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A look at competitive US House races in the Illinois primary

Sophia Tareen, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 17th - 1:51pm

Several U.S. House races are expected to be competitive in the Illinois primary, including an open seat, a seat held by a seven-term Democrat facing a challenge from his left and several Republican seats that Democrats hope to flip come November.

How to disrupt an election: Fake IDs, fraud and Facebook

Desmond Butler, Stephen Braun and Ryan Nakashima, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 17th - 1:16pm

A year before Donald Trump announced his presidential candidacy, two Russian operatives landed in the United States to lay groundwork for an intelligence operation targeting the legitimacy of the 2016 election.

Romney, favored in Senate bid, could take on outsized role

Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 17th - 11:31am

Mitt Romney's extensive resume has many Republicans looking to him to take on a role in the Senate as a political and moral counterweight to a president many in the GOP see as divisive and undignified.

Trump adviser: Russian meddling 'incontrovertible'

Desmond Butler and David Rising, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 17th - 10:33am

President Donald Trump's national security adviser said Saturday there was "incontrovertible" evidence of a Russian plot to disrupt the 2016 U.S. election, a blunt statement that shows how significantly the new criminal charges leveled by an American investigator have upended the political debate over his inquiry.

Illinois Democratic congressman faces challenge from left

Sara Burnett, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 17th - 10:24am

A Lipinski has represented what's now Illinois' 3rd congressional district since U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski's father was first elected more than three decades ago. Now the younger Lipinski, a seven-term incumbent known as one of Congress' most conservative Democrats, is facing a tougher-than-usual primary challenge from the left flank of his party.

Romney calls for states, not feds, to find solutions to school violence

Dennis Romboy, KSL  |  Posted   Feb 16th - 11:00pm

States — not the federal government — are the best place to find solutions for school violence like the deadly shooting in Florida earlier this week, Mitt Romney said Friday.

The Latest: Romney talks gun violence in Utah GOP speech

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 16th - 9:15pm

The Latest on Mitt Romney's run for a Utah Senate seat (all times local):

Russians charged with meddling in 2016 presidential race

Eric Tucker, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 16th - 8:07pm

In an extraordinary indictment, the U.S. special counsel accused 13 Russians Friday of an elaborate plot to disrupt the 2016 presidential election, charging them with running a huge but hidden social media trolling campaign aimed in part at helping Republican Donald Trump defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Quiz: Can you spot the fake news stories?

Jacob Klopfenstein,  |  Posted   Feb 16th - 7:32pm

Think you have what it takes to spot the real headlines amid the fake ones? Take’s weekly fake news quiz to find out.

Mitt Romney launches US Senate campaign in video praising Utahns, criticizing federal dysfunction

Dennis Romboy, KSL and Lisa Riley Roche, KSL  |  Posted   Feb 16th - 5:40pm

Praising Utahns ‘can-do pioneering spirit’ and condemning calling out federal dysfunction, Mitt Romney launched his campaign for the U.S. Senate in a brief video Friday.

GOP hopefuls jockey for North Dakota's lone US House seat

James MacPherson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 16th - 4:31pm

U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer's shift to the North Dakota Senate race sets off a Republican scramble for the state's lone congressional seat, including familiar names and a political newcomer.

House GOP leaders struggle to push immigration bill

Alan Fram, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 16th - 4:23pm

As badly as things have gone for immigration legislation in the Senate, it's not looking any easier in the more conservative House.

Lots of talk, little action in Congress after shootings

Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 16th - 1:46pm

For a brief moment after the Las Vegas massacre last fall, Republicans and Democrats in Congress talked about taking a rare step to tighten the nation's gun laws. Four months later, the only gun legislation that has moved in the House or Senate instead eases restrictions for gun owners.

Can middle-class candidate defeat millionaires in Illinois?

Sara Burnett, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 16th - 10:47am

In an Illinois governor race that includes a couple millionaires and a billionaire, Daniel Biss likes to tell people he's given his campaign just $25 — and then his wife decided to one-up him and donate $50.

Romney's Utah bid for Senate could revive rift with Trump

Brady McCombs, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 16th - 8:11am

Mitt Romney and President Donald Trump have harshly criticized each other but also have been willing to sit down to talk when it's mutually beneficial.

Students celebrate 1st child born in an independent Kosovo

Visar Kryeziu, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 16th - 7:03am

All the students in a tiny village in Kosovo have gathered to celebrate a very special day for Pavaresia Sopi — a 10th birthday with deep significance for her whole Balkan nation.

Republican senator charged with video voyeurism, extortion

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 16th - 4:34pm

A Rhode Island state senator under investigation by state police since January was arrested Friday on charges of video voyeurism and extortion.

GOP director takes sole responsibility for anonymous website

Marina Villeneuve, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 16th - 4:32pm

The Maine Republican Party's executive director told a state ethics commission that he alone was responsible for running an anonymous website that published articles Democrats said slandered their unsuccessful local candidate.

New maps could improve Democrats' chances in Pennsylvania

Marc Levy, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 16th - 3:01pm

Democrats' chances at picking up congressional seats in Pennsylvania likely would improve under new models of district boundaries drawn to replace the Republican-drawn boundaries thrown out in a high-stakes gerrymandering court case, independent analysts said Friday.