Politics & Elections

Lawmaker, Conservative Group Seek Ethics Probes of Rep. Omar

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A Minnesota Republican state legislator and a conservative group are seeking ethics investigations of Democratic U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar for a range of alleged offenses. Steve Drazkowski and Judicial Watch say Omar may have committed…

FBI Chief Wray Says China Poses a Serious Threat

WASHINGTON (AP) - FBI Director Christopher Wray says China poses a more serious counterintelligence threat to the United States than any other country, including Russia. Wray told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday the FBI has more than 1,000 investigations…

Senators Unveil Compromise to Reduce Drug Costs for Seniors

WASHINGTON (AP) - Two senior senators - one Republican, one Democrat - are unveiling compromise legislation to reduce prescription drug costs for millions of Medicare recipients, while saving money for federal and state health care programs. Staffers for Iowa Republican…

Franken Says He 'absolutely' Regrets Resigning From Senate

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Former Democratic U.S. Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota says he "absolutely" regrets resigning from the Senate after seven women accused him of unwanted kissing or touching. Franken made the comments in an interview with The New Yorker…

Trump Insists He Won't Be Watching Mueller Testimony

NEW YORK (AP) - President Donald Trump is insisting that he won't be watching former special counsel Robert Mueller's upcoming congressional testimony. Mueller, whose appearance on Capitol Hill has been anticipated for months, is expected to testify for at least…

Budget Negotiators Close on Debt, Agency Spending Deal

WASHINGTON (AP) - Negotiations between the Trump administration and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on a critical debt and budget bill are on the cusp of a deal. That's according to aides on both sides of the talks, who say the…

Gov. Noem Visits Flooded Lakes in Eastern South Dakota

LAKE THOMPSON, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem says state leaders are working to battle through the record flooding that has affected parts of her state. Noem visited flooded areas on Lake Thompson and Lake Poinsett on Saturday…

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…

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