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Japan votes for upper house; Abe's party seen as favorite

Jul. 20, 2019 9:43 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese are voting in an election for the upper house of parliament, where Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling bloc is expected to keep the majority. Up for grabs Sunday are 124 seats in the less powerful of Japan's two chambers that doesn't choose the prime minister. Media polls have...

Mueller's testimony poses risk for Trump, but also Democrats

Jul. 20, 2019 6:59 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Robert Mueller's testimony before Congress will depend not so much on what he says, but that he's even saying it at all. For Democrats, the special counsel's appearance Wednesday creates a moment many have been waiting for: Mueller finally speaking out, piercing the public consciousness...

Sununu embraces vetoes in first year of divided government

Jul. 20, 2019 9:38 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Republican Gov. Chris Sununu is on a veto spree — rejecting dozens of bills so far and promising to block even more. But what critics call childish, he calls a counterweight to Democratic extremists. As of this week, Sununu had vetoed 38 bills this year, including eight on...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump and Dems on an incendiary week

Jul. 20, 2019 8:07 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump attributed statements to a Democratic congresswoman that she didn't make as he set off an incendiary week of vilification with accusations that she and three other lawmakers of color hate America. The episode roiled the capital and excited Trump's North Carolina...

In reversal, Trump disavows criticism of chanting crowd

Jul. 20, 2019 7:51 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has reversed his previous criticisms of a North Carolina campaign crowd that chanted "send her back" about a Somali-born congresswoman. Trump on Friday defended the rally-goers as "patriots" while again questioning the loyalty of four Democratic lawmakers of color....

Campaigning from behind: Lower-tier 2020ers seek comeback

Jul. 20, 2019 7:39 AM EDT

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — As her campaign bus trundled along Interstate 80 toward the Michigan-Ohio border, Kirsten Gillibrand was offering wedding planning advice to one of her presidential campaign staffers who recently got engaged. The New York senator recommended a Christmas wedding, preferably on a...

2020 Dems grapple with how to pay for 'Medicare for All'

Jul. 19, 2019 1:10 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidates trying to appeal to progressive voters with a call for "Medicare for All" are wrestling with the thorny question of how to pay for such a dramatic overhaul of the U.S. health care system. Bernie Sanders, the chief proponent of Medicare for All, says such...

Spain's Socialists, far-left party move closer to govt deal

Jul. 19, 2019 12:46 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spain's center-left Socialist party and the United We Can party edged closer to a deal on forming a coalition government after the far-left party's leader removed a key obstacle by saying Friday he would not insist on being part of a future Cabinet. Isabel Celaá, the spokeswoman for the...

GOP challenges eligibility of utility commission nominee

Jul. 19, 2019 12:25 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island Republican Party is challenging the eligibility of Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo's appointee to lead the state Public Utilities Commission nominee. The party said in a statement Thursday that commission chair nominee Laura Olton is a Massachusetts resident who...

Sens. Reed and Blumenthal tour border detention facilities

Jul. 19, 2019 10:44 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Senators from Rhode Island and Connecticut are part of a group of Democrats visiting border detention facilities in Texas. U.S. Sens. Jack Reed, of Rhode Island, and Richard Blumenthal, of Connecticut, are among the 13 Democrats planning to visit McAllen, Texas on Friday. Vice...