Democratic Party

WASHINGTON | Democrat Elizabeth Warren plans to forgo big-money donors

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren says she will forgo the chase for campaign money from the biggest donors in her quest for her party’s nomination for president. In an email to supporters on Monday, Warren, of Massachusetts, acknowledged that “this decision will ensure that I will be outraised by other candidates in this … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Democrat Elizabeth Warren plans to forgo big-money donors

MOSCOW | Russian official offers to unveil correspondence with US

MOSCOW — A top official at Russia’s cybersecurity agency has offered to publish its communications with American counterparts during the 2016 U.S. election campaign. Nikolai Murashov, a deputy head of the Russian National Coordinating Center for Computer Incidents, said Tuesday that the first U.S. official request regarding the hacking into the Democratic National Committee came … Continue reading MOSCOW | Russian official offers to unveil correspondence with US

CAMBRIDGE, Mass | Freshman Democrats in Congress ready to use new-won power

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Incoming members of the Democratic Party’s new U.S. House majority say they’re ready to turn the energy of their campaigns into real power on Capitol Hill. Rep.-elects Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and a handful of other liberal-leaning incoming Democrats used an orientation event for freshman lawmakers Tuesday … Continue reading CAMBRIDGE, Mass | Freshman Democrats in Congress ready to use new-won power

WASHINGTON | Avenatti rules out 2020 run

WASHINGTON— Michael Avenatti says he will not be mounting a 2020 presidential run. Avenatti, the attorney for adult film star Stormy Daniels and a vocal Trump critic, says in a tweeted statement that he made the decision at the urging of his family and if not for their concerns he would run. Avenatti had been … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Avenatti rules out 2020 run

LAS VEGAS | Reid machine keeps humming in Nevada, even in his retirement

LAS VEGAS — Harry Reid may no longer lead Senate Democrats in Washington, but the political machine he built in Nevada has Republicans on the run. Democrats romped up and down the state in the Nov. 6 midterm elections, ousting Republican Sen. Dean Heller, winning races for governor and lieutenant governor, and expanding their state … Continue reading LAS VEGAS | Reid machine keeps humming in Nevada, even in his retirement

WASHINGTON | Pelosi sees vocal opposition to her return as House speaker

WASHINGTON  — If it was up to most of the Democratic Party, Nancy Pelosi would be the obvious choice to become speaker of the House. But within the ranks of the chamber’s Democratic majority, there’s a small but persistent group pushing to topple her return as the first woman with the gavel. Pelosi appears be … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Pelosi sees vocal opposition to her return as House speaker

WASHINGTON | Dem power players want Pelosi but centrists push back

WASHINGTON — If it was up to most of the Democratic Party, Nancy Pelosi would be the obvious choice to become speaker of the House. But within the ranks of the chamber’s Democratic majority, there’s a small but persistent group pushing to topple her return as the first woman with the gavel. Pelosi appears be … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Dem power players want Pelosi but centrists push back

WASHINGTON | Divisive Trump era ushers record number of women into House

WASHINGTON — A record number of women were elected to the House on Tuesday, nearly two years after women spilled out into the streets of Washington and in cities across the country in defiance of the inauguration of President Donald Trump. The incoming class of lawmakers could have a stark impact on politics in the … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Divisive Trump era ushers record number of women into House

ATLANTA | Democrat: GOP gov candidate blaming others for security flaw

ATLANTA — Georgia’s online voter database morphed into a last-minute curveball in one of the nation’s hottest governor’s races, with Republican nominee Brian Kemp making a hacking allegation against Democrats just as reports emerged of a gaping vulnerability in a system that Kemp controls as secretary of state. An attorney for election-security advocates suing Kemp … Continue reading ATLANTA | Democrat: GOP gov candidate blaming others for security flaw

Alaska | Candidates trade barbs in race for sole House seat in Alaska

ANCHORAGE, Alaska— Independent Alyse Galvin says her 85-year-old, Republican opponent is no longer an effective advocate for the sole U.S. House district in Alaska. Incumbent Don Young counters by touting his 45 years in the House — the longest current tenure among members — as a boon for Alaska. He calls Galvin inexperienced and claims … Continue reading Alaska | Candidates trade barbs in race for sole House seat in Alaska

