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FILE - In this March 19, 2020, file photo Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, talks with reporters following a Republican policy lunch on Capitol Hill in Washington. Murkowski acknowledged Thursday, June 4, that she’s “struggling” over whether she can support President Donald Trump given his handling of the virus and race crises shaking the United States. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Following Mattis: More in the GOP frown on Trump's tone

Jun. 4, 2020 5:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s inability to unify the nation at a time of grave unrest is testing his uneasy alliance with mainstream Republicans, some emboldened by Gen. James Mattis’ plea for a leader who lives up to the U.S ideals of a more perfect union. Alaska Sen. Lisa...

Judge Justin Walker is sworn in prior to testifying before a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Walker's nomination to be a U.S. circuit judge for the District of Columbia Circuit on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 6, 2020. (Jonathan Ernst/Pool Photo via AP)

Senate panel advances McConnell ally for DC appeals court

Jun. 4, 2020 1:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Judiciary Committee has advanced the nomination of a 38-year-old judge and ally of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to serve on a federal appeals court, despite Democrats’ objections that he’s inexperienced and biased against the Obama health care law. The...

U.S. Capitol police officers talk with demonstrators as they have a conversation about racism in America as they protest the death of George Floyd, Wednesday, June 3, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers. At right is Lydia Robinson, 31, of Raleigh, N.C. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Democrats prepare police reform bills after Floyd's death

Jun. 4, 2020 11:11 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Democrats, powered by the Congressional Black Caucus, are preparing a sweeping package of police reforms as pressure builds on the federal government to respond to the death of George Floyd and others in law enforcement interactions. With the urgency of mass protests ...

FILE - In this May 3, 2020, file photo, light shines from inside the U.S. Capitol dome at dusk on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Senate passes fix for small-business coronavirus relief

Jun. 3, 2020 8:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Wednesday passed legislation to make it easier for businesses struggling during the coronavirus pandemic to take advantage of a payroll subsidy program that's been a central part of Washington's response to the corresponding economic crisis. The Senate passed the bill by...

President Donald Trump walks past police in Lafayette Park after he visited outside St. John's Church across from the White House Monday, June 1, 2020, in Washington. Part of the church was set on fire during protests on Sunday night. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

GOP senators offer rare rebuke of Trump on church visit

Jun. 2, 2020 10:41 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A handful of GOP senators spoke out Tuesday against President Donald Trump, criticizing his visit to a church after police removed peaceful demonstrators from a park near the White House. The remarks came even as most Republicans continued to avoid any disapproval of the president. In a...

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., reading from the Bible, reacts to President Donald Trump during a news conference at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, June 2, 2020. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Pelosi urges Trump to be 'healer in chief' as protests rage

Jun. 2, 2020 8:13 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday urged President Donald Trump to be a “healer in chief” while Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell acknowledged “racism in America” as the wrenching debate fueling protests over the treatment of black people in the United...

Brian Miller who is nominated to be Department of the Treasury Special Inspector General for Pandemic, testifies before a hearing of Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, May 5, 2020. (Alex Wong/Pool via AP)

Senate confirms special watchdog for pandemic recovery

Jun. 2, 2020 6:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has confirmed a new inspector general to oversee money distributed as part of the $2 trillion economic rescue law, putting at least one watchdog in place as oversight of the money has lagged. The Senate confirmed Brian Miller, a lawyer in the White House counsel’s...

FILE - In this Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019 file photo, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., addresses the audience gathered at the Fancy Farm Picnic in Fancy Farm, Ky. Democrat Amy McGrath has continued her attacks against Republican McConnell during a Democratic Senate debate. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)

Democrats delve into Louisville unrest during Senate forum

Jun. 1, 2020 11:29 PM EDT

Democrat Amy McGrath stayed on the attack against Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, while her two leading primary opponents in Kentucky's Senate race played up differences with her during a televised debate Monday night. Appearing on Kentucky Educational Television about three weeks before the...

FILE - In this May 3, 2020, file photo, light shines from inside the U.S. Capitol dome at dusk on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Congress confronts dual crises of protests, virus outbreak

Jun. 1, 2020 10:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress convened Monday with protests outside its door and across the nation, the Capitol already struck by the COVID-19 outbreak now confronting a deepening crisis over the treatment of black people in the United States. The civil unrest over the death of George Floyd at the hands...

Senate candidate Rep. Roger Marshall, R-Kan., answers a question during a GOP senatorial debate In Manhattan, Kan., Saturday, May 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

With Pompeo out, GOP looks to Rep. Marshall in Kansas race

Jun. 1, 2020 2:14 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The passing of Monday's deadline to file to run for Kansas' open Senate seat confirmed that U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo won't be a candidate, and a major anti-abortion group threw its support behind Rep. Roger Marshall to keep immigration hardliner Kris Kobach from the GOP...