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Sanders: 'Insane' to talk infrastructure after Pelosi remark

May. 23, 2019 9:51 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders says "it's insane" to think infrastructure talks can continue as if House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (puh-LOH'-see) had not accused President Donald Trump of a "cover-up." Trump stalked out of a meeting with Democratic leaders Wednesday, demanding an end to...

Yes or No: Who's in charge? Power struggles roil Washington

May. 23, 2019 8:49 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A dozen times, Rep. Ayanna Pressley asked the witness for a yes or no answer on housing policy. Not once did Ben Carson, President Donald Trump's housing secretary, give her one. Instead, he mocked her: "Yes or no, can you ask me some questions yourself and stop reading?" Other times, he...

Mystery of racist photo in governor's yearbook left unsolved

May. 23, 2019 1:18 AM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam's rocky progress to redemption didn't get much of a boost Wednesday after a month's long investigation failed to determine whether he appears in a racist yearbook picture that almost destroyed his political career. A law firm hired by Eastern Virginia Medical...

Democratic pledges against big money come with an asterisk

May. 23, 2019 12:29 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bernie Sanders wants to crack down on outside groups that do political spending, though one is allied with his presidential campaign. Elizabeth Warren has vowed no untraceable "dark money" will help her White House bid, despite being backed by an organization that doesn't disclose some of...

Trump's campaign centered on fighting Democrats, not policy

May. 23, 2019 12:06 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump dropped the pretense of working with congressional Democrats on Wednesday and sent a clear message that his re-election campaign will be centered on condemning overzealous investigations rather than advancing a robust domestic policy agenda. Both sides may have...

Trump stalks out on Democrats, demands end of investigations

May. 22, 2019 10:40 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump abruptly stalked out of a White House meeting with congressional leaders Wednesday, flatly declaring he would no longer work with Democrats unless they drop all investigations in the aftermath of the special counsel's Trump-Russia report. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi...

US officials say foreign election hacking is inevitable

May. 22, 2019 9:53 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The hacking of U.S. election systems, including by foreign adversaries, is inevitable, and the real challenge is ensuring the country is resilient enough to withstand catastrophic problems from cyber breaches, government officials said Wednesday. The comments by representatives from the...

Senate passes paid family leave bill despite veto threat

May. 22, 2019 9:44 PM EDT

Despite a veto threat from Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont, the Senate advanced legislation Wednesday that would create a paid family medical leave insurance program, with proponents arguing it's desperately needed by Connecticut workers who can't afford to take time off to care for a loved one or themselves. The bill...

Arizona Legislature begins work on budget bills

May. 22, 2019 9:27 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona legislative committees advanced an $11.8 billion budget Wednesday as several of the Republican holdouts whose opposition threatened to tank the deal said their concerns were being addressed. House and Senate panels approved budget bills in daylong hearings, setting up final votes as...

New York puts Democrats a step closer to Trump tax returns

May. 22, 2019 9:19 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York lawmakers gave final passage to legislation Wednesday that would allow President Donald Trump's state tax returns to be released to congressional committees that have, so far, been barred from getting the president's federal filings. The Democrat-led Senate and Assembly both...