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Sanders set to mount vigorous defense of 'Medicare for All'

Jul. 17, 2019 11:07 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bernie Sanders will vigorously defend his signature "Medicare for All" proposal on Wednesday and hit back at his critics who say his push amounts to both bad politics and bad policy. The Vermont senator also will pledge to reject campaign donations from health insurance and pharmaceutical...

House vote condemning Trump's tweets draws some GOP support

Jul. 17, 2019 10:38 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a remarkable political repudiation, the Democratic-led U.S. House voted to condemn President Donald Trump's "racist comments" against four congresswomen of color, despite protestations by Trump's Republican congressional allies and his own insistence he hasn't "a racist bone in my...

Sanford mulls 2020 bid, but observers question his motives

Jul. 17, 2019 5:32 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Mark Sanford, the former South Carolina governor and congressman, floated the possibility on Tuesday that he would mount an uphill challenge to President Donald Trump for the Republican presidential nomination. His motivations were immediately greeted with skepticism from some...

Biden plan seeks to boost rural America through investments

Jul. 16, 2019 8:48 PM EDT

MANNING, Iowa (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Tuesday sought to build on his appeal to rural voters with the release of a broad plan to revitalize rural America through investments in agriculture, rural economies and infrastructure. "We have to ensure we bring along everyone," the...

Florida Democrats complain of Trump 'ballot bias' in 2020

Jul. 16, 2019 7:34 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Still reeling from a string of high-profile razor-thin election losses in Florida, national Democrats are asking a federal judge to discard a longstanding state law that reserves the top slot of next year's presidential ballot for the party of the state's governor. Assuming he...

The Latest: House votes to condemn Trump tweets

Jul. 16, 2019 6:53 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's racist tweets about four Democratic lawmakers of color (all times local): p.m. The Democratic-led House has voted to condemn President Donald Trump's tweets telling four Democratic congresswomen of color to "go back" to their countries of origin....

In crowded 2020 Democratic field, a clear top tier emerges

Jul. 16, 2019 5:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — No votes have been cast in the Democratic presidential nominating contest, but the winnowing has begun. A distinct top tier of candidates is breaking away from the pack in early polling and fundraising, building distance between themselves and the rest of the bloated field. Although the...

Schumer on ending filibuster: 'Nothing's off the table'

Jul. 16, 2019 4:09 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer opened the door on Tuesday to ending the procedural rule that requires 60 votes to steer most bills through the chamber if Democrats take the Senate and White House in 2020 — a boon to presidential candidates and activists in his party who have...

O'Rourke's fundraising woes revive concerns about campaign

Jul. 16, 2019 1:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Beto O'Rourke stormed into the presidential race arguing his experience growing up along the southern border and a relatively moderate approach to politics would distinguish him in a crowded field. But four months into his campaign, other — previously unknown — candidates...

Joe Biden draws line against progressives on health care

Jul. 16, 2019 2:24 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Joe Biden is taking an aggressive approach to defending the Affordable Care Act, challenging not just President Donald Trump but also some of his rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination who want to replace the current insurance system with a fully government-run model. The...