Latest United States Senate News

House speaker as US emissary: Pelosi emerges as force abroad

Aug. 17, 2019 5:02 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — There's an American leader whose words resonate on the global stage. Who draws attention in foreign capitals. Who carries a message from the United States by simply arriving. It's not just President Donald Trump. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is emerging as an alternative...

Sen. Markey faces 2 challengers; now some pushing for a 3rd

Aug. 17, 2019 11:53 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Some Massachusetts voters see Sen. Edward Markey as potentially vulnerable to a primary challenge, and one group is even trying to persuade U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy to run for his seat. Markey, a Democrat, has represented Massachusetts in Congress for decades — first in the House before...

Roy Moore defamation lawsuit against accusers is paused

Aug. 16, 2019 7:47 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A judge has paused a defamation suit filed by Roy Moore against women who accused him during his unsuccessful U.S. Senate bid of past misconduct. Circuit Judge Albert Johnson ruled last month case will be held on the administrative docket until a related defamation case against...

Coroner: Inexperience could be linked to scuba diver's death

Aug. 16, 2019 6:58 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Equipment issues and inexperience may have contributed to the drowning of a film producer in a Montana lake during a video shoot for a U.S. Senate candidate. The Helena Independent Record reports Lewis and Clark County Sheriff and Coroner Leo Dutton released the preliminary findings...

GOP Senate candidate is expert witness, tiny-home enthusiast

Aug. 16, 2019 6:28 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Republican U.S. Senate candidate Gavin Clarkson works as an expert legal witness on Native American economic issues and lives in an experimental tiny home that is 15 feet (4.5 meters) long and wide, according to new financial disclosure filings disclosed Friday. Clarkson is one of two...

Pelosi: Gun action needed to ensure 'domestic tranquility'

Aug. 16, 2019 6:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Friday that the country's elected officials have a responsibility to "ensure domestic tranquility" and called on the Senate to return to work to vote on the House's bill bolstering background checks for gun purchases. In an interview with The Associated...

Trump allies push back on proposed foreign aid cut

Aug. 16, 2019 4:42 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two of President Donald Trump's strongest allies in Congress pushed back Friday on his administration's plans to slash some $4 billion in foreign aid that lawmakers have already approved. In a letter, Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Rep. Hal Rogers of Kentucky discouraged the...

Editorials from around New England

Aug. 16, 2019 4:01 PM EDT

CONNECTICUT Conn. already eclipsed on shared solar New Haven Register Aug. 16 The movement of light is the fixed definition for speed. The movement of Connecticut is pretty much the opposite. In recent years, about the only way Connecticut lands before New York and Massachusetts is alphabetically. There may be no...

Republicans still waiting on Pompeo in Kansas Senate race

Aug. 16, 2019 2:56 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Even though U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has declared a Senate run to be "off the table" next year, many fellow Republicans in Washington and his home state of Kansas aren't buying it. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is among the GOP senators encouraging the former congressman to...

Grassley says EPA 'screwed' farmers with biofuels exemptions

Aug. 16, 2019 2:34 PM EDT

JOHNSTON, Iowa (AP) — Sen. Charles Grassley says farmers were "screwed" by the Trump administration's decision to allow some refineries to not blend ethanol with gasoline as required under federal law. During a taping of Iowa Public Television's "Iowa Press" program Friday, Grassley was asked his thoughts...