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Counting starts in Nigeria's delayed poll marked by violence

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Gunfire heard in cities as Nigerians finally go to the polls for presidential election. More>>

Biden's 2020 opening? Dem field missing foreign policy hand

(AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File). FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2019, file photo, Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during the U.S. Conference of Mayors Annual Winter Meeting in Washington. Democratic presidential candidates are touting their support f... (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File). FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2019, file photo, Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during the U.S. Conference of Mayors Annual Winter Meeting in Washington. Democratic presidential candidates are touting their support f...
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Foreign policy has largely taken a back seat on the presidential campaign trail, and former Vice President Joe Biden could seize on that opening to position himself as the global policy expert if he decides to run. More>>

Mueller: Manafort 'brazenly violated the law' for years

(AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File). FILE - In this May 23, 2018 file photo, Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, leaves the Federal District Court after a hearing in Washington. A judge has set a March 8, 2019, sentencing da... (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File). FILE - In this May 23, 2018 file photo, Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, leaves the Federal District Court after a hearing in Washington. A judge has set a March 8, 2019, sentencing da...
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Special counsel Robert Mueller's office has filed its sentencing memo in one of two criminal cases against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort. More>>

Criminal charges possible in North Carolina's US House fight

(Travis Long/The News & Observer via AP, Pool). Josh Lawson, chief counsel for the state Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement, left, hands Mark Harris, Republican candidate in North Carolina's 9th congressional race, a document during the four... (Travis Long/The News & Observer via AP, Pool). Josh Lawson, chief counsel for the state Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement, left, hands Mark Harris, Republican candidate in North Carolina's 9th congressional race, a document during the four...
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Democrat Dan McCready says he's running again in nation's last undecided congressional race after North Carolina orders new election. More>>

AP source: Mueller report not expected next week

(AP Photo/Susan Walsh). President Donald Trump listens during his meeting with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Friday, Feb. 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh). President Donald Trump listens during his meeting with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Friday, Feb. 22, 2019.
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A report from special counsel Robert Mueller about the Russia investigation is not expected to be delivered to the Justice Department next week. More>>

Retired astronaut Mark Kelly kicks off Arizona Senate bid

(Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File). FILE- In this Nov. 12, 2018, file photo politician and gun control advocate Gabrielle Giffords and husband, retired astronaut Mark Kelly, attend the Glamour Women of the Year Awards at Spring Studios in New Y... (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File). FILE- In this Nov. 12, 2018, file photo politician and gun control advocate Gabrielle Giffords and husband, retired astronaut Mark Kelly, attend the Glamour Women of the Year Awards at Spring Studios in New Y...
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Retired astronaut Mark Kelly is kicking off his U.S. Senate campaign with a rally in Tucson, Arizona. More>>

Brown pledges to be most pro-union 2020 candidate if he runs

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Democrat Sherrod Brown is bringing his pro-worker message to Las Vegas casino workers who are members of what's considered Nevada's most powerful labor union. More>>

The Latest: Venezuela's Guaido will meet VP Pence in Bogota

(AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd). Government supporters flash heart-hand signals during the "Hands off Venezuela" concert at the Tienditas International Bridge, in Venezuela on the border with Colombia, Friday, Feb. 22, 2019.  Venezuela's power struggle is set t... (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd). Government supporters flash heart-hand signals during the "Hands off Venezuela" concert at the Tienditas International Bridge, in Venezuela on the border with Colombia, Friday, Feb. 22, 2019. Venezuela's power struggle is set t...
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Hundreds of Venezuelans have camped out overnight near a bridge in Colombia where humanitarian aid that the opposition will try to deliver inside the country is being stored. More>>

Harris opposes military action to get aid into Venezuela

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Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris says she doesn't "condone military action at this point" to ensure humanitarian aid reaches Venezuela. More>>

Dems' choice: Scrap the system or make gradual change?

(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File). FILE - In this Jan. 16, 2019, photo, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., reacts during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. The growing Democratic presidential field is increasingly splitting into two camps: those who want t... (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File). FILE - In this Jan. 16, 2019, photo, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., reacts during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. The growing Democratic presidential field is increasingly splitting into two camps: those who want t...
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Democratic presidential candidates are increasingly split into two camps: those who want to quickly overhaul economic systems that have existed for decades and those who favor more gradual change. More>>

The Latest: Nigerian army says 6 'hoodlums' killed

(AP Photo/Sunday Alamba). Electoral officials carry ballot boxes before the Presidential and National Assembly election in Yola, Nigeria, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Africa's most populous country goes to the polls on Saturday to decide whether President ... (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba). Electoral officials carry ballot boxes before the Presidential and National Assembly election in Yola, Nigeria, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Africa's most populous country goes to the polls on Saturday to decide whether President ...
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The Latest: Nigeria finally begins voting for president, a week after surprise delay. More>>

Mueller still seeking secrecy in Manafort investigation

(AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File). FILE - In this May 23, 2018 file photo, Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, leaves the Federal District Court after a hearing in Washington. A judge has set a March 8, 2019, sentencing da... (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File). FILE - In this May 23, 2018 file photo, Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, leaves the Federal District Court after a hearing in Washington. A judge has set a March 8, 2019, sentencing da...
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Special counsel Robert Mueller is filing a sentencing memorandum in one of the two criminal cases against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort. More>>

Poland party leader vows more social benefits ahead of votes

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Poland's ruling party leader, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, has pledged more social benefits for families with children as he opened the party's campaign ahead of key elections this year. More>>

