GOP-controlled Senate confirms 13 more judges named by Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — As the Senate departed for a five-week recess Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell hailed the chamber's accomplishments, including a hard-won budget deal that staves off a possible government shutdown.

Aug. 1, 2019 6:24 PM EDT
McConnell wields Green New Deal as bludgeon against Dems

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate will vote on the Green New Deal, a moonshot plan by Democrats to combat climate change, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday, announcing a move designed to force Senate Democrats — including a cast of presidential candidates — into a political bind.

Feb. 12, 2019 9:46 PM EST
Congress passes spending deal, bids to avert gov't shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — Moving to head off a government shutdown that neither party wants, Congress has overwhelmingly approved a compromise spending bill and pledged agreement on a short-term bill to fund the government through early December.

Sep. 13, 2018 5:25 PM EDT
Senate approves 1st spending bill to avert partial shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — As a major hurricane menaces the East Coast, Congress is moving to avert a legislative disaster that could lead to a partial government shutdown just weeks before the November midterm elections.

Sep. 12, 2018 9:18 PM EDT
Romney, favored in Senate bid, could take on outsized role

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mitt Romney's extensive resume has many Republicans looking to him to take on a role in the Senate as a political and moral counterweight to a president many in the GOP see as divisive and undignified.

Feb. 17, 2018 1:29 PM EST
Sen. Hatch to retire, opening door for possible Romney run

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah said Tuesday he will not seek re-election after serving more than 40 years in the Senate, opening the door for 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney to run for his seat.

Jan. 2, 2018 6:02 PM EST
Political mainstay heads home to Utah, questions in his wake

WASHINGTON (AP) — Since arriving in Washington in 2009, Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz has been a political mainstay, doggedly investigating Democrats, frequently appearing on cable TV and regularly updating his legions of social media followers with photos of himself, his family and even his dog, Ruby.

Apr. 27, 2017 9:54 PM EDT
Utah Rep. Chaffetz says he won't run for re-election

WASHINGTON (AP) — Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz, a Republican who doggedly investigated Hillary Clinton before the 2016 presidential election but declined to investigate President Donald Trump, abruptly announced Wednesday that he won't run for re-election.

Apr. 19, 2017 5:22 PM EDT
From 'oops' to DOE chief; Rick Perry is pick for Energy

WASHINGTON (AP) — He ran for president twice, but Rick Perry may be best known for two made-for-TV moments: uttering "oops" when he forgot the Energy Department was one of the agencies he pledged to eliminate and being a contestant on "Dancing with the Stars.

Dec. 13, 2016 11:41 AM EST
Dems seek information from US leasing agency on Trump hotel

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats are seeking information from the government's leasing agency about potential conflicts of interest created by President-elect Donald Trump's lease for a luxury hotel in downtown Washington.

Nov. 30, 2016 4:22 PM EST
Oil pipeline: Trump's stock in company raises concern

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump holds stock in the company building the disputed Dakota Access oil pipeline, and pipeline opponents warn that Trump's investments could affect any decision he makes on the $3.

Nov. 25, 2016 5:31 PM EST
EPA chief: Progress under Obama won't be undone by Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump will not derail progress made in fighting climate change and creating clean-energy jobs, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency insisted on Monday in arguing "the inevitability of our clean energy future is bigger than any one person or nation.

Nov. 21, 2016 5:00 PM EST
Obama blocks new oil, gas drilling in Arctic Ocean

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is blocking new oil and gas drilling in the Arctic Ocean, handing a victory to environmentalists who say industrial activity in the icy waters will harm whales, walruses and other wildlife and exacerbate global warming.

Nov. 18, 2016 5:19 PM EST
Trump set to roll back Obama policies on energy, environment

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump is considering an oil billionaire and a North Dakota lawmaker for top posts as he moves to roll back President Barack Obama's environmental and energy policies and allow unfettered production of oil, coal and natural gas.

Nov. 14, 2016 5:50 PM EST
GOP TV ad backing Republican congressman criticizes Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a remarkable slap at their own presidential nominee, Republicans are running a TV ad in Chicago that touts a GOP congressman's independence by showing him saying Donald Trump "has disqualified himself.

Oct. 27, 2016 11:31 PM EDT
A look at hacked emails from Clinton's campaign chairman

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hacked emails released in daily dispatches this past week by the WikiLeaks group exposed the inner workings of Hillary Clinton's campaign leading up to her 2015 announcement that she would seek the presidency, and through this year's primary.

