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Charlotte, host of GOP convention, condemns Trump's comments

Jul. 23, 2019 4:54 AM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Lawmakers of the North Carolina city set to host the 2020 Republican National Convention have condemned recent comments by President Donald Trump as racist and xenophobic. The Charlotte Observer reports the Charlotte City Council voted 9-2 Monday to pass a resolution calling out...

Panel of national leaders aims for bipartisan justice reform

Jul. 23, 2019 2:31 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A new criminal justice reform group launching Tuesday brings together Democratic and Republican governors, a Black Lives Matter organizer and a Koch Industries vice president in an unlikely collaboration aimed at harnessing momentum following a bipartisan overhaul last year....

Deal sealed on federal budget, ensuring no shutdown, default

Jul. 23, 2019 2:16 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and congressional leaders announced Monday a critical debt and budget agreement that's an against-the-odds victory for Washington pragmatists seeking to avoid political and economic tumult over the possibility of a government shutdown or first-ever federal default....

Democrat Wendy Davis of Texas running for Congress in 2020

Jul. 22, 2019 1:46 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Democrat Wendy Davis said Monday she is running for Congress, five years after badly losing a bid for governor that was propelled by her 13-hour filibuster of an anti-abortion bill in the state Capitol. She will challenge freshman Republican Rep. Chip Roy, one of the most...

House Republicans promise tough questions at Mueller hearing

Jul. 22, 2019 11:47 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans are pledging tough questioning of special counsel Robert Mueller when he testifies before Congress this week as Democrats plan to air evidence of wrongdoing by President Donald Trump in a potentially last-ditch bid to impeach him. Rep. Doug Collins, the top Republican on...

In key Senate races, Democrats buck leftward tilt on issues

Jul. 22, 2019 11:02 AM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — MJ Hegar, the leading U.S. Senate challenger in Texas, rides a Harley-Davidson in viral videos and has called herself "an ass-kicking, motorcycle-riding Texas Democrat." She is not a Democrat who promotes "Medicare for All." She mentions that during a narrow loss for a House seat last...

Nadler: Mueller hearing to air evidence of Trump wrongdoing

Jul. 21, 2019 11:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Judiciary Committee chairman said Sunday that this week's hearing with Robert Mueller will air "very substantial evidence" of wrongdoing by President Donald Trump and make a public case for impeachment. Republicans pledged sharp questioning of the special counsel about what they...

GOP group removes post calling congresswomen "Jihad Squad"

Jul. 21, 2019 10:16 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — An Illinois Republican group has apologized and removed from its Facebook page a post that showed images of four Democratic congresswomen who have been criticized by President Donald Trump and referred to them as the "Jihad Squad." The post appeared Friday night on the Republican County...

In some states, GOP sees the recall as its way back to power

Jul. 21, 2019 4:20 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Republicans frustrated by losing their grip on political power in some Western states have begun deploying a new weapon: the recall. Once reserved for targeting corrupt or inept elected officials, the recall has become part of the toolkit for Republicans seeking a do-over of election results....

In reversal, Trump disavows criticism of chanting crowd

Jul. 20, 2019 7:51 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has reversed his previous criticisms of a North Carolina campaign crowd that chanted "send her back" about a Somali-born congresswoman. Trump on Friday defended the rally-goers as "patriots" while again questioning the loyalty of four Democratic lawmakers of color....