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Senate sets up showdown votes on shutdown plans

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate leaders on Tuesday agreed to vote on dueling proposals to reopen shuttered federal agencies this week, forcing a political reckoning for senators grappling with the longest shutdown in U.S. history: Side with President...

 

Q&A: How the government shutdown might end

WASHINGTON (AP) — Somehow, some day, the nasty deadlock between President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats that's shuttered federal agencies for a near-record 20 days will end. The only real questions are when, how and who will be crowned...

 

Ryan uses farewell address to assail politics of 'outrage'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Retiring House Speaker Paul Ryan decried the outrage and bitterness that he said now color American politics in a farewell speech that also acknowledged his inability to achieve two top goals: controlling surging federal debt and...

 

GOP exploring reasons for gender disparity in new Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) — For congressional Republicans, this month's elections ushered in the year of the woman — literally. West Virginia's Carol Miller will be the only Republican woman entering the 435-member House as a newcomer in January. She'll...

 

Power shift: What House Dems plan to do with their majority

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats set to run the House for the first time in eight years have a brimming list of priorities to tackle, topped by election laws and ethics rules, prescription drug prices and infrastructure. But with the 2020 presidential...

 

AP-NORC Poll: Just 1 in 4 thinks Kavanaugh told entire truth

WASHINGTON (AP) — Just 1 in 4 people thinks Brett Kavanaugh was completely honest when he heatedly rebuffed charges of sexual assault and heavy drinking during his Supreme Court confirmation hearing, and Republicans and Democrats hold starkly...

 

GOP, home to Trump and Tea Party, decries Dems' mob rule

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and Senate Republicans are forecasting nightmarish Democratic "mob rule" to amp up GOP voters for next month's critical midterm elections, flipping the script from complaints that it's Trump and the Tea...

 

Kavanaugh sworn to high court after rancorous confirmation

WASHINGTON (AP) — Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in Saturday night as the 114th justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, after a wrenching debate over sexual misconduct and judicial temperament that shattered the Senate, captivated the nation and ushered in...

 

Kavanaugh says he 'might have been too emotional' at hearing

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh acknowledged Thursday he "might have been too emotional" when testifying about sexual misconduct allegations as he made a bid to win over wavering GOP senators on the eve of a crucial vote to...

 

Kavanaugh confirmation all but sure after long, bitter fight

WASHINGTON (AP) — After weeks of shocking accusations, hardball politics and rowdy Capitol protests, a pair of wavering senators declared Friday they will back Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation, all but guaranteeing the deeply riven...

 

GOP senators await FBI report in anxiety-filled Capitol

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators nervously awaited the arrival of a new FBI report on sexual allegations that could make or break Brett Kavanaugh's tottering Supreme Court nomination Wednesday as aggressive protesters and an unusually strong security...

 

Trump hits 'con job' on Kavanaugh before showdown hearing

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump denounced Democratic efforts to block Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation as a cynical "con job" on Tuesday and launched a dismissive attack on a second woman accusing the nominee of sexual miscondu...

 

Trump assails Kavanaugh accuser, ditching GOP strategy

WASHINGTON (AP) — After holding his tongue for a week, President Donald Trump sarcastically assailed the woman claiming a decades-old sexual assault by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, tweeting that if the episode was "as bad as she says,"...

 

Kavanaugh's accuser wants FBI probe before she testifies

WASHINGTON (AP) — Christine Blasey Ford wants the FBI to investigate her allegation that she was sexually assaulted by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh before she testifies at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing next week, her lawyers said...

 

Republicans lack votes _ and appetite _ to end 'Obamacare'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Arizona's new senator says he'd vote to repeal the nation's health care law. That's one additional Republican ready to obliterate the statute because his predecessor, the late Sen. John McCain, helped derail the party's drive...

 

Dems will try forcing Senate vote against Trump health plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats will try forcing a campaign-season vote on blocking a Trump administration rule letting insurers sell short-term plans that are cheaper but skimpier than allowed under the Obama health care law, party leaders said...

 

Official says agency warned family separation bad for kids

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Department of Health and Human Services official told senators Tuesday that his agency had warned the Trump administration that separating families would be dangerous for children. But some of the government's top immigration...

 

GOP, Dems focus on messages as summer recess, elections near

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats have a plan for helping students afford the growing costs of college, in part by creating a partnership with states to provide two years of tuition-free community college. They also want to take $5 billion House...

 

Lawmakers: DHS chief asserts family reunifications on track

WASHINGTON (AP) — The chief of the Homeland Security Department has told members of Congress that the government is "on track" to meet Thursday's court-ordered deadline of reuniting hundreds of migrant children with their families, lawmakers who...

 

Democrats wrestle with election-year message on health care

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ringed by a handful of cheering activist supporters, liberal House Democrats gathered outside the Capitol this week to announce they were forming a caucus to seek "Medicare for All" — shorthand for government-financed health...

 

House rejects Republican immigration bill, ignoring Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-led House resoundingly rejected a far-ranging immigration bill Wednesday despite an eleventh-hour endorsement by President Donald Trump, as the gulf between the GOP's moderate and conservative wings proved too deep...

 

GOP leaders eye new bill on family separations at border

WASHINGTON (AP) — Struggling to find the votes to pass a sweeping immigration overhaul, House Republicans are narrowing on a slimmed down bill to stem the crisis of separating immigrant families at the border. But even that more modest measure hit...

 

White House: Trump supports GOP leaders' immigration bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump ignited eleventh-hour confusion Friday over Republican efforts to push immigration legislation through the House, when he said he wouldn't sign a "moderate" package. But the White House later walked back...

 

GOP leaders sell immigration bills, with Trump's blessing

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican leaders began the problematic task of finding support for an immigration compromise Wednesday, telling lawmakers that President Donald Trump was backing the still-evolving bill. But cracks within the party were on full...

 

Ryan vents frustration over GOP infighting over immigration

WASHINGTON (AP) — A frustrated Speaker Paul Ryan chided House Republicans for election-season infighting over immigration that sank the party's farm bill last week, participants in a closed-door meeting said Tuesday. Leaders said they will schedule...

 

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