Latest Jeff Merkley News

The Latest: Florence now a Category 2 storm, still dangerous

Sep. 12, 2018 11:17 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on Hurricane Florence (all times local): 11:00 p.m. Hurricane Florence has been downgraded to a Category 2 storm but it is still considered an extremely dangerous and life-threatening storm. As of 11 p.m., the storm was centered 280 miles (455 kilometers) east southeast of...

US says transfer from FEMA funds won't harm hurricane relief

Sep. 12, 2018 3:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Trump administration officials pushed back Wednesday against a Democratic senator's claim that nearly $10 million from the government's disaster relief agency was transferred to immigration enforcement. Sen. Jeff Merkley's claim, which came as a monster hurricane barreled toward the...

Potential 2020 Democrats seize on Kavanaugh Senate hearings

Sep. 4, 2018 8:21 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Spoiling for a fight, a trio of Democratic senators weighing 2020 presidential campaigns seized upon the opening moments of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's Senate confirmation hearings Tuesday in a show of force aimed at countering President Donald Trump. One by one, Democrats on...

Mulling 2020 run, LA mayor to visit South Carolina Democrats

Aug. 29, 2018 12:31 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is returning to South Carolina next month as he continues to mull a 2020 presidential bid. The Charleston County Democratic Party said Wednesday that Garcetti will give the keynote address at next month's Blue Jam . The event has become a showcase for...

US wheat from Pacific Northwest heading to war-torn Yemen

Aug. 13, 2018 6:51 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Seven ships loaded with wheat grown in America's Pacific Northwest are sailing for Yemen, where a stalemated civil war has pushed more than 8 million people to the brink of starvation. The U.S. Agency for International Development, which administers the Food for Peace program,...