National elections

FILE - In this March 22, 2017 file photo, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz speaks at the Starbucks annual shareholders meeting in Seattle. For someone who has given about $150,000 to Democratic campaigns over the years, Schultz is generating tepid, or even hostile, responses within the party as he weighs a presidential bid in 2020. That's because reports have suggested he's considering running as an independent, a prospect that could draw support away from the eventual Democratic nominee and hand President Donald Trump another four years in office, many fret. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
January 28, 2019 - 10:35 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Some of the most influential forces in Democratic politics revolted Monday against former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz's prospective presidential bid, insisting that an independent run would unintentionally help President Donald Trump win another four years in office. The critics...
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January 28, 2019 - 8:09 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The special counsel's Russia probe is "close to being completed," the acting attorney general said Monday in the first official sign that the investigation may be wrapping up. Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker's comments were a departure for the Justice Department, which...
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FILE - In this April 25, 2016, file photo, Nigeria Information Minister Lai Mohammed attends a town hall meeting in Lagos, Nigeria. Amid growing criticism, Nigeria's information minister denied on Monday, Jan. 28, 2019, that the president's recent suspension of the country's chief justice was related to the upcoming presidential elections. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba, File)
January 28, 2019 - 5:32 pm
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Amid growing criticism, Nigeria's information minister denied on Monday that the president's recent suspension of the country's chief justice was related to the upcoming presidential elections. The suspension of Chief Justice Walter Nkanu Samuel Onnoghen had "nothing to do...
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Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., left, with Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., speaks to the media after their meeting with President Donald Trump about Venezuela, Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019, at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
January 28, 2019 - 3:36 pm
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Latest on the political crisis in Venezuela (all times local): 4:30 p.m. Sen. Marco Rubio says the U.S. will hit Venezuela's state-owned oil company with sanctions aimed at increasing pressure on President Nicolas Maduro to step down from office. The Florida Republican...
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January 28, 2019 - 12:45 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The presidential primary is jolting to life without a traditional mainstay: the big money donor class. More specifically, their contribution checks. With as many as two dozen Democrats potentially running for the White House and no immediate front-runner, the money race in the...
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Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris, of California, waves to the crowd as she formally launches her presidential campaign at a rally in her hometown of Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
January 28, 2019 - 12:16 am
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris, standing outside of Oakland's city hall, formally kicked off her campaign for the White House by presenting herself as the leader who can best unite an America that is at an "inflection point" and facing a critical question. "We are here because...
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A woman stands next to soldiers as other members of the opposition hand out copies of an amnesty law near Ft. Tiuna military base in Caracas, Venezuela, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019. Opposition National Assembly leader Juan Guaido, who declared himself interim president, said Friday that he would release the text of an existing amnesty law that would pardon members of the military who cooperate in restoring democracy and asked Venezuelans to share it with officers they know. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
January 27, 2019 - 9:04 pm
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The struggle for control of Venezuela turned to the military Sunday, with supporters of opposition leader Juan Guaido handing leaflets to soldiers detailing a proposed amnesty law that would protect them for helping overthrow President Nicolas Maduro. At the same time,...
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California Sen. Kamala Harris appears at a fundraiser for Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., of which she is a member, Friday, Jan. 25, 2019 in Columbia, S.C. Sen. Kamala Harris returned to South Carolina on Friday, using her first visit to this early-voting state as an official presidential contender to tap into a sorority network that could prove crucial as she develops her campaign. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)
January 27, 2019 - 8:37 am
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris says she's the kind of leader who can unify the country and would fight for the needs of all Americans. The first-term California senator, who announced her candidacy on Monday, planned a speech at a rally in Oakland, her...
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Venezuela's self-declared interim leader Juan Guaido, center, greets supporters after a rally at a public plaza in Las Mercedes neighborhood of Caracas, Venezuela, Saturday, Jan. 29, 2019. Venezuela's political showdown moves to the United Nations where a Security Council meeting called by the United States will pit backers of President Nicolas Maduro against the Trump administration and supporters of Guaido. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
January 26, 2019 - 9:25 pm
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Nicolas Maduro's government backtracked Saturday from its order for U.S. Embassy personnel to leave Venezuela, moving to defuse tensions with Washington just hours after international diplomats traded heated rhetoric at a special U.N. Security Council meeting on the South...
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Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro holds up his fists during a press conference at Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, Jan. 25, 2019, amid a political power struggle with an opposition leader who has declared himself interim president. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
January 26, 2019 - 5:51 pm
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Latest on the political crisis in Venezuela (all times local): 6:30 p.m. Venezuela's government has backtracked on an order that gave U.S. Embassy personnel 72 hours to leave the country. The Foreign Affairs Ministry said that it is now negotiating the establishment of a U...
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