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Sanders aims for strong showing in delegate-rich California

Mar. 22, 2019 12:26 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — By the time California's presidential primary election arrived in 2016, Bernie Sanders was a beaten man. This time around, everything has changed. The senator from Vermont was an insurgent outsider three years ago in a head-to-head race against Hillary Clinton, the former first lady,...

Alabama bill would allow tax refunds to fund border wall

Mar. 21, 2019 8:39 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabamians would be able to donate part of their state income tax refunds to help build a wall on the U.S. border with Mexico, according to a bill the state Senate advanced Thursday. Senators voted 23-6 Thursday to approve the bill that would allow residents to check a box on their...

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....

Marines cut training to fund hurricane costs, border mission

Mar. 21, 2019 7:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A number of unexpected costs, including major hurricane damage repairs and unplanned deployments to the U.S.-Mexico border, are forcing the Marine Corps to cancel training exercises and will degrade combat readiness, the top Marine general warned. Gen. Robert Neller said in a memo this...

Glance at what some state legislatures are doing on abortion

Mar. 21, 2019 7:34 PM EDT

Mississippi's governor signed into law one of the most restrictive abortion bans in the country on Thursday. The bill outlaws abortions after the heartbeat of a fetus can be detected, around roughly the sixth week of a pregnancy. The ban is set to take effect on July 1, but abortion-rights advocates have already...

Florida man pleads guilty to mailing bombs to Trump foes

Mar. 21, 2019 7:01 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A Florida man pleaded guilty Thursday to sending pipe bombs to CNN and prominent critics of President Donald Trump in a wave of attacks that harmed no one but spread fear of political violence across the U.S. for days leading up to last fall's midterm elections. Cesar Sayoc, 57, shackled at...

Rand Paul's $580,000 jury award upheld in Kentucky

Mar. 21, 2019 6:52 PM EDT

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky judge has denied a request for a new trial from a man who a jury said should pay more than $580,000 to U.S. Sen. Rand Paul for injuries Paul suffered when he was tackled by the man. The Daily News of Bowling Green reports Special Judge Tyler Gill rejected a motion...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump blames media for his McCain rant

Mar. 21, 2019 6:34 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is offering a distorted account of John McCain's actions in the Russia investigation and trying to blame the media for making him talk about the late senator, despite plain-as-day evidence that he's assailing McCain without any prodding. On a recent tear against...

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...

Waiting for the final Mueller report and what happens next

Mar. 21, 2019 2:48 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — America is waiting for special counsel Robert Mueller's report. But anyone looking for a grand narrative on President Donald Trump, Russian election interference and all the juicy details uncovered over the past 22 months could end up disappointed. The exact timing of Mueller's endgame is...