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Only black GOP woman in Congress running in Trump-wary Utah

Oct. 17, 2018 12:56 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The first black female Republican in Congress is facing a tough challenge from a well-known Democratic mayor in a largely suburban Utah district where many say they are wary of President Donald Trump. U.S. Rep. Mia Love has sought to create some distance from the president while...

More diverse Orange County, California, morphs from GOP past

Oct. 17, 2018 12:35 PM EDT

FULLERTON, Calif. (AP) — Pushy midday shoppers nose their carts through the Korean market, stocking up on bottled kimchi and seaweed spring rolls. A few doors away, customers grab pho to go at a Vietnamese takeout counter. Across the street, lunchtime diners line up for tacos "al pastor" —...

GOP on defense to explain pre-existing condition protections

Oct. 17, 2018 11:39 AM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — In ads and speeches, Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill is pounding Missouri voters with a single message: Her Republican challenger wants to end health insurance protections for people with pre-existing conditions. The Republican, Attorney General Josh Hawley, says it's not...

Democrats' not-so-secret plan to fight midterm malaise

Oct. 17, 2018 10:06 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — They're asking pastors to text their congregants about the importance of voting. They're connecting with thousands of Puerto Ricans displaced by Hurricane Maria. And they're relying on groups like the NAACP, which has tripled its spending from 2016 to energize black voters. Less than...

Trump tells AP he won't accept blame if GOP loses House

Oct. 17, 2018 9:01 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing the prospect of bruising electoral defeat in congressional elections, President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he won't accept the blame if his party loses control of the House in November, arguing his campaigning and endorsements have helped Republican candidates. In a...

A look at House candidates in Orange County, California

Oct. 17, 2018 8:46 AM EDT

FULLERTON, Calif. (AP) — The Democratic drive to take control of the U.S. House in November might rise or fall on the California coast. As part of its strategy, the party is targeting four Republican-held seats in Orange County, southeast of Los Angeles, which Hillary Clinton carried in the 2016...

Read the transcript of AP's interview with President Trump

Oct. 17, 2018 7:52 AM EDT

A transcript of an Oval Office interview Tuesday with President Donald Trump by AP White House reporters Catherine Lucey, Zeke Miller and Jonathan Lemire. "OFF THE RECORD" indicates where portions of the interview occurred that were not for publication. ___ President Donald Trump: How is the business of the news?...

America's most famous pimp, poised for elected office, dies

Oct. 17, 2018 2:37 AM EDT

PAHRUMP, Nev. (AP) — America's most famous pimp partied for days with porn stars, political pals and others to celebrate his 72nd birthday, but the revelry ended when Dennis Hof was found dead in one of his Nevada brothels. Hof, a Donald Trump-style Republican who won a GOP primary for a seat in the...

Read the transcript of AP's interview with President Trump

Oct. 17, 2018 12:03 AM EDT

A transcript of an Oval Office interview Tuesday with President Donald Trump by AP White House reporters Catherine Lucey, Zeke Miller and Jonathan Lemire. "OFF THE RECORD" indicates where portions of the interview occurred that were not for publication. ___ President Donald Trump: How is the business of the news?...

Trump tells AP he won't accept blame if GOP loses House

Oct. 16, 2018 11:23 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing the prospect of bruising electoral defeat in congressional elections, President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he won't accept the blame if his party loses control of the House in November, arguing his campaigning and endorsements have helped Republican candidates. In a...