- Lawmakers fail to ramp up ethics laws for Missouri officials Updated: May-24-15 2:19 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - Like most years, Missouri state lawmakers in the 2015 legislative session introduced a number of bills aimed at clamping down on ethics laws considered some of the loosest in the nation.
- Sanders to kick off campaign in Burlington's Waterfront Park Updated: May-24-15 10:07 am
BURLINGTON, Vermont - Senator Bernie Sanders returns to the Lake Champlain waterfront - where he led rebuilding efforts as mayor of Burlington - to kick off his campaign for president.
- NSA winds down once-secret phone-records collection program Updated: May-23-15 2:05 pm
WASHINGTON - The National Security Agency has begun winding down its collection and storage of American phone records after the Senate failed to agree on a path forward to change or extend the once-secret program ahead of its expiration at the end of the month.
- Christie criticizes Senate's failure to extend Patriot Act Updated: May-23-15 12:20 pm
MORRISTOWN, New Jersey - Gov. Chris Christie said the U.S. Senate's failure to extend the Patriot Act could have dangerous consequences.
- What's left for Connecticut lawmakers this session Updated: May-23-15 9:20 am
HARTFORD, Connecticut - With the June 3 adjournment deadline fast approaching, the Connecticut General Assembly still has some major pieces of legislation to pass. A look at some of the highlights:
- W.Va. Senate president to be Coca Cola 600 honorary starter Updated: May-23-15 9:05 am
CHARLESTON, West Virginia - West Virginia Senate President Bill Cole will be the honorary starter for the Coca Cola 600 NASCAR race this weekend in Charlotte, North Carolina.
- Senate clears White House-backed trade bill Updated: May-23-15 4:33 am
WASHINGTON - In a victory for President Barack Obama, the Senate passed bipartisan legislation Friday night to strengthen the administration's hand in global trade talks, clearing the way for a highly unpredictable summer showdown in the House.
- Another patch put in place for highway and transit funding Updated: May-23-15 4:30 am
WASHINGTON - Congress has sent President Barack Obama a bill to keep highway and transit aid flowing to states for another two months and prevent shutdown of summer construction projects.
- Senators sing blues over impasse; GOP hopefuls stuck in DC Updated: May-22-15 10:13 pm
WASHINGTON - Two senators have a plane to catch to Cuba, others were hoping to impress Republican presidential primary voters and then there's Sen. Lamar Alexander, who is slated to deliver a sunset piano performance of "Ol' Man River" on the banks of the Mississippi.
- VA must find millions to finish troubled Denver hospital Updated: May-22-15 8:07 pm
DENVER - Construction crews are returning to work at the veterans hospital outside Denver after a last-minute deal with congressional leaders avoided a shutdown of the half-finished project.
- Jury to reconvene for closing arguments in trial of Bosworth Updated: May-22-15 6:08 pm
PIERRE, South Dakota - Testimony in the trial of former U.S. Senate candidate Annette Bosworth has ended, and the jury will reconvene next week to hear closing arguments.
- New Army Reserve Center proposed for Starkville Updated: May-22-15 4:09 pm
STARKVILLE, Mississippi - An estimated $9.3 million is provided in an appropriations bill for a new Army Reserve Center in Starkville.
- Clinton appears to rule out return of ground forces in Iraq Updated: May-22-15 3:45 pm
HAMPTON, New Hampshire - Democratic presidential contender Hillary Rodham Clinton said Friday she sees "no role whatsoever" for U.S. ground forces in Iraq despite setbacks in the struggle against Islamic State militants.
- Jill Parrish confirmed as new federal judge in Utah Updated: May-22-15 10:44 am
SALT LAKE CITY - Utah Supreme Court Justice Jill Parrish has been confirmed as a federal judge for the state district.
- Surveillance debate produces unusual alliances in Capitol Updated: May-22-15 10:29 am
WASHINGTON - Congress' debate over domestic surveillance is scrambling partisan divisions in the Senate as libertarian-minded Republicans defy their leaders to make common cause with liberal Democrats.
- Franken part of delegation headed to Cuba Updated: May-22-15 7:01 am
MINNEAPOLIS - Minnesota U.S. Sen. Al Franken will travel to Cuba this weekend.
- Watchdog report examines FBI's use of Patriot Act authority Updated: May-21-15 10:10 pm
WASHINGTON - The FBI has broadened the scope of records it seeks under a section of the Patriot Act that permits agents to gather wide-ranging materials during national security investigations, and also took too long to create procedures for the handling of certain nonpublic information it collects, according to a watchdog report issued Thursday as Congress weighs the future of government surveillance authority.
- Aide to Sen. Coons nominated to be US Marshal Updated: May-21-15 7:19 pm
DOVER, Delaware - U.S. Sen. Tom Carper says an aide to fellow Sen. Chris Coons has been tapped by President Obama to be the next United States Marshal for Delaware.
- Murkowski spokesman: Plans for 24-hour crossings at Hyder Updated: May-21-15 6:55 pm
JUNEAU, Alaska - The Canadian government plans to allow for 24-hour border crossings between Hyder, Alaska, and Stewart, British Columbia, a spokesman for U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski said.
- Connecticut casino bill now faces uncertain path Updated: May-21-15 6:18 pm
HARTFORD, Connecticut - Legislation creating a two-step process for possibly opening a new tribal casino in Connecticut faces a vote in the state House of Representatives, but the level of support in that chamber remains unclear.
- Senate Democrats demand more money for Amtrak repair backlog Updated: May-21-15 5:25 pm
WASHINGTON - Senate Democrats on Thursday demanded that Republicans provide more money for Amtrak so the railroad can tackle a $21 billion maintenance and repair backlog, including replacing tunnels more than a century old.
- Senate panel keeps domestic budgets frozen for now Updated: May-21-15 4:43 pm
WASHINGTON - Ignoring veto threats, Republicans on a key Senate panel Wednesday approved an overall freeze on the annual operating budgets for domestic agencies while padding overseas military accounts to raise Pentagon budget limits by $36 billion.
- Sen. Schumer: upstate rail lines need safety system now Updated: May-21-15 4:16 pm
ALBANY, New York - U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer says a railway safety system that could have prevented the deadly Amtrak crash in Philadelphia must be installed quickly on dangerous railroad curves throughout New York state.
- Feingold-founded PAC suspends activity Updated: May-21-15 2:40 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - A political action committee founded by Democrat Russ Feingold has suspended its fundraising to avoid the appearance of a conflict with his run for the U.S. Senate.
- Ex-AG Coakley lands job at Boston law firm Updated: May-20-15 4:13 pm
BOSTON - Martha Coakley, the former Massachusetts attorney general who also ran unsuccessfully for governor and the U.S. Senate, has joined a Boston law firm.