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Hillary Clinton thunders to big win over Bernie Sanders in South Carolina

Hillary Clinton hoped to win and win big Saturday in South Carolina’s Democratic presidential primary while rival Bernie Sanders, expecting defeat, abandoned the state and looked ahead to a strong showing on Super Tuesday.

Clinton vs. Sanders in one word: Wal-Mart

Much separates Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton as they battle for the Democratic nomination. But few issues show the contrast better than their relationship with Wal-Mart Stores Inc., America’s biggest private employer.

Democrats voting in South Carolina primary

The spotlight for Democrats’ race for the White House is on South Carolina, one week after Hillary Clinton beat Bernie Sanders in Nevada. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Clinton is looking to reverse the results of 2008, when Barack Obama captured 55 percent of the vote over her 27 percent. That year, about 23 percent of registered voters cast ballots in the Democrats’ presidential primary. More than half of them were minorities. African-Americans make up about 28 percent of South Carolina’s nearly 3 million registered voters, while young people ages 18 to 24 account for 8 percent, according to the state Election Commission.

Trump says he ‘can’t’ release his tax returns. IRS doesn’t see why not.

Donald Trump says he would like to release his tax returns to the public, but just can’t. The Internal Revenue Service and tax experts, though, say he can.

Christie endorses Trump for president

WASHINGTON – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie had better be hungry: He’s got a lot of harsh words to eat about Donald Trump now that he’s endorsed the billionaire. Trump, in turn, has some tough things about Christie to start walking back now that the two men are suddenly allies instead of antagonists in the Republican presidential race.

President Obama: Deniers of economic gains aren’t telling the truth

President Barack Obama on Friday pushed back against relentless Republican criticism of his economic leadership, saying his policies are paying off in “big tangible ways” and anyone who doesn’t acknowledge that is “not telling the truth.”

Mexicans back ex-President Fox in vulgar spat with Trump

Mexicans are backing former President Vicente Fox in his verbal spat with Donald Trump after Fox called the Republican front-runner “crazy” and a “false prophet” and Trump replied that Fox ought to be “ashamed of himself” for using a profanity.

Campaign notebook: Trump attacks newspapers; Rubio attacks Trump

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump says that if he’s elected president, American newspapers should watch out.

Debate Takeaways: Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz aggressively take on Donald Trump

HOUSTON – It was the final opportunity for Donald Trump’s opponents to change the trajectory of the Republican presidential race before Super Tuesday, and they made the most of it. The billionaire businessman was positioned at center stage on Thursday night at the GOP debate in Texas as the undisputed front-runner for his party’s nomination, having won three consecutive primary contests.

Debate brawl: Rubio and Cruz go hard after Trump

HOUSTON – Brawling from the get-go, a fiery Marco Rubio went hard after Donald Trump in Thursday night’s Republican debate, lacerating the front-runner’s position on immigration, his privileged background, his speaking style and more. Ted Cruz piled on, too, questioning the front-runner’s conservative credentials, as the two senators tag-teamed Trump in a debate that reflected the increasing urgency of their effort to take down the billionaire businessman before he becomes unstoppable. It was a rare night where the bombastic Trump found himself on the defensive.

AP Fact Check: Donald Trump objects to cursing

A look at political claims that take shortcuts with the facts or don’t tell the full story from the Republican presidential debate Thursday night in Houston.

Melania Trump: Small-town Slovenian roots, big dreams

Melania Trump has seen more of the world than most people – a journey propelled by her own big dreams concocted as a young girl growing up under Communism.

Hillary Clinton emphasizing gun laws ahead of South Carolina primary

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. – Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton had South Carolina mostly to herself two days before the first-in-the-South primary, and she tried to used it to capitalize on her advantage over Bernie Sanders with black voters.

Graham calls Trump a ‘nut job’ who likely wins GOP nomination

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, who unsuccessfully sought his party’s presidential nomination, on Thursday called Donald Trump a “nut job” who likely will win the GOP nod, but lose in November’s general election.

Will GOP debate slow Trump on the way to Super Tuesday?

Republicans opposed to the rise of businessman Donald Trump said Thursday night’s GOP debate should be used as a moment for his remaining opponents to slow his political momentum.

In Chicago, Bernie Sanders found his place in civil rights movement

CHICAGO – Bernie Sanders was in his first year at the University of Chicago, 20 and with a thick New York accent, when he took to the steps of the administration building to rail against a university policy of racially segregated housing.

A grudging acceptance of Trump for some turned-off GOP voters

MIDLOTHIAN, Va. – Sheila Covert is worried about Donald Trump. A loyal Republican voter from swing state Virginia, Covert calls the businessman “bombastic” and says there’s “just no substance” in his boastful campaign rhetoric.

Primary competitors pin hopes on Super Tuesday states

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Republicans are barreling toward Super Tuesday with another debate in the offing and Donald Trump’s opponents reaching for perhaps their last best chance to knock him off stride for the presidential nomination. Expect a nasty turn, Trump warned, as if the roiling GOP race were anything but that already.

Dems: Denney has agreed to change billboards, under threat of legal action

The Idaho Democratic Party announced late this afternoon that Secretary of State Lawerence Denney has agreed to make changes to 22 billboards posted statewide to advertise the upcoming March 8 GOP and Constitution Party presidential primary election, in response to the Dems’ complaint and threat…

Idaho Gov. Otter endorses Kasich for president, joins campaign

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has endorsed Ohio Gov. John Kasich for president and joined Kasich’s campaign as a national co-chair.