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Biden Warns Opposing Ukraine Funding Plays 'Into Putin's Hands,' but Faces Resistance in House

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Tuesday called for House Republicans to urgently bring a $95.3 billion aid package... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Tuesday called for House Republicans to urgently bring a $95.3 billion aid package for Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan to a vote, warning that refusal to take up the bill, passed by the Senate... Read More

2024-02-09 19:26:54
by Dan McCue
Former Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan Running for US Senate

WASHINGTON — Former Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, a popular moderate Republican who last year considered a run for the party’s... Read More

WASHINGTON — Former Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, a popular moderate Republican who last year considered a run for the party’s 2024 presidential nomination, is running for U.S. Senate instead. In what amounted to a surprise announcement Friday, just hours before... Read More

2024-02-07 21:38:45
by Dan McCue
Senate Republicans Block Bipartisan Border Security Bill

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans voted against a procedural measure on Wednesday that would have advanced a bipartisan border security bill... Read More

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans voted against a procedural measure on Wednesday that would have advanced a bipartisan border security bill that was part of a larger package that would have sent military aid to Ukraine, Israel and U.S. allies serving... Read More

Prominent Democrats Duel Ex-Baseball Star Garvey for Feinstein's US Senate Seat in California

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A crowded primary contest to fill the U.S. Senate seat once held by the late Democratic... Read More

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A crowded primary contest to fill the U.S. Senate seat once held by the late Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein is showing again that money matters in notoriously expensive California while testing whether the state’s long-squabbling Republicans can unite... Read More

2024-01-30 20:14:27
by Dan McCue
Sen. Joe Manchin’s Wife Hospitalized After Car Accident

WASHINGTON — Gayle Manchin, federal co-chair of the Appalachian Regional Commission and wife of Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.V., was hospitalized... Read More

WASHINGTON — Gayle Manchin, federal co-chair of the Appalachian Regional Commission and wife of Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.V., was hospitalized Monday following a car accident in Birmingham, Alabama. According to a statement released by the senator’s office, Manchin and a... Read More

2024-01-03 23:15:27
by Tom Ramstack
Sen. Menendez Faces More Charges Alleging Bribe-Taking in Qatari Deal

NEW YORK — More bribery allegations were lodged Tuesday against Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., as he faces criminal prosecution on... Read More

NEW YORK — More bribery allegations were lodged Tuesday against Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., as he faces criminal prosecution on charges of using his political influence with the Egyptians and Qataris to help his personal finances. The superseding indictment the... Read More

2023-12-20 15:09:55
by Dan McCue
Senate Won’t Vote on Border, Ukraine Package Before New Year

WASHINGTON — Despite pitched negotiations all this week, the Senate isn’t close enough on a deal to vote on a... Read More

WASHINGTON — Despite pitched negotiations all this week, the Senate isn’t close enough on a deal to vote on a package providing more aid to Ukraine and bolstering security at the U.S. border with Mexico until early next year. The... Read More

2023-12-05 21:59:26
by Dan McCue
Tuberville Drops Opposition to Almost All Military Promotions

WASHINGTON — Sen. Tommy Tuberville, R-Ala., announced Tuesday that he would drop his opposition to nearly all military promotions, a... Read More

WASHINGTON — Sen. Tommy Tuberville, R-Ala., announced Tuesday that he would drop his opposition to nearly all military promotions, a blockade he imposed to protest the Pentagon’s decision to ensure abortion access to service members. Tuberville had placed holds on... Read More

2023-11-30 22:36:37
by Dan McCue
Chaos Reigns as Democrats Vote to Subpoena Crow, Leo in SCOTUS Probe

WASHINGTON — A Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Thursday became the latest venue for Capitol Hill dysfunction as Democrats on... Read More

WASHINGTON — A Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Thursday became the latest venue for Capitol Hill dysfunction as Democrats on the panel approved issuing subpoenas to billionaire Harlan Crow and influential conservative Leonard Leo as part of an ongoing investigation... Read More

2023-11-28 20:18:30
by Tom Ramstack
Senate Considers Public Health Strategy to Control Rising Gun Violence

WASHINGTON — Perplexing problems of gun violence returned to a Senate hearing Tuesday, this time with a proposal for treating... Read More

WASHINGTON — Perplexing problems of gun violence returned to a Senate hearing Tuesday, this time with a proposal for treating it as a public health crisis rather than purely a law enforcement issue. A near record surge in violence has... Read More