Virginia Gov. Northam meets with civil rights leaders

(AP Photo/Steve Helber). Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam greets, a member of the Richmond 34, Leroy Bray and his wife Cynthia, center, for a breakfast at the Governors Mansion at the Capitol in Richmond, Va., Friday, Feb. 22, 2019. The Richmond 34 were a g... (AP Photo/Steve Helber). Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam greets, a member of the Richmond 34, Leroy Bray and his wife Cynthia, center, for a breakfast at the Governors Mansion at the Capitol in Richmond, Va., Friday, Feb. 22, 2019. The Richmond 34 were a g...
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Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has met with civil rights leaders at the Executive Mansion a day after forgoing a racial reconciliation event at a historically black school that student leaders asked him not to attend. More>>

Sen. Warren: US needs to address 'ugly history of racism'

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren says she's proposing universal child care because she remembers being a young working mother desperate to find safe, affordable care for her two kids and believes high-quality care "shouldn't be a privilege reserved for the rich.". More>>

Judge strikes down North Carolina voter ID OK'd by voters

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A North Carolina judge has voided constitutional amendments approved by voters in November requiring photo identification to vote in person and capping the state income tax rate. More>>

The Latest: Mueller sentencing memo in Manafort case pending

(AP Photo/Susan Walsh). President Donald Trump speaks during his meeting with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Friday, Feb. 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh). President Donald Trump speaks during his meeting with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Friday, Feb. 22, 2019.
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Six House Democratic committee heads are calling on Attorney General William Barr to make special counsel Robert Mueller's full report public, including any "evidence of misconduct" by President Donald Trump. More>>

2020 Democratic hopeful Klobuchar backs legalizing marijuana

(AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall). 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar speaks at the Ankeny Area Democrats' Winter Banquet, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall). 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar speaks at the Ankeny Area Democrats' Winter Banquet, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, in Des Moines, Iowa.
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Add Amy Klobuchar to the list of Democratic presidential hopefuls who support legalizing marijuana. More>>

Hickenlooper hires Iowa organizer as he considers 2020 bid

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Former Colorado Gov. Hickenlooper hires Iowa organizer as he considers 2020 bid. More>>

Expanding the map: 2020 Dems push past early voting states

(Nick Wagner/Austin American-Statesman via AP). Senator and Democratic presidential hopeful Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., greets students at Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, in Austin, Texas. (Nick Wagner/Austin American-Statesman via AP). Senator and Democratic presidential hopeful Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., greets students at Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, in Austin, Texas.
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Expanding the map: 2020 Democratic candidates push past early voting states. More>>

US hits Congo officials with travel bans for graft, abuses

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The Trump administration is hitting senior Congolese officials with travel bans for their alleged involvement in corruption and human rights abuses. More>>

Mueller report looming, new attorney general in hot seat

(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File). FILE - In this Jan. 15, 2019, file photo, then-Attorney General nominee William Barr testifies during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. Barr has been attorney general for just one week b... (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File). FILE - In this Jan. 15, 2019, file photo, then-Attorney General nominee William Barr testifies during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. Barr has been attorney general for just one week b...
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William Barr is on the cusp of what will almost certainly be the most consequential decision of his long career: how much of the special counsel's findings to make public. More>>

California GOP gathers to chart a course after 2018 defeats

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California Republicans are gathering this weekend to chart a course forward following stinging defeats in the 2018 election. More>>

Protests in Algeria against president's bid for 5th term

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Demonstrators take to the streets in several Algerian towns to denounce President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's bid for a fifth term. More>>

New election ordered in disputed North Carolina House race

(Travis Long/The News & Observer via AP, Pool). John Harris, the son of Mark Harris, testifies during the third day of a public evidentiary hearing on the 9th Congressional District voting irregularities investigation Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019, at t... (Travis Long/The News & Observer via AP, Pool). John Harris, the son of Mark Harris, testifies during the third day of a public evidentiary hearing on the 9th Congressional District voting irregularities investigation Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019, at t...
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The Republican narrowly leading the country's last undecided congressional election wants North Carolina elections officials to overlook ballot manipulation in a rural county and declare him the winner. More>>

Democrats try to make gains with governors in 2019 elections

(AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte). FILE - In this Dec. 20, 2018 file photo, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat seeking re-election to a second term next year, answers questions from reporters at his end-of-the-year news conference in Baton Rouge. Th... (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte). FILE - In this Dec. 20, 2018 file photo, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat seeking re-election to a second term next year, answers questions from reporters at his end-of-the-year news conference in Baton Rouge. Th...
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Though the national political focus has largely turned to the 2020 presidential campaign, three Southern states will see hard-fought governors' races this year, with Democrats trying to show they can compete in prime Donald Trump territory. More>>

Klobuchar to meet with Carter, Abrams in Georgia

(AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall). 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar speaks at the Ankeny Area Democrats' Winter Banquet, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall). 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar speaks at the Ankeny Area Democrats' Winter Banquet, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, in Des Moines, Iowa.
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Sen. Amy Klobuchar will meet with former President Jimmy Carter and Democrat Stacey Abrams as she brings her presidential campaign to Georgia. More>>

Lawyer: Ex-FBI official McCabe still facing investigation

(AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File). FILE - In this June 7, 2017, file photo, then-FBI acting director Andrew McCabe listens during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing about the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File). FILE - In this June 7, 2017, file photo, then-FBI acting director Andrew McCabe listens during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing about the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, on Capitol Hill in Washington.
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Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe says he believes the findings of the special counsel's Russia investigation should be made public. More>>

Senegal's president Macky Sall seeks 2nd term

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Senegalese President Macky Sall is seeking a second term in office and hopes to win re-election Sunday in the first round. More>>

