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  • Trump: Those in US illegally treated better than veterans

    May 29, 2016 10:39 PM

    WASHINGTON - Donald Trump says people in the U.S. illegally are cared for better in the United States than the nation's military veterans. Trump was speaking at the annual Rolling Thunder motorcycle rally, which honors prisoners of war and service members missing in action. Trump was warmly received by the... more »
  • Cleveland authorities to tout convention preparedness

    May 28, 2016 4:52 PM

    CLEVELAND - City officials plan to present an overview of security preparation for this summer's Republican National Convention in Cleveland, seeking to counter continuing concerns about readiness to host the event expected to bring 50,000 visitors to northeast Ohio. A press release from Mayor Frank Jackson's office said Tuesday's session... more »
  • In swing-state suburbs, white women are skeptical of Trump

    May 21, 2016 2:51 PM

    WESTERVILLE, Ohio - For Donald Trump to win the White House, he'll need the votes of women like lifelong Republican Wendy Emery. Yet the 52-year-old business owner from the suburbs of Columbus, Ohio, is struggling with the notion that Trump is her party's presumptive presidential nominee, and she can't commit... more »
  • Cruz shuns Trump, GOP unity; says 'challenges' may lie ahead

    May 14, 2016 5:22 PM

    DALLAS - Ted Cruz used his first speech since dropping out of the presidential race not to endorse Donald Trump or call for Republican unity behind him, but to say that a small core of conservatives can save America. Addressing the Texas Republican convention in Dallas today, Cruz repeated many... more »
  • Trump, Ryan cite productive first meeting

    May 12, 2016 2:42 PM

    WASHINGTON - Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan say they had a productive meeting and see a great chance to unite the Republican Party and win the presidential election in November. The presumptive GOP nominee and the party's top elected official said in a statement after their meeting on... more »
  • Clinton: Trump's tax plan is for billionaires

    May 11, 2016 3:39 PM

    WASHINGTON - Hillary Clinton says Donald Trump's tax agenda was "written by a billionaire for billionaires" and will benefit the wealthy at the expense of middle-class workers. Clinton says in Blackwood, New Jersey, that Trump would add trillions to the debt in exchange for tax cuts for people earning more... more »
  • Trump narrows VP list as he moves into general

    May 11, 2016 11:34 AM

    NEW YORK - Donald Trump says he's narrowed his list of potential running mates to "five or six" people, and is leaning against accepting public money to finance a fall campaign against likely Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. But in a break from recent major party nominees, Trump does not plan... more »
  • Sanders picks up another win; still a long shot

    May 10, 2016 11:29 PM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Republican-side of the Presidential Race is all but decided with Donald Trump the presumptive nominee. Nonetheless, he picked up victories Tuesday night in both West Virginia and Nebraska. The race is tighter on the Democratic-side. Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vermont) remains a long-shot to win the... more »
  • For Obama's legacy, a few bright spots with Trump as nominee

    May 8, 2016 2:57 PM

    WASHINGTON - There's no cheering at the White House for Donald Trump. Yet for President Barack Obama, things could be worse. Trump's ascent as the presumptive Republican nominee makes some of Obama's main achievements more likely to survive after the next president takes over. Trump's policy prescriptions are full of... more »
  • The policy divide of the moment is Trump vs. Ryan

    May 6, 2016 4:12 PM

    WASHINGTON - A presidential campaign throws policy differences into stark relief and so it is this time, on immigration, spending, trade, foreign affairs — you name it. In this cockeyed campaign year, though, the divide at the moment is between the country's top two Republicans: the presumptive presidential nominee... more »
  • Democratic advertising blitz awaits GOP's Trump

    May 6, 2016 1:44 PM

    WASHINGTON - Donald Trump's likely Democratic opponent and her allies are laying their traps for him. Priorities USA is the lead super PAC backing Hillary Clinton. The group has already reserved $91 million in television advertising that will start next month and continue through Election Day. An Associated Press review... more »
  • La GOP releases statement about Trump's likely nomination

    May 4, 2016 8:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Donald Trump's path to the Republican Presidential nomination became a lot clearer Wednesday when his final opponent, Ohio Gov. John Kasich suspended his campaign. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) did the same Tuesday night after Trump won the primary in Indiana. Wednesday afternoon, the state Republican party... more »
  • GOP race shifts California's political fault lines

    April 30, 2016 9:21 PM

    BURLINGAME, Calif. - The prospect of Donald Trump clinching the nomination in California has scrambled political fault lines among Republicans in the Golden State and made the June 7 primary difficult to predict. The state's GOP presidential primaries are typically low-profile affairs, occurring after the party nomination has been clinched.... more »
  • 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 »
  • Fundraiser for top Arizona Republicans accused of running meth lab

