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  • Cruz introduces Fiorina as running mate

    April 27, 2016 4:31 PM

    INDIANAPOLIS - Ted Cruz is calling her new running mate in the race for the GOP nomination an "extraordinary leader" who has "shattered glass ceilings" in business and politics. Cruz introduced former technology executive Carly Fiorina, his pick for vice president, at a rally in Indianapolis Wednesday. The announcement comes... more »
  • Trump top suggestion to replace Robert E. Lee school name

    April 23, 2016 9:16 PM

    AUSTIN, Texas - A YU-U-U-GE name is the most popular suggested replacement name for a Texas elementary school named after the top hero of the Confederacy. Donald J. Trump Elementary was the most popular suggestion with 45 submissions out of 240 received, according to Austin Independent School District officials. The... more »
  • NYC primary voter complaints draw investigations, suspension

    April 23, 2016 3:38 PM

    NEW YORK - Even before the polls closed in New York's primary, the city's election board dismissed hundreds of complaints as groundless, with many from people in Bernie Sanders' hometown borough of Brooklyn who said they were unable to vote. It wasn't until days later, after both the state and... more »
  • Trump wants to keep Andrew Jackson on $20 bill

    April 21, 2016 12:16 PM

    WASHINGTON - Donald Trump says he opposes replacing President Andrew Jackson with Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill. The Republican presidential front-runner calls it an act of "pure political correctness." Trump - during a town hall Thursday on NBC's "Today Show" - said he'd prefer to leave Jackson on the... more »
  • Trump: transgender people should use whichever bathroom they want

    April 21, 2016 11:57 AM

    Donald Trump says he believes transgender people should be able to use whichever bathroom they choose. Speaking at a town hall event on NBC's "Today" Thursday, Trump said North Carolina's so-called "bathroom law," which directs transgender people to use the bathroom that matches the gender on their birth certificates, has... more »
  • Cruz says he can't win GOP nod before convention

    April 20, 2016 6:02 PM

    WASHINGTON - Ted Cruz is conceding he cannot win the Republican presidential nomination before the party's national convention this summer. But the Texas senator insists that GOP front-runner Donald Trump can't clinch the nomination before the convention either. Cruz addressed reporters on Wednesday at the site of the Republican National... more »
  • Trump wins 89 of NY's 95 delegates; Kasich: 4

    April 20, 2016 3:22 PM

    WASHINGTON - Donald Trump picked up 89 of New York's 95 delegates, putting him on a narrow path to clinch the nomination by the end of the primaries - if he keeps winning. John Kasich won four delegates and Ted Cruz was shut out. The last two delegates will have... more »
  • Clinton on path to clinch before California

    April 20, 2016 11:39 AM

    WASHINGTON - With her New York win, Hillary Clinton's support among superdelegates puts her on track to clinch the Democratic nomination outright before the national convention - even before results from the California primary, which Bernie Sanders was counting on winning to stand a chance. Clinton added 33 new endorsements... more »
  • Trump's rants risk annoying those who may decide nomination

    April 17, 2016 3:43 PM

    DES MOINES - Donald Trump is relentlessly attacking the rules that govern how Republicans choose their nominee come. But it's coming far too late to change what even defenders acknowledge is a complicated selection system - and Trump seems to know that, too. Instead, his criticism of what he says... more »
  • Paul Ryan is not running for president, or passing a budget

    April 13, 2016 4:12 PM

    WASHINGTON - House Speaker Paul Ryan's national stature is such that he had to call a news conference to deny he wants to be president. Back on Capitol Hill, he's about to blow through a statutory deadline to pass an annual budget, a major embarrassment for him and House Republicans.... more »
  • Ted Cruz looking to scoop up more Colorado delegates

    April 9, 2016 3:24 PM

    COLORADO SPRINGS - Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz has locked up the support of 21 Colorado delegates and may scoop up even more Saturday. Slates loyal to Cruz won every assembly in the state's seven congressional districts, which began April 2 and culminated Friday with 12 delegates selected. The Texas... more »
  • Sharon Weston Broome will run for Mayor-President Play Video

