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President Donald Trump speak at a campaign rally, Friday Feb. 28, 2020, in North Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

The Latest: Trump polls rally crowd on who's easier to beat

Feb. 28, 2020 8:22 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on the Democratic presidential primary contest (all times local): 8:20 p.m. President Donald Trump has asked the crowd at his rally in South Carolina whether Bernie Sanders or Joe Biden would make a better Democratic opponent for him. Trump held the rally in North...

FILE - In this Dec. 9, 2019, file photo, Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, during the House impeachment inquiry hearings in Washington. Trump has nominated Ratcliffe again to be nation's top intelligence official, (Doug Mills/The New York Times via AP, Pool)

Trump picks Ratcliffe as top intelligence official, again

Feb. 28, 2020 7:42 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday picked Rep. John Ratcliffe again to be the nation's top intelligence official, just months after abruptly ending an earlier effort to install him amid bipartisan criticism that the Texas Republican was unqualified for the post. Trump's decision meant that...

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo testifies during a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, about the Trump administration's policies on Iran, Iraq and the use of force. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Dems joust with Pompeo at hearing, the 1st since impeachment

Feb. 28, 2020 6:42 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo defended the Trump administration's response to the spreading coronavirus but also faced contentious questions Friday from Democrats about the basis for an airstrike that killed Iran's most powerful general and whether the attack had put American security at...

FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2020, file photo Attorney General William Barr speaks to reporters at the Justice Department in Washington. The House Judiciary Committee is launching a wide-ranging probe of Attorney General William Barr and the Justice Department, demanding briefings, documents and interviews with 15 officials about whether there has been improper political interference in federal law enforcement. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Dems launch Justice probe, seek Stone-related interviews

Feb. 28, 2020 5:55 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Judiciary Committee is launching a wide-ranging probe of Attorney General William Barr and the Justice Department, demanding briefings, documents and interviews with 15 officials as it tries to determine whether there has been improper political interference in federal law...

Attorney General William Barr speaks at the International Association of Chiefs of Police Officer Safety and Wellness Symposium on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, in Miami. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

FBI surveillance tools at risk amid bipartisan opposition

Feb. 28, 2020 4:47 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Surveillance authorities used by the FBI to fight terrorism are in danger of lapsing next month as both Democrats and Republicans concerned about government overreach negotiate possible reforms. Liberal Democrats and conservative Republicans want to overhaul the surveillance powers to...

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., displays an advocacy ad that criticizes the tobacco and vaping industry for allegedly targeting young African-Americans, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020. The House is voting on a measure to reverse the tobacco epidemic among young people. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

House approves bill to ban the sale of flavored e-cigarettes

Feb. 28, 2020 2:36 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Moving to stem a vaping epidemic among young people, the House approved a bill Friday to ban the sale of flavored e-cigarettes and other flavored tobacco products. The bill would place new restrictions on the marketing of e-cigarettes and ban flavors in tobacco products, including menthol...

In this Feb. 26, 2020 photo, President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in the Brady press briefing room of the White House in Washington.  In a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, Trump appears unharmed by his impeachment and subsequent Senate acquittal _ in fact he received some of the highest marks of his presidency, though ratings remain more negative than positive. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

AP-NORC poll: Impeachment didn't dent Trump approval

Feb. 28, 2020 1:09 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Do Americans trust anyone or anything in public life these days? Even after impeachment, ahead of the elections and amid the coronavirus, some do, according to a new survey. President Donald Trump appears unharmed by his impeachment and subsequent Senate acquittal — in fact he...

Del. Joseph Lindsey, D-Norfolk, Chairman of the House Privileges and Elections, committee listens to debate on the redistricting bill during the committee meeting at the Capitol Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, in Richmond, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Northam signals last-minute involvement in redistricting row

Feb. 28, 2020 12:13 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam may float an alternative redistricting plan as his fellow Democrats remain divided over how best to draw new congressional and legislative maps next year. With only a week left to this year's legislative session, the governor's office announced Friday that...

Fight by 2 Republicans for Georgia Senate seat unnerves GOP

Feb. 28, 2020 10:23 AM EST

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — A Republican congressman's decision to challenge freshly appointed Sen. Kelly Loeffler is pitting two visions of the GOP's future against each other. So far, it's divided voters and been anything but polite. Loeffler, 49, is a wealthy businesswoman and political newcomer who filled a...

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a campaign event, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020, in Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

White House hopefuls target Trump on coronavirus response

Feb. 28, 2020 6:33 AM EST

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Democratic White House hopefuls are seizing on President Donald Trump’s delayed response to the coronavirus outbreak, calling it the latest evidence of his incompetence and warning that the crisis may only deepen as a result. But some experts and Democrats warn that the...