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California Sen. Dianne Feinstein's body returns to San Francisco on military flight

Sep. 30, 2023 22:14 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein returned Saturday to her hometown for the final time when a military jet carrying the late Democratic senator's body landed at San Francisco International Airport. The long-serving senator and political trailblazer died Thursday at...

House passes bill to avert a shutdown after Republicans abandon push for steep cuts; next steps in Senate are uncertain

Sep. 30, 2023 14:47 PM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — House passes bill to avert a shutdown after Republicans abandon push for steep cuts; next steps in Senate are uncertain.

Dianne Feinstein was at the center of a key LGBTQ+ moment. She's being lauded as an evolving ally

Sep. 30, 2023 10:16 AM EDT

Dianne Feinstein once stood at the center of a pivotal moment in LGBTQ+ history. Decades later, in death, she's being lauded by LGBTQ+ leaders as a longtime ally who, if she didn't always initially do the right thing, was able to learn and evolve. Feinstein was president of the San...

The Dianne Feinstein they knew: Women of the Senate remember a tireless fighter and a true friend

Sep. 30, 2023 09:43 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — When Washington Sen. Patty Murray received a call early Friday morning that Sen. Dianne Feinstein had died, she immediately started calling her fellow female senators. The Democrat’s first call was to Republican Sen. Susan Collins, who had worked with Feinstein...

Emerging election issues in New Jersey include lawsuits over outing trans students, offshore wind

Sep. 30, 2023 01:24 AM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Republicans are seizing on flashpoint issues in this year's election, aiming to energize voters over the state's lawsuits against school districts to stop them from outing transgender students to their parents as well as stoking skepticism toward offshore wind...

California Gov. Newsom will pick Feinstein’s replacement. He pledged in past to choose a Black woman

Sep. 29, 2023 21:31 PM EDT

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Democrats' fragile majority in the U.S. Senate puts extra pressure on California Gov. Gavin Newsom to quickly pick a replacement for Sen. Dianne Feinstein following her death, a fraught decision for a two-term governor with national ambitions of his own. ...

Photographs documented US Sen. Dianne Feinstein's groundbreaking career in politics

Sep. 29, 2023 18:51 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s groundbreaking career in politics was documented in photos from the moment she was sworn in as San Francisco mayor in the aftermath of tragedy to her long-awaited return to the U.S. Senate after illness earlier this year. The...

Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, trailblazer and champion of liberal priorities, dies at age 90

Sep. 29, 2023 17:25 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, a centrist Democrat and champion of liberal causes who was elected to the Senate in 1992 and broke gender barriers throughout her long career in local and national politics, has died. She was 90. Feinstein died on Thursday...

What Dianne Feinstein’s death means for control of the Senate and the looming government shutdown

Sep. 29, 2023 16:07 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s death creates a vacancy in the Senate at a time when her Democrats hold the slightest majority in the chamber. Feinstein, a centrist Democrat who had represented California since 1992, had medical struggles in recent months that...

McCarthy rejects Senate spending bill while scrambling for a House plan that averts a shutdown

Sep. 29, 2023 09:32 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A government shutdown appeared all but inevitable as House Speaker Kevin McCarthy dug in Thursday, vowing he will not take up Senate legislation designed to keep the federal government fully running despite House Republicans' struggle to unite around an alternative. ...