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O'Rourke apologizes for teen writings, rhetoric toward wife

Mar. 15, 2019 11:59 PM EDT

FAIRFIELD, Iowa (AP) — Democratic presidential contender Beto O'Rourke on Friday acknowledged making mistakes as a teen and as a candidate, responding to criticism of his campaign rhetoric toward his wife as well as writings he produced online when he was young. During a taping of the "Political Party...

In 420-0 vote, House says Mueller report should be public

Mar. 14, 2019 5:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House voted unanimously Thursday for a resolution calling for any final report in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation to be made public, a symbolic action designed to pressure Attorney General William Barr into releasing as much information as possible when the probe...

Trump raises possibility of walking away from China deal

Mar. 13, 2019 11:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday dangled the prospect of walking away from a new trade deal with China if it's not to his liking, just as he cut short his summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un when the two sides failed to reach an agreement. Trump spoke on the state of negotiations...

Senators seek briefing on journalist, activist surveillance

Mar. 11, 2019 6:33 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top lawmakers on the Senate Finance Committee are requesting an unclassified briefing on a database kept by Customs and Border Protection that tracked journalists and others in a large migrant caravan last fall. The committee's chairman, Republican Chuck Grassley of Iowa, and its ranking...

Farmer patience on tariffs comes with caution flag for Trump

Mar. 7, 2019 1:47 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Iowa hog farmer Howard Hill is feeling the pinch from President Donald Trump's get-tough trade policies — his pigs are selling for less than it costs to raise them. It's a hit that Hill is willing to take for now, but his understanding also comes with a caution flag for the...

Lawmakers push back against Interior's proposed FOIA changes

Mar. 5, 2019 3:28 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan group of congressional leaders said Tuesday that the Interior Department's plan to clamp down on public records requests would undermine government transparency and potentially violate the Freedom of Information Act. In a letter sent to Acting Interior Secretary David...

Analysis: GOP senators struggle to escape no-win border vote

Mar. 2, 2019 3:51 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — One by one, the Republican senators floated their ideas. They were trying to find a way out of a seemingly impossible dilemma: how to support President Donald Trump's U.S.-Mexico border wall without approving the national emergency declaration he invoked to build it. And one by one,...

Senators draw on own experiences to chastise drug companies

Feb. 26, 2019 4:04 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Channeling the ire of constituents and drawing from personal experience, senators chastised drug company executives Tuesday over the high cost of prescription medications, while the CEOs warned that government price controls could stifle breakthroughs on diseases like Alzheimer's. The...

The Latest: Senators urge pharma CEOs to rein in lobbyists

Feb. 26, 2019 1:42 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on top pharmaceutical executives testifying before Senate lawmakers on rising drug prices (all times local): 1:30 Senators are urging top pharmaceutical executives to help Congress take action against the industry's worst actors who hike prices on once-cheap drugs. Democrat...

Congress mulls cap on what Medicare enrollees pay for drugs

Feb. 24, 2019 4:43 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — With health care a top issue for American voters, Congress may actually be moving toward doing something this year to address the high cost of prescription drugs. President Donald Trump, Democrats trying to retire him in 2020, and congressional incumbents of both parties all say they want...