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President Donald Trump prepares to sign four executive orders during a news conference at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. Seizing the power of his podium and his pen, Trump on Saturday moved to bypass the nation's elected lawmakers as he claimed the authority to defer payroll taxes and extend an expired unemployment benefit after negotiations with Congress on a new coronavirus rescue package collapsed.(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Trump end run around Congress raises questions on his claims

Aug. 9, 2020 5:16 PM EDT

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump’s end run around Congress on coronavirus relief is raising questions about whether it would give Americans the economic lifeline he claims and appears certain to face legal challenges. Democrats called it a pre-election ploy that would burden...

President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Trump allows some unemployment pay, defers payroll tax

Aug. 8, 2020 11:24 PM EDT

BEDMINSTER, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump on Saturday bypassed the nation's lawmakers as he claimed the authority to defer payroll taxes and replace an expired unemployment benefit with a lower amount after negotiations with Congress on a new coronavirus rescue package collapsed. Trump's orders...

FILE - In this Oct. 25, 2018, file photo Chris Janicek pauses in Omaha, Neb. Nebraska Democrats endorsed a new U.S. Senate candidate on Sunday, July 19, 2020, in hopes of pressuring Janicek, their current nominee, to drop out of the race after he sent sexually offensive text messages to a campaign staffer. The party's state central committee voted to back Alisha Shelton, an Omaha mental health therapist, if Janicek withdraws his name from consideration. (Kent Sievers/Omaha World-Herald via AP)

Nebraska Senate hopeful who sent vulgar texts declines exit

Jul. 22, 2020 5:45 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Democratic U.S. Senate candidate in Nebraska doubled down Wednesday on his promise to stay in the race, despite growing pressure to drop out after he sent sexually vulgar text messages to a campaign staffer. Chris Janicek said in a statement that he won't withdraw from the race, and...

FILE - In this Oct. 25, 2018, file photo Chris Janicek pauses in Omaha, Neb. Nebraska Democrats endorsed a new U.S. Senate candidate on Sunday, July 19, 2020, in hopes of pressuring Janicek, their current nominee, to drop out of the race after he sent sexually offensive text messages to a campaign staffer. The party's state central committee voted to back Alisha Shelton, an Omaha mental health therapist, if Janicek withdraws his name from consideration. (Kent Sievers/Omaha World-Herald via AP)

Nebraska Democrats endorse replacement for Senate nominee

Jul. 20, 2020 11:25 AM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Democrats endorsed a new U.S. Senate candidate in hopes of pressuring their current nominee to drop out of the race after he sent sexually offensive text messages to a campaign staffer. The party's state central committee voted Sunday to back Alisha Shelton, an Omaha mental...

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, speaks during a news conference at the State Department, Wednesday, July 1, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, Pool)

Trump, top officials defend response to Russia bounty threat

Jul. 1, 2020 10:21 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Criticized for inaction, President Donald Trump and top officials on Wednesday stepped up their defense of the administration's response to intelligence assessments that Russia offered bounties for killing U.S. troops in Afghanistan. Trump's national security adviser said he had prepared...

Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, right, speaks accompanied by House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Md., during a news conference on Capitol Hill, after a meeting at the White House, Tuesday, June 30, 2020 in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump faces pressure over Russia bounties to kill US troops

Jun. 30, 2020 5:27 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday came under growing pressure to respond to allegations that Russia offered bounties for killing American troops in Afghanistan, with Democrats demanding answers and accusing Trump of bowing to Russian President Vladimir Putin at the risk of U.S. soldiers'...

In this Nov. 4, 2016, photo, Nebraska Democratic Party chairwoman Jane Kleeb is about to introduce Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., during a rally for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, in Omaha, Neb. Kleeb published a book in 2020 about how her party could return from relative irrelevance in rural America and once again win elections, but the last few months have shown just how difficult that task can be. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Democrats fight for relevance in red-state Nebraska

Jun. 26, 2020 10:37 AM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — It's never been easy to be a Democrat in Nebraska, but somehow it keeps getting even harder. The 29% of Nebraska voters registered as Democrats is the smallest in at least 50 years, and that’s only one indication of the party’s problems. Just in the last week, the party...

In this Oct. 25, 2018, photo is Chris Janicek in Omaha, Neb. The Nebraska Democratic Party is calling on its U.S. Senate nominee, Janicek, to drop out of the race after he made sexually repugnant comments about a campaign staffer in a group text with her and other staffers. The party says its state executive committee voted unanimously on Monday, June 15, 2020, to withdraw all of its resources from Janicek’s campaign. Janicek says he apologized to the staffer but doesn't intend to drop out. (Kent Sievers/Omaha World-Herald via AP)

Nebraska Democrats renounce their Senate pick over comments

Jun. 16, 2020 9:42 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Democratic Party called on its U.S. Senate nominee to drop out of the race Tuesday after he made sexually repugnant comments about a campaign staffer in a group text with her and other staffers. The party said its state executive committee voted unanimously on Monday evening...