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Criminal justice issues showing up in 2016 presidential race

Eric Tucker, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 25th - 10:21am

On the campaign trail, among candidates of both parties, the idea of locking up drug criminals for life is a lot less popular than it was a generation ago.

Rubio finesses abortion stance criticized by Democrats

Julie Pace, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 25th - 10:20am

When Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio staked out a hard-line position on abortion in the first GOP debate, Hillary Rodham Clinton took notice.

Trump's family joins him on South Carolina campaign

Meg Kinnard and Bill Barrow, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 24th - 10:20pm

Donald Trump's wife campaigned with him for the first time in South Carolina on Tuesday, telling voters she loved them and saying her husband would be "the best president, ever."

New Jersey's Chris Christie: Obama 'naive' on IS threat

Jill Colvin, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 24th - 9:01pm

Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie says President Barack Obama continues to underestimate the threat posed by Islamic State militants despite the Paris attacks.

Republican campaign rhetoric has Muslim-Americans on edge

Josh Cornfield, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 24th - 2:11pm

Muslim-Americans who sued the New York Police Department over a surveillance program launched after 9/11 say calls from the Republican presidential campaign to put them under more scrutiny are recklessly seizing on public fears and distressing Muslims in the U.S.

Donald Trump says he'd bring back waterboarding

Jill Colvin, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 24th - 1:49pm

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump says the U.S. should engage in much more aggressive interrogation techniques on terrorism suspects as he continues to push a hard line on national security after the Paris attacks.

Clinton: Stances against refugees could hurt law enforcement

Michelle Rindels, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 23rd - 9:11pm

Hard-line stances against admitting refugees to the United States are a mistake because they hurt law enforcement's ability to build ties within Muslim communities, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton said on Monday.

Sanders invokes MLK legacy as he tries to catch Clinton

Bill Barrow, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 23rd - 7:11pm

Campaigning in Martin Luther King Jr.'s hometown, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders on Monday sought to position himself as a political heir of the slain civil rights leader.

State, Utah GOP appear headed to court over election law — again

Dennis Romboy  |  Posted  Nov 23rd - 6:14pm

The conflict over how Utah political parties choose candidates to run for political office appears headed to court again.

Republicans' tough Senate map gets another twist

Erica Werner, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 23rd - 3:10pm

Republicans' plans to defend their Senate majority in 2016 just got a bit more complicated.

GOP's Carson says he has capacity to learn foreign policy

Thomas Beaumont, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 22nd - 7:21pm

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson likens his learning foreign policy to his ability to absorb changing complex medical practices. But Carson is standing by his support for monitoring groups he describes as "anti-American" and keeping Syrian refugees out of the United States.

Trump says he saw people celebrating 9/11 in Jersey City

Jill Colvin, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 22nd - 3:41pm

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump says he saw people cheering the Sept. 11 attacks across the river in New Jersey — a claim officials strongly deny.

'Keep It in the Ground' event celebrates postponement of auction

Amy Joi O'Donoghue  |  Posted  Nov 22nd - 1:25pm

A national movement calling on President Barack Obama to halt any new federal leases for fossil fuel development held a victory party Tuesday after the Bureau of Land Management postponed an auction. Protests have been targeting the agency.

Follow-up religious liberty legislation 'likely' next year, Utah lawmaker says

Morgan Jacobsen  |  Posted  Nov 22nd - 10:45am

Rep. LaVar Christensen wants Utah lawmakers to have "open hearts and open minds" as the Legislature considers possible follow-up legislation to anti-discrimination and religious rights bills passed early this year.

Trump won't rule out independent run for president

Laurie Kellman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 22nd - 9:20am

Republican Donald Trump on Sunday refused to rule out an independent bid for president in 2016, and he dug in on creating a database to track Muslims in the U.S.

Rubio: Obama administration continues to make US less safe

Meg Kinnard, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 25th - 1:21pm

Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio said in South Carolina on Wednesday that the Obama administration is making the United States less safe instead of more secure.

Lawsuit challenges Illinois ban on marijuana campaign money

Carla K. Johnson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 24th - 2:21pm

Two Libertarian political candidates have asked a federal court to declare unconstitutional an Illinois ban on political contributions from the state's new medical marijuana industry.

Challenge fails to block Sanders from NH ballot

Kathleen Ronayne, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 24th - 12:40pm

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders will appear on New Hampshire's Democratic presidential primary ballot.

GOP's Carly Fiorina coming to Reno after Las Vegas debate

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 24th - 12:31pm

Presidential candidate Carly Fiorina is headed to Reno after the Republican debate in Las Vegas next month.