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House fails to override Trump veto of his border emergency

Mar. 26, 2019 3:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic-controlled House fell short Tuesday in its effort to override President Donald Trump's first veto, handing him a victory in his drive to spend billions more for constructing barriers along the Southwest border than Congress has approved. Lawmakers voted 248-181 in favor of...

Key senator urges White House to fill top Pentagon post

Mar. 26, 2019 2:51 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican chairman of a key Senate committee is urging the White House to quickly nominate someone to lead the Pentagon. Sen. James Inhofe said Tuesday that if the White House nominates Patrick Shanahan, who has been the acting secretary of defense since Jan. 1, he would welcome a...

Ethics body questions ex-EPA chief's $50-a-night condo deal

Mar. 26, 2019 10:03 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Office of Government Ethics is refusing to certify one of the final financial disclosure reports of ex-Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt, citing the cut-rate $50-a-night deal Pruitt had for a luxury Washington condo. The ethics body said in a finding released...

New trade deal getting a boost from Trump, business groups

Mar. 26, 2019 5:46 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House and business groups are stepping up efforts to win congressional approval for the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade accord . But prospects are uncertain given that Republicans are at odds with some aspects of the plan and Democrats are in no hurry to secure a political victory for...

Swedes keep room ready for US diplomats in Pyongyang

Mar. 25, 2019 8:53 PM EDT

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Swedish diplomats are keeping a room ready for the U.S. to use if it ever decides to have an official presence in the North Korean capital. The unmarked, slightly musty room next to the Swedish ambassador's office in Pyongyang's diplomatic quarter has been kept in an odd state...

Nationals OF Victor Robles, 21, gets his turn to turn heads

Mar. 25, 2019 7:59 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Every team has a "next big thing" in the minors, waiting for the chance to dazzle in the majors, and Washington Nationals fans have been hearing about Victor Robles for years. He's an outfielder whose speed fuels his offense and defense. He's shown power, too. "Toolsy" is the way new...

New Mexico senator, conservationist won't run again in 2020

Mar. 25, 2019 7:28 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Senator Tom Udall announced Monday he will not seek re-election in 2020, opening a secure Democratic seat to competition and ending a chapter in a Western political dynasty built on environmental conservation. The second-term senator and former congressman said he was...

The Latest: House chairs want full Mueller report by April 2

Mar. 25, 2019 7:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Congress and the special counsel's Russia investigation (all times local): 7:20 p.m. The Democratic leaders of six House committees are demanding that Congress have the full report by special counsel Robert Mueller "no later" than April 2. The chairmen of the panels wrote in...

Trump hosts Stanley Cup champion Capitals at White House

Mar. 25, 2019 6:29 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump welcomed Alex Ovechkin and the reigning NHL champion Washington Capitals to the Oval Office on Monday to congratulate them for winning the Stanley Cup in June. Trump said it was an honor to host the team because he is a hockey fan and a Capitals fan. The president...

Trump signs declaration reversing US policy on Golan Heights

Mar. 25, 2019 6:22 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump signed a proclamation on Monday recognizing Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights, reversing more than a half-century of U.S. policy in the Middle East. Standing alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House, Trump made formal a move...