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Push to accelerate mustang captures draws fire in Congress

Dec. 12, 2019 1:59 AM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Two House committee chairmen are trying to put the brakes on money for a new Trump administration proposal to accelerate the capture of 130,000 wild horses across the West over the next 10 years. Rep. Dina Titus, D-Nevada, whose high-desert state is home to about half the mustangs, also...

Judiciary panel takes first steps toward impeachment vote

Dec. 12, 2019 1:57 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Judiciary Committee has taken the first steps toward voting on articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, beginning a marathon two-day session to consider the historic charges with a lively prime-time hearing at the Capitol. Democrats and Republicans used the...

Beyond the hearings: What to watch on Trump impeachment

Dec. 12, 2019 1:17 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Impeachment is moving beyond the hearing room. House committee members are debating and voting on articles of impeachment Thursday against President Donald Trump. But the political battle over his fate is sweeping across the Capitol, the White House and Washington on the cusp of the 2020...

Pelosi drug bill up for House vote reflects a Trump idea

Dec. 12, 2019 12:48 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Candidate Donald Trump said he could save Medicare billions by negotiating prescription drug prices. Thursday the House will vote on a bill by Speaker Nancy Pelosi that would deliver that and much more. But Trump is not on board. The California Democrat's legislation is expected to pass...

Judiciary panel takes first steps toward impeachment vote

Dec. 12, 2019 12:17 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Judiciary Committee took the first steps Wednesday evening toward voting on articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, beginning a marathon two-day session to consider the historic charges with a lively prime-time hearing at the Capitol. Democrats and Republicans...

Watchdog caught in political crossfire on his Russia report

Dec. 11, 2019 8:45 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department’s internal watchdog was caught in a political tug of war Wednesday as Republican and Democratic senators used his report on the origins of the Russia investigation involving Donald Trump's 2016 campaign to support their views that it was a legitimate probe or...

House OKs defense bill, parental leave for federal workers

Dec. 11, 2019 6:12 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House on Wednesday passed its annual defense policy measure, which combined a $738 billion Pentagon price tag with legislation to provide federal employees with 12 weeks of paid parental leave. The sweeping 377-48 vote followed weeks of arduous House-Senate negotiations that finally...

ICE arrested fewer in 2019 as resources shifted to border

Dec. 11, 2019 5:53 PM EST

DALLAS (AP) — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested fewer people during the 2019 budget year than last year, in part because resources were shifted to help handle the massive surge of migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border, the agency said Wednesday. And the average number of immigrants in...

Ocasio-Cortez says Fox News airs 'unmitigated racism'

Dec. 11, 2019 5:51 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A day after Fox News' Tucker Carlson aired a segment describing her congressional district as “filled with garbage,” U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez criticized the network on Wednesday for airing “unmitigated racism" with no accountability. She tweeted Wednesday ...

GOP, Democrats push 1970's Equal Rights Amendment in SC

Dec. 11, 2019 5:28 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — One of South Carolina's most liberal lawmakers and one of its most conservative are joining together to revive the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The 1970's proposal banning any discrimination based on sex is being revived in several state capitols across the U.S. It...