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Trump hopes to pick UN ambassador from 5 candidates

Trump hopes to pick UN ambassador from 5 candidates

President Donald Trump says he hopes to select a U.N. ambassador to replace Nikki Haley very soon and is interviewing 5 candidates for the job. Trump said Saturday after a campaign rally in Nevada: "We'll have somebody great ... we're going to pick somebody very quickly. Trump said he's interviewing three women and two men for the post. Asked if he would prefer to have a woman in the job, he...
Trump says US will pull out of intermediate range nuke pact

Trump says US will pull out of intermediate range nuke pact

President Donald Trump said Saturday he will exit a landmark arms control agreement the United States signed with the former Soviet Union, saying that Russia is violating the pact and it's preventing the U.S. from developing new weapons. The 1987 pact, which helps protect the security of the U.S. and its allies in Europe and the Far East, prohibits the United States and Russia from possessing, producing...
Biden rallies union for Democrats in tight Nevada races

Biden rallies union for Democrats in tight Nevada races

Former Vice President Joe Biden spoke of working class struggles and said President Donald Trump is shredding American values as the Democrat rallied union members in Las Vegas to support Jacky Rosen and other Nevada Democrats. Rosen, a freshman congresswoman from the Las Vegas-area, is challenging incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Dean Heller and the race is seen as one of Democrats' best chances to...
AP Interview: Sanders foresees 'progressive' South Carolina

AP Interview: Sanders foresees 'progressive' South Carolina

Two years after a tough loss in South Carolina's Democratic presidential primary, Sen. Bernie Sanders returned Saturday to the state where he said his progressive message is resonating more strongly than before. In an interview with The Associated Press following a rally attended by roughly 1,000 supporters, Sanders said, "The day is going to come, sooner than people believe, that South Carolina...
Trump space force plan is grounded in real needs but hazy

Trump space force plan is grounded in real needs but hazy

With his demand that the Pentagon create a new military service — a Space Force to assure "American dominance in space" — President Donald Trump has injected urgency into a long-meandering debate over the best way to protect U.S. interests in space, both military and commercial. At the same time, his approach has left many struggling to understand the basics, such as what a Space...
The Latest: Trump says Obama took Biden off 'the trash heap'

The Latest: Trump says Obama took Biden off 'the trash heap'

The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local): 12:35 p.m. President Donald Trump is poking fun at former Joe Biden on a day when both politicians were campaigning in Nevada for candidates on the Nov. 6 ballot. Trump was in rural Elko, Nevada, for a rally a short time after Biden appeared hundreds of mile south in Las Vegas. The president mocked the potential 2020 White House contender as...
Kamala Harris: Midterms a fight for 'the best of who we are'

Kamala Harris: Midterms a fight for 'the best of who we are'

Declaring this midterm election year an "inflection point" in American history, Kamala Harris came Friday to South Carolina to tell Democrats that the way out of Donald Trump's America is through the ballot box. The California senator may have been referring to Nov. 6 elections, but her surroundings — the state that hosts the first Southern presidential primary — also carried...
Dems struggle with Trump's approach to culture war

Dems struggle with Trump's approach to culture war

More than seven years after President Donald Trump launched his political career by questioning then-President Barack Obama's citizenship, Democrats are still struggling to find the right strategy to fight back against his racially-charged rhetoric. After years of taunting from Trump, Sen. Elizabeth Warren revealed her DNA results this week proving her Native American roots. If it was an effort to...
US commander confident in ability of Afghan security forces

US commander confident in ability of Afghan security forces

The assassination of Afghan leaders in Kandahar province won't lessen U.S. support for the war in Afghanistan or deter local security forces in the fight against the Taliban, the top U.S. military commander in the Middle East said Saturday. Gen. Joseph Votel said the U.S. was "pretty confident that the Afghans will be able to maintain the situation down" in Kandahar. The Taliban said Thursday's...
Russian woman charged in first 2018 election meddling case

