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The shutdown today: No signs of progress

Jan. 21, 2019 7:05 PM EST

What's up with the partial government shutdown on Day 31: WHAT'S NEW Lawmakers marked the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday with commemorative statements and memorial visits. But there appeared to be no movement on the shutdown front. Instead, Democrats continued to criticize a proposal President Donald Trump...

With House, Dems eager to bring DeVos under closer oversight

Jan. 21, 2019 9:10 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Wielding control of the House and a new set of investigative powers, Democrats are preparing to bring Education Secretary Betsy DeVos under the sharpest scrutiny she has seen since taking office. DeVos has emerged as a common target for Democrats as they take charge of the House and its...

New national park push being made for Indiana Dunes

Jan. 21, 2019 7:52 AM EST

PORTER, Ind. (AP) — A new effort is being made in Congress to designate the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore along Lake Michigan as a national park. A bill for the designation has been filed by Indiana Sens. Todd Young and Mike Braun and Rep. Pete Visclosky. The same proposal was approved by the House in...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's murky claims on weather, shutdown

Jan. 21, 2019 12:13 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — There's nothing like a cold snap to bring out the global-warming skepticism of President Donald Trump. The fact that periods of extreme cold happen in a warming climate is well known by his government but Trump's crack Sunday — "Wouldn't be bad to have a little of that good old...

At 30-day mark, shutdown logjam remains over border funding

Jan. 20, 2019 4:13 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Thirty days into the partial government shutdown, Democrats and Republicans appeared no closer to ending the impasse Sunday than when it began, with President Donald Trump lashing out at his opponents after they dismissed a plan he'd billed as a compromise. Trump had offered the previous...

Elizabeth Warren rallying with airport workers on MLK Day

Jan. 20, 2019 2:54 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren plans to rally with Boston airport workers to highlight the federal government shutdown and other concerns. The Democrat, who is weighing a run for president, will join labor union leaders, workers and other elected officials Monday at Logan Airport's international...

Ex-Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam says he'll mull Senate options

Jan. 20, 2019 2:42 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Former Tennessee Republican Gov. Bill Haslam says he'll take some time to consider his options before deciding whether to run for the U.S. Senate. The Tennessean reports Haslam said Saturday at the inauguration of his successor, Bill Lee, that he will take several weeks to make up...

Gillibrand, in Iowa, highlights family, children issues

Jan. 20, 2019 12:31 PM EST

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand introduced herself to Iowa Democrats as a commonsense fighter for family and children issues as she made her first visit to the early-voting state as a 2020 presidential prospect. Unlike some of her potential rivals, Gillibrand was starting from...

GOP senators try to figure how out closely to run with Trump

Jan. 20, 2019 8:31 AM EST

DENVER (AP) — Republican Sen. Cory Gardner helped mastermind the GOP's midterm strategy of pushing Senate candidates closer to President Donald Trump. But heading into his own 2020 re-election bid in Colorado, he's allowing more distance with the not-so-popular president. And he's not alone. Sen. Thom...

Trump offers temporary 'Dreamers' deal for border wall

Jan. 19, 2019 11:23 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a bid to break the shutdown stalemate, President Donald Trump on Saturday offered to extend temporary protections for young people brought to the U.S. illegally as children and those fleeing disaster zones in exchange for his long-promised border wall. But while Trump cast the move as...