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Disaster aid stalls in Senate amid fight over Puerto Rico

Apr. 2, 2019 12:15 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats blocked a Republican disaster aid bill, saying more money is needed to help hurricane-torn Puerto Rico. But President Donald Trump opposes additional funding and says the U.S. territory is getting more disaster money than some states. The move tossed long-sought relief...

Today in History

Mar. 31, 2019 12:02 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Sunday, March 31, the 90th day of 2019. There are 275 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On March 31, 2005, Terri Schiavo (SHY'-voh), 41, died at a hospice in Pinellas Park, Florida, 13 days after her feeding tube was removed in a wrenching right-to-die court fight. On...

Batman fan Sen. Patrick Leahy writes comic book's foreword

Mar. 30, 2019 4:37 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy has spent much of his adult life crusading for the issues that are important to him and now he's helping to commemorate the 80th birthday of his childhood hero, Batman, the caped crusader, who Leahy credits with helping him win a ban on the export...

Trump opposes further disaster aid for battered Puerto Rico

Mar. 26, 2019 6:29 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's opposition to further disaster aid for hurricane-devastated Puerto Rico hardened on Tuesday as he told GOP allies at a Capitol Hill meeting that the U.S. island territory has gotten too much rebuilding money compared with mainland states like Florida and Texas....

Disaster aid bill facing a tricky path as it heads to Senate

Mar. 24, 2019 8:51 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A battle over funding for Puerto Rico is complicating the path forward for a long-delayed disaster aid bill that's a top political priority for some of President Donald Trump's Republican allies as it heads to the Senate floor this week. At stake is $13.5 billion emergency relief...

Waiting for the final Mueller report and what happens next

Mar. 21, 2019 2:48 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — America is waiting for special counsel Robert Mueller's report. But anyone looking for a grand narrative on President Donald Trump, Russian election interference and all the juicy details uncovered over the past 22 months could end up disappointed. The exact timing of Mueller's endgame is...

Pentagon lists possible project cuts to pay for wall

Mar. 18, 2019 7:34 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon sent a 20-page list of military construction projects to Congress on Monday that might be slashed to pay for President Donald Trump's wall along the Mexican border. Democrats expressed hope that by knowing which local projects could be targeted, lawmakers would be likelier to...

Trump proposes record spending, trillion-dollar deficit

Mar. 11, 2019 6:36 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump proposed a record $4.7 trillion budget on Monday, pushing the federal deficit past $1 trillion but counting on optimistic growth, accounting shuffles and steep domestic cuts to bring future spending into balance in 15 years. Reviving his border wall fight with...

Battling over voting rights, Dems, GOP have 2020 in sight

Mar. 7, 2019 12:55 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Every election year, there's heated talk about voter access and suppression. This year congressional Democrats are hoping to make it a top-tier political fight. The Democrats are calling for new legislation and increasingly pressuring Republicans in both the House and Senate, aiming to...

Lawmakers push back against Interior's proposed FOIA changes

Mar. 5, 2019 3:28 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan group of congressional leaders said Tuesday that the Interior Department's plan to clamp down on public records requests would undermine government transparency and potentially violate the Freedom of Information Act. In a letter sent to Acting Interior Secretary David...