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Former elections regulator joins field for House seat

Aug. 19, 2019 9:49 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Former leading state elections regulator and Obama-administration official John Blair on Monday announced he'll run against a crowded Democratic field for the nomination to seek an open congressional seat in northern New Mexico in 2020. The seat is currently held by Democratic U.S....

With eyes on election, White House insists economy is strong

Aug. 19, 2019 9:17 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The "fundamentals" of the U.S. economy are solid, the White House asserted Monday, invoking an ill-fated political declaration of a decade ago amid mounting concern that a recession could imperil President Donald Trump's reelection. Exhibiting no such concern, senior adviser Kellyanne...

Twitter shuts Chinese accounts targeting Hong Kong protests

Aug. 19, 2019 9:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Twitter said Monday it has suspended more than 200,000 accounts that it believes were part of a Chinese government influence campaign targeting the protest movement in Hong Kong. The company also said it will ban ads from state-backed media companies, expanding a prohibition it first...

Top US CEOs rethink the meaning of shareholder value

Aug. 19, 2019 8:49 PM EDT

The "shareholder comes first" has for years been the mantra of the Business Roundtable, a group that represents the most powerful CEOs in America and their thinking. The group's new principles on the role of a corporation released Monday imply a foundational shift, putting shareholders on more equal footing with...

Warren apologizes for heritage claim, woos Native Americans

Aug. 19, 2019 8:24 PM EDT

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren offered a public apology Monday to Native Americans over her past claim to tribal heritage, directly tackling an area that's proved to be a big political liability. "Like anyone who has been honest with themselves, I know I have...

Maryland Democrats want to move on ahead education plan

Aug. 19, 2019 7:55 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Democrats are pledging to move forward with a commission's plan to improve the state's schools, after the state's Republican governor described it as "fiscally irresponsible." The Baltimore Sun reported that Democrats who control the General Assembly expressed support for...

Republican Sen. Barbara Bailey to step down Sept. 30

Aug. 19, 2019 6:44 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Republican Sen. Barbara Bailey is stepping down from her Senate seat on Sept. 30. In an Aug. 16 letter to Gov. Jay Inslee, Bailey cited the lack of quality time with her family and church as the reason for her decision and wrote that there are projects she and her husband would like...

Education lacking on Missouri ID law, critics argue in court

Aug. 19, 2019 6:22 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Critics of Missouri's new voter identification law argued in court Monday that election officials hadn't done enough to help residents navigate the changes, countering the secretary of state's position that his 18-month informational campaign "far exceeded" the legal...

Virginia crime commission begins hearing on gun violence

Aug. 19, 2019 5:57 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — As the Virginia State Crime Commission began a hearing Monday on proposals to stem gun violence, Gov. Ralph Northam urged lawmakers to pass "commonsense" measures as he took a swipe at Republican leaders who called for further study. Northam sent a letter to the commission as a two-day...

Pritzker nixes family planning money after Trump 'gag rule'

Aug. 19, 2019 5:43 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. J.B. Pritzker says Illinois will not use federal family planning funds as long as Republican President Donald Trump's administration prohibits women's health clinics from referring patients for abortions. The Democrat called Trump's requirement a "gag rule" Monday on a...