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In this Tuesday, May 26, 2020 photo, U.S. Rep. Steve Watkins, R-Kan., speaks to reporters after filing paperwork with the Kansas secretary of state's office in Topeka, Kan., to get his name on the ballot for re-election. Watkins faces a tough primary challenge from State Treasurer Jake LaTurner. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Kansas Rep. Watkins faces attacks labeling him GOP impostor

Jun. 6, 2020 11:17 AM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A freshman Kansas congressman who has toed the conservative line and steadfastly defended President Donald Trump nevertheless is battling accusations that he's an impostor in a tough Republican primary race. Rep. Steve Watkins' voting record and statements decrying Trump's impeachment...

FILE - In this May 19, 2020, file photo, Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, speaks with reporters after a Senate Republican weekly luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington. Four relatively unknown Iowa Democrats are competing in a primary Tuesday to take on Ernst. The endeavor was once viewed as a long shot. But Ernst’s slip in approval and the rallying of Iowa and national Democrats behind one of the four has the race receiving a second look.  (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Democrats fight for chance to take on GOP Sen. Ernst in Iowa

Jun. 1, 2020 6:18 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Four relatively unknown Iowa Democrats are competing in a primary Tuesday to take on Republican Sen. Joni Ernst, an endeavor viewed as a long shot when better-known prospects last year took a pass on running. But Ernst's slip in approval and the rallying of Iowa and national...

Indiana State Treasurer Kelly Mitchell stands by a campaign sign, Thursday, May 28, 2020, in Westfield, Ind. Mitchell is a candidate for Indiana's 5th Congressional District. More Republican women than ever are seeking House seats this year after the 2018 election further diminished their limited ranks in Congress. But so far it appears that any gains this November could be modest.  (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

More GOP women seeking office, but winning still in question

May. 31, 2020 7:55 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — More Republican women than ever are seeking House seats this year thanks to a reenergized recruitment effort after their limited ranks in Congress diminished even further in the 2018 election. But any gains in November could be modest. Many of these roughly 200 candidates are running in...

President Donald Trump listens as Dr. Deborah Birx, White House coronavirus response coordinator, speaks during a roundtable with industry executives about reopening country after the coronavirus closures, in the State Dining Room of the White House, Friday, May 29, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump to resume fundraisers next month with COVID-19 checks

May. 29, 2020 5:46 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will resume in-person fundraisers for his re-election campaign next month with additional precautions for the coronavirus. A Republican National Committee official said Friday that Trump is currently scheduled to hold events on June 11 in Dallas and June 13 in...

FILE - In this May 14, 2020, file photo House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Republicans are brandishing the latest approach in their uphill fight for House control this November: battering moderate Democrats for backing a $3 trillion coronavirus relief bill promising benefits for immigrants who entered the U.S. illegally. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Virus, economy, Trump and cash hamper GOP's bid for House

May. 23, 2020 10:35 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans are brandishing the latest weapon in their uphill fight for House control this November: votes by moderate Democrats to pass a $3 trillion coronavirus relief bill promising benefits for immigrants who entered the U.S. illegally. They're also celebrating their recent capture...

FILE - In this March 15, 2020, file photo, former Vice President Joe Biden, participates in a Democratic presidential primary debate with Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., not seen, at CNN Studios in Washington. This may be the best of times politically for Biden, who won three massive endorsements over the last week, none bigger than former rival Bernie Sanders. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Biden campaign limits press access during virtual fundraiser

May. 21, 2020 9:51 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden's campaign wouldn't let reporters listen to a question-and-answer session during a virtual fundraiser with Wall Street donors on Thursday night, a break from its usual procedures and from the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee's past pronouncements about promoting...

Michael Cohen arrives at his Manhattan apartment, Thursday, May 21, 2020, in New York. President Donald Trump's longtime personal lawyer and fixer was released federal prison Thursday and is expected to serve the remainder of his sentence at home. Cohen has been serving a federal prison sentence at FCI Otisville in New York after pleading guilty to numerous charges, including campaign finance fraud and lying to Congress. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen released from US prison

May. 21, 2020 2:16 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer and fixer, Michael Cohen, was released from federal prison Thursday to serve the remainder of his sentence at home because of the coronavirus pandemic. Wearing a surgical mask and a baseball cap, Cohen arrived at his Manhattan apartment...

FILE - In this May 6, 2019, file photo Michael Cohen, former attorney to President Donald Trump, holds a press conference outside his apartment building before departing to begin his prison term in New York. Cohen will be released from federal prison on Thursday, May 21, 2020, and is expected to serve the remainder of his sentence at home, a person familiar with the matter told The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen, File)

AP source: Ex-Trump lawyer Cohen to be released from prison

May. 20, 2020 6:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s longtime personal lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen will be released from federal prison Thursday and is expected to serve the remainder of his sentence at home, a person familiar with the matter told The Associated Press. Cohen has been serving a federal...

Portland mayor fined $500 for listing donors in small print

May. 19, 2020 11:08 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler was fined $500 for listing his largest contributors on his campaign mailer in type that was too small, and two other candidates in city races were given warnings for not properly disclosing their largest donors on their websites and social media accounts....

FILE - In this combination of file photos, former Vice President Joe Biden speaks in Wilmington, Del., on March 12, 2020, left, and President Donald Trump speaks at the White House in Washington on April 5, 2020. (AP Photo, File)

2020 Watch: Battleground map taking shape for Biden, Trump

May. 18, 2020 8:05 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Presidential politics move fast. What we’re watching heading into a new week on the 2020 campaign: Days to general election: 169 THE NARRATIVE States are relaxing shutdown and stay-at-home orders during the COVID-19 pandemic. President Donald Trump is traveling more, determined to...