Catfish, rice, Navy ships: Cochran spending leaves legacy

U.S. 06/01/19, 09:17

Former U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran was a master of the federal budget process, quietly shrugging off criticism about pork-barrel spending while directing billions of dollars back to his home state of Mississippi.Cochran died Thursday at age 81. He was the 10th longest-serving senator in U.S. history and wielded power for ...

Update: 2 senators to speak at ex-Sen. Cochran’s funeral

U.S. 05/31/19, 17:59

The Latest on funeral services for former U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (all times local):5:50 p.m.Leaders of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee will speak at the funeral of Thad Cochran, who was chairman of the committee for several years.An American flag flies at half-staff for former Mississippi U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, ...

Former US Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi dies at 81

Politics 05/30/19, 11:05

Former U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, who served 45 years in Washington and used seniority to steer billions of dollars to his home state of Mississippi, has died. He was 81. Cochran's final chief of staff, Brad White, said Cochran died Thursday at a veterans' nursing home in Oxford, Mississippi. "I've never known ...

Trump’s GOP allies press for action on disaster aid bill

Politics 05/01/19, 14:41

The White House is displaying new flexibility on giving disaster aid to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico as President Donald Trump's GOP allies increasingly lose patience with a weekslong standoff over a widely backed bill. A new Senate GOP offer is aimed at breaking the logjam and offers greater flexibility in delivering already-appropriated ...

NYC Chinese eatery heats up cultural appropriation debate

Entertainment 04/12/19, 11:36

A Jewish woman who touted her New York City eatery as offering "clean" American-Chinese cuisine has become the latest restaurateur accused of stereotyping and cultural appropriation.Lucky Lee's, which opened this week in Greenwich Village, reignited the debate about how chefs should handle cooking food from a culture that's not their ...

Perry defends plan for Nevada nuclear-waste storage site

World 03/26/19, 12:25

Energy Secretary Rick Perry is defending the Trump administration's plans to collect and store nuclear waste from around the country in a site northwest of Las Vegas. Perry told a House Appropriations subcommittee Tuesday that the alternative was leaving spent nuclear fuel at sites in more than three dozen states. Perry says ...

Rep. Jose Serrano to retire at term’s end, cites Parkinson’s

Politics 03/25/19, 12:53

Rep. Jose Serrano, a 16-term Democrat from the South Bronx, said Monday he has Parkinson’s disease and will retire at the end of his term. The 75-year-old Serrano is a fixture in Bronx politics and is among Congress’ foremost defenders of Puerto Rico, the U.S. territory where he was born. First ...

House Democrats won’t restore ‘earmarks’

Politics 03/01/19, 15:54

Democrats controlling the House have announced that they won't restore the much-criticized practice of "earmarking" federal funds for back-home projects that Republicans banned eight years ago. House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey — who wants to restore the practice — announced the decision in a letter to her colleagues, saying there ...

Trump-GOP meeting boosts optimism about reaching border deal

Politics 02/07/19, 17:06

President Donald Trump appears to be taking a more positive view of Capitol Hill talks on border security, according to negotiators who struck a distinctly optimistic tone after a White House meeting with a top Republican on the broad parameters of a potential bipartisan agreement. Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby of ...

Lawmakers want to save university’s soccer, skiing programs

Sports 01/29/19, 14:03

Key Democratic lawmakers are getting behind an effort to force the University of New Mexico to reinstate men's soccer and other sports slated to be slashed.A proposal sponsored by House Speaker Brian Egolf and House Appropriations and Finance Committee chairwoman Patricia Lundstrom would set aside $2 million for the school ...

Update: Native American offers to meet with students

U.S. 01/22/19, 12:57

The Latest on reaction from an encounter between white teenagers, Native American marchers and a black religious sect outside the Lincoln Memorial last week. (all times local): 12:40 p.m. A Native American involved in an encounter between white teenagers and a black religious sect outside the Lincoln Memorial last week says he ...

Congress considering nearly $1.7B Florence relief package

U.S. 09/23/18, 15:08

Congress is starting to consider almost $1.7 billion in new money to aid recovery efforts from Florence.Lawmakers already are facing a deadline this week to fund the government before the start of the new budget year Oct. 1, and members of Congress will try to act on the disaster relief ...

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