National Politics

Virus is pummeling Europe's eateries — and winter is coming

HEIKRUIS, Belgium (AP) — As the Friday night dinner service began earlier this month at the De Viering restaurant outside Brussels, it seemed the owners' decision to move the operation into the spacious village church to comply with coronavirus rules was paying off. The reservation book was full and the kitchen was bustling.

Finland shocked by therapy center hacking, client blackmail

HELSINKI (AP) — Finland’s interior minister summoned key Cabinet members into an emergency meeting Sunday after hundreds - with possibly information compromised from additional tens of thousands - of patient records at a private Finnish psychotherapy center were accessed by a hacker or hackers who are seeking ransom from clients.

Pence to keep up travel despite contact with infected aides

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence plans to maintain an aggressive campaign schedule this week despite an apparent outbreak of the coronavirus among his senior aides, the White House says.

Election could stoke US marijuana market, sway Congress

Voters in four states from different regions of the country could embrace broad legal marijuana sales on Election Day, and a sweep would highlight how public acceptance of cannabis is cutting across geography, demographics and the nation’s deep political divide.

Surging coronavirus colors White House race in closing days

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — President Donald Trump assured supporters packed shoulder to shoulder at a trio of rallies Saturday that “we’re rounding the turn” on the coronavirus and mocked challenger Joe Biden for raising alarms about the pandemic, despite surging cases around the country and more positive infections at the White House.

GOP asks Supreme Court again to block PA ballot extension

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania Republican Party is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to speedily take up its case to block counties in the presidential battleground state from counting mailed-in ballots received up to three days after the Nov. 3 election.

Eyes turn to Texas as early voting surge surpasses 2016

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas has already cast nearly 7 million votes, more than anywhere in America, and Glen Murdoch couldn’t get his ballot in fast enough after becoming a U.S. citizen this summer.

Murkowski's nod gives Barrett extra boost for Supreme Court

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett won crucial backing Saturday when one of the last Republican holdouts against filling the seat during an election season announced support for President Donald Trump's pick ahead of a confirmation vote expected Monday.

Reid says Biden should end Senate filibuster after 3 weeks

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Senate leader Harry Reid says if Democrats win the presidency and the Senate, Joe Biden should take “no more than three weeks” to test bipartisanship before ending the filibuster so Democrats can overcome what they call Republican obstruction and pass bills.

In-person early voting begins across New York

NEW YORK (AP) — In-person voting in the presidential election began across New York state with long lines building as polling stations were flooded Saturday with people who simply couldn't wait another moment to cast a ballot.

Barr-Hicks race continues district's battleground reputation

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's 6th District has lived up to its reputation as a political battleground with the current slugfest between Republican U.S. Rep. Andy Barr and Democratic challenger Josh Hicks.

Candidate vies to be NH's only Black sheriff, urges reforms

When he started his campaign, Mark Brave heard from some voters that police reforms and tackling racial injustice shouldn't be a priority in New Hampshire. What's the point, they say, in a mostly white state that has no headline-making cases about Black people dying at the hands of police?

Decision that 'undermined' Gov. Whitmer spices up court race

DETROIT (AP) — A decision that torpedoed Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's emergency orders during the coronavirus pandemic has led to calls for political payback in the election for two seats on the Michigan Supreme Court.

Democrats Liias, Heck seek lieutenant governor's office

SEATTLE (AP) — The office of the Washington lieutenant governor is obscure enough that when its current occupant decamped to California to train as a Jesuit priest, the public didn’t notice.

Maine's historic ranked vote could play big role in election

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The presence of ranked choice voting on the ballot in Maine is a new wrinkle in a state famous for its own Yankee brand of political independence, and could play a role in deciding the presidency.

Democrats aiming for seat in longtime Indiana GOP stronghold

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The suburbs clustered across the north side of Indianapolis have been a treasure trove of Republican votes for decades, reliably supporting the party’s state and congressional candidates by wide margins.

Democrats hope to ride spending wave to state House majority

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — National political winds, strong fundraising and heavy spending by outside groups are fueling Pennsylvania Democrats' hopes that they can pick up the nine seats they need to retake control of the state House of Representatives after a decade in the minority.

Voter advocates hoping to stave off intimidation at polls

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Voting rights advocates and state officials are on high alert over fears that U.S. polling stations could attract the same strain of partisan violence and civil unrest that erupted on American streets this year, fueled by a deadly pandemic, outrage over police brutality and one of the most contentious elections ever.

Four years in, Trump has plenty of unfinished business

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump swept into office nearly four years ago as an outsider who promised to get things done quickly on behalf of the American people through sheer force of will and unrivaled knowledge about the art of the deal.