Russian woman charged in first 2018 election meddling case

The U.S. accused a Russian woman on Friday of helping oversee the finances of a sweeping, secretive effort to sway American public opinion through social media in the first federal case alleging foreign interference in the 2018 midterm elections. The criminal complaint against Elena Alekseevna Khusyaynova alleges that Russians are using some of the same techniques to influence U.S. politics as they...
Trump, Biden campaign on opposite sides of Nev. Senate race

Trump, Biden campaign on opposite sides of Nev. Senate race

Campaigning on opposite sides of a pivotal Senate race, President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden appealed to party loyalists in Nevada as early voting began Saturday in the state. Wrapping up a three-day visit to Western states with midday rally in rural Elko, Trump lent support for Dean Heller, considered the most vulnerable GOP senator on the Nov. 6 ballot as Republicans hope to...
Trump's campaign mode revives fiery immigration talk

Trump's campaign mode revives fiery immigration talk

Donald Trump fueled his 2016 campaign with fiery immigration rhetoric, visions of hordes flowing across the border to assault Americans and steal their jobs. Now, in the final weeks before midterm elections, he's back at it as he looks to stave off Democratic gains in Congress. It's an approach that offers both risks and rewards. He could energize Democratic foes as well as the Republicans he wants...
Trump: Saudi arrests in Khashoggi death 'a good first step'

Trump: Saudi arrests in Khashoggi death 'a good first step'

President Donald Trump on Friday called Saudi Arabia's announcement that suspects are in custody in the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi a "good first step" and said he would work with Congress on a U.S. response. The president spoke to the media at a defense roundtable in Arizona hours after Saudi Arabia claimed that Khashoggi, a Washington Post contributor last seen on Oct. 2, was killed...
Alaska governor says he quit race to boost Democrat

Alaska governor says he quit race to boost Democrat

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker's surprising announcement that he was quitting his bid for re-election with less than 21 days to go was an effort to boost Democratic rival Mark Begich's chances of beating Republican Mike Dunleavy. Walker, the only independent governor in the country, said Friday he could not win a three-way race and that Alaskans deserve a choice other than Dunleavy. There are a lot of things...
Trump's national security adviser heads to Moscow

Trump's national security adviser heads to Moscow

President Donald Trump's national security adviser will raise thorny subjects with his counterparts when he visits Moscow to help craft a script for another high-level meeting between Trump and Russia President Vladimir Putin. John Bolton leaves Saturday on a trip to Russia, Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia. His first stop is Moscow to meet with senior Russian officials at a time when Moscow-Washington...
The Latest: Trump blaming Democrats for immigration problem

The Latest: Trump blaming Democrats for immigration problem

The Latest on President Donald Trump's three-day campaign trip out West (all times local): 7:55 p.m. President Donald Trump has pounded Democrats at a rally in Mesa Arizona, saying they are to blame for America's immigration problems. He says the new platform of the Democratic Party is "Radical socialism and open borders." Trump says the Democrats are opening "inviting millions of illegal...
Alaska's independent governor drops re-election bid

Alaska's independent governor drops re-election bid

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker dropped his re-election bid Friday, three days after the sudden resignation of his lieutenant governor over what Walker described as an inappropriate overture toward a woman. Walker's announcement, made at the Alaska Federation of Natives conference in Anchorage shortly before he was to participate in a debate, was met with gasps and cries of "No!" from the audience...
Playing Trump's game in culture war a losing Dems' strategy

Playing Trump's game in culture war a losing Dems' strategy

More than seven years after President Donald Trump launched his political career by questioning then-President Barack Obama's citizenship, Democrats are still struggling to find the right strategy to fight back against his racially-charged rhetoric. After years of taunting from Trump, Sen. Elizabeth Warren revealed her DNA results this week proving her Native American roots. If it was an effort to...
Patagonia endorses Democrats Tester, Rosen in Senate races

Patagonia endorses Democrats Tester, Rosen in Senate races

Outdoor clothing giant Patagonia jumped into two competitive Senate races Friday, endorsing Democrats Jon Tester of Montana and Jacky Rosen of Nevada in what the company called its first foray into elective politics. The company described Tester and Rosen as champions of public lands and the outdoor industry. Tester is seeking a third term in the Senate while Rosen is a freshman House member who is...
Trump wants to cut red tape, hasten water projects in West

