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The Latest: Trump kicks off 2020 bid by airing grievances

Jun. 19, 2019 3:06 AM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local): 10:20 p.m. President Donald Trump has kicked off his reelection campaign with a grievance-filled rally that focused more on settling scores than on laying out his agenda for a second term. On Tuesday night in Orlando, Florida,...

Trump rehashes gripes, rips 'radical' Dems in 2020 launch

Jun. 19, 2019 1:14 AM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Jabbing at the press and poking the eye of the political establishment he ran against in 2016, President Donald Trump officially kicked off his reelection campaign Tuesday with a grievance-filled Florida rally that focused more on settling scores than laying out his agenda for a second...

Democratic panel to open debate on reparations for slavery

Jun. 19, 2019 12:23 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — After more than a decade's absence, the case for reparations is returning to Capitol Hill, this time amid a growing discussion in the Democratic Party about what the country might owe to the descendants of slaves in the United States. Actor and activist Danny Glover and writer Ta-Nehisi...

With Hope Hicks interview, Dems breach Trump's inner circle

Jun. 18, 2019 9:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Judiciary Committee will interview former White House Communications Director Hope Hicks behind closed doors Wednesday, the first time lawmakers will hear from a person linked to the president's inner circle since the release of special counsel Robert Mueller's report. Obtaining...

Senate leaders agree on measure to care for refugees

Jun. 18, 2019 7:17 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top Republican and Democrat on a key Senate panel have agreed on a $4.6 billion measure to house and care for immigrant refugees flocking across the U.S.-Mexico border — a long-delayed step toward averting a humanitarian tragedy at overcrowded and inadequate federal facilities...

Louisiana governor: Abortion ban decision wasn't political

Jun. 18, 2019 7:06 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards, the only Democratic governor in the Deep South, said Tuesday that he's not concerned about losing support among his party's voters in Louisiana because of a strict abortion ban he signed into law . The governor, seeking a second term on the October ballot,...

The Latest: Norcross says tax credit report is inaccurate

Jun. 18, 2019 4:49 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The Latest on New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy's tax credit task force (all times local): 4:45 p.m. A Democratic political powerbroker is asking lawmakers for a chance to clear what he called the "clouds of suspicion" surrounding him and firms tied to him in light of a critical task force...

Collins casts 7,000th straight vote as reelection race looms

Jun. 18, 2019 4:08 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Republican Sen. Susan Collins on Tuesday took her 7,000th consecutive vote as a member of the U.S. Senate, extending a streak she has carefully maintained during more than two decades in the Senate. The 66-year-old Collins is gearing up for a reelection race in 2020 that is expected...

Governor criticizes DFL official for 'murder boat' remark

Jun. 18, 2019 3:40 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz is criticizing a Minnesota Democratic party official for describing a Navy ship as a "murder boat." Walz, a Democrat who served in the military, said he was "totally appalled" by a tweet from William Davis, the deputy communications director for the...

Republicans renew call for hearing on Fairfax allegations

Jun. 18, 2019 2:44 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Republicans are renewing their push to hold a bipartisan hearing into sexual assault allegations two women have made against the state's Democratic lieutenant governor. Their effort looks doomed, as Democrats quickly opposed it and called it a political stunt. GOP Del. Rob...