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Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

Sep. 19, 2020 6:15 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows: ABC’s “This Week” — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.; Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. ___ NBC’s “Meet the Press” — Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar; Gov. Phil Murphy, D-N.J.; author...

FILE - In this Nov. 8, 2006 file photo, Donn Rubin, chairman of Missouri Coalition for Lifesaving Cures, left, thanks Chancellor Emeritus William Danforth after learning Missouri voters narrowly approved a proposed state constitutional amendment to protect embryonic stem cell research early at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo.  Washington University in St. Louis confirmed that Danforth died Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020 at his home in Ladue, Mo., He was 94. (AP Photo/Kelley McCall File)

Ex-Washington University Chancellor William Danforth dies

Sep. 17, 2020 12:12 PM EDT

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — William Danforth, a member of a prominent St. Louis family and the leader who oversaw Washington University's rise to national prominence during his 24-year career as chancellor, has died. He was 94. Washington University confirmed that Danforth died Wednesday at his home in the St....

Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer of N.Y., left, with Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks during a news conference, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Virus bill blocked in Senate as prospects dim for new relief

Sep. 10, 2020 4:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats scuttled a scaled-back GOP coronavirus rescue package on Thursday as the parties argued to a standstill over the size and scope of the aid, likely ending hopes for coronavirus relief before the November election. The mostly party-line vote capped weeks of wrangling that...

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., puts his face mask back on after speaking during a news conference of Senate Republican leadership, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

No virus aid before election? Pessimism before Senate vote

Sep. 9, 2020 8:55 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Republican senators made pessimistic predictions Wednesday about securing a bipartisan coronavirus relief package before the November election, signaling instead they will just try to pass legislation that would avoid a federal shutdown as lawmakers head home to campaign. Senate...

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., center, walks to his office from the Senate floor, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

GOP proposes 'targeted' virus aid, but Dems say not enough

Sep. 9, 2020 11:07 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate prepared to vote this week on a trimmed-down Republican coronavirus relief package, though it only has a slim chance of passage in the face of Democrats' insistence for more sweeping aid. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released the approximately $500 billion measure on...

In this image from video, Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., speaks during a virtual video hearing before the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee on the U.S. Postal Service during COVID-19 and the upcoming elections, Friday, Aug. 21, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs via AP)

Tough choices for GOP over a Postal Service Trump belittles

Aug. 22, 2020 10:02 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Republicans in tight reelections are in a precarious position over the embattled Postal Service as its bosses impose cost-cutting measures on one of the government's few beloved agencies. And as often happens, President Donald Trump has made the political fallout for...

FILE - In this July 22, 2020, file photo Senate Rules and Administration Committee chairman Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., listens to testimony about elections, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Senate Republican leaders are preparing a slimmed-down coronavirus relief package of roughly $500 billion that will include extended payments for unemployed people and smaller businesses, a GOP senator said Tuesday, Aug. 18. Blunt says it will include extended payments for unemployed people and for suffering smaller businesses and money for work aimed at combating the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Senate Republicans preparing $500B virus relief proposal

Aug. 18, 2020 5:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republican leaders are preparing a slimmed-down coronavirus relief package of roughly $500 billion that will include extended payments for unemployed people and smaller businesses, a GOP senator said Tuesday. The measure will also include $10 billion for the embattled Postal...

Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer of N.Y. walks to the office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, July 29, 2020, for a meeting with Pelosi, President Donald Trump's Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

In sprawling Capitol, leaders struggle to keep virus at bay

Jul. 30, 2020 8:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are under increasing pressure from lawmakers to boost testing for the coronavirus in the Capitol, an idea they have so far rejected because of concerns about the availability of tests across the country. Despite the...

Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, studies notes during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on the oversight of the Department of Justice on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, July 28, 2020 in Washington. (Matt McClain/The Washington Post via AP, Pool)

House orders broad mask mandates after Gohmert gets virus

Jul. 29, 2020 10:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Capitol officials issued broad new mask requirements Wednesday after a Republican member of Congress tested positive for the coronavirus. The member, Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert, often shunned wearing masks and was known to vote without one. Pelosi announced...

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin speaks with reporters about the coronavirus relief package negotiations, at the White House, Thursday, July 23, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

White House drops payroll tax cut after GOP allies object

Jul. 23, 2020 6:33 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday reluctantly dropped his bid to cut Social Security payroll taxes as Republicans stumbled anew in efforts to unite around a $1 trillion COVID-19 rescue package to begin negotiations with Democrats who are seeking far more. Frustrating new delays came as...