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Budget deals start coming together ahead of special session

May. 22, 2019 3:05 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Deals were coming together Wednesday as Gov. Tim Walz and top legislative leaders prepared for a special session to finish work on the state's next two-year budget. The Democratic governor, GOP Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka and Democratic House Speaker Melissa Hortman had...

New York puts Democrats a step closer to Trump tax returns

May. 22, 2019 2:34 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York lawmakers gave final passage to legislation Wednesday that would allow President Donald Trump's state tax returns to be released to congressional committees that have, so far, been barred from getting the president's federal filings. The Democrat-led Senate and Assembly both...

Trump demands end to Russia probes, walks out of Dem meeting

May. 22, 2019 1:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump abruptly stalked out of a meeting with congressional leaders Wednesday with a flat declaration he would no longer work with Democrats unless they drop all investigations in the aftermath of the special counsel's Trump-Russia report. Democrats said the walkout seemed...

3 Minutes: Trump meeting with Dems goes bust in a flash

May. 22, 2019 1:02 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The curtains in the Cabinet Room were drawn. The Democrats were waiting. President Donald Trump came and went in all of three minutes. Round 2 of the president's consultations with congressional Democrats on infrastructure went bust in a flash. Prospects for passing a large infrastructure...

Senate committee advances Alabama equal pay legislation

May. 22, 2019 12:18 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A Senate committee has advanced legislation that seeks to end Alabama's status as one of two states without an equal pay for equal work law. The Senate Fiscal Responsibility and Economic Development Committee on Wednesday approved the bill by Rep. Adline Clarke of Mobile. The...

Former Senate Majority Leader Daschle joins cannabis board

May. 22, 2019 12:01 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle has been named to an advisory board of a cannabis investment company. The Argus Leader reports the South Dakota Democrat joined New York-based Northern Swan Holdings Inc. The firm supports companies in the international cannabis industry in...

A roundup of some key races in Pennsylvania's primary

May. 22, 2019 11:35 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A look at the winners in key races in Pennsylvania's primary: PHILADELPHIA MAYOR Democrat Jim Kenney won the three-way Democratic primary in his bid for re-election, virtually guaranteeing him a second term as mayor of the nation's sixth largest city. Kenney, 61, beat two longtime...

Duterte's allies dominate Senate race, shut out opposition

May. 22, 2019 7:54 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine president's allies won a majority of the 12 Senate seats at stake in midterm elections, official results showed Wednesday, while the opposition's shutout heralds a stronger grip on power by a leader accused of massive human rights violations. Election officials...

Harris' bill seeks to address racial bias in maternal care

May. 22, 2019 7:33 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris is offering a new bill to address racial disparities in maternal health care, one of several plans by 2020 Democratic presidential candidates on the issue. Harris' bill, first introduced in 2018, would create some $150 million in grant programs to medical schools...

Biden: Congress should protect abortion rights, if necessary

May. 22, 2019 6:08 AM 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...