National elections

FILE - In this Tuesday, July 24, 2018, file photo, from left, Republican candidates for governor Mark Boughton, Tim Herbst, Steve Obsitnik, Bob Stefanowski, and David Stemerman face off in a Hearst Connecticut Media sponsored debate at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn. Democrats and Republicans go to the polls in the most crowded primary field in Connecticut's recent history, on Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018. (Brian A. Pounds/Hearst Connecticut Media via AP, File)
August 14, 2018 - 10:58 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on primaries in Connecticut, Minnesota, Vermont and Wisconsin (all times local): 10:55 p.m. Madison businessman and political newcomer Bob Stefanowski has won the Republican primary for Connecticut governor, defeating four fellow GOP contenders. The 56-year-old former...
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FILE - In this Jan 3, 2018, file photo, Sen. Tina Smith, D-Minn., smiles after being administered the Senate oath of office during a mock swearing in ceremony with Vice President Mike Pence in the Old Senate Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington. The sudden downfall of Sen. Al Franken amid the rise of the #MeToo movement could set up a two-woman race for his seat, part of an unusual primary featuring both of Minnesota's Senate seats on the same ballot. Franken's successor, Democrat Tina Smith, and the endorsed Republican candidate, state Sen. Karin Housley, were heavy favorites in their respective races. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
August 14, 2018 - 8:34 pm
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democrats tested the strength of their "blue wave" against President Trump's grip on America's white, working class Tuesday as the 2018 primary season lurched closer to an end in two Midwestern battlegrounds. At the same time, Vermont Democrats were considering whether to...
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FILE - In this Feb. 28, 2017 file photo, White House Director of communications for the Office of Public Liaison Omarosa Manigault Newman stands with the of leaders of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) outside the West Wing of the White House in Washington. The White House says former aide Omarosa Manigault Newman has "shown a complete lack of integrity" with her criticism of President Donald Trump in her new book, "Unhinged." Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018, that Trump's tweets referring to Manigault Newman as "crazed" and a "dog" reflect his "frustration" with her comments. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
August 14, 2018 - 6:02 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Keep your friends close and your enemies closer. And, perhaps, your potential leakers closer yet. President Donald Trump's political operation has made a regular practice of providing soft landing-pads for discarded staffers, offering nebulous jobs at big salaries to aides who...
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Television personality and former White House staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman speaks during an interview with The Associated Press, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018, in New York. Manigault Newman declared she “will not be silenced” by President Donald Trump, remaining defiant as her public feud with her former boss shifted from a war of words to a possible legal battle. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
August 14, 2018 - 4:13 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman (all times local): 4:10 p.m. Omarosa Manigault Newman declared "I will not be silenced" by the Trump campaign. Manigault Newman spoke to The Associated Press hours after the president's campaign announced it was filing...
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FILE - This Oct. 10, 2016 file photo taken from a video screen grab shows then-Libertarian presidential candidate and former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson being interviewed in Santa Fe, N.M. Former Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson is campaigning to unseat New Mexico's junior Democratic U.S. senator, seeking political opportunity in the space between Democrats and voters loyal to President Donald Trump. Johnson's name appeared Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018, on the state's list of Senate candidates. Johnson still holds a vaunted place in New Mexico politics as a former two-term governor. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras, File)
August 14, 2018 - 3:51 pm
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Former Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson began his campaign Tuesday to unseat New Mexico's junior Democratic senator, seeking political opportunity in the space between Democrats and voters loyal to President Donald Trump. Johnson, a former two-term governor of...
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FILE - In this Saturday, June 2, 2018, file photo, minutes after receiving the Republican Party endorsement for governor, Jeff Johnson pauses behind the stage, in Duluth, Minn. Johnson has been supportive of President Donald Trump. (Glen Stubbe/Star Tribune via AP, File)
August 14, 2018 - 12:31 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans who once criticized President Donald Trump are now fighting each other for his support. Minnesota faces a #metoo moment. And Democrats weigh whether to send the "Iron Stache" to Congress. What to watch as voters in four states — Minnesota, Wisconsin, Vermont and...
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FILE - In this July 12, 2018 file photo, FBI Deputy Assistant Director Peter Strzok is seated to testify before the the House Committees on the Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform during a hearing on "Oversight of FBI and DOJ Actions Surrounding the 2016 Election," on Capitol Hill in Washington. His lawyer said he was fired late Friday by FBI Deputy Director David Bowdich. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
August 13, 2018 - 7:11 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the firing of longtime FBI agent Peter Strzok (all times local): 7 p.m. The longtime FBI agent who was removed from the Russia investigation over anti-Trump text messages has been fired by the agency. The FBI began reviewing the employment of Peter Strzok (struhk)...
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FILE - In this Aug. 2, 2018, file photo, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., speaks at a news conference to discuss Paid Family Leave legislation, on Capitol Hill in Washington. After flaming out in the GOP presidential primary _ and enduring rival Donald Trump’s taunts along the way _ Rubio is entering his next act in politics. But one thing Rubio isn’t doing, he says, is gearing up for a White House run in 2020. And, he says no other Republicans should primary Trump either, because it could cost the GOP the presidency. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
August 13, 2018 - 7:01 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — After flaming out in the GOP presidential primary — and enduring rival Donald Trump's taunts along the way — Sen. Marco Rubio is entering his next act in politics. The once-rising star used to be criticized for being in too much of a hurry, but now he's hunkered down in the Senate...
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In this Aug. 9, 2018 photo, provided by Nate McMurray for Congress, Nate McMurray, the Democrat who is running in the 27th Congressional District, speaks to supporters in Rochester, N.Y., the day after his opponent, U.S. Rep. Christopher Collins, R-N.Y., was arrested on insider trading charges. On Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, Collins said he would end his re-election bid, while McMurray called on Collins to resign. (Nate McMurray for Congress via AP)
August 13, 2018 - 5:56 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Republicans may have to nominate U.S. Rep. Chris Collins for another political office in order to strip his name from the November ballot after the three-term conservative lawmaker dropped his re-election bid following insider trading charges. The odd move may be necessitated by...
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Hamilton County Clerk of Courts Aftab Pureval speaks at a fundraising event for his 1st House District campaign challenge to veteran Republican Rep. Steve Chabot at a supporters home, Friday, June 15, 2018, in Maineville, Ohio. The Democratic candidate for Congress in southwest Ohio jokes that besides already going against the electoral odds, he's a "brown dude with a funny name." But 35-year-old Aftab Pureval is attracting national attention as tries to unseat veteran Republican Rep. Steve Chabot, part of the Cincinnati-area political landscape for three decades. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
August 13, 2018 - 5:06 pm
MASON, Ohio (AP) — As Aftab Pureval campaigns for Congress in southwest Ohio, he sometimes smilingly introduces himself as "a brown dude with a funny name." The Ohio native is the son of a Tibet-born mother and India-born father. He first upset the Cincinnati political order in 2016, winning the...
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