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In some states, GOP sees the recall as its way back to power

Jul. 21, 2019 4:20 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Republicans frustrated by losing their grip on political power in some Western states have begun deploying a new weapon: the recall. Once reserved for targeting corrupt or inept elected officials, the recall has become part of the toolkit for Republicans seeking a do-over of election results....

Aide: Trump criticism of US not same as 4 Democrats' words

Jul. 21, 2019 3:24 PM EDT

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, N.J. (AP) — A top White House adviser on Sunday claimed there was a "huge difference" between Donald Trump's criticisms of America during the 2016 presidential campaign and the critiques by four Democratic congresswomen of color with whom Trump is feuding over the direction of the...

Mueller's testimony poses risk for Trump, but also Democrats

Jul. 20, 2019 6:59 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Robert Mueller's testimony before Congress will depend not so much on what he says, but that he's even saying it at all. For Democrats, the special counsel's appearance Wednesday creates a moment many have been waiting for: Mueller finally speaking out, piercing the public consciousness...

Virginia lawmakers spar on reported Trump visit to Jamestown

Jul. 20, 2019 4:41 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia lawmakers are sparring after a report that President Donald Trump will attend the 400th anniversary celebration of the first meeting of the state's legislative body in Jamestown. Democrats have threatened to boycott the event because they say Trump doesn't represent their...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump and Dems on an incendiary week

Jul. 20, 2019 8:07 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump attributed statements to a Democratic congresswoman that she didn't make as he set off an incendiary week of vilification with accusations that she and three other lawmakers of color hate America. The episode roiled the capital and excited Trump's North Carolina...

In reversal, Trump disavows criticism of chanting crowd

Jul. 20, 2019 7:51 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has reversed his previous criticisms of a North Carolina campaign crowd that chanted "send her back" about a Somali-born congresswoman. Trump on Friday defended the rally-goers as "patriots" while again questioning the loyalty of four Democratic lawmakers of color....

Campaigning from behind: Lower-tier 2020ers seek comeback

Jul. 20, 2019 7:39 AM EDT

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — As her campaign bus trundled along Interstate 80 toward the Michigan-Ohio border, Kirsten Gillibrand was offering wedding planning advice to one of her presidential campaign staffers who recently got engaged. The New York senator recommended a Christmas wedding, preferably on a...

Mueller Report might figure in suit against Trump campaign

Jul. 19, 2019 7:04 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A judge evaluating a lawsuit accusing President Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign of conspiring with Russia to win the election said Friday that he might consider the Mueller Report despite Democrats' objections. Lawyers for defendants including the president's son-in-law, Jared...

'Go back'? Omar and the squad are building strength at home

Jul. 19, 2019 6:11 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — President Donald Trump can tell Rep. Ilhan Omar to "go back" to Somalia all he wants. All indications suggest she's not going anywhere. Safely entrenched in liberal, urban districts, Omar and most of her fellow "squad" mates of progressive Democrats have been posting impressive...

2020 Dems grapple with how to pay for 'Medicare for All'

Jul. 19, 2019 1:10 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidates trying to appeal to progressive voters with a call for "Medicare for All" are wrestling with the thorny question of how to pay for such a dramatic overhaul of the U.S. health care system. Bernie Sanders, the chief proponent of Medicare for All, says such...