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Former President Barack Obama, left, laughs with Virginia's Democratic gubernatorial candidate Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam during a rally in Richmond, Va., Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
October 19, 2017 - 10:23 pm
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Former President Barack Obama called on fellow Democrats to reject politics of "division" and "fear" while rallying on Thursday with party's candidates for governors in Virginia and New Jersey. "Why are we deliberately trying to misunderstand each other, and be cruel to each...
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., walks from the chamber to his office during a long series of votes at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
October 19, 2017 - 10:00 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans on Thursday muscled a $4 trillion budget through the Senate in a major step forward for President Donald Trump's ambitious promise of "massive tax cuts and reform." The 51-49 vote sets the stage for debate later this year to dramatically overhaul the U.S. tax code for...
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., walks from the chamber to his office during a long series of votes at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
October 19, 2017 - 9:33 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Trump, Congress and $4.1 trillion budget plan (all times EDT): 9:30 p.m. The Senate has passed a $4 trillion budget blueprint that is a major step forward for President Donald Trump's ambitious promises for "massive tax cuts and reform." The 51-49 vote sets...
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October 19, 2017 - 7:14 pm
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Attorneys for election advocacy groups and Democrats urged federal judges Thursday to throw out North Carolina's congressional districts for excessive partisanship, but lawyers for the Republicans who drew them say it's best the judiciary avoid trying to evaluate an...
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President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Governor Ricardo Rossello of Puerto Rico in the Oval Office of the White House, Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
October 19, 2017 - 5:01 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has called three GOP incumbent senators who are running for re-election to offer his support — after they've come in the crosshairs of former White House adviser Steve Bannon's anti-establishment campaign. That's according to a Republican Senate aide who...
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October 19, 2017 - 3:39 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Democratic legislators are taking aim at Confederate memorials and holidays linked to Confederate leaders. House and Senate Democrats have filed bills that would remove the birthdays of Gen. Robert E. Lee and Jefferson Davis from among the legal holidays listed in...
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October 19, 2017 - 1:43 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is heading to the U.S. Capitol next week. Trump will meet with Republican senators at their weekly luncheon on Tuesday. The chairman of the Republican Policy Committee announced the president's visit in a brief statement Thursday. Sen. John Barrasso of...
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October 19, 2017 - 10:21 am
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A senior Republican congressman from Ohio is resigning his seat to take the helm of a business policy group back home. In an announcement Thursday, U.S. Rep. Pat Tiberi (TEE'-behr-ee) says he has not decided on an exact departure date, but it will be sometime before his...
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A couple walk by a fashion bag reflected on a woman checking on her smartphone outside a fashion boutique at the capital city's popular shopping mall in Beijing, Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017. China's economic growth stayed relatively stable in the latest quarter, buoyed by strength in retail spending and exports, giving the ruling Communist Party a boost as it prepares to appoint President Xi Jinping to a new term as leader.(AP Photo/Andy Wong)
October 19, 2017 - 2:57 am
BEIJING (AP) — China's economic growth stayed relatively stable in the latest quarter, buoyed by strength in retail spending and exports, giving the ruling Communist Party a boost as President Xi Jinping prepares for a new term as leader. The economy expanded at a still-robust 6.8 percent annual...
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Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., the ranking member, and Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, meet before the start of a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, the morning after they reached a deal to resume federal payments to health insurers that President Donald Trump had halted. Sen. Alexander says Trump called him Wednesday morning "to be encouraging" of bipartisan efforts to come up with a plan to stabilize health insurance premiums. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
October 18, 2017 - 6:17 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The authors of a bipartisan plan to calm health insurance markets said Wednesday they'll push the proposal forward, even as President Donald Trump's stance ricocheted from supportive to disdainful to arm's-length and the plan's fate teetered. "If something can happen, that's fine...
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