    April 27, 2016 11:22 AM

    PHOENIX - An Arizona woman who worked for top Republicans in the state and is now a political fundraiser is facing several felony drug charges after sheriff’s office deputies raider the home she lives in with her boyfriend and two children. A sheriff’s spokesman says 35-year-old Emily Pitha was... 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Protests against Trump risk backlash in GOP primary

    March 26, 2016 3:04 PM

    FOUNTAIN HILLS, Ariz. - Activists have increased their protests against Donald Trump but are also running the risk of helping his bid for the Republican presidential nomination. Trump uses protesters at his rally to incite his supporters. As demonstrations have turned more heated and some activists have tried to block... 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 »
  • Anti-Trump protesters gather in New York

    March 19, 2016 6:21 PM

    WASHINGTON - Several hundred demonstrators in New York City are continuing to protest Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump. The protesters gathered Saturday in Manhattan's Columbus Circle, across from Central Park, amid a heavy police presence. Demonstrators chanted: "Donald Trump, go away, racist, sexist, anti-gay." They marched across south Central Park... 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 »
  • 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 still not doing well enough to guarantee nomination

    March 16, 2016 11:12 AM

    WASHINGTON - Donald Trump is the only candidate with a path to clinching the Republican nomination for president before the party's national convention in July. But despite four more wins on Tuesday, the billionaire businessman still must do better. Trump's rivals can only hope to stop him, forcing a contested... 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 »
  • Obama: GOP contest 'a circus' and 'a crackup'

    March 10, 2016 12:50 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says Donald Trump's positions aren't different from those of the other Republican presidential candidates - he's just more provocative in talking about them. Obama weighed in on the 2016 presidential campaign during a news conference with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Obama says Trump's... more »
  • Marco Rubio: A candidate still searching for a viable base

    March 7, 2016 5:22 AM

    BOISE, Idaho- Marco Rubio finds his Oval Office ambitions squeezed by Donald Trump's outsider ambush and the Republican Party's resulting identity crisis. The Florida senator has struggled to reconnect with the kind of voters who sent him to Capitol Hill six years ago as a tea party favorite, instead watching... more »
  • Rubio wins Puerto Rico GOP race

    March 6, 2016 4:47 PM

    WASHINGTON - Florida Sen. Marco Rubio has won Puerto Rico's Republican primary, his second win of the race for the GOP presidential nomination. It wasn't clear how many delegates the contest awards him. The U.S. territory's three super-delegates have committed to Rubio. If a candidate gets more than half the... 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 »
  • Trump to participate in Fox News debate

    March 2, 2016 4:31 PM

    MIAMI - Donald Trump and Fox News Channel are getting back together. A spokeswoman for the Republican presidential front runner confirms that Trump will participate in Thursday's debate sponsored by the news channel, even though his sometime nemesis, Megyn Kelly, will be one of the moderators. Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks... more »
  • 6 NJ papers: Christie should quit over Trump nod

    March 2, 2016 11:44 AM

    MIAMI - Six New Jersey newspapers say Gov. Chris Christie should resign over his endorsement of Donald Trump. They add that if Christie refuses to quit, New Jersey citizens should initiate a recall effort. The papers on Wednesday ran brutal editorials saying they are fed up with everything from Christie's... 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • GOP rivals barrel toward Super Tuesday after wild debate

    February 26, 2016 12:49 PM

    HOUSTON - The GOP presidential candidates are barreling into the final stretch to Super Tuesday after a name-calling, insult-trading, finger-pointing final debate. The Houston debate featured a tag-team attack on Donald Trump by Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz. Both senators are anxious to take down the front-runner before it's too... 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 »
  • GOP says no hearings, no votes for Supreme Court nominee

    February 24, 2016 11:14 AM

    WASHINGTON - No hearing. No vote. Don't even bother knocking on our door. That's the message Senate Republicans delivered to President Barack Obama and his sometime-soon nominee for the Supreme Court, an extraordinary election-year rebuff as the GOP insists that replacing Justice Antonin Scalia rests with voters in November's election... more »
  • GOP lawmakers in House strike at state government contracts

    February 22, 2016 2:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Republicans in the Louisiana House have started shaping their response to state budget problems, taking aim at consulting and professional services contracts. The Appropriations Committee backed bills Monday that would force state contract cuts and require more reporting before deals are struck. The measures, which... 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 »
  • Donald Trump wins South Carolina Republican primary

    February 20, 2016 7:34 PM

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Donald Trump has won the South Carolina Republican primary, a second-straight victory for the billionaire real estate mogul after his first-place finish in New Hampshire. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio are in close race for second. Exit polls taken in South Carolina... 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 »
  • Republicans urge Obama to use Ebola funds to fight Zika

    February 18, 2016 3:50 PM

    WASHINGTON - Top House Republicans say the fastest way for President Barack Obama to obtain money to combat the spread of the Zika virus is to tap leftover funding from the 2014 battle against Ebola. House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers and other senior panel members told White House budget... 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 senator 1st to say Obama should offer Scalia replacement

