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Ex-Gov. Deval Patrick launches ‘Hail Mary’ bid for president

Nov. 14, 2019 4:47 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Deval Patrick launched what he acknowledged to be a “Hail Mary” bid on Thursday for the Democratic presidential nomination, testing whether voters sifting through an already crowded field are open to hearing from new candidates less than three months before the primary...

Bolivian interim leader says Morales can’t run in new vote

Nov. 14, 2019 4:24 PM EST

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Bolivia’s former President Evo Morales cannot run as a candidate in any new elections, the country’s interim leader said Thursday, as supporters of the ousted president demonstrated for his return from asylum in Mexico. “Evo: Friend, the people are with...

Pelosi says Trump’s Ukraine actions amount to ‘bribery’

Nov. 14, 2019 4:05 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats are refining part of their impeachment case against the president to a simple allegation: Bribery. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday brushed aside the Latin phrase “quid pro quo” that Democrats have been using to describe President Donald Trump’s...

Tactical edge will shift to GOP in Senate impeachment trial

Nov. 14, 2019 3:58 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s been easy for majority Democrats to keep Republicans from shifting the focus of the House impeachment hearings. Yet GOP leverage to do just that will grow should the battle reach the Republican-run Senate. If the House votes to impeach President Donald Trump, which seems...

Pelosi says agreement on revamped NAFTA ‘imminent’

Nov. 14, 2019 3:44 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she wants to see Congress pass President Donald Trump’s revamped North American free trade deal this year. In a news conference Thursday, the California Democrat said an agreement on the pact is “imminent.” The United States, Mexico and...

Key dates in the Trump impeachment investigation

Nov. 14, 2019 3:25 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Key dates related to the Trump impeachment investigation: APRIL 21, 2019 President Donald Trump speaks with then-President-elect Volodymyr Zelenskiy to congratulate him on his election victory. The White House says in a readout of the call that the president underscored unwavering support...

Powell urges Congress to tackle growing budget deficit

Nov. 14, 2019 3:23 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell on Thursday urged Congress to tackle the growing budget deficit but also underscored the current health of the nation’s economy. Powell’s testimony before the House Budget Committee came a day after he told Congress’ Joint...

Senate confirms White House lawyer as appeals court judge

Nov. 14, 2019 3:14 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A White House lawyer won Senate confirmation as a federal appeals court judge Thursday despite complaints by lawmakers from both parties about his record on immigration, race, women's equality and LGBTQ rights. Steven Menashi, an associate White House counsel, was confirmed by a 51-41...

Energy nominee distances himself from Ukraine investigation

Nov. 14, 2019 3:09 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The deputy to outgoing Energy Secretary Rick Perry told lawmakers Thursday that he had no role in the Ukraine matters now at the heart of the House’s impeachment investigation as he tried to distance himself from the controversy with the Senate considering his Cabinet nomination....

N Carolina Congress remap proposal threatens 2 incumbents

Nov. 14, 2019 2:34 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The political future of two GOP incumbents could be endangered as North Carolina Republican legislators advanced a new congressional district map Thursday in response to a partisan gerrymandering lawsuit. The reconfigured districts have become necessary since state judges blocked use...