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Democrats avoid abuse allegations against party leader

Aug. 15, 2018 7:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the Democratic Party insisted Wednesday that allegations of domestic abuse against his second-in-command would not hurt his party ahead of this fall's midterm elections. Yet four days after the first public accusation of physical and emotional abuse emerged against Minnesota...

Onetime teen mom, now a teacher, wins US House primary

Aug. 15, 2018 12:09 AM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A onetime teen mother who became a celebrated teacher defeated a veteran politician Tuesday in the Democratic primary for a U.S. House seat currently held by Rep. Elizabeth Esty, who didn't seek re-election amid criticism of her mishandling of a sexual harassment case in her office....

The Latest: Radinovich wins Minnesota Democrat House primary

Aug. 14, 2018 11:23 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on primaries in Connecticut, Minnesota, Vermont and Wisconsin (all times local): 11:20 p.m. Former state Rep. Joe Radinovich has won a crowded Democratic primary to replace retiring U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan in a northeastern Minnesota swing district. Radinovich defeated Rep. Jason...

Judge jails congressional candidate through election for DUI

Aug. 14, 2018 6:32 PM EDT

A Georgia congressional candidate convicted of drunken driving was ordered by a judge Tuesday to spend the next six months in jail — a sentence that would keep the candidate locked up long past Election Day. It was unclear what would become of Democrat Steven Foster's campaign after he was sentenced by a...

Lavish court spending in poor West Virginia triggers scandal

Aug. 14, 2018 5:41 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A $42,000 antique desk. A $32,000 blue suede sectional sofa. A $7,500 inlaid wooden floor map of West Virginia's 55 counties. A scandal involving lavish office renovations and other financial abuses by the highest court in one of the poorest states in America has triggered an...

Lawmakers urged to update ethics law to combat harassment

Aug. 14, 2018 4:33 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky lawmakers were urged by an ethics commission on Tuesday to strengthen their legislative ethics law to fill a void in the fight against sexual harassment surfacing at the state Capitol. The issue caused upheaval during this year's legislative session. The state's Legislative...

What to Watch: Minn., Wis. primaries test loyalty to Trump

Aug. 14, 2018 11:41 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans who once criticized President Donald Trump are now fighting each other for his support. Minnesota faces a #metoo moment. And Democrats weigh whether to send the "Iron Stache" to Congress. What to watch as voters in four states — Minnesota, Wisconsin, Vermont and...

Argentina's Fernandez denies charges in corruption case

Aug. 13, 2018 6:22 PM EDT

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Former President Cristina Fernandez on Monday denied any wrongdoing following recent accusations that she was responsible for a corruption scheme involving public works contracts that has ensnared many of Argentina's former officials and business elite. Fernandez appeared...

In wake of critical book, Trump calls Omarosa 'a lowlife'

Aug. 11, 2018 6:44 PM EDT

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump has one word to describe former White House staffer and fellow reality-TV star Omarosa Manigault Newman: "Lowlife." Manigault Newman claims in an upcoming book, "Unhinged," that Trump used racial slurs on the set of his reality show "The Apprentice." She also...

In Iowa, Stormy Daniels' lawyer says Democrats must fight

Aug. 10, 2018 11:11 PM EDT

CLEAR LAKE, Iowa (AP) — Michael Avenatti, the self-styled provocateur taking on the president for porn actress Stormy Daniels, told Iowa Democrats on Friday that the party needs a bare-knuckle fighter to take back the White House. It's a role he is considering filling himself. In a political scene...