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Eyeing 2020, House empowers Medicare to negotiate drug costs

Dec. 12, 2019 3:22 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sharpening their 2020 election message, House Democrats on Thursday pushed through legislation that would empower Medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices and offer new benefits for seniors. The vote along party lines was 230-192. Speaker Nancy Pelosi's bill would cap Medicare...

Congress criticizes how Coast Guard investigates harassment

Dec. 11, 2019 2:12 PM EST

The U.S. Coast Guard's leadership has failed to conduct prompt, thorough and impartial investigations of harassment and bullying allegations, according to a congressional investigation released Wednesday. The report, called “Righting the Ship,” also found Coast Guard leaders didn't hold officials...

Judiciary panel to take reins on Trump impeachment inquiry

Dec. 2, 2019 7:05 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Judiciary Committee is moving to the forefront of President Donald Trump’s impeachment inquiry, starting with a hearing Wednesday to examine the “high crimes and misdemeanors” set out in the Constitution. It’s a moment many Democrats on the panel have...

Rep. Cummings’ daughters back aide in race against his wife

Dec. 2, 2019 6:20 AM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — Elijah Cummings’ daughters are supporting one of his longtime aides in the race for his seat, which is being sought by the late congressman’s widow. News outlets report 37-year-old Jennifer Cummings issued a statement last week saying Harry Spikes embodies the same spirit as...

House Oversight panel sues Barr, Ross over census documents

Nov. 26, 2019 6:14 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Oversight Committee sued two top Trump administration officials Tuesday for refusing to produce documents related to a decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross “have not produced a single...

Melania Trump defends rights of Baltimore teens to boo her

Nov. 26, 2019 4:51 PM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — Melania Trump on Tuesday defended the rights of teenagers who booed her when she addressed them in Baltimore, a city her husband, President Donald Trump, has disparaged as “rat and rodent infested.” She traveled there to urge hundreds of middle and high school students to...

Maloney chosen as first woman to lead House Oversight panel

Nov. 20, 2019 6:39 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Veteran New York Rep. Carolyn Maloney was elected Wednesday lead the powerful House Oversight and Reform Committee, the first woman to hold the job in the panel’s 92-year history. Maloney defeated Virginia Rep. Gerry Connolly by a 133-86 vote in a secret ballot among the full...

House Dems recommend Maloney to head Oversight Committee

Nov. 19, 2019 5:24 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A House Democratic panel on Tuesday recommended that Rep. Carolyn Maloney lead the powerful House Oversight and Reform Committee, and if the party’s caucus goes along, the veteran New York lawmaker would have an influential role in the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump....

For Obama and Patrick, a long friendship and political bond

Nov. 15, 2019 7:24 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Deval Patrick was in need of a pep talk. He was staring down reelection as Massachusetts governor in 2010, in the midst of a sluggish economic recovery that would ultimately contribute to sweeping Democratic defeats across the country. In stepped President Barack Obama, a close friend and...

AP source: Second US official in Kyiv heard Trump call

Nov. 14, 2019 4:37 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A second U.S. Embassy staffer in Kyiv overheard a cellphone call between President Donald Trump and his ambassador to the European Union discussing a need for Ukrainian officials to pursue “investigations,” The Associated Press has learned. The July 26 call between Trump and...