No winner yet in Maine House race as counting continues

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - The counting continues in the first U.S. House race to be determined by a ranked balloting system, while a decision looms on a lawsuit designed to stop it.

A federal judge said he aims to weigh in Thursday on a lawsuit joined by Republican U.S. Rep. ...

Seeking a 2020 comeback, House GOP elects McCarthy as leader

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican Rep. Kevin McCarthy easily won an internal party election to take over the shrunken House GOP caucus, handing the seven-term Californian a familiar role of building the party back to a majority as well as protecting President Donald Trump's agenda.

With Speaker Paul Ryan retiring and ...

GOP senator should explain ‘hanging’ remark, challenger says

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A white Republican U.S. senator from Mississippi needs to fully explain her comment about a "public hanging," her black Democratic challenger says.

Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith made the remark in a video that surfaced Sunday. She praised a cattle rancher at a Nov. 2 campaign event ...

Gov’s race: Dems doubt Kemp’s claim of ‘insurmountable lead

ATLANTA (AP) - As Democrats ratcheted up their attacks on Georgia Republican Brian Kemp, he claimed Wednesday that results certified by county election officials confirm he has an "insurmountable lead" in the governor's race.

At a news conference, Georgia Democrats cast doubt on the legitimacy of any election count that ...

Migrants fill Tijuana shelters, more on way to US border

TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) - The first members of a caravan of Central Americans to reach the U.S. border slept in overcrowded shelters and in tents with a view of armed U.S. Border Patrol agents, with many saying they will wait for other migrants to join them before making their next ...

NeverTrump’s Billionaire Leftist Benefactors

Julie Kelly, American Greatness
Just hours after Jeff Sessions resigned as attorney general last Wednesday at the president’s behest, #TheResistance found its newest target for destruction: Sessions’ interim replacement, Matthew Whitaker.

Acosta and the Intern: A Media Double Standard?

Kalev Leetaru, RealClearPolitics
The story of a powerful older man physically interfering with a young female intern trying to do her job sounds like it was tailor-made for an era focused on gender and power dynamics. But not when Donald J. Trump is involved.

Matthew Whitaker appointment legal, Justice Department says

Matthew Whitaker's appointment to be acting attorney general is not only legal, but it's also similar to moves made by the Obama and Bush administrations, the Justice Department's office of legal counsel said Wednesday, mounting a firm defense of President Trump's pick.

The office, which serves as the government's chief ...

Mitch McConnell, Kevin McCarthy to lead Republicans in Congress

House and Senate Republicans elected their leaders for the next Congress on Wednesday, largely sticking with the same team that led them to disappointing results in last week's midterm elections.

Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California will lead Republicans in the minority in the House after his party ceded dozens of ...

Michael Avenatti event canceled by Vermont Democratic Party

On the day porn-star attorney Michael Avenatti was arrested on domestic-violence charges, some Democratic officials began to get queasy about the 2020 presidential campaign he is pondering.

The Vermont Democratic Party had two events planned for this weekend with the anti-Trump lawyer, one each in Burlington and White River Junction.

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FIFA boss says he doesn’t know why prosecutor was suspended

MIAMI (AP) - FIFA President Gianni Infantino says he doesn't know why the lead investigator into corruption within the organization was suspended from that role.

Infantino was a childhood friend of the prosecutor, Olivier Thormann. The FIFA president said he had no contact with Thormann that might have led to ...

The Latest: Trump could return to Mississippi for senator

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Latest on a U.S. Senate special election runoff in Mississippi (all times local):

6:20 p.m.

President Donald Trump might return to Mississippi to campaign for a Republican U.S. senator who's facing a Democrat in a runoff.

The White House is looking at holding a rally ...

Republican Love cuts challenger’s lead in tight House race

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah Republican Rep. Mia Love continued to cut into her Democratic challenger's lead Wednesday, more than a week after Election Day.

Earlier in the day her campaign sued to halt the vote count.

Love made up ground on Wednesday, slicing Democrat Ben McAdams' lead to ...