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Trump the pundit handicaps 2020 Democratic contenders

Feb. 19, 2019 6:35 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Kamala Harris had the best campaign roll-out. Amy Klobuchar's snowy debut showed grit. Elizabeth Warren's opening campaign video was a bit odd. Take it from an unlikely armchair pundit sizing up the 2020 Democratic field: President Donald Trump. In tweets, public remarks and private...

The Latest: Leahy backs Sanders in shift from 2016

Feb. 19, 2019 2:36 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders' presidential bid (all times local): 2:30 p.m. On the first day of his presidential campaign, Bernie Sanders picked up the support of his fellow home-state senator, Democrat Patrick Leahy. Leahy, who endorsed Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Democratic...

Inslee plan for health subsidies echoes national debate

Feb. 18, 2019 7:53 PM EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A proposal for expanded health coverage is bringing a national debate to Washington State. Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee's plan to broaden state subsidies for private insurance is provoking both concerns over costs and criticisms that it doesn't go far enough. Along with creating a...

Unicorns are real: Tech baffles Indonesian candidate

Feb. 18, 2019 12:48 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's presidential candidates debated some of the most pressing issues facing the world's third-largest democracy: dilapidated infrastructure, struggling farmers, forest fires — and unicorns. When President Joko Widodo, who is seeking a second term, asked challenger...

2 stages, up to 20 candidates in first 2 Democratic debates

Feb. 14, 2019 4:20 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The first two Democratic presidential debates for the 2020 election will have two heats with room for a total of 20 candidates who meet certain polling or grassroots fundraising thresholds. A senior Democratic National Committee official outlined the framework Thursday for the June and...

DNC chair: Qualifications for first debates coming this week

Feb. 13, 2019 9:10 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez says he'll announce details of the first two presidential primary debates by the end of the week. Perez says he plans to include a grassroots fundraising metric as part of the qualifying threshold. He wants that to make the debate more...

Trump's speech: Less analytical, more sure than predecessors

Feb. 11, 2019 3:26 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Leaders are speaking far more simply and with more confidence than they did four score and seven years ago. Donald Trump's speech has accelerated that trend. A new study says Trump talks less analytically, and more confidently, than all past U.S. presidents. Psychologists at the...

Trump tries to turn border debate his way with El Paso rally

Feb. 11, 2019 12:22 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is trying to turn the debate over a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border back to his political advantage as his signature pledge to American voters threatens to become a model of unfulfilled promises. Trump will hold his first campaign rally since November's midterm...

Clash in Kansas over tax relief quickly coming to a head

Feb. 6, 2019 9:36 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's election victory suggested that Kansas repudiated past GOP fiscal policies, yet voters also encouraged top Republicans to pursue income tax relief by giving conservatives more power in the Legislature. The contradiction is driving a political clash coming...

Macron claws back support amid focus on yellow vest movement

Feb. 6, 2019 12:16 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron appears to be clawing back support as he tries to quell the yellow vest protest movement with a national political debate. Recent polls by Ifop, BVA and Harris Interactive institutes show Macron's approval ratings rising — from 23 to 31 percent in...