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The Latest: Cramer seeks to clarify Kavanaugh comments

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 22nd - 1:17pm

The Latest on Republican Senate candidate Kevin Cramer's comments on an allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh (all times local):

Arizona congressman blasts siblings who endorsed opponent

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 22nd - 11:42am

Six siblings of U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar have urged voters to cast their ballots against the Arizona Republican in November in an unusual political ad sponsored by the rival candidate.

Rosenstein's fate could turn on which account Trump believes

Eric Tucker and Michael Balsamo, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 22nd - 11:12am

The fate of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein could turn on whether President Donald Trump believes the account of an ex-FBI official who, as Trump once asserted in a tweet, had "LIED! LIED! LIED!"

North Dakota Senate candidate: Kavanaugh allegation 'absurd'

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 22nd - 10:01am

North Dakota Republican Senate candidate Kevin Cramer said a sexual assault accusation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is "even more absurd" than Anita Hill's 1991 sexual harassment allegations against Clarence Thomas because Kavanaugh and his accuser were teenagers who "evidently were drunk."

Control of Congress also at stake in state legislative races

David A. Lieb, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 22nd - 8:43am

Democrats looking to regain a foothold in state capitols largely led by Republicans had anticipated flipping control of up to a dozen legislative chambers during the last presidential election. It didn't work out that way.

Immigration judges say new quotas undermine independence

Colleen Long, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 21st - 10:15pm

The nation's immigration court judges are anxious and stressed by a quota system implemented by Attorney General Jeff Sessions that pushes them to close 700 cases per year as a way to get rid of an immense backlog, the head of the judges' union said Friday.

Rep. Nunes faulted by rival for photo with hand symbol

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 21st - 6:16pm

Republican U.S. Rep. Devin Nunes of California was criticized Friday by his Democratic rival in the November election after a photograph on social media showed the congressman next to a supporter making a hand gesture that some consider racist.

The Latest: O'Rourke says Cruz mischaracterizes his comments

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 21st - 6:07pm

The Latest on the first debate between Republican Sen. Ted Cruz and Democratic Congressman Beto O'Rourke (all times local):

Cruz, O'Rourke trade attacks during testy 1st Texas debate

Will Weissert, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 21st - 3:46pm

Republican Ted Cruz and Democrat Beto O'Rourke repeatedly traded barbs during a testy first debate Friday night, underscoring how a Texas Senate race that long looked like a cakewalk for the conservative incumbent now appears to be anything but one.

Biden to hit Georgia campaign trail for Abrams for governor

Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 21st - 3:03pm

Former Vice President Joe Biden is set to hit the Georgia campaign trail next week, making an appearance with Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams.

AP sources: Rosenstein spoke of possible secret Trump taping

Michael Balsamo and Eric Tucker, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 21st - 3:01pm

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein discussed secretly recording President Donald Trump last year as law enforcement agencies grew increasingly unnerved about chaos in the White House, according to people familiar with the exchange. One person who was present at the time said Rosenstein was just being sarcastic.

Pence: Bredesen would make Senate Dem center of resistance

Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 21st - 2:53pm

Vice President Mike Pence on Friday told a crowd of conservatives in Tennessee that a win by Democrat Phil Bredesen would help the U.S. Senate become the center of the Democratic resistance.

GOP targets Kansas Democrat with 1998 strip club charge

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 21st - 11:45am

A Republican group is resurrecting an embarrassing scene in a strip club from a Democratic congressional candidate's past in a television ad that characterizes him as "shady."

Obama turns focus on Pennsylvania, hopes to boost Democrats

Juana Summers, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 21st - 11:28am

Barack Obama turned his political attention Friday to Pennsylvania — a state Donald Trump won in 2016.

Early voting begins as midterms season enters final phase

Steve Peoples and Steve Karnowski, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 21st - 12:29am

Much of the political world is consumed with a battle over a Supreme Court nominee, an expanding international trade war and President Donald Trump's social media posts. Yet in Minnesota, the first votes of the 2018 midterm elections are being cast.

US Sen. Maria Cantwell faces former head of Wash. state GOP

Rachel By Corte, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 21st - 12:01am

Democrat Maria Cantwell has easily won re-election to the U.S. Senate from Washington state in previous years, but as she seeks her fourth-term this November she is facing her most recognizable opponent.

The Latest: Arizona GOP congressman says siblings hate Trump

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 22nd - 4:29pm

The Latest on a political ad against an Arizona congressman featuring his siblings (all times local):

Minnesota Rep. Jim Knoblach quits campaign amid allegations

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 21st - 4:03pm

Minnesota state Rep. Jim Knoblach abruptly ended his re-election campaign Friday amid allegations of inappropriate touching from his adult daughter.

Missouri court lets redistricting initiative go to voters

David A. Lieb, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 21st - 1:27pm

A Missouri appeals court panel cleared the way Friday for voters to decide a November ballot initiative that could shake up of the state Legislature by requiring districts to be drawn to achieve "partisan fairness" and imposing new lobbying limits.