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  • No one to vote? Nevada Democrats puzzle over empty precinct

    RENO, Nev. (AP) — What if a neighborhood precinct was voting in Nevada’s presidential caucuses and nobody came? Democrats in one county were left scratching their heads about the possibility they had stumbled onto a phantom precinct during the party’s third-in-the-nation presidential contest last week. Not only did no one cast a ballot during early […]
  • Trump urges calm even as US reports worrisome new virus case

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump declared Wednesday that a widespread U.S. outbreak of the new respiratory virus sweeping the globe isn’t inevitable even as top health authorities at his side warned Americans that more infections are coming. Shortly after Trump spoke, the government announced a worrisome development: Another person in the U.S. is infected […]
  • Sanders’ rise fuels Dems’ angst over keeping House control

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Bernie Sanders’ ascendancy as Democrats’ leading presidential hopeful fueled growing unease Wednesday, as lawmakers openly expressed anxiety that the self-proclaimed democratic socialist could cost them House control and questions abounded over what party leaders should do. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., projected calm — and neutrality — as she batted away […]
  • Labor union unveils $150M campaign to help defeat Trump

    WASHINGTON (AP) — One of the nation’s largest labor unions is unveiling plans to invest $150 million in a nationwide campaign to help defeat President Donald Trump, a sweeping effort focused on eight battleground states and voters of color who typically don’t vote. The investment marks the largest voter engagement and turnout operation in the […]
  • Fight by 2 Republicans for Georgia Senate seat unnerves GOP

    MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — A Republican congressman’s decision to challenge freshly appointed Sen. Kelly Loeffler is pitting two visions of the GOP’s future against each other. So far, it’s divided voters and been anything but polite. Loeffler, 49, is a wealthy businesswoman and political newcomer who filled a vacant Senate seat in January after being […]
  • Texas looms large as Super Tuesday bonanza for Democrats

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Bernie Sanders packed a rodeo arena in Dallas. Mike Bloomberg has spent more than $13.5 million on television ads around Houston alone. And neither Joe Biden nor Elizabeth Warren can afford big losses. For a change, Texas matters in picking a presidential nominee. As more than a dozen states go to […]
  • Online ‘impersonator’ tried to contact campaigns, DNC says

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic National Committee has warned its presidential candidates to be cautious after Bernie Sanders’ campaign reported that an “impersonator” with a domain registered overseas had posed as one of its staffers and sought conversations with members of at least two other campaigns. Bob Lord, the DNC’s chief security officer, wrote in […]
  • Democrats: GOP walkout in Oregon is stalling key bills

    SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Democrats in Oregon tried Wednesday to pressure boycotting Republican lawmakers back to the Statehouse by emphasizing bills that would help their constituents, but GOP senators stayed away for a third day to block a bill on climate change they say should go before voters. “I wish the Republicans would understand the […]
  • Trump campaign sues NY Times for defamation over Putin

    NEW YORK (AP) — The campaign to reelect President Donald Trump sued The New York Times for defamation Wednesday, saying it was responsible for an essay by a former executive editor for the newspaper that claimed the campaign made a deal with Russian officials to defeat Hillary Clinton in 2016. In the lawsuit in state […]
  • Arizona’s largest newspaper quits candidate endorsements

    PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Republic, which drew global attention in 2016 for endorsing a Democrat for president for the first time in its history, will stop endorsing candidates for public office, newspaper leaders wrote Wednesday. Executive Editor Greg Burton and Editorial Page Editor Phil Boas explained in a column that research by the Phoenix-based […]
  • Buttigieg aides say path beyond March 3 possible but tricky

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg is bracing his supporters for a difficult stretch, with the sobering assertion that front-runner Bernie Sanders will likely emerge from next week’s Super Tuesday contests well ahead in the race for delegates. The disclosure, made in a strategy memo sent to supporters, comes as the former […]
  • For a historic high court pick, Dems must think outside box

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden is dangling a history-making promise shortly before South Carolina’s presidential primary on Saturday, the first 2020 contest featuring a majority black electorate. Elect him president, Biden says, and he might nominate the first black woman to the Supreme Court. “As president, I’d be honored, honored to appoint the first African […]
  • Bloomberg’s online campaign tests Facebook, Twitter rules

    Mike Bloomberg’s stockpile of cash, swarm of employees and paid social media influencers are testing the abilities of online platforms — and his Democratic challengers — to keep up with an expensive internet campaign. Despite the billionaire and former New York City mayor’s late entry into the presidential race, he has far outspent his rivals […]
  • Trump faces credibility test as he plays down virus threat

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump faces a critical personal challenge in grappling with the new coronavirus outbreak: Asking Americans to believe him after he and some of his top advisers have contradicted federal scientists in playing down the threat. Keenly aware of the stakes not just for public health but also his credibility, Trump […]
  • AP FACT CHECK: Democrats distort coronavirus readiness

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential contenders are describing the federal infectious-disease bureaucracy as rudderless and ill-prepared for the coronavirus threat because of budget cuts and ham-handed leadership by President Donald Trump. That’s a distorted picture. For starters, Trump hasn’t succeeded in cutting the budget. He’s proposed cuts but Congress ignored him and increased financing instead. […]
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