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Trump, Democrats blame each other for migrant deaths

Jun. 26, 2019 6:21 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and Democrats blamed each other Wednesday for the deaths of a migrant father and his toddler daughter whose bodies were seen in searing photographs, symbolizing the perils faced by those trying to cross illegally into the U.S. Speaking to reporters as he left the...

State senator complains of inherent bias at caucus meetings

Jun. 26, 2019 5:54 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state senator said her comments to a chamber of commerce audience about experiencing "hate, sexism, racism and misogyny" during closed-door Democratic meetings was a reference to coded language she hears everywhere, including the caucus room. Sen. Mona Das, whose family...

Democrats clash in 2020's opening debate, aiming at Trump

Jun. 26, 2019 4:58 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Democrats face off in a prime-time fight Wednesday night in the first debate of the 2020 presidential campaign, the unofficial starting line for the party's quest to wrest the White House from Donald Trump and deny him a second term. While the crowded field has been courting voters in key...

Democrats hope Mueller testimony will have 'profound impact'

Jun. 26, 2019 4:09 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee says he expects special counsel Robert Mueller to have "a profound impact" when he testifies before Congress on July 17, even though Mueller has said he won't provide any new information. Mueller's unusual back-to-back testimony in front of...

Senate passes $4.6B border aid measure; Pelosi seeks talks

Jun. 26, 2019 3:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The GOP-held Senate on Wednesday passed a bipartisan $4.6 billion measure to deliver aid to the southern border before the government runs out of money to care for thousands of migrant families and unaccompanied children. The sweeping 84-8 vote came less than 24 hours after the...

The Latest: Senator clarifies comments about sexism, racism

Jun. 26, 2019 3:51 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Latest on a senators accusations of racism and sexism in the Senate (all times local): 12:50 p.m. Senator Mona Das says that her fellow Democrats in the chamber have never said anything overtly sexist or racist, and she says that her recent comments to a chamber of commerce...

'May the best woman win:' Record number in Democratic field

Jun. 26, 2019 3:39 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The Democratic presidential candidates taking the stage to kick off the primary debates include more women than ever before, six contenders challenging assumptions that voters and pundits may have about what presidential leadership looks like. Their vision for the country and their leadership...

Breakouts, burns and zingers: What to watch in Dem debates

Jun. 26, 2019 2:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sixty seconds for answers, a television audience of millions and, for some candidates, a first chance to introduce themselves to voters. The back-to-back Democratic presidential debates beginning Wednesday are exercises in competitive sound bites featuring 20 candidates hoping to oust...

Divide between rural, urban Oregon is fueling climate fight

Jun. 26, 2019 2:43 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The divide in Oregon between the state's liberal cities and its conservative and economically depressed rural areas has made it fertile ground for the political crisis unfolding over a push by Democrats to enact sweeping climate legislation. Eleven Republican senators are entering the...

Nordic liberals take harder line on migrants to win votes

Jun. 26, 2019 11:42 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — In Scandinavia, there's a new type of socially conscious liberal - that wants tighter restrictions on immigration. Left-wing parties in Denmark and Sweden that historically defended humanitarian values and generous welfare systems have shifted positions since Europe saw an influx...