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AMLO's influence looms over kickoff of Mexico campaign to replace him

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Mexico kicked off its official presidential campaign season Friday, with leading candidates taking center stage as popular outgoing President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s overwhelming influence hangs over the country’s future.

Former Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum is the comfortable frontrunner in the June 2 election: She held a 17-...Read more

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President Joe Biden will visit Philadelphia area following his State of the Union address

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PHILADELPHIA — President Joe Biden will return to the Philadelphia area next Friday, the day after his State of the Union address in Washington.

The speech, eight months ahead of the election, is a high-profile chance for Biden to argue his case for staying in office, and comes two days after Super Tuesday when former President Donald Trump ...Read more

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Trump's Florida documents trial to be postponed with no date set

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Former President Donald Trump’s criminal trial for allegedly taking sensitive documents from the White House is likely to be postponed beyond May, putting his legal schedule in further limbo as he campaigns to return to the White House.

At a hearing Friday in Florida, U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon indicated that the May 20 trial start ...Read more

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Here's how the Supreme Court can doom Trump's Jan. 6 trial

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court’s handling of Donald Trump’s criminal immunity bid has cast new doubt over efforts to put the former president on trial for 2020 election interference before voters go to the polls again in November.

The court’s decision to hear Trump’s arguments in late April hints that the justices — three of ...Read more

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First lady Jill Biden visits Atlanta to launch 'Women for Biden' initiative

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ATLANTA — Four years ago, Georgia voted in favor of then-presidential candidate Joe Biden by about 12,000 votes, helping cement the former vice president’s path to the nation’s highest office.

On the first day of Women’s History Month, first lady Jill Biden visited Atlanta on a rainy Friday to thank female voters in the state for their ...Read more

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Alabama, Arkansas races to watch on Super Tuesday

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Tuesday night will be the beginning of the end of either Rep. Jerry Carl or Rep. Barry Moore’s House career, after redistricting pushed them into a faceoff for Alabama’s 1st District.

Alabama adopted a new congressional map last year after the Supreme Court said the state needed to give African American voters a second district where they ...Read more

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California has no shortage of key House races on Tuesday

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WASHINGTON — From the farming communities of the Central Valley to the beaches of Orange County, California is home to a number of competitive House races whose outcomes could determine which party controls the chamber.

Despite its deep blue leanings, the Golden State has emerged as a House battleground where politicians from both parties are...Read more

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3 questions North Carolina primaries may answer

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WASHINGTON — Between redistricting and retirements, North Carolina is set to have at least five new members of Congress next year. Because of how the congressional map is drawn, those new members from the Tar Heel State next year are likely to be Republicans.

Democratic Reps. Kathy Manning, Wiley Nickel and Jeff Jackson all decided not to run...Read more

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Joe Biden to campaign in Atlanta ahead of state primary

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ATLANTA — President Joe Biden will campaign in metro Atlanta ahead of the state’s March 12 primary as he tries to rebuild the fragile coalition that helped him narrowly capture Georgia in 2020.

The White House said Biden will travel to Atlanta on March 9, but it didn’t immediately release other details.

State Democrats are pressuring ...Read more

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Miami's mayor endorses Trump, pointing to the southern border as the reason

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MIAMI — Miami Mayor Francis Suarez endorsed Donald Trump’s presidential bid on Friday, claiming that the former president is the “only candidate” capable of tackling a range of pressing issues facing the country, including a growing migrant crisis at the U.S. southern border.

The endorsement came a day after Trump and President Joe ...Read more

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Trump's Florida trial on secret documents will likely be postponed

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A federal judge in Florida indicated Donald Trump’s trial for mishandling classified documents will likely be postponed from the current May 20 start date, putting his legal schedule in limbo as he campaigns again for the White House.

Judge Aileen Cannon indicated during a hearing with prosecutors and the former president’s lawyers Friday ...Read more

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Key races to watch in Texas on Super Tuesday

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WASHINGTON — Texas has the nation’s second-largest congressional delegation, though only a fraction of its primaries this year are competitive.

The Lone Star State does have a marquee Senate primary, as Democrats Colin Allred, a former NFL player and civil rights lawyer serving his third term in the House, and state Sen. Roland Gutierrez ...Read more

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Bill sets sights on improved financial literacy for troops

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WASHINGTON — A bipartisan bill expected to be unveiled Friday would expand financial literacy training for service members in an effort to reduce financial stress and smooth their transition to civilian life.

The bicameral legislation is sponsored by Sens. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Eric Schmitt, R-Mo., as well as Rep. Terri A. Sewell, D-Ala....Read more

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Trump's trials: Recent court delays could help the former president

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WASHINGTON — As he campaigns for a return to the White House, former President Donald Trump faces criminal prosecution in four separate trials. He's also fought two civil trials that resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars in fines.

Here's what's going on with the cases as primary elections ramp up across the nation, and what to expect in...Read more

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Gov. J.B. Pritzker is backing abortion rights ballot measures across nation, but little on the horizon in Illinois

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Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker is expending political and financial capital around the country — from Ohio to Nevada — on ballot measures to enshrine abortion protections in state constitutions. But similar efforts in Illinois remain in limbo.

Since the U.S. Supreme Court nearly two years ago struck down the federal right to abortion, ...Read more

Republicans struggle to win elections in LA County. Can Barger pull off a three-peat?

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As she seeks a third and final term as a Los Angeles County supervisor, Kathryn Barger and her supporters are touting her endorsements from unions, the Sierra Club and the local lobbying arm of Planned Parenthood, her concerns about climate change and her willingness to stand up to the NRA and former President Donald Trump.

It would be standard...Read more

Bill sets sights on improved financial literacy for troops

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WASHINGTON — A bipartisan bill expected to be unveiled Friday would expand financial literacy training for servicemembers in an effort to reduce financial stress and smooth their transition to civilian life.

The bicameral legislation is sponsored by Sens. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Eric Schmitt, R-Mo., as well as Rep. Terri A. Sewell, D-Ala.,...Read more

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California poll reveals how third-party candidates could throw 2024 presidential race to Trump

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In 2020, Joe Biden beat Donald Trump in California by more than 29 points, amassing a statewide margin of more than 5 million votes — the largest in the history of presidential elections.

Three years in office have not been kind to Biden.

Biden will win Tuesday's primary — he has no serious opposition. And barring a sudden turn for the ...Read more

Nithya Raman, Kevin De León got more homeless people off the street. Will that sway voters?

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Nithya Raman won a spot on the Los Angeles City Council four years ago by promising to ease the city's homelessness crisis.

Now, the council member points to her work reducing the number of people living on the street in her Silver Lake-to-Reseda district as she runs for reelection.

Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority data show "...Read more

Is the United States overestimating China’s power?

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Which country is the greatest threat to the United States? The answer, according to a large proportion of Americans, is clear: China.

Half of all Americans responding to a mid-2023 survey from the Pew Research Center cited China as the biggest risk to the U.S., with Russia trailing in second with 17%. Other surveys, such as from the ...Read more