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Insurance Commissioner urges health reform plans

Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger says the state needs to decide soon what health benefits it would offer under federal health care reform.During a meeting with heal...

Biden will head to Ohio's Appalachian region, Dan Sewell

Vice President Joe Biden will campaign this weekend in Ohio's Appalachian region, an area loaded with white, working-class voters that President Barack Obama's campaign hopes ...

Lingle, Hirono meet in first debate for US Senate, Oskar Garcia

Former Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle and U.S. Rep. Mazie Hirono are facing each other in the first of five general election debates in their race to replace U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka....

Pine Bluff election in question due to Census data

Pine Bluff Mayor Carl Redus Jr. has filed a lawsuit that seeks to stop the November mayoral election.Redus wants to remain mayor for an additional two years to realign the cit...

Longoria promises 'no empty chairs' at convention

Actress Eva Longoria says her speech to the Democratic convention will be very different from Clint Eastwood's speech to Republicans.Longoria tells NBC's "Today" the...

Longoria promises `no empty chairs' at convention

Actress Eva Longoria says her speech to the Democratic convention will be very different from Clint Eastwood's speech to Republicans.Longoria tells NBC's "Today" the...

Vice president will head to Appalachian Ohio, Dan Sewell

Vice President Joe Biden will campaign in Ohio's Appalachian region in the aftermath of the Democratic National Convention.The Obama campaign had said earlier that Biden would...

Obama advisors don't expect big bounce in polls

President Barack Obama is expected to lay out his vision for a second term, even as advisers say they don't anticipate a big bounce in the polls following the Democratic Natio...

Obama to sketch path forward after Clinton pitch, Julie Pace And Calvin Woodward

President Barack Obama goes before the Democratic National Convention and the nation on Thursday for a capstone speech designed not just to persuade undecided voters to swing ...

Broussard wants corruption trial out of Orleans

Former Jefferson Parish President Aaron Broussard has asked a federal judge to move his corruption trial out of New Orleans, saying extensive media coverage could prejudice ju...

Lobbying firm hires ex-economic development boss

A Providence lobbying and consulting firm has hired the former director of Rhode Island's Economic Development Corp. who resigned over 38 Studios' financial troubles.The Provi...

Obama to accept nomination for re-election, Steven R. Hurst And Julie Pace

President Barack Obama takes the podium at the Democratic convention Thursday to accept the party's nomination for a second White House term, his candidacy lifted by the stirr...

Syrian troops take town on refugee flight route, Bassem Mroue

Syrian troops recaptured from rebels Thursday a border town used by refugees to cross to Jordan, activists said, an apparent bid by the regime to stem the flood of Syrians fle...

Putin: Russia can work with Romney if elected, Jim Heintz

President Vladimir Putin says Russia can work with Mitt Romney if he's elected U.S. president, even though Romney has called Russia the United States' "No. 1 geopolitical...

APNewsBreak: NY lags in new rules for Super PACs, Michael Gormley

New York state's Board of Elections is considering regulations to make super political action committees more accountable for their often nasty campaign ads that are supposed ...

Outside campaign dollars flow into Va. from right, Bob Lewis

If you're feeling buried by nasty political ads from your television, there's good reason.A Virginia Public Access Project analysis shows that independent groups have already ...

New charges widening scope of China scandal, Christopher Bodeen

Bribery and illegal surveillance accusations against a former Chinese police chief point to malfeasance within the circle of disgraced politician Bo Xilai extending beyond the...

New Britain seeks end to concealed weapons ban

New Britain officials have moved a step closer to ending its status as the only Connecticut municipality requiring gun owners to carry weapons openly.The New Britain Herald an...

SD official seeks to increase voter registration

South Dakota Secretary of State Jason Gant says he will work with some national organizations to help people learn how to become registered voters.Gant says six million people...

Poll: Obama, Menendez on top in New Jersey

A new poll shows President Barack Obama continues to lead Mitt Romney in New Jersey.The Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday finds Obama with a 7-percentage-point lead...

Bills to speak to conservative group in Duluth

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Kurt Bills is campaigning in Duluth where he will speak to a meeting of the Citizens' Research Council.Bills' campaign says his Thursday speec...

Police in legal minefield on Ariz. immigration law, Jacques Billeaud And Nicholas Riccardi

More than two years after it was signed into law, the most contentious part of Arizona's landmark immigration legislation is expected to go into effect following a federal cou...

National Right to Life endorses Massie in 4th

Republican congressional candidate Thomas Massie has receive an endorsement from the National Right to Life Committee, an anti-abortion group.Massie said in a statement Wednes...

Chandler, Barr won't air TV ads on Sept. 11

Democratic U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler and Republican challenger Andy Barr are suspending TV advertising on Tuesday, the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.Chandler said he's doing so...

NH GOP gov candidates' debate televised

Republicans seeking to replace retiring New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch are making their appeal to the public in a televised debate.Ovide Lamontagne, Kevin Smith and Robert Tarr...

US Rep. Cicilline, foe Gemma to meet in TV debate

U.S. Rep. David Cicilline (sis-uh-LEE'-nee) and businessman Anthony Gemma (JEM'-ah) are scheduled to square off in another televised debate as the primary for Rhode Island's 1...

FACT CHECK: Clinton claims of compromise a stretch, Matt Apuzzo And Tom Raum

It's a fact of life in Washington that what one party considers a principled stand, the opposition considers pigheadedness. Compromise? That's the other guy's problem.But when...

Candidates vie in redrawn Massachusetts districts

A member of the Kennedy family making a first bid for elective office is among candidates on the ballot Thursday for Massachusetts voters in primary elections that will determ...