In Nigeria, Boko Haram violence disenfranchises many voters

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In Nigeria, Islamic extremist violence disenfranchise thousands of potential voters, including widows who survived attacks. More>>

Russian opens money laundering probe involving Moldova

(AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda). A girl walks by electoral posters advertising the candidates of the Socialists' Party in Chisinau, Moldova, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, ahead of parliamentary elections taking place on Feb. 24. Moldova's president says the former ... (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda). A girl walks by electoral posters advertising the candidates of the Socialists' Party in Chisinau, Moldova, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, ahead of parliamentary elections taking place on Feb. 24. Moldova's president says the former ...
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The Russian Interior Ministry says that it has launched a money laundering probe involving the influential leader of Moldova's Democratic Party, just two days before parliamentary elections in the former Soviet republic. More>>

Nigeria leader says many feared 'the worst' after vote delay

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Nigeria's leader says many feared 'the worst' after election delay; vote now on Saturday. More>>

Estonians kick off online voting for March election

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Balloting has started in online voting pioneer Estonia for next month's election, a day after Microsoft said hackers linked to Russia allegedly had targeted democratic institutions in several European countries. More>>

Gov. Hogan: No Trump primary challenge without major shift

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Maryland Gov. Hogan: No Trump primary challenge without major shift. More>>

Was that ballot fraud in North Carolina US House race?

(Travis Long/The News & Observer via AP, Pool). Mark Harris, Republican candidate in North Carolina's 9th congressional race, listens to testimony during a public evidentiary hearing on the 9th congressional district voting irregularities investiga... (Travis Long/The News & Observer via AP, Pool). Mark Harris, Republican candidate in North Carolina's 9th congressional race, listens to testimony during a public evidentiary hearing on the 9th congressional district voting irregularities investiga...
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The apparent Republican winner of the country's last undecided congressional election is expected to explain why he stuck with a North Carolina political operative with a shady track record that even the GOP candidate thought about protesting in the past. More>>

Democratic group to spend $100M targeting 2020 battlegrounds

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A major Democratic group plans to spend at least $100 million in battleground states during the 2020 election in hopes of denying President Donald Trump a second term. More>>

The Latest: New election ordered in undecided US House race

(Travis Long/The News & Observer via AP, Pool). Mark Harris, Republican candidate in North Carolina's 9th Congressional race, prepares to testify during the fourth day of a public evidentiary hearing on the 9th Congressional District voting irregul... (Travis Long/The News & Observer via AP, Pool). Mark Harris, Republican candidate in North Carolina's 9th Congressional race, prepares to testify during the fourth day of a public evidentiary hearing on the 9th Congressional District voting irregul...
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The Republican in the country's last undecided congressional race is ending his bid to be declared a winner and calling for a new election to be held. More>>

State lawmakers place their bets on sports gambling

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Legislatures in roughly two dozen states are considering bills to legalize sports gambling after a US Supreme Court ruling last year ended Nevada's monopoly. More>>

Cohen visits Senate offices ahead of congressional testimony Video included

(AP Photo/Craig Ruttle, File). FILE - In this Dec. 12, 2018 file photo, Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former lawyer, leaves federal court after his sentencing in New York. A judge has agreed to postpone the start of Cohen’s prison sentence by... (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle, File). FILE - In this Dec. 12, 2018 file photo, Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former lawyer, leaves federal court after his sentencing in New York. A judge has agreed to postpone the start of Cohen’s prison sentence by...
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President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, will testify behind closed doors to the Senate intelligence committee on Tuesday, according to a person familiar with the matter. More>>

Mulling presidential bid, Howard Schultz again fails to vote

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Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, who has been criticized for having a spotty voting record in his home state, has missed another election as he considers an independent bid for president. More>>

Opposition mounts against Texas governor's election chief

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A key Texas Democrat says he won't back Gov. Greg Abbott's embattled choice for secretary of state, whose job is in peril over an inaccurate list of 95,000 voters flagged as possible non-U.S. citizens. More>>

Report: Millennial voter registration in Oregon soars

(AP Photo/Don Ryan, File). FILE - In this Nov. 3, 2014, file photo, Diego Valencia processes Oregon ballots at Multnomah County election headquarters in Portland, Ore. Oregon Gov. Kate Brown is touting a new report that found nearly 78,000 Oregonians w... (AP Photo/Don Ryan, File). FILE - In this Nov. 3, 2014, file photo, Diego Valencia processes Oregon ballots at Multnomah County election headquarters in Portland, Ore. Oregon Gov. Kate Brown is touting a new report that found nearly 78,000 Oregonians w...
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A new report from the Center for American Progress highlights Oregon's automatic registration program and recommends the model be adopted nationwide. More>>

Top rivals join forces in challenge to Israel's Netanyahu

(AP Photo/Oded Balilty, File). FILE - In this Jan. 29, 2019, file photo, former Israeli Chief of Staff Benny Gantz speaks at the official launch of his election campaign in Tel Aviv, Israel. Gantz and Yair Lapid, head of the Yesh Atid party, said early... (AP Photo/Oded Balilty, File). FILE - In this Jan. 29, 2019, file photo, former Israeli Chief of Staff Benny Gantz speaks at the official launch of his election campaign in Tel Aviv, Israel. Gantz and Yair Lapid, head of the Yesh Atid party, said early...
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Israel's primary centrist challengers to Prime Minister Netanyahu announce they are joining forces ahead of April vote. More>>

