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WASHINGTON | GOP cancels votes on judges amid standoff over Mueller bill

WASHINGTON — The Senate Judiciary Committee has canceled a Thursday vote on more than 20 federal judge nominations amid a standoff between Republican Sen. Jeff Flake and GOP leaders over legislation to protect special counsel Robert Mueller. The Arizona senator, who is retiring from Congress, is a frequent critic of President Donald Trump. Flake has … Continue reading WASHINGTON | GOP cancels votes on judges amid standoff over Mueller bill

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

JACKSON, Miss. | Few lines at polls as Mississippi votes in US Senate runoff

JACKSON, Miss.— Voting was swift and easy in many precincts Tuesday as Mississippi residents were deciding the last U.S. Senate race of the midterms, choosing between a white Republican Senate appointee backed by President Donald Trump and a black Democrat who was agriculture secretary when Bill Clinton was in the White House. History will be … Continue reading JACKSON, Miss. | Few lines at polls as Mississippi votes in US Senate runoff

JACKSON, Miss. | Last US Senate race of midterms up for vote in Mississippi

JACKSON, Miss. — Mississippi voters are deciding the last U.S. Senate race of the midterms, choosing between a white Republican Senate appointee backed by President Donald Trump and a black Democrat who was agriculture secretary when Bill Clinton was in the White House. History will be made either way: Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, 59, would … Continue reading JACKSON, Miss. | Last US Senate race of midterms up for vote in Mississippi

WASHINGTON | Senate aims to confirm man for bench despite racial concerns

WASHINGTON— Senate Republicans are working to soon fill the nation’s longest judicial vacancy with a North Carolina lawyer whose nomination has raised objections from black lawmakers and civil rights groups concerned about his work defending state laws found to have discriminated against African-Americans. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has helped push 84 of President … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Senate aims to confirm man for bench despite racial concerns

WASHINGTON | AP source: Whitaker told Graham that Mueller probe to go on

WASHINGTON — Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker told Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham in a meeting on Thursday that special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation will proceed, according to a person familiar with the meeting. The meeting with Graham and Whitaker comes as a bipartisan group of senators is pushing legislation to protect Mueller’s job. The senators … Continue reading WASHINGTON | AP source: Whitaker told Graham that Mueller probe to go on

JACKSON, Miss | GOP senator should explain ‘hanging’ remark, challenger says

JACKSON, Miss. — A white Republican U.S. senator from Mississippi needs to fully explain her comment about a “public hanging,” her black Democratic challenger says. Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith made the remark in a video that surfaced Sunday. She praised a cattle rancher at a Nov. 2 campaign event in Tupelo by saying: “If he … Continue reading JACKSON, Miss | GOP senator should explain ‘hanging’ remark, challenger says

ORLANDO, Fla. | Florida’s DeSantis gives thanks where it’s due: Trump

ORLANDO, Fla.  — Former Republican U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis put his thanks squarely where it was due after declaring victory in Florida‘s governor election: President Donald Trump. DeSantis defeated Democratic Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, who was hoping to be Florida’s first black governor and the first Democrat elected governor since 1994, largely on the backing … Continue reading ORLANDO, Fla. | Florida’s DeSantis gives thanks where it’s due: Trump