    February 17, 2016 4:03 PM

    WASHINGTON - Nevada Sen. Dean Heller has become the first Republican senator to break with his party's leader and say President Barack Obama should nominate a replacement for the late Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court. Heller said Wednesday that Nevadans "should have a voice" in selecting a new justice.... 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 »
  • House GOP subpoenas 3 groups in Planned Parenthood probe

    February 16, 2016 6:13 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Republican chairman of a special House panel investigating Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers has issued the first three subpoenas to groups she says are withholding information. Tennessee Rep. Marsha Blackburn said Tuesday she'd subpoenaed documents from StemExpress, a company that supplies fetal tissue from abortion... more »
  • Top Republicans stay quiet on release of their tax returns

    February 12, 2016 3:11 PM

    WASHINGTON - Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio have failed to release their tax returns despite promises to do. Mitt Romney offered Republican presidential candidates this advice about a hard-won lesson: Release your tax returns before the primaries and avoid tough scrutiny later. But the top... 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 »
  • Ryan calls for unity, less anger from his fractious GOP

    February 3, 2016 11:40 AM

    WASHINGTON - House Speaker Paul Ryan says Republicans need to stop fighting angrily among themselves and not be distracted by guns or other "hot-button" issues that President Barack Obama raises. The Wisconsin Republican said Wednesday that instead, the GOP needs to unite behind a conservative, pro-growth agenda they can display... 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 »
  • Huckabee, Santorum to join Trump boycott event

    January 28, 2016 3:15 PM

    DES MOINES, Iowa - Donald Trump will be joined by two of his rivals at the event he's throwing in place of attending Thursday's GOP debate. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum will be joining Trump at the veterans benefit at Drake University. Aides to... 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Trump, GOP leaders realizing they may need each other

    January 22, 2016 5:36 PM

    DES MOINES, Iowa - Donald Trump and some mainstream Republicans are engaged in a long-distance flirtation. Both sides are coming to the realization that they'll need each other if the billionaire businessman becomes the party's presidential nominee. The GOP establishment is no fonder of Trump than when he first... more »
  • Palin joins Trump for campaign rally in Oklahoma

    January 20, 2016 4:51 PM

    TULSA - Sarah Palin has joined Donald Trump on the campaign trail, a day after endorsing the Republican front-runner. She asked a crowd of thousands today in Tulsa, Oklahoma, if they are "ready to work to make America great again" -- an echoing of Trump's campaign mantra. Palin had earlier... more »
  • Rubio betting on a long-haul strategy to win GOP nomination

    January 20, 2016 11:31 AM

    BETTENDORF, Iowa - Under pressure to emerge as the Republican mainstream's presidential contender, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is increasingly relying on a national strategy as he lowers expectations for February's primary contests. He's betting big that Republican voters across the political spectrum will ultimately coalesce behind his candidacy in the... more »
  • Trump receives key endorsement from Sarah Palin

    January 19, 2016 4:59 PM

    AMES, Iowa - Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump received a key endorsement Tuesday from conservative heavyweight Sarah Palin. The former Alaska governor and former running mate of Sen. John McCain in his 2008 bid for the White House, is endorsing the billionaire businessman, according to a statement released by his... more »
  • Ted Cruz says Donald Trump becoming 'rattled' by his gains

    January 18, 2016 2:46 PM

    WASHINGTON, New Hampshire - Ted Cruz is accusing his Republican rival Donald Trump of exhibiting inconsistent conservativism, suggesting he is not prepared to be president. Cruz accused the billionaire investor of becoming "rattled" and "dismayed" by the Texas senator's gains. The war of words between Cruz and Trump intensified in... more »
  • As Iowa looms, GOP wonders: does Trump have fans, or voters?

    January 18, 2016 11:36 AM

    WEST DES MOINES, Iowa - It's the No. 1 question headed into the Iowa caucuses: Does Donald Trump merely have fans, or does he have supporters who will mobilize come caucus day? The definitive answer won't arrive until the night of Iowa's leadoff caucuses on Feb. 1. But interviews with... more »
  • Trump continues attacks on Cruz

    January 15, 2016 11:26 AM

    MIAMI - Republican front-runner Donald Trump is keeping up his attack of rival Ted Cruz, calling his conduct at the Republican debate "strident" and labeling his remarks about "New York values" in the GOP debate "disgraceful." Appearing on MSNBC's Morning Joe Friday, Trump said the Texas senator "hurt himself"... more »
  • Trump, Cruz assert their standing atop Republican field

    January 15, 2016 4:29 AM

    NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C.- Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump and Ted Cruz firmly asserted their standing atop the GOP race in Thursday night's debate, overshadowing a crowded field of rivals still grappling for a way to overtake the fiery front-runners. The debate underscored that the competition between Trump and Cruz will... more »

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