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WASHINGTON | Hopes rise for border funding deal – if Trump will go along

WASHINGTON (AP) — Capitol Hill talks to resolve an impasse over President Donald Trump‘s demands for billions of dollars for his long-sought border wall are inching forward. Lawmakers are focused first on forging agreement among themselves and less on satisfying Trump’s shifting demands. One such sign came from Capitol Hill’s most powerful Republican. Senate Majority … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Hopes rise for border funding deal – if Trump will go along

WASHINGTON | House GOP unhappy with Comey’s answers behind closed doors

WASHINGTON — House Republicans interviewed James Comey behind closed doors Friday, hauling the former FBI director to Capitol Hill one final time before they cede power to Democrats in January. GOP lawmakers who stepped outside while the questioning was underway indicated they weren’t satisfied and might try to bring him back another day. Democrats weren’t … Continue reading WASHINGTON | House GOP unhappy with Comey’s answers behind closed doors

CAMBRIDGE, Mass | Freshman Democrats in Congress ready to use new-won power

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Incoming members of the Democratic Party’s new U.S. House majority say they’re ready to turn the energy of their campaigns into real power on Capitol Hill. Rep.-elects Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and a handful of other liberal-leaning incoming Democrats used an orientation event for freshman lawmakers Tuesday … Continue reading CAMBRIDGE, Mass | Freshman Democrats in Congress ready to use new-won power

TALLAHASSEE, Fla | As Florida recount ends, Sen. Nelson concedes race to Scott

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Sen. Bill Nelson, a Florida political icon who first arrived on Capitol Hill in the decades when Democrats dominated this presidential battleground state, conceded his bitterly close re-election bid to Republican Rick Scott on Sunday after a bruising recount left Nelson thousands of votes short of the outgoing governor. Nelson gave up … Continue reading TALLAHASSEE, Fla | As Florida recount ends, Sen. Nelson concedes race to Scott

WASHINGTON | Pelosi unveils plans to establish new House diversity office

WASHINGTON— Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi wants to establish a House diversity office to recruit and retain employees from different backgrounds to Capitol Hill as one of the first acts of the new Congress, according to a letter obtained Thursday by The Associated Press. Pelosi told colleagues in the letter that Democrats “take great pride” in … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Pelosi unveils plans to establish new House diversity office

WASHINGTON | Record 42 Latinos to serve in Congress; 1 race undecided

WASHINGTON— More Latinos will serve in Congress next year than ever before — at least 42, with one House race to be decided. With Latinos reaching an unprecedented level of representation on Capitol Hill, The Associated Press was able to document that 34 percent of Hispanics voters approve of how Donald Trump is handling his … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Record 42 Latinos to serve in Congress; 1 race undecided

WASHINGTON | Black female Democrats urge party to rethink future

WASHINGTON — Insurgent Democratic women running for Congress are pushing the party to rethink its approach to politics if they retake control of Capitol Hill in the fall. At the annual meeting of the Congressional Black Caucus Friday, black female candidates who prevailed in primaries over established incumbents said it’s time for a conversation about … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Black female Democrats urge party to rethink future