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Montana allows counties to hold all-mail voting in November

Aug. 6, 2020 6:00 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana will allow counties to hold all-mail voting in November to limit the spread of the coronavirus, said Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock, who is running for the U.S. Senate. The order was issued in a response to a request from the Montana Association of Clerks and Recorders and the...

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., joined by Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer of N.Y., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Democrats demand Postal Service reverse changes slowing mail

Aug. 6, 2020 5:53 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic congressional leaders are calling on the U.S. Postal Service to immediately reverse operational changes that are causing delays in deliveries across the country just as big volume increases are expected for mail-in election voting. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate...

FILE - In this July 28, 2020, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a campaign event at the William

Biden draws distinction on Black, Latino political diversity

Aug. 6, 2020 5:52 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden faces new scrutiny over how he discusses race and ethnicity after drawing distinctions between Black and Hispanic populations in the United States. “By the way, what you all know but most people don’t know, unlike the African...

Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson speaks to members of the press at her polling location, Pasteur Elementary School, during primary election day Tuesday Aug. 4, 2020 in Detroit. (Nicole Hester/Mlive.com/Ann Arbor News via AP)

Record 2.5M voted in primary; Benson pushes for legislation

Aug. 6, 2020 5:40 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A record 2.5 million votes were cast in Michigan's primary, as people took advantage of no-excuse absentee voting amid the coronavirus pandemic, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said Thursday. The count surpassed the previous record of 2.2 million from 2018, when — unlike...

Elections official refutes claim that people can vote twice

Aug. 6, 2020 4:50 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Elections officials say Nevada has safeguards in place to prevent people from voting twice in elections, refuting an assertion from former U.S. Sen. Dean Heller that the system makes it possible for voters to cast more than one ballot. Heller, a Republican who was Nevada's top elections...

FILE - A woman wearing a mask walks her dog past the New York Stock Exchange, Tuesday, June 30, 2020.  Stocks are drifting in early trading on Wall Street Thursday, Aug. 6,  after a report suggested that the number of layoffs across the country is slowing, though it remains incredibly high. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Wall Street perks up as S&P 500 pulls within 1.1% of record

Aug. 6, 2020 4:33 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks perked higher on Wall Street Thursday after a report showed the pace of layoffs across the country is slowing, though it remains incredibly high. The S&P 500 rose 21.39, or 0.6%, to 3,349.16, as investors also waited for Congress and the White House to reach a hoped-for deal on...

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif. speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Trump, McConnell huddle; virus aid talks at risk of collapse

Aug. 6, 2020 4:27 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump huddled at the White House Thursday with the Senate's top Republican over a vital COVID-19 rescue package, but hopes on Capitol Hill for a deal were souring and there was increasing worry that GOP negotiations with Democrats might collapse. The impasse in the...

In this  Feb. 15 2017 photo, state Rep. Matt Gurtler, R-Tiger, presents HB 156 to a subcommittee of the Public Safety & Homeland Security Committee in Atlanta. State Rep. Matt Gurtler and Athens gun dealer Andrew Clyde advanced to a runoff in northeast Georgia’s 9th Congressional District from a nine-candidate field in the state's primary election Tuesday, June 9, 2020. (Bob Andres/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Clyde, Gurtler, vie for Republican nod in northeast Georgia

Aug. 6, 2020 4:27 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A self-styled constitutional conservative who's been a thorn in the side of Republican leadership is taking on a gun dealer who fought the IRS and won in the Republican runoff in Georgia's 9th Congressional District. The winner of Tuesday's matchup between Matt Gurtler and Andrew Clyde will...

FILE - In this May 8, 2017 file photo steel pipes for the North Stream 2 pipeline are stacked in Mukran harbour in Sassnitz, Germany. Three Republican senators have warned operators of a small German port that they face “crushing” sanctions for allegedly providing supplies to vessels involved in a Russian pipeline project. The letter by Sen. Ted Cruz, Sen. Tom Cotton and Sen. Ron Johnson targets Mukran port located in German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s constituency on the Baltic Sea island of Ruegen.  (Stefan Sauer/dpa via AP, File)

US senators take aim at German port over Russia pipeline

Aug. 6, 2020 2:30 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Three Republican senators have issued a dire warning to operators of a small German port, threatening them with “crushing” sanctions for allegedly providing supplies to Russian vessels involved in a pipeline project the United States vehemently opposes. The letter sent late...

Sydney Freenas wears a mask as she works to process ballots from Tuesday's primary election that were mailed out to voters and then deposited in drop boxes or mailed back in, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, at the King County Elections headquarters in Renton, Wash., south of Seattle. Washington state has offered voting by mail since 2011. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Two women, both Democrats, will face off in 10th CD

Aug. 6, 2020 2:28 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The race for Washington's 10th Congressional District is certain to be between two female Democrats, but one of the two is still undetermined as ballots continue to arrive in elections offices and be counted in the state's vote-by-mail primary. With the announcement of Democratic U.S....