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US senator leaves DC hospital for rehab in Georgia

Jul. 20, 2019 2:31 PM EDT

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — A U.S. senator who broke four ribs in a fall has left a Washington hospital and will get physical rehabilitation back in Georgia. Johnny Isakson's office says the 74-year-old Republican was discharged Saturday from George Washington University Hospital and would be admitted to WellStar...

Capitol Watch: Stewart-Cousins' national profile rises

Jul. 20, 2019 11:02 AM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — In New York state government news, Democrats are hoping Andrea Stewart-Cousins can take her election success to the national level. The Yonkers Democrat and leader of the state Senate was tapped last week to lead the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, an organization that works...

Sununu embraces vetoes in first year of divided government

Jul. 20, 2019 9:38 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Republican Gov. Chris Sununu is on a veto spree — rejecting dozens of bills so far and promising to block even more. But what critics call childish, he calls a counterweight to Democratic extremists. As of this week, Sununu had vetoed 38 bills this year, including eight on...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump and Dems on an incendiary week

Jul. 20, 2019 8:07 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump attributed statements to a Democratic congresswoman that she didn't make as he set off an incendiary week of vilification with accusations that she and three other lawmakers of color hate America. The episode roiled the capital and excited Trump's North Carolina...

Massachusetts members of Congress rake in campaign donations

Jul. 19, 2019 6:21 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Democratic U.S. Sen. Edward Markey is sitting on more than $4 million in his campaign account as he looks ahead to a reelection campaign. According to campaign finance reports filed by his campaign, Markey raised nearly $2 million during the first six months of the year, about $400,000 from...

McSally fined $23,000 for 2014 campaign finance violations

Jul. 19, 2019 6:04 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Republican Sen. Martha McSally has agreed to pay a fine of more than $23,000 to settle campaign finance violations from the 2014 election. The Federal Election Commission publicly disclosed the settlement this week. FEC auditors found that McSally's 2014 House campaign took $319,000...

Sandra Day O'Connor's Arizona home makes National Register

Jul. 19, 2019 5:49 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Before she was hearing cases on the U.S. Supreme Court, former Justice Sandra Day O'Connor was bringing people together in her historic Arizona home. The 1950s adobe, where the first woman on the nation's highest court loved to cook and serve meals across party lines, was added Friday to the...

Sens. Reed and Blumenthal tour border detention facilities

Jul. 19, 2019 10:44 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Senators from Rhode Island and Connecticut are part of a group of Democrats visiting border detention facilities in Texas. U.S. Sens. Jack Reed, of Rhode Island, and Richard Blumenthal, of Connecticut, are among the 13 Democrats planning to visit McAllen, Texas on Friday. Vice...

Senator urges federal agencies to wrap up duck boat probes

Jul. 19, 2019 10:38 AM EDT

BRANSON, Mo. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri says everyone affected by last year's duck boat tragedy on Table Rock Lake near Branson "deserves answers," and he is urging federal agencies to wrap up their investigations. The Republican senator released a statement on Friday marking the one-year...

How to beat Trump? Dems divided as he rams race onto ballot

Jul. 19, 2019 8:29 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Joe Biden was at a soul food restaurant in Los Angeles on Thursday when he blasted President Donald Trump's "racist" taunts at a rally the night before. "This is about dividing the country," the early Democratic front-runner, who has been criticized for his own handling of race , told...