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Omar’s Israel remarks expose Democrats’ simmering divisions

WASHINGTON (AP) — Back in January, the Democrats welcomed their brash young newcomers to Congress with smiles and hugs. That was before the new colleagues dragged the party’s simmering divisions over Israel out in the open. Provocative comments from Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota have thrust the Democrats into an uncomfortable debate over Israel policy … Continue reading Omar’s Israel remarks expose Democrats’ simmering divisions

WASHINGTON | Trump stalks out of shutdown session with Dems — ‘Bye-bye’

WASHINGTON —Jan 09, 2019— President Donald Trump stalked out of his negotiating meeting with congressional leaders Wednesday — “I said bye-bye,” he tweeted soon after — as efforts to end the 19-day partial government shutdown fell into deeper disarray over his demand for billions of dollars to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. Hundreds … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump stalks out of shutdown session with Dems — ‘Bye-bye’

WASHINGTON | Cranky Congress still has work to do before wrapup

WASHINGTON  — Nothing says, “Is it over yet?” quite like Senate Democratic leader Charles Schumer propping up his feet on the chair next to him. The casual vibe in the normally stuffy Senate was just one sign that the end of an ugly 115th Congress can’t come soon enough, even for its own members. There’s … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Cranky Congress still has work to do before wrapup

WASHINGTON | In salute to Bush, a nod to passing of ‘greatest generation’

WASHINGTON — It wasn’t just a salute to a president, it was a tribute to a generation. President George H. W. Bush was remembered during more than two days of ceremonies and services in Washington as the last president forged from World War II, a leader dedicated to military service, bipartisanship, responsibility and hard choices. … Continue reading WASHINGTON | In salute to Bush, a nod to passing of ‘greatest generation’

WASHINGTON | Good boy: Sully the service dog visits Bush’s casket

WASHINGTON — It’s often said that if you want a friend in Washington, get a dog. For the last six months, Sully the service dog was President George H.W. Bush’s. The yellow Labrador Retriever visited the president’s casket in the Capitol Rotunda Tuesday alongside people in wheelchairs who benefited from the Americans With Disabilities Act … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Good boy: Sully the service dog visits Bush’s casket

WASHINGTON | Not president, not yet a senator: Romney is starting over

WASHINGTON— Mitt Romney is a man in-between. He made it to Washington after all — but not as president of the United States, the office he sought twice and other men won. He’s not yet a senator from Utah, either, until he’s sworn in Jan. 3. Romney, lifelong executive in public and private life, doesn’t … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Not president, not yet a senator: Romney is starting over

WASHINGTON | Michelle Obama had miscarriage, used IVF to conceive girls

WASHINGTON— Michelle Obama says she felt “lost and alone” after suffering a miscarriage 20 years ago and underwent in vitro fertilization to conceive her two daughters. She tells ABC in an interview aired on “Good Morning America” she felt like she “failed because I didn’t know how common miscarriages were because we don’t talk about … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Michelle Obama had miscarriage, used IVF to conceive girls

WASHINGTON | Acting AG Whitaker has thoughts on Mueller’s Russia probe

WASHINGTON  — Matthew Whitaker has warned that Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation risks “going too far” and supported limits on the prosecutor’s power. President Donald Trump couldn’t agree more. So the loyalty-loving Trump on Wednesday dumped Jeff Sessions from the helm of the Justice Department and replaced him, for now, with the onetime college football player … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Acting AG Whitaker has thoughts on Mueller’s Russia probe

McConnell: “Fun” to watch Senate Dems run for president

WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is looking forward to watching Senate Democrats run for president. The Kentucky Republican, flush with victory from Tuesday’s midterms, told reporters morning that with the midterm elections over, “It’s going to be fun to watch the Democratic presidential aspirants” compete. He quipped that Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer of … Continue reading McConnell: “Fun” to watch Senate Dems run for president

WASHINGTON | Understanding the vote: New AP survey debuts Nov. 6

WASHINGTON  — The Associated Press will debut a new survey of the nation’s electorate for Tuesday’s midterms that aims to more accurately capture the story of how Americans voted and why. The launch of AP VoteCast is the largest change in the way final information about voters’ choices is collected by media organizations since CBS … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Understanding the vote: New AP survey debuts Nov. 6

WASHINGTON | What we know about the explosive devices targeting Democrats

WASHINGTON— The packages arrived in familiar manila envelopes affixed with lots of stamps, some bearing the American flag. But what was inside was alarming: crude pipe bombs wrapped in black tape, with wires sprouting from each end. None of the explosives detonated, and no one was hurt. But authorities quickly launched a wide-ranging investigation into … Continue reading WASHINGTON | What we know about the explosive devices targeting Democrats

WASHINGTON | The McCain Institute is looking for a few good mavericks

WASHINGTON — A nonprofit named for the late Sen. John McCain is looking for “mavericks” to vote in the Nov. 6 midterm election and fight for human rights around the world as President Donald Trump pursues his “America first” foreign policy. “The ideals that John spent his life fighting for weren’t just his, they are … Continue reading WASHINGTON | The McCain Institute is looking for a few good mavericks

WASHINGTON | ‘Mavericks needed’: McCain Institute wades into election

WASHINGTON  — A nonprofit named for the late Sen. John McCain is calling for “mavericks” like him to vote in the Nov. 6 election and focus on human rights around the world. The McCain Institute for International Leadership, led by his widow, Cindy, is launching a nonpartisan ad campaign Tuesday designed to spread that message, … Continue reading WASHINGTON | ‘Mavericks needed’: McCain Institute wades into election

