Snow people, snowflakes star in White House holiday decor
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Snow people, snowflakes star in White House holiday decor

WASHINGTON (AP) — New at the White House this holiday season: penguins, snowmen and snow women, and hanging snowflakes. Returning this season: larger-than-life replicas of dogs Bo and Sunny, an 18 1/2 -foot Blue Room tree dedicated to military families, and a gingerbread White House — covered in dark chocolate, instead of white chocolate as … Continue reading

Carson says he’s faced discrimination as black conservative
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Carson says he’s faced discrimination as black conservative

ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) — Republican presidential hopeful Ben Carson says he’s faced more discrimination because he’s a black conservative than because of his race alone. Carson is the only black candidate among the major Republican and Democratic contenders for 2016. The retired neurosurgeon was asked in South Carolina on Wednesday whether he’s experienced more … Continue reading

AP Conversation: Cruz’s ambitious foreign policy has limits
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AP Conversation: Cruz’s ambitious foreign policy has limits

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ted Cruz says the question follows him into the hallways of foreign capitals around the world. In whispered tones, heads of state pull the Texas senator and Republican candidate for president aside to ask: “Where is America?” “We need America,” Cruz says they tell him. “The world doesn’t work without America leading.” … Continue reading

Postal workers’ union endorses Bernie Sanders for president
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Postal workers’ union endorses Bernie Sanders for president

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders secured the endorsement of the 200,000-member American Postal Workers Union on Thursday, marking the largest labor union to back his Democratic presidential campaign. The union’s decision gives Sanders a boost heading into the second Democratic debate in Iowa on Saturday and comes as the Vermont senator has sought … Continue reading

AP Exclusive: Carson profits from ties with convicted felon
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AP Exclusive: Carson profits from ties with convicted felon

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential contender Ben Carson has maintained a business relationship with a close friend convicted of defrauding insurance companies and testified on his behalf, even as the candidate has called for such crimes to be punished harshly. Pittsburgh dentist Alfonso A. Costa pleaded guilty to a felony count of health care fraud … Continue reading

Clinton faces tough question: What to call Bill if she wins
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Clinton faces tough question: What to call Bill if she wins

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton is facing a question with global implications as she seeks the White House: What do you call the husband of a U.S. president? First man? First gentleman? Funnyman Jimmy Kimmel asked the Democratic presidential contender about that quandary Thursday should her husband, former President Bill Clinton, become the … Continue reading

Carson might have taken ‘different approach’ on rap ad
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Carson might have taken ‘different approach’ on rap ad

MIAMI (AP) — Even Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson doesn’t seem to think his campaign ad featuring rap lyrics is the best idea. Carson said Thursday he “probably would have taken a little different approach,” when asked about the new ad during book-signing events in Miami and Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The minute-long ad features rapper … Continue reading

Scorecard: How the GOP candidates fared in their 3rd debate
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Scorecard: How the GOP candidates fared in their 3rd debate

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Here’s a look at how the 10 Republican presidential candidates in the main-event debate at the University of Colorado-Boulder performed Wednesday night. ___ BEN CARSON Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson was in the spotlight more than in the first two debates, having risen to the top of polls nationally and in first-voting … Continue reading

Analysis: Bush comeback strategy backfires in GOP debate
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Analysis: Bush comeback strategy backfires in GOP debate

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jeb Bush sought to calm anxious donors with a comeback strategy focused on taking down rival Marco Rubio. But Bush’s plan backfired badly on national television in the third GOP presidential debate. Instead of generating much needed momentum, Bush’s attack on his onetime protege raised new questions about his underwhelming candidacy in … Continue reading

Viewers’ guide: Rising tensions on display in 3rd GOP debate
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Viewers’ guide: Rising tensions on display in 3rd GOP debate

WASHINGTON (AP) — Expect the 10 candidates participating in the third Republican presidential debate to highlight rising tensions in the unsettled field. Political outsiders Donald Trump and Ben Carson are the front-runners in national polls, and they may take aim one another during the 8 p.m. EDT debate in Boulder, Colorado. But the anticipated sparring … Continue reading

Math, reading scores slip for nation’s school kids
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Math, reading scores slip for nation’s school kids

WASHINGTON (AP) — Results from national math and reading tests show slipping or stagnant scores for the nation’s schoolkids. Math scores were down for fourth and eighth graders over the last two years. And reading grades were not much better: flat for fourth graders and lower for eighth graders, according to 2015 results released Wednesday … Continue reading

Democrats acknowledge Black Lives Matter during debate
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Democrats acknowledge Black Lives Matter during debate

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidates gave a meaningful public nod to the Black Lives Matter movement in their first televised debate, fully adopting its slogan and raising the core concerns stemming from police killings of African-Americans that protesters have articulated while disrupting some of their campaign events. The candidates were careful to avoid uttering … Continue reading

Ron Paul blames government for timing of ex-aides’ charges
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Ron Paul blames government for timing of ex-aides’ charges

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The government purposely announced charges against Ron Paul’s ex-aides shortly before his son, Rand Paul, was scheduled to appear in a national debate for the Republican presidential nomination, the former Texas congressman asserted in testimony Wednesday in federal court in Iowa. Ron Paul told jurors in Des Moines he was … Continue reading

Clinton, Sanders look to build on debate performances
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Clinton, Sanders look to build on debate performances

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton and Bernie Sanders looked to build Wednesday on their strong Democratic presidential debate performances, but the three other Democratic candidates were still seeking traction. A day after aggressively defending her long public service record and contrasting it with that of Sanders, the Vermont senator who has excited Democrats’ liberal … Continue reading