    April 8, 2016 11:45 AM

    BATON ROUGE – Former State Senator Sharon Weston Broome announced her candidacy for Baton Rouge Mayor-President Friday morning. "I will indeed be a candidate for Mayor-President of Baton Rouge/EBR parish" pic.twitter.com/uxJkJR22vL — Sharon Weston Broome (@broomeformayor) April 8, 2016 At a campaign event at... more »
  • Treasurer Kennedy announces $800K raised for US Senate race

    April 6, 2016 5:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Republican Treasurer John Kennedy says he has raised more than $800,000 for his U.S. Senate campaign. Kennedy's campaign announced the fundraising figure Wednesday, more than a week before reports for the quarter ending March 31 are due to the Federal Election Commission. The state treasurer's campaign says... more »
  • Reluctantly, Obama embracing his role as the anti-Trump

    April 6, 2016 12:49 PM

    WASHINGTON - He won't be on November's ballot, but President Barack Obama is slowly embracing his role as the anti-Trump. Obama is taking on the Republican front-runner in ways that no other Democrat can. Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are still fighting it out in the Democratic primary. So Obama... more »
  • Cruz win in Wisconsin leaves Trump damaged front-runner

    April 6, 2016 12:45 PM

    NEW YORK - Republican Donald Trump is emerging from Wisconsin as a damaged front-runner following a crushing loss to rival Ted Cruz. It's a significant setback that deepens questions about the businessman's White House qualifications and pushes the GOP contest toward a rare contested convention fight. Democrat Bernie Sanders also... more »
  • Clinton, Sanders had opposing views on biomedical research

    April 2, 2016 5:36 PM

    NEW YORK - Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders were on opposing sides of certain types of biomedical research while they served in Congress. These differences have gained notice by scientists and advocates on the forefront of stem cell research. Clinton has pointed to her advocacy for groundbreaking... more »
  • State Dept suspends review into 'top secret' Clinton emails

    April 1, 2016 5:16 PM

    WASHINGTON - The State Department has suspended its internal review into whether former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton or her top aides mishandled emails containing information now deemed "top secret." Spokeswoman Elizabeth Trudeau said Friday the department had paused the review to avoid complicating or impeding an ongoing FBI investigation... more »
  • Clinton tries to win New York with her congressional record

    April 1, 2016 1:33 PM

    WASHINGTON - Hillary Clinton will release a $10 billion plan aimed at revitalizing manufacturing in Syracuse on Friday, part of an effort to highlight her work as a senator from New York ahead of that state's primary later this month. The Democratic presidential candidate plans to set off on a... more »
  • Probe ongoing into pepper spray incident at Trump rally

    March 31, 2016 12:34 PM

    JANESVILLE, Wis. - Police say they're still looking for the man suspected of pepper spraying a 15-year-old girl during an altercation at a rally for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in Wisconsin. Janesville police said early Thursday that investigators had located the suspect, but police Lt. Keith Lawver later said... more »
  • Trump: Women who abort should be 'punished'

    March 30, 2016 3:05 PM

    WASHINGTON - Donald Trump says women who get abortions should receive "some form of punishment" without indicating specifically what the punishment should be. "There has to be some form of punishment," Trump told MSNBC's Chris Matthews at the taping of a town hall in Wisconsin Wednesdays in a heated exchange... more »
  • Clinton takes aim at Trump in ad ahead of New York primary

    March 30, 2016 11:21 AM

    WASHINGTON - Hillary Clinton is taking aim at Donald Trump's hardline immigration policies and the violence at some of his rallies in a new television ad that her campaign says will run in New York. Clinton says in the ad that while some people say America's problems can be solved... more »
  • WATCH: Trump's threat to sue over La. delegates explained Play Video

    March 27, 2016 5:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump threatened to file a lawsuit Sunday afternoon over Louisiana's GOP Convention delegation. “Just to show you how unfair Republican primary politics can be, I won the State of Louisiana and get fewer delegates than Cruz – Lawsuit coming,” Trump tweeted at... more »
  • Sanders wins Hawaii; Clinton leads in delegates

    March 27, 2016 3:06 PM

    WASHINGTON - Bernie Sanders netted nearly three dozen delegates after his win in Hawaii, having swept three states. It's a solid showing, but it didn't significantly tighten Hillary Clinton's overall big lead. Sanders needs to win 67 percent of the remaining delegates and uncommitted superdelegates through June to be able... more »
  • Sanders wins Alaska, Washington; Clinton holds delegate lead

