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Energized liberals fear Warren, Sanders can't beat Trump

Aug. 16, 2019 2:16 PM EDT

BERLIN, N.H. (AP) — They want fundamental change: single-payer health care, debt-free college, environmental protections and the end of big money in politics. But as liberal voters size up the two leading candidates running on those values — Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren — one question...

Trump ties US success to 2nd term: 'You have to vote for me'

Aug. 16, 2019 7:18 AM EDT

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — President Donald Trump sought to reassure his supporters about the state of the U.S. economy despite the stock market volatility and told rallygoers in New Hampshire, a state that he hopes to capture in 2020, that their financial security depends on his reelection. "Whether you love...

The Latest: Trump focuses on mental illness, not gun control

Aug. 16, 2019 6:32 AM EDT

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's campaign rally in New Hampshire (all times local): 8:45 p.m. President Donald Trump says that in the wake of two mass shootings in Ohio and Texas this month that he wants to focus on mental illness to prevent mass gun violence, not gun control....

Hickenlooper ends White House bid, mulls Senate run in 2020

Aug. 15, 2019 5:19 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper on Thursday ended his longshot bid for the Democratic presidential nomination and said he may instead challenge one of the most vulnerable Senate Republicans in 2020. In a video message , Hickenlooper said he had heard from many in his state urging him...

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...

US ambassador openly questions Afghan government on graft

Aug. 15, 2019 11:46 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The United States ambassador to Afghanistan on Thursday openly questioned the Afghan government's commitment to fighting corruption after reports that a key figure in a massive banking scandal received an early prison release in return for a large campaign donation. Ambassador...

AP source: John Hickenlooper ending his 2020 White House bid

Aug. 15, 2019 8:51 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — John Hickenlooper will drop out of the Democratic presidential primary on Thursday, according to a Democrat close to him. The former two-term Colorado governor, who ran as a moderate warning of the perils of extreme partisanship, struggled with fundraising and low polling numbers. His planned...

GOP congressman set to go to trial weeks before 2020 primary

Aug. 13, 2019 6:23 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter won't go on trial until next year on corruption charges that involve the spending of campaign cash on vacations, extramarital affairs and other items, a U.S. judge decided Tuesday. U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Whelan changed the trial date from Sept. 10 to Jan....

The Latest: Judge delays corruption trial of lawmaker

Aug. 13, 2019 3:08 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Latest on the corruption case against U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter (all times local): 11:45 a.m. A U.S. judge in San Diego has pushed back the corruption trial of U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter until next year. The 42-year-old Republican lawmaker and his wife have been accused of misusing $250,000...

Trial begins for father of Sen. McConnell campaign rival

Aug. 13, 2019 3:06 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The father of Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes deliberately violated federal law by funneling corporate contributions to his daughter's failed 2014 U.S. Senate campaign, a prosecutor said Tuesday at the start of a trial. Jerry Lundergan's attorney characterized the...