New Jersey First Lady Tammy Murphy to Run for US Senate Seat in 2024

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey first lady Tammy Murphy on Wednesday launched a bid for the Democratic nomination for... Read More

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey first lady Tammy Murphy on Wednesday launched a bid for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate in next year's contest. Her candidacy, announced Wednesday, puts her in the running to become the first woman... Read More

2023-11-14 21:58:49
by Tom Ramstack
Supporters of Israel Caution Against Rising Antisemitism

WASHINGTON — A backlash against the antisemitism that erupted since the Oct. 7 Hamas attack on Israel showed itself during... Read More

WASHINGTON — A backlash against the antisemitism that erupted since the Oct. 7 Hamas attack on Israel showed itself during a congressional hearing and a demonstration in Washington, D.C., Tuesday. During a House Education and the Workforce subcommittee hearing, lawmakers... Read More

2023-11-13 14:52:21
by Dan McCue
Sen. Tim Scott Suspends Presidential Campaign

WASHINGTON — Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., suspended his bid for the Republican presidential nomination, telling his friend and former U.S.... Read More

WASHINGTON — Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., suspended his bid for the Republican presidential nomination, telling his friend and former U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., in a Fox News interview Sunday night, voters had sent him a clear message. “I don’t... Read More

2023-11-09 20:58:03
by Dan McCue
Manchin Says He Will Not Seek Reelection to Senate

WASHINGTON — Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., announced Thursday that he will not seek reelection in 2024, a decision that was... Read More

WASHINGTON — Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., announced Thursday that he will not seek reelection in 2024, a decision that was almost instantly seen as handing the Republicans the seat after next year’s election. In a written statement, Manchin said he... Read More

2023-11-02 20:45:49
by Tom Ramstack
Senators Want to Subpoena Businessmen Who Gifted Supreme Court Justices

WASHINGTON — Leading members of the Senate Judiciary Committee said this week they plan to subpoena wealthy businessmen they accuse... Read More

WASHINGTON — Leading members of the Senate Judiciary Committee said this week they plan to subpoena wealthy businessmen they accuse of trying to influence the U.S. Supreme Court through lavish gifts. They say the businessmen are trying to avoid questions... Read More

2023-11-01 18:57:48
by Tom Ramstack
New Technology Could Help Avoid Climate Disaster, Scientist Tells Senate

WASHINGTON — An energy science expert told a Senate panel Wednesday that emerging technologies could lead the world out of... Read More

WASHINGTON — An energy science expert told a Senate panel Wednesday that emerging technologies could lead the world out of a climate change disaster that might be unavoidable otherwise. “There are solutions,” said Paul M. Dabbar, a Columbia University research... Read More

2023-10-19 20:25:39
by Tom Ramstack
Congress Told China’s Artificial Intelligence Represents a Threat to US

WASHINGTON — Cybersecurity experts urged a congressional panel Thursday to act quickly to keep pace with threats posed by China’s... Read More

WASHINGTON — Cybersecurity experts urged a congressional panel Thursday to act quickly to keep pace with threats posed by China’s development of artificial intelligence. The alternative is a U.S. military, business community and technology sector that fall far behind China’s... Read More

2023-10-13 20:53:04
by Tom Ramstack
New Jersey Senator Menendez Denies Foreign Bribes After Second Indictment

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Bob Menendez, D-N.J., responded to another indictment filed against him Thursday with more denials as the... Read More

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Bob Menendez, D-N.J., responded to another indictment filed against him Thursday with more denials as the calls among his fellow Democratic lawmakers for him to resign become more emphatic. The indictment unsealed by the Justice Department... Read More

2023-10-03 21:29:55
by Tom Ramstack
Senate Tries to Crack Down on Online Counterfeit Sellers

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate is considering a bill that would force some of the same liabilities faced by brick-and-mortar... Read More

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate is considering a bill that would force some of the same liabilities faced by brick-and-mortar retailers onto online platforms. The problem is counterfeits. Online retail platforms like eBay and Ali Baba might sell products with... Read More

2023-10-03 21:25:28
by Dan McCue
Bipartisan Bill Targets Online Sales of Illicit Drugs Laced With Fentanyl

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan bill introduced in the Senate on Tuesday would require the Government Accountability Office to investigate the... Read More