    March 26, 2016 5:31 PM

    WASHINGTON - Bernie Sanders scored a duo of wins in Western caucus contests Saturday, giving a powerful psychological boost to his supporters but doing little to move him closer to securing the Democratic nomination. While results in Washington and Alaska barely dented Hillary Clinton's several hundred delegate lead, Sanders' wins... more »
  • Black women who boosted Obama are sticking with Clinton

    March 26, 2016 3:07 PM

    DETROIT - Hillary Clinton has faced surprisingly strong competition this primary season, and she's been bombarded with criticism. But she has maintained a strong bond with one significant bloc of Democratic Party voters. Black women, who were part of President Barack Obama's winning coalition in 2008 and 2012, have locked... more »
  • Emory president: Students scared by 'Trump 2016' chalk signs

    March 23, 2016 4:37 PM

    ATLANTA - The president of Emory University has met with 40 to 50 student demonstrators who said they were concerned and frightened after someone wrote "Trump 2016" in chalk on campus sidewalks and some buildings. Jim Wagner, president of the Atlanta university, wrote Tuesday that the students viewed the messages... more »
  • Jeb Bush endorses Cruz for president

    March 23, 2016 12:57 PM

    WASHINGTON - Jeb Bush says he's endorsing Ted Cruz for president. Bush tweeted Wednesday that "Ted is a consistent, principled conservative who has shown he can unite the party." He added on his Facebook page that Republicans "must overcome the divisiveness and vulgarity Donald Trump has brought into the political... more »
  • Clinton, Trump maintain solid delegate leads

    March 23, 2016 12:51 PM

    WASHINGTON - Hillary Clinton is closing in on collecting three-quarters of the delegates needed to clinch the Democratic presidential nomination. Bernie Sanders netted more than a dozen delegates after splitting the latest contests with Clinton. But he still trails significantly. Three states held Democratic contests with a total of 131... more »
  • Donald Trump's sister, like son, receives threatening letter

    March 20, 2016 9:40 PM

    PHILADELPHIA - A threatening letter has been sent to Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump's sister, who's a judge in Philadelphia. The letter was sent to Judge Maryanne Trump Barry, who sits on the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit. The FBI said Sunday it's "aware of the... more »
  • Bush kept presidential campaign afloat with personal loan

    March 19, 2016 6:16 PM

    WASHINGTON - Jeb Bush kept his struggling presidential campaign afloat with a $250,000 personal loan - barely enough to keep the campaign from plunging into debt. New campaign finance documents show the former Florida governor raised about $1 million in February, which was to be his final month as a... more »
  • Threatening letter sent to Trump son's home

    March 18, 2016 3:07 PM

    NEW YORK - A law enforcement official says New York City police and the FBI are investigating a threatening letter sent to the Manhattan apartment of Donald Trump's son, Eric. The official says the envelope sent to Eric Trump's apartment Thursday contained a suspicious white powder and a threatening letter.... more »
  • GOP leaders grapple with grudgingly accepting Trump

    March 17, 2016 12:54 PM

    WASHINGTON - Republican leaders are wavering between grudging acceptance and deep denial about Donald Trump's likely ascent to the GOP presidential nomination. With at least three more states in his win column, Trump is now the only candidate with a path to clinching the Republican nomination before the party's convention... more »
  • Michelle Obama tells SXSW crowd she won't run for president

    March 16, 2016 4:47 PM

    AUSTIN, Texas - Michelle Obama used the South by Southwest Music Festival to show off her vocal chops and make a quick announcement - she's not running for president. The first lady made her debut Wednesday at the Austin showcase of buzzworthy bands and technology. She sat with Grammy winners... more »
  • GOP debate cancelled after Trump, Kasich skip

    March 16, 2016 12:14 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Republican presidential debate scheduled for Monday in Salt Lake City has been canceled after front runner Donald Trump and John Kasich said they would not attend. Karen Boe, a spokeswoman for the Salt Palace Convention Center, said they were informed Wednesday morning that the event was being... more »
  • Trump rally violence offers Kasich fresh chance for contrast

