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Kansas' new Democratic governor vetoes GOP tax relief bill

Mar. 25, 2019 3:20 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' new Democratic governor on Monday vetoed a tax relief bill approved by the Republican-controlled Legislature, arguing it would repeat an infamous fiscal experiment that failed under a GOP predecessor. Gov. Laura Kelly signaled for weeks that she would reject Republican leaders'...

'Medicare for All' stirs up divisive issues for 2020 Dems

Mar. 25, 2019 11:42 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The "Medicare for All" legislation that's become a clarion call for progressives has two little-noticed provisions that could make it more politically perilous for 2020 Democratic presidential candidates. The bill from White House hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders, along with a similar measure...

The Latest: O'Rourke gives a nod to Sanders

Mar. 24, 2019 12:17 AM EDT

The Latest on the 2020 campaign season (all times Eastern): 11:50 p.m. Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke says he's glad Bernie Sanders is also running and that the country "owes so much" to the Vermont senator for his persistence and leadership to move the country closer to embracing universal...

Centrist or liberal? Beto O'Rourke's political splits

Mar. 20, 2019 6:18 PM EDT

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — At a packed eastern Iowa house party, a staffer for Democrat Beto O'Rourke's presidential campaign tried to clear enough space for the candidate to reach the kitchen, where he would need to climb a stepladder to address the crowd. "I need my lane," the staffer bellowed as he moved...

Lawyers for Tennessee lawmakers, feds clash in refugee case

Mar. 19, 2019 4:52 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Attorneys for Tennessee lawmakers and the U.S. government clashed Tuesday in a hearing over the federal government's refugee resettlement program. A 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals three-judge panel in Cincinnati heard the oral arguments as attorneys for the Republican-led...

Takeaways from Beto O'Rourke's presidential launch

Mar. 18, 2019 2:02 PM EDT

NORTH LIBERTY, Iowa (AP) — After weeks of hype, former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke swung through Iowa for the first time and strode into the presidential race to larger crowds and more media attention than most others in the already crowded 2020 Democratic field. Until recently, O'Rourke was a little-known El...

Group with consumer-friendly vibe pushes drugmakers' message

Mar. 18, 2019 9:54 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — As ominous music plays in the background, the narrator of a radio ad warns that a Trump administration proposal to apply international pricing to certain Medicare drugs would be a nightmare for seniors. The one-minute spot is the handiwork of the Alliance for Patient Access, a nonprofit...

No dental insurance? Discount plans can provide savings

Mar. 13, 2019 8:15 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — No dental insurance? You're not alone. Roughly 1 in 4 Americans don't have dental coverage, according to industry figures. Employers are by far the biggest provider of dental benefits in the U.S., accounting for nearly half of all enrollees, followed by the government's Medicaid plan for...

Auburn suspends hoops assistant amid bribery allegations

Mar. 13, 2019 6:16 PM EDT

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Auburn has suspended assistant men's basketball coach Ira Bowman indefinitely amid allegations that he was involved in a bribery scheme during his time at the University of Pennsylvania. The university sent a statement Wednesday announcing the suspension, saying "we continue to gather...

Trump's cuts to Medicare hospital payments trigger an outcry

Mar. 12, 2019 4:08 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are accusing President Donald Trump of going back on his campaign promise to protect Medicare after he introduced a 2020 budget that calls for steep cuts in Medicare payments to hospitals. The budget embodies long-standing Republican ambitions "to make Medicare wither on the...