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Pelosi's no fan of impeachment: Just ask Clinton and Bush

Mar. 21, 2019 12:45 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The day after Democrats swept to power, Speaker-to-be Nancy Pelosi stood before the cameras and declared impeachment was "off the table." That was November 2006. More than a decade later, Pelosi, again facing a restive left flank but one ready to confront President Donald Trump, says...

Cortez Masto: Perry signals commitment on plutonium removal

Mar. 20, 2019 11:02 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto says Energy Secretary Rick Perry has indicated a commitment to provide a timeline for removing secretly shipped plutonium out of Nevada. The Democrat made the comments at a meeting with reporters following her address to a joint session of the...

European, Canadian regulators to do own review of Boeing jet

Mar. 20, 2019 10:00 PM EDT

Boeing's grounded airliners are likely to be parked longer now that European and Canadian regulators plan to conduct their own reviews of changes the company is making after two of the jets crashed. The Europeans and Canadians want to do more than simply take the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration's word that...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's slam on McCain ignores who aided vets

Mar. 20, 2019 7:59 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's posthumous slam on Sen. John McCain flips reality on its head when it comes to who gave veterans the option to see a private doctor at public expense. "McCain didn't get the job done for our great vets," Trump said Wednesday. "I got it done." Actually, McCain got...

Pentagon to probe if Shanahan used office to help Boeing

Mar. 20, 2019 6:46 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon's inspector general has formally opened an investigation into a watchdog group's allegations that acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has used his office to promote his former employer, Boeing Co. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington filed an ethics...

Centrist or liberal? Beto O'Rourke's political splits

Mar. 20, 2019 6:18 PM EDT

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — At a packed eastern Iowa house party, a staffer for Democrat Beto O'Rourke's presidential campaign tried to clear enough space for the candidate to reach the kitchen, where he would need to climb a stepladder to address the crowd. "I need my lane," the staffer bellowed as he moved...

With black lung fund in jeopardy, taxpayers could foot bill

Mar. 20, 2019 6:12 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Trump administration and coal industry allies are insisting that a federal black lung trust fund will continue to pay benefits to sick miners despite a drastic cut in funding. But the expected shortfalls will be covered by taxpayers instead of coal companies, adding more debt to...

Dakotas tribes seek more crime-fighting help from feds

Mar. 20, 2019 5:12 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — American Indian reservations in the Dakotas need more resources and cooperation from the federal government to combat crime and improve safety, tribal leaders told members of Congress on Wednesday as they detailed a range of problems including drug trafficking, sex crimes, and missing...

Beto O'Rourke making 1st trip to early-voting South Carolina

Mar. 20, 2019 2:34 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Democrat Beto O'Rourke is making the first visit of his presidential campaign to South Carolina, where he'll be able to test his message in front of a largely black electorate. O'Rourke's campaign tells The Associated Press that the Texan's two-day trip to the state begins Friday with...

O'Rourke's early fundraising had fewer donors than Sanders

Mar. 20, 2019 10:37 AM EDT

CLAREMONT, New Hampshire (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke says his first-day $6.1 million in campaign donations came from 128,000-plus contributions in all 50 states. Campaigning in New Hampshire on Wednesday, the former Texas congressman said the average contribution was $47. Vermont...