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Republicans still waiting on Pompeo in Kansas Senate race

Aug. 16, 2019 2:56 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Even though U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has declared a Senate run to be "off the table" next year, many fellow Republicans in Washington and his home state of Kansas aren't buying it. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is among the GOP senators encouraging the former congressman to...

AP Interview: Puerto Rico governor to stay, fight corruption

Aug. 16, 2019 2:16 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — As a child, Puerto Rico's newest governor said she would stand on her balcony and hold imaginary trials, always finding the supposed defendants guilty. Now, after more than 32 years of public service as a district attorney and justice secretary, Wanda Vázquez finds herself...

Czech president nixes Cabinet nominee; move could fold govt

Aug. 14, 2019 12:37 PM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech president refused to appoint a candidate for a Cabinet post Wednesday, deepening a political crisis that could cause the country's coalition government to fall. Prime Minister Andrej Babis nominated the candidate to replace the culture minister he asked to have removed in May at the...

Pressure mounts on Hickenlooper, but Senate is no sure bet

Aug. 8, 2019 10:34 PM EDT

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — As his campaign cash dwindles and he continues to scrape the bottom in polls, pressure is mounting on former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper to trade in his faltering presidential bid for a U.S. Senate run in his home state. But the decision will not be an easy one for the...

Puerto Rico, with 3 governors in a week, considers a 4th

Aug. 8, 2019 7:43 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A day after Puerto Rico got its third governor in less than a week following angry street protests, top officials from new leader Wanda Vázquez's own party talked openly Thursday about their desire to see a fourth take over the position. Senate President Thomas Rivera...

Puerto Ricans get their 3rd governor in 6 days

Aug. 7, 2019 10:41 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Justice Secretary Wanda Vázquez became Puerto Rico's new governor Wednesday, just the second woman to hold the office, after weeks of political turmoil and hours after the island's Supreme Court declared Pedro Pierluisi's swearing-in a week ago unconstitutional....

Governor candidates reset for Mississippi GOP primary runoff

Aug. 7, 2019 7:10 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi second-term Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves fell short of the majority needed to win the Republican nomination for governor. Now facing a party primary runoff, Reeves says he will tell voters that he's the only conservative in the race. His rival in the Aug. 27 runoff is Bill Waller...

Anxious wait for Puerto Rico as court mulls governorship

Aug. 6, 2019 5:25 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Attorneys submitted arguments by a Tuesday noon deadline in what many consider the biggest decision in the 119-year history of Puerto Rico's Supreme Court: who will be the governor of the U.S. territory mired in political and economic turmoil. After a sustained protest movement...

Puerto Ricans await court decision on potential new governor

Aug. 5, 2019 6:02 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's Supreme Court on Monday agreed to rule on a lawsuit that the island's Senate filed in a bid to oust a veteran politician recently sworn in as the island's governor. The court gave all parties until Tuesday at noon to file all necessary paperwork, noting that no...

Sudanese protesters sign power-sharing deal with military

Aug. 4, 2019 11:04 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Sudan's pro-democracy movement signed a power-sharing agreement with the ruling military council on Sunday aimed at paving the way for a transition to civilian rule following the overthrow of President Omar al-Bashir in April. Representatives initialed a constitutional document that would...