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McSally lost Senate race but will fill McCain's Arizona seat

Dec. 18, 2018 3:15 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona's governor on Tuesday appointed U.S. Rep. Martha McSally to replace Sen. Jon Kyl in the seat that belonged to the late John McCain, sending the GOP congresswoman back to Washington just a month after she lost a tight race for the state's other spot in the Senate. McSally, a former...

The Latest: McConnell confident about averting shutdown

Dec. 18, 2018 3:12 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on negotiations over funding President Donald Trump wants for a U.S.-Mexico border wall and the possibility of a partial government shutdown (all times local): 3 p.m. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he's confident that there will not be a partial government...

Options dwindling, GOP congressman appeals to keep his seat

Dec. 18, 2018 3:03 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The last remaining Republican congressman in New England filed an appeal Tuesday that seeks to undo the election of his Democratic opponent under Maine's new voting system, asking the court to act quickly as the swearing-in of new U.S. House members nears. A federal judge last week...

The Latest: Democratic Rep.-elect says he's ready to work

Dec. 18, 2018 2:49 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Latest on litigation over Maine's new ranked voting system (all times local): 2:45 p.m. Democratic Rep.-elect Jared Golden's campaign says he's ready to start work despite an ongoing legal fight waged by his Republican opponent over Maine's new election system. A federal judge...

The Latest: Michigan bill prohibits disclosure of nonprofit

Dec. 18, 2018 2:41 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Latest on developments during the Michigan Legislature's lame-duck session (all times local): 2:20 p.m. A bill moving forward in Michigan's Republican-led Legislature is designed to keep secret the identity of donors who give money to nonprofits, including organizations involved...

Used to bucking establishment, Gabbard eyes White House run

Dec. 18, 2018 2:32 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — One of Rep. Tulsi Gabbard's duties when she deployed to Iraq with the Hawaii Army National Guard in 2005 was to scan a list of U.S. combat casualties for names of her unit's soldiers. Her job as a brigade surgeon operations specialist was to make sure these soldiers got the care they...

GOP power play in Michigan must go through pragmatic Snyder

Dec. 18, 2018 12:27 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Republicans determined to dilute the authority of newly elected Democrats could see the power play thwarted by a moderate GOP governor, who is not certain to go along with the Legislature like Wisconsin's more partisan Gov. Scott Walker. Term-limited Rick Snyder is not...

White House pulls back from shutdown threat over wall funds

Dec. 18, 2018 11:42 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House on Tuesday appeared to inch away from forcing a partial government shutdown over funding for a southern border wall, with Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders saying there are "other ways" to secure the $5 billion in funding that President Donald Trump wants. It was the...

Democrats fight over who owns data ahead of 2020

Dec. 18, 2018 12:34 AM EST

Democratic National Committee officials and a group of state party leaders are trying to resolve an increasingly ugly dispute over how the party manages and pays for the voter data used in campaigns. The saga, which spilled into open view in recent weeks, eventually will determine how extensive and useful a voter...

No timeline: O'Rourke not rushing 2020 decision despite buzz

Dec. 18, 2018 12:34 AM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — If the deep field of potential Democratic presidential contenders is on pins and needles as Beto O'Rourke decides his next move, it could be a long wait. The outgoing Texas congressman's team says he has no timeline or roadmap for deciding if he'd like to parlay a surprisingly close...