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Kentucky's new Democratic governor hits the ground running

Dec. 14, 2019 8:06 AM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Just days into his term as Kentucky's governor, Democrat Andy Beshear already has checked off some big priorities from his to-do list: a new state school board installed; the education commissioner gone; more than 140,000 nonviolent felons' voting rights restored. Now comes the hard...

Tentative deal would avert possible looming federal shutdown

Dec. 12, 2019 8:06 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senior lawmakers announced a tentative agreement Thursday on an almost $1.4 trillion government-wide spending bill that would stave off a federal shutdown next weekend and split the differences on a number of contentious issues. The handshake agreement was announced by the chairwoman of...

Eyeing 2020, House empowers Medicare to negotiate drug costs

Dec. 12, 2019 3:22 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sharpening their 2020 election message, House Democrats on Thursday pushed through legislation that would empower Medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices and offer new benefits for seniors. The vote along party lines was 230-192. Speaker Nancy Pelosi's bill would cap Medicare...

Warren slams moderate rivals, laying bare ideological divide

Dec. 12, 2019 1:48 PM EST

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Elizabeth Warren lashed out Thursday at her moderate Democratic rivals seeking the White House, accusing them of naively accepting Republican calls for unity rather than standing up to the rich while too quickly bending to the whims of their own wealthy donors. The Massachusetts...

ICE arrested fewer in 2019 as resources shifted to border

Dec. 11, 2019 5:53 PM EST

DALLAS (AP) — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested fewer people during the 2019 budget year than last year, in part because resources were shifted to help handle the massive surge of migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border, the agency said Wednesday. And the average number of immigrants in...

US budget deficit rises to $209 billion in November

Dec. 11, 2019 2:39 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. budget deficit rose by 2% last month to $209 billion, another step in a journey back toward $1 trillion-a-year budget shortfalls. The Treasury Department reported Wednesday that the federal government took in $225 billion in tax and other revenue but spent a record $434 billion...

House leaders racing the clock on government spending bill

Dec. 11, 2019 1:19 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate's top Republican issued a downbeat assessment of talks on a government spending bill Wednesday, warning that it will require a “laser focus from both parties and both chambers" to meet next week's deadline and avert a federal shutdown. Across the Capitol, House Speaker...

Kentucky's new governor reorganizes school board on day one

Dec. 10, 2019 6:10 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Delivering on a campaign promise to teachers who helped elect him, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear used his first day in office Tuesday to overhaul the state school board. In his inaugural address outside the state Capitol, the new Democratic governor proclaimed his support for public...

Key dates in the House impeachment inquiry into Trump

Dec. 10, 2019 4:32 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — APRIL 21, 2019 President Donald Trump speaks with then-President-elect Volodymyr Zelenskiy to congratulate him on his election victory. The White House says in a readout of the call that the president underscored unwavering support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial...

Missouri, Planned Parenthood argue in court over funding

Dec. 10, 2019 12:47 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Government funding for Missouri Planned Parenthood clinics is at stake in a lawsuit argued before the state Supreme Court on Tuesday. State attorneys asked Supreme Court judges to back the Republican-led Legislature's decision to block funding from Planned Parenthood. The...