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Leading Democrats gather for funeral of SC's Emily Clyburn

Sep. 22, 2019 8:08 PM EDT

WEST COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Leading congressional Democrats and some of the party's presidential contenders gathered Sunday for the funeral of Emily Clyburn, wife of House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn of South Carolina and prolific fundraiser in support of helping students attend the alma mater they shared....

Progressive group to spend $50M boosting Sun Belt turnout

Sep. 22, 2019 7:10 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — While many Democrats are focused on winning back several Rust Belt states that backed President Donald Trump in 2016, a progressive group plans to spend $50 million to make sure the party doesn't overlook opportunities in the Sun Belt. The group, Way to Win, will focus much of their...

Democrats blast latest Trump crisis. But what will they do?

Sep. 22, 2019 11:50 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A whistleblower's complaint over President Donald Trump's interactions with a foreign leader is testing the political and practical power Democrats can use against a Republican in the White House who so brazenly ignores protocol and presidential norms. Democrats were unanimous in their...

UAW strike puts Trump, GOP in political bind in key states

Sep. 22, 2019 4:50 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Democrats were quick to back working-class United Auto Workers in their strike against General Motors, delivering doughnuts and holding picket signs outside factories to show solidarity. It's a union they long have aligned with politically. There were no doughnuts from Republicans....

Steak, beer and politics: 2020 Democrats descend on Iowa

Sep. 21, 2019 10:34 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Democratic presidential candidates made a colorful and often loud pitch to Iowa Democrats at the Steak Fry fundraiser in Des Moines on Saturday as a new poll showed Elizabeth Warren and Joe Biden in a close race in the state. The event, a fundraiser for the Polk County Democratic...

Biden: Trump 'deserves' to be investigated over Ukraine call

Sep. 21, 2019 3:36 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump urged the new leader of Ukraine this summer to investigate the son of former Vice President Joe Biden, a person familiar with the matter said. Democrats condemned what they saw as a clear effort to damage a political rival, now at the center of an explosive...

Rep. Joe Kennedy formally announces US Senate campaign

Sep. 21, 2019 1:19 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III formally declared his candidacy for the U.S. Senate on Saturday, becoming the first member of the Kennedy political dynasty to run for the upper chamber of Congress from Massachusetts since Edward M. Kennedy in 1962. The Democrat spoke to supporters gathered in a...

Biden decries reports about Trump, Ukraine's president

Sep. 21, 2019 12:31 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden on Friday decried reports that President Donald Trump urged the president of Ukraine to look into his son's business dealings there. Biden said in a statement that if the reports are true, "Then there is truly no bottom to President Trump's willingness to...

Is America ready for gay president? Iowa casts first votes

Sep. 20, 2019 10:01 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The question posed to Pete Buttigieg — gay, married and running for president — came from a supporter at an Iowa campaign stop: What should he tell friends who say America isn't ready to elect a gay man as president? That prompted a woman in the crowd to object with an...

Trump, in call, urged Ukraine to investigate Biden's son

Sep. 20, 2019 8:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump urged the new leader of Ukraine this summer to investigate the son of former Vice President Joe Biden, a person familiar with the matter said Friday. Democrats condemned what they saw as a clear effort to damage a political rival, now at the heart of an explosive...