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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. speaks during a news conference Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Turkey slams US speaker over remarks on Trump, Erdogan

Sep. 25, 2020 7:48 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s foreign minister on Friday accused US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of “blatant ignorance” over her comments that questioned U.S. President Donald Trump's commitment to democracy and his alleged “admiration” of Turkey’s President Recep...

Supporters of President Donald Trump listen as he speaks during a campaign rally at Cecil Airport, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Election 2020 Today: Trump sows voting doubt; Biden lays low

Sep. 25, 2020 7:42 AM EDT

Here’s what’s happening Friday in Election 2020, 39 days until Election Day: HOW TO VOTE: AP’s state-by-state interactive has details on how to vote in this election. TODAY’S TOP STORIES: RESPECTING ELECTION: President Donald Trump’s refusal to commit to a peaceful transfer of...

President Donald Trump speaks to members of the press on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, before boarding Marine One for a short trip to Andrews Air Force Base, Md. Trump is traveling to North Carolina and Florida. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Despite Trump attacks, both parties vow orderly election

Sep. 24, 2020 9:10 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's refusal to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses drew swift blowback Thursday from both parties in Congress, and lawmakers turned to unprecedented steps to ensure he can't ignore the vote of the people. Amid the uproar, Trump said anew he's not sure...

Supporters of President Donald Trump cheer as he arrives to speak during a campaign rally at Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, in Moon Township, Pa. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Election 2020 Today: Trump's power move; Biden courted

Sep. 24, 2020 7:32 AM EDT

Here’s what’s happening Thursday in Election 2020, 40 days until Election Day: ON THE TRAIL: President Donald Trump visits North Carolina and Florida and Vice President Mike Pence visits Wisconsin and Minnesota. HOW TO VOTE: AP’s state-by-state interactive has details on how to vote in this...

President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump won't commit to peaceful transfer of power if he loses

Sep. 24, 2020 5:08 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday again declined to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses the Nov. 3 presidential election. “We’re going to have to see what happens,” Trump said at a news conference, responding to a question about whether he’d...

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen speaks during a memorial service for the late former Taiwanese President Lee Teng-hui in Taipei, Taiwan on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020. Lee, remembered for leading the island's transition to democracy, died at age 97 in July, (Pool Photo via AP)

China sends more warplanes as Taiwan honors late leader

Sep. 19, 2020 1:44 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — China sent more warplanes toward Taiwan for the second day Saturday as the island's leader, senior government officials and a high-level U.S. envoy paid tribute to the man who led Taiwan's transition to democracy, former President Lee Teng-hui. Keith Krach, the U.S. undersecretary for...

FILE - In this Dec. 6, 1960, file photo, President Dwight Eisenhower poses with President-elect John F. Kennedy at the White House in Washington, before a private conference. Researchers at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in 2020 have found a cache of letters from Americans objecting to JFK's embrace of cocktails at White House events. The letters shed new insight into Eisenhower's handoff to Kennedy early in 1961, and the strikingly different attitudes that people held about alcohol at official functions. (AP Photo, File)

Letters reveal public distaste for booze in JFK White House

Sep. 10, 2020 1:18 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — It was a tempest in a teapot — or, more accurately, a whiskey tumbler. Presidential transitions are always at least a little tricky. Case in point: Researchers at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum have found a cache of letters from Americans objecting to JFK's embrace...

President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, in Winston-Salem, N.C. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

AP Analysis: In Trump's America, truths are not self-evident

Sep. 10, 2020 6:37 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — We no longer hold these truths to be self-evident: —A U.S. presidential election will be held every four years in November. —The armed forces will not be involved in those elections. —Nor in domestic protests. —Medicine will be approved when science says it's...

FILE - In this, May 9, 2009 file photo, South Africa's former President Nelson Mandela attends the inauguration ceremony of President Jacob Zuma in Pretoria, South Africa. According to an account in a book written by Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen, published Tuesday Sept. 8, 2020, U.S. President Donald Trump made crude, disparaging remarks about Mandela, that has drawn an angry response from South Africa's ruling African National Congress party and others. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe, File)

South African party rejects alleged Trump comment on Mandela

Sep. 8, 2020 2:03 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The report that U.S. President Donald Trump made crude, disparaging remarks about Nelson Mandela, South Africa's Nobel Peace Prize-winning former leader, has drawn an angry response from South Africa's ruling party and others. According to a book written by Michael Cohen, Trump’s...

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks about the economic crisis in Wilmington, Del., Friday Sept. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Biden team, GSA sign transition memorandum

Sep. 4, 2020 4:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic nominee Joe Biden's transition team has signed a memorandum of understanding with President Donald Trump's General Services Administration to begin planning for a potential handover of power. Biden's team signed the memo with the General Services Administration Thursday,...