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The Latest: Lame-duck parties can file briefs until Monday

Mar 22 2019 — AP — MADISON, Wis. — The Latest on Wisconsin Republicans' attempt to stay an order blocking their lame-duck laws limiting the powers of Democratic Gov. Tony Evers and Attorney General Josh Kaul (all times local): 4:50 p.m. A Wisconsin appeals court won't decide until at least Monday whether to reinstate Republican-backed lame-duck laws limiting the powers of […]

CNN’s profile of Kellyanne Conway gets social media blowback

Mar 22 2019 — AP — NEW YORK — CNN's Dana Bash is learning the perils of doing personality profiles in a political city that's always on war footing. She's received a social media roasting this week for featuring White House adviser Kellyanne Conway as part of her ongoing feature series, "Badass Women of Washington." It was first distributed online late […]

Democratic Socialists group endorses Bernie Sanders for 2020

Mar 22 2019 — AP — WASHINGTON — The Democratic Socialists of America has endorsed Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in his second run for president. The New York-based group says its National Political Committee voted Thursday to endorse Sanders and move forward with "an independent campaign" to elect him and "advance a class-struggle agenda." The 56,000-member organization calls Sanders "the only […]

Harris to visit historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta

Mar 21 2019 — AP — ATLANTA — Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris is set to speak Sunday at the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, where Martin Luther King Jr. once occupied the pulpit. Other 2020 presidential hopefuls, including fellow senators Cory Booker of New Jersey, Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, have spoken at Ebenezer Baptist. […]

Hickenlooper says he’d suspend death penalty as president

Mar 20 2019 — AP — Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper says he would suspend the federal death penalty if elected president. Hickenlooper, who is running for the Democratic presidential nomination, made the pledge during a CNN town hall Wednesday night. As governor, Hickenlooper refused to execute a quadruple-murderer. He said he was opposed to the death penalty and wouldn't carry […]

Gillibrand ‘open to improving’ opioids bill after criticism

Mar 20 2019 — AP — WASHINGTON — Democratic presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand says she's "open to improving" a Senate bill that would limit opioid prescriptions for acute pain. The senator from New York was addressing criticism she received last week when she tweeted that she and Republican Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado had introduced the bill "because no one needs […]

Michigan House backs highway designation for Aretha Franklin

Mar 19 2019 — AP — LANSING, Mich. — In a sign of R-E-S-P-E-C-T, the Michigan Legislature is expected to honour the late Queen of Soul with a highway designation. The Michigan House voted 101-6 on Tuesday to designate a portion of M-10 in Detroit as the "Aretha L. Franklin Memorial Highway." Franklin died in Detroit last year after battling pancreatic […]

US Sen. Markey to give away campaign donations from Kraft

Mar 19 2019 — AP — BOSTON — U.S. Sen. Edward Markey says he will donate campaign contributions he received from New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft to an organization that works to end human trafficking. Kraft was among hundreds of men charged in a crackdown on massage parlour prostitution and an investigation into human trafficking at Florida spas. He pleaded […]

Meghan McCain fires back at Trump tweets against her father

Mar 19 2019 — AP — LOS ANGELES — Meghan McCain says President Donald Trump's life is "pathetic" after his weekend Twitter attack against her father, the late Sen. John McCain. She fired back at Trump on ABC's "The View" Monday after the president tweeted comments criticizing her father, who died last year after battling brain cancer. McCain says Trump "will […]

The Latest: Warren supports elimination of electoral college

Mar 18 2019 — AP — JACKSON, Miss. — The Latest on Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren (all times local): 9:05 p.m. Elizabeth Warren supports the elimination of the electoral college, the most pointed instance of the Democratic presidential candidate opposing the polarizing mechanism the nation uses to elect its presidents. Warren has been critical of the electoral college before. The […]

Warren backs congressional plan for reparations study

Mar 18 2019 — AP — JACKSON, Miss. — Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren is embracing a congressional proposal to study a framework for reparations to African-Americans hurt by the legacy of slavery as the best way to begin a "national, full-blown conversation" on the issue. Warren first voiced support for reparations last month, becoming one of three 2020 Democratic candidates […]

The Latest: Ex-Peru president brushes off detention queries

Mar 18 2019 — AP — REDWOOD CITY, Calif. — The Latest on the public drunkenness arrest of Peru's former president (all times local): 2:20 p.m. Former Peruvian president Alejandro Toledo brushed off questions about his arrest on suspicion of public drunkenness during a radio interview. Toledo also declined to discuss his detention with Peru's RPP radio, saying "I'm not falling […]

Forest service plans large sale of Alaskan old growth timber

Mar 18 2019 — AP — JUNEAU, Alaska — The U.S. Forest Service is planning the largest sale of Alaska old growth timber in years. The Prince of Wales Island Landscape Level Analysis project will harvest as much as 225 million board feet (about 53,094 cubic meters) of old growth lumber from Prince of Wales Island in Tongass National Forest, CoastAlaska […]

The Latest: Court weighs proof-of-citizenship voting law

Mar 18 2019 — AP — SALT LAKE CITY — The Latest on an appeals court weighing whether to resurrect a Kansas proof-of-citizenship voting law (all times local): 12:30 p.m. A federal appeals court has heard arguments about whether Kansas should be allowed to resurrect a law that required people to submit proof of citizenship before registering to vote. During a […]

Trump targets Biden after former VP’s verbal slip

Mar 18 2019 — AP — WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is targeting Joe Biden after the former vice-president made a verbal slip about a potential 2020 presidential bid. Trump, who has eagerly followed the 2020 Democratic field, tweeted Monday: "Joe Biden got tongue tied over the weekend when he was unable to properly deliver a very simple line about his […]