- 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.
- Deadline near, Senate faces last-minute vote on Patriot Act Updated: May-23-15 4:28 am
WASHINGTON - Unable to end a struggle over how to deal with government surveillance programs, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell scheduled a last-minute session to consider retaining the National Security Agency's bulk collection of domestic phone records.
- 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.
- 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.
- GOP primary for governor in Kentucky too close to call Updated: May-19-15 10:19 pm
FRANKFORT, Kentucky - Kentucky's volatile Republican primary for governor ended in a virtual tie Tuesday night as only a handful of votes separated Matt Bevin and James Comer.
- Obama, Senate GOP work together on trade bill Updated: May-19-15 7:46 pm
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration and Senate Republicans worked in unusual harmony Tuesday to advance major trade legislation opposed by many rank-and-file Democrats, an expanding struggle already leaving a mark on the 2016 campaigns for the White House and control of Congress.
- Grimes wins Democratic nomination for secretary of state Updated: May-19-15 7:06 pm
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky - Alison Lundergan Grimes has easily defeated a little-known primary challenger as she seeks a second term as Kentucky's secretary of state.
- Kentucky voters weigh hotly contested GOP governor's primary Updated: May-19-15 7:03 pm
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky - As a bitterly contested Republican primary for governor wound to a close, Kentucky voters headed to the polls Tuesday to sort through the contenders in both parties - and weigh in on some of the allegations that have surfaced on the Republican side.
- Mill Springs conservation being celebrated this weekend Updated: May-19-15 3:59 pm
SOMERSET, Kentucky - The Civil War Trust and the Mill Springs Battlefield Association are making an announcement during a Memorial Day weekend ceremony in south-central Kentucky.
- Hickenlooper rejects GOP call to ignore EPA coal rules Updated: May-19-15 3:35 pm
DENVER - Gov. John Hickenlooper rejected Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's call for states to defy new federal pollution controls on coal-burning power plants, saying Colorado has a long history of protecting its environment - despite its heavy reliance on coal.
- AFL-CIO president: Bad trade deal is worse than no deal Updated: May-18-15 10:20 pm
PORTLAND, Oregon - The head of the largest U.S. trade union federation said Monday that a bad deal is worse than no deal, and he urged Congress not to support fast-track legislation that would let President Barack Obama present Congress with proposed trade agreements that lawmakers can ratify or reject, but not amend.
- Sen. Ayotte highlights drug-exposed newborn legislation Updated: May-18-15 3:41 pm
MANCHESTER, New Hampshire - Medical providers and first responders on Monday urged Sen. Kelly Ayotte to consider further incorporating mental health treatment into her efforts to address New Hampshire's heroin and prescription drug crisis.
- GOP candidates for governor search for votes in last weekend Updated: May-16-15 9:52 pm
FALLS OF ROUGH, Kentucky - Three days before Kentucky's Republican primary for governor, three candidates have a chance to win.
- Ayotte co-sponsoring bill to protect infants from drugs Updated: May-16-15 3:46 pm
CONCORD, New Hampshire - Republican New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte is co-sponsoring a bill that would address a growing number of infants being exposed to opioids while in the womb.
- ABC faces credibility crisis over Stephanopoulos donations Updated: May-15-15 3:24 pm
NEW YORK - George Stephanopoulos apologized to viewers Friday for donating $75,000 to the Clinton Foundation and failing to disclose it earlier, as ABC News now finds its chief anchor in a credibility crisis on the eve of a presidential campaign.
- After Senate failure, Bevin returns with strong primary bid Updated: May-14-15 7:13 pm
LEXINGTON, Kentucky - About this time last year, Matt Bevin had a campaign rally where no one showed up.
- Warren has irked Obama before, but trade deepens their rift Updated: May-14-15 6:50 pm
WASHINGTON - When President Barack Obama huffed that Elizabeth Warren, the Massachusetts senator and established liberal star, was a "politician like everybody else" he revealed a rift that predates the current hostilities between the two Democrats over trade.
- Grimes predicts 10 percent turnout for Tuesday's primary Updated: May-14-15 5:23 am
FRANKFORT, Kentucky - One of every 10 of Kentucky's 3.1 million registered voters is expected to vote in Tuesday's primary elections.
- Newcomer vs. Grimes in Kentucky secretary of state primary Updated: May-13-15 1:08 pm
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky - It has all the makings of a mismatch. Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes has name recognition and a hefty amount of campaign cash for her re-election bid, while her primary election challenger is a little-known newcomer who hasn't sought campaign donations.
- Voters get close look at GOP candidates in televised debate Updated: May-11-15 9:57 pm
LEXINGTON, Kentucky - Kentucky voters got their first look at the Republican candidates for governor Monday night in the only statewide televised debate of the race, which touched on James Comer's college girlfriend, Hal Heiner's campaign tactics and Matt Bevin's political loyalties.
- Capitol Hill Buzz: Obama sends handwritten note to McConnell Updated: May-11-15 10:01 am
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama sent Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell a handwritten note thanking the Republican for backing Loretta Lynch as attorney general.
- Report: Ky. hospitals lose money under federal health law Updated: May-08-15 6:23 pm
FRANKFORT, Kentucky - Kentucky's decision to expand Medicaid meant an extra 400,000 people could have health insurance. But a new report says it also meant up to 7,700 hospital jobs would disappear.
- Correction: Coal-Grant Money story Updated: May-08-15 12:07 pm
FRANKFORT, Kentucky - In a story May 7 about a federal grant, The Associated Press reported erroneously that a $7.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor would help out-of-work coal miners find new jobs. The grant will help workers who lost their jobs because of the downturn in the coal industry, but not coal miners.
- Iran Legislation is win-win for GOP, Obama Updated: May-08-15 10:26 am
WASHINGTON - Republicans in control of Congress want a say on negotiations to ease sanctions against Iran in exchange for concessions on nuclear research and development, and a bipartisan accomplishment signed into law to showcase an ability to govern sensibly.
- Historian retires; climate foes back chem bill Updated: May-07-15 3:16 pm
WASHINGTON - Senate historian Donald Ritchie is stepping down from his "front-row seat to the best show in town."