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GOP Sen. Rand Paul slows bill to boost 9/11 victims fund

Jul. 17, 2019 6:30 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Sen. Rand Paul on Wednesday blocked fast-track approval of a bipartisan bill that would ensure a victims' compensation fund related to the Sept. 11 attacks never runs out of money. Paul objected to a request by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., to approve the bill by unanimous...

In crowded 2020 Democratic field, a clear top tier emerges

Jul. 16, 2019 5:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — No votes have been cast in the Democratic presidential nominating contest, but the winnowing has begun. A distinct top tier of candidates is breaking away from the pack in early polling and fundraising, building distance between themselves and the rest of the bloated field. Although the...

O'Rourke raises just $3.6M, a big drop from last quarter

Jul. 16, 2019 12:13 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Beto O'Rourke raised just $3.6 million in the second quarter, a dramatic drop that places him among a growing group of Democratic presidential hopefuls who are struggling to raise the cash needed for a credible White House run. The former Texas congressman entered the race with a glowing...

The Latest: O'Rourke's fundraising plunges in 2nd quarter

Jul. 15, 2019 9:34 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on second quarter fundraising totals (all times local): 9:35 p.m. Beto O'Rourke raised just $3.6 million for his presidential campaign in the second quarter, a dramatic drop in fundraising that underscores his campaign's struggle to gain traction. The former Texas congressman...

Dem infighting on race spills into 2020 presidential contest

Jul. 13, 2019 12:50 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The highly public rift between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and a clutch of freshmen congresswomen led by Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez has spilled into the 2020 Democratic presidential contest. The intramural conflict is threatening to overshadow President Donald Trump's history of...

Trump defends Acosta but will look 'closely' at Epstein deal

Jul. 10, 2019 10:26 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he'll be looking "very closely" at Labor Secretary Alex Acosta's handling of a sex trafficking case involving now-jailed billionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein. But he also seemed to stand by his Cabinet official, praising Acosta's performance on the job and...

Who's in, who's out: Meet the Dems running for president

Jul. 9, 2019 5:15 PM EDT

Tom Steyer ruled out a 2020 presidential bid earlier this year. Now he's changed his mind. The billionaire investor and activist announced Tuesday that he would join the crowded Democratic primary for the White House after all, saying his campaign will focus on reducing the influence of corporations in politics....

Who's in, who's out: Meet the Dems running for president

Jul. 8, 2019 5:11 PM EDT

Rep. Eric Swalwell of California on Monday became the first Democrat to exit the 2020 presidential race. The four-term congressman's White House effort never progressed significantly with voters in the crowded Democratic primary. Swalwell had earlier signaled that he would consider bowing out if he was in danger...

A matter of faith: Democrats embrace religion in campaign

Jul. 7, 2019 6:09 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — When 10 Democratic presidential candidates were pressed on immigration policy during their recent debate, Pete Buttigieg took his answer in an unexpected direction: He turned the question into a matter of faith. Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, accused Republicans who claim to...

The Maddow question: Should commentators moderate debates?

Jul. 3, 2019 4:57 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — During her turn as moderator in last week's Democratic primary debate, Rachel Maddow briefly scuffled with Bernie Sanders and, with Pete Buttigieg, induced the campaign rarity of a politician admitting to a failure. But she didn't put to rest the issue of whether NBC News was wise to...