National elections

FILE - In this April 21, 2013 file photo, Maria Butina, leader of a pro-gun organization in Russia, speaks to a crowd during a rally in support of legalizing the possession of handguns in Moscow, Russia. Prosecutors say they have “resolved” a case against Butina accused of being a secret agent for the Russian government, a sign that she likely has taken a plea deal. The information was included in a court filing Monday. (AP Photo/File)
December 13, 2018 - 11:28 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Russian woman accused of being a secret agent admitted Thursday that she conspired to infiltrate the American gun-rights movement to gather intelligence on conservative political groups as Donald Trump rose to power. Maria Butina, 30, agreed to plead guilty to a conspiracy...
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In this Dec. 12, 2018, photo, Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former lawyer, leaves federal court after his sentencing in New York. Trump has gone from denying knowledge of any payments to women who claim to have been mistresses to apparent acknowledgement of those hush money settlements – though he claims they wouldn't be illegal. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
December 13, 2018 - 8:02 am
NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump has now been abandoned by two of his most powerful protectors, his longtime lawyer and the company that owns the National Enquirer tabloid, bringing a perilous investigation into his campaign one step closer to the Oval Office. Both Michael Cohen and American...
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Democrat Julian Castro poses for a photo at his home in San Antonio, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018. Castro says he is launching a presidential exploratory committee ahead of a likely White House run in 2020. Castro was the nation’s housing secretary until 2016 and spent five years as mayor of San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
December 12, 2018 - 10:43 pm
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Former Obama housing chief Julian Castro says he's taking a step toward a possible White House campaign in 2020 by forming a presidential exploratory committee. The Texas Democrat tells The Associated Press that he will announce a decision Jan. 12. The move Wednesday gives the 44...
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Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former lawyer, leaves federal court after his sentencing in New York, Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018. Cohen was sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison for an array of crimes that included arranging the payment of hush money to two women that he says was done at the direction of Trump. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
December 12, 2018 - 5:58 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's one-time fixer, was sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison for crimes that included arranging the payment of hush money to conceal his boss' alleged sexual affairs, telling a judge that he agreed time and again to cover up Trump's "dirty...
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FILE - In this Oct. 31, 2018, file photo, former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a rally in Bridgeton, Mo. Biden is wrapping up a busy stretch of events before stepping out of the public eye and holding private deliberations over whether he'll launch another campaign for president. That's according to multiple sources familiar with Biden's thinking. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)
December 12, 2018 - 9:46 am
Former Vice President Joe Biden is wrapping up a busy stretch of events this week before stepping out of the public eye to hold family deliberations over the holidays on whether to launch another campaign for president, according to multiple people familiar with his thinking. They spoke on the...
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Congress party supporters hold a cut-out of party President Rahul Gandhi and celebrate outside the party headquarters in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018. The Congress party won in the states of Chhatisgarh and Rajasthan, while it was in a close fight with the Bharatiya Janata Party in Madhya Pradesh state. (AP Photo)
December 12, 2018 - 1:04 am
NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist party has suffered an embarrassing defeat in three state elections in its Hindu stronghold just months before national elections. According to results announced by the Election Commission on Wednesday, the opposition Congress...
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FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2018, file photo, Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., listens to Christine Blasey Ford testify during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court in Washington. Democrats are trying to turn their most painful losses this year into a rallying cry they hope will electrify the 2020 presidential campaign: Every vote matters. (Tom Williams/Pool Photo via AP)
December 11, 2018 - 11:43 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats hope to turn the issue of voting rights into an argument that's just as persuasive to voters in 2020 as health care proved to be in 2018. And there's already competition among likely presidential hopefuls to prove they're the most aggressive in advocating for the right...
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FILE - In this June 30, 2018, file photo, U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., speaks at the "Families Belong Together: Freedom for Immigrants" March in Los Angeles. As Democrats begin to think about the 2020 presidential race, they face a choice between pragmatists who may be able to flip states that President Trump won in 2016 and those such as Harris, Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, or Beto O'Rourke of Texas, whose inspirational personal stories may connect with voters on a more emotional level. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP, File)
December 11, 2018 - 12:25 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sens. Kamala Harris of California and Cory Booker of New Jersey scored wins on Capitol Hill Tuesday that could help them as they prepare for potential campaigns for the Democratic presidential nomination. After Republicans won a net gain of two Senate seats in last month's...
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December 11, 2018 - 4:40 am
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran has sentenced two human rights lawyers to six years in prison and a third to 13 years, newspapers reported Tuesday. The Arman daily said Ghasem Sholeh-Saadi and Arash Keikhosravi were sentenced to five years in prison for taking part in an "illegal gathering" and one year...
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In this Dec. 7, 2018 photo, President Donald Trump speaks the 2018 Project Safe Neighborhoods National Conference in Kansas City, Mo. Trump’s growing legal peril has unnerved Republicans who believe the turmoil has left the president increasingly vulnerable as he gears up for what is sure to be a nasty fight for re-election. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
December 10, 2018 - 10:09 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's intensifying legal troubles are unnerving some of his fellow Republicans. Despite his brash stance, they believe the turmoil has left him increasingly vulnerable as he gears up for what is sure to be a nasty fight for re-election. Trump, ever confident of...
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