Microsoft detects hacking targeting Europe democracy groups

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Microsoft detects hacking attacks aimed at European democracy groups ahead of May elections. More>>

Pompeo says he's 'ruled out' Kansas Senate bid in 2020

(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik). In this Feb. 1, 2019 photo, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at a news conference at the State Department in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik). In this Feb. 1, 2019 photo, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at a news conference at the State Department in Washington.
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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo appears to be ruling out a 2020 bid for the Senate from Kansas. More>>

Albanian opposition holds anti-govt rally, demands new vote

(AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu). Policemen are seen behind barbwire placed to secure the Parliament building as opposition supporters gather to participate in an anti-government rally in capital Tirana, Albania, on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2019.  Albania’s oppositio... (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu). Policemen are seen behind barbwire placed to secure the Parliament building as opposition supporters gather to participate in an anti-government rally in capital Tirana, Albania, on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2019. Albania’s oppositio...
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Albanian opposition supporters have surrounded the parliament building and are demanding that the government resign, claiming it's corrupt and has links to organized crime. More>>

Ready to fight: Cory Booker shows his tough side to voters

(AP Photo/Steven Senne). In this Feb. 17, 2019, photo, Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., right, speaks with people in the audience after speaking during a campaign stop in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Steven Senne). In this Feb. 17, 2019, photo, Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., right, speaks with people in the audience after speaking during a campaign stop in Manchester, N.H.
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Cory Booker is known as the sunny candidate in the crowded Democratic presidential primary, but he's also trying to play the fighter. More>>

AP interview: Moldova president says country needs Russia

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Moldova's president says the former Soviet republic needs good relations with Russia, amid uncertainty about the future of the European Union. More>>

Poland ruling party allegedly financed politics from charity

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Poland's opposition lawmakers are demanding explanations from the ruling party about reports that its regional chapter used donations for the Red Cross to finance its parliamentary campaign. More>>

GOP's Byrne to challenge Sen. Doug Jones of Alabama in 2020

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Alabama US Rep. Bradley Byrne to challenge Sen. Doug Jones in 2020 as GOP tries to reclaim Jeff Sessions' former seat. More>>

United Methodists confront possible split over LGBT issues

(AP Photo/Eric Risberg). This Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019 photo shows the sanctuary at the Glide Memorial United Methodist Church in San Francisco. The United Methodist Church convenes its top legislative assembly Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, for a high-stakes ... (AP Photo/Eric Risberg). This Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019 photo shows the sanctuary at the Glide Memorial United Methodist Church in San Francisco. The United Methodist Church convenes its top legislative assembly Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, for a high-stakes ...
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The United Methodist Church convenes its legislative assembly for a meeting likely to determine whether America's second-largest Protestant denomination will fracture due to divisions over same-sex marriage and ordination of LGBT clergy. More>>

After surgery, Michael Cohen's prison date postponed to May

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A New York judge says President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer can wait until May to begin serving his three-year prison sentence for campaign finance fraud and other crimes. More>>

Trump chooses Jeffrey Rosen for deputy attorney general

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President Donald Trump has nominated Jeffrey Rosen to be the next deputy attorney general. More>>

Poll: Rural/urban political divisions also split the suburbs

(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File). FILE - In this March 6, 2018, file photo, people walk along a path in front of a row of homes in San Jose, Calif. The suburbs are usually seen as the great political swing area in the United States, toggling back a... (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File). FILE - In this March 6, 2018, file photo, people walk along a path in front of a row of homes in San Jose, Calif. The suburbs are usually seen as the great political swing area in the United States, toggling back a...
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UChicago Harris/AP-NORC poll: Fewer political independents live in US suburbs than in cities and rural areas. More>>

French far-right EU candidate says his party equals progress

(AP Photo/Christophe Ena). Head of Marine Le Pen's party list for the European Parliament elections, Jordan Bardella speaks during an interview with Associated Press in Nanterre, outside Paris, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena). Head of Marine Le Pen's party list for the European Parliament elections, Jordan Bardella speaks during an interview with Associated Press in Nanterre, outside Paris, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019.
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The top French far-right candidate in European parliamentary elections says that his party epitomizes progress with its return to the grassroots of a fortress France. More>>

Twitter tightens up EU political ad rules ahead of election

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Twitter tightening up rules for European Union political ads ahead of spring elections. More>>

O'Rourke won't rule out being vice presidential candidate

(AP Photo/Eric Gay, File). FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2018, file photo, U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, the 2018 Democratic Candidate for U.S. Senate in Texas, makes his concession speech at his election night party in El Paso, Texas. When Donald Trump visited O'... (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File). FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2018, file photo, U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, the 2018 Democratic Candidate for U.S. Senate in Texas, makes his concession speech at his election night party in El Paso, Texas. When Donald Trump visited O'...
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Beto O'Rourke says he hasn't ruled out being a 2020 vice presidential candidate, even as he plans to decide in the next 10 days if he'll seek the White House himself. More>>

Flynn pushed to share nuclear tech with Saudis, report says Video included

(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster). FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2017 file photo, National Security Adviser Michael Flynn speaks during the daily news briefing at the White House, in Washington. The Democrat-led House oversight committee launched an investigation Tue... (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster). FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2017 file photo, National Security Adviser Michael Flynn speaks during the daily news briefing at the White House, in Washington. The Democrat-led House oversight committee launched an investigation Tue...
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A new congressional report says senior White House officials pushed a project to share nuclear power technology with Saudi Arabia despite the objections of ethics and national security officials. More>>

Sen. Bernie Sanders says he's running for president in 2020 Video included

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Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders says he's running for president in 2020. More>>

