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Biden not apologizing for remarks on segregationist senators

Jun. 20, 2019 3:35 AM EDT

Joe Biden refused calls to apologize Wednesday for saying that the Senate "got things done" with "civility" even when the body included segregationists with whom he disagreed. His rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination, including the two major black candidates in the contest, roundly criticized Biden's...

Hicks rebuffs questions on Trump White House in interview

Jun. 20, 2019 3:29 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former top White House adviser Hope Hicks refused to answer questions related to her time in the White House in a daylong interview with the House Judiciary Committee, dimming Democrats' chances of obtaining new or substantive information about President Donald Trump in their first...

Rhode Island Gov. Raimondo signs abortion rights bill

Jun. 19, 2019 9:34 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo signed a bill Wednesday to preserve federal abortion protections in state law. The Senate passed the bill and immediately transmitted it to the House, which resumed its session to pass it. Raimondo signed it in her office, calling it an "important,...

White House offers budget freeze if Dems don't agree to deal

Jun. 19, 2019 8:38 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Trump administration bargainers offered a one-year budget freeze and said Democratic spending demands remained too high as talks with congressional leaders aimed at averting deep cuts in defense and domestic programs seemed no closer to resolution Wednesday. After White House Chief of...

Democrats demand answers on Trump's approach to Iran

Jun. 19, 2019 7:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic lawmakers demanded clarity Wednesday about the Trump administration's position on the use of military force as they sought answers on how the White House plans to address rising tensions with Iran. The lawmakers specifically pointed to what they called tenuous links between...

MSNBC deal with S. Carolina Dems rankles other media outlets

Jun. 19, 2019 5:30 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's Democratic leader says he granted MSNBC exclusive live rights to this weekend's party convention because the network agreed to show speeches from 21 presidential contenders and offered a strong chance to reach black voters. The coverage arrangement for the event, a...

The left hails Nevada legislative session amid 2020 backdrop

Jun. 19, 2019 4:54 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — As the dust settles on Nevada's Legislative session, the buffet of progressive laws passed by the Democrat-controlled, female-majority Legislature has been hailed as an example by the party's presidential candidates and others on the left. Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris have tweeted...

'Why not now?' Lawmakers debate reparations for slavery

Jun. 19, 2019 4:38 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The debate over reparations catapulted from the campaign trail to Congress on Wednesday as lawmakers heard impassioned testimony for and against the idea of providing compensation for America's history of slavery and racial discrimination. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, the sponsor of...

2020 hopefuls lend support in Queens district attorney race

Jun. 19, 2019 4:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — An election for district attorney in the New York City borough of Queens became an unexpected proving ground in the Democratic presidential primary on Wednesday as two leading 2020 candidates offered their endorsements. Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Bernie Sanders of Vermont...

Jane Fonda to give White House hopeful Steve Bullock a boost

Jun. 19, 2019 2:29 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jane Fonda is joining a group of Hollywood power players to host a fundraiser for presidential candidate Steve Bullock on Thursday, a show of support that could lend credibility among Democratic donors to the little-known Montana governor. The Academy Award-winning actress, activist and...