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Kennedy mystique could factor into Massachusetts Senate race

Sep. 20, 2019 6:05 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — When Edward M. Kennedy was running for the U.S. Senate for the first time in 1962, his Democratic primary opponent turned to him during a debate and said if his last name was Moore — Kennedy's middle name — his "candidacy would be a joke." Fortunately for Kennedy, he shared a...

Feds reverse decision ending immigrant medical relief

Sep. 19, 2019 7:04 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The Trump administration reversed its decision Thursday to stop considering requests from immigrants seeking to defer deportation for medical treatment and other hardships, following weeks of public outcry and a congressional inquiry into the decision. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration...

Massachusetts Democrats eye possible Kennedy/Markey face-off

Aug. 31, 2019 10:59 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy is planning to attend two Labor Day breakfasts Monday — one in West Boylston and another in Boston — all of which would be unremarkable if not for Kennedy dangling the possibility of challenging fellow Democrat U.S. Sen. Edward Markey in next year's...

GOP shifts focus to House Dem 'squad' in campaign attacks

Aug. 31, 2019 2:11 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Move over, Nancy Pelosi. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the "squad" of freshmen women of color are emerging as new stars of Republican attacks against Democrats running for Congress. The tone is being set from the top as President Donald Trump bashes the four squad members with a...

Reality check: Dem attitudes on impeachment vary widely

Aug. 28, 2019 6:33 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Impeach Trump? For Democrats, the answer is complicated. While more than 130 House Democrats — more than half the caucus — have come out in favor of an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, according to a tally by The Associated Press, those numbers don't reflect...

Rep. Kennedy says he's still weighing possible Senate run

Aug. 27, 2019 4:50 PM EDT

NEWTON, Mass. (AP) — In his first comments to reporters since floating the idea of challenging incumbent Sen. Edward Markey in the 2020 Democratic primary, Massachusetts Rep. Joe Kennedy said he's got new ideas and a new approach, but offered few specifics. Kennedy told reporters Tuesday he hopes to make a...

Joe Kennedy mulls Senate run against Markey in Massachusetts

Aug. 26, 2019 6:08 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Rep. Joe Kennedy III, a scion of one of America's most storied political families, is taking steps to challenge Sen. Edward Markey in the 2020 Democratic primary, setting the stage for what could be a bitter intraparty battle split along generational lines. It's rare for...

Sen. Markey faces 2 challengers; now some pushing for a 3rd

Aug. 17, 2019 11:53 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Some Massachusetts voters see Sen. Edward Markey as potentially vulnerable to a primary challenge, and one group is even trying to persuade U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy to run for his seat. Markey, a Democrat, has represented Massachusetts in Congress for decades — first in the House before...

Israel bars US congresswomen - with a nudge from Trump

Aug. 15, 2019 6:29 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — With a push from President Donald Trump, Israel on Thursday barred two Muslim-American congresswomen from entering the country for a visit, an extraordinary step bringing the longtime U.S. ally into Trump's domestic fight against political rivals at home. The U.S. president is essentially...

The Latest: Trump defends Israel move to bar 2 congresswomen

Aug. 15, 2019 5:48 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on Israel's decision to bar two U.S. Democratic congresswomen from visiting (all times local): 12:45 a.m. President Donald Trump is defending Israel's decision to bar two Democratic members of Congress from visiting the country, even as he claims he didn't "encourage or...