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Biden's ability to win back skeptical Democrats tested at a perilous moment for his campaign

Jul. 20, 2024 00:29 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite a week of campaign stops, interviews and a determined insistence he is the best candidate to confront Republican Donald Trump, President Joe Biden's efforts to revive his reelection bid and win over skeptical Democrats have done little to soften the push for him to exit...

Biden pushes party unity as he resists calls to step aside, says he'll return to campaign next week

Jul. 19, 2024 20:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A rapidly growing chorus of Democratic lawmakers called Friday for President Joe Biden to drop his reelection bid, even as the president insisted he’s ready to return to the campaign trail next week to counter what he called a “dark vision” laid out by Republican Donald...

Nominations for National Guard leaders languish, triggering concerns as top officers retire

Jul. 19, 2024 17:46 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top four officers of the National Guard Bureau have left or are set to retire in about two weeks, and to date no nominations for their replacements have been confirmed by the Senate, leaving the bureau, the Air Guard and the Army Guard without permanent leadership as they...

From a media perspective, it was a tale of two Trump speeches — and long enough for both

Jul. 19, 2024 17:37 PM EDT

From a media perspective, Donald Trump failed to stick the landing at the Republican convention that nominated him as its presidential candidate for a third time. His acceptance speech, which exceeded 90 minutes and stretched past midnight Eastern time into Friday, won him wide...

Trump uses false claim about Chinese auto plants in Mexico to call for UAW president to be fired

Jul. 19, 2024 16:20 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Donald Trump made a pitch for votes from key swing state autoworkers during his acceptance speech for the Republican presidential nomination, using false claims to call on them to fire their union president. On Thursday night in Milwaukee, Trump said the United Auto...

Louisiana Supreme Court Justice Jimmy Genovese to lead Northwestern State

Jul. 19, 2024 13:35 PM EDT

NATCHITOCHES, La. (AP) — Louisiana Supreme Court Justice Jimmy Genovese has been named as Northwestern State University's next president by the state board that regulates the school. The University of Louisiana System board on Thursday named the associate justice to replace Marcus...

Tunisian presidential candidate Lotfi Mraihi barred from contesting elections for life

Jul. 19, 2024 11:58 AM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — A Tunisian court on Friday sentenced a presidential candidate Lotfi Mraihi to eight months in prison and banned him from contesting elections for life, in the latest move to stifle opponents of President Kais Saied in the upcoming October election which critics call a sham....

Kenya president retains 6 former Cabinet ministers in first batch of appointments

Jul. 19, 2024 10:35 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenyan President William Ruto on Friday appointed the first 11 members of his Cabinet, retaining six former ministers in the key portfolios of defense and interior. Last week, Ruto dismissed all but one minister and said he would form a broad-based government...

Trump urges unity after assassination attempt while proposing sweeping populist agenda in RNC finale

Jul. 19, 2024 06:05 AM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Donald Trump, somber and bandaged, accepted the GOP presidential nomination on Thursday at the Republican National Convention in a speech that described in detail the assassination attempt that could have ended his life just five days earlier before laying out a sweeping populist...

Majority of Democrats think Kamala Harris would make a good president, AP-NORC poll shows

Jul. 19, 2024 06:04 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Joe Biden faces a growing drumbeat of pressure to drop his reelection bid, a majority of Democrats think his vice president would make a good president herself. A new poll from the AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found that about 6 in 10...