Tony Mendoza, California Democrat accused of sexual misconduct, resigns

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A California state senator accused of sexual misconduct resigned Thursday just ahead of a possible vote to expel him, delivering a scathing resignation letter that called the investigation process a farce.

Democratic Sen. Tony Mendoza of the Los Angeles area said he may still run for the ...

Shooting survivors endure new assault _ from online trolls

One student was teased about being a "brown, bald lesbian." Another was the target of conspiracy theorists who claimed he was really an actor. When a group of teens posed for a photo, they were accused of lapping up attention from the news cameras and "partying like rock stars."

Just ...

Donald Trump still against assault weapon ban

President Trump remains opposed to an assault weapon ban as he considers steps to prevent gun violence in schools, the White House said Thursday.

White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah noted Mr. Trump's opposition to bans on military-style, semi-automatic rifles when he ran for president in 2016. "That hasn't ...

Pence, at CPAC, rips media ‘fawning’ over Kim Jong Un’s sister

Vice President Pence fired back Thursday at the “fawning” media coverage of Kim Jong Un’s sister during their appearance at the opening ceremonies of the Olympic Winter Games, reminding reporters that she represents the “most oppressive regime on the planet.”

Nevada AG no longer featured speaker at NRA event

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Nevada state Attorney General and Republican gubernatorial candidate Adam Laxalt is no longer getting top billing as a speaker at a major National Rifle Association political event.

Laxalt's campaign spokesman, Andy Matthews, and NRA official Catherine Mortensen did not immediately respond Thursday to questions about whether ...

Ted Cruz: Teachers should be allowed to carry guns if they choose to

Sen. Ted Cruz on Thursday offered qualified support to calls for arming teachers in the wake of last week's Florida school shooting, saying it shouldn't be compulsory but that it would serve to make schools safer.

"I think it makes perfect sense that if teachers want to exercise their right ...

Democratic turnout in Texas up for nation’s first primary

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Democrats in Texas are early voting in bigger numbers ahead of the nation's first primary elections of the 2018 midterms.

Turnout figures released Thursday shows more Democrats casting ballots than Republicans since early voting began this week in the nation's biggest conservative state.

Turnout in Democratic ...

Widow disgusted by Indiana immigration ad featuring husband

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The widow of an Uber driver killed in a suspected drunken driving crash by a person in the U.S. illegally says a new political ad featuring her deceased husband has "devastated" the family.

Deb Monroe tells The Associated Press she wants Republican Indiana Senate candidate Mike Braun ...

Trump Suggests Pulling Immigration Officers Out of California

President Donald Trump suggested that he might consider removing federal immigration officers and Border Patrol agents from California because the state has done a "lousy management job" in helping federal agents to enforce immigration policy.

Could Armed Teachers Stop Shootings?

Carolyn Thompson, Associated Press
(AP) -- In the aftermath of yet another mass school shooting, President Donald Trump says that if one of the victims, a football coach, had been armed “he would have shot and that would have been the end of it.”

Far-right French politician to CPAC: ‘Vive le nationalisme’

“I am not offended when I hear President Donald Trump say America first,” said Marion Maréchal-Le Pen, the youngest member of France's far-right political dynasty. “I want Britain first for the British people, and I want France first for the French people.”

Maine ethics panel won’t investigate once-anonymous GOP site

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine ethics commissioners say they won't investigate a once-anonymous website owned by a state Republican official.

The Bangor Daily News reports the state's ethics commission voted 3-2 on Thursday against launching an investigation of a website that published articles Democrats said slandered their unsuccessful Lewiston mayoral ...