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Outside money flows into race for Susan Collins' Senate seat

Aug. 21, 2019 12:09 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Democrats vowed last year to make Republican Sen. Susan Collins pay for her vote confirming Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Republicans declared they would have her back. Neither has forgotten its promises. Money is pouring into Maine's high-profile Senate race, threatening to...

Olive Branch residents still recovering 2 months after flood

Aug. 10, 2019 9:56 AM EDT

OLIVE BRANCH, Tenn. (AP) — Frances Ivonne Brensdal woke up June 7 to find her Olive Branch home flooded after a night of record rainfall, which left her family and others displaced. She didn't even know it was raining. "My neighbor called me at 2:30 (a.m.) and said her house was flooded, and asked if mine...

McConnell, GOP Senate unlikely to act swiftly on guns

Aug. 7, 2019 6:36 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is resisting pressure to bring senators back from recess to address gun violence, despite wrenching calls to "do something" in the aftermath of back-to-back mass shootings. Instead, the Republican leader is taking a more measured approach, as GOP...

Trump pick for national intelligence director is withdrawing

Aug. 3, 2019 9:04 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's pick for national intelligence director, Texas Rep. John Ratcliffe, withdrew from consideration Friday after just five days as he faced growing questions about his experience and qualifications.  The move underscored the uncertainty over his confirmation...

AP Explains: Congress' fight over election security bills

Aug. 3, 2019 8:57 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — While House Democrats are haggling over whether to consider impeachment of President Donald Trump, Senate Democrats are focusing on a different angle in former special counsel Robert Mueller's report — securing future elections from foreign interference. Democrats have tried to...

Senators clash with FAA officials over Boeing Max oversight

Jul. 31, 2019 2:09 PM EDT

Members of a Senate subcommittee clashed with Federal Aviation Administration officials Wednesday, contending the agency was too deferential to Boeing in approving the 737 Max airliner. Senators cited newspaper reports of lax oversight as the jet and flight control software called MCAS were developed. The...

Republicans take wait-and-see approach to Trump intel pick

Jul. 30, 2019 4:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is joining many of his fellow Republicans in taking a wait-and-see approach to President Donald Trump's nominee for national intelligence director, Rep. John Ratcliffe, even as critics assail his lack of qualifications for the job. McConnell said...

Doubts emerge about Trump pick for US intelligence chief

Jul. 29, 2019 9:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's pick for national intelligence director has been mayor of a small Texas city, a federal prosecutor and a member of Congress. But questions were already emerging Monday about whether those qualifications are adequate for the position as the nation confronts threats...

Replacement of Maine-Canada bridge gets major fed aid boost

Jul. 23, 2019 2:32 AM EDT

MADAWASKA, Maine (AP) — The state of Maine will receive $36 million to help pay for the replacement of an aging bridge that connects one of its northernmost communities with the Canadian province of New Brunswick. Republican Sen. Susan Collins, who chairs the Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee,...

In key Senate races, Democrats buck leftward tilt on issues

Jul. 22, 2019 11:02 AM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — MJ Hegar, the leading U.S. Senate challenger in Texas, rides a Harley-Davidson in viral videos and has called herself "an ass-kicking, motorcycle-riding Texas Democrat." She is not a Democrat who promotes "Medicare for All." She mentions that during a narrow loss for a House seat last...