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  • House, Senate reach agreement on anti-sexual harassment bill

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House and Senate negotiators have reached an agreement on a bill to overhaul the process for handling sexual misconduct allegations in Congress. The bill updates the decades-old Congressional Accountability Act, which governs how lawmakers and aides report sexual misconduct claims. The law has been widely criticized as confusing, cumbersome and unfair to […]
  • Amid fraud probe, an election redo might require new primary

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — With ballot fraud allegations hanging over a disputed North Carolina U.S. House race, state lawmakers have agreed to change the way such “do-over” congressional elections are handled. The state House and Senate voted Wednesday to require new primary elections, in addition to a new general election, if the state elections board […]
  • Congress approves $400 billion for farmers, forests, poor

    WASHINGTON (AP) — After months of debate and negotiation, Congress voted final approval Wednesday to a massive farm bill that will provide more than $400 billion for agriculture subsidies, conservation programs and food aid. The House voted 369-47 for the legislation, which sets federal agricultural and food policy for five years, after the Senate approved […]
  • The Latest: Senate debating measure to rebuke Saudi Arabia

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the congressional response to the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi (all times local): 3:45 p.m. The Senate has started debate on a resolution calling on the U.S. to pull assistance from the Saudi-led war in Yemen. It’s a measure that has won new support in the aftermath of […]
  • The naughty list? Donald Trump Jr. calls his dad a regifter

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s eldest son says his father is a “regifter” who “may or may not” have once given him the same gift he presented to his dad the year before. Donald Trump Jr. says in an interview with the entertainment program “Extra” that because he is his father’s namesake, he “got […]
  • Hatch laments loss of civility for US Senate in ‘crisis’

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Outgoing U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah bemoaned the disappearance of political civility, kinship and cross-party collaboration during a farewell speech Wednesday where he called the Senate a legislative body in “crisis.” Hatch, 84, will step down next month as the longest-serving Republican senator in history after serving 42 years. […]
  • Trump campaign Russia contacts alarm intelligence experts

    WASHINGTON (AP) — From suggestions of “political synergy” and offers of business deals to contact with more than a dozen people in then-candidate Donald Trump’s orbit, Russian outreach to the Trump campaign has a familiar and alarming pattern to experts in the intelligence field. The attempts by Russians to establish contact, which were laid out […]
  • Health law sign-ups lagging as Saturday deadline is looming

    WASHINGTON (AP) — With just days left to enroll, fewer people are signing up for the Affordable Care Act , even though premiums are stable, more plans are available and millions of uninsured people can still get financial help. Barring an enrollment surge, the nation’s uninsured rate could edge up again after a yearslong coverage […]
  • China suspected in huge Marriott data breach, official says

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Investigators believe hackers working on behalf of China’s main intelligence agency are responsible for a massive data breach involving the theft of personal information from as many as 500 million guests of the Marriott hotel chain, a U.S. official said Wednesday. Investigators suspect the hackers were working on behalf of the Chinese […]
  • After Khashoggi murder, Senate debates US role in Yemen

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is debating a resolution that would call on the U.S. to pull assistance from the Saudi-led war in Yemen, a measure that has won new support in the aftermath of the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The Senate voted 60-39 on Wednesday to open debate on the resolution, signaling […]
  • AP Interview: Jones says farmers scared by Trump’s tariffs

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Doug Jones said Alabama’s soybean farmers and automobile manufacturers are “scared to death” over President Donald Trump’s tariff wars, but he cautioned Democrats from spending too much time attacking the president as the party tries to win back heartland voters ahead of the 2020 presidential election. In an Associated Press interview, […]
  • Former HUD chief Julian Castro moves toward presidential run

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Former Obama housing chief Julian Castro says he’s taking a step toward a possible White House campaign in 2020 by forming a presidential exploratory committee. The Texas Democrat tells The Associated Press that he will announce a decision Jan. 12. The move Wednesday gives the 44-year-old former San Antonio mayor an […]
  • AP: Ivanka, Kushner could profit from tax break they pushed

    WASHINGTON (AP) — At an Oval Office gathering earlier this year, President Donald Trump began touting his administration’s new real estate investment program, which offers massive tax breaks to developers who invest in downtrodden American communities. He then turned to one of the plan’s strongest supporters. “Ivanka, would you like to say something?” Trump asked […]
  • Trump, Democrats dig in for fight over border-wall funding

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional leaders were digging in Wednesday for a fight over government funding, a day after a combative White House meeting with President Donald Trump that seemed to raise the likelihood of a partial government shutdown. Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said Trump was holding parts of the government “hostage to a petty […]
  • ‘Dirty deeds’: Ex-Trump lawyer Cohen gets 3 years in prison

    NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s one-time fixer, was sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison for crimes that included arranging the payment of hush money to conceal his boss’ alleged sexual affairs, telling a judge that he agreed time and again to cover up Trump’s “dirty deeds” out of “blind loyalty.” […]
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