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Government funding, border wall await lame-duck Congress

Nov. 13, 2018 1:07 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress returns to a changed political landscape as newly elected lawmakers arrive in Washington, the parties elect new leadership and incumbents square off for one final legislative sprint before House Democrats take power. Voters swept away eight years of House Republican control in...

Congress returns to new dynamic, GOP shutdown threat

Nov. 12, 2018 5:55 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress returns to a changed political landscape Tuesday as newly-elected lawmakers arrive in Washington, the parties elect new leadership and incumbents square off for one final legislative sprint before House Democrats take power. Voters swept away eight years of House Republican...

US weighs in on political crisis in Sri Lanka

Oct. 31, 2018 9:08 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States weighed in Wednesday on a political crisis that has engulfed the Indian Ocean island nation of Sri Lanka since the president abruptly fired the prime minister and replaced him with an authoritarian former leader who has been accused of serious human rights abuses. State...

Today in History

Oct. 9, 2018 12:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Tuesday, Oct. 9, the 282nd day of 2018. There are 83 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Oct. 9, 1776, a group of Spanish missionaries settled in present-day San Francisco. On this date: In 1888, the public was first admitted to the Washington Monument. In 1910, a...

The Latest: Ford's lawyers criticize scope of FBI probe

Oct. 3, 2018 11:48 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and sexual misconduct allegations against him (all times local): 11:40 p.m. Lawyers for the California college professor accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault when they were teens are criticizing the scope of...

The Latest: Attorney blasts Trump for mocking Ford at rally

Oct. 3, 2018 7:51 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local): 10 p.m. A lawyer for Christine Blasey Ford is condemning President Donald Trump for mocking his client, who has said she was sexually assaulted by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh when they were teenagers. Attorney Michael...

Trump mocks Kavanaugh accuser he had called credible witness

Oct. 3, 2018 7:42 AM EDT

SOUTHAVEN, Miss. (AP) — President Donald Trump ignited a crowd at a campaign rally in Mississippi by mocking a woman who has claimed she was sexually assaulted by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh decades ago. The audience laughed as Trump ran through a list of what he described as holes in Christine...

In Mississippi, Trump mocks Ford's claims against Kavanaugh

Oct. 2, 2018 11:45 PM EDT

SOUTHAVEN, Miss. (AP) — President Donald Trump ignited a crowd at a campaign rally in Mississippi on Tuesday by mocking a woman who has claimed she was sexually assaulted by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh decades ago. The audience laughed as Trump ran through a list of what he described as holes in...

The Latest: Biden hails Ford's 'courageous' testimony

Sep. 28, 2018 8:10 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh (all times local): 8 p.m. Former Vice President Joe Biden is praising senators for delaying further action on Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination until the FBI can investigate charges of sexual misconduct. Biden says...

Trump agrees to FBI probe of Kavanaugh, bows to Flake, Dems

Sep. 28, 2018 7:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Reversing course, President Donald Trump bowed to Democrats' demands Friday for a deeper FBI investigation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh after Republican Sen. Jeff Flake balked at voting for confirmation without it — a sudden turn that left Senate approval newly...