    March 12, 2016 9:47 PM

    HEATH, Ohio (AP) - John Kasich on Saturday delivered his harshest criticism yet of Donald Trump, saying he's "had it" with the "toxic" nature of Trump's campaign and suggesting he may not support the businessman should he become the Republican nominee. "Pitting one group against one another is toxic and... more »
  • Obama: Politicians should unite, not divide US

    March 12, 2016 3:25 PM

    DALLAS - President Barack Obama says politicians who aspire to lead the country should try to bring Americans together, not divide them. Obama says candidates who won't do that don't deserve the public's support and votes. He says the best leaders remind Americans that what they have common is more... more »
  • Carson buries 'the hatchet,' endorses Trump for president

    March 11, 2016 12:01 PM

    PALM BEACH, Florida - Former Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson says he and Donald Trump have "buried the hatchet" after months of political wrangling, and he is endorsing the GOP front-runner's White House bid. At a press conference in Palm Beach, Florida on Friday, Carson, who left the race earlier... more »
  • Carson to endorse Trump Friday in FL

    March 10, 2016 7:34 PM

    WASHINGTON - Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson is expected to endorse his former rival Donald Trump at a news conference Friday morning. That's according to two people with knowledge of the upcoming endorsement who spoke anonymously because it's not been made public ahead of the formal announcement. One of the people... more »
  • Clinton, Trump notch wins in Louisiana primaries

    March 6, 2016 2:30 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Businessman Donald Trump and former secretary of state Hillary Clinton have scored wins in the presidential primaries in Louisiana. Trump took the Saturday Republican primary over Texas Sen. Ted Cruz while Clinton scored a large win over Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. Neighboring Mississippi will vote on Tuesday.... more »
  • Bill Clinton rallies for Hillary in Baton Rouge ahead of primary Play Video

    March 3, 2016 10:58 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Former president Bill Clinton campaigned for his wife Hillary Clinton in Baton Rouge Thursday evening, just days before voters will go to the polls for Louisiana's presidental preference primary. Hearing @billclinton spent some extra time in Mississippi. Might be about 45 minutes out. #runninglate —... more »
  • Marco Rubio quietly cancels Baton Rouge rally

    March 2, 2016 7:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE – After a poor showing in the Super Tuesday primaries, Marco Rubio quietly canceled his plans for a Baton Rouge event scheduled for Friday. Individuals who signed up for tickets to see Rubio received an email Wednesday that the event was canceled. "In order to use... more »
  • Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump cemented as 2016 leaders

    March 2, 2016 11:38 AM

    MIAMI - Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump are beginning to focus on each other in the race for the White House. Both front-runners were emboldened by commanding victories Tuesday across large swaths of the country. Clinton previewed a "love and kindness" message while Trump traded his typical rollicking... more »
  • Super Tuesday: Clinton, Trump look to pull away from rivals

    March 1, 2016 6:14 AM

    WASHINGTON- Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton are eyeing an opportunity to pull away from their rivals on Super Tuesday. It will be a delegate-rich dash across the country that could accelerate their march toward the general election. Voters from Vermont to Colorado, Alaska to American Samoa and several... more »
  • Rubio: Trump is a spray-tanned pants-wetter

    February 29, 2016 4:46 PM

    WASHINGTON - Florida Sen. Marco Rubio's is throwing fresh jabs at Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump, inviting the crowd to "have a little fun." Rubio is shifting from policy to personal attacks on Trump , mocking everything from the billionaire businessman's tan to subtle questions about his manhood. He even... more »
  • Trump disavows support of former KKK leader

    February 29, 2016 11:02 AM

    WASHINGTON - Donald Trump is stepping back from comments he made over the weekend when he claimed to know nothing about former Klu Klux Klan leader David Duke, saying that he couldn't hear the questions clearly. Trump was asked Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union" whether he rejected support... more »
  • Early voting indicates interest in Louisiana's presidential primary

    February 27, 2016 5:47 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - If the in-person early voting numbers are any indication, it seems that there is heightened interest in Louisiana's 2016 presidential primary. The early voting for the March 5 primary is nearly double the voting in the 2012 presidential primary and almost four times what it was in... more »
  • Buffett: US economy better than presidential hopefuls say

