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What is the FBI's role in the Kavanaugh allegations?

Sep. 19, 2018 5:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of a long-ago sexual assault wants the FBI to get involved — but the request is not so simple. Only the White House can order the FBI to look into the claim as part of Kavanaugh's background investigation, since Christine...

China reaches out to US over demand for media registration

Sep. 19, 2018 6:21 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China has reached out to the U.S. over reports that the Department of Justice has ordered two top Chinese state-run news outlets to register as foreign agents, a spokesman said Wednesday, adding that Beijing opposed "politicizing" the role of the media. Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang...

Senate backs bill to avert shutdown, boost military spending

Sep. 18, 2018 5:17 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Tuesday approved a wide-ranging, $854 billion bill that funds the military and a host of civilian agencies for the next year and provides a short-term fix to keep the government open through early December. The measure includes $675 billion for the Defense Department and...

Congress passes spending deal, bids to avert gov't shutdown

Sep. 13, 2018 5:25 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Moving to head off a government shutdown that neither party wants, Congress has overwhelmingly approved a compromise spending bill and pledged agreement on a short-term bill to fund the government through early December. The House on Thursday approved a $147 billion package to fund the...

Senate approves 1st spending bill to avert partial shutdown

Sep. 12, 2018 9:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — As a major hurricane menaces the East Coast, Congress is moving to avert a legislative disaster that could lead to a partial government shutdown just weeks before the November midterm elections. Senators approved a $147 billion package Wednesday night to fund the Energy Department,...

Senate OKs Trump choice for IRS head over Democrats' protest

Sep. 12, 2018 8:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Over the protests of many Democrats, the Senate on Wednesday evening approved President Donald Trump's choice to become the new head of the IRS. Democrats opposed the nomination because of a new Trump administration policy allowing some groups involved in politics to hide their donors'...

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...

Senate concludes Kavanaugh hearing; confirmation likely

Sep. 7, 2018 10:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — After two marathon days questioning Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, senators concluded his confirmation hearing Friday by listening to others talk about him — friends stressing his fairness and warmth but opponents warning he'd roll back abortion rights and shield President...

Democrats make final attempt to block Kavanaugh confirmation

Sep. 6, 2018 9:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats mounted a last, ferocious attempt Thursday to paint Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh as a foe of abortion rights and a likely defender of President Donald Trump if he makes it to the high court. But their chances of blocking Trump's nominee seemed to fade away by the...

Kavanaugh's lips sealed on White House subpoenas, pardons

Sep. 5, 2018 10:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pressured by Democrats with Donald Trump on their minds, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh rejected repeated requests at Wednesday's Senate confirmation hearing to reveal his views about a president pardoning himself or being forced to testify in a criminal case. For a second day, the...