WASHINGTON | Flake gets a firsthand look at rage about Kavanaugh

WASHINGTON — Moments after pivotal Sen. Jeff Flake announced he would vote to confirm Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, the Arizona Republican was confronted with the consequences. Two tearful women cornered Flake as he got on an elevator Friday, pleading for him to reconsider his support for the appeals court judge who’s been accused of … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Flake gets a firsthand look at rage about Kavanaugh

WASHINGTON | The Moment: Ford describes memory of Kavanaugh laughing

WASHINGTON  — Indelible. That’s the way Christine Blasey Ford described the details of what she says was a sexual assault by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, on a summer evening three decades ago. Asked for the most vivid memory from that night, she did not name a physical violation. Rather, it was a specific sound … Continue reading WASHINGTON | The Moment: Ford describes memory of Kavanaugh laughing

WASHINGTON | They were laughing’: Ford says her attacker was Kavanaugh

WASHINGTON — Indelible. That’s the way Christine Blasey Ford described the details of what she says was a sexual assault by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, on a summer evening three decades ago. Asked for the most vivid memory from that night, she did not name a physical violation. Rather, it was a specific sound … Continue reading WASHINGTON | They were laughing’: Ford says her attacker was Kavanaugh

WASHINGTON | Angry Kavanaugh denies Ford accusation, sees ‘disgrace’

WASHINGTON — Emotionally battling to rescue his Supreme Court nomination, Brett Kavanaugh on Thursday denied allegations that he’d sexually assaulted Christine Blasey Ford when both were high school students and told Congress the accusations and biting criticism by Democrats had “totally and permanently destroyed” his family and reputation. Sometimes showing anger, other times fighting back … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Angry Kavanaugh denies Ford accusation, sees ‘disgrace’

WASHINGTON | They were laughing:’ Ford says her attacker was Kavanaugh

WASHINGTON  — Indelible. That’s the way Christine Blasey Ford described the details of what she says was a sexual assault by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, on a summer evening three decades ago. Asked for the most vivid memory from that night, she did not name a physical violation. Rather, it was a specific sound … Continue reading WASHINGTON | They were laughing:’ Ford says her attacker was Kavanaugh

WASHINGTON | Make-or-break Senate hearing day for Kavanaugh, accuser

WASHINGTON— With high drama in the making, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh emphatically fended off new accusations of sexual misconduct Wednesday and headed into a charged public Senate hearing that could determine whether Republicans can salvage his nomination and enshrine a high court conservative majority. The Senate Judiciary Committee — 11 Republicans, all men, and … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Make-or-break Senate hearing day for Kavanaugh, accuser

WASHINGTON | Are they ready? Kavanaugh, Ford prep for high-stakes hearing

WASHINGTON— On Thursday morning, a psychology professor from California will sit before lawmakers to accuse a Supreme Court nominee of sexual assault — while all of Washington, and much of the nation, watches it live. It’s a high-stakes, high-drama moment with the power to sink Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s chances of winning a seat on the … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Are they ready? Kavanaugh, Ford prep for high-stakes hearing

WASHINGTON | McCain Notebook: Tributes, memories, tears, civility lessons

WASHINGTON — Memories mixed with humor, grief and lessons on civility marked Sen. John McCain‘s memorial service Saturday at Washington National Cathedral, the last event in Washington of the five-day farewell tour. A few scenes: THE RESPECT OF RIVALS Keep on talking, even to rivals. That was the message of two former presidents McCain asked … Continue reading WASHINGTON | McCain Notebook: Tributes, memories, tears, civility lessons

WASHINGTON | McCain tributes echo with criticism of Trump

WASHINGTON  — A memorial service for the late Sen. John McCain on Saturday turned into a clear rebuke of President Donald Trump’s divisive politics as his daughter, two former presidents and political dignitaries used their tributes to call for a return to civility. “The America of John McCain has no need to be made great … Continue reading WASHINGTON | McCain tributes echo with criticism of Trump

WASHINGTON | Obama, Bush _ not Trump _ give McCain presidential farewell

WASHINGTON  — John McCain is getting a presidential farewell, but not from the actual sitting president. At his request, former Presidents Barack Obama, a Democrat, and George W. Bush, a Republican, are speaking about the six-term senator at his final Washington event at the majestic Washington National Cathedral. President Donald Trump was told to stay … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Obama, Bush _ not Trump _ give McCain presidential farewell

WASHINGTON | McCain had a ‘wicked’ wit that he often aimed at himself

WASHINGTON  — Here’s how John McCain made it clear he was happy to see you in the Senate hallways. “Haven’t seen you in a while. How was the Betty Ford clinic?” Or he’d growl, “Whaddya want?” Such rascally greetings produced smiles before the discussion or tough questions even had begun. The charm could be disarming, … Continue reading WASHINGTON | McCain had a ‘wicked’ wit that he often aimed at himself

PHOENIX | McCain’s final statement: Americans have ‘more in common’

PHOENIX— Sen. John McCain expressed his deep gratitude and love of country in his final letter and implored Americans to put aside “tribal rivalries” and focus on what unites. Rick Davis, former presidential campaign manager for McCain who is serving as a family spokesman, read the farewell message Monday at a press briefing in Phoenix. … Continue reading PHOENIX | McCain’s final statement: Americans have ‘more in common’

WASHINGTON | For McCain, a cross-country farewell from public, presidents

WASHINGTON — Two former presidents are expected to speak at Sen. John McCain’s service and he will lie in state in both the nation’s capital and Arizona as part of a cross-country funeral procession ending with his burial at the U.S. Naval Academy, according to plans taking shape Sunday. McCain had long feuded with President … Continue reading WASHINGTON | For McCain, a cross-country farewell from public, presidents