PHOENIX | The Latest: Trump blaming Democrats for immigration problem

PHOENIX — The Latest on President Donald Trump‘s three-day campaign trip out West (all times local): 7:55 p.m. President Donald Trump has pounded Democrats at a rally in Mesa Arizona, saying they are to blame for America’s immigration problems. He says the new platform of the Democratic Party is “Radical socialism and open borders.” Trump … Continue reading PHOENIX | The Latest: Trump blaming Democrats for immigration problem

JERUSALEM | Poll finds Trump’s pro-Israel stance does not sway US Jews

JERUSALEM  — President Donald Trump‘s pro-Israel positions have not garnered him support from American Jewish voters, according to a new survey. The poll found that 74 percent of Jews planned to vote for Democratic candidates in November’s midterm elections. The figure corresponds with similar voting patterns in past elections. Overall, 75 percent of American Jews … Continue reading JERUSALEM | Poll finds Trump’s pro-Israel stance does not sway US Jews

NEW YORK | Bloomberg mulling a run for president as a Democrat

NEW YORK — Billionaire and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is actively thinking of running for president in 2020 as a Democrat. “It’s impossible to conceive that I could run as a Republican – things like choice, so many of the issues, I’m just way away from where the Republican Party is today,” … Continue reading NEW YORK | Bloomberg mulling a run for president as a Democrat

ATLANTA | Jimmy Carter cautions Democrats not to scare off moderates

ATLANTA — Former President Jimmy Carter sees little hope for the U.S. to change its human rights and environmental policies as long as Donald Trump is in the White House, but he has a warning for his fellow Democrats looking to oust the current administration: Don’t go too far to the left. “Independents need to … Continue reading ATLANTA | Jimmy Carter cautions Democrats not to scare off moderates

ALBANY, N.Y. | Nixon slams mailer questioning her support for Jewish people

ALBANY, N.Y.  — Cynthia Nixon‘s campaign cried foul on Monday over a pro-Andrew Cuomo mailer paid for by the Democratic Party that questions her support for Jewish people, with the candidate calling on the governor to apologize to New Yorkers. Nixon, who has two children being raised in the Jewish faith, called the mailer “dirty, … Continue reading ALBANY, N.Y. | Nixon slams mailer questioning her support for Jewish people

BAGHDAD | Kurdish media says at least 9 killed in attack in north Iraq

BAGHDAD — An attack Saturday on a Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan base in Iraq killed at least nine people and wounded more than 30, Kurdish media reported, with officials immediately blaming Iran for the assault. Iranian state media did not immediately acknowledge the attack in Koya, some 300 kilometers (185 miles) north of Baghdad. … Continue reading BAGHDAD | Kurdish media says at least 9 killed in attack in north Iraq

DOVER, Del. | Newcomer seeks to defeat senior senator in Delaware primary

DOVER, Del.  — An upstart challenger riding an antiestablishment wave within the Democratic Party is hoping to unseat Delaware’s senior senator in the state’s primary election Thursday. Sen. Tom Carper, 71, has never lost a race in more than four decades in politics, but political newcomer and community activist Kerri Evelyn Harris, 38, is hoping … Continue reading DOVER, Del. | Newcomer seeks to defeat senior senator in Delaware primary

BOSTON | Democratic Party transforming as it searches for leaders

BOSTON — When Ayanna Pressley topped a 10-term congressman in a Massachusetts district once represented by John Fitzgerald Kennedy, she became the latest face of a burgeoning movement of the grassroots left. “This is a fight for the soul of our party and the future of our democracy,” Pressley said. That movement is reshaping a … Continue reading BOSTON | Democratic Party transforming as it searches for leaders

WASHINGTON | Inside the makeover of the Democratic Party

WASHINGTON  — Democrats are looking to win in November with a group of candidates that will make the party younger, more diverse and more liberal. It’s the result of anti-Trump activists and grassroots activists on the left, and the goal is to expand the electorate to bring in new voters who don’t typically cast midterm … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Inside the makeover of the Democratic Party

BOSTON | In House race, a Mass. progressive upstart defeats incumbent

BOSTON  — In a political stunner, incumbent Democratic U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano lost Tuesday’s primary to Ayanna Pressley, a Boston city councilor who is virtually assured of becoming the first black woman to serve Massachusetts in Congress. The 44-year-old’s upset over a 10-term incumbent congressman underscores the shift underway in a Democratic Party whose base … Continue reading BOSTON | In House race, a Mass. progressive upstart defeats incumbent

