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Harris, Warren compete for support from black female voters

Nov. 9, 2019 8:29 AM EST

Kamala Harris got a much needed boost this past week when the California senator picked up the endorsement of Higher Heights, the country's largest political organization aimed at electing black women. But Elizabeth Warren would not be outdone. A day after Harris' announcement, the Massachusetts senator won the...

First lady visits cuddling program for babies born on drugs

Nov. 6, 2019 5:13 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — First lady Melania Trump visited a Boston hospital Wednesday that uses cuddling to help infants born dependent on drugs or alcohol. The first lady met with caregivers and administrators at Boston Medical Center and told them she's "very focused" on their pioneering work with babies born with...

Pressley breaks with 'The Squad,' backs Warren for president

Nov. 6, 2019 2:12 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic Rep. Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts is endorsing home-state Sen. Elizabeth Warren's presidential campaign — breaking with other members of "The Squad," who backed Bernie Sanders. Three other freshman women of color, Reps. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Alexandria...

Rep. Pressley in no rush to endorse in Democratic primary

Nov. 4, 2019 6:22 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Democratic U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley says she's being courted by top party candidates for president for her endorsement. But unlike her fellow members of the "squad" — four Democratic freshmen female representatives of color who have been sharp critics of President Donald Trump...

Katie Hill blames scandal, resignation on 'double standard'

Oct. 31, 2019 4:49 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — California freshman congresswoman Katie Hill bid a defiant farewell to the House on Thursday, suggesting a double standard forced her resignation amid a messy divorce, "gutter" politics and nude photos made public. Leaving her apartment, she said, for the first time since the photos were...

Top Trump official regrets immigrant medical relief decision

Oct. 30, 2019 4:33 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A top federal immigration official said Wednesday that he takes responsibility for and regrets how the Trump administration's now rescinded decision to stop considering requests from immigrants seeking to defer deportation for medical treatment and other hardships played out. Acting U.S....

Kennedy mystique could factor into Massachusetts Senate race

Sep. 20, 2019 6:05 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — When Edward M. Kennedy was running for the U.S. Senate for the first time in 1962, his Democratic primary opponent turned to him during a debate and said if his last name was Moore — Kennedy's middle name — his "candidacy would be a joke." Fortunately for Kennedy, he shared a...

Feds reverse decision ending immigrant medical relief

Sep. 19, 2019 7:04 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The Trump administration reversed its decision Thursday to stop considering requests from immigrants seeking to defer deportation for medical treatment and other hardships, following weeks of public outcry and a congressional inquiry into the decision. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration...