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AP FACT CHECK: Trump falsely says Mueller appointment biased

Mar. 21, 2019 8:07 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Seeking to discredit a highly anticipated report on the Russia investigation, President Donald Trump is attacking the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller by falsely claiming it was biased and conflicted. He suggested in remarks to reporters Wednesday that Mueller's appointment...

Hickenlooper says he'd suspend death penalty as president

Mar. 20, 2019 10:44 PM EDT

Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper says he would suspend the federal death penalty if elected president. Hickenlooper, who is running for the Democratic presidential nomination, made the pledge during a CNN town hall Wednesday night. As governor, Hickenlooper refused to execute a quadruple-murderer. He said...

Gillibrand 'open to improving' opioids bill after criticism

Mar. 20, 2019 8:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand says she's "open to improving" a Senate bill that would limit opioid prescriptions for acute pain. The senator from New York was addressing criticism she received last week when she tweeted that she and Republican Sen. Cory Gardner of...

Trump says Ohio workers 'better love me,' renews McCain feud

Mar. 20, 2019 6:57 PM EDT

LIMA, Ohio (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday brought his re-election campaign to Ohio — a state essential to his 2020 strategy — touring a military tank plant and telling many of its cheering workers: "You better love me. I kept this place open." Trump also used the visit to...

The Latest: Trump attends re-election fundraiser in Ohio

Mar. 20, 2019 6:38 PM EDT

LIMA, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's visit to Ohio (all times local): 6:30 p.m. President Donald Trump is attending a re-election campaign fundraiser in northeast Ohio. Trump is participating in a round-table event with supporters before delivering remarks at a reception Wednesday at...

Centrist or liberal? Beto O'Rourke's political splits

Mar. 20, 2019 6:18 PM EDT

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — At a packed eastern Iowa house party, a staffer for Democrat Beto O'Rourke's presidential campaign tried to clear enough space for the candidate to reach the kitchen, where he would need to climb a stepladder to address the crowd. "I need my lane," the staffer bellowed as he moved...

Political spending by Abrams' nonprofit could pose problems

Mar. 20, 2019 6:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a matter of months, Stacey Abrams has gone from losing the Georgia governor's race to being a heavily recruited Democratic star, urged to run for Senate and mentioned as a possible presidential contender. It's a dramatic rise often fueled by the promotional spending of Fair Fight...

2020 Democrats' new litmus test: Abolish Electoral College

Mar. 20, 2019 4:24 PM EDT

The Green New Deal and "Medicare for All" are old news. The hottest position in the Democratic presidential field this week is abolishing the Electoral College. Elizabeth Warren kicked things off at a CNN town hall Monday night when the Massachusetts senator drew enthusiastic applause by saying: "Every vote...

The Latest: Trump steps up attacks on late Sen. John McCain

Mar. 20, 2019 4:02 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Trump's attacks on the late Sen. John McCain (all times local): 4 p.m. President Donald Trump is escalating his attacks on the late Sen. John McCain, saying that he gave the longtime lawmaker "the kind of funeral he wanted" and "I didn't get a thank you." Trump went on a...

Beto O'Rourke making 1st trip to early-voting South Carolina

Mar. 20, 2019 2:34 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Democrat Beto O'Rourke is making the first visit of his presidential campaign to South Carolina, where he'll be able to test his message in front of a largely black electorate. O'Rourke's campaign tells The Associated Press that the Texan's two-day trip to the state begins Friday with...