election news 2019

Algeria’s president abandons bid for 5th term amid protests

ALGIERS, Algeria(AP)— Algeria’s president of two decades abandoned his bid for a fifth term Monday following unprecedented protests over his fitness for office, but his simultaneous postponement of an election set for next month had critics worried he intends to hold on to power. President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who has rarely been seen in public since … Continue reading Algeria’s president abandons bid for 5th term amid protests

Trump says Michael Cohen lied about not requesting a pardon

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump declared Friday that he rejected a personal appeal from his former lawyer Michael Cohen for a pardon, the strongest assertion yet that Cohen may have lied under oath. Trump tweeted his claim after days of swirling questions about Cohen over the issue of pardons. It has emerged as a key … Continue reading Trump says Michael Cohen lied about not requesting a pardon

Nevada Democrats propose early voting for 2020 caucuses

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada Democrats are proposing changes to their presidential caucus that could dramatically alter the way candidates compete in the state, opening the process to an early-vote and virtual participation. The proposal would expand a single day of caucuses around the state to add four days of early caucuses and two days … Continue reading Nevada Democrats propose early voting for 2020 caucuses

Democrats say no upcoming presidential debates on Fox News

NEW YORK  (AP) — The Democratic National Committee says it won’t pick Fox News to televise one of the upcoming debates being held for its 2020 presidential contenders. The party chairman, Tom Perez, says he’s concluded that the network isn’t in a position to host a fair and neutral debate. He’s citing a New Yorker magazine … Continue reading Democrats say no upcoming presidential debates on Fox News

Aide: US hasn’t used phone data collection program in months

WASHINGTON(AP) — A secret U.S. surveillance program that was revealed to the public by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden has been at least temporarily halted, according to a senior congressional aide. The NSA program, which involved the mass collection of information about phone calls, has not been used over the past six months, the … Continue reading Aide: US hasn’t used phone data collection program in months

Ex-NYC Mayor Bloomberg won’t run for president in 2020

Michael Bloomberg is not running for president. The 77-year-old former New York City mayor, one of the richest men in the world, announced his decision not to join the crowded Democratic field in a Bloomberg News editorial on Tuesday. “I know we can do better as a country. And I believe I would defeat Donald … Continue reading Ex-NYC Mayor Bloomberg won’t run for president in 2020

Inslee eyes national climate fight, has struggled at home

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP)— Washington Gov. Jay Inslee kicked off his presidential campaign with a call for making the fight against climate change the nation’s “first, foremost and paramount duty,” and the former Democratic congressman says his long history as an advocate for the environment sets him apart from other candidates. “This is a compelling passion … Continue reading Inslee eyes national climate fight, has struggled at home

Spielberg’s push against Netflix at the Oscars hits a nerve

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When Steven Spielberg speaks about the business of Hollywood, everyone generally listens and few dissent. But reports that he intends to support rule changes that could block Netflix from Oscars-eligibility have provoked a heated, and unwieldy, debate online this weekend. It has found the legendary filmmaker at odds with some industry … Continue reading Spielberg’s push against Netflix at the Oscars hits a nerve

Cohen threatened Trump’s schools not to share grades, scores

FEBRUARY 27, 2019 (STL.News) The former personal lawyer for President Donald Trump says he threatened legal action against schools Trump attended if they released Trump’s grades or SAT scores. Michael Cohen said Trump instructed him to make the threats leading up to the 2016 presidential election. Cohen revealed details about the threats in testimony on … Continue reading Cohen threatened Trump’s schools not to share grades, scores

What to Watch: Cohen’s testimony could deal damage to Trump

WASHINGTON / FEBRUARY 27, 2019 (STL.News) There’ll be much talk of a “rat,” hush money for onetime paramours and the 2016 presidential campaign. But did President Donald Trump break the law? That’s the key question Michael Cohen will be expected to answer with documents on Wednesday during a Capitol Hill drama that sounds more like a … Continue reading What to Watch: Cohen’s testimony could deal damage to Trump

