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A protester opposed to the Senate's race to confirm Amy Coney Barrett is removed by police after chaining themselves to a railing and holding a sign while sitting atop the statue Contemplation of Justice, at the Supreme Court building in Washington, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Senate votes to advance Barrett; confirmation expected Mon

Oct. 25, 2020 7:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans voted overwhelmingly Sunday to advance Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett toward final confirmation despite Democratic objections, just over a week before the presidential election. Barrett's confirmation on Monday was hardly in doubt, with majority Republicans...

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a campaign event at Dallas High School in Dallas, Pa., Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

AP Explains: Trump pushes questions about Joe Biden's son

Oct. 25, 2020 6:13 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Looking to undermine Democratic rival Joe Biden, President Donald Trump’s campaign is pushing a familiar line of attack: unverified allegations about Biden's son and his foreign business ties. But reporting in the New York Post, and the emergence of a man who says he worked with...

Vice President Mike Pence speaks to supporters Saturday Oct. 24, 2020 in Tallahassee, Fla. Battleground Florida was again a central focus of the presidential campaign Saturday as President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and former President Barack Obama all had high-profile events in the state. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon)

The Latest: Pence to be in Minnesota on Monday after all

Oct. 25, 2020 5:33 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the presidential campaign (all times local): 5:35 p.m. Vice President Mike Pence will be campaigning in Minnesota after all on Monday, after a text message from the Trump-Pence campaign indicated the two would be together in Allentown, Pennsylvania. The vice...

Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss., speaks during a hearing with the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. (Anna Moneymaker/New York Times, Pool via AP)

Analysis: Mississippi US Senate race draws outside attention

Oct. 25, 2020 5:00 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Democratic challenger Mike Espy and Republican incumbent Cindy Hyde-Smith are both receiving help from out-of-state politicians as they compete for a U.S. Senate seat in Mississippi. Hyde-Smith defeated Espy in a 2018 special election runoff, and now he's trying to reverse that...

David Karnes, Omaha civic leader, briefly U.S. senator, dies

Oct. 25, 2020 4:58 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — David Karnes, an Omaha civic leader who was briefly a U.S. senator, has died at the age of 71. Karnes died Sunday of cancer in Boston, where he was undergoing a clinical trial, The Omaha World-Herald reported. In March 1987, then-Gov. Kay Orr shocked Nebraska Republicans by appointing...

Harris County election workers Jose Vasquez, left, and Romanique Tillman prepare mail-in ballots to be sent out at election headquarters Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Eyes turn to Texas as early voting surge surpasses 2016

Oct. 25, 2020 4:41 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas has already cast nearly 7 million votes, more than anywhere in America, and Glen Murdoch couldn’t get his ballot in fast enough after becoming a U.S. citizen this summer. “I was champing at the bit,” said Murdoch, who moved to Austin from Australia shortly...

FILE - In this Oct. 16, 2015 file photo, Jonathan Hunt, vice president of Monarch America, Inc., shows a marijuana plant while giving a tour of the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe's marijuana growing facility, in Flandreau, S.D. Voters in four states could embrace broad legal marijuana sales on Election Day, setting the stage for a watershed year for the industry that could snowball into neighboring states as well as reshape policy on Capitol Hill. The Nov. 3, 2020, contests will take place in markedly different regions of the country, New Jersey, Arizona, South Dakota and Montana and approval of the proposals would highlight how public acceptance of cannabis is cutting across geography, demographics and the nation's deep political divide. (Joe Ahlquist/The Argus Leader via AP, File)

Election could stoke US marijuana market, sway Congress

Oct. 25, 2020 11:10 AM EDT

Voters in four states from different regions of the country could embrace broad legal marijuana sales on Election Day, and a sweep would highlight how public acceptance of cannabis is cutting across geography, demographics and the nation’s deep political divide. The Nov. 3 contests in New Jersey, Arizona,...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020 file photo, transgender activist Sarah McBride, who hopes to win a seat in the Delaware Senate, campaigns at the Claymont Boys & Girls Club in Claymont, Del. McBride, who has long-standing ties to Delaware’s best-known political family, says, “I am very aware of the stark contrast between the president we could have (Biden) and the president we now have. ... There has never been a moment in the fight for trans equality with such potential and at the same time such risk.” (AP Photo/Jason Minto)

For transgender activists, election stokes hopes and fears

Oct. 25, 2020 11:06 AM EDT

Among transgender-rights activists, there’s a powerful mix of hope and fear heading toward the Nov. 3 election. They’re yearning for President Donald Trump’s defeat but dreading the possibility that his administration might win four more years and continue targeting them with hostile...

FILE - In this March 12, 2019, file photo, Rhode Island Democrat Speaker of the House Nicholas Mattiello gavels open a late afternoon session of the legislature at the State House in Providence, R.I. Mattiello is seeking for re-election in the state's 15th legislative district in the Nov. 3, 2020, election. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

RI's House speaker in tight race in pro-Trump district

Oct. 25, 2020 9:57 AM EDT

CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) — Could a big political upset potentially be brewing in the littlest state? Democratic House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello — one of Rhode Island's most powerful politicians — is in a tight race as he campaigns to hang on to his legislative seat in a district that backed...

Harris County election workers Jose Vasquez, left, and Romanique Tillman prepare mail-in ballots to be sent out at election headquarters Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Eyes turn to Texas as early voting surge surpasses 2016

Oct. 24, 2020 7:03 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas has already cast nearly 7 million votes, more than anywhere in America, and Glen Murdoch couldn’t get his ballot in fast enough after becoming a U.S. citizen this summer. “I was champing at the bit,” said Murdoch, who moved to Austin from Australia shortly...