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Sanders not doing so hot

Bernie Sanders was supposed to run away with the New Hampshire primary. This is his kind of state, where Democrats are mostly educated liberals. Yet the national celebrity from next-door Vermont bested Pete Buttigieg, recently an unknown from Indiana, by less than 4,000 votes. It appears they ...

Rival Democrats accuse Bloomberg of trying to ‘buy’ election

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — With the Nevada caucuses less than a week away, Democratic presidential candidates campaigning this weekend were fixated on a rival who wasn't contesting the state. Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden, Amy Klobuchar, Elizabeth Warren and Pete Buttigieg all targeted ...

US won’t charge ex-FBI official McCabe, a target of Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal prosecutors have declined to charge former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, closing an investigation into whether the longtime target of President Donald Trump’s ire lied to federal officials about his involvement in a news media disclosure, McCabe’s legal ...

With impeachment over, critics see Trump on ‘retribution tour’

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the week since his acquittal on impeachment charges, a fully emboldened President Donald Trump is demonstrating his determination to assert an iron grip on government, pushing his Justice Department to ease up on a longtime friend while using the levers of presidential ...

With Sanders win, pressure on moderates to coalesce mounts

WASHINGTON (AP) — For Bernie Sanders, not all victories are created equal. In 2016, Sanders carried New Hampshire by 22 points, pummeling Hillary Clinton and setting the stage for a protracted fight over the Democratic presidential nomination. On Tuesday, he won the state’s primary by ...

Lawyers quit case after DOJ decision on Stone prison time

WASHINGTON (AP) — The four lawyers who prosecuted Roger Stone quit the case after the Justice Department overruled them and said it would take the extraordinary step of lowering the amount of prison time it would seek for President Donald Trump’s longtime ally and confidant. The ...

After Iowa debacle, concerns grow over Nevada’s caucuses

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Concerns have been growing that next week's Nevada caucuses could offer a repeat of the chaos that ensnared the Iowa vote, with Nevada facing many of the same organizational and technical challenges that crippled Iowa's process. Volunteers who will be leading the Feb. 22 ...

Buttigieg, Sanders campaigns request Iowa caucus recanvass

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bernie Sanders’ and Pete Buttigieg’s presidential campaigns filed requests Monday for a partial recanvass of the results of Iowa’s Democratic caucuses. The Sanders campaign cited “mathematical errors and inconsistencies” in more than two dozen locations that it ...

Trump in New Hampshire, aiming to rattle Democrats

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Eager to put on a show of force in a general election battleground state, President Donald Trump tried to rattle Democrats on Monday with a rally in New Hampshire on the eve of the state's first-in-the-nation primaries. Trump, on a high after his acquittal last week ...

A missed opportunity

For 68 years the National Prayer Breakfast has been a political oasis, a chance for Republicans, Democrats, national and world leaders to assemble and pray for each other and the nation. Not this year. One could tell where things were headed when President Trump arrived later than most ...

Democrats on edge after 2020 election season’s ragged launch

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — For Democrats, this was supposed be a moment to begin easing three years of built-up of anxieties. Instead, the launch of the 2020 presidential primary has left the party deeply unsettled and President Donald Trump gleeful about the chaos. Party leaders are on edge ...

Democrats clash over electability in struggle to oust Trump

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — With urgency rising in their presidential nomination fight, the Democrats’ top presidential contenders clashed over experience and electability in a fiery debate Friday night that tested the strength of a new front-runner, former Midwestern mayor Pete Buttigieg, ...

Analysis: Trump argues to voters America is great again

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump stood before acolytes and accusers as he delivered his State of the Union address in the grandeur of the Capitol on the eve of his impeachment acquittal and at the beginning of the Democratic race to try to deny him a second term. A president who has ...

Democratic convention leaders fired

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The two leaders of Milwaukee's host committee for the 2020 Democratic National Convention were fired late Tuesday amid allegations that they oversaw a toxic work environment, a dramatic shakeup less than six months before the showcase political event in swing state ...

What to watch for in State of the Union speech

WASHINGTON (AP) — Who’s clapping now? On the brink of his Senate acquittal, President Donald Trump will be unleashing “relentless optimism” during his third State of the Union address, a speech designed to pivot from his impeachment to his drive for reelection. Trump is speaking from ...

Standing on the edge of the abyss

Many of us have cared for or are caring for family and friends that have been afflicted with mental illness, depression, alcohol/drug addiction, or other illnesses. Constantly, day after day, we are dedicated to comfort them, hear their cries and see their pain, suffering and confusion. Along ...

National polls show unease with the state of the union

WASHINGTON (AP) — The turbulence of impeachment, a contentious presidential campaign and a global virus health threat confront President Donald Trump as he prepares to deliver his State of the Union address Tuesday night. But one thing about the Trump era has remained remarkably steady: ...

Online political ads: cheap, efficient and ripe for misuse

Older men in Arkansas might see a close-up photo of President Donald Trump pumping his fist in the air, along with a message asking them to donate $30 to his campaign for a Super Bowl commercial. Middle-aged women in California might see a photo of Trump pointing to a crowd, with a plea for ...

Poll: GOP more fired up for 2020, Democrats anxious

When it comes to the 2020 presidential election, Democrats are nervous wrecks and Republican excitement has grown. That’s according to a new poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research as Americans look ahead to a high-stakes election that is 10 months away but ...

Bloomberg creates a parallel presidential race — can he win?

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — When the leading Democratic presidential candidates marked Martin Luther King Jr. Day by linking arms and marching through South Carolina's capital, Michael Bloomberg was nowhere near the early primary state. The former New York mayor was instead in Arkansas, ...