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Biden's ability to win back skeptical Democrats tested at a perilous moment for his campaign

Jul. 20, 2024 00:29 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite a week of campaign stops, interviews and a determined insistence he is the best candidate to confront Republican Donald Trump, President Joe Biden's efforts to revive his reelection bid and win over skeptical Democrats have done little to soften the push for him to exit...

Trump returns to the campaign trail in Michigan with new running mate by his side

Jul. 20, 2024 00:13 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Republican Donald Trump on Saturday will hold his first public campaign rally since he was injured in an assassination attempt, with an event in the battleground state of Michigan alongside his new running mate. The joint rally with Ohio Sen. JD Vance is the...

Black lawmakers are standing by Biden at a crucial moment. But some express concern

Jul. 19, 2024 16:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Congressional Black Caucus prides itself on its authority among Democrats and its influence with President Joe Biden in particular. So far, only one of its roughly 60 members have joined calls for Biden to drop his reelection bid due to concerns over his age and ability to...

Longtime US Rep Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas, who had pancreatic cancer, has died

Jul. 20, 2024 01:04 AM EDT

Longtime U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas, who helped lead federal efforts to protect women from domestic violence and recognize Juneteenth as a national holiday, has died. She was 74. Lillie Conley, her chief of staff, confirmed that Jackson Lee, who had pancreatic cancer, died...

Blinken points to wider pledges to support Ukraine in case US backs away under Trump

Jul. 19, 2024 20:03 PM EDT

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — Ukraine is on its way to being able to “stand on its own feet” militarily, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Friday, noting that more than 20 other countries have pledged to maintain their own military and financial aid to the country even if the U.S. were to withdraw...

US says Iran moving forward on a key aspect of developing a nuclear bomb

Jul. 19, 2024 18:20 PM EDT

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — Iran is talking more about getting a nuclear bomb and has made strides in developing a key aspect of a weapon since about April, when Israel and its allies overpowered a barrage of Iranian airstrikes targeting Israel, two top Biden administration officials said Friday. ...

Nominations for National Guard leaders languish, triggering concerns as top officers retire

Jul. 19, 2024 17:46 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top four officers of the National Guard Bureau have left or are set to retire in about two weeks, and to date no nominations for their replacements have been confirmed by the Senate, leaving the bureau, the Air Guard and the Army Guard without permanent leadership as they...

David Letterman will headline Biden fundraiser with Hawaii governor on July 29

Jul. 19, 2024 18:58 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — David Letterman will headline a fundraiser with President Joe Biden in 10 days with Hawaii Gov. Josh Green, a sign that his campaign is forging ahead despite continued calls for the president to bow out of the 2024 race. The fundraiser on July 29 will be at the...

Too old to work? Some Americans on the job late in life bristle at calls for Biden to step aside

Jul. 19, 2024 16:13 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A swath of Americans watching President Joe Biden is seeing something beyond debate-stage stumbles and prime-time miscues: Themselves. Debate about the 81-year-old Democrat’s fitness for another term is especially resonating with other older Americans who, like...

Republicans emerge from their convention thrilled with Trump and talking about a blowout victory

Jul. 19, 2024 07:02 AM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The last time Republicans gathered for a full convention, they were plagued by internal division and fear. Morale was near rock bottom. And the party's presidential nominee showed little desire, or capacity, to add new voters to his political coalition. What a...

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Today in History: July 20, Armstrong and Aldrin walk on the moon

Jul. 20, 2024 00:17 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Saturday, July 20, the 202nd day of 2024. There are 164 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 20, 1969, astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin became the first men to walk on the moon...

Biden pushes party unity as he resists calls to step aside, says he'll return to campaign next week

Jul. 19, 2024 20:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A rapidly growing chorus of Democratic lawmakers called Friday for President Joe Biden to drop his reelection bid, even as the president insisted he’s ready to return to the campaign trail next week to counter what he called a “dark vision” laid out by Republican Donald...

Blinken points to wider pledges to support Ukraine in case US backs away under Trump

Jul. 19, 2024 20:03 PM EDT

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — Ukraine is on its way to being able to “stand on its own feet” militarily, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Friday, noting that more than 20 other countries have pledged to maintain their own military and financial aid to the country even if the U.S. were to withdraw...

American Airlines has a contract deal with flight attendants, and President Biden is happy about it

Jul. 19, 2024 19:16 PM EDT

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — American Airlines and the union representing its flight attendants said Friday they have reached agreement on a new contract that includes pay raises, and President Joe Biden said the deal avoids a strike that would have hurt the U.S. economy and consumers. ...

Internet outage latest | Airlines, businesses, border crossings hit by global tech disruption

Jul. 19, 2024 17:28 PM EDT

Businesses and governments worldwide experienced hours-long disruptions Friday as a widespread technology outage affected services across industries. Flights were grounded and numerous hospitals, small businesses and government offices were disrupted. At the heart of the massive...

Ten Commandments won't go in some Louisiana classrooms until at least November as lawsuit plays out

Jul. 19, 2024 18:03 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana won't take official steps to implement a law requiring the Ten Commandments be placed in all of the state's public school classrooms until at least November as a lawsuit makes its way through the courts, according to an agreement approved by a federal judge...

West Virginia governor's bulldog gets her own bobblehead after GOP convention appearance

Jul. 19, 2024 17:58 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice’s English bulldog is getting her own bobblehead. The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum in Milwaukee announced plans Friday for a bobblehead doll for the 60-pound (27-kilogram) Babydog. It comes after her appearance...

Black lawmakers are standing by Biden at a crucial moment. But some express concern

Jul. 19, 2024 16:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Congressional Black Caucus prides itself on its authority among Democrats and its influence with President Joe Biden in particular. So far, only one of its roughly 60 members have joined calls for Biden to drop his reelection bid due to concerns over his age and ability to...

Too old to work? Some Americans on the job late in life bristle at calls for Biden to step aside

Jul. 19, 2024 16:13 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A swath of Americans watching President Joe Biden is seeing something beyond debate-stage stumbles and prime-time miscues: Themselves. Debate about the 81-year-old Democrat’s fitness for another term is especially resonating with other older Americans who, like...

University of Florida president Ben Sasse is resigning after his wife was diagnosed with epilepsy

Jul. 19, 2024 14:56 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — University of Florida president Ben Sasse, a controversial pick almost two years ago when he was named to lead one of the top public universities in the U.S., plans to leave his position to focus on taking care of his family after his wife was diagnosed with epilepsy. ...