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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Democrats propose sweeping bill to curb presidential abuses

Sep. 23, 2020 2:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats on Wednesday proposed a bill to curb presidential abuses, a pitch to voters weeks ahead of Election Day as they try to defeat President Donald Trump, capture the Senate from Republicans and keep their House majority. The legislation, a wide-ranging package of new and...

FILE - In this Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020 file photo, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks to reporters following a meeting with members of the U.N. Security Council, at the United Nations. The United States is preparing to declare that all international sanctions against Iran have been restored, despite overwhelming opposition. Few countries believe restoring all international sanctions is legal, and the U.S. move could provoke a credibility crisis at the United Nations.(Mike Segar/Pool via AP, File)

Dems drop Pompeo contempt threat after records turned over

Sep. 18, 2020 8:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Foreign Affairs Committee has dropped a threat of contempt against Secretary of State Mike Pompeo after the State Department turned over 16,000 pages of records related to a Senate investigation of Democrat Joe Biden’s son. House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot...

Marik String, Acting Legal Adviser for the State Department, is questioned via video by Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., during a House Committee on Foreign Affairs hearing looking into the firing of State Department Inspector General Steven Linick, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Kevin Dietsch/Pool via AP)

State denies improper IG firing, defends Saudi arms sales

Sep. 16, 2020 2:00 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department on Wednesday rejected Democrats' charges of improperly firing its independent inspector general and defended its weapons sales to Saudi Arabia. Democrats say the two are connected because Steve Linick, the former IG, told lawmakers in June that at the time of his...

FILE - In this Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019 file photo Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny speaks during a rally to support political prisoners in Moscow, Russia. The German hospital treating Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny says he has been taking out of an induced coma and is responsive. Berlin's Charite hospital said Monday that Navalny's condition has further improved, allowing doctors to end the medically induced coma and gradually ease him off mechanical ventilation. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky, File)

House lawmakers ask for probe into Russian poisoning case

Sep. 8, 2020 4:00 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top Democrat and the top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee are together calling on President Donald Trump to investigate whether chemical weapons were used by Russia in the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny. Chairman Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., and Rep....

FILE - In this pair of Aug. 17, 2020, file photos, Holyoke Mayor Alex B. Morse, left, and U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Springfield, right, wait for the start of a debate in Springfield, Mass. Morse is a candidate and Neal is the incumbent in Massachusetts' 1st congressional district in the Sept. 1 Democratic primary election. (Don Treeger/The Republican via AP, File)

Progressive challengers' year: 3 wins and some close calls

Sep. 3, 2020 9:25 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Progressives trying to shove Congress to the left by competing in this year's Democratic primaries ousted three moderate incumbents, won other victories and established themselves as a force that's not going away. But some challengers lost, and their overall wins were a modest number...

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo listens during a news conference at the State Department in Washington, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020, with Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

House readies contempt resolution as Pompeo defies subpoenas

Aug. 28, 2020 5:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Foreign Affairs Committee is moving to hold Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in contempt after he has repeatedly rejected the committee’s subpoenas for records related to Ukraine that the department has turned over to the Republican-led Senate. House Foreign Affairs...

Brazil legislators press president to keep ethanol tariff

Aug. 27, 2020 9:47 PM EDT

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — A group of Brazilian lawmakers made a final push Thursday to try to convince President Jair Bolsonaro not to reduce tariffs on American ethanol, a major Trump administration request. Bolsonaro has until Monday to decide whether he will renew or terminate a 20% tariff on ethanol...

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu make joint statements to the press after meeting, in Jerusalem, Monday, Aug. 24, 2020. (Debbie Hill/Pool via AP)

Pompeo warned diplomats to avoid politics; he'll talk at RNC

Aug. 25, 2020 4:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sent a cable to all U.S. diplomatic missions last month warning American diplomats that under federal law they should not take overt sides in the presidential campaign. On Tuesday, he plans to ignore his own warning by speaking to the Republican National...

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a joint statement to the press with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after their meeting, in Jerusalem, Monday, Aug. 24, 2020. (Debbie Hill/Pool via AP)

Pompeo shattering precedent, sparking fury with RNC speech

Aug. 24, 2020 9:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sent a cable to all U.S. diplomatic missions last month warning American diplomats that under federal law they should not take overt sides in the presidential campaign. On Tuesday, he plans to ignore his own warning by speaking to the Republican National...

FILE - This June 15, 2020, file photo shows the Voice of America building in Washington. More than a dozen journalists with the U.S. government's premier international broadcaster, Voice of America, may soon have to leave the United States as their visas expire with no action from the agency's new leadership. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Some VOA journalists forced to leave US soon as visas expire

Aug. 21, 2020 4:13 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than a dozen journalists with the U.S. government’s premier international broadcaster may soon be forced to leave the United States as their visas expire with no action from the agency’s new leadership. Some 16 Voice of America journalists will have to return to their...