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Could Washington's impeachment drama spark China trade deal?

Sep. 29, 2019 8:59 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic impeachment inquiry may do at least one thing for President Donald Trump: It could give him more incentive to resolve his trade war with China. As the political heat rises in Washington, a deal with Beijing would allow Trump to claim a much-needed victory and divert some...

Lamb joins ranks of Democrats backing impeachment inquiry

Sep. 27, 2019 12:27 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — All nine Pennsylvania Democrats in the U.S. House now say they support Speaker Nancy Pelosi's move to open impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump. U.S. Rep. Conor Lamb of suburban Pittsburgh on Friday joined the eight other Pennsylvania Democrats in the chamber saying...

Pennsylvania governor backs impeachment inquiry into Trump

Sep. 25, 2019 4:38 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf says he supports starting impeachment proceedings in the U.S. House against President Donald Trump. However, Wolf said Wednesday that he hasn't seen all the evidence and doesn't know yet whether the president committed an impeachable offense...

Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

Sep. 21, 2019 12:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows: ABC's "This Week" — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo; former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis. ___ NBC's "Meet the Press" — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin; Sens. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., and Pat Toomey, R-Pa. ___ CBS' "Face the Nation"...

Trump says gun bill negotiations going 'very slowly'

Sep. 19, 2019 6:41 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday poured cold water on prospects for a bipartisan compromise on gun legislation, even as Attorney General William Barr circulated a draft plan on Capitol Hill to expand background checks for gun sales. In a Fox News interview, Trump said no deal is...

The 'Hero of Cologne' receives his Bronze Star 75 years late

Sep. 18, 2019 5:55 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — When 96-year-old Clarence Smoyer came to Washington Wednesday, he thought he was heading to the Pentagon to sign copies of "Spearhead," a recent book detailing his exploits as a World War II tank gunner. Instead, he found a full Army color guard and ceremony awarding him a Bronze Star,...

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...

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...

Coming for your AR-15? O'Rourke scrambles Dems' gun message

Sep. 14, 2019 6:36 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Beto O'Rourke's "hell yes" moment at the Democrats' presidential debate is scrambling his party's message on guns. The Democrats have long contended their support of gun control laws does not mean they want to take away law-abiding citizens' firearms. But on Friday, they struggled to...

Trump vows to protect 2nd Amendment after gun briefing

Sep. 12, 2019 11:38 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump pledged Thursday to protect the Second Amendment, hours after huddling with top advisers to discuss gun control measures he might be willing to publicly stand behind. Speaking to reporters before flying to Baltimore for a Republican retreat, Trump insisted "a lot of...