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Multiple 2020 Democrats say they won't attend AIPAC summit

Mar. 21, 2019 7:40 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Multiple Democratic presidential candidates said Thursday that they won't attend the American Israel Public Affairs Committee's annual conference in Washington next week. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, former U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke of Texas, Sen....

NTSB: Impaired truck driver likely cause of GOP train crash

Mar. 21, 2019 6:10 PM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A trash truck driver who had marijuana in his system likely caused a fatal collision last year with an Amtrak train that was carrying Republican lawmakers, federal investigators concluded Thursday. The National Transportation Safety Board's final report said the crash in rural Virginia...

AP: GOP won more seats in 2018 than suggested by vote share

Mar. 21, 2019 5:47 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Democrats won more votes, regained control of the U.S. House and flipped hundreds of seats in state legislatures during the 2018 elections. It was, by most accounts, a good year for the party. Yet it wasn't as bad as it could have been for Republicans. That's because they may...

Trump again knocks McCain as Republicans urge end to attacks

Mar. 21, 2019 5:25 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — More Republicans are urging President Donald Trump to halt his attacks on the late Sen. John McCain. But Trump is continuing to complain about the Arizona senator's health care vote seven months after McCain died of brain cancer. "I'm not a fan of John McCain," Trump said again Thursday...

The Latest: Democrats want to stop paying outside attorneys

Mar. 21, 2019 4:41 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on a judge blocking Wisconsin Republicans' lame-duck laws (all times local): 3:25 p.m. Democratic lawmakers are asking their Republican counterparts to stop paying outside attorneys representing the Legislature after a judge blocked the GOP's lame-duck laws. Republican...

Number of states using redistricting commissions growing

Mar. 21, 2019 4:04 PM EDT

In most places, state lawmakers and governors are responsible for drawing and approving maps for U.S. and state legislative districts following each U.S. Census. But a growing number of states are shifting the task to independent or bipartisan commissions, or making other changes intended to reduce the likelihood...

Movement toward less partisan political maps gains momentum

Mar. 21, 2019 3:45 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Frustrated by partisan gerrymandering, voters in a growing number of states have taken the pen and computer away from lawmakers who have traditionally drawn U.S. House and state legislative districts and instead entrusted that responsibility to others. In the past decade, eight...

GOP fundraiser pleads guilty to fraud, keeping donor money

Mar. 21, 2019 2:34 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A GOP fundraiser and former congressional candidate from Rhode Island has pleaded guilty to wire fraud and violating campaign law for using more than $1 million of the money he raised on himself, including for adult entertainment and escort services. H. Russell Taub pleaded guilty...

Poll: More Americans say too little spending on health

Mar. 21, 2019 12:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A growing majority of Americans want greater government spending on health care, and the increase is being driven by both Democrats and Republicans. That's according to new data from the General Social Survey, a widely respected trend survey that has been measuring views of government...

Gerrymandering lawsuits are pending in a dozen states

Mar. 21, 2019 9:38 AM EDT

Gerrymandering is on trial as the U.S. Supreme Court and judges in a dozen states consider whether mapmakers — typically state lawmakers — have gone too far in manipulating the boundaries of legislative districts for their own advantage. The high court is to hear arguments Tuesday on a pair of cases...