Ruling party endorses Uganda's Museveni for 6th term

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Uganda's ruling party has endorsed president as its flag bearer for the 2021 elections. More>>

EU, UK to have more Brexit talks but key disagreement intact

(AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert, file). In this Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019 photo European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, right, prepares to shake hands with British Prime Minister Theresa May, left, before their meeting at the European Commissi... (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert, file). In this Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019 photo European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, right, prepares to shake hands with British Prime Minister Theresa May, left, before their meeting at the European Commissi...
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British Prime Minister Theresa May will be traveling to European Union headquarters to seek an elusive breakthrough in Brexit negotiations, but she was told Tuesday on the eve of the talks that her most important demand is not even up for discussion. More>>

Tech could unite Europe's populists ahead of EU vote in May

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The offer by Italy's populist 5-Star Movement to share its web platform with France's "yellow vest" protesters could be a harbinger of what's to come in the upcoming European Parliament elections. More>>

AP source: FBI had backup plan to save Russia probe evidence

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A person familiar with FBI internal discussions says after FBI Director James Comey was fired the bureau developed a plan to protect evidence in its Russia investigation. More>>

Governor signs measure to hike Illinois minimum wage to $15

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Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker has signed a measure gradually hiking the state's minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025, the highest in the Midwest. More>>

The Latest: Sanders' 2020 campaign raises $4M in half a day

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On the first day of his presidential campaign, Bernie Sanders picked up the support of his fellow home-state senator, Democrat Patrick Leahy. More>>

Georgia voting problems highlighted in congressional hearing

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Congressional Democrats are highlighting voting problems in Georgia as justification for restoring federal oversight of elections in certain places with a history of discrimination. More>>

Consultant on North Carolina race: Methods were surprise

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North Carolina elections officials say the country's last undecided congressional election was marred by falsified signatures, blank ballots that consultants could complete and disappearing documents. More>>

Trump the pundit handicaps 2020 Democratic contenders

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Trump positions himself as pundit for 2020 Democratic field, giving high marks to Kamala Harris and Amy Klobuchar, thumbs down to Elizabeth Warren's video debut. More>>

Key players in disputed congressional race in North Carolina

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The investigation into ballot fraud allegations in the nation's last undecided congressional race involves a mix of characters, including a nationally known election lawyer and a local political operative suspected of illegal practices. More>>

Sanders announcement revives criticism from Clinton backers

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The tension between supporters of Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton resurfaces after the Vermont senator announces his second run for the White House. More>>

The Latest: Leahy backs Sanders in shift from 2016

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Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is describing his second White House bid as a "continuation of what we did in 2016.". More>>

Inside the battle to host the 2020 Democratic convention

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Officials in Houston, Miami and Milwaukee are in a mad scramble to lure the Democratic presidential nominating convention in 2020, but each city has something left to prove. More>>

EU official criticizes Hungary PM Orban for campaign posters

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A top European Union official has lashed out at Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban over election campaign posters alleging EU headquarters purposely weaken external borders to allow for more migration and provide easy visas. More>>

Belles of the ball: Dem freshmen courted by 2020 hopefuls

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Democrats hoping to unseat President Donald Trump in 2020 are courting the party's famous freshmen. More>>

Harris: Facts unfolding in probe of alleged Smollett attack

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Several Democratic presidential candidates are closing out the long holiday weekend on the campaign trail, with stops planned across states key to securing their party's nomination. More>>

Trump 2020 campaign announces communication team

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President Donald Trump is staffing-up for his re-election run, naming his communications team for the 2020 campaign. More>>

Nigeria's opposition urges military to stay away from vote

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Nigeria's top opposition candidate is urging the military not to be involved in the upcoming presidential election, saying the army "has no role to play in the conduct" of the poll. More>>

Sen. Kamala Harris says she's no democratic socialist

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Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris says she's not a democratic socialist, a not-so-veiled distinction setting her apart from a potential rival, Sen. Bernie Sanders. More>>

Border wall a complex issue for 2020 prospect Beto O'Rourke

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Few Americans have a clearer idea of life with a border wall than former Texas congressman and possible 2020 presidential hopeful Beto O'Rourke. More>>

N Carolina elections head says ballots handled illegally

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The North Carolina State Board of Elections is holding a hearing on ballot fraud allegations in the nation's last undecided congressional election. More>>

2020 hopeful Warren to unveil universal child care plan

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren is planning to unveil a universal child care plan that would guarantee American families access to child care. More>>

The Latest: Klobuchar takes a 'relative' look at gun laws

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Kamala Harris is letting voters in New Hampshire know that she does not consider herself a democratic socialist. More>>

Nigeria's president tells security forces to be 'ruthless'

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Nigeria's leader tells security forces to be 'ruthless' against anyone trying to disrupt vote. More>>

Warren highlights her work on economic crisis in Vegas stop

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Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren is describing a squeeze on working families in America as she introduces herself to voters in the early nominating state of Nevada. More>>

Ex-FBI official: 'Crime may have been committed' by Trump

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McCabe says Rosenstein was "absolutely" supportive of the decision to launch investigations into whether Trump was inappropriately aligned with the Russians, had obstructed justice. More>>

'Carer-feeder': Gillibrand plays up motherhood in 2020 race

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As she cranks up her presidential campaign, New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand isn't trying to hide her working-mom juggle -- she's running on it. More>>

Booker holds back on questions about 'Empire' actor attack

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Democratic presidential candidates are courting voters in states with influential early roles in the 2020 primary as the busy pace of campaigning over the holiday weekend shows that the contest to challenge President Donald Trump is fully underway. More>>

