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NY puts Democrats a step closer to getting Trump tax returns

May. 22, 2019 1:30 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York lawmakers gave final passage to legislation Wednesday that would allow President Donald Trump's state tax returns to be released to congressional committees that have, so far, been barred from getting the president's federal filings. The Democrat-led Senate and Assembly both...

Trump demands end to Russia probes, walks out of Dem meeting

May. 22, 2019 1:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump abruptly stalked out of a meeting with congressional leaders Wednesday with a flat declaration he would no longer work with Democrats unless they drop all investigations in the aftermath of the special counsel's Trump-Russia report. Democrats said the walkout seemed...

3 Minutes: Trump meeting with Dems goes bust in a flash

May. 22, 2019 1:02 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The curtains in the Cabinet Room were drawn. The Democrats were waiting. President Donald Trump came and went in all of three minutes. Round 2 of the president's consultations with congressional Democrats on infrastructure went bust in a flash. Prospects for passing a large infrastructure...

Former Senate Majority Leader Daschle joins cannabis board

May. 22, 2019 12:01 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle has been named to an advisory board of a cannabis investment company. The Argus Leader reports the South Dakota Democrat joined New York-based Northern Swan Holdings Inc. The firm supports companies in the international cannabis industry in...

Duterte's allies dominate Senate race, shut out opposition

May. 22, 2019 7:54 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine president's allies won a majority of the 12 Senate seats at stake in midterm elections, official results showed Wednesday, while the opposition's shutout heralds a stronger grip on power by a leader accused of massive human rights violations. Election officials...

Harris' bill seeks to address racial bias in maternal care

May. 22, 2019 7:33 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris is offering a new bill to address racial disparities in maternal health care, one of several plans by 2020 Democratic presidential candidates on the issue. Harris' bill, first introduced in 2018, would create some $150 million in grant programs to medical schools...

Biden: Congress should protect abortion rights, if necessary

May. 22, 2019 6:08 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden would support Congress enshrining abortion rights into federal law "should it become necessary," his presidential campaign said Tuesday, following several other Democratic candidates in promising to take that step if elected president. The hot button issue has shot to the...

Today in History

May. 22, 2019 12:06 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Wednesday, May 22, the 142nd day of 2019. There are 223 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On May 22, 1992, after a reign lasting nearly 30 years, Johnny Carson hosted NBC's "Tonight Show" for the final time (Jay Leno took over as host three days later). On this date:...

The Latest: Top officials say US doesn't want war with Iran

May. 21, 2019 9:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Trump administration's Iran policy (all times local): 9:35 p.m. Top Trump administration officials have told Congress that recent actions by the U.S. have deterred Iranian attacks on American forces. But some lawmakers remain deeply skeptical of the White House approach...

Congressional leaders make progress on debt, spending talks

May. 21, 2019 9:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top leaders of both parties in Congress made progress Tuesday on two must-do items on the legislative agenda: averting automatic budget cuts and meeting a deadline later this year to increase the government's borrowing limit. But after a flurry of optimism at midday, a deal proved elusive...