    February 27, 2016 4:31 PM

    OMAHA - Investor Warren Buffett says the United States' economy is in better shape than the presidential candidates make it seem. Buffett said Saturday in his annual letter to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders that any baby born in the country today will live better than their parents, even with the current... more »
  • Christie, in about-face, endorses former GOP rival Trump

    February 27, 2016 4:29 PM

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has a reputation for vengeance. And he delivered it with gusto Friday as he shocked many in the political world by endorsing GOP front-runner Donald Trump for the Republican presidential nomination. The surprise endorsement was the first for Trump from a sitting governor - and... more »
  • Clinton scores commanding win in South Carolina

    February 27, 2016 4:27 PM

    COLUMBIA - Hillary Clinton has won the Democratic presidential primary in South Carolina. She won the overwhelming support of black voters on her way to a commanding victory over Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. The win for Clinton is her third in the first four contests of the 2016 campaign. And... more »
  • In Florida, Trump looms as cloud in Rubio's Sunshine State

    February 26, 2016 12:51 PM

    MIAMI - Billionaire businessman Donald Trump is a part-time Florida resident - and a full-time problem for the home-state senator running for president, Marco Rubio. Rubio is counting on Florida to reshape the Republican contest that Trump has dominated by winning three of the first four states to vote. Rubio's... more »
  • Excitement for Trump breaks Nevada GOP turnout record

    February 24, 2016 5:42 PM

    LAS VEGAS - First time caucus-goers, many energized by Donald Trump's angry outsider campaign, flooded the polls driving turnout to record levels in Nevada's first-in-the-West presidential preference event. Trump received 34,531 votes in Tuesday night's contest, more than the total number of people who caucused four years ago. The Nevada... more »
  • Harry Reid endorses Clinton over Sanders

    February 24, 2016 1:41 PM

    WASHINGTON - Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid is endorsing Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination. A spokeswoman for the Nevada senator said Wednesday that Reid was making the endorsement. Reid participated in his state's Democratic caucuses Saturday but voted as "uncommitted." Clinton won the contest. Reid said he took... more »
  • Nevada provides new test of Trump's unorthodox campaign

    February 23, 2016 6:13 AM

    LAS VEGAS- Donald Trump's efforts to build a get-out-the-vote effort in Nevada don't appear to match those put together by Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who won Iowa's lead-off caucuses on the strength of his ground game. Nevada's caucus model demands more of a time commitment... more »
  • Rubio, Cruz jostle to claim 'alternative-to-Trump' vote

    February 21, 2016 5:48 PM

    FRANKLIN - Republicans Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz are battling to emerge as the true alternative to Donald Trump, as the billionaire businessman took an ever-so-brief break from his trademark braggadocio to say his drive for the GOP nomination isn't unstoppable - yet. Fresh off a commanding victory in South... more »
  • Trump's rivals running out of time to stop him

    February 21, 2016 3:41 PM

    WASHINGTON - Donald Trump's rivals are running out of time to stop him. After Saturday's dominant performance in South Carolina, a close look at the calendar of upcoming elections suggests the New York billionaire's rivals have until mid-March to slow him down. After that, their only chance to keep Trump... more »
  • Jeb Bush ends bid for the White House

    February 20, 2016 8:46 PM

    COLUMBIA, S.C. - Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush says he is ending his bid for the White House. A teary-eyed Bush says he's proud of the campaign he ran to unify the country and advocate conservative solutions. The son and brother of former presidents George H.W. Bush and George W.... more »
  • Cruz jokes that Duck Dynasty star should get diplomatic post

    February 19, 2016 4:24 PM

    MYRTLE BEACH - S en. Ted Cruz is jokingly proposing Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson for a top diplomatic post. "Imagine just for a moment: Phil Robertson, ambassador to the United Nations," the Texas senator said at a Friday morning rally in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. "How much would... more »
  • Vatican looks to clarify Pope's Trump comments

    February 19, 2016 4:07 PM

    MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - The papal spokesman is stressing that Pope Francis often says build bridges, not walls, and that his remark while flying back from Mexico wasn't targeting U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump. Francis said Thursday that a person who advocates building walls for solutions is "not Christian." Trump,... more »
  • Pope on Trump: Anyone who wants border walls isn't Christian