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan bill introduced in the Senate on Tuesday would require the Government Accountability Office to investigate the methods used to sell fentanyl online and assess federal law enforcement efforts to prevent it.  The bill, the Targeting Online... Read More

California Governor Names Former Kamala Harris Adviser to Feinstein Senate Seat

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom has selected Laphonza Butler, a Democratic strategist and adviser to Kamala Harris’... Read More

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom has selected Laphonza Butler, a Democratic strategist and adviser to Kamala Harris’ 2020 presidential campaign, to fill the U.S. Senate seat made vacant by the death of Sen. Dianne Feinstein. In choosing Butler... Read More

2023-10-01 14:47:12
by Dan McCue
Senate Votes, President Signs, Shutdown Averted

WASHINGTON — With just over three hours to spare, the Senate last night passed a bipartisan bill to avert a... Read More

WASHINGTON — With just over three hours to spare, the Senate last night passed a bipartisan bill to avert a government shutdown, and President Joe Biden signed it just before the midnight deadline. The measure will fund the federal government... Read More

Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California Dies at Age 90

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, a centrist Democrat who was elected to the Senate in 1992 in the... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, a centrist Democrat who was elected to the Senate in 1992 in the “Year of the Woman” and broke gender barriers throughout her long career in local and national politics, has died. She... Read More

2023-09-26 21:44:24
by Dan McCue
Senate Moves to Avert Looming Government Shutdown

WASHINGTON — Democrats and Republicans in the Senate reached an agreement Tuesday afternoon on a stopgap spending plan that could... Read More

WASHINGTON — Democrats and Republicans in the Senate reached an agreement Tuesday afternoon on a stopgap spending plan that could keep the government funded through mid-November, but some provisions are not likely to fly with hardliners in the House. The... Read More

New Jersey Sen. Menendez and Wife Indicted on Bribery Charges

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey and his wife have been indicted on charges of bribery.... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey and his wife have been indicted on charges of bribery. Federal prosecutors on Friday announced the charges against the 69-year-old Democrat nearly six years after an earlier criminal case against... Read More

2023-09-20 18:47:43
by Tom Ramstack
Financial Experts Advise Lawmakers on Future for AI

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers sought answers Wednesday on how the U.S. financial industry could reap potentially huge benefits from artificial intelligence... Read More

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers sought answers Wednesday on how the U.S. financial industry could reap potentially huge benefits from artificial intelligence while avoiding devastating risks. Sen. Mike Rounds, R-S.D., summed up the balancing act Congress wants to perform by asking financial... Read More

2023-09-13 20:04:36
by Dan McCue
Romney Opts Out of Senate Reelection Bid in 2024

WASHINGTON — Republican Utah Sen. Mitt Romney announced Wednesday that he will not seek reelection to another term in the... Read More

WASHINGTON — Republican Utah Sen. Mitt Romney announced Wednesday that he will not seek reelection to another term in the Senate in 2024, saying it's time “for a new generation of leaders” to “shape the world they will be living... Read More

2023-09-13 20:03:20
by Tom Ramstack
Lawmakers Demand Resiliency in New Transportation Projects

WASHINGTON — As the search for bodies continues in Hawaii after last month’s wildfires, a Senate committee on Wednesday discussed... Read More

WASHINGTON — As the search for bodies continues in Hawaii after last month’s wildfires, a Senate committee on Wednesday discussed how climate change is likely to interfere with the nation’s transportation systems. So far in 2023, the hottest year in... Read More

2023-09-07 19:48:28
by Tom Ramstack
Sens. Want Assurances for Plan to Develop US Artificial Intelligence

WASHINGTON — A Senate committee sought verification Thursday from artificial intelligence experts that a U.S. government policy anticipating a surge... Read More

WASHINGTON — A Senate committee sought verification Thursday from artificial intelligence experts that a U.S. government policy anticipating a surge in funding and security needs for the technology is headed in the right direction. Artificial intelligence refers to the ability... Read More

Hundreds of Military Promotions on Hold as a Senator Demands End to Abortion Policy

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top defense officials are accusing Republican Alabama Sen. Tommy Tuberville of jeopardizing America's national security with his hold on roughly... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top defense officials are accusing Republican Alabama Sen. Tommy Tuberville of jeopardizing America's national security with his hold on roughly 300 military promotions, raising the stakes in a clash over abortion policy that shows no signs of easing. Tuberville brushed... Read More

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