EU projects center-right group to be top party in May vote

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The European Parliament has projected which parties will get seats after the Europe-wide May election, predicting that the center-right Christian Democrat EPP group would remain the largest party ahead of the center-left Socialist S&D. More>>

Zimbabwe opposition official convicted of false declaration

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A Zimbabwean court has convicted prominent opposition politician Tendai Biti for announcing that his party's leader won disputed elections held in July. More>>

Unicorns are real: Tech baffles Indonesian candidate

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Indonesia's presidential candidates debated pressing issues facing the world's third-largest democracy: dilapidated infrastructure, struggling farmers, forest fires _ and unicorns. More>>

Hearing into unresolved US House race could find winner

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Hearing by state Elections Board could reveal whether the nation's last undecided congressional election was either tainted by so much ballot tampering that a winner could not be declared. More>>

The Latest: Booker talks policy, plays Pac-Man at barcade

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Democratic presidential candidate Cory Booker is greeting hundreds of voters in Rochester, New Hampshire, as he starts the second day in a weekend swing through the state that will hold the first primary next year. More>>

Patrick Caddell, pollster to Jimmy Carter, dies at 68

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Patrick Caddell, the pollster who helped propel Jimmy Carter in his longshot bid to win the presidency, has died. More>>

Nigeria's candidates blame each other in surprise vote delay

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Nigeria delays its election for a week as candidates rush back to capital, blaming each other. More>>

Vote on minister's immunity puts Italian populists in bind

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Italy's populist 5-Star Movement is asking its supporters to vote online on whether the leader of its coalition partner should be prosecuted. More>>

Court filing: Manafort faces more than 19 years in prison

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Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort could spend more than 19 years in prison on tax and bank fraud charges. More>>

Libyans, to varying degrees, celebrate 2011 uprising

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Libyans are celebrating the eighth anniversary of their 2011 uprising that led to the overthrow and killing of longtime ruler Moammar Gadhafi, with the varying intensity of festivities underscoring the split between the country's east and west. More>>

Judge: Mississippi suit to cover all who lost voting rights

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A federal judge says a handful of former Mississippi convicts who are suing to have their voting rights restored can represent everyone who falls into that category. More>>

Judge limits public comments in Trump confidant Stone's case

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A federal judge has issued a gag order in the case of Donald Trump confidant Roger Stone. More>>

Dem presidential candidates introducing themselves to voters

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Five Democratic senators vying for their party's nomination to challenge President Donald Trump in 2020 are fanning out across the country Saturday to campaign and meet voters. More>>

The Latest: Gillibrand accuses Trump of dividing people

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Sen. Cory Booker is kicking off his first visit to New Hampshire with a personal touch, sharing his family's story with about 100 voters in the Democratic-leaning town of Portsmouth. More>>

Does Catalan crisis threaten to make Spain 'ungovernable'?

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Thousands of Catalan separatists are marching in Barcelona to proclaim the innocence of 12 of their leaders who are on trial for their role in a failed 2017 secession bid. More>>

Poland's political leader on unprecedented defensive

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Jaroslaw Kaczynski, Poland's most powerful politician, suddenly finds himself embroiled in revelations over his involvement in complex business dealings and the presence in his inner circle of people with alleged communist ties. More>>

The Latest: Extremist attack in Nigeria kills 4 civilians

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Nigeria's president says he is "deeply disappointed" by the last-minute delay of Saturday's election until Feb. 23 and says he is going back to the capital to hear the electoral commission's explanation. More>>

Reform, once avoided, now embraced in Chicago mayor's race

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Once a dirty word in Chicago, 'reform' is now on the lips of the city's 14 mayoral candidates. More>>

In Nigeria, election spectacle at odds with rampant poverty

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In Nigeria vote, the spectacle of campaign expenditure is at odds with the rampant poverty afflicting many. More>>

Opposition supporters clash with police in Albania

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Thousands of Albanian opposition supporters clashed with police Saturday at an anti-government rally protesting what they claim is a corrupt and inefficient Cabinet. More>>

Nigeria delays election until Feb. 23 over 'challenges'

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'Everybody suffers too much:' Nigeria heads to the polls as its president tries to hang on. More>>

The Latest: Nigerian president 'disappointed' by poll delay

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A civic group monitoring Nigeria's now-delayed election says the last-minute decision to postpone the vote a week until Feb. 23 "has created needless tension and confusion in the country.". More>>

Nigeria delays its election; candidates rush back to capital

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Nigerians wake to find a delayed election; opposition says it 'destroyed the soul' of nation. More>>

India warns of 'crushing response' to Kashmir suicide attack

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The death toll from a car bombing in Indian-controlled Kashmir has climbed to 41 in the single deadliest attack in the divided region's volatile history. More>>

The Latest: Nigeria delays presidential vote until Feb. 23

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The Latest: Nigeria delays presidential election until Feb. 23 over 'challenges'. More>>

Trump tests presidential power, declares emergency at border Video included

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Congress has easily approved a border security compromise that will clear Congress and get President Donald Trump's signature. More>>

The Latest: Calif. Gov. Newsom endorses Harris for president

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California Sen. Kamala Harris is in Charleston, South Carolina, making her second trip to the state since announcing her presidential campaign. More>>

2020 Dems hit early voting states; Weld explores GOP bid Video included

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Several Democratic presidential candidates are spending the long holiday weekend on the campaign trail. More>>

French ambassador returns to Italy following dramatic spat

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France is sending its ambassador back to Italy after the allies' biggest diplomatic dispute since World War II. More>>

