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Chao announces $1.5 billion in infrastructure grants

Dec. 11, 2018 6:12 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Transportation Department announced Tuesday that it will disperse $1.5 billion to fund 91 infrastructure projects around the country. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said the grants are part of her department's BUILD infrastructure support program and will fund road, rail and...

West Virginia's Manchin gains key role on energy panel

Dec. 11, 2018 6:02 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — West Virginia's Joe Manchin will become the Democrats' top member on the Senate energy committee, giving the coal-state lawmaker a prominent position to shape policy. Manchin's prospective ascension to the top Democratic spot on the energy panel had sparked the ire of some...

Top Democratic donors hear from rising stars ahead of 2020

Dec. 11, 2018 5:04 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Seeking to excite top donors ahead of the 2020 presidential campaign, the Democratic National Committee gave a platform Tuesday to the party's rising stars, including winners and one notable loser from the November midterms. Florida Democrat Andrew Gillum, fresh off a loss in a razor-thin...

Senate votes overwhelmingly to renew farm programs

Dec. 11, 2018 4:53 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate voted overwhelmingly Tuesday for a sweeping agriculture bill that will fund key farm safety net programs for the next five years without making significant changes to the food stamp program. The vote was 87-13. The House is expected to pass the measure soon and send it to...

The Latest: Pelosi: Trump thinks Mexico will pay for wall

Dec. 11, 2018 4:40 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's promised U.S.-Mexico border wall (all times local): 4:35 p.m. House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi says President Donald Trump thinks Mexico will pay for the border wall through the new trade deal. Pelosi told colleagues privately that Trump insisted...

Trump bickers with Dem leaders, threatens gov't shutdown

Dec. 11, 2018 3:41 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bickering in public with Democratic leaders, President Donald Trump threatened repeatedly on Tuesday to shut down the government if Congress doesn't provide the money he says is needed to build a wall at the Mexican border. Trump's comments came as he opened a contentious meeting with...

'Many' candidates vying for chief of staff job, Trump says

Dec. 11, 2018 3:39 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Wanted: Top aide to most powerful leader in world. Chief qualification: Willing to take the job. Must also be prepared to tolerate regular undermining by boss and risk of steep legal bills. Post-employment prospects: Uncertain. President Donald Trump is scrambling to find a new chief...

With eyes on House majority, Dems cautious about impeachment

Dec. 11, 2018 10:13 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Some Democrats who will take the House majority in January are willing to say that President Donald Trump may have committed impeachable offenses. But that doesn't mean they will try to impeach him — at least not yet. For several reasons, Democrats have been extremely cautious...

The Latest: Trump denies that few want chief of staff job

Dec. 11, 2018 8:56 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's chief of staff (all times local): 8:55 a.m. President Donald Trump is disputing news reports that he's having a hard time finding a new White House chief of staff. In a tweet Tuesday disparaging the reports as "fake," Trump says many people, "over...

Trump scrambling to find new White House chief of staff

Dec. 10, 2018 7:25 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Wanted: Top aide to most powerful leader in world. Chief qualification: Willing to take the job. Must also be prepared to tolerate regular undermining by boss and risk of steep legal bills. Post-employment prospects: Uncertain. President Donald Trump is scrambling to find a new chief of...