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McConnell says Congress in 'holding pattern' on gun control

Sep. 18, 2019 6:46 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Six weeks after a pair of mass shootings killed more than 30 people, Congress remains "in a holding pattern" on gun control as lawmakers await proposals from the White House, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said. While President Donald Trump has said he would veto a House-passed...

Democrats push ahead with short-term bill to avoid shutdown

Sep. 17, 2019 6:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats controlling the House are steering clear of controversy in a short-term, government-wide spending measure that's needed to prevent a government shutdown at the end of September. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has agreed to a White House request to replenish funds for bailout...

10 Things to Know for Today

Sep. 16, 2019 6:25 AM EDT

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. WHO TRUMP, POMPEO BLAME FOR ATTACK ON SAUDI OIL PLANTS The president, secretary of state and other U.S. officials say Iran carried out the drone strikes that damaged a key petroleum facility. Iran,...

Gun control must include background checks, Dems tell Trump

Sep. 15, 2019 4:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Democratic leaders warned President Donald Trump on Sunday that any proposal on gun control must include a House-passed bill to expand background checks for gun purchases — or else risk no legislation at all. In a joint statement, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate...

Minnesota labor unions divided over the Green New Deal

Sep. 15, 2019 1:07 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Two national leaders of the Service Employees International Union recently came to St. Paul to talk about the union's latest initiative to fight climate change: the Green New Deal. Earlier this summer, the SEIU executive board passed a resolution endorsing the sweeping measure proposed...

GOP rejects cuts to wall funding, Dems threaten filibuster

Sep. 12, 2019 7:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican-controlled Senate committee on Thursday rejected Democratic attempts to cut President Donald Trump's latest border wall request and prevent him from again funding the project without congressional approval. Democrats threatened to filibuster a Pentagon spending bill. The...

Senators blast Trump judicial nominee for silence at hearing

Sep. 11, 2019 6:41 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators from both parties criticized a nominee for a federal appeals court for declining to answer questions Wednesday about his work in the Trump White House and Education Department. Steven Menashi, an associate White House counsel, has been nominated by President Donald Trump for the...

Gun legislation stalls as congressional leaders trade barbs

Sep. 10, 2019 9:55 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that Democrats are engaging in "theatrics" over gun control legislation, while House Speaker Nancy Pelosi warned that "people are dying" because the Senate leader refuses to act. After a summer of devastating mass shootings, Congress...

Democrats will try to block Trump's border wall maneuver

Sep. 10, 2019 3:53 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats are moving on two fronts to block President Donald Trump from using special emergency powers to transfer money from military base construction projects like new schools to pay for new fences along the U.S.-Mexico border. First, Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer of New York...

Democrats press Trump to intervene with GOP on gun bill

Sep. 9, 2019 7:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Democrats pressed President Donald Trump on Monday to intervene with Senate Republicans and demand passage of a bipartisan bill to expand background checks for gun purchases. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Trump's "urgent, personal...