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FILE - In this Jan. 19, 2020, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg speaks at the Greenwood Cultural Center in Tulsa, Okla. They are circling each other like wary boxers, with taunts on Twitter, snarky asides and belittling depictions of one another. They rose to prominence in Manhattan on parallel tracks, amassed wealth real and perceived and displayed a penchant for putting their names on things.  President Donald Trump and Mike Bloomberg could hardly be more different as people but now they both want the same job: Trump’s. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

Trump vs. Bloomberg: Fortunes collide in pricey knife fight

Jan. 24, 2020 2:45 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — They are circling each other like wary boxers, with taunts on Twitter, snarky asides and belittling descriptions. They rose to prominence in Manhattan on parallel tracks, amassed wealth real and perceived and displayed a penchant for putting their names on things. That's where the...

Bill would proclaim 'Granny D Day' on Jan. 24

Jan. 24, 2020 1:30 AM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire state senator has introduced a bill that would proclaim Jan. 24 as “Granny D Day." Doris “Granny D" Haddock, of Dublin, New Hampshire, was a political activist who drew attention to the need for campaign finance reform. She died at age 100 in 2010. Her...

Texas man gets probation in Dr Pepper rebate scheme

Jan. 23, 2020 7:47 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston man was sentenced to five years probation for participating in a rebate scheme that defrauded soda giant Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. of more than $1 million. Joseph A. Isaac was sentenced during a court hearing in federal court on Wednesday. He had pleaded guilty to conspiracy to...

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., center, talks to reporters as she arrives at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. The U.S. Senate plunges into President Donald Trump's impeachment trial with Republicans abruptly abandoning plans to cram opening arguments into two days but solidly rejecting for now Democratic demands for more witnesses to expose what they deem Trump's

Can Klobuchar build a late surge from a long distance?

Jan. 23, 2020 3:48 PM EST

STANTON, Iowa (AP) — It was the kind of event designed to play up the Midwestern sensibilities that Amy Klobuchar so often talks about on the campaign trail. In a small rural Iowa community, voters gathered in a neighbor's home. They ate tater tot hot dish — Klobuchar's award-winning recipe —...

Hagerty raises another $1.5M in Tennessee US Senate bid

Jan. 23, 2020 3:07 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Republican Bill Hagerty raised more than $1.5 million last quarter in a contested race for an open U.S. Senate seat, his campaign said Thursday. According to his campaign, Hagerty ended the quarter that concluded Dec. 31 with more than $3 million cash on hand. The former...

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks at a campaign stop at the State Historical Museum of Iowa, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Watchdog files FEC complaint against pro-Sanders nonprofit

Jan. 22, 2020 3:52 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The watchdog group Common Cause filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission on Wednesday, alleging that Our Revolution, a political nonprofit organization founded by Bernie Sanders, violated campaign finance law by accepting donations in excess of federal limits while boosting...

Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg speaks at the Greenwood Cultural Center in Tulsa, Okla., Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Bloomberg calls for Trump's removal in new impeachment ad

Jan. 21, 2020 10:03 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg launched a new impeachment-focused television ad Tuesday urging the Senate to remove President Donald Trump from office. The ad will run in 27 states, including states represented by vulnerable Republican senators, and be Bloomberg's only...

FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2020 file photo, House speaker Sara Gideon, D-Freeport, flashes a thumbs up at a Democratic colleague prior to the start of the first session of the new year at the State House House in Augusta, Maine. Planned Parenthood announced Tuesday that it is endorsing Gideon, a Democratic challenger to Republican Sen. Susan Collins in Maine, saying Collins “turned her back” on women and citing her vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court as well as other judicial nominees who oppose abortion.  (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Planned Parenthood endorses challenger to Sen. Susan Collins

Jan. 21, 2020 5:48 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Planned Parenthood on Tuesday endorsed a Democratic challenger to Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, saying Collins “turned her back” on women and citing her vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court as well as other judicial nominees who oppose...

Hogan returns nearly $63K in campaign contributions

Jan. 21, 2020 10:12 AM EST

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has returned $62,950 in campaign contributions, according to his campaign finance report for this month. The contributions were returned July 30, days after the Maryland Democrats filed a complaint with the state elections board. The complaint accused dozens...

Giuliani associate in campaign cash probe seeks Barr recusal

Jan. 20, 2020 6:26 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — An associate of Rudy Giuliani charged with illegally funneling foreign money into U.S. political campaigns has asked Attorney General William Barr to recuse himself in the case and appoint a special prosecutor. The request is made in a letter filed Monday in the docket of the federal...