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Photo of Salvadoran refugees shows power of still images

Jun. 27, 2019 12:36 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — From Bosnia to West Africa, she has witnessed tragedy. But the photo of two drowned Salvadoran refugees this week still left Corinne Dufka in shock. "It's horrific," Dufka, an associate director at Human Rights Watch, says of the picture, which shows a father and his 23-month old daughter...

Trump, Dems clash over who is to blame for migrant deaths

Jun. 27, 2019 12:08 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and Democrats clashed Wednesday over who was to blame for the deaths of a migrant father and his daughter whose drowned bodies were seen in searing photos from the U.S.-Mexico border. "Watching that image of Oscar and his daughter Valeria was heartbreaking. It...

Senate passes $4.6B border aid measure; Pelosi seeks talks

Jun. 26, 2019 8:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The GOP-held Senate on Wednesday passed a bipartisan $4.6 billion measure to deliver aid to the southern border before the government runs out of money to care for thousands of migrant families and unaccompanied children. The sweeping 84-8 vote came less than 24 hours after the...

Photos of migrant father and daughter spark global anguish

Jun. 26, 2019 6:13 PM EDT

From the Vatican to the U.S. Congress and campaign trail, expressions of anguish, empathy and outrage poured out Wednesday over the photos of a migrant father and young daughter who drowned while trying to cross the Rio Grande from Mexico to enter the United States without legal permission. The photos show the...

House passes emergency funding bill for migrant care crisis

Jun. 25, 2019 10:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — It took last-minute changes and a full-court press by top Democratic leaders, but the House passed with relative ease Tuesday a $4.5 billion emergency border aid package to care for thousands of migrant families and unaccompanied children detained after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border....

Merrill in Alabama GOP Senate race; Sessions still a factor

Jun. 25, 2019 7:09 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill announced Tuesday he's joining a growing field of Republican primary candidates competing for a chance to unseat Democratic Sen. Doug Jones next year. "Let's take this Senate seat back and give it back to the people of Alabama," Merrill said...

White House threatens to veto House border bill

Jun. 24, 2019 11:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House threatened Monday to veto a Democratic-written $4.5 billion House bill aimed at improving the treatment of migrant families detained after crossing the southern border into the U.S., saying the measure would hamstring Trump administration border security efforts. The...

The Latest: White House threatens to veto border bill

Jun. 24, 2019 10:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Congress and immigration (all times local): 10:15 p.m. The White House is threatening to veto a $4.5 billion border bill that House Democrats plan to try pushing through the chamber this week. White House officials complain in a letter to lawmakers that the bill lacks money...

Treasury's watchdog to look into Tubman bill delay

Jun. 24, 2019 6:12 PM EDT

The U.S. Treasury's watchdog says it will look into why the redesign of the $20 bill featuring abolitionist Harriet Tubman was delayed. The Office of the Inspector General said in a letter on Friday to Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., that it will consider the matter as part of an audit that is about to begin. The...

A top Maine Democrat announces bid to unseat Sen. Collins

Jun. 24, 2019 5:30 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Democratic speaker of the Maine House of Representatives announced Monday that she is challenging longtime Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, who has found her long-standing image as a moderate sympathetic to abortion rights under fire in an increasingly polarized Washington....