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 ...

US ambassador to Canada emerges as favorite for UN post

Politics 02/21/19, 17:19

U.S. Ambassador to Canada Kelly Craft is emerging as the front-runner to be the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Two people familiar with the matter say Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is backing Craft for the post, and she also has the support of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo ...

Senate Dems on Green New Deal debate: ‘Bring it on’

Politics 02/14/19, 13:46

When Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced he would bring the Green New Deal forward for votes he thought it would put Democrats — especially 2020 presidential contenders — on the spot. But on Thursday, Senate Democrats said they welcome the opportunity for a debate on climate change, and the proposal ...

McConnell wields Green New Deal as bludgeon against Dems

Politics 02/12/19, 21:04

The Senate will vote on the Green New Deal, a moonshot plan by Democrats to combat climate change, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday, announcing a move designed to force Senate Democrats — including a cast of presidential candidates — into a political bind. The plan, initially championed by freshman ...

Border deal: Trump falls short on wall, Dems get less too

Politics 02/12/19, 17:40

The undisputed grand prize at stake for President Donald Trump in border security talks was money for his proposed wall with Mexico. He flat out got much less than he demanded. But to clinch the deal that congressional leaders hope to approve this week—and that they're prodding Trump to sign or ...

Update: McConnell says Trump got a ‘pretty good deal’

Politics 02/12/19, 15:02

The Latest on congressional border security negotiations and President Donald Trump (all times local): 2:55 p.m. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says President Donald Trump got a "pretty good deal" in border security negotiations, even though funding falls short for the long-promised wall with Mexico. McConnell says he spoke with the president and ...

GOP leader wants border deal with hope that Trump will OK it

Politics 02/05/19, 17:54

The Senate’s top Republican on Tuesday pushed congressional bargainers to reach a border security deal without first getting President Donald Trump’s approval, a month after the impulsive president scuttled an apparent bipartisan deal and triggered a historically long federal shutdown. Capitol Hill talks to resolve an impasse over Trump’s demands for ...

Senate breaks with Trump on Afghanistan, Syria withdrawal

Politics 02/04/19, 18:55

The Senate voted Monday to oppose the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria and Afghanistan, breaking with President Donald Trump as he calls for a military drawdown in those countries. Senators voted 70-26 for the amendment sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. The measure says the Islamic State group and ...

Trump says Pompeo not leaving Cabinet for Senate race

Politics 02/03/19, 13:55

President Donald Trump says Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is "absolutely not leaving" the Cabinet even as top Republicans make a pitch for him to run for the Senate in Kansas. Pompeo, who served four terms in the House and was Trump's CIA director before moving to the State Department, avoided ...

Update: McConnell for ‘whatever works’ to avoid shutdown

Politics 01/29/19, 15:22

The Latest on Congress, President Donald Trump and border security (all times local): 3 p.m. As members of Congress begin meetings aimed at striking a deal on border security, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he is for "whatever works" to avoid another government shutdown or a declaration of a national emergency ...

Talks start as Senate rejects 2 plans for ending shutdown

Politics 01/25/19, 01:14

A splintered Senate voted down competing Democratic and Republican plans for ending the 35-day partial government shutdown, but the twin setbacks prompted a burst of bipartisan talks aimed at temporarily halting the longest shutdown of federal agencies. In the first serious exchange in weeks, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), quickly ...

Senate rejects rival plans for ending shutdown; talks start

Politics 01/24/19, 20:36

A splintered Senate swatted down competing Democratic and Republican plans for ending the 34-day partial government shutdown on Thursday, but the twin setbacks prompted a burst of bipartisan talks aimed at temporarily halting the longest-ever closure of federal agencies and the damage it's inflicting around the country.In the first serious ...

Police called to shutdown protest at McConnell office

U.S. 01/23/19, 15:23

Police in Kentucky were called to a protest by a group of federal government workers at a field office for Sen. Mitch McConnell. The protestors arrived at the Lexington office in hopes of handing off some letters to the senator's staff about the government shutdown, said Chon Jung, an organizer. Jung ...

Update: Senate to push forward with 2 shutdown votes

Politics 01/22/19, 16:06

The Latest on President Donald Trump and the partial government shutdown (all times local): 4:05 p.m. The Senate will push forward with two votes this week to end the government shutdown, but it's doubtful either will pass. First will be President Donald Trump's proposal to provide $5.7 billion for the U.S.-Mexico border wall, ...

Cameron files to run for attorney general in Kentucky

Football 01/22/19, 13:23

A former University of Louisville football player and lawyer for U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has filed to run for attorney general in Kentucky, setting up a primary with a powerful state senator.Daniel Cameron filed paperwork Tuesday to seek the Republican nomination for attorney general. He is the second ...

What’s the prospect of Trump’s shutdown proposal in Senate?

Politics 01/22/19, 08:28

President Donald Trump's proposal to reopen the government, with immigration provisions aimed at mollifying Democrats but which have alienated some conservatives, is headed for Senate action, its prospects uncertain. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will try to muscle through the 1,300-page spending measure, which includes $5.7 billion to fund Trump's proposed ...

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