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Photo finish: Ohio, Kansas elections too close to call

WESTERVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Two high-stakes elections that tested President Donald Trump’s clout and cost both parties millions of dollars were too close to call early Wednesday. Trump claimed victory in one nevertheless. In battleground Ohio, the president took credit for Republican Troy ...

GOP law limiting labor powers defeated in Missouri

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The steady march of new right-to-work laws in Republican-led states hit a wall in Missouri, where voters resoundingly rejected a measure that could have weakened union finances after national and local labor groups poured millions of dollars into the campaign ...

‘The Matrix’ after 20 years

Next year marks the 20th anniversary of the sci-fi movie classic “The Matrix,” which depicts powerful machines attempting to subdue the human race. Sometimes art imitates life, and sometimes it’s the other way around. On occasion, art can be prophetic. “The Matrix” is such a film. ...

Could hard-right Supreme Court haunt GOP? History says maybe

WASHINGTON (AP) — Be careful what you wish for. That’s the history lesson for Republicans eagerly anticipating Brett Kavanaugh’s ascension to the Supreme Court, which could cement conservative control of the court for a generation. The GOP may ultimately pay a political price. When ...

Jobs boom favors Democratic counties, not Trump strongholds

MONACA, Pennsylvania (AP) — The United States is on pace to add about 2.6 million jobs this year under President Donald Trump’s watch. Yet the bulk of the hiring has occurred in bastions of Democratic voters rather than in the Republican counties that put Trump in the White House. On ...

JFK memorabilia auction falls short

BOSTON (AP) — Is JFK losing his star power? It’s probably too early to tell, but 55 years after President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, an auction of some of the most iconic items associated with the Kennedy White House fell well short of the pre-sale hype. A rocking chair JFK ...

Teachers to mount insurgency at Kentucky’s campaign kickoff

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — As Republicans in Congress prepare for a possible backlash this fall against President Donald Trump, their counterparts in the Kentucky legislature are grappling with a similar threat from the state’s teachers and public workers. This spring, thousands marched on the ...

Tolerance begins with respect

Webster’s Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary’s definition of “tolerance” is as follows: “sympathy or indulgence for beliefs or practices differing from or conflicting with one’s own.” In the same Webster’s dictionary, the definition of “intolerance” is as follows: ...

Senators ponder how to counter foreign influence operations

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators wrestling with how to counter Russia and other foreign influence operations heard Wednesday from experts who said that not only did Russia continue its influence campaign after the 2016 presidential election, it “stepped on the gas.” Experts testifying before ...

What’s not to like about Trump’s policies so far?

Like a baseball team that is way behind going into the fifth inning, Democrats (and socialists) are hoping for the political equivalent of a rainout, so that the game President Trump is winning will be canceled, allowing them time to regroup. The president’s opponents are going to need more ...

Trump criticized for not leading effort to better secure elections

WASHINGTON (AP) — As alarms blare about Russian interference in U.S. elections, the Trump administration is facing criticism that it has no clear national strategy to protect the country during the upcoming midterms and beyond. Both Republicans and Democrats have criticized the ...

Trump refers to the Koch brothers as ‘a total joke’ in GOP

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump today lashed out at the Koch brothers, tweeting that the billionaire industrialists are a “total joke in real Republican circles” and that he is “a puppet for no one.” It’s the latest salvo between the president and Charles and David Koch, ...

Ocasio-Cortez could take a lesson on socialism from Trump

WASHINGTON — For three months in 1917, Leon Trotsky lived in the Bronx, just south of the congressional district where Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recently defeated a 10-term incumbent in a Democratic primary. Because she calls herself a democratic socialist, the word “socialism” is ...

Times publisher asks Trump to reconsider anti-media rhetoric

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — The publisher of The New York Times said Sunday he “implored” President Donald Trump at a private White House meeting this month to reconsider his broad attacks on journalists, calling the president’s anti-press rhetoric “not just divisive but increasingly ...

Democrats should move to the center — of the country

Contrary to what we hear, “the energy” in the Democratic Party is coming not so much from the political left as from the geographical center. The most notable victories belong to Conor Lamb in Pennsylvania, Doug Jones in Alabama and Democrats taking statehouse seats in Missouri and ...

The need for a REAL ID to fly outside Michigan

It’s been a great summer for travel in Michigan and around the U.S. That’s why we’re getting the word out about REAL ID to all air travelers who fly inside the United States. It’s my last year as your Secretary of State and implementing this federal mandate is a top priority of my ...

White House defends decision to bar CNN reporter from event

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House on Thursday defended its decision to bar a CNN correspondent from attending an open press event but contended it had nothing to do with the questions she asked. Deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley said Kaitlan Collins was denied access to Trump’s Rose ...

Protectionism proves evidence is unpersuasive

WASHINGTON — If you are not collateral damage in the escalating trade wars, the bulletins from the wars’ multiplying fronts are hilarious reading. You are collateral damage only if you are a manufacturer, farmer or consumer, so relax and enjoy the following reports. Whirlpool, which makes ...

Russian hackers tricked people into revealing passwords

WASHINGTON (AP) — Russian hackers who penetrated hundreds of U.S. utilities, manufacturing plants and other facilities last year gained access by using the most conventional of phishing tools, tricking staffers into entering passwords, officials say. The Russians targeted mostly the energy ...

GOP, Dems focus on messages as summer recess, elections near

WASHINGTON (AP) — One House bill, backed mostly by Republicans, would repeal a tax imposed on some medical devices to help pay for President Barack Obama’s health care law, a statute they despise. With another, still a bare-bones outline, the GOP would make last year’s $1.5 trillion tax ...