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Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer of N.Y., left, with Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks during a news conference, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Virus bill blocked in Senate as prospects dim for new relief

Sep. 10, 2020 4:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats scuttled a scaled-back GOP coronavirus rescue package on Thursday as the parties argued to a standstill over the size and scope of the aid, likely ending hopes for coronavirus relief before the November election. The mostly party-line vote capped weeks of wrangling that...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020, file photo, Vice President Mike Pence speaks at a campaign event on the grounds of Kuharchik Construction, Inc., in Exeter, Pa. Labor Day kicks off the unofficial start to fall election campaign. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

AP Exclusive: Pence to attend event hosted by QAnon backers

Sep. 9, 2020 1:27 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence and top officials from President Donald Trump’s campaign are slated to attend a Montana fundraiser next week hosted by a couple who have expressed support for the QAnon conspiracy theory, according to an event invitation obtained by The Associated Press...

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., center, walks to his office from the Senate floor, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

GOP proposes 'targeted' virus aid, but Dems say not enough

Sep. 9, 2020 11:07 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate prepared to vote this week on a trimmed-down Republican coronavirus relief package, though it only has a slim chance of passage in the face of Democrats' insistence for more sweeping aid. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released the approximately $500 billion measure on...

President Donald Trump speaks to the media before boarding Air Force One for a trip to Kenosha, Wis., Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020, in Andrews Air Force Base, Md. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump spins baseless tale of ‘thugs’ flying to protests

Sep. 2, 2020 12:04 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — President Donald Trump is recycling a baseless conspiracy theory to claim that recent protests have been orchestrated by powerful people in “dark shadows” intent on undermining his reelection prospects. The claims first took root on Facebook and Twitter earlier this year after...

Illinois Editorial Roundup:

Sep. 1, 2020 4:14 PM EDT

Here are excerpts of editorials that appeared recently in Illinois newspapers. August 31, 2020 Chicago Tribune When `peaceful protests’ turn violent Candid, passionate and even angry debate is an essential feature of a free and democratic society. The First Amendment establishes an inviolable space for...

President Donald Trump speaks from the South Lawn of the White House on the fourth day of the Republican National Convention, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

AP FACT CHECK: Is Trump's America great again or hellscape?

Aug. 31, 2020 12:28 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican National Convention begged this question: Why are President Donald Trump’s most fervent supporters describing the state of his union as a hellscape? It was perhaps the central paradox for voters wondering what to believe in the rhetoric, because it defied logic to...

President Donald Trump speaks from the South Lawn of the White House on the fourth day of the Republican National Convention, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

AP FACT CHECK: Is US great again or dystopian? GOP says both

Aug. 29, 2020 8:52 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican National Convention begged this question: Why are President Donald Trump’s most fervent supporters describing the state of his union as a hellscape? It was perhaps the central paradox for voters wondering what to believe in the rhetoric, because it defied logic to...

President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, Friday, Aug. 28, 2020, in Londonderry, N.H. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Trump, at NH rally, sows fears about 'thugs,' 'anarchists'

Aug. 28, 2020 8:33 PM EDT

LONDONDERRY, N.H. (AP) — Fresh off accepting the Republican Party’s nomination, President Donald Trump said Friday he was the only thing standing between “democracy and the mob,” as he lashed out at protesters who accosted his supporters as they left the White House the night before....

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., center, and others, are escorted by Metropolitan Police after attending President Donald Trump's acceptance speech at the White House, Thursday night , Aug. 27, 2020, in Washington, after a crowd had enveloped Paul as he left the event and demanded that he acknowledge police shooting victim Breonna Taylor. (AP Photo/Yuki Iwamura)

Sen. Paul complains about 'angry mob' encounter after RNC

Aug. 28, 2020 1:55 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Rand Paul, who was surrounded by screaming protesters when he and his wife left President Donald Trump’s Republican National Convention speech at the White House, claimed without evidence on Friday that he had been “attacked by an angry mob” of the type that...

Metropolitan Police carry away a handcuffed protestor along a section of 16th Street, Northwest, renamed Black Lives Matter Plaza, Thursday night , Aug. 27, 2020, in Washington, after President Donald Trump had finished delivering his acceptance speech from the White House South Lawn. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Protesters try to drown out Trump speech, yell at Sen. Paul

Aug. 28, 2020 11:06 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hundreds of demonstrators gathered around the White House for a “noise demonstration and dance party" in an attempt to drown out President Donald Trump's speech accepting the Republican presidential nomination. And later, a crowd enveloped U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky as he left...