Cohen says Trump knew about WikiLeaks email dump beforehand

WASHINGTON / FEBRUARY 27, 2019 (STL.News) President Donald Trump‘s former personal lawyer is planning to tell a House committee that Trump knew ahead of time that WikiLeaks had emails damaging to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and that Trump is a “racist,” a “conman” and a “cheat.” Michael Cohen suggests in prepared testimony obtained by The Associated … Continue reading Cohen says Trump knew about WikiLeaks email dump beforehand

Joe Biden: ‘Don’t be surprised’ if I run for president

Former Vice President Joe Biden strongly signaled Tuesday that he could soon launch a campaign for the 2020 Democratic nomination. “I haven’t made the final decision,” he said, “but don’t be surprised.” During an appearance at the University of Delaware, Biden still gave himself room to decide against a run. But his comments offered the … Continue reading Joe Biden: ‘Don’t be surprised’ if I run for president

Governors eyeing White House may struggle to raise money

WASHINGTON / FEBRUARY 26, 2019 (STL.News) Democrats hoping to use the governor’s mansion to launch a campaign for the White House are likely to run into a major hurdle: money, or rather, a lack thereof. Of the current and former governors who are considering a presidential campaign, including Jay Inslee of Washington, Steve Bullock of … Continue reading Governors eyeing White House may struggle to raise money

Key Sanders 2016 strategists won’t return for 2020 campaign

WASHINGTON / FEBRUARY 26, 2019 (STL.News) Three strategists who played key roles in Sen. Bernie Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign said Tuesday they will not join his 2020 White House bid, in the latest sign of how the campaign may look different this time around. Tad Devine, Julian Mulvey and Mark Longabaugh said they would not … Continue reading Key Sanders 2016 strategists won’t return for 2020 campaign

GOP candidate in disputed US House race not running again

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Republican candidate whose narrow lead in a North Carolina congressional race was thrown out because of suspicions of ballot fraud announced Tuesday he will not run in the newly ordered do-over election, saying he needs surgery late next month. The withdrawal of Mark Harris, a candidate hobbled by links to … Continue reading GOP candidate in disputed US House race not running again

Daley dynasty back on Chicago ballot in crowded mayoral race

CHICAGO (AP) — The son and brother of Daleys who each ruled Chicago for two decades was among 14 candidates jockeying Tuesday for a spot in an almost-certain mayoral runoff, a transitional election for a lakefront metropolis still struggling to shed its reputation for corruption, police brutality and street violence. Mayor Rahm Emanuel ‘s decision … Continue reading Daley dynasty back on Chicago ballot in crowded mayoral race

Russia’s ex-cyber security chief gets 22-year sentence

MOSCOW (AP) — A court in Moscow on Tuesday sentenced a senior Russian cyber intelligence official and an executive at a cybersecurity firm to lengthy prison sentences on treason charges. Moscow’s District Military Court, which has been hearing the top-secret case for nearly two years behind closed doors, sentenced Col. Sergei Mikhailov, former deputy head … Continue reading Russia’s ex-cyber security chief gets 22-year sentence

The Latest: Nigeria president’s camp claims he has won

KANO, Nigeria (AP) — The Latest on Nigeria’s election (all times local): 5:15 p.m. A spokesman for the campaign of Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari claims they have unofficial numbers showing the leader has won Saturday’s election and his supporters are preparing to celebrate later Tuesday. Babatunde Fashola, Cabinet minister for power and works and campaign … Continue reading The Latest: Nigeria president’s camp claims he has won

Ukraine’s ex-PM calls for president to be impeached

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine’s former prime minister has called for the president to be impeached over alleged high-level embezzlement amid an increasingly heated presidential race. Yulia Tymoshenko urged lawmakers Tuesday to initiate impeachment proceedings against President Petro Poroshenko following a media investigation detailing alleged embezzlement schemes in the nation’s military industries. Opinion polls have … Continue reading Ukraine’s ex-PM calls for president to be impeached

