Politics & Elections

Federal Judge Upholds a Trump Alternative to 'Obamacare'

WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal judge is upholding the Trump administration's expansion of cheaper short-term health insurance plans as an alternative to the Affordable Care Act's costlier comprehensive insurance. U.S. District Court Judge Richard J. Leon in Washington, D.C., found…

Appeals Court Upholds Trump Move to Drop Mine Pollution Rule

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A U.S. appeals court panel has sided with the Trump administration, ruling that state and federal programs already in place ensure that mining companies take financial responsibility for future pollution cleanups. The ruling Friday came after…

US Expands 'Remain in Mexico' at Dangerous Part of Border

HOUSTON (AP) - The U.S. government will expand its policy requiring asylum seekers to wait outside the country to one of Mexico's most dangerous cities. The Department of Homeland Security said Friday it will implement its "Migrant Protection Protocols" in…

Iowa Will Keep Voter Registration System for 2020 Elections

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Iowa's 14-year-old voter registration system will live to see another presidential election. The Iowa Secretary of State's office confirmed Thursday that a long-discussed plan to replace the I-Voters database will not be completed before the…

House Set to Approve Phased-in $15 Fed Minimum Wage

WASHINGTON (AP) - For the first time in a decade, the House is set to approve an increase in the federal minimum wage - to $15 an hour, including for tipped workers. Passage was expected Wednesday after centrists won concessions…

Top Senator Calls for FBI to Review Popular Photo App

WASHINGTON (AP) - The top Senate Democrat is calling on the FBI to review a Russian company's trendy smartphone app that transforms faces from photos into younger and older images of the person, according to a letter obtained by The…

Grassley Declines to Say if He Thinks Trump Tweet Was Racist

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa is declining to directly answer whether he thinks President Donald Trump's comments toward four minority women in the U.S. House were racist. Asked by reporters Wednesday about Trump's comments, Grassley…

Legislation Would Force Disclosures About Terror Watchlist

WASHINGTON (AP) - Democratic Minnesota congresswoman Ilhan Omar has submitted legislation that would force President Donald Trump's administration to disclose details about how it shares the FBI's watchlist of more than 1 million known or suspected terrorists with foreign countries.…

House Approves 9/11 Victims Bill, Sends it to Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House has overwhelmingly approved a bill ensuring that a victims compensation fund for the Sept. 11 attacks never runs out of money. The 402-12 vote Friday sends the bill to the Senate, where Majority Leader Mitch…

Trump Escapes Blame for Ethanol Policy Hurting Corn Farmers

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - President Donald Trump has repeatedly told U.S. farmers he will support ethanol and he largely continues to have their support but many are growing unhappy with EPA decisions that hamper ethanol production. The EPA refuses…

Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Hearing Could Be Delayed

WASHINGTON (AP) - House Democrats are considering a delay of special counsel Robert Mueller's high-profile hearing next week, a development that comes amid concerns over the short length of the scheduled hearings before two committees. The House Judiciary and intelligence…

Klobuchar's Plan Would Help Alzheimer's Patients, Caregivers

WASHINGTON (AP) - Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar has a new plan to help seniors that includes more support for people with Alzheimer's disease and their caregivers. It's an issue that's personal for the Minnesota senator, whose 91-year-old father is…

Trump Accuses China of Foot-Dragging on Farm Purchases

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump is accusing China of "letting us down" by not promptly buying more U.S. farm products. "They have not been buying the agricultural products from our great Farmers that they said they would," the president…

General: Early Afghanistan Troop Pullout Would Be Mistake

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Army general nominated to be the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs says that pulling American troops out of Afghanistan prematurely would be a mistake. He says the U.S. should keep a "modest number" of forces…

Senator Rounds Backs U.S. Cabinetry Market Amid Trade War

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - We've talked a lot about how the trade war with China is impacting ag producers but there's another industry at risk from what some are calling "unfair trade practices" by China. Leaders of the American Kitchen…

US Lawmakers on Northern Border Want Grain Rules Addressed

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Republican senators along the northern U.S. border are asking officials to address grain in the trade deal with Canada and Mexico. The Billings Gazette reported Wednesday that U.S. lawmakers from Minnesota, Montana and North Dakota sent…

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