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This Jan. 28, 2020 photo shows the Tower theatre located in downtown Bend, Ore., where the population in the early 1990's was around 25,000 and leaned Republican. Demographic shifts are helping push the Republican Party into a nosedive along the West Coast. The last Republican presidential candidate that California went for was George H.W. Bush. For Oregon and Washington, it was Ronald Reagan. Now, Republicans in the three states are even struggling to hold seats in Congress, statehouses and city councils. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky)

Shifting demographics drive GOP nosedive on US West Coast

Feb. 26, 2020 3:30 PM EST

BEND, Ore. (AP) — In the early 1990s, the population of Bend was around 25,000 and leaned Republican. A lumber mill operated in the Oregon high-desert town along the banks of a scenic river. Today, the lumber mill is an REI outdoor recreation store. The population has quadrupled. And for the first time in...

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., arrives for a meeting with fellow Democrats on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Pelosi urges Democratic unity amid Sanders' campaign surge

Feb. 26, 2020 3:21 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday urged party unity amid Bernie Sanders' surge in the presidential race, even as House Democrats worry about a volatile election season that could put a self-described democratic socialist atop the ticket and threaten their majority. “I would hope...

President Donald Trump gestures as he walks offstage after speaking at a campaign rally, Friday, Feb. 21, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Campaign to open Trump community centers to woo black voters

Feb. 26, 2020 3:00 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Flush with cash, President Donald Trump's campaign is stepping up its outreach to black Americans as it tries to claw away support from the traditionally Democratic voting bloc ahead of November's general election. Trump's campaign is announcing Wednesday that it is opening 15...

FILE - In this  July 9, 2019 file photo, people wait in line to enter the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. On Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020, the federal appeals court said the winner-take-all system Texas uses to assign Electoral College presidential votes is constitutional. Wednesday's ruling is the latest defeat for organizations that say each state's electors should be chosen proportionally, based on the percentage of the statewide vote.  (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Court OKs Texas winner-take-all presidential elector system

Feb. 26, 2020 2:52 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The winner-take-all system Texas and 47 other states use to assign Electoral College presidential votes is constitutional, a federal appeals court said Wednesday. A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans unanimously upheld a lower court's dismissal of...

Romania's president nominates finance minister to head govt

Feb. 26, 2020 2:49 PM EST

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania's president has nominated the country's finance minister to be head of a new government. President Klaus Iohannis said Wednesday that he asked Finance Minister Florin Citu to form a new government and become prime minister. Romania's centrist, minority government was...

From left, Democratic presidential candidates,  Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., former Vice President Joe Biden, and Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., stand on stage before a Democratic presidential primary debate at the Gaillard Center, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020, in Charleston, S.C., co-hosted by CBS News and the Congressional Black Caucus Institute. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

The Latest: Sanders plans rally in Klobuchar's home state

Feb. 26, 2020 2:47 PM EST

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on the Democratic presidential primary contest (all times local): 2:45 p.m. After taking aim at 2020 rival Elizabeth Warren’s home state, Bernie Sanders is doing the same to Amy Klobuchar’s. The Vermont senator’s presidential campaign announced...

=Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during a Democratic presidential primary debate at the Gaillard Center, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020, in Charleston, S.C., co-hosted by CBS News and the Congressional Black Caucus Institute. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

On education, Sanders lauded for substance, knocked for cost

Feb. 26, 2020 2:22 PM EST

During the 2016 Democratic presidential race, when Bernie Sanders pushed making college free, it was seen as a radical idea from a fringe candidate. The Vermont senator has returned with the same idea in 2020. Only this time, it's helped propel him to the front of field. While his “Medicare for...

Louisiana governor: Judge should resign after racial slurs

Feb. 26, 2020 1:16 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards called Wednesday on a Louisiana judge to step down after she admitted to using racial slurs in angry text messages. The Democratic governor said the “state deserves better.” Edwards said in a statement that District Judge Jessie LeBlanc...

Retail group sees solid sales growth this year

Feb. 26, 2020 12:15 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The nation's largest retail trade group forecasts that retail sales should grow between 3.5% and 4.1% to more than $3.9 trillion this year despite uncertainty from the lingering trade war, the new virus and the presidential election. The forecast from the National Retail Federation,...

Biden nabs Clyburn endorsement before South Carolina primary

Feb. 26, 2020 12:12 PM EST

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn, the highest-ranking black member of Congress and the kingmaker of South Carolina's Democratic political orbit, on Wednesday endorsed Joe Biden's presidential campaign. The backing could provide a much-needed boost for the former vice president heading...