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FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2020, file photo the White House is seen in Washington. The coronavirus pandemic and the nation's crashing economy are scrambling the themes both political parties thought would carry them to victory in this November's elections. Gone, at least for now, are the hopes of President Donald Trump and Re(AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

Coronavirus suddenly upends campaign themes for both parties

Mar. 24, 2020 1:51 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic and the country's collapsing economy are forcing Democrats and Republicans to rethink the messaging they thought would help them win November's elections for White House and congressional control. Shattered, certainly for now, is President Donald Trump's ability...

President Donald Trump speaks during a briefing on coronavirus in the Brady press briefing room at the White House, Saturday, March 14, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Arc of Trump's coronavirus comments defies reality on ground

Mar. 16, 2020 1:18 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the course of a few weeks, President Donald Trump veered from confidently assuring Americans his administration had the coronavirus outbreak “very well under control” to declaring a national emergency and tweeting all-caps caution about the pandemic that has upended every...

FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2014, file photo, a student prepares to leave the Enterprise Attendance Center school southeast of Brookhaven Miss. The federal government has decided to delay changing the way it determines funding for rural education after a bipartisan group of lawmakers said the move would hurt hundreds of schools. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

Federal government delays changes in rural school funding

Mar. 5, 2020 12:45 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The federal government has decided to delay changing the way it determines funding for rural education after a bipartisan group of lawmakers said the move would hurt hundreds of schools. The U.S. Department of Education had planned to change the eligibility methodology for the Rural...

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., joined by the GOP leadership, speaks to reporters just after meeting with Attorney General William Barr to discuss expiring provisions of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and other government intelligence laws, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Dems thwart Senate Republicans on 2 abortion-related bills

Feb. 25, 2020 5:42 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats on Tuesday blocked a pair of Republican bills that would ban most late-term abortions and threaten prison for doctors who don't try saving the life of infants born alive during abortions. The measures have been defeated multiple times in recent years, but Senate...

FILE - This May 8, 2019, file photo shows a lobster atop others in Arundel, Maine.  Maine's congressional delegation announced Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020, that China is making U.S. lobster eligible for a tariff reduction. Starting the following week, Chinese businesses could apply for a tariff exemption that would let them buy U.S. lobster at a lower price, officials said. ( AP Photo/Rodrique Ngowi, File)

US lobstermen may see relief from steep Chinese tariffs

Feb. 25, 2020 1:37 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — China is making U.S. lobster eligible for a tariff reduction, good news for lobster fishermen who lost a key export market during trade hostilities, Maine's congressional delegation announced Tuesday. The one-year exemption process may exclude $300 million worth of U.S. seafood from...

Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., joined at left by Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, meets with reporters just after the Senate advanced a resolution asserting that President Donald Trump must seek approval from Congress before engaging in further military action against Iran, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Senate moves to limit Trump on military force against Iran

Feb. 13, 2020 4:13 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate approved a bipartisan measure Thursday aimed at limiting President Donald Trump's authority to launch military operations against Iran, with eight Republicans joining Democrats in a post-impeachment bid to constrain the White House. The rebuke was the Senate's first major vote...

President Donald Trump listens to a question during a meeting with Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno in the Oval Office of the White House, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

With impeachment over, critics see Trump 'retribution tour'

Feb. 13, 2020 5:42 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the week since his acquittal on impeachment charges, a fully emboldened President Donald Trump is demonstrating his determination to assert an iron grip on government, pushing his Justice Department to ease up on a longtime friend while using the levers of presidential powers to exact...

FILE - In this Jan. 3, 2019 file photo, Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., is sworn-in during the opening session of the 116th Congress, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Three years after the opening of the Smithsonian's landmark Museum of African American History and Culture, momentum is building toward the creation of a museum dedicated to American women's history.  The House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a bill to establish the museum inside the Smithsonian network and take steps toward funding and construction. The vote was 374-37.  “Seeing role models doing things we all aspire to can change the course of someone’s life,” said Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., one of the bill's principal sponsors. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

House approves plan to create US women's history museum

Feb. 11, 2020 5:40 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Three years after the opening of the Smithsonian's landmark Museum of African American History and Culture, momentum is building toward the creation of a museum dedicated to American women's history. The House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a bill to establish the museum inside...

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, arrives for President Donald Trump's State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress in the House Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020. (Leah Millis/Pool via AP)

Democrats tear into GOP Sen. Collins over acquittal vote

Feb. 7, 2020 12:41 PM EST

Republican Sen. Susan Collins drew attention with her deliberative approach to the impeachment trial, giving Democrats hope she might vote to convict President Donald Trump. She listened, took notes, asked questions. Then she pondered some more. Then she did just what many Democrats figured she would do: She...

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., left, talks with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Calif., as they arrive to hear President Donald Trump speak in the East Room of the White House, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

McConnell remaking Senate in age of Trump, impeachment

Feb. 7, 2020 12:00 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long before Donald Trump’s impeachment landed in the Senate, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had one piece of advice for the president: Focus on the House. Gin it up. Use maximum effort. Make sure Republicans are united. And leave the Senate to him. The Republican leader encouraged...