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Trump vs. Dems: 'Racist,' 'socialist' lines drawn for 2020

Jul. 17, 2019 9:43 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — With tweets and a vote, President Donald Trump and House Democrats established the sharp and emotionally raw contours of the 2020 election campaigns. In the process, they have created a fraught political frame: "racists" vs. "socialists." Trump's aggressive condemnation of women of color...

Alabama's Roy Moore lags in 2020 fundraising, Jones leads

Jul. 17, 2019 7:24 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Republican Roy Moore has raised less than $17,000 for his U.S. Senate race, according to quarterly campaign reports filed this week. The fundraising report covered only the opening few days of his campaign but show Moore is starting from a financial disadvantage in the...

House Democratss, GOP unite to repeal Obama health care tax

Jul. 17, 2019 7:15 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats and Republicans joined in a rare show of unity Wednesday, voting overwhelmingly to repeal an unpopular tax on generous health insurance that's a symbol of former President Barack Obama's signature health care law. The so-called "Cadillac tax" never went into effect, since...

GOP Sen. Rand Paul slows bill to boost 9/11 victims fund

Jul. 17, 2019 6:30 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Sen. Rand Paul on Wednesday blocked fast-track approval of a bipartisan bill that would ensure a victims' compensation fund related to the Sept. 11 attacks never runs out of money. Paul objected to a request by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., to approve the bill by unanimous...

Michigan court mulls legality of weaker wage, sick time laws

Jul. 17, 2019 5:21 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Republicans' maneuver to weaken voter-proposed laws to raise the minimum wage and require paid sick leave was "outright unconstitutional," a top appellate lawyer said Wednesday while urging the state Supreme Court to stand as a "last line of defense" against the unprecedented...

N Carolina justice says Democratic colleagues are 'AOCs'

Jul. 17, 2019 4:59 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina Supreme Court's only registered Republican called out the remaining six Democratic justices in a speech that marked an unusual open critique of the state's highest court from within. In a campaign address last weekend to Republicans, Associate Justice Paul Newby...

Vermont GOP governor criticizes Trump over 'racist' comments

Jul. 17, 2019 3:17 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's Republican governor said Wednesday that he found President Donald Trump's comments about four Democratic congresswomen of color racist and not befitting a world leader. Gov. Phil Scott was referring to recent comments by the president that have drawn a condemnation from the...

Legislator says law limiting state auditor is a 'mistake'

Jul. 17, 2019 1:24 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Republican lawmaker who backed a new law that requires the state auditor to get the North Dakota Legislature's approval for conducting performance audits said Wednesday he will introduce legislation next session to overturn it. Approval of the measure to clip the auditor's wings,...

Gardner had good news for Colorado. But Trump had tweets.

Jul. 17, 2019 9:20 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner had reeled in a big political fish. A major government agency, the Bureau of Land Management, was moving to his state and marking a victory years in the making for one of the Senate's most vulnerable Republicans. But Gardner's moment of triumph rolled out Monday...

Sanford mulls 2020 bid, but observers question his motives

Jul. 17, 2019 5:32 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Mark Sanford, the former South Carolina governor and congressman, floated the possibility on Tuesday that he would mount an uphill challenge to President Donald Trump for the Republican presidential nomination. His motivations were immediately greeted with skepticism from some...