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Minneapolis voters line up to vote a day ahead of Minnesota's Tuesday primary election on Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, at the Minneapolis Election and Voters Services offices. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Voters will judge Omar's mix of progressivism and celebrity

Aug. 10, 2020 11:51 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Rep. Ilhan Omar is about to learn whether voters in her Minneapolis-area congressional district support the mix of confrontational, anti-Trump progressivism and celebrity that she brings to the job. Omar, the first Somali American and one of the first two Muslim women elected to...

FILE - In this  June 1, 2020, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden bows his head in prayer as he visits Bethel AME Church in Wilmington, Del. Photos in a campaign ad for President Donald Trump show that former Vice President Biden is “alone, hiding, diminished.” The ad blurs details that show Biden is praying in a church.  The ad was tweeted by @TeamTrump on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Aug. 7, 2020 4:29 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ____ CLAIM: Photos in a campaign ad for President Donald Trump show that former Vice...

Cori Bush celebrates with campaign worker and fellow activist Mike Lhotak as she arrives at her campaign headquarters in Northwoods, Mo., on Wednesday, Aug.  5, 2020.  Bush pulled a stunning political upset, beating 20-year incumbent Rep. William Lacy Clay in Missouri’s 1st District Democratic primary. The district that covers St. Louis and north St. Louis County is overwhelmingly Democratic and Bush is heavily favored in November. (Robert Cohen/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)

Progressives say primary wins latest sign of momentum shift

Aug. 5, 2020 6:25 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Progressive Democrats celebrated two primary victories Wednesday, claiming the protests over George Floyd’s death and a renewed focus on racial and economic justice have given their candidates new momentum after some rough patches this year. Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib, a member of...

Fifth Congressional District candidate, Democrat Antone Melton-Meaux, answers questions during an interview in his Minneapolis office Wednesday, July 22, 2020. Melton-Meaux is giving Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar an unexpectedly strong, well-funded primary challenge in one of the country's most heavily Democratic congressional districts, which includes Minneapolis and some suburbs. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Omar, seeking 2nd term, is targeted for her celebrity

Aug. 2, 2020 10:09 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — As Democrat Antone Melton-Meaux meandered through racks of headscarves and clouds of spice and pepper, he carried a pointed message to the voters he courted at the city’s largest Somali market: I want to focus on the work, not being famous. There’s no missing the target of...

The Voice of America building, Monday, June 15, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Trump global media chief probes pro-Biden VOA content

Jul. 30, 2020 8:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of U.S.-funded global media has ordered an investigation into the posting of a video package featuring former Vice President Joe Biden on a Voice of America website and affiliated social media accounts. Agency for Global Media chief Michael Pack said Thursday his staff is...

In this image from video, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., speaks on the House floor, Thursday, July 23, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington.   Ocasio-Cortez's objections to a Republican lawmaker's verbal assault on her expanded Thursday as she and other Democrats took to the House floor to demand an end to a sexist culture of “accepting violence and violent language against women.”  Rep. Nydia Velázquez, D-N.Y., is seated right. (House Television via AP)

On House floor, Dem women call out abusive treatment by men

Jul. 23, 2020 5:55 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's outrage over a Republican lawmaker’s verbal assault broadened into an extraordinary moment on the House floor Thursday as she and other Democrats assailed a sexist culture of “accepting violence and violent language against women” whose...

FILE - In an Oct. 26, 2018, file photo, Rashida Tlaib, left, then-Democratic candidate for the Michigan's 13th Congressional District, and Brenda Jones speak during a rally in Detroit. Tlaib's approach to governing as an unapologetic fighter, taking aim at the status quo alongside three other first-term congresswomen of color who make up the

'Squad' member Tlaib may be vulnerable in tough primary

Jul. 23, 2020 7:56 AM EDT

Rep. Rashida Tlaib had been in Congress for a matter of hours when she was seen on video telling supporters that she and other Democrats were going to impeach President Donald Trump, using an expletive rather than Trump’s name. The room full of activists cheered, but some people back home — and in...

FILE - In this Jan. 31, 2020 file photo, Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., participates in a panel during a campaign event for Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., in Clive, Iowa. Several prominent Muslim American elected officials, including Omar, endorsed Joe Biden for president in a letter organized by Emgage Action ahead of an online summit that starts Monday, July 20 by the advocacy group and features the presumptive Democratic nominee.  (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

Biden urges Muslim Americans to help him defeat Trump

Jul. 20, 2020 5:37 PM EDT

Democrat Joe Biden urged Muslim Americans on Monday to join him in the fight to defeat President Donald Trump as he addressed an online summit hosted by the advocacy organization Emgage Action to mobilize Muslim voters ahead of the presidential election. “I want to earn your vote not just because...

President Donald Trump walks to his vehicle after arriving at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport for a fundraiser, Friday, July 10, 2020, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Storm clouds hang over Trump's attempted campaign reboot

Jul. 10, 2020 10:53 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Friday was supposed to be the day President Donald Trump's campaign reboot itself got a reboot. Instead, it hit another snag. Amid uncertainty over whether he can still draw big and enthusiastic crowds to his signature rallies in the coronavirus era, Trump postponed a planned Saturday rally in...

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Review: A timely portrait in ‘John Lewis: Good Trouble’

Jun. 30, 2020 3:04 PM EDT

Getting into “good trouble” is a guiding principle for John Lewis. It's not only OK, but necessary to enact and inspire meaningful change. And it’s not just rhetoric, either. The 80-year-old congressman has the receipts to prove it. He has been arrested 45 times, five of which happened while...