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Ex-Gov. Deval Patrick launches ‘Hail Mary’ bid for president

Nov. 14, 2019 5:25 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Deval Patrick launched what he acknowledged to be a “Hail Mary” bid on Thursday for the Democratic presidential nomination, testing whether voters sifting through an already crowded field are open to hearing from new candidates less than three months before the primary...

Bernie Sanders working to win moderates, Latinos in Nevada

Nov. 14, 2019 5:18 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Bernie Sanders is courting voters in Nevada who might not be very politically engaged, as well as moderate Democrats and Latinos, the Vermont senator’s campaign said Thursday. Sanders’ senior adviser Jeff Weaver, in a phone call with reporters marking 100 days until...

Ex-Massachusetts Gov. Patrick announces Dem presidential bid

Nov. 14, 2019 11:54 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick announced Thursday he is running for president, making a late entry into the Democratic race less than three months before primary voting begins. In an announcement video, Patrick highlighted his poverty-stricken childhood on Chicago’s South...

Agreement: Sanford must hire outside auditor

Nov. 13, 2019 11:17 AM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — An agreement between Sanford Health and the federal government requires the health care system to hire an outside auditor to monitor its billing. The agreement with the inspector general for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services allows Sanford to continue to participate...

Correction: Trump-Politics story

Nov. 9, 2019 8:16 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story Nov. 6 about elections in Virginia and Kentucky, The Associated Press reported erroneously that more than twice as many people in Virginia voted in state legislative races than 2015. The number of ballots case Tuesday increased by more than 50% compared with four years ago,...

Harris zeroes in on health care before powerful Nevada union

Nov. 8, 2019 11:53 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Presidential candidate Kamala Harris zeroed in on the Democratic Party's debate over health insurance Friday as she made her pitch to one of Nevada's most powerful political forces, the casino workers' union. Leaders and members of the Culinary Union and its parent organization, Unite...

The Latest: Harris tells union they shaped her Medicare plan

Nov. 8, 2019 11:34 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris' town hall with a powerful Nevada union (all times local): 8:30 p.m. Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris told members of Nevada's most powerful political union that she had them in mind when she proposed a "Medicare...

Biden has 'no problem' with Bloomberg running for president

Nov. 8, 2019 6:01 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Joe Biden said Friday that he welcomes the possibility of billionaire Michael Bloomberg joining the crowded presidential field seeking the Democratic nomination. "Michael's a solid guy, and let's see where it goes," Biden told reporters after filing paperwork to run in New Hampshire's...

Medicare's outpatient 'Part B' premium going up to $144.60

Nov. 8, 2019 5:48 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Medicare's "Part B" premium for outpatient care will rise by nearly 7% to $144.60 a month next year, officials said Friday. They blamed rising spending on medications. The $9.10 monthly increase follows a smaller $1.50 rise this year. It comes after Social Security announced a modest...

Warren health plan departs from US 'social insurance' idea

Nov. 7, 2019 1:48 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Elizabeth Warren's plan to pay for "Medicare for All" without raising taxes on the middle class departs from how the U.S. has traditionally financed bedrock social insurance programs. That might impact its political viability now and in the future. While echoing her party's...