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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 ...

Head of firm behind Trump dossier won’t talk to House panel

WASHINGTON (AP) — The co-founder of a political research firm that was behind a dossier of allegations about President Donald Trump’s connections to Russia refused to speak to two House committees during a closed-door interview Tuesday. A lawyer for Glenn Simpson said in a statement he ...

How to heal our national epidemic of loneliness?

WASHINGTON — If Sen. Ben Sasse is right — he has not recently been wrong about anything important — the nation’s most-discussed political problem is entangled with the least-understood public health problem. The political problem is furious partisanship. The public health problem is ...

Sessions criticizes court order on citizenship census question

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday criticized a court order that allows for the questioning of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross on how a citizenship question came to be added to the 2020 census. The court’s actions, the attorney general said in a speech to the ...

New strategy: Democrats go with health care in midterms

PHOENIX (AP) — In a windowless conference room, Republican Senate candidate Martha McSally was asking executives at a small crane manufacturing company how the GOP tax cut has helped their business when one woman said: “I want to ask you a question about health care.” Marylea Evans ...

Politicians decry incivility, even as they practice it

WASHINGTON (AP) — There’s a lot of scolding about smack talk in Washington these days, and whether “civility” in politics is possible — or even desirable — ahead of the Nov. 6 midterm elections. Lots of Americans got riled up over Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings. ...

McConnell to AP: Gender gap hurts GOP but Kavanaugh helps

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell acknowledged Wednesday that Republicans have a longstanding gender gap when it comes to American women, but he stood by one key Senate woman, saying “nobody’s going to beat” Lisa Murkowski of Alaska despite her opposition to Brett ...

Taylor Swift makes politics personal with endorsement

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Taylor Swift’s first big jump into politics might have gained her some extra haters, but her endorsement in a competitive midterm U.S. Senate race isn’t likely to result in a massive backlash against the country-singer-turned-pop-star, observers say. Republicans ...

University of Michigan lecture draws criticism

DETROIT (AP) — A senior Israeli cabinet minister sent a letter Monday to the University of Michigan president over campus incidents that the politician described as showing a “vitriolic hatred against the Jewish state.” Naftali Bennett, the minister responsible for education and ...

Trump not firing Rosenstein, says relationship ‘very good’

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Monday he has no plans to fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, delivering a reprieve for the Justice Department official whose future has been the source of intense speculation for two weeks. Trump told reporters at the White House that ...

Sprint now on to Nov. 6 midterm elections

WASHINGTON (AP) — Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court fired the starting pistol for the final sprint to Election Day, with control of the House and Senate at stake. The nation's reckoning with power and who to believe about sexual misconduct has generated a new anger factor ...

McConnell says Senate ‘not broken’ after Kavanaugh fight

WASHINGTON (AP) — Picking up the pieces after a contentious nomination battle, the Senate’s majority leader said Sunday the chamber won’t be irreparably damaged by the wrenching debate over sexual misconduct that swirled around new Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. While Sen. Mitch ...

America’s disturbing plunge into protectionism

WASHINGTON — The descent of American capitalism into a racket is being greased by professed capitalists in government, in collaboration with professed capitalists in what is called, with decreasing accuracy, the private sector. This is occurring under the auspices of Republicans, and while ...

VA whistleblower, veteran’s widow clash over Baldwin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Gulf War veteran who blew the whistle on the prescription drug crisis at the Tomah Veterans Affairs Medical Center said he thinks it would be “immoral” to vote for Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin. The comments from Ryan Honl, a Libertarian, drew a sharp rebuke ...

Poll: Youth say online bullying a serious problem

WETHERSFIELD, Conn. (AP) — Teens and young adults say cyberbullying is a serious problem for people their age, but most don’t think they’ll be the ones targeted for digital abuse. That’s according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and MTV, ...