Trump wants to cut red tape, hasten water projects in West

President Donald Trump on Friday ordered the government to speed up environmental reviews and streamline regulations that he says are hindering work on major water projects in California and other Western states. Trump signed a memorandum aimed at helping the Central Valley Project and the California State Water Project in California, the Klamath Irrigation Project in Oregon and California and the...
Kamala Harris in South Carolina: 'Fight for ... who we are'

Kamala Harris in South Carolina: 'Fight for ... who we are'

Declaring this midterm election year an "inflection point" in American history, Kamala Harris came Friday to South Carolina to tell Democrats that the way out of Donald Trump's America is through the ballot box. The California senator may have been referring to Nov. 6 elections, but her surroundings — the state that hosts the first Southern presidential primary — also carried...
The Latest: Trump: I do find Saudi explanation credible

The Latest: Trump: I do find Saudi explanation credible

The Latest on the disappearance of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist who vanished after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul earlier this month (all times local): 4:15 a.m. Asked whether he thought Saudi Arabia's explanation for the death of Jamal Khashoggi was credible, President Trump said "I do. I do." But Sen. Lindsey Graham, a Trump supporter, and other lawmakers...
US goals in Afghanistan seem ever more distant after attack

US goals in Afghanistan seem ever more distant after attack

A brazen attack that the Taliban says targeted the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan is a stark reminder of the formidable task the Trump administration faces as it tries to extricate America from its longest war. The commander, Army Gen. Scott Miller, escaped unharmed from Thursday's attack. Elections for the lower house of parliament are still expected to be held as scheduled Saturday in much of...
The Latest: Russian woman charged with US election-meddling

The Latest: Russian woman charged with US election-meddling

The Latest on U.S. election security (all times local): 2:30 p.m. A Russian woman has been charged with interfering in American elections, including next month's midterms, through a vast social media effort aimed at trying to sway American public opinion. It's believed to be the first federal case alleging Russian interference in this year's election. The Justice Department disclosed the criminal...
Russian woman charged in first 2018 election meddling case

Russian woman charged in first 2018 election meddling case

The U.S. accused a Russian woman on Friday of helping oversee the finances of a sweeping, secretive effort to sway American public opinion through social media in the first federal case alleging foreign interference in the 2018 midterm elections. The criminal complaint against Elena Alekseevna Khusyaynova alleges that Russians are using some of the same techniques to influence U.S. politics as they...
Trump revives fiery immigration talk for 'caravan' election

Trump revives fiery immigration talk for 'caravan' election

Donald Trump fueled his 2016 campaign with fiery immigration rhetoric, visions of hordes flowing across the border to assault Americans and steal their jobs. Now, in the final weeks before midterm elections, he's back at it as he looks to stave off Democratic gains in Congress. It's an approach that offers both risks and rewards. He could energize Democratic foes as well as the Republicans he wants...
The Latest: Association chides Trump for praising Gianforte

The Latest: Association chides Trump for praising Gianforte

The Latest on President Donald Trump's praise of a congressman who body-slammed a reporter before his election last year (all times local): 12:05 p.m. The White House Correspondents' Association is accusing President Donald Trump of celebrating a crime when he praised a Republican Montana congressman who body-slammed a reporter before his election last year. WHCA president Olivier Knox said Friday...
PAC won't end ad saying black men will face rape accusations

PAC won't end ad saying black men will face rape accusations

A political action committee said Friday that it won't pull radio ads in hotly contested races in Arkansas and Missouri that suggest African American men will face rape accusations if Democrats win midterm elections. An ad from Black Americans for the President's Agenda in an Arkansas congressional race features a woman saying "white Democrats will be lynching black folk again." Both the...
US and South Korea again call off a major military exercise

US and South Korea again call off a major military exercise

The United States and South Korea are scrapping another major military exercise this year, a Pentagon official said Friday, citing a push for diplomatic progress with North Korea. The top Pentagon spokeswoman, Dana W. White, said Washington and Seoul are suspending an air exercise known as Vigilant Ace "to give the diplomatic process every opportunity to continue." It was the latest move...
AP-NORC Poll: Just 1 in 4 thinks Kavanaugh told entire truth