Kurdistan News: Secretary Pompeo’s Call With Masud Barzan

Kurdistan – The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert: ‎ Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke yesterday with Masud Barzani, former President of the Kurdistan Region and head of the Kurdistan Democratic Party, to discuss political developments in Iraq and the broader region. He stressed that formation of a new Iraqi government is … Continue reading Kurdistan News: Secretary Pompeo’s Call With Masud Barzan

CHICAGO | APNewsBreak: DNC, TV networks discuss presidential debates

CHICAGO  — The Democratic Party has begun conversations with television networks about a series of presidential primary debates in 2019, a top party official has told The Associated Press. The talks are “in the very early stages,” according to the official, who was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of … Continue reading CHICAGO | APNewsBreak: DNC, TV networks discuss presidential debates

THESSALONIKI, Greece | Former Turkish lawmaker seeks political asylum in Greece

THESSALONIKI, Greece— A pro-Kurdish former lawmaker convicted of insulting Turkey’s president has requested asylum in Greece after illegally crossing the border, Greek authorities said Friday. A police official said Turkish citizen Leyla Birlik, 44, surrendered to Greek police Wednesday near the northeastern town of Alexandroupolis, and was in the process of requesting asylum in Greece. … Continue reading THESSALONIKI, Greece | Former Turkish lawmaker seeks political asylum in Greece

THESSALONIKI, Greece | Former Turkish lawmaker seeking political asylum in Greece

THESSALONIKI, Greece — Greek authorities say a pro-Kurdish former lawmaker convicted of insulting Turkey’s president is requesting asylum in Greece after illegally crossing the border. A police official said Turkish national Leyla Birlik, 44, surrendered to Greek police Thursday near the northeastern town of Alexandroupolis, and was in the process of requesting asylum in Greece. … Continue reading THESSALONIKI, Greece | Former Turkish lawmaker seeking political asylum in Greece

WASHINGTON | Democrats avoid abuse allegations against party leader

WASHINGTON— The head of the Democratic Party insisted Wednesday that allegations of domestic abuse against his second-in-command would not hurt his party ahead of this fall’s midterm elections. Yet four days after the first public accusation of physical and emotional abuse emerged against Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison, other would-be allies across the nation were far … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Democrats avoid abuse allegations against party leader

Late cloud over Ellison bid for Minnesota attorney general

MINNEAPOLIS  — Rep. Keith Ellison, the deputy chairman of the Democratic National Committee and first Muslim elected to Congress, sought his party’s nomination Tuesday for Minnesota attorney general in a race clouded in the final days by an ex-girlfriend’s allegation of domestic abuse. The allegation surfaced the weekend before Tuesday’s primary when the son of … Continue reading Late cloud over Ellison bid for Minnesota attorney general

BUCHAREST, Romania | Romanians stage anti-government protest for 3rd evening

BUCHAREST, Romania — Thousands of Romanians have gathered for the third consecutive evening to demand the resignation of the government. Protesters waving Romanian, NATO and European Union flags assembled Sunday evening in a square outside the government offices, where clashes with riot police left more than 500 seeking medical treatment two nights before. Protesters shouted … Continue reading BUCHAREST, Romania | Romanians stage anti-government protest for 3rd evening

HONOLULU | Winners of Hawaii’s Democratic primaries favored in November

HONOLULU  — The winners of most of the Democratic Party’s primary races in Hawaii this weekend will be the favorites to win the general election in November. The most hotly contested matches in this deep blue state on Saturday are for governor and the state’s 1st Congressional District. U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa is challenging one-term … Continue reading HONOLULU | Winners of Hawaii’s Democratic primaries favored in November

CLEAR LAKE, Iowa | In Iowa, Stormy Daniels’ lawyer says Democrats must fight

CLEAR LAKE, Iowa — Michael Avenatti, the self-styled provocateur taking on the president for porn actress Stormy Daniels, told Iowa Democrats Friday that the party needs a bare-knuckle fighter to take back the White House — and he’s considering formally casting himself in the role. In a political scene unthinkable just months ago, Avenatti was … Continue reading CLEAR LAKE, Iowa | In Iowa, Stormy Daniels’ lawyer says Democrats must fight