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Reid machine keeps humming in Nevada, even in his retirement

Nov. 18, 2018 12:11 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Harry Reid may no longer lead Senate Democrats in Washington, but the political machine he built in Nevada has Republicans on the run. Democrats romped up and down the state in the Nov. 6 midterm elections, ousting Republican Sen. Dean Heller, winning races for governor and lieutenant...

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...

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...

Pelosi unfazed as unhappy Dems claim votes to block her rise

Nov. 14, 2018 8:02 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — As a steadfast Rep. Nancy Pelosi all but dared potential rivals for the gavel to come forward, a group of restive House Democrats vowed Wednesday to produce enough votes to block her from becoming the House's new speaker. For two days now, disgruntled Democrats have claimed they have 17...

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...

Only on AP: Bloomberg charts aggressive timeline on 2020 bid

Nov. 13, 2018 4:36 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Having spent a fortune to help elect Democrats this fall, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg declared lifetime allegiance to the Democratic Party on Tuesday and outlined an aggressive timeline for deciding whether to run for president. "I think January, February would be about as...

Why wait? Democrats openly flirt with 2020 White House bids

Nov. 13, 2018 5:30 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the days after the midterm election, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker worked the phones with Democratic luminaries in Iowa. Montana Gov. Steve Bullock courted high-dollar donors in New York. Other Democrats openly mused about their White House ambitions on live television. Motivated by an...