instinct for science.” But what he said about hurricanes, clean air and climate doesn’t quite get the science right. More than a dozen scientists, economists and climate negotiators pointed out where his comments didn’t fit with the […]
  • Dems shift line of attack, warning of GOP threat to Medicare

    WASHINGTON (AP) — With the GOP tax plan contributing to rising federal deficits, Democrats are warning that Republicans will seek cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security to balance budgets if they keep control of Congress in the November election. It’s a familiar message for Democrats, who have for years campaigned on the idea that […]
  • In governor’s race, issues of age, health and forthrightness

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Gubernatorial challenger Walt Maddox’s introductory television ad aimed to convey crucial details to voters. He described rebuilding tornado-ravaged Tuscaloosa as the city’s mayor and called his politics “pro-life and pro Second Amendment.” He also emphasized his age. “I’m Walt Maddox. I’m 45 years old,” Maddox said at the ad’s start. In […]
  • The Latest: Ellison’s wife: Unsealing proves no abuse

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Latest on a court’s unsealing of the divorce file involving U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison and his former wife, which media organizations had sought (all times local): 2:55 p.m. The ex-wife of Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison says the unsealing of the couple’s divorce record is an invasion of privacy, but […]
  • ‘Horseface’: Does it matter that Trump ridicules women?

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Suffice it to say that “Horseface” and porn actress Stormy Daniels aren’t what Republicans want to talk about three weeks from the midterm elections — or ever. A record number of women are running, most of them Democrats, in the first balloting of the #MeToo era. No matter. President Donald Trump this […]
  • Trump calls O’Rourke ‘a flake’ after his ‘Lyin’ Ted’ remark

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — President Donald Trump is calling Democratic Senate hopeful Beto O’Rourke names ahead of a trip to Texas to stump for O’Rourke’s Republican opponent, incumbent Ted Cruz. Trump tweeted Wednesday “Beto is a flake” and that Cruz “has done so much for Texas,” including creating jobs and cutting taxes, but that “O’Rourke […]
  • Illinois AG candidate: Harassment leads many to promiscuity

    CHICAGO (AP) — A former Miss America who is running for Illinois attorney general once said that many victims of sexual harassment “become very promiscuous” and that young people who are called names such as “whore” or “slut” think: “That’s what I want to be.” Republican Erika Harold is stressing her experience as an anti-bullying […]
  • Only black GOP woman in Congress running in Trump-wary Utah

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The first black female Republican in Congress is facing a tough challenge from a well-known Democratic mayor in a largely suburban Utah district where many say they are wary of President Donald Trump. U.S. Rep. Mia Love has sought to create some distance from the president while challenger Ben McAdams […]
  • AP FACT CHECK: Trump distorts migrant policy, Russia probe

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump mischaracterized his immigration-law achievements, the plight of children taken from parents at the Mexico border and what’s known about Russia’s interference in the 2016 election in his wide-ranging interview with The Associated Press. A look at his comments on those subjects Tuesday: IMMIGRATION TRUMP: “We have the worst laws […]
  • Treasury employee charged in leak linked to Mueller’s probe

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A Treasury Department employee was accused Wednesday of leaking confidential banking reports of suspects charged in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, and an unidentified high-ranking colleague was cited in court papers as a co-conspirator but was not charged. Natalie Mayflower Sours Edwards, a senior official at the department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, […]
  • EPA puts off final say on science transparency rule

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency said Wednesday it is putting off for at least a year any final announcement on a controversial proposal overhauling how the agency evaluates science. The agency’s so-called transparency in regulatory science rule was one of the most contentious proposed by former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, who stepped down […]
  • Wisconsin Democrat Barnes: ’09 lingerie party was ‘immature’

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Democratic lieutenant governor candidate Mandela Barnes was tagged as the co-host of a lingerie party in 2009 when he was 22, extending an online invitation that joked about “stimulus packages” and used derogatory slang to refer to people who would be turned away. Barnes, now 31, is Tony Evers’ running […]
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