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New Democratic governors show shift on US charter schools

Dec. 6, 2018 2:22 PM EST

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was not on the ballot in the Michigan governor's race, but her legacy loomed over the campaign in her home state, which has the country's highest concentration of for-profit charter schools. Republican Bill Schuette, a DeVos ally and the state's attorney general, ultimately lost to...

George H.W. Bush's legacy on racial issues: It's complicated

Dec. 4, 2018 7:38 PM EST

George H.W. Bush got elected president after a campaign marked by the infamous Willie Horton ad, about a black murderer who raped a white woman while on a weekend furlough from prison. On the other side of the racial ledger, Bush appointed Gen. Colin Powell as the first black chairman of the Joint Chiefs of...

Sanders Institute gathering a pep rally for liberal ideas

Nov. 30, 2018 3:22 PM EST

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Supporters of U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders were in Burlington on Friday as part of a three-day pep rally for many of the policy issues, such as universal health care, protecting the environment and economic and criminal justice reform, that defined the Vermont independent during his 2016...

Nevada women score big election wins amid activism

Nov. 8, 2018 1:49 AM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A female political movement driven by backlash to President Donald Trump kicked off the year with a women's march in Nevada. Eleven months later, that activism helped women win key races across the state, including ousting an incumbent U.S. senator, electing a female-majority federal...

The Latest: Trump pauses speech as woman gets medical help

Nov. 5, 2018 11:43 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and midterm elections (all times local): 11:10 p.m. President Donald Trump says he's hoping a supporter will be fine after a medical incident at his final rally ahead of Tuesday's midterm election. Trump paused his stump speech for roughly five minutes...

Massachusetts could lead way in overturning Citizens United

Nov. 4, 2018 9:30 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Voters in Massachusetts could give an important boost to a movement seeking to amend the U.S. Constitution to restore some limits on corporations' political spending. Voters on Tuesday are being asked to create a special state commission charged with weighing potential constitutional...

The Latest: Trump hails Ind. Senate candidate as 'a fighter'

Nov. 2, 2018 8:24 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local): 8:20 p.m. President Donald Trump is delivering a ringing endorsement of Republican Senate candidate Mike Braun, who is running in a close race against Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly. Trump is praising Braun at a Friday night rally in...

Ex-Catalan leader launches movement to stay relevant

Oct. 27, 2018 3:19 PM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The former leader of Catalonia has launched a new political platform in hopes of maintaining his relevance in the region's secessionist movement from outside Spain, where he is wanted on rebellion charges. Carles Puigdemont intervened via video at Saturday's rally to mark the...

The Latest: Trump returns to old attack lines at NC rally

Oct. 26, 2018 8:28 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's rally in North Carolina (all times local): 8:15 p.m. President Donald Trump is back to his usual attack lines hours after police apprehended a person in connection with the mail-bomb scare targeting Democrats and CNN. Trump was pulling no...

Matthew Shepard, symbol for gay rights, laid to rest in DC

Oct. 26, 2018 6:09 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — After 20 years without a permanent resting place, the remains of Matthew Shepard, a 21-year-old college student whose brutal murder in 1998 has come to symbolize the plight of the LGBTQ community in America, were interred at the Washington National Cathedral on Friday. More than 2,000...