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Biden's 2020 opening? Dem field missing foreign policy hand

Feb. 23, 2019 10:24 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In town halls, television interviews and social media posts, Democratic presidential candidates are touting their support for "Medicare-for-all," higher taxes on the wealthy and a war on climate change. But foreign policy, one of the chief responsibilities of a president, is largely...

Lawmakers unveil compromise budget plan, put off vote

Feb. 23, 2019 10:03 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia lawmakers voted to add an extra day to this year's legislative session because of a heated disagreement over whether they'd had enough time to study a proposed budget before voting on it. It's a contentious end to a legislative session marked by an unprecedented wave of...

Democratic candidates make pitches to party leaders

Feb. 23, 2019 6:19 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Three prominent Democrats took turns Saturday pitching their credentials as the strongest challenger to Republican Gov. Matt Bevin as they appeared before party leaders hungry to win back the governor's mansion. Attorney General Andy Beshear recounted his record of beating Bevin in...

Israel's Netanyahu defends partnership with far-right party

Feb. 23, 2019 2:55 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli prime minister is defending his partnership with a small ultranationalist party despite local and international condemnation. Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday took to Twitter and called the criticism, which also came from pro-Israel Jewish organizations in the US, as "hypocrisy and...

Lathan re-elected as GOP party chairwoman

Feb. 23, 2019 2:53 PM EST

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Republicans have re-elected Terry Lathan of Mobile as state chairwoman. Lathan was re-elected Saturday as the leader of the Alabama Republican Party. Leadership elections occurred during the party's winter meeting in Birmingham. Lathan was first elected chairwoman in 2015....

Maine governor faces higher-than-expected inauguration costs

Feb. 23, 2019 2:50 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's new Democratic governor is facing higher-than-expected costs for her inauguration. Gov. Janet Mills says her inaugural committee has brought in over $380,000 since Nov. 7. Meanwhile, her transition committee has brought in about $42,000. Her biggest donors include paper...

Poland party leader vows more social benefits ahead of votes

Feb. 23, 2019 2:32 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's ruling party leader has pledged more social benefits for families with children and for the elderly as he opened the right-wing party's campaign ahead of key elections this year. Speaking at a party convention Saturday, Jaroslaw Kaczynski announced an upgrade to the generous...

Michigan Republicans elect former lawmaker Cox state chair

Feb. 23, 2019 2:15 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Former state Rep. Laura Cox of Livonia will lead the Michigan Republican Party while it seeks to re-elect President Donald Trump in 2020. Cox, who has been endorsed by Trump's campaign manager and top Michigan Republicans, also is a former Wayne County commissioner and customs agent....

Long odds for GOP push against left 'extremism' in schools

Feb. 23, 2019 12:59 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Republican's push to quash the "left-wing extremism" in Maine classrooms faces steep odds in the state's Democratic controlled Legislature. Rep. Lawrence Lockman seeks to prevent teachers in public schools from engaging in political, ideological, or religious advocacy in the...

Iowa lawmakers consider changing cosmetology requirements

Feb. 23, 2019 11:30 AM EST

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Cosmetology schools in Iowa have been in the crosshairs in recent years, as some state lawmakers question their education requirements. Two bills in the Legislature would have reduced the minimum number of hours of education required to become a certified cosmetologist. Both failed to...