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Unicorns are real: Tech baffles Indonesian candidate

Feb. 17, 2019 9:17 PM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's presidential candidates debated some of the most pressing issues facing the world's third-largest democracy: dilapidated infrastructure, struggling farmers, forest fires — and unicorns. When President Joko Widodo, who is seeking a second term, asked challenger...

2 stages, up to 20 candidates in first 2 Democratic debates

Feb. 14, 2019 4:20 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The first two Democratic presidential debates for the 2020 election will have two heats with room for a total of 20 candidates who meet certain polling or grassroots fundraising thresholds. A senior Democratic National Committee official outlined the framework Thursday for the June and...

DNC chair: Qualifications for first debates coming this week

Feb. 13, 2019 9:10 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez says he'll announce details of the first two presidential primary debates by the end of the week. Perez says he plans to include a grassroots fundraising metric as part of the qualifying threshold. He wants that to make the debate more...

Trump's speech: Less analytical, more sure than predecessors

Feb. 11, 2019 3:26 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Leaders are speaking far more simply and with more confidence than they did four score and seven years ago. Donald Trump's speech has accelerated that trend. A new study says Trump talks less analytically, and more confidently, than all past U.S. presidents. Psychologists at the...

Trump tries to turn border debate his way with El Paso rally

Feb. 11, 2019 12:22 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is trying to turn the debate over a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border back to his political advantage as his signature pledge to American voters threatens to become a model of unfulfilled promises. Trump will hold his first campaign rally since November's midterm...

Clash in Kansas over tax relief quickly coming to a head

Feb. 6, 2019 9:36 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's election victory suggested that Kansas repudiated past GOP fiscal policies, yet voters also encouraged top Republicans to pursue income tax relief by giving conservatives more power in the Legislature. The contradiction is driving a political clash coming...

Macron claws back support amid focus on yellow vest movement

Feb. 6, 2019 12:16 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron appears to be clawing back support as he tries to quell the yellow vest protest movement with a national political debate. Recent polls by Ifop, BVA and Harris Interactive institutes show Macron's approval ratings rising — from 23 to 31 percent in...

Teens thrash out ideas at policy debate camps

Feb. 5, 2019 10:20 AM EST

For thousands of teens, the ideal summer camp has nothing to do with roasting s'mores over a fire. It's about devoting an intensive week or two — or maybe the entire summer — on a college campus, immersed in the world of policy debate. Researching and practicing arguments in a top-notch university...

Among 2020 Democrats, a debate over 'Medicare-for-all'

Feb. 4, 2019 5:42 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — "Medicare-for-all" is quickly becoming a rallying cry for many Democratic White House hopefuls, but there are growing questions about how to pull off such a dramatic switch to a government-run health care system. The debate over scrapping private insurers has heated up in recent days...

Indonesian presidential candidates spar over corruption

Jan. 17, 2019 8:09 PM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian President Joko Widodo accused his election rival of allowing corrupt candidates on his legislative ticket and failing to include women in senior positions. Widodo and former Gen. Prabowo Subianto, along with their running mates, faced off Thursday in the first of five...