Senate GOP’s 1st bill on Israel boycotts divides Democrats

Politics 01/08/19, 00:52

Senate Republicans' first bill of the new Congress aims to insert the legislative branch into President Donald Trump's Middle East policy — but also tries to drive a wedge between centrist and liberal Democrats over attitudes toward Israel. The bipartisan package backed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., had initially ...

House Democrats unveil measure to re-open government

Politics 12/31/18, 20:16

House Democrats unveiled a package of bills Monday that would re-open the federal government without approving funding for President Donald Trump's border wall with Mexico, establishing an early confrontation that will test the new power dynamic in Washington. The House is preparing to vote as soon as the new Congress convenes ...

Trump says he’s getting bad press for US exit from Syria

Politics 12/31/18, 10:48

President Donald Trump complained on Monday that he's getting "bad press" for his decision to pull American troops out of Syria, saying he's making good on his campaign promise against U.S. involvement in "never ending wars." Earlier this month, Trump abruptly announced on Twitter that he was withdrawing 2,000 U.S. troops ...

House GOP quietly ends probe into FBI’s 2016 decisions

Politics 12/28/18, 22:40

House Republicans say more investigation is needed into decisions made by the FBI and the Justice Department in 2016 as they brought an unceremonious end to their yearlong look at the department's handling of probes into Democrat Hillary Clinton's emails and Donald Trump's ties to Russia. In a letter released Friday ...

Update: As shutdown looms, Trump seeks to blame Dems

Politics 12/21/18, 07:36

The Latest on efforts to avoid a government shutdown (all times local): 7:30 a.m. A week ago, President Donald Trump said he'd "proud" to shut down the government if Congress, led by fellow Republicans, didn't give him the money he wanted for his long-promised border wall with Mexico. Now, the government is heading ...

Update: Senators introduce resolution rebuking Saudis

Politics 12/13/18, 14:21

The Latest on the congressional response to the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi (all times local): 2:20 p.m. Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have introduced a resolution rebuking Saudi Arabia for the slaying of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi (jah-MAHL' khahr-SHOHK'-jee). The Senate could vote on ...

Booker, Harris score wins on Capitol Hill as they weigh 2020

Politics 12/11/18, 13:18

Sens. Kamala Harris of California and Cory Booker of New Jersey scored wins on Capitol Hill Tuesday that could help them as they prepare for potential campaigns for the Democratic presidential nomination.Harris faced a possible eviction from the powerful Judiciary Committee, a post she's used to gain a Democratic following ...

McConnell blocks sentencing bill, upsetting Grassley, GOP

Politics 12/07/18, 15:17

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's reluctance to hold a vote on a popular criminal justice bill has angered top Republican senators and created an unusual rift with a longtime GOP ally, Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa.Grassley has spent years working to build a coalition around the bill and is pushing ...

Senators say they’ve met threshold for criminal justice vote

Politics 12/04/18, 18:25

Supporters of a criminal justice bill say they have met the threshold set by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for getting a vote.Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa., said he now has support for the legislation from more than half of the Republicans in the chamber. Democratic leaders said support ...

McConnell’s year-end wish: Getting Congress to legalize hemp

Business 11/29/18, 00:48

Pressed for time and with a crowded agenda, the Senate's top leader has his own priority in Congress' lame-duck session: passing a farm bill that includes a full pardon for hemp, the non-intoxicating cousin of marijuana.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has guaranteed his proposal to make hemp a legal agricultural ...

GOP cancels votes on judges amid standoff over Mueller bill

Politics 11/28/18, 19:36

The Senate Judiciary Committee has canceled a 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 has said he won't vote for any federal judges until Senate Majority Leader Mitch ...

Pence, Kushner head to Capitol for criminal justice push

Politics 11/27/18, 13:01

Vice President Mike Pence and President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, are visiting Capitol Hill as lawmakers from both major political parties push Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to hold a vote on a rewrite of the nation's criminal justice sentencing laws.A rare bipartisan coalition is pushing for the criminal ...

President Trump says time for action on ‘the Wall’

Politics 11/23/18, 09:33

President Donald Trump has returned to his West Palm Beach golf course on another sunny Florida day. Trump began his Friday on Twitter, saying Democrats and Republicans "MUST come together, finally, with a major Border Security package, which will include funding for the Wall." Republicans and Democrats MUST come together, finally, with ...

Seeking a 2020 comeback, House GOP elects McCarthy as leader

Politics 11/15/18, 00:19

The California congressman elected by House Republicans to lead their minority caucus next year acknowledges that the GOP took a beating in America's suburbs in midterm elections but promises a comeback. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Calif., speaks to reporters as he arrives for a meeting on Capitol Hill in ...

Indiana’s Young seeks to lead Senate GOP campaign committee

Politics 11/08/18, 16:27

Indiana Sen. Todd Young launched a bid to become chairman of the National Republican Senate Committee during the 2020 election cycle.A formal vote won't be held until next Wednesday. But Young says he has the support of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and outgoing NRSC chairman Cory Gardner of Colorado ...

President Trump attends Kavanaugh ceremony at Supreme Court

Politics 11/08/18, 12:08

President Donald Trump has visited the Supreme Court for the ceremonial swearing-in of new Justice Brett Kavanaugh.The president and first lady Melania Trump also met privately with the justices before Thursday's brief courtroom ceremony.Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker took part in the ceremony for an invitation-only crowd that included Senate ...

McConnell: ‘Good Morning’ for Senate GOP, Trump ‘helpful’

Politics 11/07/18, 11:57

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says it's a "good morning" for Republicans. He says President Donald Trump helped keep the Senate in GOP hands. The Kentucky Republican spoke Wednesday morning, hours after midterm election voters kept the Senate controlled by Republicans, even as they flipped the House to a Democratic majority. McConnell ...

Update: Trump urges supporters to vote, knocks media

Politics 11/05/18, 12:45

The Latest on President Donald Trump and midterm elections (all times local): 11:33 a.m. President Donald Trump is imploring his supporters to vote on Tuesday, saying the media will treat the midterm results as a referendum on his presidency. Trump is telling supporters on a tele-town hall organized by his re-election campaign that, ...

Update: McConnell terms shootings as hate crimes

U.S. 10/29/18, 12:30

The Latest on the shooting deaths of two people at a Kentucky grocery store (all times local): Noon U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre and Kentucky grocery store shooting fit the definition of hate crimes, and he says the death penalty should apply in such cases. The Kentucky ...

Ex-Kentucky senator who lost to Mitch McConnell in 1984 dies

U.S. 10/16/18, 08:28

Walter "Dee" Huddleston, a former two-term U.S. senator who lost his re-election bid in 1984 to Republican Mitch McConnell in one of Kentucky's most storied and pivotal political campaigns, died Tuesday. He was 92.Huddleston, a Democratic powerbroker in his home state before he went to Washington, died in his sleep ...

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