Spain to get 3rd gov't in 4 years amid fragmenting politics

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Spain's prime minister has called early general elections for late April after his government's budget was voted down by lawmakers. More>>

Ex-Gov. Weld likely not the last primary challenge to Trump

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William Weld, a former governor of Massachusetts who two years ago ran for vice president on the Libertarian Party ticket, on Friday became the first Republican to announce a challenge to President Donald Trump in the 2020 primaries. More>>

Amazon decision a win for Democrats' rising left wing

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Captivated by a handful of liberal superstars, Democrats are venturing to places the party has long feared to tread. More>>

66 killed in Nigerian state before presidential election

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Authorities in Nigeria's Kaduna state are reporting at least 66 deaths after a wave of violence just before the country's presidential election. More>>

Lyndon LaRouche's conspiracy mindset lives on

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Fitting for a man who saw so much darkness in the world, Lyndon LaRouche died on the fringes this week, his name little known to anyone under 50, his death rumored online a day before mainstream outlets confirmed it. More>>

France's Le Pen boasts far-right power for EU elections

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Where once she felt isolated, French far-right leader Marine Le Pen feels she's now part of a crowd, populist parties on the rise around Europe that she thinks can make inroads in European elections in May _ and start restructuring the EU from within. More>>

Ex-Colorado Gov. Hickenlooper supports universal health care

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John Hickenlooper, the former Democratic governor of Colorado who's considering running for president, says he supports universal health care and thinks the U.S. eventually should provide it. More>>

William Barr sworn in for 2nd stint as US attorney general

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The Senate has confirmed William Barr to be attorney general, placing the veteran government official and lawyer atop the Justice Department as special counsel Robert Mueller investigates Russian interference in the 2016 election. More>>

FBI official feared Russia probe would end after Comey fired

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Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe says he wanted investigations into President Donald Trump's ties to Russia and possible obstruction of justice documented so that they could "not be closed or vanish in the night without a trace.". More>>

Report: Far right tried to influence Bavarian election

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A London-based think tank says last year's election in the German state of Bavaria was the subject of concerted social media campaigns designed to benefit a far-right party. More>>

AP Explains: Polarized by Catalonia, Spain heads to election

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AP Explains how Spain is heading to its third general election in less than four years due to the increasingly fragmented political landscape and because of the unresolved crisis with separatists in Catalonia. More>>

Nigeria in last day of campaigning warned to 'choose wisely'

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Nigeria's opposition says there are over 1 million ghost voters on the national register head of Saturday's presidential election. More>>

Egypt lawmakers approve possible 3-decade rule by president

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Egyptian lawmakers overwhelmingly approve motion to extend president's term limits, which could see President el-Sissi staying in power until 2034. More>>

The Latest: House passes border bill, sends to Trump's desk

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Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley says he's praying that President Donald Trump will sign the border security deal into law to prevent a government shutdown. More>>

Colorado Democratic Sen. Bennet set to visit Iowa this month

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Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet plans to travel to Iowa this month to meet with Democratic activists in the 2020 presidential caucus state as he considers entering his party's 2020 White House field. More>>

Boren's attorney describes university probe as 'persecution'

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An attorney for former University of Oklahoma President David Boren says Boren denies any inappropriate behavior during his more than 20 years at OU and described a university probe as a 'character assassination.'. More>>

2 stages, up to 20 candidates in first 2 Democratic debates

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The first two Democratic presidential debates of the 2020 election will have room for up to 20 candidates who meet certain polling or fundraising thresholds. More>>

Texas' election chief apologizes over flawed noncitizen list

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Texas' election chief is apologizing over releasing a botched list of 95,000 voters whose citizenship was called into question before being fully vetted. More>>

Ex-astronaut Mark Kelly's campaign raises $1.1M since launch

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Mark Kelly's campaign for Arizona's U.S. Senate seat in 2020 says it has raised more than $1 million in individual contributions since announcing his candidacy Tuesday morning. More>>

Unclaimed $1.5B prize: South Carolina could be big loser too

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The winner of a $1.54 billion lottery jackpot in South Carolina has yet to come forward, and that could make the state a big loser too. More>>

Nebraska considers kicking its habit of recall elections

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Nebraska's habit of booting mayors and county commissioners out of office before their terms end could be in jeopardy under an unusual proposal that would end the state's status as one as one of the nation's most prolific users of recall elections. More>>

The Latest: Nigeria's leader vows protection for foreigners

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The Latest: Nigeria's opposition says there are over 1 million ghost voters on the national register head of Saturday's presidential election. More>>

Bloomberg rips Trump for not taking action on climate change

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Democratic presidential prospect Michael Bloomberg is criticizing President Donald Trump for ignoring his own administration's climate scientists and failing to take action to address climate change. More>>

Kenya inquest says police killed baby in poll protest

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Inquest in Kenya finds police responsible for death of baby during poll protest after she was hit in the head with a baton. More>>

Perennial presidential candidate Lyndon LaRouche dead at 96

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Political extremist, perennial presidential candidate Lyndon LaRouche Jr. dies at 96. More>>

Judge finds Manafort lied to investigators in Russia probe

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A federal judge has found that Paul Manafort intentionally lied to investigators in the Russia probe. More>>

Nigeria's youth boom approaches the voting booth frustrated

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Nigeria's youth boom approaches the voting booth, frustrated by candidates twice their age. More>>

Double duty: Senators juggle presidential bids and day jobs

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The nearly half-dozen Democratic senators also seeking their party's presidential nomination in 2020 are facing a juggling act, crisscrossing the country while keeping an eye on their constituents and making it to votes in Washington. More>>