AP-NORC Poll: Just 1 in 4 thinks Kavanaugh told entire truth

Just 1 in 4 people thinks Brett Kavanaugh was completely honest when he heatedly rebuffed charges of sexual assault and heavy drinking during his Supreme Court confirmation hearing, and Republicans and Democrats hold starkly divergent views of whether his sworn testimony to senators was credible, a poll released Friday showed. The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research survey also...
Mayor came home to try to improve poor California town

Mayor came home to try to improve poor California town

Beyond the boarded-up buildings and patchwork fences that others view as eyesores, Huron Mayor Rey Leon sees potential in this tiny central California farm town that has been mired in poverty for decades. On a dirty restaurant wall, Leon envisions a mural depicting Bracero farmworkers, like his father who came from Mexico. In a dirt lot next to a soccer field, he imagines a rose garden. On fallowed...
Booker gets a warm welcome from South Carolina Democrats

Booker gets a warm welcome from South Carolina Democrats

Cory Booker had hundreds of Democratic activists nodding, applauding and eventually roaring — complete with a sermon-style call-and-response — as he entertained the Orangeburg County party barbecue to put the exclamation point on his first day in South Carolina as a potential presidential contender. The New Jersey senator's two-day swing to the South's first primary state is ostensibly...
Seeking to frame election, Trump calls Dems 'too extreme'

Seeking to frame election, Trump calls Dems 'too extreme'

President Donald Trump, seeking to frame the choices for voters in the midterm elections, said Friday that Democrats are "too extreme and too dangerous" to take control of Congress. On a three-day swing out West to make his closing arguments for Republican candidates, Trump sought to hone in on immigration as one of the defining election issues this fall by falsely accusing Democrats of...
GOP panel's foreign agent inquiry triggers harsh response

GOP panel's foreign agent inquiry triggers harsh response

An environmental group has denounced a House oversight committee for suggesting the organization's efforts to block construction of a U.S. military base on the southern Japanese island of Okinawa may require it to register as foreign agent. In a bluntly worded letter delivered earlier this week, the Center for Biological Diversity accused the Republican chairman and another senior GOP member of the...
Trump praises Montana congressman who body-slammed reporter

Trump praises Montana congressman who body-slammed reporter

President Donald Trump praised a Republican congressman for body-slamming a reporter last year, calling him a "tough cookie" and saying he thinks it might have helped him win election in Montana. At a campaign rally in Missoula on Thursday, Trump lauded Rep. Greg Gianforte, who pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault for an attack on Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs. The attack came a day before...
Democrats eyeing White House flock to Iowa's new star

Democrats eyeing White House flock to Iowa's new star

Deidre DeJear is Iowa's newest political star — even if she hasn't yet won an election. Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, who is considering a bid for the Democratic presidential nomination, recently made his inaugural trip to Iowa by headlining a fundraiser for DeJear. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who is considering a second White House run, will stump with DeJear on Sunday. And Sen. Kamala...
Trump: Saudi arrests in Khashoggi death a 'good first step'

Trump: Saudi arrests in Khashoggi death a 'good first step'

President Donald Trump on Friday called Saudi Arabia's announcement that suspects are in custody in the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi a "good first step" and said he would work with Congress on a U.S. response. The president spoke to the media at a defense roundtable in Arizona hours after Saudi Arabia claimed that Khashoggi, a Washington Post contributor last seen on Oct. 2, was killed...
States and feds unite on election security after '16 clashes

States and feds unite on election security after '16 clashes

Weeks before the 2016 election, federal officials started making mysterious calls to the head of elections in Inyo County, California. They asked her to contact them if she noticed anything unusual. But they wouldn't elaborate. "I asked them: 'How am I going to be able to protect against it if I don't know what it is?'" said the official, Kammi Foote. Now, Foote communicates regularly with...
Iconic Dodge City moves its only polling place outside town

