Ex-White House lawyer defies House subpoena for Mueller docs

Politics 05/07/19, 19:41

A former White House lawyer defied a congressional subpoena Tuesday, setting the Trump administration on course for another collision with the Democratic-led House over its pursuit of documents related to the Russia investigation. Don McGahn's refusal to provide the documents to the House Judiciary Committee came at the instruction of the ...

Cuts are coming. Can Pelosi and McConnell make a deal?

Politics 04/28/19, 10:01

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and top Senate Republican Mitch McConnell, Washington's odd couple, have a limited set of mutual legislative interests in a capital beset by dysfunction and awash in presidential politics. But automatic spending cuts, the legacy of a budget breakdown eight years ago, are bringing the power duo together ...

FACT CHECK: Unraveling the mystery of whether cows fart

U.S. 04/28/19, 08:48

Let's clear the air about cow farts. In the climate change debate, some policymakers seem to be bovine flatulence deniers. This became apparent in the fuss over the Green New Deal put forward by some liberal Democrats. More precisely, the fuss over an information sheet issued by the plan's advocates. With tongue in ...

McConnell proposes national minimum age of 21 for tobacco

U.S. 04/18/19, 11:03

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he plans to introduce legislation to raise the minimum age to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21 nationally. The Senate leader said Thursday his bill will cover all tobacco products, including vaping devices. The Kentucky Republican represents a state that for generations was a leading ...

Three Republican senators to vote against Herman Cain for Fed

Politics 04/11/19, 23:11

Three GOP senators — Utah's Mitt Romney, Alaska's Lisa Murkowski and North Dakota's Kevin Cramer — told The Associated Press they'd likely vote against Cain. With Republicans controlling the Senate 53-47, it would take opposition from just four GOP senators to sink the nomination, assuming all Democrats are also "no" ...

Top Senate Dem stops short of embracing ‘Medicare for All’

Politics 04/11/19, 18:31

The Senate's top Democrat stopped short of throwing his weight behind Sen. Bernie Sanders' "Medicare for All" plan Thursday, calling it one of several proposals his party is advancing to strengthen health care. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., made the comments to reporters a day after Sanders, a Democratic presidential ...

Trump: It’s up to Cain to move ahead with Fed nomination

Business 04/10/19, 11:23

President Donald Trump said Wednesday that former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain is a "wonderful man," but it will be up to him to decide whether to go forward with a nomination to the Federal Reserve's seven-member board. Asked by reporters if the nomination was safe, Trump said he did not ...

House passes bill to restore ‘net neutrality’ rules

Politics 04/10/19, 11:07

The House has passed bill to restore Obama-era "net neutrality" rules, but the legislation faces slim odds of making it through the Republican-controlled Senate. The Save the Internet Act passed the Democrat-controlled House 232-190 Wednesday, largely along party lines. But top Senate Republican Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that net neutrality is ...

McConnell: Willing to offer hemp bill to resolve ‘glitches’

Politics 04/08/19, 11:33

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he's willing to offer follow-up legislation if needed to resolve any "glitches" as hemp starts a new era as a legal agricultural commodity. The Kentucky Republican said Monday that includes safeguarding hemp shipments stopped by police who can't tell whether they intercepted a legal crop ...

Reaction to the death of Ernest F. “Fritz” Hollings of SC

U.S. 04/06/19, 18:40

Reaction to the death of Ernest F. "Fritz" Hollings, a longtime South Carolina governor and U.S. senator who died Saturday at the age of 97: "I was saddened to learn of the passing of my friend and former colleague Senator Fritz Hollings. Fritz was a fixture in the Senate for nearly ...

Senate GOP to cut debate time on Trump nominees

Politics 04/03/19, 10:48

Senate Republicans are frustrated by delays in confirming dozens of President Donald Trump's lower-profile nominees, so they're forcing through a rules change to cut back debate on most of his picks. The GOP plan is to indefinitely restore rules in place during the first few years of President Barack Obama's second ...

Trump defers push for health plan after GOP resists idea

Politics 04/02/19, 12:45

President Donald Trump is deferring his push for a Republican health care plan to replace the Affordable Care Act, taking it on the road as 2020 campaign issue rather than trying to pass legislation on Capitol Hill that even his own party shunned. Trump's latest tweets punted the promise of a ...

4th ranked House leader seeks US Senate seat in New Mexico

Politics 04/01/19, 16:00

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján — the No. 4 ranked Democrat in Congress — announced his campaign Monday for the state's open U.S. Senate seat in 2020. Democrats hope to keep their hold on the seat held by Sen. Tom Udall, who announced last week that he won't seek a third ...

Senate barrels toward showdown vote on disaster relief

Politics 03/31/19, 23:43

A fight between President Donald Trump and Democrats over hurricane relief for Puerto Rico is imperiling a widely backed disaster aid bill that is a top priority for some of Trump's Southern GOP allies. The amount of money in dispute is relatively small, but Trump feels antipathy toward the U.S. territory's ...

Senate GOP to change rules to speed debate on nominations

Politics 03/28/19, 16:10

Senate Republicans, frustrated at Democratic stalling tactics on President Donald Trump's appointments, moved Thursday to change Senate rules to significantly shorten debate time on most nominees. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he's making the move in response to "unprecedented obstruction" by Democrats, which have required Republicans to hold time-consuming procedural votes ...

Leaders invite NATO secretary-general to address Congress

Politics 03/11/19, 16:30

Democrats and Republicans are inviting NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg to address a joint meeting of Congress next month around the 70th anniversary of the trans-Atlantic alliance. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, with agreement from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other members of Congress, is expected to extend the invitation, the leaders' ...

House approves sweeping ethics, election overhaul package

Politics 03/08/19, 11:33

The Democratic-controlled House has approved legislation aimed at reducing the role of big money in politics, ensuring fair elections and strengthening ethics standards. But it stands little chance in the Republican-run Senate. The House measure would make it easier to register and vote, and would tighten election security and require presidential ...

Update: McConnell calls anti-Israel attitudes disturbing

Politics 03/05/19, 15:08

The Latest on the fallout from Minnesota Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar's most recent comments on Israel (all times local): 3:05 p.m. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he finds rising anti-Israel sentiments "disturbing," including by "some of the new members of the House of Representatives." The Kentucky Republican was asked Tuesday about freshman ...

McConnell: Enough Senate votes to reject Trump’s wall move

Politics 03/04/19, 12:59

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) acknowledged Monday that opponents of President Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency along the U.S.-Mexico border have enough votes in the Republican-led Senate to prevail on a resolution aimed at blocking the move. McConnell, who fell in line behind Trump despite his own misgivings ...

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