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In this image from video, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaks on the Senate floor at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. (Senate Television via AP)

Sen. Rand Paul kept working for six days after virus test

Mar. 23, 2020 3:55 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul says he was tested a week ago for the novel coronavirus, but continued working at the Capitol because he had no symptoms of the illness and believed it was "highly unlikely” he was sick. Paul also said he did not have direct contact with anyone who tested...

A workman walks through the empty corridors of the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill as lawmakers negotiate on the emergency coronavirus response legislation, in Washington, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Amid virus, Congress' leaders resist call for remote voting

Mar. 18, 2020 2:33 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional leaders are resisting calls to let lawmakers vote remotely, a dispute pitting the scourge of the coronavirus against two centuries of tradition that underscores Washington's struggle to adapt to swiftly evolving recommendations for coping with the pandemic. Advocates of the...

Mike Mastrian, Director of the Senate Radio and Television Gallery, cleans down the podium before a news conference with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Trump pushes for massive aid from Congress, checks to public

Mar. 17, 2020 11:27 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a massive federal effort Tuesday, President Donald Trump asked Congress to speed emergency checks to Americans, enlisted the military for MASH-like hospitals and implored ordinary people — particularly socially active millennials — to do their part by staying home to stop...

Former Second Lady of the United States Jill Biden and U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley, right, look on as U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin endorses former Vice President Joe Biden during a press conference at the Union League Club, Friday, March 6, 2020. (Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

Ex-sheriff wins Illinois GOP Senate primary; faces Durbin

Mar. 17, 2020 10:49 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A former Chicago-area sheriff emerged from a crowded Republican field Tuesday in the Illinois primary, advancing to mount a long-shot challenge against Democratic U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin. Mark Curran, who had perhaps the most name recognition of all the candidates, said he ran because he...

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, second from left, speaks with members of the media as he departs a meeting with Senate Republicans on an economic lifeline for Americans affected by the coronavirus outbreak. on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, March 16, 2020. Standing with Mnuchin is White House chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow, right. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

As Congress eyes economic package, Democrats seek $750B

Mar. 16, 2020 10:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — With an urgency unseen since the Great Recession, Congress is rushing to develop a sweeping economic lifeline for American households and businesses suddenly capsized by the coronavirus outbreak. Democrats said at least $750 billion would be needed. And top White House officials briefing...

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US moves nearer to shutdown amid coronavirus fears

Mar. 16, 2020 12:04 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Officials across the country curtailed many elements of American life to fight the coronavirus outbreak on Sunday, with health officials recommending that groups of 50 or more don't get together and a government expert saying a 14-day national shutdown may be needed. Governors and mayors...

Senate passes rebuke of DeVos over student loan forgiveness

Mar. 11, 2020 3:17 PM EDT

The Senate on Wednesday gave final congressional approval to a measure that would overturn rules issued by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos in 2019 that made it harder for students to get loans erased after being misled by for-profit colleges. The measure, which passed with a 53-42 vote, stands as a rare rebuke of...

Vice President Mike Pence bumps elbows with Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, left, during a news conference, Thursday, March 5, 2020, at Camp Murray in Washington state. Pence was in Washington to discuss the state's efforts to fight the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, and officials have been avoiding shaking hands to prevent the spread of germs. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Pence walks fine line on coronavirus response

Mar. 7, 2020 12:00 AM EST

CAMP MURRAY, Wash. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence decided silence was the way to go. Soon after President Donald Trump asked him to lead the U.S. government's response to the coronavirus outbreak, Pence was on the phone with Washington’s Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee, whose state is at the epicenter...

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden leaves after speaking Wednesday, March 4, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

The Latest: Biden says he's feeling good about 2020 race now

Mar. 6, 2020 7:04 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the 2020 election (all times local): 7 p.m. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden says he's in a solid position ahead of six more primaries on Tuesday. "I’m feeling really good about where we are now," Biden told a group of donors Friday, adding that the Super...

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks to supporters at a campaign event at Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, Sunday, March 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

Sanders in the Senate: An outsider plays the inside game

Mar. 2, 2020 5:38 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators often talk about Bernie Sanders in diplomatic tones, the way relatives discuss a certain family member with hushed pause. He’s passionate, they say politely. Independent. Or, just Bernie being Bernie. The senator returns the favor at the weekly Democratic luncheons....