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Wisconsin Supreme Court to hear lame-duck arguments

Oct. 20, 2019 11:03 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Democrats and their allies will make one last attempt to block their Republican rivals' contentious lame-duck laws on Monday during oral arguments before the state Supreme Court in a union lawsuit challenging the provisions. Things look bleak for the party after conservatives...

Schools in 4 counties get $300k for farm-to-school programs

Oct. 20, 2019 8:41 AM EDT

ST. ALBANS, Vt. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy says some of the schools in four Vermont counties will be promoting farm-to-school food programs with the help of $300,000 in federal grants. The money will help the schools in Franklin, Grand Isle, Caledonia and Orange counties to connect their classrooms,...

Schumer calls for federal probe of contaminated baby food

Oct. 20, 2019 2:05 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Senate's top Democrat is calling on the Food and Drug Administration to examine a report that found dozens of baby food products contaminated with lead and other metals. Sen. Chuck Schumer says Sunday the FDA must take more action to regulate the baby food industry. A study by Healthy...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's Syrian mission-accomplished moment

Oct. 19, 2019 10:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Donald Trump describes it, the U.S. swooped into an intractable situation in the Middle East, achieved an agreement within hours that had eluded the world for years and delivered a "great day for civilization." It was a mission-accomplished moment that other Republican...

Tulsi Gabbard elevated in Iowa by Clinton spat

Oct. 19, 2019 9:05 PM EDT

WEST BRANCH, Iowa (AP) — Hillary Clinton's suggestion this past week that Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard is being "groomed" by Russians to act as a spoiler in the 2020 race may have had the opposite effect of what the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee intended: It's elevated Gabbard's candidacy and may have...

GOP congressman weighing impeachment won't seek new term

Oct. 19, 2019 8:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Florida Rep. Francis Rooney, one of the few Republicans openly weighing whether to impeach President Donald Trump, said Saturday he will not run for reelection. Asked if he needed or hoped for a third term in 2020, he told Fox News, "I don't really think I do and I don't think I really...

Trump outstripping Obama on pace of executive orders

Oct. 19, 2019 8:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — It wasn't too long ago that Donald Trump derided presidential executive orders as "power grabs" and a "basic disaster." He's switched sides in a big way: In each year of his presidency, he has issued more executive orders than did former President Barack Obama during the same time span....

Body of US Rep. Cummings will lie in state at Capitol

Oct. 19, 2019 3:32 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — The body of the late U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings will lie in state in the National Statuary Hall of the U.S. Capitol next week. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office said in a news release that a formal ceremony open to members of Congress, the Cummings family and invited guests will be held...

Mayor moves to rename Baltimore courthouse for Cummings

Oct. 19, 2019 11:24 AM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore's mayor wants to name a downtown courthouse after the late U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings. The Baltimore Sun reports Mayor Bernard C. "Jack" Young said Friday he intends to file legislation soon with the City Council. The Courthouse East building would become known as Elijah E....

Balance of power in Virginia may rest on write-in campaign

Oct. 19, 2019 10:42 AM EDT

LOCUST GROVE, Va. (AP) — Two years ago, partisan control of the Virginia General Assembly came down to a random drawing of names out of a ceramic bowl. This year it could come down to whether a Republican incumbent with a tricky-to-spell last name can win as a write-in candidate. "I hope you all enjoy the...