midterm elections

WASHINGTON | Judge’s ruling on ‘Obamacare’ poses new problems for GOP

WASHINGTON — A federal judge’s ruling that the Obama health law is unconstitutional has landed like a stink bomb among Republicans, who’ve seen the politics of health care flip as Americans increasingly value the overhaul’s core parts, including protections for pre-existing medical conditions and Medicaid for more low-income people. While the decision by the Republican-appointed … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Judge’s ruling on ‘Obamacare’ poses new problems for GOP

WASHINGTON | Are we done here? Nope. Cranky Congress still has work to do

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 | Are we done here? Nope. Cranky Congress still has work to do

WASHINGTON | Mattis: Putin tried to ‘muck around’ in US midterm elections

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Saturday took aim at Russian President Vladimir Putin, accusing him of trying to “muck around” in the U.S. midterm elections, of duplicity in arms control and of acting irresponsibly in last weekend’s naval confrontation with Ukraine. In remarks at the Reagan National Defense Forum in Simi Valley, California, … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Mattis: Putin tried to ‘muck around’ in US midterm elections

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz | GOP governors minimize Trump impact on midterm losses

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.  — Republican governors are minimizing any suggestion that voter discontent with President Donald Trump played a role in the midterm elections, where Democrats flipped seven governorships, took control of the U.S. House and picked up hundreds of state legislative seats. “I don’t think what you saw in this electoral cycle was any different … Continue reading SCOTTSDALE, Ariz | GOP governors minimize Trump impact on midterm losses

WASHINGTON | AP Exclusive: Most Mormons back GOP, but fewer support Trump

WASHINGTON— About two-thirds of Mormon voters nationwide favored Republicans in the midterm elections, but President Donald Trump’s approval rating among members of the faith lagged behind, according to a nationwide survey of midterm voters. And as Republican Sen. Mitt Romney prepares to join the new Congress in January, most voters in the predominantly Mormon state … Continue reading WASHINGTON | AP Exclusive: Most Mormons back GOP, but fewer support Trump

JACKSON, Miss. | Divisive race ends with win for Republican Sen. Hyde-Smith

JACKSON, Miss. — Republican U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith returns to Washington as a solidly loyal supporter of President Donald Trump after he stumped for her in a divisive Mississippi runoff shaped by her video-recorded remark about “public hanging.” Hyde-Smith on Tuesday defeated Democrat Mike Espy, a former congressman and former U.S. agriculture secretary who was … Continue reading JACKSON, Miss. | Divisive race ends with win for Republican Sen. Hyde-Smith

TUPELO, Miss  | Trump sticks with old playbook in return to campaign trail

TUPELO, Miss.  — President Donald Trump brought back the playbook he used during the leadup to the midterm elections, warning of the dangers of illegal immigration and painting Democrats as radical “socialists,” as he returned to the campaign trail Monday to try to keep a Mississippi Senate seat in GOP hands. A day after U.S. … Continue reading TUPELO, Miss  | Trump sticks with old playbook in return to campaign trail

TUPELO, Miss | The Latest: Pence, Ivanka set to attend Mexican inauguration

TUPELO, Miss.— The Latest on President Donald Trump in Mississippi (all times local): 7:50 p.m. President Donald Trump says Vice President Mike Pence and daughter Ivanka Trump plan to attend the Mexican presidential inauguration on Saturday. Trump made the announcement Monday at a roundtable discussion to promote prison and sentencing reform legislation in Mississippi. The … Continue reading TUPELO, Miss | The Latest: Pence, Ivanka set to attend Mexican inauguration