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'76 a window into ugliness of a GOP contested convention

Emily Wagster Pettus, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 28th - 1:38pm

Clarke Reed and Billy Mounger still sound like they want to spit when they talk about each other — 40 years after the contested Republican National Convention where the Mississippi delegation split between President Gerald Ford and smooth-talking Ronald Reagan.

Clinton backers 'feel the Bern' of angry Sanders supporters

Lisa Lerer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 28th - 12:42pm

Nancy Schumacher says she just wanted to do her civic duty, and so she heeded the call to become a superdelegate for Hillary Clinton. But in the year of the angry voter, not even an administrative assistant from Elk River, Minnesota, can escape the outrage.

Former Speaker Boehner calls Cruz 'Lucifer in the flesh'

Scott Bauer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 28th - 12:01pm

Former House Speaker John Boehner unloaded on Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz during a talk to college students, calling the Texas senator "Lucifer in the flesh."

Rubio, Bush big donors shun Cruz and Kasich

Julie Bykowicz and Chad Day, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 28th - 11:10am

It seems like a logical pairing: Republican donors who despise Donald Trump, and two GOP presidential rivals sticking it out to keep him from the nomination.

Former speaker Hastert sentenced to more than year in prison

Michael Tarm, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 27th - 9:30pm

Dennis Hastert, the Republican who for eight years presided over the House and was second in the line of succession to the presidency, was sentenced Wednesday to more than a year in prison in a hush-money case that revealed accusations he sexually abused teenagers while coaching high school wrestling.

Ted Cruz selects Carly Fiorina to serve as running mate

Scott Bauer and Steve Peoples, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 27th - 6:51pm

In need of momentum after a five-state shutout, Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz on Wednesday tapped former technology executive Carly Fiorina — a woman he said has repeatedly "shattered glass ceilings" — to serve as his running mate.

Trump's mention of 'woman's card' draws backlash

Bill Barrow, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 27th - 6:40pm

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's claim that Hillary Clinton is playing "the woman's card" drew intense backlash Wednesday, from the Democratic front-runner herself as well as tens of thousands of critics on social media.

Poll: 66% of Utahns support medical marijuana

Wendy Leonard  |  Posted  Apr 27th - 6:38pm

If it were up to voters, medical marijuana would be a thing in Utah, at least according to the latest poll. Utah Policy surveyed voters and found that 66 percent of those polled favor legalization of marijuana.

Trump goes 'presidential' in speech; Cruz picks early veep

Julie Pace and Ken Thomas, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 27th - 6:22pm

With the general election in his sights, Republican Donald Trump delivered a sober foreign policy address Wednesday aimed at easing fears about his temperament and readiness to be commander in chief. Rival Ted Cruz made a desperate attempt to jolt the GOP race by tapping Carly Fiorina as his running mate.

The Latest: Trump mocks Cruz choice of Fiorina for VP

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 27th - 6:20pm

The Latest on the 2016 presidential campaign. (all times Eastern):

FEC complaint filed against Chaffetz by primary opponent

Lisa Riley Roche  |  Posted  Apr 27th - 4:31pm

A request for a Federal Election Commission investigation into campaign spending by Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, was filed Wednesday by his primary opponent, Chia-Chi Teng.

Trump struggles to explain 'America first' foreign policy

Bradley Klapper, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 27th - 4:00pm

Donald Trump strained to lay out a clear vision of his "America first" foreign policy on Wednesday, vowing to substitute hard-headed realism for what he called a post-Cold War era replete with U.S. national security failures.

Democrats eye Senate takeover after establishment wins

Erica Werner, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 27th - 3:11pm

Democrats are increasingly optimistic they will take back control of the Senate in November, buoyed by establishment wins in Maryland and the key battleground state of Pennsylvania.

Asked about grim GOP race, Ryan talks policy, not candidates

Alan Fram, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 27th - 2:50pm

In a less than rousing defense of his party's two leading presidential contenders, House Speaker Paul Ryan urged a young Republican seeking solace Wednesday about the GOP race to focus on ideas instead of the candidates.

Friends turn foes for justice's re-election in West Virginia

Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 28th - 11:41am

In 2004, former coal baron Don Blankenship spent $3.5 million to help get a West Virginia Supreme Court candidate elected in a wild race that inspired a John Grisham novel.

German FM calls Trump's foreign policy plans contradictory

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 28th - 5:10am

Germany's foreign minister says Donald Trump's foreign policy ideas are unclear and contradictory.

Sanders wins island where ferry shipped emergency ballots

Matt O'Brien, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 27th - 4:40pm

Bernie Sanders can thank a patient ferry captain for helping to cement his Democratic presidential primary victory in the sleepy resort community of Block Island.

Ted Cruz introduces Carly Fiorina as running mate in race for GOP nomination; calls her an 'extraordinary leader'

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 27th - 2:30pm

Ted Cruz introduces Carly Fiorina as running mate in race for GOP nomination; calls her an 'extraordinary leader' .

Trump adds delegates in Pennsylvania; now needs 48 percent of remaining delegates to win GOP nomination

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 27th - 2:20pm

Trump adds delegates in Pennsylvania; now needs 48 percent of remaining delegates to win GOP nomination.