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GOP plays blame game while fighting to save House majority

Oct. 15, 2018 8:21 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Republicans have begun to concede defeat in the evolving fight to preserve the House majority. The party's candidates may not go quietly, but from the Arizona mountains to suburban Denver to the cornfields of Iowa, the GOP's most powerful players this midterm season are actively shifting...

Democratic candidates focus on health care as midterms near

Oct. 15, 2018 12:27 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — In a windowless conference room, Republican Senate candidate Martha McSally was asking executives at a small crane manufacturing company how the GOP tax cut has helped their business when one woman said: "I want to ask you a question about health care." Marylea Evans recounted how, decades...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's tall tale on 'record' judges, income

Oct. 15, 2018 12:14 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is exaggerating his record when it comes to federal judges and the economy. With midterm elections three weeks away, he is claiming a "record" 84 judges confirmed to the federal bench and suggests he will fill 50 percent of the seats in the judiciary. It's not a...

Keeping it real: Democrats push candidates to be authentic

Oct. 15, 2018 12:08 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Beto O'Rourke's response to a question during a Houston town hall meeting this past summer lasted only four minutes. But for some Democrats it said everything. It was authentic. In an exchange that quickly went viral, the Democrat congressman and Senate hopeful was asked whether he found...

Trump touts good relations with 'sort of a Democrat' Mattis

Oct. 14, 2018 8:02 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he has a "very good relationship" with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis even though he thinks the Pentagon chief is "sort of a Democrat." Asked during a "60 Minutes" interview airing Sunday whether Mattis will step down, Trump says Mattis hasn't told him that. But...

Trump on rally blitz as he tries to stave off Dem gains

Oct. 14, 2018 6:15 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump gazes out over his rally crowd and looses a stream of insults with a theatrical flourish and playful grin. He jabs at Cory Booker the "disaster" mayor, Elizabeth Warren the "Pocahontas" pretender and "sleepy" Joe Biden. "I want to be careful," Trump tells the crowd,...

Missouri Republican Hawley decries Democrats' 'mob behavior'

Oct. 14, 2018 3:50 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Republican Senate candidate Josh Hawley is taking a cue from President Donald Trump and decrying what he describes as "mob behavior" by Democrats. Hawley made his comments on NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday. Trump and Senate Republicans have been warning about what they say...

GOP pins hopes for keeping Ryan's Wisconsin seat on Ryan 2.0

Oct. 14, 2018 2:49 PM EDT

JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) — Ironworker Randy Bryce spent months gearing up to try to unseat House Speaker Paul Ryan in November's election, cleverly cultivating an "Iron Stache" persona for a candidacy that was as colorful as it was unlikely. Then Ryan decided to retire , transforming a faint upset hope into a...

New strategy: Democrats go all-in on health care in midterms

Oct. 14, 2018 1:57 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — In a windowless conference room, Republican Senate candidate Martha McSally was asking executives at a small crane manufacturing company how the GOP tax cut has helped their business when one woman said: "I want to ask you a question about health care." Marylea Evans recounted how, decades...

North Dakota Democrat Heitkamp scrambles to catch Cramer

Oct. 14, 2018 12:51 PM EDT

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Heidi Heitkamp squeezed dozens of hands and posed for pictures with college students at North Dakota State University recently, bubbling with characteristic exuberance that belied the Democratic senator's uncertain future. "I want everybody to just do something for me," Heitkamp said,...