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