Latest Charles Schumer News

Trump rehashes gripes, rips 'radical' Dems in 2020 launch

Jun. 19, 2019 1:14 AM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Jabbing at the press and poking the eye of the political establishment he ran against in 2016, President Donald Trump officially kicked off his reelection campaign Tuesday with a grievance-filled Florida rally that focused more on settling scores than laying out his agenda for a second...

New England newspaper owner fights to save local journalism

Jun. 19, 2019 12:06 AM EDT

PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) — These days, the news about local news seems relentlessly bad: Newsroom employment, down by nearly half over the past 15 years. Waves of layoffs continuing to hit both traditional newspaper chains and digital news startups. Cities and towns so denuded of coverage that they're...

The Latest: Acting Defense boss steps down amid Iran tension

Jun. 18, 2019 11:42 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan's decision to step down (all times local): 8 p.m. Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan is citing a "painful" family situation as he steps down from the position before his formal nomination has even been sent to the Senate....

Shanahan drops bid to lead Pentagon, citing 'painful' past

Jun. 18, 2019 11:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan stepped down Tuesday before his formal nomination ever went to the Senate, citing a "painful" family situation that would hurt his children and reopen "wounds we have worked years to heal." President Donald Trump announced Shanahan's departure in...

The Latest: McConnell: US not trying to start war with Iran

Jun. 18, 2019 2:43 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on developments as the U.S. and Iran edge toward a flashpoint amid escalation in the Persian Gulf region (all times local): 2:40 p.m. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says the Trump administration is "certainly not trying to start a war with Iran." The Kentucky Republican...

Schumer seeks federal historic designation for Grant Cottage

Jun. 18, 2019 3:05 AM EDT

WILTON, N.Y. (AP) — Sen. Chuck Schumer wants the upstate New York cottage where President Ulysses S. Grant died to be a National Historic Landmark. Schumer visited Grant Cottage near Saratoga Springs on Monday and said he is seeking the historic designation from the National Parks Service. Grant finished...

Cunningham: Voters led him to switch to US Senate campaign

Jun. 17, 2019 3:32 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A former North Carolina state senator is switching races, announcing Monday that he's joined the Democratic effort to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis, whose seat would be a major pickup for Democrats trying to win back a Senate majority. Cal Cunningham, a familiar name in state...

NY Sen. Schumer: fix Lake Ontario infrastructure

Jun. 17, 2019 12:06 AM EDT

FAIR HAVEN, N.Y. (AP) — New York Senator Chuck Schumer plans to call on the Army Corps of Engineers to provide funding for repairs to flood-ravaged infrastructure at Little Sodus Bay Harbor on Lake Ontario. Schumer plans to tour the area Monday morning to survey damage from the winter. A pier and a barrier...

Schumer urges FAA to require data recorders in helicopters

Jun. 16, 2019 1:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate's top Democrat called on the Federal Aviation Administration Sunday to heed warnings from federal safety investigators and require all helicopters be equipped with flight data recorders, commonly known as a "black box." Sen. Charles Schumer's call for action comes days after a...

Schumer wants warship named for slain sailor from New York

Jun. 16, 2019 9:27 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Chuck Schumer wants a warship named for a Navy sailor and married mother of two from upstate New York who was killed in a suicide bomb attack. Schumer spoke on the Senate floor this week about honoring Senior Chief Petty Officer Shannon Kent, who was raised in Pine Plains in the...