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Trump’s budget proposal offers preview of upcoming campaign

WASHINGTON (AP) — Frustrated by a divided Congress and rifts within his own party, President Donald Trump is giving little indication in his latest budget proposal of any new policy ambitions for the coming two, or six, years. Trump’s budget plan increases spending on his border wall and the military but is light on fresh … Continue reading Trump’s budget proposal offers preview of upcoming campaign

Pelosi waves off impeachment, says it would divide country

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is setting a high bar for impeachment of President Donald Trump, saying he is “just not worth it” even as some on her left flank clamor to start proceedings. Pelosi said in an interview with The Washington Post that “I’m not for impeachment” of Trump. “Unless there’s something … Continue reading Pelosi waves off impeachment, says it would divide country

Pelosi: Impeaching Trump ‘just not worth it’

WASHINGTON(AP)— House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is setting a high bar for impeachment of President Donald Trump, saying he is “just not worth it” even as some on her left flank clamor to start proceedings. Pelosi said in an interview with The Washington Post that “I’m not for impeachment” of Trump. “Unless there’s something so compelling … Continue reading Pelosi: Impeaching Trump ‘just not worth it’

Minnesota politician thanks Fox for condemning Jeanine Pirro

NEW YORK(AP) — U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar thanked Fox News on Monday for condemning comments made on the network by weekend host Jeanine Pirro centering on the freshman Democrat’s wearing of a traditional Muslim head covering. Fox said it “strongly condemned” Pirro’s Saturday night commentary and said it had addressed the matter with her. Pirro … Continue reading Minnesota politician thanks Fox for condemning Jeanine Pirro

US senator vows to seek recognition of Israeli rule in Golan

JERUSALEM (AP) — Senator Lindsey Graham says he will push for American recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, a territory it captured from Syria in the 1967 Mideast war. The South Carolina Republican toured the mountain plateau Monday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and said he aims “to persuade the administration to … Continue reading US senator vows to seek recognition of Israeli rule in Golan

Trump reviving his border wall fight with new budget request

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is reviving his border wall fight, preparing a new budget that will seek $8.6 billion for his signature project, impose steep spending cuts to other domestic programs and set the stage for another fiscal battle. Budget documents like the one Trump is releasing Monday are often seen as just … Continue reading Trump reviving his border wall fight with new budget request

The Latest: Hickenlooper unlikely to fall back on Senate bid

AUSTIN, Texas(AP)  — The Latest on Democratic presidential candidates (all times local): 1:55 p.m. Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper says he can’t see running for U.S. Senate if his presidential bid fails. The Democrat says Sunday that he’s “not cut out” for the Senate. But Hickenlooper acknowledges he’s spoken with Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer. … Continue reading The Latest: Hickenlooper unlikely to fall back on Senate bid

AP source: Trump to seek money for border wall, Space Force

WASHINGTON (AP)   — President Donald Trump will be making a significant request for border wall funds and seeking money to stand up Space Force as a new branch of the military in the White House budget being released next week, an administration official said. For the first time, Trump plans to stick with the strict … Continue reading AP source: Trump to seek money for border wall, Space Force

The Latest: Warren defends call for breaking up tech giants

AUSTIN, Texas (AP)  — The Latest on the Democratic contenders for president (all times local): 4:15 p.m. Sen. Elizabeth Warren has defended her new call to break up big U.S. technology companies at a major tech conference in Texas. The Democratic presidential candidate appeared Saturday at Austin’s South by Southwest Festival a day after making her … Continue reading The Latest: Warren defends call for breaking up tech giants

The Latest: O’Rourke still not saying whether he’s running

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Latest on the Democratic contenders for president (all times local): 3 p.m. A documentary released Saturday about Beto O’Rourke‘s near-upset of U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz contains no hints about his 2020 plans — and the candidate himself was just as coy after its screening. O’Rourke attended the premiere of “Running with … Continue reading The Latest: O’Rourke still not saying whether he’s running

The Latest: Sanders promises reform to Iowa supporters

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Latest on the Democratic contenders for president (all times local): 12:50 p.m. Sen. Bernie Sanders has told a packed house in Des Moines that as president his power to reform industries and institutions would be limited, but he’d still fulfill his campaign promises with their support. Sanders said “no president, … Continue reading The Latest: Sanders promises reform to Iowa supporters

‘He said, he said’ – Who can you trust in Cohen-Trump saga?

