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Republicans' narrow win for Kansas seat emboldens Democrats

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans escaped a special House election in Kansas with a single-digit victory in a district where they have romped in the past, an early warning sign for the GOP at the start of Donald Trump's presidency.

Apr. 12, 2017 4:40 PM EDT
Capitol Hill Buzz: Dome project completed in time for Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional officials have unveiled a refurbished Capitol Dome after a three-year, $60 million repair project completed with weeks to spare before the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump.

Nov. 15, 2016 1:19 PM EST
Readying for Trump, Congress faces lame duck to-do list

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress still has some unfinished business before closing shop for the year, even as the focus shifts to the agenda of President-elect Donald Trump and unified Republican control of Congress and the White House in 2017.

Nov. 14, 2016 2:26 PM EST
Clinton campaign weighed forcing out Democratic chairwoman

WASHINGTON (AP) — As early as last December, the Clinton campaign was plotting ways to sideline the head of the Democratic Party amid complaints about internal fights in the party's leadership, according to the latest WikiLeaks release of hacked emails.

Nov. 2, 2016 3:44 AM EDT
Clinton campaign weighed forcing out Democratic chairwoman

WASHINGTON (AP) — As early as last December, the Clinton campaign was plotting ways to sideline the head of the Democratic Party amid complaints about internal fights in the party's leadership, according to the latest WikiLeaks release of hacked emails.

Nov. 1, 2016 4:37 PM EDT
WHY IT MATTERS: Debt

WASHINGTON (AP) — THE ISSUE: The federal government is borrowing about 1 out of 7 dollars it spends and steadily piling up debt — to the tune of about $14 trillion held by investors.

Oct. 22, 2016 2:10 AM EDT
WHY IT MATTERS: IRS

WASHINGTON (AP) — THE ISSUE: The Internal Revenue Service touches everyone, not just taxpayers but anyone who receives a government check, drives on roads made possible by tax revenue or sends a child to a school helped by Washington.

Oct. 22, 2016 1:12 AM EDT
WHY IT MATTERS: IRS

WASHINGTON (AP) — THE ISSUE: The Internal Revenue Service touches everyone, not just taxpayers but anyone who receives a government check, drives on roads made possible by tax revenue or sends a child to a school helped by Washington.

Oct. 19, 2016 6:13 PM EDT
Obama administration: Budget deficit increases to $587B

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government ran a $587 billion budget deficit for the just-completed fiscal year, a 34 percent spike over last year after significant improvement from the record deficits of President Barack Obama's first years in office.

Oct. 14, 2016 4:06 PM EDT
Republicans urge Trump to quit _ then back him

WASHINGTON (AP) — While a host of prominent congressional Republicans have jumped off the Donald Trump train, some are climbing back aboard after taking heat from loyalists of the controversial billionaire.

Oct. 12, 2016 2:42 PM EDT
What's in, what's out of bill to avert government shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — The short-term spending bill to prevent the government from shutting down is, to be honest, the only thing lawmakers really have to do before exiting Washington for the fall campaign.

Sep. 23, 2016 3:44 PM EDT
WHY IT MATTERS: Debt

WASHINGTON (AP) — THE ISSUE: The federal government is borrowing about 1 out of 7 dollars it spends and steadily piling up debt — to the tune of about $14 trillion held by investors.

Sep. 1, 2016 12:58 PM EDT
Mosquito season brings no urgency for money to fight Zika

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House and Democrats are pressuring congressional Republicans to act on President Barack Obama's demands for money to combat Zika, but even the onset of mosquito season that probably will spread the virus has failed to create a sense of urgency.

May. 9, 2016 10:30 AM EDT
GOP House under Speaker Ryan set to blow budget deadline

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans are about to blow through a statutory deadline to pass an annual budget, a major embarrassment for Speaker Paul Ryan that raises questions about his stewardship of the House despite his high profile on the national stage.

Apr. 13, 2016 5:07 PM EDT
Ryan on presidential speculation: 'Knock it off'

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan has a message to everyone in the political chattering class who's speculating that he might emerge as the Republican nominee from a contested convention and save the party from front-runner Donald Trump: "Knock it off.

Mar. 17, 2016 2:52 PM EDT
Senate GOP leader holds fast in blocking Obama court pick

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic foes gloat that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has guided his Republicans into a political dead end with his unbending edict that President Barack Obama's successor will fill the Supreme Court vacancy and replace Justice Antonin Scalia.

Feb. 24, 2016 3:39 PM EST
McConnell shuts door on Senate action on Obama court pick

WASHINGTON (AP) — Majority Leader Mitch McConnell emphatically ruled out any Senate action on whoever President Barack Obama nominates to fill the Supreme Court vacancy, an extraordinary step that escalated the partisan election-year struggle over replacing the late Antonin Scalia.

Feb. 23, 2016 6:17 PM EST
Republican senators: No hearing or vote for Obama court pick

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday ruled out any hearing for President Barack Obama's nominee to the Supreme Court, insisting that the choice rests with the president's successor.

Feb. 23, 2016 5:01 PM EST
Obama unveils record $4.1 trillion election-year budget

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Tuesday unveiled a record $4.1 trillion, election-year budget that finances Democratic priorities like education, health care and climate change with new taxes on crude oil, the wealthy and big banks.

Feb. 9, 2016 4:34 PM EST
Ryan calls for unity, less anger from his fractious GOP

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan called on Republicans Wednesday to unify and stop fighting each other as he tried steering his fractious party into an election year devoid of the collisions between conservatives and pragmatists that transformed parts of 2015 into a GOP nightmare.

Feb. 3, 2016 3:07 PM EST
Pelosi praises Bernie Sanders for energizing young voters

BALTIMORE (AP) — Top House Democrat Nancy Pelosi is praising Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders for getting more young people "interested in the political process" as he mounts a surprisingly strong race for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Jan. 29, 2016 10:24 AM EST
US Senate rejects lawmaker's 'Audit the Fed' legislation

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Tuesday blocked legislation calling for tougher audits of the Federal Reserve, rebuffing an attempt by Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul to give lawmakers greater oversight of the U.

Jan. 12, 2016 4:15 PM EST
Senate rejects Rand Paul's 'Audit the Fed' legislation

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Tuesday blocked legislation calling for tougher audits of the Federal Reserve, rebuffing an attempt by Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul to give lawmakers greater oversight of the central bank's moves on interest rates.

Jan. 12, 2016 3:52 PM EST