FILE -- Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) after speaking at TeaCon 2011 in Schaumburg, Ill., Oct. 1, 2011. Walsh, a conservative radio show host and former Republican congressman from Illinois, is expected to announce his candidacy for president as early as this weekend and present President Trump with a challenger from the right. (Peter Hoffman/The New York Times)

A former congressman and Tea Party Republican considers a challenge to Trump

Joe Walsh, a conservative radio show host and former Republican congressman from Illinois, is expected to announce he is running for president as early as this weekend.

FILE - In this Aug. 10, 2019, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Washington Gov. Jay Inslee speaks at the Presidential Gun Sense Forum in Des Moines, Iowa. Inslee, who made fighting climate change the central theme of his presidential campaign, announced Wednesday night, Aug. 21, that he is ending his bid for the 2020 Democratic nomination. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

Washington governor Jay Inslee says he’s ending presidential bid

Inslee, who made fighting climate change the central theme of his presidential campaign, announced Wednesday night that he is ending his bid for the 2020 Democratic nomination.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand listened to state Senator Tom Sherman at Amoskeag Health in Manchester, N.H., Tuesday.

For many presidential candidates, Election Day might as well be next week

While front-runners have secured their spots in next month’s Democratic debate, much of the rest of the field is going gangbusters — with national media and traditional campaigning in the early-nominating states — to meet the requirements to get on the stage.

President Trump offers himself as ‘the chosen one’

President Trump is known to have a healthy ego. But a string of comments Wednesday went to a higher level.

Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley in Boston in July.

New ‘Simpsons’ promo depicts Ayanna Pressley and the ‘Squad’ chasing Trump out of White House

“You’re Boris Johnson without the class,” a cartoon Representative Ayanna Pressley sings to Trump. “Can’t wait to see you behind prison glass.”

President Donald Trump speaks with reporters before departing on Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House, Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019, in Washington. Trump is headed to Kentucky. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Trump again says he is open to strengthening gun background checks

President Trump on Wednesday once again backed tighter background checks for gun purchases, but said he wants to be careful that closing what he calls “loopholes” doesn’t clear the way for more gun control.

President Donald Trump pauses while speaking with reporters before departing on Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House, Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019, in Washington. Trump is headed to Kentucky. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump calls comments by Denmark’s prime minister ‘nasty’

Mette Frederiksen called President Trump’s idea to buy Greenland ‘‘an absurd discussion’’ and said she was ‘‘disappointed and surprised’’ that he canceled his visit.

President Trump.

Trump administration plans to end time limits on immigrant child detention

The Department of Homeland Security is moving to end a long-standing federal court agreement that limits how long immigrant children can be kept in detention.

Which one’s Elizabeth Warren? Stephanie Oyen and the Massachusetts senator shook hands Monday night after a rally in Minnesota.

Elizabeth Warren met her doppelganger in Minnesota Monday night

Stephanie Oyen, a Minnesota resident, said she wore a blazer and glasses to the Monday night rally as a gag — but ended up being mistaken for the real Elizabeth Warren.

President Trump.

Trump says would be ‘appropriate’ for Russia to rejoin G-7

President Trump says it would be appropriate for Russia to be readmitted to a group of the world’s major industrial nations.

President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis in the Oval Office of the White House, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/)

Trump says China trade policies may have economic effect on US

President Trump acknowledged Tuesday his aggressive China trade policies may mean economic pain for Americans, and he said he’s considering a payroll tax cut or other measures.

President Trump

Fact check: No evidence Google ‘manipulated’ millions of votes for Clinton, as Trump claims

He appears to be referring to a disputed estimate given by Robert Epstein, a psychologist and former editor-in-chief at Psychology Today who says he supported and voted for Hillary Clinton.

Joe Biden.

With rivals heading to California, Biden sets sights on New Hampshire

Joe Biden is skipping the Democratic National Committee’s summer meeting to campaign in New Hampshire this week.

President Donald Trump speaks with reporters before boarding Air Force One at Morristown Municipal Airport in Morristown, N.J., Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019, en route to Andrews Air Force Base, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Trump can win re-election, but new polls show he’s right to worry

Donald Trump’s approval has averaged in the low 40s steadily through his presidency. Set against recent history, that’s a dangerous place to be.

Kellyanne Conway.

White House insists fundamentals of US economy ‘very strong’

It’s a phrase with a history. Republican John McCain was accused of being out of touch when he made a similar declaration during the 2008 presidential campaign just hours before investment bank Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy.

Elizabeth Warren.

Elizabeth Warren releases sweeping plan to overhaul criminal justice system

Warren released her plan just days after 2020 Democratic rival Senator Bernie Sanders outlined his proposals on the hot-button campaign issue.

Joe Kennedy III.

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Taking on Markey might be Kennedy’s best option to ascend to the Senate

For Joe Kennedy III, it’s a simple cost-vs.-benefit analysis of now vs. later — and taking on Ed Markey might be his best option to ascend to the Senate.

President Donald Trump speaks with reporters before boarding Air Force One at Morristown Municipal Airport in Morristown, N.J., Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019, en route to Andrews Air Force Base, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Trump administration considers payroll tax cut to boost economy

The White House has begun preparing options to boost the economy, including a potential payroll tax cut and possibly reversing some of President Trump’s tariffs, officials said.

Senator Edward J. Markey (center) wouldn’t criticize Representative Joseph P. Kennedy III (shown speaking) for considering a primary challenge.

Ed Markey refuses to criticize Joe Kennedy for possible primary challenge, says he’s ‘running hard’ for reelection

Markey said he and Kennedy talk regularly and will continue to do so, but did not say if Kennedy asked him to retire.

A Planned Parenthood clinic.

Planned Parenthood leaves federal family planning program over abortion restrictions

Planned Parenthood said Monday it’s pulling out of the federal family program rather abide by a new Trump administration rule prohibiting clinics from referring women for abortions.

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