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FILE- In this March 23, 2016 file photo, U.S. Attorney Ed Tarver addresses a news conference in Savannah, Ga.  The former federal prosecutor who served under President Barack Obama says he plans to run for the seat of newly sworn-in Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler of Georgia.  Tarver of Augusta confirmed Friday, Jan. 10, 2020 that he plans to announce soon his campaign for the seat vacated by GOP Sen. Johnny Isakson. (Josh Galemore/Savannah Morning News via AP)

Democrat Tarver formally launches Senate campaign in Georgia

Feb. 20, 2020 10:27 AM EST

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — A former federal prosecutor appointed by President Barack Obama formally launched his campaign Thursday in the crowded race to take on Georgia's newest U.S. senator. Democrat Ed Tarver, 60, of Augusta is the third Democrat to officially announce he's challenging newly appointed...

Democratic presidential candidate former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg embraces Hannah Brown at the Nevada Black Legislative Caucus Black History Awards brunch Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Pete Buttigieg's next test: Winning over minority voters

Feb. 18, 2020 2:32 PM EST

So far, Pete Buttigieg has made it look easy. The once little-known former mayor of a midsize Midwestern city vaulted over a former vice president and several U.S. senators in the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire presidential primary. The 38-year-old's fresh face, intellect and turn-the-page message won votes...

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the Clark County Democratic Party

The Latest: Nevada's lieutenant governor endorses Biden

Feb. 16, 2020 6:47 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on the 2020 presidential campaign (all times PST): 3:30 p.m. Joe Biden has picked up another endorsement from a top Nevada politician, with Lt. Gov. Kate Marshall announcing that she will back the former vice president’s White House bid. Marshall joins two of the...

FILE- In this Jan. 6, 2020 file photo, Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., smiles before a re-enactment of her swearing-in, by Vice President Mike Pence on Capitol Hill in Washington. An influential anti-abortion group is backing Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler of Georgia in her November special election, only months after opposing her appointment to the post. Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser said Friday, Feb. 14, 2020 that her initial concerns were based on information

Anti-abortion group flips views on new Georgia senator

Feb. 14, 2020 6:05 PM EST

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — An influential anti-abortion group is backing Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler of Georgia in her November special election, only months after opposing her appointment to the post. Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser said Friday that her initial concerns were based on...

Rush Limbaugh reacts as first Lady Melania Trump, and his wife Kathryn, applaud, as President Donald Trump delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020. (Leah Millis/Pool via AP)

Limbaugh draws bipartisan criticism for Buttigieg remarks

Feb. 13, 2020 10:34 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh drew bipartisan criticism Thursday for saying the country won't elect Pete Buttigieg president because he's been “kissing his husband" on stage after debates. Limbaugh's comments came eight days after President Donald Trump awarded him the...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012, file photo, Ben Physick, of Australia, watches the life of Muhammad Ali in video clips on display at the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, Ky. Two sites in Kentucky and two in Tennessee have been added to the U.S. Civil Rights Trail, including the Muhammad Ali Center, officials said Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Brian Bohannon, File)

Sites in Tennessee, Kentucky, added to Civil Rights Trail

Feb. 13, 2020 8:12 PM EST

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Two sites in Kentucky and two in Tennessee have been added to the U.S. Civil Rights Trail, officials said Thursday. The Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville and the SEEK Museum in Russellville are the two new sites in Kentucky. In Memphis, Tennessee, the Beale Street Historic District...

FILE - In this Feb. 3, 2020, photo, Democratic presidential candidate and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, right, talks with supporters during a campaign stop in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Inside Michael Bloomberg's big play for black voters

Feb. 12, 2020 3:05 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A meeting with nearly 80 black pastors in Detroit. A speech before a black Democratic organization in Montgomery. A rally at a historically black university. A tour of Martin Luther King Jr.'s church. An early voting kickoff at an African American museum. All in the past two weeks....

FILE- In this Jan. 3, 2019, file photo, Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., waves to the audience during swearing-in ceremony of Congressional Black Caucus members of the 116th Congress in Washington. The NAACP is honoring Lewis for his Congressional service and long history as a civil rights activist. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

Congressman Lewis to receive NAACP honor at awards show

Feb. 11, 2020 11:41 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — The NAACP is honoring John Lewis for his Congressional service and long history as a civil rights activist. The nation's oldest civil rights organization announced Tuesday that it will bestow the Chairman's Award on the Georgia Democrat later this month at its annual arts and entertainment...

Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day rally Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

Biden faces competition for black vote in his SC 'firewall'

Feb. 9, 2020 12:30 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Joe Biden is facing increasingly formidable competition in South Carolina, a state his campaign has long assumed was safely in his column and one he's repeatedly described as a “firewall" in his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and...

FILE - This Dec. 14, 1970, file photo shows civil rights leader Bayard Rustin at the New York Hilton. California's governor announced Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020, that he is posthumously pardoning Rustin, a gay civil rights leader, while creating a new pardon process for others convicted under outdated laws punishing homosexual activity. Rustin was a confidant of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a key organizer of the March on Washington in 1963, and helped plan other nonviolent protests and boycotts to end racial discrimination. He served 50 days in Los Angeles County jail and had to register as a sex offender before returning to his home state of New York. He died in 1987. (AP Photo/Ron Frehm, File)

California pardons gay civil rights leader in new initiative

Feb. 5, 2020 4:44 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A civil rights leader who was gay and a confidant of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was posthumously pardoned by California Gov. Gavin Newsom, who also announced Wednesday what may be the nation's first process for forgiving those convicted under outdated laws punishing homosexual...