Clinton seeks end to Cuban trade embargo

MIAMI — Drawing a sharp distinction with Republican rivals in the pivotal election state of Florida, Hillary Rodham Clinton on Friday called on the GOP-run Congress to end the trade embargo the U.S. has imposed on Cuba since 1962


Trump calls for deportation of 11 million

NEW YORK — In one of his first forays into policy as a presidential candidate, Republican Donald Trump calls for the deportation of all 11 million people estimated to be living in the country illegally while allowing the “really good people” to return.


Sanders reaches supporters in Denton

President Barack Obama in 2008 was the first presidential candidate to engage a national audience with social media and web chats, hosting virtual campaign rallies using the networking power of the Internet.

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Republicans exploit Uber divide between Democrats

DENVER — The debate over ride-hailing firm Uber is laying bare divides in the Democratic Party and on the left about how to handle the new “sharing” economy. Republicans are hungry to exploit that ambivalence and make inroads into a wealthy sector of the tech industry.


Democrats woo activists in key Des Moines neighborhood

DES MOINES, Iowa — Four years ago, the Beaverdale neighborhood in Des Moines organized big for President Barack Obama’s re-election, building an uber-volunteer group skilled at phone-banking, door-knocking and boosting caucus and general election participation. The volunteers dubbed their leafy neighborhood Obamadale.

New inquiry into Hillary Clinton emails fuels political questions

WASHINGTON — A new letter by intelligence investigators to the Justice Department says secret government information may have been compromised in Hillary Clinton’s private server, underscoring an inescapable reality for her presidential campaign: Email is forever.

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Clinton beating out Bush, Rubio in Florida money race

MIAMI — Florida’s presidential primary is nine months away, but the state’s influential donors are already speaking with their wallets. So far the news is better for Jeb Bush than for Marco Rubio in the Republican money race between home-state heavyweights — but it’s even better for Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Republicans talk religious freedom

Members of the Denton County Republican Party held their monthly meeting Thursday night to hear from guest lecturer Jeremiah Galus, who spoke about religious freedom in the wake of the landmark Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality.

Open meeting with Crownover to be rescheduled

State Rep. Myra Crownover, R-Denton, was scheduled to speak to the Denton County Young Professionals Wednesday morning, but she will no longer attend and will be rescheduled.


GOP hopefuls scramble for anti-abortion vote

NEW ORLEANS — Trying to distinguish themselves in front of an important group of social conservative activists, Republican White House hopefuls on Friday used the National Right to Life Convention to share personal stories and detail the abortion restrictions they’ve helped write into law.

AG fills several jobs without public postings

AUSTIN (AP) — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office hired several people from his campaign and elsewhere before they submitted applications or the jobs were posted publicly, as required by state law.

Patrick’s grass-roots advisory board dissolves

AUSTIN (AP) — The grass-roots advisory board Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick set up as a sounding board for his tea party constituency is dissolving after a legislative session that left the leadership of that constituency dissatisfied.


Macy’s dumps Trump

NEW YORK — Rapper Flo Rida, the Macy’s department store chain and football Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith all had something in common on Wednesday: They’re the latest to distance themselves from Donald Trump following his remarks about Mexican immigrants.


Christie promises blunt campaign in 2016 bid

LIVINGSTON, N.J. — A tough-talking New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie launched his 2016 campaign for president Tuesday with a promise to tell voters the truth even if it makes them cringe.


Obama’s legacy forms with assistance of unlikely allies

WASHINGTON — Long past the prime of his presidency, Barack Obama is defying the lame-duck label and solidifying the contours of his legacy with the help of unlikely allies in Congress and the Supreme Court.

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Senate ready to hand Obama big win on negotiating trade

WASHINGTON — Resistance to President Barack Obama’s trade agenda melted away in Congress on Wednesday as the Senate prepared to grant him “fast track” negotiating authority and unhappy House Democrats essentially conceded defeat.


GOP hopefuls offer insight on faith

WASHINGTON — Republican presidential contenders railed against abortion rights on Saturday as they courted religious conservatives, promising Christian values would guide their personal decisions and public policies should they win the presidency.

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Trade dispute exposes House Democrats’ turmoil, challenges

WASHINGTON — Congress’ upheaval over trade has exposed turmoil within a House Democratic caucus that’s grown smaller and more liberal in recent years as moderates have been ousted in successive election bloodlettings.

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Trump says he’s running for president in 2016

WASHINGTON — The Donald is running for president.


Clinton officially begins presidential campaign

NEW YORK — Hillary Rodham Clinton formally kicked off her presidential campaign on Saturday with an enthusiastic embrace of her potential to become the first woman to win the White House, asking supporters gathered at an outdoor rally to join her in building an America “where we don’t leave anyone out, or anyone behind.”


Hastert enters not guilty plea

CHICAGO — A somber Dennis Hastert appeared in court Tuesday for the first time since he was indicted, pleading not guilty to charges that he violated banking rules and lied to the FBI in a scheme to pay $3.5 million in hush money to conceal misconduct from his days as a high school teacher.

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Reps assess work in Austin

During the 84th legislative session that ended Monday, Texas lawmakers spent countless hours politicking under the Capitol dome in Austin.


GOP 2016 contenders face off in Iowa forum

BOONE, Iowa — The attack ads and debates will come later. On Saturday, several Republican presidential contenders fought for an edge among motorcycles, puppies, war heroes and roasted pork, having swapped dark suits for blue jeans to meet Iowans eight months before they cast the first votes of the 2016 presidential primary.


