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Evers, Baldwin among Wisconsin speakers at convention

Aug. 11, 2020 9:18 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers and U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin are among the Wisconsin office holders who will speak during next week's Democratic National Convention, which will be based out of Milwaukee. The four-day event to formally nominate Joe Biden as the Democratic candidate for president has...

This undated photo, provided by his campaign, shows Justin Anderson, Republican candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives, in East Haddam, Conn. (Jason Calfo photo via AP)

Connecticut voters expected to rubber-stamp Trump, Biden

Aug. 11, 2020 7:48 AM EDT

Voters were expected to rubber-stamp Republican President Donald Trump and former Democratic Vice President Joe Biden in Connecticut's quiet presidential primary on Tuesday, while also determining the final GOP candidates in two congressional races. Democratic and Republican primaries were also being held in more...

FILE — In this Nov. 19, 2019, file photo, Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., ask questions during a House Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. Welch is seeking re-election in Vermont's Aug. 11, 2020, Democratic primary. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, Pool, File)

Vermont Democratic US Rep. Welch facing primary opponent

Aug. 11, 2020 7:38 AM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — One of Vermont’s most popular elected officials, Democratic U.S. Rep. Peter Welch, is facing a single primary opponent Tuesday. Welch, 73, who has served in Congress since 2007, is being challenged for the Democratic Party nomination by activist Ralph “Carajou”...

FILE- In this March 3, 2020 file photo, Republican Marjorie Taylor Greene speaks to a GOP women's group in Rome, Ga. Greene faces neurosurgeon John Cowan in a primary runoff election on Tuesday, Aug. 11 in northwest Georgia's 14th Congressional District. (John Bailey/The Rome News-Tribune via AP)

Racist videos bring attention to US House race in Georgia

Aug. 11, 2020 7:31 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A woman who's been blasted for racist videos and adamant support for the QAnon conspiracy theory faces a neurosurgeon who campaigned on his experience to improve the health care system in Tuesday's Republican primary runoff for an open U.S. House seat representing northwest Georgia. The...

Arkansas congressional candidate launches first TV ad

Aug. 11, 2020 6:32 AM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A Democratic state legislator hoping to unseat a Republican congressman in central Arkansas launched her first television ad on Tuesday. State Sen. Joyce Elliott talks about her background as a schoolteacher and a lawmaker in the ad, which her campaign said it's spending more than...

Election officials wait for people to vote on the first day of the Senate elections inside a polling station in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020. Egyptians started voting on Tuesday for the Senate, the upper chamber of parliament that was revived as part of constitutional amendments approved in a referendum last year — an election that comes as the country faces an uptick in daily numbers of new coronavirus cases. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

Egyptians vote for revived upper house of parliament

Aug. 11, 2020 6:20 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptians started voting Tuesday for the Senate, the upper chamber of parliament that was revived as part of constitutional amendments approved in a referendum last year. The election comes as the country faces an uptick in coronavirus cases. Authorities have said face masks would be handed...

President Donald Trump talks with reporters before departing from Morristown Municipal Airport in Morristown, N.J., Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020. Trump was returning to Washington after spending the weekend at Trump National Golf Club. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Dems say Trump's payroll tax break weakens Social Security

Aug. 11, 2020 5:36 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s move to defer Social Security payroll taxes could be taking him into treacherous political territory. His directive — aimed at boosting an economy shaken by the coronavirus pandemic — doesn’t affect retirement benefits but impacts how...

FILE - In this Feb. 21, 2019, file photo, former Vice President Al Gore, left, founder of the Climate Reality Project, and the Rev. William Barber II, president of the Repairers of the Breach, visit Lowndes County resident Charlie Mae Holcombe to talk about the failing wastewater sanitation system at her home in Hayneville, Ala. An anti-poverty coalition led by Barber is scheduled to hold a virtual march Saturday. The Mass Poor People’s Assembly & Moral March on Washington aims to build upon the nation’s principles to pursue solutions to poverty — something advocates say is getting especially severe in rural areas. (AP Photo/Julie Bennett, File)

'Poor People's Campaign' eyes low-income voters in 13 states

Aug. 11, 2020 2:54 AM EDT

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — A coalition of religious leaders inspired by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s last organizing effort said Tuesday new data suggest low-income voters in key states could swing some U.S. Senate races. The Poor People’s Campaign said it’s using the data to...

Maine rep joins push for USDA to keep school meal waivers

Aug. 11, 2020 2:15 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The federal government must renew waivers for programs that increase access to school meals amid the coronavirus pandemic, Maine's Democratic congresswoman said. Rep Chellie Pingree joined more than 100 members of Congress in a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny...

In this June 9, 2020, photo, U.S. House District 14 candidate Marjorie Taylor Greene talks with attendees at her watch party on at the Courtyard by Mariott in Rome, Ga. (Olivia Morley/The Rome News-Tribune via AP)

2 conservative Georgia districts to pick GOP House nominees

Aug. 11, 2020 1:05 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Republicans in two conservative north Georgia districts will pick Republican nominees to Congress on Tuesday, among other races that voters will settle. In northwest Georgia’s 14th Congressional District, construction executive Marjorie Taylor Greene faces Rome neurosurgeon John...