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Trump help for Cruz could spell new twist for odd couple

Aug. 17, 2018 10:33 AM EDT

TEMPLE, Texas (AP) — Gary Malcik wore a Trump T-shirt as he waited in a long, post-rally line to pose for pictures with Ted Cruz. It was a far cry from the waning weeks of the 2016 GOP presidential primary, when Donald Trump supporters repeatedly heckled the Texas senator at campaign events, and from that...

Next mission for women with military service: Run for office

Aug. 17, 2018 8:34 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A dragon winds around a cherry tree in the tattoo across MJ Hegar's arm and back, over the shrapnel wounds she had, at one point, not wanted to see with her young children around. But nine years after being shot down in Afghanistan, then winning a lawsuit against the federal government,...

10 Things to Know for Today

Aug. 17, 2018 7:16 AM EDT

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. WHO INSPIRED WOMEN TO GET "RESPECT" Aretha Franklin didn't see herself as a feminist heroine, but many women felt empowered by the message in some of her most famous anthems. 2. WHO IS REBUKING TRUMP FOR...

After stumbles, Trump and McConnell forge bond for midterms

Aug. 17, 2018 12:43 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — As the Senate convened for a rare August work period, the late-summer session serves as a reminder of how much has changed in the partnership between Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and President Donald Trump. This time last year, the two men were barely on speaking terms. Trump...

Libertarian Gary Johnson throws US Senate race in chaos

Aug. 16, 2018 8:02 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Former Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson said in seeking to make history and capture a U.S. Senate seat in New Mexico he'll have to give up a few of his favorite activities: marathon biking rides, hanging out in his northern New Mexico "dream" home and tuning out news...

GOP candidate runs for multiple offices to preserve spots

Aug. 16, 2018 7:48 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A perennial political candidate secured the Republican nomination to run for at least five offices, including the U.S. House, in a strategy to preserve all but one of the slots for other GOP prospects in the largely Democratic state. In Tuesday's primary, H. Brooke Paige, a...

Nonprofit objects to remarks by Blackburn consultant

Aug. 16, 2018 5:32 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A left-leaning Tennessee nonprofit has objected to comments by a paid political consultant to U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn's Senate campaign, claiming the remarks signal illegal coordination with outside political groups. Tennessee Citizen Action says it has sent a formal complaint to...

GOP divide emerges over Trump's Space Force

Aug. 16, 2018 3:15 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two House Republican leaders are backing President Donald Trump's proposed Space Force, but key Republicans in the Senate aren't sold on the idea, setting up a debate over establishing and paying for a new branch of the military. Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California told The...

Big question for Wisconsin Senate race focuses on megadonor

Aug. 16, 2018 3:08 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A week after accusing a billionaire donor of attempting to buy a Wisconsin U.S. Senate seat, Republican nominee Leah Vukmir is now hoping to persuade the same Illinois businessman to open his wallet for her campaign against Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin. Vukmir's change of heart comes...

The Latest: US Senate affirms the press is 'not the enemy'

Aug. 16, 2018 2:08 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on U.S. newsrooms coordinating a series of editorials speaking up for a free press (all times local): 2:05 p.m. The Senate has unanimously approved a resolution affirming that "the press is not the enemy of the people." The resolution Thursday offered by Democratic Sen. Brian...