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FILE - In this Jan. 21, 2020, file photo, the U.S. Capitol is seen at sunrise in Washington. President Donald Trump isn’t just changing the presidency during his first term in office. He’s also changing Congress.
More than perhaps any president in modern history, Trump has been willing to ignore, defy and toy with the legislative branch, asserting power and breaking norms in ways his predecessors would never dare.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

It's not just the presidency: Trump is changing the Congress

Jul. 11, 2020 12:13 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump isn’t just changing the presidency during his first term in office. He’s also changing Congress. More than perhaps any president in modern history, Trump has been willing to ignore, defy and toy with the legislative branch, asserting power and breaking norms in...

Gov. Beshear: mask mandate in effect, despite judge's order

Jul. 10, 2020 5:54 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A new requirement for Kentuckians to wear face masks in public has taken effect, despite a county court's restraining order related to pandemic restrictions, Gov. Andy Beshear said Friday. Beshear said the mask order went into effect at 5 p.m. Friday, and it is “mandatory,...

FILE - In this Jan. 21, 2020, file photo, the U.S. Capitol is seen at sunrise in Washington. President Donald Trump isn’t just changing the presidency during his first term in office. He’s also changing Congress.
More than perhaps any president in modern history, Trump has been willing to ignore, defy and toy with the legislative branch, asserting power and breaking norms in ways his predecessors would never dare.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

It's not just the presidency: Trump is changing the Congress

Jul. 10, 2020 5:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump isn’t just changing the presidency during his first term in office. He’s also changing Congress. More than perhaps any president in modern history, Trump has been willing to ignore, defy and toy with the legislative branch, asserting power and breaking norms in...

Kentucky Gov. Beshear issues face mask mandate in public

Jul. 9, 2020 5:44 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentuckians will be required to wear face masks or coverings in public places beginning Friday, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear announced Thursday. The mandate comes after two of the highest days of daily COVID-19 cases the state has recorded since March. Kentucky announced 333 newly...

President Donald Trump listens as Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador speaks during an event in the Rose Garden at the White House, Wednesday, July 8, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump to US schools: Reopen or you may lose federal funds

Jul. 8, 2020 8:42 PM EDT

Determined to reopen America's schools despite coronavirus worries, President Donald Trump threatened Wednesday to hold back federal money if school districts don't bring their students back in the fall. He complained that his own public health officials' safety guidelines are impractical and too expensive....

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear holds up a face mask while speaking about the novel coronavirus during a news conference at the state Capitol in Frankfort, Ky., Sunday, April 26, 2020. (Ryan C. Hermens/Lexington Herald-Leader via AP)

Kentucky gov: New requirements coming as COVID-19 cases rise

Jul. 8, 2020 6:06 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear has promised new health requirements after the state recorded a second-straight day of increased COVID-19 cases on Wednesday. Kentucky reported 402 new cases on Wednesday and 371 on Tuesday, two of the highest days of daily cases the state has recorded...

FILE - In this June 30, 2020, file photo Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., listens to questions during a news conference following a GOP policy meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington. McConnell is emerging the GOP's mask spokesman, the highest ranking Republican in Congress proselytizing about the importance of wearing a face covering during the pandemic. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

Trump aside, McConnell becomes GOP's preacher on masks

Jul. 8, 2020 5:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is emerging as the GOP's mask spokesman, proselytizing about the importance of wearing a face covering during the pandemic. President Donald Trump may resist appearing masked in public. But in stops across his home state of Kentucky, the...

FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2020 file photo, U.S. Rep. Roger Marshall, R-Kan., a candidate for the U.S. Senate, awaits the start of a debate in Olathe, Kansas, Establishment Republicans who'd been coy for months about the GOP primary for Kansas' open Senate seat are increasingly putting their thumbs on the scale. They're hoping to push western Kansas Rep. Roger Marshall to victory over polarizing conservative Kris Kobach. (AP Photo/John Hanna, File)

GOP establishment boosting Kansas congressman's Senate bid

Jul. 8, 2020 11:17 AM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Establishment Republicans who'd been coy for months about the GOP primary for Kansas’ open Senate seat are increasingly putting their thumbs on the scale, hoping to push Rep. Roger Marshall to victory over polarizing conservative Kris Kobach. A new GOP super-PAC this week...

FILE - In this Jan. 17, 2019, file photo Rep. Susie Lee, D-Nev., speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. At least 10 lawmakers and three congressional caucuses have ties to organizations that received federal coronavirus aid, according to government data released this week. A regional casino company led by the husband of Rep. Susie Lee received money. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Data: Congress created virus aid, then reaped the benefits

Jul. 8, 2020 5:52 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — At least a dozen lawmakers have ties to organizations that received federal coronavirus aid, according to newly released government data, highlighting how Washington insiders were both author and beneficiary of one of the biggest government programs in U.S. history. Under pressure from...

FILE - In this Jan. 17, 2019, file photo Rep. Susie Lee, D-Nev., speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. At least 10 lawmakers and three congressional caucuses have ties to organizations that received federal coronavirus aid, according to government data released this week. A regional casino company led by the husband of Rep. Susie Lee received money. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Data: Congress created virus aid, then reaped the benefits

Jul. 7, 2020 9:23 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — At least a dozen lawmakers have ties to organizations that received federal coronavirus aid, according to newly released government data, highlighting how Washington insiders were both author and beneficiary of one of the biggest government programs in U.S. history. Under pressure from...