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In SC primary, ardent Trump backer defeats Rep. Mark Sanford
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In SC primary, ardent Trump backer defeats Rep. Mark Sanford

By THOMAS BEAUMONT and CHRISTINA L. MYERS, Associated Press COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Rep. Mark Sanford, a vocal critic of President Donald Trump, lost his South Carolina congressional seat hours after the president injected himself into the bitter Republican primary by stoking memories of the incumbent’s public extramarital affair several years ago. In the most dramatic...

Trade proposal hits Senate roadblock in win for Trump
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Trade proposal hits Senate roadblock in win for Trump

By KEVIN FREKING, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee hit a roadblock Tuesday in his attempt to get a vote on trade legislation that would require congressional approval of tariffs imposed in the name of national security. Corker sought to attach his proposal to must-pass defense legislation now before the Senate,...

Alabama town bans media, out-of-towners from meetings
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Alabama town bans media, out-of-towners from meetings

PAINT ROCK, Ala. (AP) — A tiny Alabama town is trying to ban the media and out-of-towners from its council meetings. The Jackson County Sentinel reported that the town of Paint Rock issued written rules earlier this year that prohibit media members and non-residents from attending Town Council meetings without prior approval of the members....

Trump, Kim claim big summit success, but details are scant
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Trump, Kim claim big summit success, but details are scant

By ZEKE MILLER, CATHERINE LUCEY, JOSH LEDERMAN and FOSTER KLUG, Associated Press SINGAPORE (AP) — Claiming success at their whirlwind summit, President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un left Singapore Tuesday, praising their face-to-face progress toward ridding the Korean Peninsula of nuclear weapons. Yet Trump faced pointed questions at home about whether he...

Democrats test liberal messages in midterm House elections
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Democrats test liberal messages in midterm House elections

By BILL BARROW and THOMAS BEAUMONT, Associated Press A single-payer health care advocate in South Texas. A gun restriction supporter in Dallas. Cheerleaders in Arkansas and Iowa for public option health care. Weeks into the primary season, with five more states voting Tuesday, Democrats’ midterm class is shaping up to test what liberal messages the party...

Supreme Court allows Ohio, other state voter purges
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Supreme Court allows Ohio, other state voter purges

By MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — States can target people who haven’t cast ballots in a while in efforts to purge their voting rolls, the Supreme Court ruled Monday in a case that has drawn wide attention amid stark partisan divisions and the approach of the 2018 elections. By a 5-4 vote that split...

Director of Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama retiring
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Director of Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama retiring

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — The director of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama is retiring. Marshall officials say Todd May announced his retirement to employees at the Huntsville facility on Monday. It takes effect July 27. A statement from Rep. Mo Brooks of Huntsville says May is being replaced on an acting basis by...