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White House, GOP senators discuss impeachment trial strategy

Nov. 21, 2019 6:49 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top White House officials met Thursday with Republican senators to discuss strategy for a widely expected Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump but made no decisions about its length or other tactics, two people familiar with the session said. Participants expressed more...

Officials to announce new wildlife refuge in Kentucky

Nov. 21, 2019 4:45 AM EST

HENDERSON, Ky. (AP) — Federal officials plan to announce a new national wildlife refuge in western Kentucky. A statement from the U.S. Department of the Interior says Secretary David Bernhardt and U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell will join other dignitaries Friday in Henderson to announce the Green River National...

Impeachment intensifies buzz about Pompeo run for US Senate

Nov. 20, 2019 5:06 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A persistent buzz about Mike Pompeo stepping down as the top U.S. diplomat to run for an open Senate seat in Kansas has built to a roar as impeachment hearings into President Donald Trump have intensified scrutiny of the State Department. The U.S. secretary of state was in Brussels on...

House passes short-term spending measure as talks falter

Nov. 19, 2019 3:57 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House passed a short-term spending bill Tuesday that would keep federal agencies running for another month in hopes the additional time will help negotiators wrap up more than $1.4 trillion in unfinished appropriations bills. The bill would avert a Thanksgiving government shutdown but...

Kobach’s brand still sells with GOP in Senate race in Kansas

Nov. 19, 2019 2:43 PM EST

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Kris Kobach isn’t fazed that fellow Republicans worry he’s unpopular or too brash in pushing his hard-right views to keep Kansas’ open Senate seat in GOP hands next year. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and others are so concerned that they’ve spent...

House Democrats propose stopgap bill to prevent shutdown

Nov. 18, 2019 6:27 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats released a temporary government-wide funding bill Monday to forestall a shutdown and give negotiators through Dec. 20 to try to hash out details of more than $1.4 trillion worth of unfinished spending legislation. The legislation faces a House vote Tuesday as Congress...

Correction: Prescription Drugs story

Nov. 18, 2019 5:36 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story Nov. 18 about the White House push for prescription drug legislation, The Associated Press misspelled the first name of the executive director of Families USA. The correct spelling is Frederick, not Frederic. A corrected version of the story is below: Drug cost legislation gets...

Closest witnesses kicking off big Trump impeachment week

Nov. 18, 2019 5:30 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nine witnesses. Five hearings. Three days. The Trump impeachment inquiry is charging into a crucial week as Americans hear from some of the most important witnesses closest to the White House in back-to-back-to-back live sessions. Among them, Ambassador Gordon Sondland, the wealthy donor...

McConnell: Lack of civility is country’s biggest problem

Nov. 18, 2019 3:41 PM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Bemoaning the country’s lack of civility, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Monday that both sides of the political spectrum need to defuse the anger surrounding political discourse. Speaking in his home state of Kentucky, the Republican leader said the country needs...

White House urgently ramps up push for drug cost legislation

Nov. 17, 2019 11:29 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is ramping up its push to get a bill through Congress that curbs prescription drug costs, feeling a new urgency as the impeachment investigation advances amid the 2020 election campaign. The effort has progressed beyond anything seen in years, says President Donald...