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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 floated the idea of secretly recording President Donald Trump last year amid law enforcement concerns about chaos in the White House, according to people familiar with exchanges at the time. But one person who was present 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.

O'Rourke: Won't go negative ahead of Texas Senate debate

Paul J. Weber, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 20th - 11:23pm

Democrat Beto O'Rourke's mother is typically asked how her son got his name or if he was a troublemaker. But in a rural county Donald Trump overwhelmingly won in 2016, a supporter brings up different family history: Accusations her son pushed a project that would benefit his wealthy father-in-law.

The Latest: Heller, Trump praise each other in Las Vegas

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 20th - 9:19pm

The Latest on a rally for Nevada Sen. Dean Heller (all times local):

Democratic House candidate calls attack mailers "racist"

Hannah Grabenstein, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 20th - 6:19pm

An Arkansas Democratic congressional candidate on Thursday denounced immigration attack mailers sent out by a Republican senator's political action committee as "racist" and "fearmongering."

Suburban women wrestle with Kavanaugh allegation

Juana Summers, Nicholas Riccardi and Julie Pace, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 20th - 4:46pm

For women like Jayne A. Cordes, the steady stream of investigations in Washington is exhausting. That's why, when Christine Blasey Ford came forward to accuse Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her more than three decades ago, it struck Cordes as the latest example of the ceaseless — and needless — drama in the capital.

O'Rourke ignores attacks ahead of Texas Senate race debate

Paul J. Weber, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 20th - 2:39pm

Democrat Beto O'Rourke's mother is typically asked how her son got his name or if he was a troublemaker. But in a rural county Donald Trump overwhelmingly won in 2016, a supporter brings up different family history: Accusations her son pushed a project that would benefit his wealthy father-in-law.

Trump backs 'outstanding' Webber in House race vs. Sherrill

Mike Catalini, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 20th - 1:55pm

President Donald Trump weighed in Thursday on one of the most watched House races in this year's election to endorse Republican Assemblyman Jay Webber over Democrat Mikie Sherrill.

Interior Secretary Zinke to visit Zion National Park Monday

Amy Joi O'Donoghue, KSL  |  Posted Sep 20th - 12:54pm

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke will tour Utah’s iconic Zion National Park on Monday and get a close-up look at some of the $65 million worth of backlogged maintenance needs.

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.

Debate could roil surprisingly tight Senate race in Texas

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

Republican Ted Cruz and Democrat Beto O'Rourke are holding their first debate as a Texas Senate race that once looked like it would be a cakewalk for the conservative incumbent now appears to be anything but one.

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.

DeSantis not returning cash to donor who called Obama N-word

Brendan Farrington, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 20th - 3:57pm

Republican U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis' campaign for Florida governor said Thursday he will no longer accept money from a donor who used the N-word in a tweet about former President Barack Obama, but said contributions the donor's company made won't be returned because they were already spent on the primary.

AP NewsAlert

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 20th - 2:12pm

Former top aide to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo sentenced to six years in prison for fraud and accepting bribes.

Rosen raps Heller over Supreme Court 'hiccup' comment

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 20th - 1:53pm

Democratic Rep. Jacky Rosen is criticizing Nevada Sen. Dean Heller, her Republican opponent in November's Senate race, over Heller's reported comments on controversial Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.