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Weld takes GOP bid to oust Trump to NH. Voters are confused.

Jun. 15, 2019 11:42 AM EDT

DOVER, N.H. (AP) — Bill Weld jokes about not kissing the back of a child's head because he doesn't want to be accused, like Joe Biden, of making people uncomfortable. He tells voters they wouldn't know how obese Americans truly are until they go to county fairs, where "those overalls are working overtime."...

Democrats favor more access to capital for black businesses

Jun. 15, 2019 4:45 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Four Democrats vying for their party's presidential nomination honed in on the economic concerns of the black community during a forum Saturday in South Carolina, a state where nonwhite voters will play a major role in next year's primary election. Appearing on stage one at a time,...

O'Rourke: White Americans don't know full story of slavery

Jun. 15, 2019 3:27 AM EDT

BEAUFORT, S.C. (AP) — Beto O'Rourke took a path somewhat less traveled on Friday, meeting with a small group representing a community of slave descendants in South Carolina as he strives to make connections with the black voters who will play a dominant role in next year's Southern presidential primaries....

Legacy of teacher walkouts could be more political activism

Jun. 15, 2019 10:52 AM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Betty Collins was born and raised in Tulsa, but the eighth grade history teacher hadn't been to the state Capitol in Oklahoma City until last spring, when she educators throughout the state walked off the job to protest for better wages and public school funding. Since that successful...

Governors still in the shadows of Democrats' 2020 campaign

Jun. 14, 2019 11:55 PM EDT

Being a governor isn't what it used to be, at least not in presidential politics. Three Western executives are learning that the hard way in a crowded Democratic scramble dominated by former Vice President Joe Biden and a gaggle of nationally known senators. Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, a late entry into the field...

Debate lineups: Biden, Sanders on 2nd night, Warren on 1st

Jun. 14, 2019 8:25 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — NBC set the lineup for its two-night debate of 2020 presidential contenders later this month, with a top-heavy second session that will pit former Vice President Joe Biden onstage against 2016 Democratic runner-up, Bernie Sanders, the youthful Mayor Pete Buttigieg and California Sen. Kamala...

Trump's 'border czar' says he hasn't accepted post

Jun. 15, 2019 3:46 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's pick for his "border czar" says he's not accepting the job — at least "as of right now." The former acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director, Tom Homan, tells Fox News that Trump's announcement that he would rejoin the administration to...

Ivanka Trump, Kushner took in as much as $135M last year

Jun. 14, 2019 10:25 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner took in as much as $135 million in revenue during their second year as aides to President Donald Trump, generated from their vast real estate holdings, stocks and bonds and even a book deal, according to their financial disclosures released Friday. Ivanka...

Dems accelerate election security push after Trump comments

Jun. 14, 2019 5:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Alarmed by President Donald Trump's willingness to accept foreign dirt on a political opponent, House Democrats are accelerating their efforts to strengthen election security ahead of the 2020 campaign. Lawmakers had already been compiling a fresh package of bills in the aftermath of...

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Advocates: Emails show that census question discriminates

Jun. 15, 2019 5:43 PM EDT

Voting rights activists argue that newly discovered 2015 correspondence between a GOP redistricting expert and a current Census Bureau official bolster arguments that discrimination motivated efforts to add a citizenship question to the 2020 population survey. The plaintiffs, who successfully challenged the...

Democrats favor more access to capital for black businesses

Jun. 15, 2019 4:45 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Four Democrats vying for their party's presidential nomination honed in on the economic concerns of the black community during a forum Saturday in South Carolina, a state where nonwhite voters will play a major role in next year's primary election. Appearing on stage one at a time,...

Crew members of targeted Norwegian-owned tanker now in Dubai

Jun. 15, 2019 3:57 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Crew members from a Norwegian-owned oil tanker apparently attacked in the Gulf of Oman landed Saturday in Dubai after two days in Iran as the other tanker targeted in the assault limped into anchorage off the eastern coast of the United Arab Emirates. Both the mariners'...

Trump's 'border czar' says he hasn't accepted post

Jun. 15, 2019 3:46 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's pick for his "border czar" says he's not accepting the job — at least "as of right now." The former acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director, Tom Homan, tells Fox News that Trump's announcement that he would rejoin the administration to...

Census says more than 60% of US men are fathers

Jun. 15, 2019 3:20 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Fathers in the U.S. tend to be better educated than men without children, and relatively few men have children over age 40. These are some of the conclusions in a report released this week by the U.S. Census Bureau, just in time for Father's Day. The data in the report come from 2014...

Disaster declaration sought for Ohio farmers hurt by rain

Jun. 15, 2019 9:08 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio is seeking federal aid for farmers who haven't been able to plant crops because of rain soaked fields. Gov. Mike DeWine's office said Friday he is seeking a disaster declaration from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to make affected farmers eligible for federal money. DeWine...

Trump blames Iran for tanker attacks but calls for talks

Jun. 15, 2019 6:49 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has blamed Iran for attacks on oil tankers near the strategic Strait of Hormuz, but he also held out hope that implicit U.S. threats to use force will yield talks with the Islamic Republic as the Pentagon considers beefing up defenses in the Persian Gulf area. A day...

Migrants complain of poor conditions at US holding centers

Jun. 15, 2019 6:48 AM EDT

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — The Trump administration is facing growing complaints from migrants about severe overcrowding, meager food and other hardships at border holding centers, with some people at an encampment in El Paso being forced to sleep on the bare ground during dust storms. The Border Network for...

The Latest: Arab League chief tells Iranians to 'be careful'

Jun. 15, 2019 3:21 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on Mideast developments amid rising tensions in the Persian Gulf region (all times local): 11:45 p.m. The head of the Arab League is calling on the Iranians to "be careful and reverse course." Secretary General Ahmed Aboul Gheit noted after meeting with U.N....

Tennessee Volkswagen plant rejects unionization

Jun. 15, 2019 12:11 AM EDT

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Workers at Volkswagen's plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, voted Friday night against forming a factory-wide union, handing a setback to the United Auto Workers' efforts to gain a foothold among foreign auto facilities in the South. The vote of hourly workers began Wednesday and...