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Democrats gear up for more digital spending in 2020

Nov. 17, 2018 11:51 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — One of the largest outside Democratic groups says ramped-up spending on digital advertising played a key role in midterm battleground races, offering a lesson for potential presidential contenders in 2020. "You're going to have to have an organization that speaks directly to voters on...

Trump says written responses go to Mueller team next week

Nov. 17, 2018 8:40 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he "very easily" answered written questions from special counsel Robert Mueller, though he speculated that the questions had been "tricked up" to try to catch him in a lie. "They're all done," Trump told reporters at the White House early Saturday before...

Trump says he 'very easily' answered Mueller questions

Nov. 16, 2018 10:23 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Friday he had "very easily" answered written questions from special counsel Robert Mueller, though he speculated that the questions had been "tricked up" to try to catch him in a lie. He said he hadn't submitted his answers to investigators yet. "You have to...

Dem's lobbying work draws GOP ire in Mississippi Senate race

Nov. 16, 2018 8:06 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Republicans in Mississippi's intensifying U.S. Senate race are slamming Democrat Mike Espy's lobbying work for an African leader who was later deposed and charged with crimes against humanity. Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith and a GOP campaign group have launched ads questioning...

German far right party leader defends questioned donations

Nov. 16, 2018 7:01 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A leading German far-right politician defended herself Friday against suggestions she might have knowingly accepted illegal campaign donations. "I resolutely reject the allegations," Alice Weidel, co-head of the anti-immigration Alternative for Germany, said in a statement before a meeting of...

Senate lets Bahrain weapon sale proceed; Yemen unease grows

Nov. 15, 2018 6:29 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate rejected an effort Thursday to block $300 million in weapon sales to Bahrain, but there's growing unease in Congress about the U.S. role supporting the Saudi Arabia-led coalition's military campaign in Yemen. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., forced the vote to send a message to President...

After midterms, Democratic hopefuls eye early-voting states

Nov. 14, 2018 5:56 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Democrats pondering 2020 presidential bids in the aftermath of the midterm elections are pivoting from campaigning for other candidates across the country to refocusing on their own efforts, including moves in early-voting states like South Carolina. On Friday, former Massachusetts...

German prosecutors seek to lift immunity of far-right leader

Nov. 14, 2018 5:27 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — German prosecutors said Wednesday they are seeking to lift the parliamentary immunity of a prominent far-right politician as part of a probe into potentially illegal campaign donations. Prosecutors in the southern city of Konstanz want to investigate Alice Weidel, who is co-leader of the...

Democrats eye US Senate seat in Republican-led Mississippi

Nov. 13, 2018 8:29 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — National Democrats are focusing on Mississippi's U.S. Senate runoff, a year after winning a longshot contest in another Deep South state dominated by Republicans. Democrat Doug Jones defeated Roy Moore in Alabama last December after Moore was hit by accusations of sexual misconduct....

Indiana attorney general gets national post amid allegations

Nov. 13, 2018 7:48 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill has been named vice chairman of the national Republican Attorneys General Association even as he resists calls from the state's GOP governor and legislative leaders to resign over allegations that he drunkenly groped a lawmaker and three legislative...