Oct. 15, 2016 8:28 PM EDT
Email: Clinton campaign sought to cancel Wall Street speech

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Clinton's campaign asked former President Bill Clinton to cancel a speech to a Wall Street investment firm last year because of concerns that the Clintons might appear to be too cozy with Wall Street just as the former secretary of state was about to announce her White House bid, newly released emails show.

Oct. 14, 2016 11:53 PM EDT
Email: Clinton campaign tried to move back Illinois primary

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Clinton's campaign tried to move the Illinois presidential primary to a later date, saying a contest held after the Super Tuesday primaries might stop momentum for a moderate Republican candidate and emphasizing that Clinton and her husband "won't forget" a political favor, emails made public on Thursday show.

Oct. 13, 2016 4:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — THE ISSUE: Energy independence has been a goal of every president since Richard Nixon.

Oct. 12, 2016 1:33 PM EDT
GOP-led House panel finds former Clinton aide in contempt

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican-led House committee voted on Thursday to hold in contempt of Congress a former State Department employee who helped set up Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's private email server.

Sep. 22, 2016 12:17 PM EDT
Miners rally for bill to protect health, pension benefits

WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands of unionized mine workers and supporters rallied at the Capitol Thursday to push for a bill that would protect health-care and pension benefits for about 120,000 former coal miners and their families.

Sep. 8, 2016 1:48 PM EDT
Cummings: Protesters during DNC speech were 'disrespectful'

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings says he thinks liberal supporters of Bernie Sanders who chanted an anti-trade slogan during his speech to the Democratic National Convention were "disrespectful.

Jul. 28, 2016 4:26 PM EDT
Takeaways: Obama vouches for Clinton, Kaine steps up

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — President Barack Obama used what is likely his last high-profile speech as president to make a powerful case for Hillary Clinton's election, saying it wasn't even a close choice between her and Donald Trump, whom he described as a homegrown demagogue.

Jul. 28, 2016 3:42 AM EDT
Takeaways: Glass ceiling shattered; 'change-maker' hailed

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Hillary Clinton became the first female presidential nominee of a major party, and her husband made a personal but forceful case for her to reoccupy the White House — this time from the West Wing.

Jul. 27, 2016 12:26 PM EDT
Takeaways: Glass ceiling shattered; 'change agent' hailed

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Hillary Clinton became the first female presidential nominee of a major party, and her husband made a personal but forceful case for her to reoccupy the White House — this time from the West Wing.

Jul. 27, 2016 12:12 AM EDT
Indonesian trafficking victim addresses Democrats

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Born and raised in Indonesia, Ima Matul came to the United States as a teenager to work for a promised $150 per month as a nanny and housekeeper.

Jul. 26, 2016 10:05 PM EDT
Takeaways: Sanders, Michelle Obama dominate convention

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bernie Sanders said he is "proud to stand with" Hillary Clinton, while Michelle Obama said Clinton has "the guts and grace" to be president, as Democrats strove to appear unified at their national convention in the face of a political firestorm over hacked emails.

Jul. 26, 2016 3:21 AM EDT
Takeaways: Sanders, Michelle Obama dominate convention

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bernie Sanders gave a strong endorsement of Hillary Clinton for president and Michelle Obama went on the attack against Donald Trump as Democrats struggled to appear unified at their national convention in the face of a storm over hacked emails.

Jul. 26, 2016 12:43 AM EDT
Warren makes case for Clinton, derides Trump as selfish

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren made an impassioned case for Hillary Clinton on Monday, hailing her as a tenacious fighter on behalf of working people while dismissing presidential rival Donald Trump as someone who "cares about himself every minute of every day.

Jul. 26, 2016 12:10 AM EDT
Delegates boo Cruz, Pence tries to unite at convention

Delegates at the Republican National Convention thunderously booed Ted Cruz for refusing to endorse Donald Trump Wednesday — clouding an evening intended to highlight vice presidential candidate Mike Pence as a unifying force for the party.

Jul. 21, 2016 12:19 AM EDT
GOP nominates Trump, heaps criticism on Hillary Clinton

Donald Trump officially won the Republican Party's presidential nomination Tuesday, making the businessman the GOP standard-bearer after a rollicking primary season that saw him vanquish 16 rivals.

Jul. 19, 2016 11:48 PM EDT
GOP speakers fault Clinton on Benghazi deaths

CLEVELAND (AP) — The mother of a State Department employee killed in the deadly attacks in Benghazi, Libya, angrily lashed out at Hillary Clinton on Monday at the Republican National Convention, accusing Clinton of lying to her about her son's death.

Jul. 18, 2016 11:27 PM EDT