- House, Senate on collision course in highway debate Updated: Jul-28-15 12:49 am
WASHINGTON - Senators overruled heated conservative opposition Monday and added a measure reviving the federal Export-Import Bank to must-pass highway legislation. But House Republicans declared the Senate transportation bill dead on arrival.
- Republicans draw in more money for top La. statewide races Updated: Jul-27-15 8:23 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Republicans are outraising Democrats in Louisiana's top two races on the Oct. 24 ballot, for governor and lieutenant governor - and pouring more of their own money into their competitions as well, according to the latest campaign reports.
- Former Indiana first lady Susan Bayh has brain tumor removed Updated: Jul-27-15 7:28 pm
INDIANAPOLIS - Former Indiana first lady Susan Bayh underwent brain surgery Monday for removal of a benign tumor, and her husband said her prognosis for recovery is good.
- New England senators want a National Lobster Day this year Updated: Jul-27-15 5:47 pm
PORTLAND, Maine - A group of U.S. senators from New England say the lobster's role in the region's heritage and economy are important enough to justify a national day of celebration.
- Senior Republicans rebuke Cruz over his attacks on McConnell Updated: Jul-26-15 9:21 pm
WASHINGTON - Senior Senate Republicans lined up Sunday to rebuke Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz for harshly criticizing Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, an extraordinary display of intraparty division played out live on the Senate floor.
- Democratic senator leaning toward supporting Iran deal Updated: Jul-26-15 1:33 pm
WASHINGTON - Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia said Sunday he is leaning toward supporting the Iranian nuclear deal because the alternative would be war.
- State of the Race: The campaign for Pennsylvania's US seat Updated: Jul-26-15 10:49 am
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - Democrats can expect to decide a primary contest in nine months to see who will challenge U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, a Republican who is seeking his second six-year term in the 2016 election. The seat is expected to be crucial to determining control of the U.S. Senate, and Democrats hope their four-to-three registration advantage in Pennsylvania and heightened voter interest in the presidential election will deliver a victory to their eventual nominee. Here is a look at the race and the candidates:
- Lieberman, in retirement, lobbies against Iran nuclear deal Updated: Jul-26-15 10:37 am
HARTFORD, Connecticut - Former Sen. Joe Lieberman, who staked his Senate career on a tough U.S. response to terrorism following the 9/11 attacks, has emerged from retirement to again jump into the fray.
- Missouri legislator accused by interns submits resignation Updated: Jul-25-15 2:47 am
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - Missouri state Sen. Paul LeVota submitted his resignation following allegations that he made unwanted sexual advances toward interns, claims that the Democrat denied but that prompted party leaders to question his ability to serve.
- Missouri legislator accused by interns submits resignation Updated: Jul-25-15 12:11 am
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - Missouri state Sen. Paul LeVota submitted his resignation Friday following allegations that he made unwanted sexual advances toward interns, claims that the Democrat denied but that prompted party leaders to question his ability to serve.
- Kerry: Agreement on Iran issue only alternative to force Updated: Jul-24-15 10:48 am
WASHINGTON - Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday that if Congress disapproves of the Iranian nuclear deal, it will undermine President Barack Obama's ability to act throughout the world.
- Could Twitter stop the next terrorist attack? Updated: Jul-24-15 7:03 am
WASHINGTON - Social media giants including Twitter, Yahoo, Facebook and Google are pushing back against Senate legislation that would require them to alert federal authorities of any terrorist activity, according to industry and government officials.
- Shaheen visit to STEM camp at UNH canceled Updated: Jul-24-15 6:23 am
DURHAM, New Hampshire - U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen has canceled a visit with high school students at a summer institute at the University of New Hampshire, due to a change in the Senate voting schedule.
- Democrats' old, new guard clash over US Senate race in Ohio Updated: Jul-23-15 9:50 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Former and current chairmen are clashing over the Ohio Democratic Party's treatment of a young challenger who has refused to drop out of the 2016 race for a U.S. Senate seat also sought by former Gov. Ted Strickland.
- New Mexico police want 1971 fugitive returned from Cuba Updated: Jul-23-15 9:14 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - The New Mexico State Police chief said Thursday he would personally pay for a return ticket for a fugitive living in Cuba who is wanted in the killing of a state police officer and who fled during a plane hijacking.
- McCaskill weighs in on Missouri senator's alleged harassment Updated: Jul-23-15 7:31 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill says Missouri state Sen. Paul LeVota needs to "seriously consider" whether he can continue to serve after claims that he made unwanted sexual advances toward interns.
- US Sen. Markey to join Obama on his trip to Kenya, Ethiopia Updated: Jul-23-15 7:22 pm
BOSTON - U.S. Sen. Edward Markey is joining President Barack Obama on his trip to Kenya and Ethiopia.
- Senate panel would allow marijuana vendors to use banks Updated: Jul-23-15 4:07 pm
WASHINGTON - A Senate panel voted Thursday to make it easier for businesses that legally produce and sell marijuana to do business with banks and other financial services providers.
- Kerry calls talk of better Iran deal a 'fantasy' Updated: Jul-23-15 4:03 pm
WASHINGTON - Countering Republican criticism, Secretary of State John Kerry declared Thursday it is "fantasy plain and simple" to claim that President Barack Obama failed to insist on enough restraints on Iran's nuclear program before agreeing to lift economic sanctions long in place.
- The Latest: Kerry says US allies won't back military force Updated: Jul-23-15 1:52 pm
WASHINGTON - The latest in a hearing the Senate Foreign Relations Committee is conducting on the agreement the United States and five other world powers struck this month with Iran to rein in its nuclear weapons program in exchange for relief from economic sanctions (asterisk)(all times local):
- Gov. Wolf names Isenhour to succeed chief of staff McGinty Updated: Jul-23-15 1:10 pm
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - Gov. Tom Wolf tapped to his top liaison to state lawmakers to become his next chief of staff on Thursday as her predecessor prepares to run for U.S. Senate.
- Obama's top initiative to aid Africa is now in jeopardy Updated: Jul-23-15 11:03 am
WASHINGTON - As President Barack Obama returns to Africa this week, his major initiative to help the continent double access to electricity is in jeopardy, undermined by Congress.
- Senators want to change how Ohio draws congressional lines Updated: Jul-23-15 4:23 am
COLUMBUS, Ohio - A bipartisan proposal in Ohio seeks to overhaul how the swing state draws its congressional districts.
- Cuban dissidents feel sidelined as US focuses on state ties Updated: Jul-23-15 12:10 am
HAVANA - In the seven months since the U.S. and Cuba declared detente, American politicians have flooded Havana to see the sights, meet the country's new entrepreneurs and discuss the possible end of the U.S. trade embargo with leaders of the communist government.
- Blagojevich ruling draws line on what is, isn't corruption Updated: Jul-22-15 8:34 pm
CHICAGO - Federal judges who tossed several of Rod Blagojevich's corruption convictions endeavored to answer a question legal observers said Wednesday had gone largely unanswered: Just when does an elected official cross the line between legal and illegal political horse-trading?