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O'Rourke on historical racist attacks: US as divided as ever

Aug. 20, 2019 7:18 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke this week visited sites in Tulsa and Oklahoma City that were targeted by violence, and made a point of linking the Tulsa race riots and a recent deadly mass shooting in his Texas hometown. The former congressman stopped Monday in Tulsa's...

Julián Castro qualifies for September presidential debates

Aug. 20, 2019 3:27 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro said Tuesday that he has qualified for the next presidential debates, reaching a polling threshold for the round taking place in September in Houston. The former Obama housing chief and former mayor of San Antonio announced that he...

Trump dismisses worries of recession, says economy is strong

Aug. 19, 2019 4:28 AM EDT

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump dismissed concerns of recession on Sunday and offered an optimistic outlook for the economy after last week's steep drop in the financial markets. "I don't think we're having a recession," Trump told reporters as he returned to Washington from his New...

Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

Aug. 16, 2019 11:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows: ABC's "This Week" —White House trade adviser Peter Navarro; Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y.; Stacey Abrams, founder of Fair Fight Action. ___ NBC's "Meet the Press" — White House economic adviser Larry Kudlowl; former Rep. Beto...

O'Rourke visits town targeted by 'terrifying' ICE raids

Aug. 16, 2019 5:57 PM EDT

CANTON, Miss. (AP) — Beto O'Rourke on Friday became the first Democratic presidential candidate to visit one of the Mississippi towns where federal immigration agents raided chicken processing plants and arrested nearly 700 people — kicking off a new phase of his campaign he says will focus on...

O'Rourke restarting White House bid as battle against Trump

Aug. 15, 2019 2:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrat Beto O'Rourke rejoined the presidential race on Thursday nearly two weeks after a mass shooting in his Texas hometown, using a speech in his grieving city to try to overhaul his White House bid and argue that President Donald Trump is morally unfit for a second term. The former...

AP Analysis: Moving to make immigration whiter, wealthier

Aug. 14, 2019 6:29 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is on a course to remake the face of immigration in America in ways that would turn it whiter and wealthier. It is a dramatic editing of the American catechism welcoming "your tired, your poor, your huddled masses , yearning to breathe free," inscribed on the...

Trump official: Statue of Liberty's poem is about Europeans

Aug. 14, 2019 3:21 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A top Trump administration official says the famous inscription on the Statue of Liberty, welcoming "huddled masses" of immigrants to American shores, was referring to "people coming from Europe" and that the nation is looking to receive migrants "who can stand on their own two feet." The...

O'Rourke resuming presidential run with 'major' Texas speech

Aug. 14, 2019 11:14 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Beto O'Rourke will formally rejoin the presidential race on Thursday, resuming a campaign that has been suspended for nearly two weeks with what he promises will be a "major address to the nation" from his hometown of El Paso, Texas, where a mass shooting killed 22 people. The Democratic...

2020 Democrats weigh how tough to hit Trump on racism

Aug. 13, 2019 4:40 PM EDT

Hillary Clinton took the stage in Reno, Nevada, with an urgent warning about the consequences of a Donald Trump administration: "He's taking hate groups mainstream and helping a radical fringe take over one of America's two major political parties. Trump is reinforcing harmful stereotypes and offering a dog...