Bush-Trump feud intensifies in GOP primary

MIAMI — Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush escalated his feud with Donald Trump on Tuesday, betting big he can re-energize his stalled campaign by challenging the billionaire businessman head on.

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Clinton presents a tough challenge for Biden's run

MINNEAPOLIS — The only trace of the vice president came on a candy wrapper.

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Illinois’ Durbin gets a shot at political redemption

WASHINGTON — For all its fraught politics and geopolitical import, the Iran nuclear agreement offers something very personal for Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois: a chance at political redemption.

Donald Trump courts tea party voters in Nashville

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Donald Trump will decide soon whether to mount a third party bid if he loses the Republican nomination for president, the real estate mogul said Saturday.


Trump widens GOP’s division on immigration

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump has exposed anew the deep rift inside the Republican Party on immigration, a break between its past and the country’s future the party itself has said it must bridge if the GOP ever hopes to win back the White House.

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Fox News chief: Trump owes Kelly an apology

NEW YORK — Fox News chief Roger Ailes said Tuesday that Donald Trump owes the network’s Megyn Kelly an apology for an unprovoked Twitter attack that “is as unacceptable as it is disturbing,” but Trump isn’t backing down.

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Top 2016 hopefuls struggle to change the subject

WASHINGTON — It wasn’t supposed to be this way.

Crownover insists she has work left to do

An El Chaparral Grille packed with Denton Rotary Club members heard state Rep. Myra Crownover assure them that she still has work to do in Austin.


Hagen to seek District 64 seat

Information and political candidate announcements were on the menu for Wednesday’s lunch-hour Denton County Republican Women’s Club meeting.

Clinton seeks distance from Obama on climate issues

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nevada — Hillary Rodham Clinton is voicing opposition to President Barack Obama’s authorization for oil drilling in the Alaska Arctic and his delays on Keystone XL, in some of the clearest signs of the Democratic front-runner distancing herself from the president.

Cruz says he opposes ‘birthright citizenship’

WASHINGTON — Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz said Wednesday that the United States shouldn’t automatically grant citizenship to children of immigrants in the country illegally. The Texas senator...

Probe of Clinton’s server may answer questions

WASHINGTON — A forensic examination of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s private computer server could unearth more details than what she put in her emails. It could answer lingering questions about the security of her system, who had access to it and whether outsiders tried to crack its contents.

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Iran deal likely to survive despite GOP opposition

WASHINGTON — The fiercely contested Iran nuclear deal will likely survive in Congress despite unified GOP opposition and some Democratic defections, the top Senate Republican says. That would mean a major foreign policy win for President Barack Obama.


Clinton, Trump descend on Iowa State Fair

DES MOINES, Iowa — As Hillary Rodham Clinton walked among the booths of funnel cakes and corn dogs at the Iowa State Fair, trailed by a massive pack of media and onlookers, Donald Trump’s helicopter circled...


Clinton emails include drone talk

WASHINGTON — Neither of the two emails sent to Hillary Rodham Clinton now labeled by intelligence agencies as “top secret” contained information that would jump out to experts as being particularly sensitive, according to several government officials.

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Clinton's email troubles worsen

WASHINGTON — Try as she might to focus on the policies she wants to enact if elected president, Hillary Rodham Clinton just can’t dig out of her inbox.


Super PACs say they can save Perry bid

AUSTIN — Rick Perry has raised so little money for his second-chance presidential bid that he’s stopped paying his campaign staffers, the kind of cash crisis that could normally sink a candidate.

Clinton to hand over email server

WASHINGTON — Hillary Rodham Clinton will turn over the personal email server she used while serving as secretary of state to the Justice Department, her campaign spokesman said Tuesday.


Trump stirs pot on women’s issues

WASHINGTON — When Jeb Bush said he wasn’t sure the country needs to spend “a half-billion dollars for women’s health issues,” many viewed the remark as a gaffe and the Republican candidate for president rushed to clean it up.


Trump barred from conservative gathering

ATLANTA — Donald Trump opened his mouth again and found the door closed to him Saturday at a high-profile gathering of conservative activists.

George P. looks to help Jeb be the 3rd Bush president

LEXINGTON, S.C. — George P. Bush is talking up his dad Jeb — but he knows he’ll have to endure some gentle ribbing about his grandfather and uncle first.

GOP contenders back before voters

BARRINGTON, N.H. — The raucous field of Republican presidential candidates hustled back before voters Friday, hoping to build on momentum from their first meeting of the 2016 campaign, clean up any debate-night messes or just get back to work persuading voters.

Donald Trump’s Facebook followers make the most errors

We’ve grown accustomed to heavy criticism of the crowded Republican presidential field, but a new study released this week analyzed the grammar of their Facebook followers.

Paxton says he’ll be vindicated in court

AUSTIN — That newly indicted Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton may have broken securities law isn’t news to voters who elected him: Blistering TV attack ads during the 2014 elections reminded them that the Republican had already admitted that.

Crownover plans ‘to exit on top’

State Rep. Myra Crownover, R-Denton, announced Monday that she will not run for re-election in 2016, giving potential successors plenty of time to decide whether to file for the office and mount a campaign next year.

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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.

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.

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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.