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In reversal, Trump disavows criticism of chanting crowd

Jul. 20, 2019 12:56 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday reversed his previous criticisms of a North Carolina campaign crowd that chanted "send her back" about a Somali-born congresswoman. Trump defended the rally-goers as "patriots" while again questioning the loyalty of four Democratic lawmakers of color. His...

First week over in North Carolina gerrymandering trial

Jul. 19, 2019 6:21 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Challengers of North Carolina legislative districts say the computer files of a deceased Republican mapmaker show how GOP legislators approved boundary lines with illegal political bias. The partisan gerrymandering trial's first week in state court is complete. Democrats and the group...

Kentucky lawmakers convene for session on pensions

Jul. 19, 2019 5:09 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — For the second time in seven months, Kentucky's Republican governor called lawmakers back into a special session Friday to deal with the state's pension problems. The GOP-dominated legislature convened to consider Gov. Matt Bevin's pension-relief plan for regional universities and...

How to beat Trump? Dems divided as he rams race onto ballot

Jul. 19, 2019 8:29 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Joe Biden was at a soul food restaurant in Los Angeles on Thursday when he blasted President Donald Trump's "racist" taunts at a rally the night before. "This is about dividing the country," the early Democratic front-runner, who has been criticized for his own handling of race , told...

Trump effect the top question in Virginia's key elections

Jul. 19, 2019 1:33 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Donald Trump has been very good for Virginia Democrats. Voters unhappy with the Republican president, particularly in suburban areas, powered historic Democratic gains in the state House two years ago. Last year the same energy helped Virginia Democrats knock out three incumbent...

Trump disavows 'send her back' cry, Omar stands defiant

Jul. 18, 2019 10:21 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday chided his supporters who chanted "send her back" when he questioned the loyalty of a Somali-born congresswoman, joining widespread criticism of the campaign crowd's cry after Republicans warned about political blowback from the angry scene. In a week...

Senators: Bill on 9/11 victims fund to be voted on next week

Jul. 18, 2019 8:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate will vote Tuesday on a bipartisan bill to ensure a victims' compensation fund related to the Sept. 11 attacks never runs out of money, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday. The announcement came after Democratic Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer, both...

The Latest: Trump claims he was 'not happy' with chant

Jul. 18, 2019 6:58 PM EDT

GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's reelection rally in North Carolina (all times local): 1:10 p.m. President Donald Trump says he "was not happy" when his supporters at a rally Wednesday night in North Carolina chanted "send her back" in reference to Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar....

Houston Democrat joins US Senate race against GOP's Cornyn

Jul. 18, 2019 4:28 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston city councilwoman says she's running for U.S. Senate in 2020, becoming the latest Democratic challenger vying to take on Republican Sen. John Cornyn. Amanda Edwards launched her campaign Thursday with a video in which she appeals to people who have been told to wait their turn...

Former Texas judge leaves GOP, denouncing Trump for racism

Jul. 18, 2019 12:58 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A former Texas judge who served on the state's highest criminal court has denounced President Donald Trump in announcing her decision to leave the Republican party. The Austin American-Statesman reports retired Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Elsa Alcala announced her decision on...