Clinton blasts GOP on voting-rights issues

HOUSTON — Hillary Rodham Clinton accused potential Republican presidential rivals such as Jeb Bush of Florida and Scott Walker of Wisconsin on Thursday of trying to make it more difficult for millions of Americans to vote, laying down an early marker on voting rights in her Democratic presidential campaign.


Bush joins unwieldy race for president

WASHINGTON — Jeb Bush stepped into the Republican race for president on Thursday, finally taking his place — after months of hints and relentless fundraising — amid an unwieldy field of GOP candidates unlike any in recent memory.


Rick Perry announces 2016 bid, a re-do from 2012

ADDISON, Texas (AP) — Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry opened his second bid for the Republican presidential nomination Thursday, pledging to “end an era of failed leadership” and hoping this campaign will go better than his last one.


State lawmaker leaves gavels in pieces

AUSTIN — At 5 feet, 5 inches tall, Texas Rep. Kenneth Sheets is one of the smallest members of the Texas Legislature.

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Source: Hastert paid to conceal abuse claims

CHICAGO — Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert paid hush money to conceal claims that the Illinois Republican sexually molested someone decades ago, a person familiar with the allegations said Friday.


Former N.Y. Gov. Pataki announces he will run for president

EXETER, N.H. — George Pataki, the 9/11-era New York governor who achieved electoral success as a Republican in a heavily Democratic state, announced his candidacy for the presidential nomination Thursday, offering himself as a unifying figure in a divided nation.


Sanders kicks off 2016 bid

BURLINGTON, Vt. — Challenging Hillary Clinton from the left, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders kicked off his presidential bid Tuesday with a pitch to liberals to join him in a “political revolution” to transform the nation’s economy and politics.


Congress on familiar path of short-term solutions

WASHINGTON — Long is the list of problems Congress has addressed with short-term answers.


House OKs letting clergy refuse certain marriages

AUSTIN — The Texas House voted Thursday to let clergy members refuse to perform marriages that violate their religious beliefs — further shielding the nation’s largest conservative state from a possible U.S. Supreme Court ruling allowing gay couples to wed.


Clinton: ‘I want those emails out’

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa — Hillary Rodham Clinton urged the State Department on Tuesday to speed the release of 55,000 pages of emails from her time as secretary of state, as her decision to spurn administration rules and use a private email address continued to dog her presidential campaign.


Obama, first lady thinking about life after White House

WASHINGTON — Presidential library? Check. Future home? TBD.


Among rivals in Iowa, Bush tries to bounce back from remarks

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Republican Jeb Bush tried Saturday to regain his stride after an awkward week, noting his misstep about the Iraq war with humility and a laugh while reaffirming his affection for brother George W. Bush, the president who ordered the invasion.

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Cuomo faces questions after newest scandal

ALBANY, N.Y. — They were Albany’s most powerful men: the governor, the Senate leader and the Assembly speaker. Together, they negotiated billion-dollar budgets and decided which bills passed and which ones didn’t.

Perry to say June 4 if he’ll run for president

AUSTIN — Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry will say whether he is running for president at an announcement next month in Dallas.


Texas GOP targets gay marriages

AUSTIN — Racing both a U.S. Supreme Court decision on gay marriage and legislative deadlines, Texas Republicans pushed ahead Tuesday toward putting the state at the forefront of resistance if same-sex weddings are ruled constitutional.

City may see rise in voter turnout

Denton voters may have gotten the memo that there’s an election Saturday, particularly in one City Council district where turnout is pacing far ahead of years past.

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Two candidates seek Corinth mayor’s seat

Spring election campaigns in a number of Denton County towns, cities and school districts are quickly reaching the finish line. Election day is Saturday.


Six seek Argyle board seats

It’s a crowded race Saturday for two vacant at-large seats on the Argyle school board.

PAC, tip jar money in local races

Some big money showed up on the latest round of campaign finance reports from Denton City Council candidates, including political action committee money from local Texas real estate agents and envelopes of cash reported as “miscellaneous donor donations.”

Senate OKs ban on abortion coverage

AUSTIN — The battle over abortion in Texas returned to the floor where Democrat Wendy Davis staged a nearly 13-hour filibuster as the Senate on Tuesday approved eliminating coverage for the procedure under plans purchased through the federal marketplace.


Huckabee declares his presidential candidacy

HOPE, Ark. — Mike Huckabee declared his presidential candidacy Tuesday, counting on his brand of conservative populism to make his second White House bid more successful than his first. In 2008, he captivated evangelical Republicans but couldn’t build wide enough support to win the Republican nomination.

Senate adopts GOP budget targeting health law

WASHINGTON — The Senate on Tuesday adopted a GOP budget that paves the way for an assault on President Barack Obama’s health care law this summer and a partisan showdown over spending bills this fall.

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Problems facing poor inch into presidential race

WASHINGTON — In a presidential campaign where candidates are jockeying to be champions of the middle class and asking wealthy people for money, the problems facing the poor are inching into the debate.


Sanders campaigns for president in N.H.

MANCHESTER, N.H. — One day after raising $1.5 million in donations, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders was out to convince supporters in the early voting state of New Hampshire on Saturday he could raise the $40 million to $50 million to run a competitive presidential primary campaign against Democratic front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton.


Ex-Christie allies charged in bridge scandal

NEWARK, N.J. — Federal prosecutors brought charges Friday against three former allies of Gov. Chris Christie — but not Christie himself — in the George Washington Bridge traffic scandal, apparently easing the legal threat that has hung over his 2016 White House ambitions for more than a year.