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Report: Feds need to do more to prevent failures at Hanford

Feb. 21, 2020 2:11 PM EST

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The federal government needs to do more to prevent the failure of radioactively contaminated facilities at an aging nuclear weapons production site in Washington state, the Government Accountability Office said this week. The partial collapse in 2017 of a tunnel containing radioactive...

Oregon state Sen. Jeff Golden speaks to demonstrators opposed to a plan to build a natural gas pipeline and marine export terminal in Oregon, at the Department of State Lands in Salem, Ore., Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020. Golden said he expects the battle to go to the courts if the Trump administration tries to ram the project through despite denials of state permits. Demonstrators held signs depicting salmon, which environmentalists say are among fish species that would be impacted by the proposed 230-mile (370-kilometer) feeder pipeline and export terminal. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky)

Trump appointees weigh plan to build pipeline in Oregon

Feb. 14, 2020 5:17 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Thursday was the day that a federal agency had been expected to make a decision on a proposed natural gas pipeline and marine export terminal in Oregon, and both opponents of the project and the Canadian energy company behind it awaited word from Washington. But Thursday came and went,...

Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020 in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Senate: Obama officials hamstrung by Russia election attack

Feb. 6, 2020 3:30 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration was ill-prepared to handle and failed to respond effectively to Russian interference during the 2016 election, according to a bipartisan congressional report released Thursday. It said officials feared getting caught up in a heavily politicized environment and...

FILE - In this Nov. 29, 2017 file photo, Seema Verma, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, speaks during a news conference in Newark, N.J.  Governors of both parties are warning that a little-noticed regulation proposed by the Trump administration could lead to big cuts in Medicaid, restricting their ability to pay for health care for low-income Americans. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

Governors warn Trump rule could lead to big Medicaid cuts

Feb. 6, 2020 6:54 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Governors of both major political parties are warning that a little-noticed regulation proposed by President Donald Trump's administration could lead to big cuts in Medicaid, reducing access to health care for low-income Americans. The arcane fiscal accountability rule proposed by the...

Oregon state Sen. Jeff Golden speaks to demonstrators opposed to a plan to build a natural gas pipeline and marine export terminal in Oregon, at the Department of State Lands in Salem, Ore., Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020. Golden said he expects the battle to go to the courts if the Trump administration tries to ram the project through despite denials of state permits. Demonstrators held signs depicting salmon, which environmentalists say are among fish species that would be impacted by the proposed 230-mile (370-kilometer) feeder pipeline and export terminal. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky)

Oregon senator predicts court battle over pipeline proposal

Feb. 4, 2020 8:41 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A state senator told demonstrators opposed to a plan to build a natural gas pipeline and marine export terminal in Oregon that he expects the battle to go to the courts if the Trump administration tries to ram the project through despite a lack of state permits. Gov. Kate Brown's office...

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, left, arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020, during the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Key questions asked during Trump's impeachment trial

Jan. 31, 2020 2:10 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The questions from senators at President Donald Trump's impeachment trial continued by the dozens on Thursday, with lawmakers inquiring about foreign election interference, the scope of presidential power and other areas that cut to the heart of the case now nearing its conclusion....

FILE - In this March 22, 2017 file photo, Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Seema Verma listen at right as President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. The Trump administration has a Medicaid deal for states: more control over health care spending on certain low-income residents if they agree to a limit on how much the feds kick in.  It's unclear how many states would be interested in such a trade-off under a complex Medicaid block grant proposal unveiled Thursday by Seema Verma, head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Tricky trade-offs for states in Trump's new Medicaid offer

Jan. 30, 2020 5:52 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration Thursday offered states more control over Medicaid spending for some of their poorest residents, but first governors must accept a limit on how much the feds kick in. That's a potentially tricky deal for states facing rising costs in the federal-state health...

FILE - In this May 9, 2019, file photo Jeff Bezos speaks at an event before unveiling Blue Origin's Blue Moon lunar lander in Washington. Two U.N. experts this week called for the U.S. to investigate a likely hack of Bezos' phone that could have involved Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. A commissioned forensic report found with “medium to high confidence” that Bezos' phone was compromised by a video MP4 file he received from the prince in May 2018. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

The big lesson from the Bezos hack: Anyone can be a target

Jan. 24, 2020 8:59 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — You may not think you're in the same league as Jeff Bezos when it comes to being a hacking target. Probably not, but you — and just about anyone else, potentially including senior U.S. government figures — could still be vulnerable to an attack similar to one the...