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  • High court nominee gets started answering questions

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s choice for the Supreme Court has given members of Congress a pile of material to help them start judging the judge. Judge Brett Kavanaugh responded to a Senate Judiciary Committee questionnaire that probes his career as an attorney and jurist, his service in the executive branch, education, society memberships […]
  • National GOP reluctant to weigh in on Trump’s Russia swirl

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — There was no sign of shock or outrage in the hotel hallways and conference rooms where Republican officials gathered to discuss party business even as politicians on both sides and foreign policy experts fretted about President Donald Trump’s cozy relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The men and women from all […]
  • Trump finds it ‘inconceivable’ lawyer would tape a client

    BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — Donald Trump said Saturday he finds it “inconceivable” that a lawyer would tape a client, as the president weighed in after the disclosure that in the weeks before the 2016 election, his then-personal attorney secretly recorded their discussion about a potential payment for a former Playboy model’s account of having an […]
  • AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s week of unreal claims on Russia, NATO

    WASHINGTON (AP) — It was a week of bewilderment over what President Donald Trump really thinks about Russian interference in the U.S. election and what he and Russia’s Vladimir Putin told each other in their private meeting. The confusion was fed by Trump’s vacillating statements about the summit. On other fronts, Trump inaccurately claimed Queen […]
  • Republican Hugin spending millions to compete in New Jersey

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Republican U.S. Senate candidate Bob Hugin is pouring his own money into this year’s race to unseat Democrat Bob Menendez and has more cash on hand, though the incumbent raised more money in the second quarter. The latest Federal Election Commission records show that Hugin, a former pharmaceutical executive and first-time […]
  • Democratic socialism surging in the age of Trump

    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A week ago, Maine Democrat Zak Ringelstein wasn’t quite ready to consider himself a member of the Democratic Socialists of America, even if he appreciated the organization’s values and endorsement in his bid to become a U.S. senator. Three days later, he told The Associated Press it was time to join […]
  • Inside Trump’s isolation after Putin summit, walkbacks

    BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — Facing condemnation from allies and foes alike on Capitol Hill, President Donald Trump was outnumbered even in the Oval Office. Top aides gathered to convince the president to issue a rare walk-back of the comments he’d made raising doubts about U.S. intelligence conclusions of Russian election interference as he stood alongside […]
  • The problem of Kavanaugh’s lengthy paper trail

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Judge Brett Kavanaugh has a long record of judicial and executive branch service to recommend him as President Donald Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court. And that’s part of the problem in getting him confirmed by the Senate. Democrats are demanding to see the conservative appellate court judge’s lengthy paper trail before […]
  • Trump missteps fuel new energy in Democrats’ campaigns

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — As Democratic congressional candidate Abigail Spanberger mingled with supporters at a Richmond brewery, one person hung like a shadow over the gleaming brew tanks and grilled food truck pizza. As they watched their kids play with Legos in the corner of the bar Wednesday night, Kristen Martin and William Caulder grumbled […]
  • Two democratic socialists rally voters in deep-red Kansas

    KANSAS CITY, Kansas (AP) — The new face of an emerging democratic socialist movement joined its patriarch in the most unlikely place Friday, calling on Kansans unhappy with the direction of the country to get off the sidelines in a pivotal Republican-held congressional district. “We know that people in Kansas, just like everywhere else in […]
  • The White House week when ‘no’ meant ‘yes’

    WASHINGTON (AP) — This was the week when “would” turned into “wouldn’t” and “no” meant “yes,” as President Donald Trump and his top aides tried to walk back several of his comments on Russia and the Federal Reserve. At one point, the rhetorical zigzags left one senator lamenting a “walk-back of the walk-back” that was, […]
  • Putin idea for Ukraine referendum rejected by White House

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House has rejected a Vladimir Putin-backed effort to hold a referendum in eastern Ukraine on the region’s future, distancing itself from the idea in the aftermath of President Donald Trump’s controversial summit with the Russian leader. Russia’s ambassador to the U.S., Anatoly Antonov, said the two leaders had discussed the […]
  • Worries of violence accompany 2020 GOP convention choice

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Charlotte, the North Carolina city selected for the 2020 Republican national Convention, has a history of diversity and inclusiveness that has sometimes been difficult to achieve. The Democratic-leaning city was chosen over Las Vegas at the summer meeting of the GOP’s national committee Friday. In 2012, North Carolina’s largest city hosted […]
  • Arizona candidate denies decade-old rape allegation

    PHOENIX (AP) — A decade-old allegation of sexual assault has rocked a Democratic candidate in a primary for a Tucson-based congressional district. Yahya Yuksel is facing calls to end his campaign after the Arizona Daily Star reported the allegation that he raped an intoxicated 16-year-old girl when he was 17. The newspaper said Yuksel was […]
  • Lewis strikes back after comments surface from his 2012 show

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — U.S. Rep. Jason Lewis, a Minnesota Republican, is striking back after a comment surfaced Friday from a 2012 radio show in which he claimed black people have an “entitlement mentality.” The comment, which also alluded to what Lewis called a “race war,” was reported Friday by CNN, which obtained five months of […]
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