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GOP blocks bill to keep government going; new try ahead

Sep. 27, 2021 21:55 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican senators blocked a bill Monday night to keep the government operating and allow federal borrowing, but Democrats aiming to avert a shutdown pledged to try again — at the same time pressing ahead on President Joe Biden’s big plans to reshape government. ...

Biden, McConnell get COVID-19 boosters, encourage vaccines

Sep. 27, 2021 18:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Seventy-eight-year-old Joe Biden and 79-year-old Mitch McConnell got their booster shots Monday, the Democratic president and the Republican Senate leader urging Americans across the political spectrum to get vaccinated or plus up with boosters when eligible for the extra...

EXPLAINER: What's behind all the drama in Congress?

Sep. 27, 2021 17:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The drama and deadlines driving action on Capitol Hill right now can be disorienting. Democrats are trying to pass more than $4 trillion in infrastructure and social programs at the center of President Joe Biden’s agenda — and at the same time avert a government...

Fights close amusement park, police seek vandalism victims

Sep. 27, 2021 16:56 PM EDT

BOWIE, Md. (AP) — Six Flags America in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C., closed early Saturday after a series of fights broke out at the park. Prince George’s County police confirmed that officers stationed at the park in Bowie responded to the fights, but...

Biden rule to shield 'Dreamers' seeks to bypass Congress

Sep. 27, 2021 15:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration on Monday renewed efforts to shield hundreds of thousands of immigrants who came to the United States as young children from deportation, the latest maneuver in a long-running drama over the policy’s legality. The...

Gen. Milley: Whisperer to presidents, target of intrigue

Sep. 27, 2021 12:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Gen. Mark Milley has been the target of more political intrigue and debate in two years as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff than any of his recent predecessors were in four. One after another, firestorms have ignited around him — unusual for an officer who by law is...

Press freedom groups want Seattle officers identified

Sep. 27, 2021 11:53 AM EDT

Seattle (AP) — Twenty-five media and transparency groups are asking the Washington Supreme Court to allow the release of the names of the Seattle police officers who attended events in Washington D.C. on Jan. 6 — the day of the insurrection. The Reporters Committee...

US officials: Biden aide to meet Saudi crown prince on Yemen

Sep. 27, 2021 08:23 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden's national security adviser Jake Sullivan is traveling to Saudi Arabia on Monday to meet with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as the U.S. presses for a cease-fire in the yearslong war between the kingdom and Houthi rebels in Yemen. ...

Pelosi vows to pass $1T bill, move ahead on larger measure

Sep. 26, 2021 20:23 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — With President Joe Biden’s broad domestic agenda at risk of collapse, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday vowed that Democrats will pass a bipartisan infrastructure bill this week and push ahead on the bigger $3.5 trillion social safety net and climate change bill while...

What's the price of Biden’s plan? Democrats drive for zero

Sep. 26, 2021 07:29 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — What will it cost to enact President Joe Biden’s massive expansion of social programs? Congress has authorized spending up to $3.5 trillion over a decade, but Biden is prodding Democrats to fully cover the cost of the legislation — by raising...