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Mark Kelly, Arizona Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, speaks at an election night event Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020 in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Arizona's Kelly is sworn into Senate, narrowing GOP edge

Dec. 2, 2020 2:48 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Arizona Democrat and former astronaut Mark Kelly was sworn into the Senate on Wednesday, narrowing Republican control of the chamber and underscoring his state's shift from red to blue. Kelly, 56, defeated GOP Sen. Martha McSally in last month's election, making her one of only three...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Dec. 2, 2020 2:17 PM EST

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Pennsylvania’s newspapers: Ongoing GOP vote claims do real damage The York Dispatch Nov. 29 When the definitive story of the 2020 presidential election is written, it will honor the commitment to democracy demonstrated by state-level Republican...

FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2020, file photo, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. A bipartisan group of lawmakers, including Manchin,  is putting pressure on congressional leaders to accept a split-the-difference solution to the months-long impasse on COVID-19 relief in a last-gasp effort to ship overdue help to a hurting nation before Congress adjourns for the holidays. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Senate GOP leader sticking with partisan virus relief plan

Dec. 2, 2020 1:43 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Senate Republican Mitch McConnell said he's largely sticking with a partisan, scaled-back COVID-19 relief bill that has already failed twice this fall, even as Democratic leaders and a bipartisan group of moderates offered concessions in hopes of passing pandemic aid before Congress...

FILE - In this May 7, 2020, file photo Chairman Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., gives his opening statement during a Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on new coronavirus tests on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool, File)

Alexander preaches consensus in farewell to fractious Senate

Dec. 2, 2020 12:44 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Lamar Alexander, a Tennessee political legend who forged a productive path as a Senate institutionalist after tours as governor and Cabinet secretary, said goodbye to the chamber on Wednesday, advising his colleagues to seek broadly backed, durable solutions to the nation's problems...

Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna McDaniel speaks during a news conference at the Republican National Committee, Monday, Nov. 9, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

GOP leader McDaniel to run for 3rd term with Trump's backing

Dec. 2, 2020 9:46 AM EST

Ronna McDaniel, the Republican National Committee chairwoman, is launching her bid for a third two-year term heading the GOP's governing organization after the party’s stronger-than-anticipated showing in November’s election, even though President Donald Trump lost. In a letter Wednesday to the 168...

FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2014, file photo Vice President Joe Biden, with Ebola Response Coordinator Ron Klain, left, and White House Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett, meets with faith and humanitarian groups as part of the administration's response to Ebola in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House compound in Washington. Klain is preparing to serve as President-elect Joe Biden’s chief of staff, a job often referred to as the nation’s chief operating officer. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

Election 2020 Today: Barr sees no fraud, Senate roadblock

Dec. 2, 2020 6:16 AM EST

Here’s what’s happening Wednesday in Election 2020 and President-elect Joe Biden's transition. TODAY’S TOP STORIES: NO FRAUD: Attorney General William Barr says the Justice Department has not uncovered any evidence of widespread voter fraud and has seen nothing that would change the outcome...

Neera Tanden who President-elect Joe Biden nominated to serve as Director of the Office of Management and Budget, speaks at The Queen theater, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. President-elect Joe Biden’s Cabinet picks are quickly running into the political reality of a narrowly controlled Senate. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

GOP objects to Biden nominees, a sign of what's to come

Dec. 2, 2020 12:13 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden’s Cabinet picks are quickly running into the political reality of a narrowly controlled Senate that will leave the new Democratic administration dependent on rival Republicans to get anything done. Under leader Mitch McConnell, the Republican senators...

President Donald Trump participates in a video teleconference call with members of the military on Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020, at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Trump headed to Georgia as runoff boost, but also a threat

Dec. 1, 2020 8:46 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Some establishment Republicans are sounding alarms that President Donald Trump’s conspiratorial denials of his own defeat could threaten the party’s ability to win a Senate majority and counter President-elect Joe Biden’s administration. The concerns come ahead of...

FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2020, file photo, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. A bipartisan group of lawmakers, including Manchin,  is putting pressure on congressional leaders to accept a split-the-difference solution to the months-long impasse on COVID-19 relief in a last-gasp effort to ship overdue help to a hurting nation before Congress adjourns for the holidays. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Senate GOP leader sticking with partisan COVID relief plan

Dec. 1, 2020 5:26 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Senate Republican Mitch McConnell said Tuesday he's largely sticking with a partisan, scaled-back COVID-19 relief bill that has already failed twice this fall, even as Democratic leaders and a bipartisan group of moderates offered concessions in hopes of passing pandemic aid before...

Iowa governor not planning state funds use for virus relief

Dec. 1, 2020 3:24 PM EST

JOHNSTON, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds on Tuesday called for Congress to approve money for businesses and families struggling because of the coronavirus pandemic, but she said there are no plans to use available state funds as officials elsewhere have done. Some legislatures are considering...