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California Democratic Party won't endorse Dianne Feinstein

Feb. 25, 2018 4:09 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein failed to win the official endorsement of the California Democratic Party as she seeks her fifth term, another sign that the party is divided over how best to battle Republicans in Washington. Democratic activists were more eager to back her primary challenger,...

Critics target partisan gerrymandering with state reforms

Feb. 25, 2018 3:28 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Responding to complaints about partisan gerrymandering, a significant number of states this year are considering changing the criteria used to draw congressional and state legislative districts or shifting the task from elected officials to citizen commissions. The proposals,...

Germany's Merkel to put ambitious critic in new Cabinet

Feb. 25, 2018 1:15 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel named an ambitious young conservative Sunday as health minister in Germany's new government, signaling a desire to integrate critics as she embarks on her fourth term. Merkel had pledged to put fresh faces in her Cabinet after reaching a coalition deal this month with...

Q&A: What the battle of memos on FBI surveillance showed

Feb. 25, 2018 1:01 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the battle of the classified memos in the House Intelligence Committee, both sides have now had their say on whether the FBI and Justice Department acted inappropriately as they began investigating President Donald Trump's ties to Russia. A Democratic memo that was declassified...

Dems release Russia probe memo defending FBI surveillance

Feb. 25, 2018 10:31 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two weeks after President Donald Trump blocked its full release, the House Intelligence Committee published a partially blacked-out version of a classified Democratic memo aiming to counter a GOP narrative that the FBI and Justice Department conspired against Trump as they investigated...

2018 state ballots could seek revised redistricting criteria

Feb. 25, 2018 10:24 AM EST

A look at proposed redistricting initiatives that have been approved to appear on statewide ballots this year or for which supporters have collected signatures in an attempt to qualify them. Other proposals are earlier in the initiative process. OHIO Issue: Proposed constitutional amendment on May 8 ballot...

Text of declassified Dems memo about FBI's Russia probe

Feb. 25, 2018 12:33 AM EST

House Democrats on Saturday released a formerly classified memo regarding the early stages of the FBI's investigation into the Trump campaign and Russia. After weeks of discussions with the Justice Department, Democrats on the House intelligence committee released the memo that counters GOP allegations that the...

Text of declassified GOP memo targeting FBI's Russia probe

Feb. 25, 2018 12:28 AM EST

House Republicans released a formerly classified memo regarding the early stages of the FBI's investigation into the Trump campaign and Russia in early February. The four-page document, dated Jan. 18, 2018, was written by Republican members of the House intelligence committee under the subject line "Foreign...

California Democrats fail to narrow crowded US House races

Feb. 24, 2018 11:07 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — California Democrats struggled to narrow the field Saturday in several U.S. House races critical to the party's hope of taking back Congress in the midterm elections. None of the five candidates in the Orange County district currently held by retiring Republican Rep. Darrell Issa gained...

Congress releases redacted, declassified Democratic memo

Feb. 24, 2018 10:28 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two weeks after President Donald Trump blocked the full release of a classified Democratic memo, the House intelligence committee published a redacted version of the document that aims to counter a narrative that Republicans on the committee have promoted for months — that the FBI...