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In this Aug. 23, 2020, photo provided by Steve NeSmith, Scott Sauls, senior pastor at Christ Presbyterian Church, preaches to his congregation in Nashville, Tenn. (Steve NeSmith/Christ Presbyterian Church via AP)

Fraught election puts faith leaders through a political test

Oct. 27, 2020 12:07 PM EDT

Both President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden count endorsements from well-known faith leaders. But for clergy members who try to tackle thorny moral matters without overtly backing a candidate, the campaign has tested their ability to reconcile religious values and politics. That challenge comes...

Republican U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina speaks to supporters at a get-out-the-vote rally on Friday, Oct. 16, 2020, in North Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

In October, SC's Graham rakes in $1M per day for Senate race

Oct. 23, 2020 12:48 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham has continued to rake in campaign cash in the closing days of his bid for a fourth term, raising about $1 million a day for the first two weeks of October. On Friday, Graham’s campaign said it had raised nearly $15 million in the first half of the...

English flags and a Union flag fly above a souvenir stand opposite Britain's Parliament in London, Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. Britain’s foreign minister says there are only narrow differences remaining in trade talks between the U.K. and the European Union. But Dominic Raab insists the bloc must show more “flexibility” if it wants to make a deal.  (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

UK, EU inch toward more Brexit talks but hurdles remain

Oct. 19, 2020 12:59 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain and the European Union edged toward resuming their troubled trade talks on Monday, after the bloc's chief negotiator said he was ready to “intensify” negotiations on the legal text of an agreement. Britain's chief Brexit minister hailed that as evidence of significant...

FILE - In this Sunday, June 28, 2020 file photo, Senior Pastor Dr. Robert Jeffress addresses attendees before Vice President Mike Pence speaks at the Southern Baptist megachurch First Baptist Dallas during a Celebrate Freedom Rally in Dallas. Jeffress’ church is affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention, the nation’s largest Protestant denomination. Its leadership adopted a stringent anti-abortion stance nearly 40 years ago that remains in place. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Most US clergy avoid hellfire threats over abortion politics

Oct. 18, 2020 12:43 PM EDT

James Altman is a Roman Catholic priest in Wisconsin, little known outside his parish until a few weeks ago. Robert Jeffress is the high-profile pastor of a Baptist megachurch in Dallas. They have a message in common for members of their faiths: Voting for Democrats who support abortion rights is an evil...

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., listens during the confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Tom Williams/Pool via AP)

SC Dems file ethics complaint in Graham fundraising comments

Oct. 15, 2020 5:25 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Democrats have filed a formal complaint against U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham for making a campaign fundraising appeal while speaking with reporters on Capitol Hill following judicial confirmation hearings. On Thursday, the South Carolina Democratic Party said Graham...

FILE - In this Saturday, July 11, 2020 file photo, President John Magufuli speaks at the national congress of his ruling Chama cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party in Dodoma, Tanzania. Tanzanian authorities have intensified repression to muzzle the opposition, civil society and the news media ahead of elections on Oct. 28, where the incumbent President John Magufuli is seeking a second term, an international human rights group said Monday, Oct. 12, 2020. (AP Photo/File)

Tanzania intensifies repression ahead of polls, says report

Oct. 12, 2020 10:53 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Tanzanian authorities have intensified repression to muzzle the opposition, civil society and the news media ahead of elections on October 28, where the incumbent President John Magufuli is seeking a second term, an international human rights group said Monday. In recent months the...

Gardner on the offensive in crucial live, televised debate

Oct. 9, 2020 9:47 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Republican Sen. Cory Gardner remained on the attack in a crucial debate Friday night, the first one in the closely-watched Senate race that was televised live and coincided with ballots being shipped out to 4 million Colorado voters. Just as in previous debates, Gardner has spared nothing in...

FILE - In this April 3, 2019, file photo, Rep. Katie Hill, D-Calif., talks on Capitol Hill in Washington. The former US House Twitter account of ex-Rep. Hill was hacked Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020, purportedly by

'Former staff' claim abuse by ex-Rep. Hill in Twitter hack

Oct. 7, 2020 7:29 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An old government Twitter account for former California U.S. Rep. Katie Hill was hacked Wednesday, purportedly by “former staff” who criticized a planned movie about her life and accused Hill of workplace abuse. The California Democrat, who resigned in 2019 amid a House...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020 file photo, President Donald Trump throws hats to supporters after speaking at a campaign rally at Duluth International Airport in Duluth, Minn. Trump’s relentless cheerleading for the stock market, taking full credit for its gains, has been a hallmark of his presidency, through more than 150 tweets and soaring rhetoric at his rallies. Yet behind the bluster is a simple fact of which most voters are unaware: Trump barely has any of his own money in the stock market. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Wall Street cheerleader Trump has little invested himself

Oct. 7, 2020 11:45 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Even from the hospital, as his doctors were administering a mixture of drugs to battle the coronavirus, President Donald Trump couldn’t quite help himself. “STOCK MARKET UP BIG,” he blared in one tweet. “The Stock Market is getting ready to break its all time...

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate John Hickenlooper, who served two terms as Colorado's governor, speaks to supporters at a rally in front of the Pueblo Union Depot, Friday, Oct. 2, 2020, Pueblo, Colo. Hickenlooper will square off in debate with Republican incumbent Cory Gardner later Friday. (Zachery Allen/The Pueblo Chieftain via AP)

Candidates swap jabs on ethics, health care at Senate debate

Oct. 2, 2020 11:58 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Republican Sen. Cory Gardner and his Democratic challenger, former Gov. John Hickenlooper, sparred over ethics, health care and energy during the initial debate in Colorado's hard-fought U.S. Senate race. The two politicians are both veterans of the state's political scene and known for their...