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Biden: Congress should protect abortion rights, if necessary

May. 21, 2019 7:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden would support Congress enshrining abortion rights into federal law "should it become necessary," his presidential campaign said Tuesday, following several other Democratic candidates in promising to take that step if elected president. The hot-button issue has shot to the...

Trump calls for taking up trade pact before infrastructure

May. 21, 2019 7:48 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is telling Democratic leaders that he believes Congress should first pass a new trade deal with Canada and Mexico before taking up a bill to boost the nation's infrastructure. The president made his request in a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate...

Democratic impeachment calls swell as McGahn defies subpoena

May. 21, 2019 7:38 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — More Democrats are calling — and more loudly — for impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump after his latest defiance of Congress by blocking his former White House lawyer from testifying on Tuesday. A growing number of rank-and-file House Democrats, incensed...

Trump nominates aerospace executive for Air Force secretary

May. 21, 2019 6:51 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump nominated an aerospace executive and former ambassador to Finland to be the next secretary of the Air Force on Tuesday. Trump said in a tweet that he has chosen Barbara Barrett, former chairman of The Aerospace Corporation, to replace Heather Wilson when she steps...

Trump officials to Congress: Goal is deterring Iran, not war

May. 21, 2019 6:43 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tamping down talk of war, top Trump administration officials told Congress on Tuesday that recent actions by the U.S. deterred attacks on American forces. But some lawmakers remained deeply skeptical of the White House approach in the Middle East. After a day of closed-door briefings on...

Congressional leaders make progress on debt, spending talks

May. 21, 2019 5:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top leaders of both parties in Congress made better-than-expected progress Tuesday on two must-do items on the legislative agenda: averting automatic budget cuts and meeting a deadline later this year to increase the government's borrowing limit. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell,...

The Latest: Shanahan: US not rushing into Iran confrontation

May. 21, 2019 5:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Trump administration's Iran policy (all times local): 5:20 p.m. Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan is trying to assure lawmakers that the administration is not rushing toward a military confrontation with Iran. Shanahan says he outlined during closed-door...

Hawley bill would allow people to opt out of data tracking

May. 21, 2019 4:55 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Sen. Josh Hawley on Tuesday introduced legislation that would give internet users the ability to opt out of allowing their personal data to be tracked and collected, the latest effort in the Missouri Republican's broader campaign against big tech. Hawley's Do Not Track Act is...

3 senators question delay on Volkswagen Tennessee union vote

May. 21, 2019 4:37 PM EDT

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Three Democratic U.S. senators are expressing concerns about delays to an election over whether Volkswagen maintenance and production workers in Tennessee should unionize. Sens. Sherrod Brown of Ohio and Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow of Michigan sent Volkswagen Group of America...

NC speaker, Senate leader testify at employment bias trial

May. 21, 2019 4:32 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Two of North Carolina's most powerful legislators took the witness stand this week in a long-running federal employee discrimination case filed by the former head of the General Assembly's nonpartisan fiscal analysis office. House Speaker Tim Moore answered questions on Tuesday in a...