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Feeling your pain? Virus reaches into the lives of Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) — A husband coughing up blood. A sister close to death. Another friend felled by the coronavirus. The beat against Congress has always been that its members are out of touch with average Americans. But that's not true when it comes...

 

Joe Biden has another big primary night, wins 4 more states

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden decisively won Michigan's Democratic presidential primary, seizing a key battleground state that helped propel Bernie Sanders' insurgent candidacy four years ago. The former vice president's victory there, as well as in...

 

24 hours in, senators flout quaint impeachment rules

WASHINGTON (AP) — So much for the Senate's quaint rules and tradition. Almost immediately after Chief Justice John Roberts gaveled in Wednesday's session of President Donald Trump's impeachment trial, bored and weary senators started openly...

 

No give: Trump's impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in

WASHINGTON (AP) — Advocates for and against President Donald Trump gave no ground Sunday on his Senate impeachment trial, digging in on whether a crime is required for his conviction and removal and whether witnesses will be called. But even as...

 

Icy silence, frayed connections: Impeachment takes a toll

WASHINGTON (AP) — The most raucous committee in Congress sat stone-faced, barely speaking. One by one, the members around the Judiciary Committee dais voted on the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. Then they bolted for the...

 

McConnell blasts House impeachment, pledges Senate stability

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top Senate Republican on Thursday denounced the "most unfair" House impeachment of President Donald Trump and reassured Trump and his supporters that "moments like this are why the United States Senate exists." Signaling in...

 

Clinton impeachment figure makes return in Trump sequel

WASHINGTON (AP) — Impeachment is back, and so is Bob Livingston. The former congressman from Louisiana who abruptly resigned on the same day the House impeached President Bill Clinton made an improbable return Wednesday as a figure in the sequel...

 

What impeachment? All calm as Melania Trump visits Capitol

WASHINGTON (AP) — Melania Trump was an island of calm in a sea of impeachment chaos Wednesday, choosing to make her first solo trip to Capitol Hill as her husband's party reckoned with his conduct and rumbled with House Democrats. As President...

 

Trump's Syria announcement blindsided many GOP supporters

WASHINGTON (AP) — For once, Republicans and Democrats in Congress were in the same place: out of the loop. When it came to President Donald Trump's abrupt announcement that U.S. forces would no longer protect Syrian Kurds from a Turkish invasion,...

 

Whistleblower probe tests Republicans' alliance with Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — One Republican hadn't read the whistleblower's complaint. Another called President Donald Trump's conversation with the Ukraine leader "thin gruel" for any impeachment effort. A third said the whole thing was "blown way out of...

 

Lewandowski, House Democrats spar at impeachment hearing

WASHINGTON (AP) — The first impeachment hearing held by House Democrats quickly turned hostile on Tuesday as their sole witness, former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, stonewalled many of their questions and declared they were "focusing...

 

Yes or No: Who's in charge? Power struggles roil Washington

WASHINGTON (AP) — A dozen times, Rep. Ayanna Pressley asked the witness for a yes or no answer on housing policy. Not once did Ben Carson, President Donald Trump's housing secretary, give her one. Instead, he mocked her: "Yes or no, can you ask me...

 

Dems mock 'scaredy-cat' GOP, demand Mueller's full 300 pages

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats intensified their demands for Robert Mueller's full report Thursday after learning the special counsel's findings from his Trump-Russia investigation run to more than 300 pages, while President Donald Trump boasted of...

 

Poll: Most see women equal to men in politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — An all-time high of 84 percent of Americans believe women are just as suited emotionally for politics as men, according to a new survey that comes as the largest-ever field of women are running for president and with a record...

 

Trump again knocks McCain as Republicans urge end to attacks

WASHINGTON (AP) — More Republicans are urging President Donald Trump to halt his attacks on the late Sen. John McCain. But Trump is continuing to complain about the Arizona senator's health care vote seven months after McCain died of brain cancer....

 

Trump aims new blasts at McCain, claims credit for funeral

WASHINGTON (AP) — Casting aside rare censure from Republican lawmakers, President Donald Trump aimed new blasts of invective at the late John McCain Wednesday, even claiming credit for the senator's moving Washington funeral and complaining he was...

 

Women in white: Democrats draw contrast at Trump's address

WASHINGTON (AP) — The women of the House wore white. The men wore dark suits. And the contrast laid bare the growing gender gap between Democrats and Republicans. Wearing the color of the suffragists, the Democratic women of the House put on a...

 

House rebukes GOP's Steve King over racist remarks

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Democratic measure rebuking Republican Rep. Steve King for his comments about white supremacy won easy approval Tuesday in the House. In a twist, the nine-term Iowa congressman was among those supporting the measure of...

 

Pelosi lectures Trump, privately questions his 'manhood'

WASHINGTON (AP) — In public, Nancy Pelosi lectured Donald Trump on the Constitution and wagged a finger at him for characterizing her "strength." In private, she questioned his "manhood" — and her disdain for him became public, again, anyway....

 

Nation bids goodbye to Bush with high praise, cannons, humor

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation bid goodbye to George H.W. Bush with high praise, cannon salutes and gentle humor Wednesday, celebrating the life of the Texan who embraced a lifetime of service in Washington and was the last president to fight for...

 

Crowds honor Bush for long service, from war to White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — Soldiers, citizens in wheelchairs and long lines of others on foot wound through the hushed Capitol Rotunda on Tuesday to view George H.W. Bush's casket and remember a president whose legacy included World War military service...

 

Good boy: Sully the service dog visits Bush's casket

WASHINGTON (AP) — 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...

 

House newcomers get first taste of Washington's power games

WASHINGTON (AP) — The bright-eyed class of incoming members of Congress descended on Washington Tuesday for schooling on the nuts and bolts underpinning a job like none other. But even as they chose curtain colors and sorted party invitations, the...

 

Michelle Obama had miscarriage, used IVF to conceive girls

WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama says she felt alone after a miscarriage 20 years ago and she and Barack Obama underwent fertility treatments to conceive their two daughters, according to her upcoming memoir. In some of her most extensive public co...

 

'Horseface': Does it matter that Trump ridicules women?

WASHINGTON (AP) — Suffice it to say that "Horseface" and porn actress Stormy Daniels aren't what Republicans want to talk about three weeks from the midterm elections — or ever. A record number of women are running, most of them Democrats, in...

 

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