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Ex-pitcher says he's interested in running for House seat

Aug. 21, 2019 4:53 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — If former major league pitcher Curt Schilling runs for Congress in Arizona, he said it might be for Democratic U.S. Rep. Tom O'Halleran's seat. Schilling announced last week that he's thinking about a bid for a U.S. House seat, and he has reached out to the Arizona Republican Party, the...

Report shows US deficit to exceed $1 trillion next year

Aug. 21, 2019 4:22 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal budget deficit is expected to balloon to more than $1 trillion in the next fiscal year under the first projections taking into account the big budget deal that President Donald Trump and Congress reached this summer, the Congressional Budget Office reported Wednesday. The...

Longtime Democratic congressman supports impeachment inquiry

Aug. 21, 2019 3:56 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A longtime Democratic congressman from Rhode Island says he supports an impeachment inquiry against Republican President Donald Trump. Rep. Jim Langevin (LAN'-jih-vin) said Wednesday the prospect of impeachment isn't something he takes lightly, but he came to his decision after...

Editorials from around New York

Aug. 21, 2019 3:31 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from New York's newspapers: Trump, Jews and America: The president's disgusting divisiveness is beyond the pale New York Daily News Aug. 21 Because two members of the opposing party in the U.S. House of Representatives are vocal critics of Israel whose foreign...

Florida Democrats seek state legislative session on guns

Aug. 21, 2019 3:20 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A call by Florida Democrats to convene a special session on guns got little traction among Republicans, even as Parkland shooting survivors on Wednesday renewed their pleas for more measures to combat gun violence. March For Our Lives, a group for formed by survivors of last year's...

Pence keeps up pressure for trade deal with Mexico, Canada

Aug. 21, 2019 3:17 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence stepped up pressure on Congress to support the Trump administration's new trade deal with Mexico and Canada, taking his pitch on Wednesday to voters in a congressional swing district in southern New Mexico. Pence's office said in a statement that he will talk...

Haddon wins special election for SC House seat

Aug. 21, 2019 1:32 PM EDT

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Voters in South Carolina have filled a vacant state House seat. The Greenville News reports Republican Patrick Haddon won a special election Tuesday to represent District 19, defeating Democrat Carrie Counton. Haddon is a business owner and former chairman of the Greenville County...

Montana Editorial Roundup

Aug. 21, 2019 1:19 PM EDT

Billings Gazette, Aug. 18, on outreach for the 2020 Census: Exactly how many people live in Montana? That question must be answered next year. It's important that all of us be counted in the constitutionally mandated decennial census of the United States. In past censuses, some folks have been hard to count...

McCain's family fights to define legacy of civility, service

Aug. 21, 2019 11:55 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Cindy McCain stood on a knoll in Tempe, Arizona, last year and looked out over the Rio Salado. The spot where she stood, on 26 acres (11 hectares), is where she and her ailing husband, Sen. John McCain, had discussed building a "gathering place" for his archives, hiking and perhaps...

Political commentator jailed for not paying child support

Aug. 21, 2019 11:51 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Conservative political commentator and former congressional candidate Steve Gill has been jailed in Tennessee after he allegedly failed to pay $170,000 in child support to his ex-wife as ordered by a judge. News outlets report Gill was booked into the Williamson County jail Tuesday...