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Highlights of the criminal justice overhaul bill

Dec. 18, 2018 9:48 PM EST

The Senate on Tuesday passed a sweeping criminal justice overhaul. The House is expected to pass the bill this week, sending it to President Donald Trump for his signature. The bill: —Attempts to focus the toughest sentences on the most violent offenders by lowering mandatory minimum sentences for prior...

Senate overwhelmingly passes criminal justice overhaul

Dec. 18, 2018 9:46 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate passed a sweeping criminal justice bill Tuesday that addresses concerns that the nation's war on drugs had led to the imprisonment of too many Americans for non-violent crimes without adequately preparing them for their return to society. Senate passage of the bill by a vote of...

The Latest: Trump hails passage of criminal justice bill

Dec. 18, 2018 9:35 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Senate's consideration of criminal justice legislation (all times local): 9:30 p.m. President Donald Trump is hailing Senate passage of a sweeping criminal justice bill. Trump tweets, "America is the greatest Country in the world and my job is to fight for ALL citizens,...

Kentucky legislature adjourns without passing pension bill

Dec. 18, 2018 9:15 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Called back into session after a stinging loss at the Supreme Court, Kentucky's Republican-dominated legislature decided to go home on Tuesday without passing a replacement pension law despite warnings of financial ruin by the state's GOP governor. Kentucky has one of the worst-funded...

The Latest: Shutdown threat recedes as Trump softens stance

Dec. 18, 2018 9:09 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on negotiations over funding President Donald Trump wants for a U.S.-Mexico border wall and the possibility of a partial government shutdown (all times local): 9:10 p.m. President Donald Trump and leaders in Congress appear to be pulling back from a government shutdown over his...

Kushner credited for pushing rare bipartisan bill

Dec. 18, 2018 9:07 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — It was the first time many liberal advocates had set foot inside President Donald Trump's White House. And they came at the invitation of presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner — a top White House adviser whom many liberal and good-government groups have criticized, questioning his...

Shutdown threat recedes as Trump softens stance on wall

Dec. 18, 2018 9:03 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump appeared Tuesday to back off his demand for $5 billion to build a border wall, signaling for the first time that he might be open to a deal that would avoid a partial government shutdown. The White House set the tone when press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders...

Shutdown threat recedes as Trump softens stance on wall

Dec. 18, 2018 8:53 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump appeared Tuesday to back off his demand for $5 billion to build a border wall, signaling for the first time that he might be open to a deal that would avoid a partial government shutdown. The White House set the tone when press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders...

Senate overwhelmingly passes criminal justice reform bill, delivering bipartisan win to President Trump

Dec. 18, 2018 8:53 PM EST
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate overwhelmingly passes criminal justice reform bill, delivering bipartisan win to President Trump.

As a gov't shutdown looms, here's a look at the border wall

Dec. 18, 2018 8:43 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and Democratic lawmakers are in a standoff over funding the government, and the main sticking point is Trump's demand for $5 billion to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Trump said during the campaign he was going to make Mexico pay for the barrier —...