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Trump praises Montana congressman who body-slammed reporter

Oct. 19, 2018 9:37 AM EDT

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — President Donald Trump praised a Republican congressman for body-slamming a reporter last year, calling him a "tough cookie" and saying he thinks it might have helped him win election in Montana. At a campaign rally in Missoula Thursday, Trump lauded Rep. Greg Gianforte, who pleaded...

Judges pick expert to help in redistricting of Virginia

Oct. 19, 2018 8:19 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Federal judges have appointed a special expert to help redraw Virginia's state legislative districts for future elections. A three-judge panel appointed Bernard Grofman, an economics and political science professor at the University of California, Irvine, on Thursday. The judges...

AP FACT CHECK: Missouri debate claims cite Trump, wages

Oct. 19, 2018 8:08 AM EDT

Party control of the U.S. Senate could hinge on Missouri in the midterm elections, where incumbent Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill is locked in a tight race with first-time challenger Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley. McCaskill, is a longtime Missouri politician who's seeking her third Senate term. Hawley...

Booker gets a warm welcome from South Carolina Democrats

Oct. 19, 2018 1:51 AM EDT

ORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP) — Cory Booker had hundreds of Democratic activists nodding, applauding and eventually roaring — complete with a sermon-style call-and-response — as he entertained the Orangeburg County party barbecue to put the exclamation point on his first day in South Carolina as a...

Trump says without evidence that Dems are behind 'caravan'

Oct. 19, 2018 1:47 AM EDT

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — President Donald Trump is suggesting without evidence that Democrats or their allies are supporting a "caravan" of Central American migrants who are traveling north aiming to enter the United States. Addressing thousands of supporters at a campaign rally in Montana Thursday, Trump...

Texas' O'Rourke tells national audience he'd impeach Trump

Oct. 19, 2018 12:04 AM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Democratic Senate hopeful Beto O'Rourke told a national television audience Thursday night that he'd vote to impeach President Donald Trump and believes Texas can lead the way to a national embracing of relaxed immigration policies and gun control — unapologetically liberal...

Hawley tries to paint McCaskill as too liberal for Missouri

Oct. 18, 2018 11:45 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Republican candidate Josh Hawley used a Thursday debate to try to paint Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill as too liberal for the increasingly red state of Missouri, while McCaskill continued to hammer her challenger over his positions on health care. The candidates'...

Booker stirs South Carolina Democrats in pre-midterm debut

Oct. 18, 2018 11:03 PM EDT

ORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP) — Cory Booker had hundreds of Democratic activists nodding, applauding and eventually roaring — complete with a sermon-style call-and-response — as he entertained the Orangeburg County party barbecue to put the exclamation point on his first day in South Carolina as a...

Trump says without evidence that Dems are behind 'caravan'

Oct. 18, 2018 10:25 PM EDT

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — President Donald Trump suggested without evidence Thursday that Democrats or their allies are supporting a "caravan" of Central American migrants who are traveling north aiming to enter the United States. Addressing thousands of supporters at a campaign rally in Montana, Trump said...

The Latest: Trump: Tester 'viciously' went after VA nominee

Oct. 18, 2018 9:53 PM EDT

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump on the campaign trail (all times local): 7:50 p.m. President Donald Trump is accusing Democratic Sen. Jon Tester of Montana of viciously attacking Adm. Ronny Jackson, a former White House doctor whom the president had tapped to be secretary of...