Trump's speech: Less analytical, more sure than predecessors

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Leaders are speaking far more simply and with more confidence than they did long ago, according to a new study. More>>

DNC chair: Qualifications for first debates coming this week

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The Democratic Party's first two presidential debates will have two stages for a total of up to 16 participants. More>>

House panel asks Whitaker to clarify "incomplete" testimony

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House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler says many of the answers Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker gave his committee were "incomplete". More>>

Democrats to launch new voter database with Dean at the helm

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APNewsBreak: Democrats are enlisting Howard Dean to lead a new operation they hope will help their party match Republicans' success in using voter data to win elections. More>>

DHS cyber leader says 2020 security preparations underway

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The director of Homeland Security's cybersecurity agency says officials are working to secure the 2020 election. More>>

The Latest: Israeli leader hopes to rally Arabs against Iran

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U.S. Vice President Mike Pence has arrived in Poland, starting a four-day visit to Europe in which he will take part in international conferences and visit the former Nazi German death camp of Auschwitz. More>>

Ex-W.Va. Supreme Court justice gets 2 years for corruption

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A former West Virginia Supreme Court justice has been sentenced to two years in federal prison for using his office for his own benefit and lying to investigators. More>>

Ex-astronaut Mark Kelly makes Democratic bid for Senate seat

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Retired astronaut Mark Kelly says he's running to finish John McCain's term in the U.S. SenateRetired astronaut Mark Kelly says he's running to finish John McCain's term in the U.S. Senate. More>>

Nigeria's candidates mix peace pledge with election threats

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Nigeria's top candidates pledge a peaceful election amid heated accusations of rigging. More>>

McConnell wields Green New Deal as bludgeon against Dems

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says the Senate will vote on the Green New Deal, a sweeping plan by Democrats to combat climate change. More>>

Budget defeat puts Spain's center-left government on ropes

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Spain's prime minister could be forced to call an early general election if Catalan separatists reject as expected the minority socialist government's spending proposal for 2019 in a crucial parliamentary vote Wednesday. More>>

Warren tops longtime aide Lau as campaign manager

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Elizabeth Warren has named longtime adviser Roger Lau to manage her campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020. More>>

Klobuchar raises $1M within 48 hours of launching 2020 bid

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Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar's campaign says the Democrat raised more than $1 million in the 48 hours after launching her presidential bid. More>>

Thai party fighting for survival after princess's nomination

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The Thai political party that took the unprecedented and ultimately unsuccessful step of nominating a princess as its candidate for prime minister is fighting against moves to dissolve it. More>>

WH press group condemns attack on cameraman at Trump rally

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The White House Correspondents' Association has condemned an attack on a television cameraman working at President Donald Trump's rally in El Paso, Texas. More>>

Trial of Catalan separatists begins in Madrid amid protests

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Protesters have blocked highways in Spain's northeastern Catalonia and some main thoroughfares in its regional capital, Barcelona, as the trial for separatist leaders over their failed secession bid in 2017 gets underway in the country's Supreme Court. More>>

House Democrats gear up for showdown over Mueller report

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House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler says he has hired two elite, veteran lawyers and critics of President Donald Trump as his committee begins to investigate the president and his administration. More>>

Former AG Eric Holder to decide on 2020 bid in a few weeks

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Former Attorney General Eric Holder is in the final stages of weighing a 2020 presidential campaign. More>>

Virginia sex allegations are latest against state officials

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Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax is at least the seventh statewide elected official to be publicly accused of sexual misconduct over the last two years. More>>

Court ruling doesn't stop untraceable election spending

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Report: Outside groups spent millions on ads in closing months of 2018 election, but only 8 percent could be traced to donors. More>>

Is Beto back? O'Rourke's Trump counter-rally teases 2020 run

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Is Beto back? O'Rourke tries to drown out Trump at rally previewing possible 2020 run. More>>

Parkland anniversary highlights Democratic shift on guns

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Democrats believe that gun control can be a winning issue in 2020. More>>

Sherrod Brown defends decision not to endorse Green New Deal

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Sen. Sherrod Brown, a potential 2020 Democratic presidential contender, is defending his decision not to sign onto the climate change plan known as the Green New Deal. More>>

Iowa Democrats propose 'virtual' caucuses in 2020

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The Iowa Democratic Party is proposing the biggest changes to the state's famed caucuses in nearly 50 years. More>>

In Texas, Trump backs wall while O'Rourke rallies opponents Video included

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As Trump tells Texas supports he's still going to build wall, O'Rourke rallies those against it. More>>

Italy slams EU for lack of solidarity, but faulted for same

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Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte says the EU must show more solidarity on migrants, but draws barbs for stance on Venezuela. More>>

Warren urges 'action' at meeting with Native American women

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Democrat Elizabeth Warren has met with Native American women, calling for "action" on issues important to their community such as the rising problem of missing and murdered indigenous women. More>>

Afghan government fires election commission

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Afghan government fires election commission three months after chaotic parliamentary polls. More>>

Correction: Election 2020-Elizabeth Warren story

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren is on the verge of launching a campaign about her vision for the future, but first she has to explain her past. More>>

Trump tries to turn border debate his way with El Paso rally Video included

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Trump turning to rally politics in El Paso to gain an edge in debate over border wall. More>>

Italy: New presidential election needed soon in Venezuela

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Italy's populist government wants a presidential election soon in Venezuela but isn't joining EU allies in recognizing Juan Guaido as interim president. More>>

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