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In this combination photo, president Donald Trump, left, speaks at a news conference on Aug. 11, 2020, in Washington and Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks in Wilmington, Del. on Aug. 13, 2020. The conventions, which will be largely virtual because of the coronavirus, will be Aug. 17-20 for the Democrats and Aug. 24-27 for the Republicans. (AP Photo)

Coronavirus upends conventions, changes TV coverage

Aug. 14, 2020 7:58 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Democratic and Republican conventions will lack for crowds but not television coverage. The standard political gatherings that were to unfold for the Democratic Party in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and for the GOP in Charlotte, North Carolina, will be largely virtual, constrained by the...

FILE - In this undated photo, provided by her campaign, is Mary Fay, a Republican candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives, in Connecticut. Fay, a financial services executive and member of the West Hartford Town Council, has won a Republican Congressional primary and will face Democratic U.S. Rep. John Larson in the November 2020 general election. (Courtesy of Mary Fay Campaign via AP, File)

West Hartford town councilor wins GOP Congressional primary

Aug. 14, 2020 5:01 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Mary Fay, a financial services executive and member of the West Hartford Town Council, has won a Republican congressional primary and will face Democratic U.S. Rep. John Larson in November's general election. Fay billed herself as a moderate who is best-suited to defeat Larson and...

President Donald Trump speaks at a news conference in the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Trump gives credence to false, racist Harris conspiracy

Aug. 14, 2020 12:25 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday gave credence to a false and racist conspiracy theory about Kamala Harris’ eligibility to be vice president, fueling an online misinformation campaign that parallels the one he used to power his rise into politics. Asked about the matter at the...

President Donald Trump speaks at a news conference in the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Trump gives credence to false, racist Harris theory

Aug. 14, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday gave credence to a false and racist conspiracy theory about Kamala Harris’ eligibility to be vice president, fueling an online misinformation campaign that parallels the one he used to power his rise into politics. Asked about the matter at the...

FILE - In this May 12, 2020, file photo, Arjan Walia votes during a special election in Santa Clarita, Calif. With the November election approaching Democrats are strengthening their hold on California, a state the party has dominated for years, voter registration figures showed Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

Voter numbers show Democrats strengthen hold on California

Aug. 13, 2020 8:13 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Democrats are strengthening their hold on California, a state the party has dominated for years, voter registration figures showed Thursday. Figures issued by Secretary of State Alex Padilla showed Democrats eclipse Republicans by nearly a 2-1 margin. Independents, those voters not...

High court: Rhode Island mail-in voters don't need witnesses

Aug. 13, 2020 3:25 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday left in place an agreement that allows Rhode Island residents to vote by mail through November's general election without getting signatures from two witnesses or a notary. State officials had agreed to suspend the witness requirement because of the...

Trump campaign sues key Iowa counties over absentee mailings

Aug. 13, 2020 2:43 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — President Donald Trump's reelection campaign has sued two Democratic-leaning Iowa counties that are making it easy to vote by mail during the coronavirus pandemic, seeking to invalidate tens of thousands of voters' absentee ballot applications. The Trump campaign, the Republican...

Minnesota Supreme Court fast-tracks absentee ballot case

Aug. 13, 2020 2:29 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Supreme Court has agreed to fast-track a challenge to absentee ballot rules for the November general election that were liberalized due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Trump’s campaign, Minnesota Republican Party and other GOP groups are appealing a lower court...

House Republican leader says he had COVID-19

Aug. 13, 2020 1:42 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — House Republican Leader J.T. Wilcox is the first Washington lawmaker known to have tested positive for COVID-19, posting on Facebook this week that he has completed a self-isolation period and is “feeling great now.” In his Tuesday post, Wilcox wrote that he decided to...

FILE - This Aug. 28, 2019, file photo shows the Adelanto U.S. Immigration and Enforcement Processing Center operated by GEO Group, Inc. (GEO) a Florida-based company specializing in privatized corrections in Adelanto, Calif. Speaking to investors last week, the founder of the private prison company GEO Group, which has been donating large sums to President Donald Trump and Republican candidates, predicted his company would rebound after the November election.  (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)

Private prison industry backs Trump, prepares if Biden wins

Aug. 13, 2020 1:27 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Executives at the nation’s two largest private prison companies have been donating large sums to President Donald Trump and Republican candidates with an eye toward the November elections that one of the corporations believes will lead to a rebound in its stock price. The fortunes of...