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FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2020 photo, a protester carries a Proud Boys banner, symbol of a right-wing group, while other members start to unfurl a large U.S. flag in front of the Oregon State Capitol in Salem, Ore. President Donald Trump didn't condemn white supremacist groups and their role in violence in some American cities this summer. Instead, he said the violence is a “left-wing

Trump Proud Boys remark echoes Charlottesville

Oct. 1, 2020 12:57 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday tried to walk back his refusal to outright condemn a far right fascist group during his debate with Democrat Joe Biden, but the inflammatory moment was far from the first time the president has failed to denounce white supremacists or has advanced...

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, makes a brief comment as he leaves the Capitol, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, in Washington. Mnuchin earlier met with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Pelosi and Mnuchin have 'extensive' talks on COVID relief

Sep. 30, 2020 8:37 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin held an “extensive conversation" Wednesday on a huge COVID-19 rescue package, meeting face to face for the first time in more than a month in a last-ditch effort to seal a tentative accord on an additional round of...

FILE - In this Sept. 8, 2020 photo, voting booths are kept socially distant at the Chesterfield, N.H. polling site. Democrats and Republicans are involved in hundreds of lawsuits across the country relating to the upcoming election. The lawsuits concern the core fundamentals of the American voting process, including how ballots are cast and counted.(Kristopher Radder/The Brattleboro Reformer via AP)

Voting lawsuits pile up across US as election approaches

Sep. 30, 2020 6:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — They've been fighting in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania over the cutoff date for counting mailed ballots, and in North Carolina over witness requirements. Ohio is grappling with drop boxes for ballots as Texas faces a court challenge over extra days of early voting. Measuring the anxiety over...

FILE - In this July 13, 2019, file photo, fans watch the racing sausages during a baseball game between the Milwaukee Brewers and the San Francisco Giants in Milwaukee. The chairman of the Wisconsin Republican Party, Andrew Hitt, is warning Milwaukee's chief elections official that it would be illegal for any Milwaukee Bucks or Brewers players or mascots to participate in early voting events planned at their stadiums in the days leading up to the election. Milwaukee plans to allow for in-person absentee voting at Miller Park and Fiserv Forum between Oct. 20 and Nov. 1.  (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)

Republicans don't want Bucks, Brewers at early voting sites

Sep. 30, 2020 5:45 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The chairman of the Wisconsin Republican Party warned Milwaukee's chief elections official that it would be illegal for any Milwaukee Bucks or Brewers players or mascots, including the Brewers' famous racing sausages, to participate in early voting events planned at their stadiums in...

Former FBI director James Comey testifies via videoconference during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, to examine the FBI

GOP lawmakers grill Comey on leadership of Russia probe

Sep. 30, 2020 5:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican lawmakers on Wednesday confronted former FBI Director James Comey about his oversight of the Trump-Russia investigation during a politically charged hearing that focused attention on problems with the probe that have become a rallying cry for President Donald Trump's...

FILE - In this Feb. 24, 2019, file photo, President Donald Trump greets Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, left, at the podium at the Governors' Ball in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington. A federal judge in Montana on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, has rejected an effort by the campaign of President Donald Trump and Republican groups to block Montana counties from holding mostly-by-mail elections this November, saying the campaign's claim that the election may fall prey to widespread voter fraud is

Judge rejects Trump challenge to Montana's mailed ballots

Sep. 30, 2020 5:09 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge in Montana on Wednesday rejected an effort by President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign and Republican Party groups to block Montana counties from holding the general election mostly by mail, saying claims that such a system could be marred by widespread...

Editorial Roundup: US

Sep. 30, 2020 3:49 PM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ Sept. 30 The San Francisco Chronicle on the presidential debate: Americans should be saddened, if not angered, by the distressingly unhinged debate between President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday night. Some of the blame...

Employees load vote-by-mail ballots into a truck for transport to a local U.S. Postal Service office at the Broward Supervisor of Elections Office, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, in Lauderhill, Fla. Florida Democrats are building a substantial lead in mail-in ballot requests for November's presidential election, but questions remain about whether that will be a significant advantage for Joe Biden as he tries to wrest the nation's largest swing state from President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Florida Democrats post wide lead in mail-in ballot requests

Sep. 30, 2020 3:24 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — No state looms larger in the fight for the White House than Florida, where a loss by President Donald Trump would almost certainly block his path to reelection. With just over a month until Election Day, Democrats are encouraged by a substantial lead in requests for mail-in...

A look at some of the voting-related lawsuits across the US

Sep. 30, 2020 3:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hundreds of lawsuits about voting have been filed ahead of the November election. The cases concern the fundamentals of the American balloting process, including how ballots are cast and counted. Here's a look at some of the top lawsuits in battleground states: NORTH CAROLINA: The Trump...

FILE - In this July 17, 2004, file photo, former GOP National Campaign Chairman Marc Racicot speaks at a news conference for a Bush-Cheney campaign event in Seattle. The former Montana governor and Republican National Committee chair said on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, he will vote for Democrat Joe Biden in the November election, citing character flaws in President Donald Trump. Racicot, 72, served two terms as governor after being elected in 1992 and again 1996, and was RNC chairman in 2002 and 2003. (AP Photo/Jim Bryant, File)

Former Montana GOP governor Marc Racicot voting for Biden

Sep. 30, 2020 3:05 PM EDT

BILLINGS Mont. (AP) — A former Montana governor and Republican National Committee chair said he will vote for Democrat Joe Biden in the November election, citing character flaws in President Donald Trump. Marc Racicot made the statement during an interview Tuesday on Yellowstone Public Radio with Home...