NEW YORK (AP) — It’s a “he said, he said” where the “he” — no matter who he is — has a credibility problem. The latest White House legal drama — whether or not the president’s former legal fixer asked him for a pardon — has pulled back the curtain on a whole cast of … Continue reading ‘He said, he said’ – Who can you trust in Cohen-Trump saga?

House infighting: Does Pelosi have a tea party problem?

WASHINGTON (AP)  — A restive group of newcomers. Baffled party leaders. Fiery conversations behind closed doors that spill into public view and threaten to upend legislation. After a wrenching week for Democrats, it’s hard not to wonder: Does Speaker Nancy Pelosi have a tea party problem? Emboldened by their ability to seize the spotlight and … Continue reading House infighting: Does Pelosi have a tea party problem?

Trump says Michael Cohen lied about not requesting a pardon

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump declared Friday that he rejected a personal appeal from his former lawyer Michael Cohen for a pardon, the strongest assertion yet that Cohen may have lied under oath. Trump tweeted his claim after days of swirling questions about Cohen over the issue of pardons. It has emerged as a key … Continue reading Trump says Michael Cohen lied about not requesting a pardon

House OKs election, ethics overhaul; Senate to slam door

WASHINGTON(AP)  — Newly empowered House Democrats approved a centerpiece of their agenda Friday, a sweeping plan to reduce the role of big money in politics, ensure fair elections and strengthen ethics standards. But the leader of Republican-run Senate has pledged it will not come up for a vote and the White House issued a veto … Continue reading House OKs election, ethics overhaul; Senate to slam door

Trump says Michael Cohen lied about not seeking pardon

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump declared Friday that he rejected a personal appeal from his former lawyer Michael Cohen for a pardon, the strongest assertion yet that Cohen may have lied under oath. Trump tweeted his claim after days of swirling questions about Cohen over the issue of pardons. It has emerged as a … Continue reading Trump says Michael Cohen lied about not seeking pardon

Some in House GOP broke with party on Omar resolution

WASHINGTON (AP) — It wasn’t just Democrats who had difficulty remaining unified after one of their most liberal members was accused of anti-Semitism for suggesting that House supporters of Israel have dual allegiances. Almost two dozen Republicans stirred up a mini-tempest within their party for opposing the Democratic resolution condemning anti-Semitism and other bigotry in … Continue reading Some in House GOP broke with party on Omar resolution

The Latest: House passes resolution condemning bigotry

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on House Democrats and Rep. Ilhan Omar’s comments about Israel (all times local): 5:35 p.m. The House has passed a resolution condemning anti-Semitism, discrimination against Muslims and other bigotry against minorities. The 407-23 vote Thursday was a bid to end dissension among Democrats over congresswoman Ilhan Omar‘s latest remarks on … Continue reading The Latest: House passes resolution condemning bigotry

Ralph Hall, oldest-ever member of US House, dead at age 95

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Former Texas Rep. Ralph Hall, the oldest-ever member of the U.S. House and a man who claimed to have once sold cigarettes and Coca-Cola to the bank-robbing duo of Bonnie and Clyde, has died at age 95. The Republican and World War II pilot died at his home in Rockwall on … Continue reading Ralph Hall, oldest-ever member of US House, dead at age 95

24 senators ask Trump to protect Venezuelans in US

WASHINGTON(AP) — A group of 23 Democratic and one Republican senators asked President Donald Trump Thursday to protect Venezuelan citizens currently in the United States from deportation, given the crisis rocking the South American country. The 24 senators, including Democratic leader Chuck Schumer, asked Trump to designate Venezuelans for Temporary Protected Status (TPS). Florida’s Marco Rubio … Continue reading 24 senators ask Trump to protect Venezuelans in US

