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Reid: Iowa, NH not diverse enough to provide Dems’ guidance

Nov. 17, 2019 10:33 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Iowa and New Hampshire get to weigh in first on the Democratic presidential contest next year, but the states are not ethnically diverse enough to offer any insight into how a candidate will fare across the country, former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Sunday. “I...

Democrats invite Trump to testify in impeachment inquiry

Nov. 17, 2019 10:24 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi invited President Donald Trump to testify in front of investigators in the House impeachment inquiry ahead of a week that will see several key witnesses appear publicly. Pushing back against accusations from the president that the process has been...

Grants to curb youth substance abuse slated for Maine

Nov. 17, 2019 1:57 PM EST

RUMFORD, Maine (AP) — Maine’s two U.S. senators say federal assistance is coming to the state to help prevent substance abuse among young people. Republican Sen. Susan Collins and independent Sen. Angus King say the Office of National Drug Control Policy has awarded more than $2.1 million to 17...

Senators call for inquiry into Canada’s whale protections

Nov. 17, 2019 1:54 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Both of Massachusetts’ U.S. senators are calling for a federal inquiry to determine if Canada is doing enough to protect an endangered species of whale. Democratic Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey are asking the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to examine whether...

Trump, impeachment could loom large in Sen. Collins’ race

Nov. 17, 2019 12:46 PM EST

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — Republican Sen. Susan Collins has a well-funded Democrat prepping to challenge her next year. She has national women’s groups ready to attack her over her vote for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanagh. And she’s a moderate facing an electorate that increasingly...

White House urgently ramps up push for drug cost legislation

Nov. 17, 2019 11:29 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is ramping up its push to get a bill through Congress that curbs prescription drug costs, feeling a new urgency as the impeachment investigation advances amid the 2020 election campaign. The effort has progressed beyond anything seen in years, says President Donald...

White House urgently ramps up push for drug cost legislation

Nov. 17, 2019 10:17 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is ramping up its push to get a bill through Congress that curbs prescription drug costs, feeling a new urgency as the impeachment investigation advances amid the 2020 election campaign. The effort has progressed beyond anything seen in years, says President Donald...

Land trust in Rhode Island awarded grant to help new farmers

Nov. 17, 2019 9:19 AM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Jack Reed says a land trust in Rhode Island has been awarded $600,000 in federal funding to help beginning farmers. The Rhode Island Democrat says the Southside Community Land Trust won a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant to help beginning farmers access resources and...

Aide recounts actions tying Trump to delay in Ukraine funds

Nov. 17, 2019 7:43 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Gordon Sondland, President Donald Trump’s emissary to the European Union, had a message when he met with a top Ukrainian official. Sondland said vital U.S. military assistance to Ukraine might be freed up if the country’s top prosecutor “would go to the mike and...

Sanders stars with Biden, Warren absent at California forum

Nov. 16, 2019 10:50 PM EST

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Bernie Sanders was greeted with booming cheers at a gathering of California Democrats Saturday, underscoring his popularity with the party’s liberal base as he looks to capture the biggest prize in the presidential primary season next year. The decisions by Joe Biden and...