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NEW YORK — The number of Pennsylvania Republicans running for governor and U.S. Senate just keeps growing, with primaries less than six months away, but candidates in those races are rebranding the crowd as a good sign. GOP ambitions are soaring, those Republicans said during the gathering of Pennsylvania Society in Manhattan this weekend, because the party is in strong position to win both ...

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Bob Dole, a son of the Kansas Dust Bowl who survived a crippling barrage of Nazi fire on an Italian hillside to lead his party in the U.S. Senate, but who fell short of his highest ambition, the presidency, died Sunday. He was 98. Proud, uncommonly driven and possessed of a dark, self-effacing wit, Dole went to Washington a rock-hard Great Plains conservative but evolved ...

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CHICAGO — Republicans running for Illinois governor are using the increase in violent crime in an effort to reach suburban voters critical in deciding a statewide election and recapture a region of the state the GOP controlled for decades. With Cook County reporting on Tuesday its 1,000th homicide of the year, a level not seen since 1994, the GOP candidates’ rhetoric has shifted from criticism ...

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WASHINGTON — With his colleagues ready to proceed, Florida Republican Marco Rubio scuttled floor consideration of the Senate’s version of the annual defense policy bill this week, costing his own party a chance to get Democrats on the record on key priorities. The bill’s managers had struck a deal to hold 24 amendment votes, on topics ranging from vaccine mandates to a proposed requirement ...

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WASHINGTON — Michigan Republican U.S. Rep. Fred Upton sought out his colleague, Rep. Ilhan Omar, on the House floor this week to express solidarity after they both received "nasty" death threats in recent weeks, he said. Upton noted it was the first time he'd ever spoken to Omar, a Democrat from Minnesota who is often the target of other Republicans in Upton's conference. "I said, 'I don't ...

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CHARLESTON, S.C. — South Carolina's Republican presidential primary flickered to life Thursday night when former Gov. Nikki Haley took the stage in Charleston, where she addressed a room full of GOP voters who, at times, struggled to hide their own hopes about her political future. One man jumped to his feet at the end of Haley's 25-minute speech. "That is our next president of the United ...

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PHILADELPHIA — In the days since the new omicron variant of the coronavirus was identified, scientists and doctors worldwide have gone into overdrive to research the variant. At the same time, they've also had to scramble to do something else: Explain to the public that it'll take time until they know how much of a threat omicron could pose — and fight the confusion, misconceptions, and ...

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(The Center Square) – Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed legislation that would have allowed residents to carry a concealed firearm without a license, claiming the measure would exacerbate gun violence in the commonwealth.