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FILE - In this March 28, 2017, file photo, Republican leaders Rep. Tim Moore, left, and Sen. Phil Berger hold a news conference in Raleigh, N.C. The two powerful state lawmakers  want President Donald Trump and Joe Biden to have an extra presidential debate. (Chris Seward/The News & Observer via AP, File)

Top state lawmakers want a presidential debate in N.C.

Aug. 7, 2020 5:02 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — At a time when many voters are growing weary of the contentious campaign ads that have flooded the airwaves, North Carolina’s top legislative leaders want even more political drama in the swing state. Senate leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore wrote in a joint letter...

President Donald Trump walks towards members of the media before boarding Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, for a short trip to Andrews Air Force Base, Md. and then on to Cleveland, Ohio. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Commission rejects Trump push to add debate against Biden

Aug. 6, 2020 8:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates has rejected a request from the Trump campaign to either add an additional general election debate or move up the calendar for the contests. In a letter to Trump private attorney Rudy Giuliani, his liaison to the commission, the...

Editorial Roundup: US

Aug. 5, 2020 8:44 PM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ Aug. 6 The Khaleej Times on the explosion in Beirut, Lebanon: In times of adversity it is incumbent upon brother nations and, indeed, the whole world to share the grief and the burden of the loss. What happened in Beirut is a disaster of huge...

President Donald Trump speaks during a briefing with reporters in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, in Washington.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump considering giving convention speech from White House

Aug. 5, 2020 3:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Wednesday he'll probably deliver his Republican convention acceptance speech from the White House now that plans to hold the event in two battleground states have been foiled by coronavirus concerns and restrictions. Such a move would mark an unprecedented use...

FILE - In this May 6, 2020, file photo, Sen. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., listens during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. Arizona will be in the national spotlight in November as a presidential battleground and the home of one of the most closely watched Senate contests in the country. But Tuesday's primary on Aug. 4 features few big-ticket contests. McSally faces a challenge from businessman Daniel McCarthy, who is running to her right with an anti-government message and an appeal to voters who think the response to the pandemic is infringing on individual freedoms. (Shawn Thew/Pool via AP, File)

McSally proposes 7 debates as Arizona Senate race heats up

Aug. 5, 2020 11:25 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Republican Sen. Martha McSally is challenging Mark Kelly to seven debates, claiming her Democratic rival has evaded scrutiny and presented a manicured image of himself. McSally proposed an unusually large number of debates for a sitting senator with the bully-pulpit advantages of incumbency,...

FILE - In this Saturday, June 1, 2019 file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., speaks at an SEIU event before the 2019 California Democratic Party State Organizing Convention in San Francisco. Harris is only the second Black woman to serve in the Senate, and in 2020, a prominent contender for the vice-presidential ticket. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Smile more? Some critics see sexism in debate over Biden VP

Aug. 4, 2020 7:37 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — She's too ambitious. She's not apologetic enough. She should smile more. The debate over Joe Biden's running mate has recently ticked through a familiar list of stereotypes about women in politics as the Democratic presidential candidate and his allies stumble through a search they had...

FILE - In this Saturday, June 1, 2019 file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., speaks at an SEIU event before the 2019 California Democratic Party State Organizing Convention in San Francisco. Harris is only the second Black woman to serve in the Senate, and in 2020, a prominent contender for the vice-presidential ticket. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Smile more? Some critics see sexism in debate over Biden VP

Aug. 3, 2020 9:57 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — She's too ambitious. She's not apologetic enough. She should smile more. The debate over Joe Biden's running mate has recently ticked through a familiar list of stereotypes about women in politics as the Democratic presidential candidate and his allies stumble through a search they had...

FILE - In this June 20, 2020, file photo President Donald Trump arrives on stage to speak at a campaign rally at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Okla. Trump is privately reassuring Republicans anxious about his deficits to Democrat Joe Biden, noting there are three months until Election Day and reminding them of the late-breaking events that propelled his 2016 comeback. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Clock is ticking on Trump comeback as early voting nears

Aug. 2, 2020 8:04 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s getting late early. President Donald Trump is privately reassuring Republicans anxious about his deficits to Democrat Joe Biden, noting there are three months until Election Day and reminding them of the late-breaking events that propelled his 2016 comeback. But four years...

FILE - In this June 9, 2020, file photo, West Virginia Democratic candidate for governor Ben Salango, second from left, greets his supporters with his wife, Tara, by his side in his Charleston, W.Va., campaign headquarters. The Democratic candidate for West Virginia governor on Friday, July 31, 2020, said he has agreed to debate Gov. Jim Justice five times before the November election and called on the Republican incumbent to sign on as well. (Kenny Kemp/Charleston Gazette-Mail via AP, File)

Salango pushes for 5 debates with Justice before election

Jul. 31, 2020 1:59 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Ben Salango wants to debate. The Democratic candidate for West Virginia governor on Friday said he has agreed to debate Gov. Jim Justice five times before the November election and called on the Republican incumbent to sign on as well. Salango, an attorney and Kanawha County...

FILE - In this file photo from March 12, 2020, work continues at a shale gas well drilling site in St. Mary's, Pa. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

AP FACT CHECK: Trump distorts Biden's position on fracking

Jul. 31, 2020 1:14 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — President Donald Trump is routinely distorting Democratic rival Joe Biden's policy on fracking as he tries to transform it into a full-scale “disaster” for election battlegrounds. Trump's latest iteration of his falsehood: TRUMP: “Biden came out against fracking....