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Politics Jun 01Starting his 2016 campaign, Graham is blunt on Middle East
CENTRAL, S.C. -- Lindsey Graham will formally launch his bid for president in the small South Carolina town where he grew up. His White House ambitions are rooted half a world away in the Middle East.
Politics May 22Bush, Christie rise in defense of Patriot Act
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Republican presidential contenders Jeb Bush and Chris Christie heartily endorsed the Patriot Act on Friday and mocked those who deride the intelligence overhaul passed after the Sept. 11 attacks as an encroachment on civil liberties. “There…
Politics May 18Graham: ‘I’m running’ to be ‘best commander in chief’
ATLANTA -- South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham all but confirmed Monday that he will run for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, saying he believes he'd be the best commander in chief amid continued Middle East unrest.
Politics May 10GOP presidential hopefuls scramble to stand out in South Carolina
Republicans making their pitch to be the party's 2016 presidential nominee aimed to out-do each other Saturday in arguing that President Barack Obama is a failed leader…
Politics Jan 28Governors associations were top donors in 2014 state-level elections
ATLANTA — The Republican Governors Association and its Democratic counterpart were the dominant players in making donations to pay for state-level elections in 2014. The two groups often served as pass-throughs for billionaires, unions and corporations seeking influence in statehouses…
Politics Oct 16Florida out of the gate at start of early voting
ATLANTA — Midterm elections are almost three weeks away, yet more than 904,000 Americans already have cast their ballots, with almost 60 percent of those early votes in Florida, according to data compiled by The Associated Press from election officials…
Politics Aug 30As midterm elections approach, five things to know about the Senate races
The top prize of the November midterm elections is control of the Senate for the final years of President Barack Obama's administration. Republicans need six more seats to take over.
Politics Jul 04Mississippi’s black community seeks Cochran’s help after runoff win
JACKSON, Miss. — After black voters helped Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran survive an intense Republican primary runoff against an insurgent conservative challenger, some civil rights leaders in the South want him to repay the favor. Their request? Cochran should lead…
Politics May 19Low voter turnout expected for Georgia, Kentucky primaries
ATLANTA — A relatively small slice of the electorate will participate in Republican primaries in Georgia and Kentucky, despite international attention and eye-popping sums of money heaped on races that will help determine which party controls the Senate during the…
Nation Mar 24Republican governors wrestle with unpopular Common Core education standards
More than five years after U.S. governors began a bipartisan effort to set new standards in American schools, the Common Core initiative has morphed into a political tempest fueling division among Republicans.