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Likely Democratic nominee Biden faces long wait to clinch

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the three weeks since his blowout win in the South Carolina primary, Joe Biden has emerged as the Democratic presidential nominee-in-waiting. But, amid the uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic, put the emphasis on waiting. Biden holds an essentially insurmountable ...

Amid decline, local newspapers press less for records in court

Shane Fitzgerald has pushed for public records in court to help his reporters uncover details of a destructive school fire, the police shooting of an inmate and a public defender who wasn’t doing much work. But there are many instances where his newspaper group in suburban Philadelphia has ...

Campaigns in 2020 go digital amid fears of coronavirus spread

WASHINGTON (AP) — No more rallies. No more door-knocking. And no more in-person fundraisers, raking in dollars from dozens of millionaires at once. The coronavirus has disrupted American life, and the 2020 presidential campaign is no exception. Amid calls for social distancing to stop the ...

Fighting the coronavirus with truth and transparency

As the scope and threat of the coronavirus pandemic becomes clear, people all over the world hunger for two things: an effective vaccine and truthful information about the disease. The former may be more than a year away, but the latter is critical to stemming the pandemic in the ...

Poll: Increasing concern about coronavirus infection

CHICAGO (AP) — Americans are increasingly worried they or a loved one will be infected by the coronavirus, with two-thirds now saying they’re at least somewhat concerned — up from less than half who said so a month ago. Still, a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public ...

It’s time for the Michigan Senate to let the Sunshine in

Open government advocates have watched for years as the Michigan Senate has repeatedly held up any action on a series of House bills known as the Legislative Open Records Act or LORA. However, it now looks like the Senate finally is ready to act to expand the state’s Freedom of Information ...

AP VoteCast: A look at voters in Florida, Illinois and Arizona

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Associated Press surveyed voters in the three states that held Democratic presidential contests on Tuesday. Here's a snapshot of the voters in Arizona, Florida and Illinois — who they are and what matters to them — based on preliminary results from AP VoteCast. ...

Legislative tracker sounds alarm on anti-transparency bills

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Amid growing concern about the expensive incentives promised to Amazon to land its new headquarters, Kentucky lawmakers considered a bill to shield its largest city’s failed pitch from public scrutiny. To open government advocates, the effort to hide Louisville’s ...

White House moves to protect Trump, staff against coronavirus

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House put in place new measures Monday to protect President Donald Trump and his staff during the coronavirus outbreak, including taking the temperature of anyone who enters the complex, such as visitors and members of the press corps. The steps expanded on ...

Tuesday primaries in four states to continue despite virus fears

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Elections officials in the four states holding presidential primaries next week say they have no plans to postpone voting amid widespread disruptions caused by the coronavirus outbreak. Instead, they are taking extraordinary steps to ensure that voters can cast ballots ...

Analysis: Uneasy Americans lurch into coronavirus era

So this is where we are: Major League Baseball's opening day postponed. Broadway and Hollywood grinding to a halt, and March Madness canceled. Universities from Harvard to UCLA telling students to stay away. Most travelers from Europe banned. Tom Hanks, Hollywood's embodiment of everyday ...

Analysis: Sanders may have learned wrong lessons from 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bernie Sanders pledged to harness the energy from his first campaign to turn out more voters in 2020. He would build a coalition of black, young and working-class voters who were energized by his transformative vision for America to build a broad coalition that would make ...

Coronavirus upends campaigning

WASHINGTON (AP) — Podiums get sanitized before the candidate steps up to speak. Fist or elbow bumps take the place of handshakes, and kissing babies is out of the question. Rallies are canceled, leaving candidates speaking to a handful of journalists and staffers instead of cheering crowds of ...

Electability boosts Biden, Sanders again falls short

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden went into Tuesday’s primaries riding a wave of voter confidence about his chances of victory in November — and that propelled him to wins in Michigan, Missouri and Mississippi. Democratic primary voters in those states were more likely to think the former ...

Dealing with the unexpected

With no hint of anticipation, it arrives unexpectedly and carries with it a rainbow of emotions. These range from extreme euphoria to the darkest valleys of sadness. I have, as well as most of us, experienced it. The name we refer to it is “surprises.” We have a choice on how to react and ...

Michigan primary could make or break Sanders’ campaign

DETROIT (AP) — Bernie Sanders proved his 2016 presidential bid was serious with an upset victory in Michigan powered by his opposition to free trade and appeal among working-class voters. Four years later, the state could either revive the Vermont senator's campaign or relegate him to the ...

Romney will support GOP effort to investigate Biden

WASHINGTON (AP) — Utah Sen. Mitt Romney says he will support a subpoena to interview a witness and obtain records related to Burisma, the gas company in Ukraine linked to former Vice President Joe Biden's son. The push comes as Biden has emerged as a front-runner to challenge President Donald ...

One more victory: Biden wins most Super Tuesday delegates

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden has put an exclamation point on his Super Tuesday victories by winning the most delegates on the presidential primary calendar’s biggest night. The Associated Press has allocated more than 92% of the 1,344 delegates that were up for grabs ...

Forbidden parenting

South Carolina mom Debra Harrell worked at McDonald’s. She couldn’t afford day care for Regina, her 9-year-old daughter, so she took her to work. But Regina was bored at McDonald’s. One day, she asked if she could just play in the neighborhood park instead. “I felt safe there,” she ...

Analysis: Biden’s recovery remakes Democratic race

WASHINGTON (AP) — Less than a month ago, Joe Biden’s campaign was in free fall. Even after he mounted a comeback in South Carolina, he confronted the reality of competing in crucial Super Tuesday contests with little money and no discernible campaign infrastructure. It didn’t matter. ...