Iconic Dodge City moves its only polling place outside town

Access to the ballot box in November will be more difficult for some people in Dodge City, where Hispanics now make up 60 percent of its population and have remade an iconic Wild West town that once was the destination of cowboys and buffalo hunters who frequented the Long Branch Saloon. At a time when many rural towns are slowly dying, the arrival of two massive meatpacking plants boosted Dodge City's...
Trump praises Montana congressman who body-slammed reporter

Trump praises Montana congressman who body-slammed reporter

President Donald Trump on Thursday praised a Republican congressman for body-slamming a reporter last year, calling him a "tough cookie" and saying he thinks it might have helped him win election in Montana. At a campaign rally in Missoula, Trump lauded Rep. Greg Gianforte, who pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault for an attack on Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs. The attack came a day before...
Hawley tries to paint McCaskill as too liberal for Missouri

Hawley tries to paint McCaskill as too liberal for Missouri

Missouri Republican candidate Josh Hawley used a Thursday debate to try to paint Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill as too liberal for the increasingly red state of Missouri, while McCaskill continued to hammer her challenger over his positions on health care. The candidates' messaging during the St. Louis debate hosted by St. Louis Public Radio, Nine Network and KSDK Channel 5 reflects broader themes...
The Latest: Trump: Tester 'viciously' went after VA nominee

The Latest: Trump: Tester 'viciously' went after VA nominee

The Latest on President Donald Trump on the campaign trail (all times local): 7:50 p.m. President Donald Trump is accusing Democratic Sen. Jon Tester of Montana of viciously attacking Adm. Ronny Jackson, a former White House doctor whom the president had tapped to be secretary of Veterans Affairs. Trump said Thursday at a campaign rally for Tester's Republican opponent that Tester "led the Democratic...
Former Chinese internment camp detainee denied US visa

Former Chinese internment camp detainee denied US visa

An outspoken former detainee in China's internment camps for Muslims said Thursday his application for a visa to visit the United States was rejected despite an invitation to speak at Congress about his ordeal. Kazakh national Omir Bekali was asked to travel to Washington in September by the chairs of the Congressional-Executive Committee on China. He said his application was rejected by the U.S....
Trump says without evidence that Dems are behind 'caravan'

Trump says without evidence that Dems are behind 'caravan'

President Donald Trump suggested without evidence Thursday that Democrats or their allies are supporting a "caravan" of Central American migrants who are traveling north aiming to enter the United States. Addressing thousands of supporters at a campaign rally in Montana, Trump said immigration is now one of the leading issues in the 2018 midterms, and he accused Democrats of supporting the...
House committees to interview Rosenstein behind closed doors

House committees to interview Rosenstein behind closed doors

The top lawmakers on two House committees will interview Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein next week about reports that he had discussed secretly recording President Donald Trump. The announcement on Thursday that Rosenstein will sit for a transcribed interview Oct. 24 comes after weeks of negotiations over the meeting. The two Republican chairmen and top Democrats on the House Judiciary and...
Iconic Dodge City moves its only polling place outside town

Iconic Dodge City moves its only polling place outside town

Access to the ballot box in November will be more difficult for some people in Dodge City, where Hispanics now make up 60 percent of its population and have remade an iconic Wild West town that once was the destination of cowboys and buffalo hunters who frequented the Long Branch Saloon. At a time when many rural towns are slowly dying, the arrival of two massive meatpacking plants boosted Dodge City's...
Interior Dept. contradicts Ben Carson on new watchdog hiring

Interior Dept. contradicts Ben Carson on new watchdog hiring

Contradicting a claim by a Cabinet secretary, the Interior Department said Thursday that a political appointee at the Department of Housing and Urban Development will not be reassigned to lead an internal watchdog agency at Interior. Spokeswoman Heather Swift said in a statement that an email sent by HUD Secretary Ben Carson last week "had false information in it." Carson had said in the...
Booker stirs South Carolina Democrats in pre-midterm debut

Booker stirs South Carolina Democrats in pre-midterm debut

Cory Booker had hundreds of Democratic activists nodding, applauding and eventually roaring — complete with a sermon-style call-and-response — as he entertained the Orangeburg County party barbecue to put the exclamation point on his first day in South Carolina as a potential presidential contender. The New Jersey senator's two-day swing to the South's first primary state is ostensibly...
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