Consumer watchdog agency and its leadership under scrutiny

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government’s consumer watchdog agency is coming under new scrutiny from the House Financial Services Committee, now under the control of Democrats, who say appointees of President Donald Trump to lead the organization have undermined its mission to protect Americans. A fresh rebuke from Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., the chair of the … Continue reading Consumer watchdog agency and its leadership under scrutiny

In Senate hearing, McSally says she was raped in Air Force

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Martha McSally, the first female Air Force fighter pilot to fly in combat, said she was sexually assaulted by a superior officer, and later, when she tried to talk about it to military officials, she “felt like the system was raping me all over again.” The Arizona Republican, a 26-year military … Continue reading In Senate hearing, McSally says she was raped in Air Force

The Latest: Cohen says he’ll ‘continue to cooperate’

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump‘s former lawyer, Michael Cohen (all times local): 5:30 p.m. Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former lawyer, says he will “continue to cooperate” with investigators. Cohen appeared behind closed doors Wednesday before the House intelligence committee. It was his fourth day of testimony on Capitol Hill as … Continue reading The Latest: Cohen says he’ll ‘continue to cooperate’

School lessons increasingly a target for climate skeptics

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut lawmaker wants to strike climate change from state science standards. A Virginia legislator worries teachers are indoctrinating students with their personal views on global warming. And an Oklahoma state senator wants educators to be able to introduce alternative viewpoints without fear of losing their jobs. As climate change becomes … Continue reading School lessons increasingly a target for climate skeptics

Democrats unveil bill to restore ‘net neutrality’ rules

NEW YORK (AP) — Top Democrats in the House and Senate are announcing a new bill to restore the 2015 “net neutrality” rules that Trump-era regulators repealed . The 2015 Federal Communications Commission regulation barred internet service providers like Verizon, AT&T and Comcast from playing favorites with websites and apps. A Republican-controlled FCC overturned the … Continue reading Democrats unveil bill to restore ‘net neutrality’ rules

The Latest: Prosecutors to drop case against ex-Rep. Schock

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the case against ex-Rep. Aaron Schock (all times local): 10:30 a.m. Former Rep. Aaron Schock of Illinois has agreed to repay tens of thousands of dollars in taxes and to campaign committees in exchange for prosecutors dismissing his felony corruption case. Schock appeared Wednesday morning in Chicago federal court … Continue reading The Latest: Prosecutors to drop case against ex-Rep. Schock

Cohen’s 4th day of testimony could touch on Russia, finances

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump‘s former lawyer is returning to Capitol Hill for a fourth day of testimony as Democrats pursue a flurry of investigations into Trump’s White House, businesses and presidential campaign. Michael Cohen became a key figure in those investigations after turning on his former boss and cooperating with special counsel Robert … Continue reading Cohen’s 4th day of testimony could touch on Russia, finances

New York authorities subpoena Trump insurance broker

NEW YORK (AP)  — New York regulators have sent a subpoena to the Trump Organization’s longtime insurance broker, a request that comes days after President Donald Trump’s former attorney, Michael Cohen, told Congress the president had misled insurers about the value of his assets. The brokerage, Aon, told The Associated Press on Tuesday it intends to … Continue reading New York authorities subpoena Trump insurance broker

Teen tells Senate why he defied his mom to get vaccinated

WASHINGTON (AP) — An Ohio teen defied his mother’s anti-vaccine beliefs and started getting his shots when he turned 18 — and told Congress on Tuesday that it’s crucial to counter fraudulent claims on social media that scare parents. Ethan Lindenberger of Norwalk, Ohio, said his mother’s “love, affection and care is apparent,” but that she … Continue reading Teen tells Senate why he defied his mom to get vaccinated

Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley won’t join 2020 presidential field

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon has decided not to enter the increasingly crowded race for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination after months of consideration. Merkley told The Associated Press the large field of Democratic contenders for the White House was not a major factor in his decision, nor was an … Continue reading Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley won’t join 2020 presidential field