National elections

In this Wednesday, July 24, 2019, photo, Democratic presidential candidate and former U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke smiles during a town hall at the Ferris Wheel in downtown Flint, Mich. O’Rourke spoke on education, immigration and equal rights. (Kathryn Ziesig/The Flint Journal/MLive.com via AP)
July 30, 2019 - 6:02 am
When Democrat Beto O'Rourke takes the stage in the second round of presidential primary debates on Tuesday, three young black men from Michigan who were inspired by ex-NFL player Colin Kaepernick to kneel during the national anthem before their high school football games will be in the audience as...
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A cameraman gathers footage outside the Fox Theatre displaying signs for the Democratic presidential debates in Detroit, Monday, July 29, 2019. The second scheduled debate will be hosted by CNN on July 30 and 31. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
July 30, 2019 - 12:23 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Last month's presidential debate offered voters an introduction to the Democratic field. Round two in Detroit promises to be more like an episode of the TV reality show "Survivor." Spread over back-to-back nights, 20 White House hopefuls will take the stage at a crucial point in...
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FILE - In this April 2, 2019 file photo, House Oversight and Reform Committee Chair Elijah Cummings, D-Md., speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. President Donald Trump says there was nothing racist about his weekend tweets calling Congressman Elijah Cummings' Baltimore-area, majority-black district a "rodent-infested mess" where "no human being would want to live." Now Trump is trying to deflect the accusations of racism by labeling the prominent black congressman as racist himself and accusing Democrats of trying to "play the race card." (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
July 29, 2019 - 10:01 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing growing accusations of racism for his incendiary tweets, President Donald Trump lashed out at his critics Monday and sought to deflect the criticism by labeling a leading black congressman as himself racist. In the latest rhetorical shot at lawmakers of color, Trump said...
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The Fox Theatre displays signs for the Democratic presidential debates in Detroit, Monday, July 29, 2019. The second scheduled debate will be hosted by CNN on July 30 and 31. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
July 29, 2019 - 8:34 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Raise your hand if you can think of some different ways CNN will approach the second Democratic presidential debate, which will unfold over two nights in Detroit on Tuesday and Wednesday. That's a hint. CNN pledges not to ask questions that require a show of hands by the politicians...
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In this Wednesday, July 24, 2019 photo, Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, questions former special counsel Robert Mueller as he testifies to the House Intelligence Committee about his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, on Capitol Hill in Washington. President Donald Trump announced Sunday, July 28 that he will nominate Rep. Ratcliffe to replace Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, who is leaving his job next month. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
July 29, 2019 - 7:58 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's pick for national intelligence director has been mayor of a small Texas city, a federal prosecutor and a member of Congress. But questions were already emerging Monday about whether those qualifications are adequate for the position as the nation confronts...
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In this July 24, 2019 photo, Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., currently one of the two leading black candidates in the contest, speaks during a candidates forum at the 110th NAACP National Convention in Detroit. Democrats will be watching the 2020 presidential campaign to see if they can match the potent multiracial coalition Barack Obama put together in his two presidential election wins. The big question is whether young black voters will turn out without the energizing presence of Obama on the top of the ticket. There is likely to be a similar coalition, but the big question is whether it will have the intensity and numbers of the Obama elections. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
July 29, 2019 - 5:46 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Kamala Harris released a health care proposal on Monday that sought to bridge the Democratic Party's disparate factions. Instead, she drew criticism from virtually everyone. Progressives took issue with the presidential candidate for stopping short of the full-scale health care...
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July 29, 2019 - 12:07 pm
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Five Democratic governors of states in the Great Lakes region Monday urged the candidates in next year's presidential election to support a plan for safeguarding their shared waters by boosting federal spending on treatment plants and environmental cleanups. Led by...
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FILE - In this Aug. 2, 2018, file photo, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats speaks during a daily press briefing at the White House in Washington. Coats is to resign in days, after a two-year tenure marked by President Donald Trump's clashes with intelligence officials, U.S. officials confirmed on Sunday, July 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
July 29, 2019 - 8:58 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Dan Coats, director of national intelligence, is resigning after a turbulent two years in which he and President Donald Trump were often at odds over Russian interference in the 2016 election. Trump named a GOP congressman and fierce loyalist to replace him. Trump announced Coats...
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In this July 17, 2019 photo, Mike Wilson, who runs Curveball Sportscards and Collectibles at the SVRC Marketplace in downtown Saginaw, Michigan works in his store. He supports President Donald Trump and credits him for a good economy. Economic conditions in Michigan could be crucial in determining whether Democrats retake a state they once held for decades (AP Photo/Sara Burnett)
July 29, 2019 - 7:16 am
SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) — A bright mural welcomes people to downtown Saginaw, where a new indoor market opened along the riverfront last year — part of the city's decades-long effort to reinvent itself after the auto industry started leaving. Inside the market, vendors sell falafel, fresh-baked pies...
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In this July 17, 2019 photo, Denise Anderson and her brother Mike Ford are seen in the a soul food booth they run at the SVRC Marketplace in Saginaw Michigan. Anderson says she hasn't personally seen benefits from the improved economy and she opposes President Donald Trump. Economic conditions in Michigan could be crucial in determining whether Democrats retake a state they once held for decades (AP Photo/Sara Burnett)
July 29, 2019 - 1:09 am
SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) — Contrasting views of the economy under President Donald Trump are at the heart of the battle for Michigan, a state that helped Trump win the White House in 2016 and that both the president and Democrats agree he must hold in 2020. Michigan is among Democrats' top 2020 targets...
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