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FILE - In this May 28, 2020, file photo, mail-in primary election ballots are processed at the Chester County Voter Services office in West Chester, Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf's top election official said Friday, Aug. 14, that the administration had to take action after receiving a blunt warning from the U.S. Postal Service that it may be unable to deliver some mail-in ballots in the November presidential election by the deadline in state law. That warning precipitated Thursday night's filing in the state Supreme Court asking for an order to extend the deadline for mail-in ballots to be received in the Nov. 3 election when Pennsylvania will be a premier presidential battleground. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Postal Service warns states across US about mail voting

Aug. 14, 2020 10:21 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Postal Service is warning states coast to coast that it cannot guarantee all ballots cast by mail for the November election will arrive in time to be counted, even if mailed by state deadlines, raising the possibility that millions of voters could be disenfranchised. Voters and...

FILE - In this July 21, 2020 file photo, Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Chad Wolf, speaks during a news conference in Washington. A congressional watchdog agency has found that the top two Trump administration officials in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security were improperly appointed to the posts under federal law. The Government Accountability Office says acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf and acting deputy Ken Cuccinelli are ineligible to run the agency under the Vacancy Reform Act. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Watchdog: Homeland Security officials were wrongly appointed

Aug. 14, 2020 8:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The two most senior officials in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security were improperly appointed to the posts under federal law by the Trump administration, a nonpartisan congressional watchdog said Friday. The Government Accountability Office says acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf and...

FILE - In this Nov. 3, 1999 file photo, Robert Trump, left, joins then real estate developer and presidential hopeful Donald Trump at an event in New York. President Donald Trump's younger brother, Robert Trump, has been hospitalized in New York, according to the White House.  The president is expected to visit his 72-year-old brother at a hospital in Manhattan on Friday.  (AP Photo/Diane Bonadreff, File)

Trump visits brother, Robert, at New York hospital

Aug. 14, 2020 4:47 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday paid a visit to his younger brother, Robert Trump, at the New York hospital where he has been hospitalized. The president entered New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center in Manhattan wearing a face mask on Friday afternoon. “I hope...

President Donald Trump speaks at a news conference in the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Trump gives credence to false, racist Harris conspiracy

Aug. 14, 2020 12:25 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday gave credence to a false and racist conspiracy theory about Kamala Harris’ eligibility to be vice president, fueling an online misinformation campaign that parallels the one he used to power his rise into politics. Asked about the matter at the...

President Donald Trump speaks at a news conference in the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Trump gives credence to false, racist Harris theory

Aug. 14, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday gave credence to a false and racist conspiracy theory about Kamala Harris’ eligibility to be vice president, fueling an online misinformation campaign that parallels the one he used to power his rise into politics. Asked about the matter at the...

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Both sides play the blame game as virus relief talks stall

Aug. 13, 2020 7:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — With talks on emergency coronavirus aid having stalled out, both sides played the blame game Thursday rather than make any serious moves to try to break their stalemate. Official Washington is emptying, national politics is consuming the airwaves and the chasm between the warring sides...

Frank Sensabaugh, also known as Frank Nitty, who is the leader of Black Lives Matter group, is released from the jail, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. He was marching from Milwaukee, Wis., to Washington, D.C., when he was arrested along with two other group leaders on same day near Warsaw, Indiana. (AP Photo/Times Union- Amanda Bridgman)

3 Milwaukee residents headed to DC event arrested in Indiana

Aug. 13, 2020 12:35 PM EDT

WARSAW, Ind. (AP) — Three men who are members of a Milwaukee group that's marching to the nation's capital for a national commemoration of the 1963 civil rights March on Washington were arrested in northern Indiana after police said they were blocking traffic on a highway. Frank David Sensabaugh, 30, Eric...

President Donald Trump calls for questions during a news conference in the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Radical or moderate? Trump paints Democratic ticket as both

Aug. 12, 2020 8:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — An overzealous prosecutor trying to hide her crime-fighting past — who is also weak on crime. The most radical pick for vice president ever — but too moderate to energize progressive Democrats. President Donald Trump's campaign is struggling to define California Sen. Kamala...

White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, right, accompanied by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, left, speaks to reporters following a meeting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif. and Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer of N.Y. as they continue to negotiate a coronavirus relief package on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Can Trump aide Meadows move from deal breaker to deal-maker?

Aug. 12, 2020 7:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mark Meadows dropped to a knee in then-Speaker John Boehner's office, the still-new congressman apologizing for joining those trying to oust the Republican leader. Two years later, Meadows did it anyway, leading the House Freedom Caucus' push for Boehner's departure in 2015. Now, as...

President Donald Trump listens during an event called

For Americans waiting on virus aid, no new relief in sight

Aug. 12, 2020 6:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans counting on emergency coronavirus aid from Washington may have to wait until fall. Negotiations over a new virus relief package have all but ended, with the White House and congressional leaders far apart on the size, scope and approach for shoring up households, re-opening...