Trump, Clinton ride key groups to clear front-runner status
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Trump, Clinton ride key groups to clear front-runner status

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton are cementing their status as presidential front-runners with strong performances among demographic groups at the core of their two parties, developments that put tremendous pressure on their top rivals as the nominating contests head into delegate-rich March. Trump built a varied coalition in his … Continue reading

10 of 15 Virginia Democratic superdelegates back Clinton
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10 of 15 Virginia Democratic superdelegates back Clinton

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Two-thirds of Virginia’s Democratic superdelegates are publicly backing Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential bid, including all of the state’s Democratic congressional delegation. Gov. Terry McAuliffe, also a superdelegate, is another public Clinton supporter. He has been friends with Clinton for many years and helped manage her unsuccessful 2008 campaign. Ten out of … Continue reading

Sugar program draws Cruz’s ire, remains popular in Congress
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Sugar program draws Cruz’s ire, remains popular in Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz says he wants to do away with government support for the sugar industry — a veiled dig at rival Marco Rubio, the Florida senator who has long supported sugar growers. Some conservatives like Cruz want to get rid of the program, which supports prices and protects growers … Continue reading

GOP, Dems, Obama reach accord on 2-year budget deal
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GOP, Dems, Obama reach accord on 2-year budget deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — The budget deal between congressional leaders and President Barack Obama, aimed at heading off a government shutdown and debt crisis, faces its first hurdle Tuesday when it goes before restive House Republicans, including rebellious arch-conservatives. The two-year pact, which would take those volatile fiscal issues off the table until after the 2016 … Continue reading

Democrats to stay on Benghazi panel for now
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Democrats to stay on Benghazi panel for now

  WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats on the House Benghazi committee said Friday, October 23, they are staying — for now — on the Republican-led panel, despite calling it a “fishing expedition to derail” Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential campaign. At the same time, they called on House Speaker John Boehner to immediately shut down what they … 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

Debate day-after: Sanders raises cash, Clinton camp pleased
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Debate day-after: Sanders raises cash, Clinton camp pleased

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bernie Sanders said his campaign raised more than $1.3 million in the hours after the first Democratic debate of the 2016 race, and social media metrics showed he was the most-searched candidate on Google and most-discussed on Facebook and Twitter. Meanwhile, Hillary Rodham Clinton’s backers celebrated the day after what some said … Continue reading

Hillary Clinton slams Trump in front of his hotel
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Hillary Clinton slams Trump in front of his hotel

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton went to Donald Trump’s doorstep Monday to mock the Republican presidential front-runner on the eve of the first Democratic presidential debate. The appearance at a boisterous rally of the politically potent Culinary Workers Union was a win-win for Clinton, letting her signal her support for an influential union … Continue reading

EPA sets new ozone standard, disappointing all sides
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EPA sets new ozone standard, disappointing all sides

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration on Thursday established stricter limits on the smog-causing pollution linked to asthma and respiratory illness, drawing swift condemnation from business leaders and Republicans who warned of damage to the economy. The Environmental Protection Agency said the new standard of 70 parts per billion will reduce exposure to dangerous ozone … Continue reading

No shutdown: Congress approves bill to keep government open
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No shutdown: Congress approves bill to keep government open

WASHINGTON (AP) — Just hours before a midnight deadline, a bitterly divided Congress approved a stopgap spending bill Wednesday to keep the federal government open — but with no assurance there won’t be yet another shutdown showdown in December. Democrats helped beleaguered House Republican leaders pass the measure by 277-151 — a lopsided vote shrouding … Continue reading

House Republicans advance bill to undo health law
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House Republicans advance bill to undo health law

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans advanced legislation Tuesday to dismantle President Barack Obama’s health law that could actually reach the president’s desk. The House GOP has voted more than 50 times to repeal all or parts of the health law. Almost all the bills died in the Senate. But this time, Republicans are using a … Continue reading

Senate set to act on stopgap spending bill to avoid shutdown
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Senate set to act on stopgap spending bill to avoid shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is on track to advance legislation to prevent the government from shutting down after a midnight Wednesday deadline, but a wrinkle remains. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has moved to strip the measure of a provision that would cancel federal funding of Planned Parenthood. McConnell’s move has rankled conservatives such as … Continue reading

Sanders revs up North Carolina crowd during Southern swing
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Sanders revs up North Carolina crowd during Southern swing

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders told a North Carolina crowd Sunday night that young people — particularly blacks and other minorities — are being devastated by high unemployment stemming from an inequitable economy and erosion of voting rights engineered by Republicans. Wrapping up a weekend campaign swing through the South, the … Continue reading

Amid campaign concerns, Clinton seeks to rally her loyalists
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Amid campaign concerns, Clinton seeks to rally her loyalists

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — With poll numbers declining and email questions persisting, Hillary Rodham Clinton labored Thursday to shore up support among some of her strongest backers and ease concerns about the trajectory of her presidential campaign. As Clinton worked in Ohio to marshal female voters, a sturdy base of support in a historically favorable … Continue reading