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The Latest: Hearing with Trump loyalist ends after 6 hours

Sep. 18, 2019 8:04 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Corey Lewandowski's appearance before the House Judiciary Committee (all times local): 6:50 p.m. The House Judiciary Committee's first impeachment hearing against President Donald Trump has concluded on a combative note after six hours of testimony from Corey Lewandowski....

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...

House Democrats, Lewandowski spar at 1st impeachment hearing

Sep. 18, 2019 6:04 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The first impeachment hearing held by House Democrats quickly turned hostile as their sole witness, former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, stonewalled many of their questions and declared they were "focusing on petty and personal politics." Lewandowski, a devoted friend and...

Today in History

Sep. 18, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Wednesday, Sept. 18, the 261st day of 2019. There are 104 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Sept. 18, 1793, President George Washington laid the cornerstone of the U.S. Capitol. On this date: In 1850, Congress passed the Fugitive Slave Act, which created a force of...

Sanders-Biden feud ramps up in front of key union audience

Sep. 17, 2019 11:47 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The high-stakes fight for working-class voters moved to Pennsylvania on Tuesday as a slate of Democratic White House hopefuls vowed to use the power of the presidency to crack down on corporate America and strengthen organized labor. But beneath all the agreement at the AFL-CIO...

US, Venezuela opposition majority renew support for Guaidó

Sep. 17, 2019 9:26 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's opposition-led congress stood by Juan Guaidó on Tuesday, saying he will be the crisis-wracked nation's interim president until Nicolás Maduro's grip on power has been broken. The socialist government hours later released the No. 2 leader of congress, Edgar...

At Philadelphia rally, Andrew Yang casts himself as underdog

Sep. 17, 2019 8:48 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Andrew Yang, the entrepreneur-turned-presidential candidate, jogged onto the Philadelphia Art Museum steps made famous by Sylvester Stallone in "Rocky" on Tuesday, fully embracing the underdog plot of his campaign. Instead of a grey sweatsuit, Yang sported a blue jacket and ball cap,...

Teen activist to lawmakers: Try harder on climate change

Sep. 17, 2019 8:46 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg offered a blunt message to Congress on Tuesday as she brought her campaign for urgent action on climate change to the U.S. Capitol. "I know you're trying," she told Democratic senators at an invitation-only forum, "but just not hard enough. Sorry."...

House adds 2 GOP members after North Carolina election wins

Sep. 17, 2019 7:41 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two Republicans who triumphed last week in North Carolina special elections became members of the House on Tuesday, including one whose narrow win displayed anew that suburban voters are deserting the GOP while rural residents are embracing the party. The swearing-in of Dan Bishop and...

Democrats raise political influence issue in antitrust probe

Sep. 17, 2019 7:33 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats are challenging a new Justice Department probe into a deal between California and four big automakers, accusing the Trump administration of using antitrust powers to target political opponents. "My suggestion is you're doing this for political reasons," Sen. Sheldon...