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Prosecutors to Congress: Let state prisons jam cellphones

Jan. 25, 2023 18:08 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Top state prosecutors from across the country are again urging Congress to pass legislation allowing state prisons to jam the signals of cellphones smuggled to inmates, devices the attorneys argue allow prisoners to plot violence and carry out crimes. ...

Biden meets with Democratic leaders as debt showdown looms

Jan. 24, 2023 19:23 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden hosted the Democratic congressional leaders Tuesday at the White House as they face a new era of divided government in Washington, staring down a debt ceiling crisis and running up against a new House Republican majority eager for confrontation. ...

McConnell celebrates milestone as Senate Dems retain power

Jan. 03, 2023 19:00 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are again claiming the Senate majority, but much of the chamber’s focus Tuesday was on the top Republican as Mitch McConnell became the longest serving Senate leader in history. McConnell, 80, surpassed Montana Sen. Mike Mansfield’s record of 16...

Biden outpacing Trump, Obama with diverse judicial nominees

Dec. 29, 2022 14:34 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — For the Biden White House, a quartet of four female judges in Colorado encapsulates its mission when it comes to the federal judiciary. Charlotte Sweeney is the first openly LGBT woman to serve on the federal bench west of the Mississippi River and has a...

After Jan. 6: Congress born of chaos ends in achievement

Dec. 24, 2022 00:09 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The 117th Congress opened with the unfathomable Jan. 6, 2021, mob siege of the Capitol and is closing with unprecedented federal criminal referrals of the former president over the insurrection — all while conducting one of the most consequential legislative sessions in recent...

Senate passes $1.7 trillion bill to fund gov't, aid Ukraine

Dec. 22, 2022 17:12 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate passed a massive $1.7 trillion spending bill Thursday that finances federal agencies through September and provides another significant round of military and economic aid to Ukraine one day after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy's dramatic address to a joint...

Senate hits snag in bid to pass $1.7 trillion spending bill

Dec. 21, 2022 23:28 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Momentum toward passing a $1.7 trillion government funding bill with more aid for Ukraine slowed considerably Wednesday as lawmakers struggled to reach an agreement on amendments needed to get to a final vote and avoid a partial government shutdown at midnight Friday. ...

Senate confirms new U.S. ambassador to Russia

Dec. 21, 2022 14:00 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to confirm the new U.S. ambassador to Russia. Hours before Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy was expected to arrive in Washington for a historic visit, senators voted to 93-2 to confirm veteran diplomat Lynne M....

Lawmakers unveil $1.7T bill to avoid shutdown, boost Ukraine

Dec. 20, 2022 22:10 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional leaders unveiled a government-wide $1.7 trillion spending package early Tuesday that includes another large round of aid to Ukraine, a nearly 10% boost in defense spending and roughly $40 billion in emergency spending, mostly to assist communities across the...

Biden signs bill to keep government open through Dec. 23

Dec. 16, 2022 15:16 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden signed legislation Friday to fund the government for an additional week as lawmakers race to finish work on a full-year spending package before they head home for the holidays and a new Congress is sworn in. Congress in September passed a bill...