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Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., listen as President Donald Trump speaks before he signs the coronavirus stimulus relief package in the Oval Office at the White House, Friday, March 27, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

McConnell: Impeachment 'diverted attention' from coronavirus

Mar. 31, 2020 7:55 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's impeachment trial distracted the federal government from the coronavirus as it reached the United States in January, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday, despite warnings at the time from public health experts and members of Congress about the...

People walk among U.S. flags with the U.S. Capitol in the background, Sunday, March 15, 2020, in Washington. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said Congress has started work on a new coronavirus aid package after the one just approved by the House early Saturday. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Virus poses a test: Can fractured Washington still 'go big'?

Mar. 19, 2020 2:49 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The fast-moving coronavirus upending every facet of American life is testing whether Washington, a capital city fractured by years of bitter partisanship and inaction, can still do big things. Not since the Great Recession of 2008, and before that the Sept. 11 attacks of 2001, has the...

Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

Mar. 7, 2020 12:32 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows: ABC's “This Week" — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders; Housing Secretary Ben Carson. ___ NBC's “Meet the Press" — Sanders; Dr. Anthony Fauci, the National Institutes of Health's infectious diseases chief;...

President Donald Trump listens as he tours the Viral Pathogenesis Laboratory at the National Institutes of Health, Tuesday, March 3, 2020, in Bethesda, Md. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

A disconnect between Trump and health officials on virus

Mar. 4, 2020 12:25 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Whom to believe on the coronavirus threat — the president saying one thing or the public health officials standing beside him and saying something a little different? President Donald Trump’s breezy talk Tuesday of a virus that's “got the world aflutter”...

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., with fellow Democrats and members of Moms Demand Action, marks the one-year anniversary of passage in the House of the Bipartisan Background Check Act to close loopholes for gun purchases, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

A year after House vote, Dems challenge McConnell on guns

Feb. 27, 2020 6:53 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Frustrated Democrats again lambasted Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell Thursday as they marked a year of Senate inaction since the House passed landmark gun control legislation. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi acknowledged that Democrats have been here before — complaining about...

Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

Feb. 22, 2020 3:18 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows: ABC's “This Week" — National security adviser Robert O'Brien; Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C. ___ NBC's “Meet the Press" — Clyburn; Marc Short, chief of staff to Vice President Mike Pence ___ CBS' “Face the Nation"...

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif speaks on the second day of the Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)

Iran's FM says his meeting with US senator spooked Trump

Feb. 19, 2020 6:41 AM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s foreign minister said Wednesday that he believes his recent meeting with a U.S. senator had spooked the Trump administration because it was an opportunity to talk directly to “the American nation.” Mohammad Javad Zarif met last week with Sen. Chris Murphy on...

FILE - In this Feb. 3, 2020, file photo, Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., walks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Murphy is defending a weekend meeting he held with Iran's foreign minister in Europe. The Connecticut Democrat said Tuesday his meeting with Mohammed Javad Zarif was important because it is dangerous not to talk to one's enemies. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

US lawmaker defends meeting with Iran FM in Munich

Feb. 18, 2020 2:45 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Chris Murphy on Tuesday defended a weekend meeting he held with Iran's foreign minister in Europe, after his actions were questioned in conservative media andas President Donald Trump suggested they may have violated U.S. law. The Connecticut Democrat said his Saturday meeting with...

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., talks to reporters following a GOP strategy meeting at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

After impeachment: Congress adrift, oversight uncertain

Feb. 12, 2020 5:24 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Inside the Capitol, it’s as if the impeachment of President Donald Trump never happened. One week after the historic undertaking shuttered to a close, Congress is feverishly back at work emboldened but also arguably diminished by the outcome. Senate Republicans are flexing their...

FILE - In this April 4, 2019, file photo, NCAA President Mark Emmert answers questions at a news conference at the Final Four college basketball tournament in Minneapolis. As Congress considers whether to allow college athletes to receive endorsement money, the NCAA and its allies spent nearly $1 million last year lobbying lawmakers to shape any reforms to the organization's liking. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)

AP Exclusive: NCAA, 2 conferences spend $750,000 on lobbying

Feb. 10, 2020 10:24 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — As Congress considers whether to allow college athletes to receive endorsement money, the NCAA and its allies spent at least $750,000 last year lobbying lawmakers to shape any reforms to the organization's liking. The NCAA last fall said it would allow athletes to “benefit from the...