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Correction: Trump-Politics story

Nov. 9, 2019 8:16 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story Nov. 6 about elections in Virginia and Kentucky, The Associated Press reported erroneously that more than twice as many people in Virginia voted in state legislative races than 2015. The number of ballots case Tuesday increased by more than 50% compared with four years ago,...

Harris zeroes in on health care before powerful Nevada union

Nov. 8, 2019 11:53 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Presidential candidate Kamala Harris zeroed in on the Democratic Party's debate over health insurance Friday as she made her pitch to one of Nevada's most powerful political forces, the casino workers' union. Leaders and members of the Culinary Union and its parent organization, Unite...

Biden has 'no problem' with Bloomberg running for president

Nov. 8, 2019 6:01 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Joe Biden said Friday that he welcomes the possibility of billionaire Michael Bloomberg joining the crowded presidential field seeking the Democratic nomination. "Michael's a solid guy, and let's see where it goes," Biden told reporters after filing paperwork to run in New Hampshire's...

Medicare's outpatient 'Part B' premium going up to $144.60

Nov. 8, 2019 5:48 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Medicare's "Part B" premium for outpatient care will rise by nearly 7% to $144.60 a month next year, officials said Friday. They blamed rising spending on medications. The $9.10 monthly increase follows a smaller $1.50 rise this year. It comes after Social Security announced a modest...

Warren health plan departs from US 'social insurance' idea

Nov. 7, 2019 1:48 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Elizabeth Warren's plan to pay for "Medicare for All" without raising taxes on the middle class departs from how the U.S. has traditionally financed bedrock social insurance programs. That might impact its political viability now and in the future. While echoing her party's...

Dems flip Virginia; Kentucky governor race too close to call

Nov. 6, 2019 8:44 AM EST

Democrats took full control of the Virginia legislature for the first time in more than two decades while the race for governor in deeply Republican Kentucky was too close to call despite a last-minute boost from President Donald Trump. In Kentucky, Democratic challenger Andy Beshear held a narrow lead and...

Biden accuses Warren of having elitist view of policy

Nov. 5, 2019 8:12 PM EST

Without naming her, Joe Biden attacked fellow Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren on Tuesday for employing a "condescending" approach to politics that smacks of "elitism." The comments, made at a fundraiser in Pittsburgh and in a Medium post published simultaneously online, marked a stark...

White House and Pelosi part ways on relief for drug prices

Nov. 5, 2019 5:01 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House on Tuesday signaled President Donald Trump's blunt thumbs-down to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's plan allowing Medicare to negotiate drug prices. Her office's sharp retort: "Working people won't like it if he sells them out." Despite the House impeachment inquiry, the White...

How top 2020 Democrats are trying to win over union members

Nov. 5, 2019 2:04 PM EST

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Bernie Sanders lives 1,100 miles away in Vermont but, sharing a stage with three union leaders and four bales of hay at a racetrack amid Iowa cornfields, he couldn't have been more at home. "Let me thank you all for being here, my union brothers and sisters," the Vermont senator...

Kamala Harris gets coveted invite from powerful Nevada union

Nov. 4, 2019 5:34 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Kamala Harris will be the first Democratic presidential candidate to hold a town hall with the powerful casino workers' Culinary Union in Las Vegas. The union's national affiliate Unite Here announced that the event with the California senator will be held Friday. The Culinary Workers...