Nigerian president’s campaign says they have numbers to win

KANO, Nigeria (AP) — A spokesman for Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari‘s campaign asserted Tuesday they have unofficial numbers showing he has won a second term in Africa’s largest democracy. Babatunde Fashola, campaign director for election monitoring and Cabinet minister for power and works, told The Associated Press in an interview that they were preparing “for … Continue reading Nigerian president’s campaign says they have numbers to win

Nigerians start another day of waiting on election results

KANO, Nigeria (AP) — Radios and WhatsApp groups pinged to life on Tuesday as anxious Nigerians awaited a second day of state-by-state announcements of presidential election results in a race described as too close to call. President Muhammadu Buhari leads by more than 280,000 votes as he seeks a second term in Africa’s largest democracy, … Continue reading Nigerians start another day of waiting on election results

2020 Democratic hopefuls embrace new meaning of reparations

Several Democratic presidential candidates are embracing reparations for the descendants of slaves — but not in the traditional sense. Over the past week, Sen. Kamala Harris of California, Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro spoke of the need for the U.S. government to reckon with and make … Continue reading 2020 Democratic hopefuls embrace new meaning of reparations

As Nigeria counts votes, observers criticize delays in poll

KANO, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria’s electoral commission on Monday began announcing official results from the country’s 36 states as President Muhammadu Buhari seeks a second term, while observers criticized the weeklong delay in balloting that they said discouraged some voters from taking part. While African Union observers called the political climate “largely peaceful and conducive … Continue reading As Nigeria counts votes, observers criticize delays in poll

The Latest: Nigeria begins announcing presidential results

(AP) — The Latest on Nigeria’s election (all times local): 3:45 p.m. Nigeria’s electoral commission has begun announcing official presidential results from the country’s 36 states in a process that will take hours and could extend into Tuesday or beyond. President Muhammadu Buhari has won in the states of Ekiti, Osun and Kwara in the … Continue reading The Latest: Nigeria begins announcing presidential results

DAKAR, Senegal | Senegal president’s party say results show he won vote

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Senegal’s prime minister claims that incumbent president Macky Sall has won re-election, though the opposition rejects the assertion and says the vote should go to a runoff. Prime Minister Mahammed Boun Abdallah Dionne, who is from the ruling party, told reporters late Sunday that his unofficial results show that Sall had … Continue reading DAKAR, Senegal | Senegal president’s party say results show he won vote

CHISINAU, Moldova | Early results: no party secures majority in Moldova ballot

CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — Early results from Moldova’s parliamentary elections show no party has secured a majority, a result that could leave the former Soviet republic in limbo between pro-Western and pro-Russia forces. With about a fifth of Sunday’s votes counted, the broadly pro-Russia opposition Socialists have 31 percent, while the incumbent Democratic Party has … Continue reading CHISINAU, Moldova | Early results: no party secures majority in Moldova ballot

KANO, Nigeria | Some polling units still open in Nigeria, day after voting

KANO, Nigeria (AP) — Some polling stations remained open across Nigeria Sunday as votes were being counted in most of the country following Saturday’s presidential election that is widely seen as a tight race between the president and a former vice president. Although voting was peaceful in most areas of Nigeria Saturday, there were a … Continue reading KANO, Nigeria | Some polling units still open in Nigeria, day after voting

YOLA, Nigeria | In Nigeria vote, armed vigilantes work to keep the peace

YOLA, Nigeria (AP) — Thousands of civilian volunteers who call themselves the Vigilante Group of Nigeria have banded together to try stem the violence from Islamic extremists and other bandits who have turned parts of Nigeria’s north into a war zone. The self-defence group, which works closely with local authorities, is believed to have made … Continue reading YOLA, Nigeria | In Nigeria vote, armed vigilantes work to keep the peace

LAS VEGAS | Brown pledges to be most pro-union 2020 candidate if he runs

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Democrat Sherrod Brown brought a pro-worker message Saturday to Las Vegas casino workers who are members of what’s considered Nevada’s most powerful labor union, declaring that if he decides to run for president, he will be “the most pro-union candidate.” Brown, a U.S. senator from Ohio, said he’s going to make … Continue reading LAS VEGAS | Brown pledges to be most pro-union 2020 candidate if he runs