    February 18, 2016 12:12 PM

    ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE - Asked about Donald Trump's views on immigration, Pope Francis says anyone who wants to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexican border isn't Christian. Trump has promised to build a wall along the Mexican border from Texas to California and expel 11 million people who are... more »
  • GOP candidates in high-stakes chess match in South Carolina

    February 17, 2016 11:18 AM

    CHARLESTON, S.C. - Jeb Bush, John Kasich and Marco Rubio are locked in a high-stakes political chess match in South Carolina, strategically moving money and other campaign resources around in a bid to pull ahead in the Republican primary race - or at least keep their campaigns afloat if they... more »
  • Republican group likens Clinton to Trump in advertisement

    February 13, 2016 3:16 PM

    Washington - Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are not so different on immigration policy. That's the message a Republican group is pushing in a new online ad aimed at voters in the coming Nevada Democratic presidential contest. American Crossroads is paying for it. The group is a super political action... more »
  • Baton Rouge gets ready to welcome Donald Trump Play Video

    February 11, 2016 9:14 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Presidential candidate Donald Trump is in town today for a campaign event at the Baton Rouge River Center. The event will open to the public at 5 p.m., with Trump expected to take the stage at 7 p.m. Admission to the event is free, but guests... more »
  • Spokeswoman: Christie quits presidential race

    February 10, 2016 5:14 PM

    COLUMBIA, S.C. - A spokeswoman for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's campaign for president says he is dropping out of the race for the Republican nomination. Christie's decision to exit the race comes a day after his disappointing sixth-place finish in New Hampshire. Campaign spokeswoman Samantha Smith says Christie broke... more »
  • Fiorinia Tweets that she's quitting GOP race

    February 10, 2016 3:20 PM

    COLUMBIA, S.C. - Carly Fiorina is dropping out of the 2016 Republican presidential race. The former technology executive announced on Twitter that she is suspending her campaign. Today, I am suspending my campaign. My full statement is here: https://t.co/8QElLZoc1W — Carly Fiorina (@CarlyFiorina) February 10, 2016 ... more »
  • Chris Christie expected to quit GOP race

    February 10, 2016 12:55 PM

    COLUMBIA, S.C. - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is expected to drop out of the 2016 race for the White House after finishing sixth in the New Hampshire primary. That's according to a two people familiar with his plans, who spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of... more »
  • Trump to hold campaign rally Thursday in Baton Rouge

    February 7, 2016 4:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump will be in the Capital City Thursday for a campaign rally at the Baton Rouge River Center. The schedule on his campaign website indicates the rally at the 10,000 seat arena will start at 7 p.m., with doors opening at... more »
  • Rubio comes under withering criticism in Republican debate

    February 7, 2016 2:59 PM

    MANCHESTER - Marco Rubio faced withering criticism of his readiness to be president and his policy depth in the last Republican debate before Tuesday's New Hampshire primary, as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and other candidates launched an aggressive campaign to slow the Florida senator's rise. Rubio's responded with an... more »
  • Cruz: border security needed to stop addiction 'epidemic'

    February 4, 2016 4:58 PM

    HOOKSETT, N.H. - Republican Ted Cruz says government can only do so much to battle "an epidemic" of addiction that has affected lives and families, including his own. He says in New Hampshire Thursday that, "it's not going to be the government that solves this," and that "people have to... more »
  • Rand Paul runs for president, has to settle for a caucus

    February 4, 2016 11:24 AM

    FRANKFORT - Rand Paul has ended his presidential campaign after a fifth-place finish in the Iowa caucuses. But the lasting impact of his once promising presidential bid could be a caucus in his home state. Kentucky Republicans changed their election calendar to hold a presidential caucus March 5 so Paul... more »
  • Shadowy companies, big bucks: Election mystery money returns

    February 3, 2016 11:29 AM

    WASHINGTON - Campaign money from shadowy sources is back this presidential election. And more than $4 million of it channeled to outside groups helping candidates came from unknown or masked donors. An Associated Press analysis of new campaign finance data finds more than two dozen obscure groups gave at least... more »
  • Sanders says Iowa gives campaign a kick-start