Bentivolio wins special Mich. US House GOP primary, David N. Goodman

Former high school English teacher Kerry Bentivolio beat four other southeastern Michigan Republicans in a special primary Wednesday and will advance to a special general elec...

Highlights from Bill Clinton's DNC speech, The Associated Press

Highlights from former President Bill Clinton's speech to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.:ECONOMY: Clinton said President Barack Obama inherited a much w...

Updated results show slight edge fore Measure 1, Becky Bohrer

Updated results from last week's primary show a ballot measure concerning property taxes passing by a slim margin.Just 284 votes separated the two sides, with 58,014, or 50.1 ...

RI's independent gov urges support for Obama, David Klepper

Rhode Island's independent Gov. Lincoln Chafee used a prime-time address at the Democratic National Convention Tuesday to blast his former GOP while urging support for Democra...

Democrats launch Obama on rocky road to reelection, Associated Press

Democrats launched President Barack Obama on his uncertain bid for re-election as they opened their national convention Tuesday. They looked to help Obama recapture the hearts...

NY speaker: Assembly might expel accused member, Michael Gormley

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said Tuesday that legislators could choose to expel a fellow member accused of sexually harassing young female staffers, accusations that the e...

At Democratic convention, record presence for gays, David Crary

The Democratic National Convention is a watershed event for the U.S. gay rights movement, which never before has been embraced so warmly by a major political party.There's a p...

Clinton boosts Obama in rousing convention speech, Associated Press

In an impassioned speech that rocked the Democratic National Convention, former President Bill Clinton proclaimed Wednesday night, "I know we're coming back" from th...

Bill Clinton urges Americans to stick with Obama, Associated Press

Bill Clinton made a passionate call for Americans to return Barack Obama with the White House, telling a television audience of millions that no U.S. president _ not even he _...

Transcript of Bill Clinton's remarks, The Associated Press

A transcript of former President Bill Clinton's remarks Wednesday night at the Democratic National Convention, as provided by the Democratic Party:___We're here to nominate a ...

Democrats change platform to add God, Jerusalem, Julie Pace And Josh Lederman

Needled by Mitt Romney and other Republicans, Democrats hurriedly rewrote their convention platform Wednesday to add a mention of God and declare Jerusalem the capital of Isra...

Democrats change platform to add God, Jerusalem, Julie Pace And Josh Lederman

Needled by Mitt Romney and other Republicans, Democrats hurriedly rewrote their convention platform Wednesday to add a mention of God and declare Jerusalem the capital of Isra...

ESSAY: Deconstructing Barack Obama the orator, Michael Oreskes

Barack Obama goes before his convention with a reputation as a great orator.But is he?Certainly, there have been moments that soared: his address to the 2004 convention and th...

Bill Clinton fires up Dems before Obama's speech, Julie Pace And Calvin Woodward

With war ending, the health care system recast and the creaky economy overshadowing all, President Barack Obama is ready to take the stage of the Democratic National Conventio...

Obama uses rallies, speech to woo votes, helpers, Ken Thomas

President Barack Obama's campaign rallies in battleground states aren't just about winning hearts and minds. They're also about something more practical _ courting voters and ...

Politics and truth: Uneasy partners, easy enemies, David Crary

It's unprecedented, the experts say: The volume and audacity of distortion, deception and truth-stretching in this year's presidential campaign has political fact-checkers bus...

Clinton in East Timor on democracy push, Matthew Lee

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton praised East Timor on Thursday for holding fair elections this year, and said it was up to the government of Asia's newest and p...

CONVENTION WATCH: Obama basks in Clinton's embrace

Convention Watch shows you the 2012 political conventions through the eyes of Associated Press journalists. Follow them on Twitter where available with the handles listed afte...

FACT CHECK: Clinton claims of compromise a stretch, Matt Apuzzo And Tom Raum

It's a fact of life in Washington that what one party considers a principled stand, the opposition considers pigheadedness. Compromise? That's the other guy's problem.But when...

Quotes from Clinton's speech nominating Obama, The Associated Press

Quotes from the speech of former President Bill Clinton at the Democratic National Convention re-nominating Barack Obama for president:____"I want to nominate a man who r...

Polar bear, wolf vie to be Alaska Zoo 'president', Dan Joling

You thought Barack and Mitt were fierce presidential candidates? Try Ahpun the polar bear and Denali the wolf.The Alaska Zoo, in what it acknowledges is shameless promotion an...

Democrats: GOP's Romney just 'doesn't get it', David Espo And Matthew Daly

Democrats ridiculed Republican Mitt Romney as a millionaire candidate for president who "quite simply doesn't get it" and worse on Tuesday, opening night of a nation...

At Democratic convention, record presence for gays, David Crary

The Democratic National Convention is a watershed event for America's gay rights movement, which never before has been embraced so warmly by a major political party.There's a ...

Ex-police chief charged in China political scandal, Christopher Bodeen

A former police chief whose flight to a U.S. consulate set off China's biggest political scandal in years has been charged with crimes including defection and bribe taking, po...

Clinton boosts Obama in rousing convention speech, David Espo

In an impassioned speech that rocked the Democratic National Convention, former President Bill Clinton proclaimed Wednesday night, "I know we're coming back" from th...

DEBT TALK, The Associated Press

Bill Clinton is one of the few Democrats to talk about the nation's debt problem so far during the party's national convention. At their convention, Republicans hammered away ...

Obama joins Clinton after nominating speech

President Barack Obama joined former President Bill Clinton on the stage of the Democratic National Convention after Clinton gave a rousing speech nominating Obama to be the D...

CONVENTION WATCH: Clinton the rock star

Convention Watch shows you the 2012 political conventions through the eyes of Associated Press journalists. Follow them on Twitter where available with the handles listed afte...