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Panel of national leaders aims for bipartisan justice reform

Jul. 23, 2019 2:31 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A new criminal justice reform group launching Tuesday brings together Democratic and Republican governors, a Black Lives Matter organizer and a Koch Industries vice president in an unlikely collaboration aimed at harnessing momentum following a bipartisan overhaul last year....

Gillibrand: Female senators unfairly blamed for Franken exit

Jul. 23, 2019 2:20 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand said Monday that she doesn't regret calling for Al Franken's resignation from the Senate and that female senators are being blamed for it in a way their male colleagues are not. In an interview with The New Yorker magazine published...

The Latest: McConnell promises budget vote before recess

Jul. 23, 2019 2:18 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the debt and budget agreement between the White House and Congress (all times local): 6:35 p.m. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is promising the Senate will vote on the budget deal agreed to by congressional leaders and the White House before senators leave town for the...

The Latest: Judiciary Democrats to hold mock Mueller hearing

Jul. 22, 2019 9:24 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on former special counsel Robert Mueller's upcoming congressional testimony (all times local): 9:20 p.m. Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee will hold a mock hearing behind closed doors Tuesday as they prepare for former special counsel Robert Mueller's testimony before...

Franken says he 'absolutely' regrets resigning from Senate

Jul. 22, 2019 7:50 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Former Democratic U.S. Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota told The New Yorker magazine in a story published Monday that he "absolutely" regrets resigning from the Senate after several women accused him of unwanted kissing or touching. In the same article, seven current or former senators say...

O'Rourke announces 1st campaign hires in early voting Nevada

Jul. 22, 2019 7:22 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke is announcing his first campaign staff hires in the early voting state of Nevada. The five staffers announced Monday by the former Texas congressman come months after other candidates in the packed Democratic presidential field announced...

Democrats seek hearings over firing of Iowa agency head

Jul. 22, 2019 5:26 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Democratic leaders in the Iowa Legislature called Monday for government oversight hearings on Gov. Kim Reynolds' refusal to discuss her reasons for asking the director of the Iowa Department of Human Services to resign. Senate and House Government Oversight Committee Democrats are...

Democrat Wendy Davis of Texas running for Congress in 2020

Jul. 22, 2019 1:46 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Democrat Wendy Davis said Monday she is running for Congress, five years after badly losing a bid for governor that was propelled by her 13-hour filibuster of an anti-abortion bill in the state Capitol. She will challenge freshman Republican Rep. Chip Roy, one of the most...

The Latest: Another Democrat enters 2020 Texas Senate race

Jul. 22, 2019 12:07 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Latest on Democrats jumping into big 2020 races in Texas (all times local): 11 a.m. A longtime Texas Democratic lawmaker is joining the growing field of U.S. Senate challengers against Republican incumbent John Cornyn. State Sen. Royce West launched his campaign Monday during a...

House Republicans promise tough questions at Mueller hearing

Jul. 22, 2019 11:47 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans are pledging tough questioning of special counsel Robert Mueller when he testifies before Congress this week as Democrats plan to air evidence of wrongdoing by President Donald Trump in a potentially last-ditch bid to impeach him. Rep. Doug Collins, the top Republican on...