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Progressive mayor Ted Terry exits Georgia's US Senate race

Jan. 26, 2020 10:16 PM EST

A young, progressive mayor of an Atlanta-area city on Sunday dropped out of the Democratic race to challenge Republican Sen. David Perdue in a contest that could dictate the fate of the Senate in 2020. Ted Terry told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he struggled to raise enough money to compete in the...

FILE- In a Nov. 3, 2008, file photo, voters wait to fill out absentee ballots the day before the general election in Detroit. People can cast absentee ballots in Michigan's March 10, 2020 presidential primary starting Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020.  (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

Early voting is underway in Michigan's presidential primary

Jan. 25, 2020 8:44 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Voting is underway in Michigan's presidential primary more than a year after the option was greatly expanded through the passage of a ballot measure, though many Democrats vying for the nomination remain focused — for now — on Iowa and other early states. The 45-day...

FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2019, file photo, President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. Trump's guiding principle is the idea that he's the president - and that means he can do what he wants. It's governed how he operates with his staff, world leaders and lawmakers. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Trump's idea of executive power is also impeachment defense

Jan. 25, 2020 6:31 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump has always been a man of absolutes. Something is the best or the worst, a person is a winner or a total loser, an event has never happened before, even when it has. Absolutism was the unwritten credo of his career in business and is the guiding light of his presidency as he...

Lonnie Scott, right, executive director Progress Michigan, announces the launch of a statewide ballot drive to rein in lobbying, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, outside the Michigan Bureau of Elections in Lansing, Mich. Joining Scott is Ken Schwartz, vice president of Michiganders for Fair and Transparent Elections. (AP Photo/David Eggert)

Group launches Michigan ballot drive to rein in lobbying

Jan. 23, 2020 6:20 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A group launched a ballot drive Thursday to target lobbying in Michigan's Capitol by banning free food and drink for state elected officials, requiring former lawmakers to wait two years to become lobbyists and overhauling a system that tracks lobbying. The Coalition to Close Lansing...

Group drops part of voting suit, is OK with satellite sites

Jan. 23, 2020 5:54 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A liberal group has dropped part of its lawsuit challenging Michigan's law regarding same-day voter registration at polling places, after the state clarified that people can register to vote at satellite locations established by clerks. Super PAC Priorities USA filed an amended suit...

Iowa abortion constitutional amendment moves to Senate floor

Jan. 23, 2020 4:14 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A resolution amending the Iowa Constitution to declare there is no right to an abortion in the state passed a Senate committee Thursday, making it eligible for floor debate. The measure passed with only Republican votes from the Senate State Government Committee. Republican Sen....

Russian President Vladimir Putin listens for a question as he visits the

Russian lawmakers OK Putin's constitutional proposals

Jan. 23, 2020 8:47 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian lawmakers on Thursday quickly gave preliminary approval to a slew of constitutional changes widely seen as an attempt by President Vladimir Putin to remain in charge after his current term ends in 2024. Kremlin critics have described the amendments as an attempt by Putin to secure his...

Appeals court upholds Norway licenses for Arctic drilling

Jan. 23, 2020 6:27 AM EST

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — An appeals court ruled Thursday that the Norwegian government can hand out oil drilling licenses in the Arctic, dealing a second blow to environmental groups that had sued against further drilling in the Barents Sea. The court upheld a ruling that acquitted the government of...

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a campaign event on foreign policy at a VFW post Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, in Osage, Iowa. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Biden and Sanders' rift could define closing days in Iowa

Jan. 22, 2020 9:48 PM EST

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) — The rivalry between Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders is deepening as the Democratic presidential candidates are increasingly at loggerheads over their support of Social Security, signaling a battle ahead that could last well beyond the Iowa caucuses. Biden’s campaign released a...

NY governor's budget includes host of laws he wants passed

Jan. 22, 2020 8:14 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo released a $178 billion budget proposal this week alongside a host of laws he wants to pass — from allowing e-bikes to a ban on single-use Styrofoam containers. The Democrat has made it a practice of his to propose multiple new laws with budgets when he...