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Democrats spending millions to try to take back statehouses

Aug. 20, 2019 10:54 AM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Democrats still shaken by the 2010 tea party wave that netted Republicans six governors' offices, flipped 21 statehouse chambers and drove nearly 700 Democratic state legislators from office are mounting a comeback, pouring millions of dollars into state level races. In a longtime...

No. 4 House Democrat issues call for impeachment inquiry

Aug. 19, 2019 4:04 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Ben Ray Luján on Monday became the highest-ranking Democrat in the House to call for an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump, saying it's time to hold him accountable. The New Mexico congressman, third in line behind House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and a 2020 candidate...

Romney says climate change happening, humans contribute

Aug. 19, 2019 3:47 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — U.S. Sen. Mitt Romney said Monday that he believes climate change is happening and human activity is a significant contributor. During a speech at the conservative Sutherland Institute in Salt Lake City, the senator acknowledged that the position is rare among his fellow Republicans,...

Suburban voters are pressuring Republicans to act on guns

Aug. 18, 2019 8:22 AM EDT

GILBERT, Ariz. (AP) — Following the news has grown stressful for Angela Tetschner, a 39-year-old nurse raising four children in this sprawling Phoenix suburb of tile roofs, desert yards, young families and voters who are increasingly up for grabs. "Sometimes I do think about the school shootings," said...

House speaker as US emissary: Pelosi emerges as force abroad

Aug. 17, 2019 5:02 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — There's an American leader whose words resonate on the global stage. Who draws attention in foreign capitals. Who carries a message from the United States by simply arriving. It's not just President Donald Trump. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is emerging as an alternative...

Sen. Markey faces 2 challengers; now some pushing for a 3rd

Aug. 17, 2019 11:53 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Some Massachusetts voters see Sen. Edward Markey as potentially vulnerable to a primary challenge, and one group is even trying to persuade U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy to run for his seat. Markey, a Democrat, has represented Massachusetts in Congress for decades — first in the House before...

Roy Moore defamation lawsuit against accusers is paused

Aug. 16, 2019 7:47 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A judge has paused a defamation suit filed by Roy Moore against women who accused him during his unsuccessful U.S. Senate bid of past misconduct. Circuit Judge Albert Johnson ruled last month case will be held on the administrative docket until a related defamation case against...

Pelosi: Gun action needed to ensure 'domestic tranquility'

Aug. 16, 2019 6:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Friday that the country's elected officials have a responsibility to "ensure domestic tranquility" and called on the Senate to return to work to vote on the House's bill bolstering background checks for gun purchases. In an interview with The Associated...

Trump allies push back on proposed foreign aid cut

Aug. 16, 2019 4:42 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two of President Donald Trump's strongest allies in Congress pushed back Friday on his administration's plans to slash some $4 billion in foreign aid that lawmakers have already approved. In a letter, Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Rep. Hal Rogers of Kentucky discouraged the...

Republicans still waiting on Pompeo in Kansas Senate race

Aug. 16, 2019 2:56 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Even though U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has declared a Senate run to be "off the table" next year, many fellow Republicans in Washington and his home state of Kansas aren't buying it. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is among the GOP senators encouraging the former congressman to...