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College basketball madness goes beyond March

WASHINGTON — Until last week it seemed that the Division 1 college basketball industry could produce nothing more risible than its pieties about cherishing the amateurism of the “student-athletes” who generate, but get mere crumbs of, the industry’s billions. Last week, however, a New ...

Democrats whiffed in 2016, so what if they fail again?

WASHINGTON (AP) — For Democrats, the midterm elections have been a beacon in the dark, a chance to re-emerge from the political wilderness and repudiate a president they view as a dangerous force. But on the cusp of Tuesday’s vote, many Democrats are as anxious as they are ...

Women marched, then ran: will they win in record numbers?

WASHINGTON (AP) — Gender politics have been a defining issue of this election cycle, beginning back with the mobilization by women against the victory and inauguration of President Donald Trump. But it’s not clear whether the #MeToo movement — and the controversy that sometimes ...

Dems, GOP work to avert third-party spoilers

PHOENIX (AP) — Two congresswomen running for U.S Senate in Arizona are crisscrossing the state, raising millions of dollars and trying to exploit every possible advantage to eke out a win in what both sides expect to be a photo-finish race. The wild card: Angela Green, a Green Party ...

NRA takes lower profile in midterms

WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Rifle Association — long seen as a kingmaker in Republican politics — is taking a lower profile in this year’s high-stakes midterm campaign, a sign of the shifting dynamics of the gun debate as the GOP fights to maintain its grip on Congress. The NRA has ...

Ryan says Trump can’t end birthright citizenship

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan said Tuesday that "obviously" President Donald Trump couldn't end the constitutional right of birthright citizenship with an executive order, while saying he agrees with the president that "unchecked illegal immigration" needs to be ...

Sometimes a ballot issue isn’t really about the issue

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The outcome of one of the nation’s most critical Senate races could come down to an unrelated question: how North Dakota residents feel about blocking noncitizens from voting — even though such voting is already illegal. Conservatives have placed the issue on ...

Trump says he bears ‘no blame’ for actions of bomb suspect

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Friday he knows the pipe bomb suspect was one of his supporters but said he bears “no blame” for the suspect’s actions. “There is no blame. There’s no anything,” Trump told reporters before leaving for a political rally in North ...

Amid bombs scare, call for unity shelved for political barbs

WASHINGTON (AP) — It didn’t last. With the country on edge over a widening pipe-bomb scare, talk of national unity quickly gave way to finger-pointing on Thursday. President Donald Trump cast blame on the media for fomenting anger in society while candidates across the country traded ...

Politicians’ deceitful promise

Will you be able to retire? Maybe not. Will your state pay what its politicians promised? Almost certainly not. Politicians in Connecticut, New Jersey and Illinois are especially irresponsible when it comes to not funding pension plans, but most every municipality has promised more than ...

A plan for debt relief

As difficult as it may be to believe, there was a time when Republicans were known as the anti-debt and balanced budget party. Now, the GOP prefers to tout low unemployment as the debt soars and they are co-conspirators in its rise. It’s not that Republicans (and once-fiscally responsible ...

Poll: Majority of young people back single-payer health care

WASHINGTON (AP) — Large majorities of young Americans want to see an expansion of government services, including a single-payer health care program, according to a new poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and MTV. According to the poll, 69 percent of young ...

Familiar figures deployed as midterms hit last two weeks

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is battling Democrats for control of Congress. But you might think it’s 2016 all over again. As the 2018 midterms shifted to the final two weeks of campaigning, Trump staged a large Monday night rally in Houston, Ted Cruz’s hometown, to help the ...

Arizona voters can save their Supreme Court from politics

WASHINGTON — This year’s election that most implicates fundamental issues of American governance will not fill a legislative or executive office. And its importance is not primarily that it will either repudiate or reward dishonesty and cynicism in the service of factional grasping. Rather, ...

GOP risks leadership struggle after November vote

WASHINGTON (AP) — Win or lose in the race for the majority, House Republicans are at risk of plunging into a leadership battle after the November election, with the party lacking a clear heir apparent to take the place of House Speaker Paul Ryan. President Donald Trump has signaled he’d ...

Walker, Evers deliver sharp attacks in their first debate

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican Gov. Scott Walker and Democratic challenger Tony Evers both delivered well-rehearsed, sharp attack lines on hot topics in the governor’s race in their first debate Friday. Walker and Evers, the state superintendent, are locked in a tight battle for governor ...

Parker: 23andMeToo

WASHINGTON — Now that the DNA is out of the bag, Sen. Elizabeth Warren can put her Native American heritage down for a nap — maybe. After two and a half years of being mocked by Donald Trump as “Pocahontas,” referring to the Massachusetts Democrat’s claim that she’s part American ...

House committees to interview Rosenstein behind closed doors

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top lawmakers on two House committees will interview Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein next week about reports he had discussed secretly recording President Donald Trump. The announcement Thursday that Rosenstein will sit for a transcribed interview Wednesday ...

In ‘America First’ presidency, where do human rights rank?

WASHINGTON (AP) — If it’s an “America First” presidency, where does that rank human rights? President Donald Trump’s refusal to put public pressure on Saudi Arabia over the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi is raising a question that has dogged his foreign policy. In ...

On Wall Street, Us R Toys

As America emerged from World War II, the public generally agreed that the ordinary people who had endured the sacrifice should share in the good times ahead. A golden age for the American worker commenced as business, labor and government stood together on the stage. Labor has since fallen ...