    February 2, 2016 8:37 AM

    MANCHESTER, N.H.- Bernie Sanders says his razor-thin contest against Hillary Clinton in Iowa is giving his campaign a "kick-start." The Democratic presidential candidate says it shows the American people that "this is a campaign that can win." Sanders tells reporters traveling aboard his flight to New Hampshire early Tuesday that... more »
  • Sanders campaign opens Louisiana HQ in suburban New Orleans

    January 31, 2016 9:09 PM

    METAIRIE - U.S. Sen. and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders' campaign has opened its Louisiana headquarters in Metairie. Spokesman Gregory Minchak says the campaign's first Louisiana office opened at noon Sunday, with king cake for volunteer phone bank workers and visitors. He says about 60 people stopped by early in... more »
  • Poll: Trump leads GOP field in Iowa, Clinton tops Sanders

    January 30, 2016 8:46 PM

    WASHINGTON - It's the last major preference poll before the Iowa caucuses on Monday. The Iowa Poll, published today by The Des Moines Register and Bloomberg, says Republican Donald Trump has the support of 28 perfect of likely caucus-goers, with Ted Cruz at 23 percent and Marco Rubio at 15... more »
  • Clinton takes on Sanders over guns, to appear with Giffords

    January 30, 2016 2:50 PM

    DAVENPORT - As the Iowa caucuses draw near, Democrat Hillary Clinton is highlighting rival Bernie Sanders' votes against tougher gun restrictions. Her presidential campaign says Clinton will appear Saturday in Ames, Iowa, with Gabby Giffords, the former Democratic congresswoman from Arizona. Giffords was gravely wounded in a shooting five years... more »
  • America and its politics in flux as 2016 voting begins

    January 30, 2016 2:44 PM

    DES MOINES - First there was the promise of political change in Barack Obama's historic 2008 election. Then the pledge to upend Washington's ways after the 2010 tea party wave. But for some Americans, the change and disruption have come too slowly, or failed altogether. On the eve of the... more »
  • Biden calls GOP candidates "gift" for Democrats

    January 28, 2016 3:05 PM

    BALTIMORE - Vice President Joe Biden says Democrats may have "been given a gift from the Lord" in the form of Donald Trump and Ted Cruz. Biden is riffing on the 2016 race as he addresses House Democrats at their annual retreat in Baltimore. Biden says between Cruz and Trump,... more »
  • Trump looks to grab attention as GOP rivals debate

    January 28, 2016 11:10 AM

    DES MOINES - It looks like Republican presidential candidates will be debating without their front-runner. Donald Trump hopes to starve his rivals of attention at a critical juncture in the campaign by holding a competing event of his own. Trump's abrupt decision to boycott the final debate before Monday's Iowa... more »
  • Fighting in Iowa, Hillary Clinton fears repeat of 2008 loss

    January 27, 2016 11:35 AM

    CEDAR FALLS, Iowa - The campaign for Monday's presidential caucuses in Iowa is beginning to resemble a bad flashback for Hillary Clinton. Once again she finds herself barnstorming through the state's frozen stretches with a diminished lead in the polls and an underdog rival on the rise. Last time, in... more »
  • Trump not backing down from Fox debate boycott

    January 27, 2016 11:02 AM

    IOWA CITY - Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump isn't backing down Wednesday from his threat to boycott this week's GOP debate, where candidates have the opportunity to make their closing arguments before voting begins in Monday's Iowa caucuses. Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski said in a pair of television interviews... more »
  • Obama says he doesn't yearn for third term

    January 24, 2016 4:21 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says he wouldn't run for a third term even if he could. He says the presidency takes a toll on family life, and the office "should be continually renewed by new energy and new ideas." Obama tells CBS' "Sunday Morning" that he's not yearning for... more »
  • Trump: My supporters would stick with me through shooting

    January 23, 2016 3:16 PM

    SIOUX CENTER, Iowa - Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump says his supporters are so loyal they would stick with him even if he stood in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shot somebody. Trump was addressing a rally Saturday at a Christian school, Dordt College, in Sioux Center, Iowa. In... more »
  • Bloomberg eyeing independent White House bid

    January 23, 2016 3:12 PM

    NEW YORK - Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is taking early steps toward launching an independent campaign for president, seeing a potential path to the White House amid the rise of Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Bernie Sanders. The billionaire media executive, who served three terms as mayor of... more »

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