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Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar addresses media after lunch at the Mercado Central in Minneapolis Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, primary Election Day in Minnesota. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Minnesota’s Omar holds off well-funded primary challenger

Aug. 12, 2020 7:59 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota survived a stiff Democratic primary challenge Tuesday from a well-funded opponent who tried to make an issue of her national celebrity, the latest in a string of victories by a new generation of emboldened progressive lawmakers. Omar, seeking her second term...

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, left, accompanied by White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, right, speak to reporters following a meeting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif. and Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer of N.Y. as they continue to negotiate a coronavirus relief package on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

What's keeping Washington from a virus deal, explained

Aug. 12, 2020 12:15 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hopes that talks on a huge COVID-19 relief deal would generate an agreement soon are fizzling, with both the Trump administration negotiating team and top congressional Democrats adopting hard lines and testy attitudes. Now that President Donald Trump has issued a series of executive...

FILE - In this June 27, 2019, file photo, then-Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., listens to questions after the Democratic primary debate hosted by NBC News at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Art in Miami. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)

Biden picks Kamala Harris as running mate, first Black woman

Aug. 12, 2020 12:11 AM EDT

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Joe Biden named California Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate, making history by selecting the first Black woman to compete on a major party’s presidential ticket and acknowledging the vital role Black voters will play in his bid to defeat President Donald Trump. In...

FILE - In this July 31, 2019, file photo, then-Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., listens as Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a Democratic presidential primary debate at the Fox Theatre in Detroit. Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden has chosen Harris as his running mate. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

How it happened: Inside Biden's search for a running mate

Aug. 11, 2020 10:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Gretchen Whitmer wanted out. The Michigan governor had caught the interest of Joe Biden and his vice presidential vetting committee, who were drawn to her prominence in a crucial battleground state and her aggressive response to the coronavirus outbreak there. But by late spring, the...

FILE - In this June 27, 2019, file photo, then-Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., listens to questions after the Democratic primary debate hosted by NBC News at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Art in Miami. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)

Biden picks Kamala Harris as running mate, first Black woman

Aug. 11, 2020 10:36 PM EDT

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Joe Biden named California Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate on Tuesday, making history by selecting the first Black woman to compete on a major party’s presidential ticket and acknowledging the vital role Black voters will play in his bid to defeat President Donald...

Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar addresses media after lunch at the Mercado Central in Minneapolis Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, primary Election Day in Minnesota. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

The Latest: Omar holds off well-funded primary challenger

Aug. 11, 2020 10:29 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Tuesday's elections (all times local): 10:25 p.m. Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota has survived a stiff Democratic primary challenge from a well-funded opponent who tried to make an issue of her national celebrity. Omar defeated Antone Melton-Meaux, an attorney and mediator who...

Charisse Davis poses for a portrait on Friday, July 24, 2020, in Marietta, Ga. Davis was recently elected the only Black woman on the Cobb County School Board.

'If not now, when?': Black women seize political spotlight

Aug. 11, 2020 5:54 PM EDT

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — The little girl ran up to her, wide-eyed and giddy. “Are you Charisse Davis?” the fourth grader asked. Davis was stunned. A former kindergarten teacher and librarian, she was more accustomed to shuttling her two sons to basketball practice than being seen as a local...

Election officials wait for people to vote on the first day of the Senate elections inside a polling station in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020. Egyptians started voting on Tuesday for the Senate, the upper chamber of parliament that was revived as part of constitutional amendments approved in a referendum last year — an election that comes as the country faces an uptick in daily numbers of new coronavirus cases. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

Egyptians vote for revived upper house of Parliament

Aug. 11, 2020 3:37 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptians began voting Tuesday for seats in the Senate, the upper chamber of Parliament that was restored as part of constitutional amendments approved in a referendum last year. The election comes as the country faces an increase in coronavirus cases. Authorities said face masks would be...

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, left, accompanied by White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, right, speak to reporters following a meeting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif. and Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer of N.Y. as they continue to negotiate a coronavirus relief package on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

What's keeping Washington from a virus deal, explained

Aug. 11, 2020 3:23 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hopes that talks on a huge COVID-19 relief deal would generate an agreement soon are fizzling, with both the Trump administration negotiating team and top congressional Democrats adopting hard lines and testy attitudes. Now that President Donald Trump has issued a series of executive...

FILE - In this June 19, 2020 file photo, the Rev. Al Sharpton addresses the crowd at a Juneteenth rally in Tulsa, Okla. A national commemoration of the 1963 civil rights March on Washington is being reconfigured to comply with coronavirus protocols in the District of Columbia. This comes amid widespread protests and unrest over the police killings of Black Americans. Although many marchers will arrive via charter buses from surrounding communities on Aug. 28, the Rev. Al Sharpton will ask others to join satellite marches in states that are considered hot spots for COVID-19. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

March on Washington reconfigured to comply with virus rules

Aug. 11, 2020 1:23 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid widespread protests and unrest over the police killings of Black Americans, a national commemoration of the 1963 civil rights March on Washington is being reconfigured to comply with coronavirus protocols in the District of Columbia. Although many marchers will arrive via charter...