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FILE - In this March 19, 2020, file photo Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, talks with reporters following a Republican policy lunch on Capitol Hill in Washington. Murkowski acknowledged Thursday, June 4, that she’s “struggling” over whether she can support President Donald Trump given his handling of the virus and race crises shaking the United States. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

GOP's Murkowski says she's struggling with supporting Trump

Jun. 4, 2020 2:04 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Alaska Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski acknowledged Thursday that she’s “struggling” over whether she can support President Donald Trump given his handling of the virus and race crises shaking the United States. Murkowski, long a critic of the president's, told...

FILE - In this Nov. 14, 2018, file photo, then-Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., speaks with reporters at the Capitol in Washington. Republicans are facing a reckoning as they contend with some divisive candidates during the country's struggle through civic unrest. “He’s driving away moderate Republicans and independents en masse,” Flake, who retired last year after clashing with Trump, said in an interview Wednesday, June 3, 2020. “For Republicans who need to appeal to a broader base, it’s devastating.” (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

GOP reckons with polarizing candidates amid civil unrest

Jun. 4, 2020 10:23 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican Party is facing a reckoning over some of its most divisive candidates. So far the results are mixed, and that's dicey for the GOP as a country shuddering from coast-to-coast civic unrest hurtles toward November elections. Republican leaders looking to broaden the party's...

Former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is sworn in before a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, June 3, 2020. (Jim Lo Scalzo/Pool via AP)

Rosenstein says he wouldn't approve Russia warrant now

Jun. 3, 2020 9:17 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein told lawmakers Wednesday that he would not have approved an FBI surveillance application for a former Trump campaign aide during the Russia investigation had he known at the time about the problems that have since been revealed. Rosenstein's...

FILE - In this May 3, 2020, file photo, light shines from inside the U.S. Capitol dome at dusk on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Senate passes fix for small-business coronavirus relief

Jun. 3, 2020 8:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Wednesday passed legislation to make it easier for businesses struggling during the coronavirus pandemic to take advantage of a payroll subsidy program that's been a central part of Washington's response to the corresponding economic crisis. The Senate passed the bill by...

FILE - In this Friday, April 17, 2020, file photo, Gov. J.B. Pritzker speaks during a news conference at the Thompson Center in Chicago. Democratic governors say they want a bipartisan statement from all governors opposing President Donald Trump's threatened deployment of the U.S. military to quell unrest stemming from protests over the death of George Floyd. (Tyler LaRiviere/Chicago Sun-Times via AP, File)

Democratic governors to GOP counterparts: oppose deployment

Jun. 3, 2020 8:37 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Democratic governors on Wednesday called on their Republican counterparts to join them in opposing President Donald Trump's threatened deployment of the U.S. military to quell bouts of violence that have arisen from protests over the death of George Floyd. Several Democratic governors...

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at a news conference at Universal Studios Wednesday, June 3, 2020, in Orlando, Fla. The Universal Studios theme park reopened today for season pass holders and will open to the general public on Friday. Bars and theme parks will be part of Florida's Phase 2 reopening after closure due to the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

States jockey to host Trump as he accepts GOP nomination

Jun. 3, 2020 7:33 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Several states are vying to host President Donald Trump when he accepts his party’s nomination later this year, after Trump officially pulled the plug on North Carolina because of the state's concerns over the coronavirus. Nashville, Tennessee, and several cities in Florida are...

FILE - In this Aug. 23, 2019, file photo, Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, speaks during a news conference in Des Moines, Iowa. King is on the outs with a significant bloc of his long-reliable conservative base, but not for almost two decades of incendiary utterances about abortion, immigrants and Islam. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

Iowa Rep. King's defeat marks moment of unity for GOP, Dems

Jun. 3, 2020 7:11 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The longer Steve King served in Congress, building up a repertoire of racist rhetoric and nativist sentiments, the more he unwittingly became a unifying force in American politics. Republicans and Democrats alike were glad to see him go Tuesday, defeated in a GOP primary after nine...

President Donald Trump walks past police in Lafayette Park after he visited outside St. John's Church across from the White House Monday, June 1, 2020, in Washington. Part of the church was set on fire during protests on Sunday night. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Trump photo op, talk of military force amp up GOP challenge

Jun. 3, 2020 7:08 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The mumbling and dodging this week by Republicans came straight from the GOP playbook that helped the party endure President Donald Trump’s cringe-inducing choices. But when Trump was caught bragging of sexual assault and seeking political help from Ukraine, the country was...

FILE - In this June 1, 2020, file photo President Donald Trump departs the White House to visit outside St. John's Church in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Trump won't be in Charlotte, but RNC may still hold events

Jun. 3, 2020 6:07 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Republican National Committee unveiled plans on Wednesday to proceed with certain convention activities in Charlotte, even though President Donald Trump will deliver his nomination acceptance speech somewhere else. The move comes in response to growing concerns from Gov. Roy...

Editorial Roundup: US

Jun. 3, 2020 5:28 PM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ June 3 The Charlotte Observer on President Donald Trump moving the Republican National Convention because North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper won’t commit to relaxing strict social distancing regulations: For those who’ve long wanted...