- Venezuela opposition challenging on Chavez family turf Updated: Nov-26-15 3:25 pm
BARINAS, Venezuela - Asdrubal Chavez is a walking tribute to his still-revered cousin as he stumps for congress. Hugo Chavez's eyes peer out from above the bill of his red baseball cap. The late president's signature is emblazoned on his red shirt.
- New Mexico Dem leader unsure on GOP driver's license fix Updated: Nov-26-15 1:44 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - The ranking New Mexico House Democrat says he's not ready to support a GOP-sponsored proposal creating a "two-tier" driver's license system modeled after Utah.
- 'Food Freedom' bill would free some farms from safety rules Updated: Nov-26-15 11:36 am
SALT LAKE CITY - Supporters of a measure that would exempt some small-time farmers and ranchers from food safety rules are pointing to a small Utah farm blocked by state regulators from selling turkeys this Thanksgiving as an example of regulations they see as burdensome.
- EWU to name campus center for Native American activist Updated: Nov-26-15 10:00 am
SPOKANE, Washington - Without Lucy Covington, there would probably be no Colville Confederated Tribes today, and no Eastern Washington reservation for the 12 bands that make up the confederation. Some other reservations in the United States might be gone, too, and their tribal members scattered.
- Obama signs defense bill despite Guantanamo provisions Updated: Nov-25-15 4:34 pm
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama on Wednesday signed a $607 billion defense policy bill despite his opposition to restrictions in the legislation that ban him from moving Guantanamo Bay detainees to the United States and making good on a long unfulfilled campaign promise.
- Clarification: Congress-Health Repeal story Updated: Nov-25-15 3:58 pm
WASHINGTON - In a story Nov. 24, The Associated Press listed Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., as one of several Republican senators who might find it difficult to vote for a bill eliminating federal money for Planned Parenthood.
- US Senator talks with inmates about reducing recidivism Updated: Nov-25-15 1:23 pm
CRANSTON, Rhode Island - Rhode Island prison inmates have given a U.S. Senator something to think about.
- Obama honoring Streisand, Spielberg, Yogi Berra and more Updated: Nov-24-15 10:54 pm
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama recognized 17 Americans with the nation's highest civilian award on Tuesday, including the first African-American woman elected to Congress, one of the greatest catchers in baseball history and a "Funny Girl."
- Recent editorials from Texas newspapers Updated: Nov-24-15 8:31 pm
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- Arizona health insurance co-op to close shop Dec. 31 Updated: Nov-24-15 7:58 pm
PHOENIX - Executives with Arizona's nonprofit health insurance co-op said Tuesday that they have failed to come up with additional financial backing and the insurer plans to shut down all operations Dec. 31.
- Sanders outlines plan to overhaul immigration laws Updated: Nov-24-15 5:52 pm
WASHINGTON - Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders vowed Tuesday to create a "humane" immigration system and said if elected he would expand upon President Barack Obama's executive actions within the first 100 days of assuming the presidency.
- Alcoa to keep smelting plant open after NY offers incentives Updated: Nov-24-15 4:14 pm
ALBANY, New York - Alcoa has backed off a plan to eliminate hundreds of jobs at its smelting operations in northern New York after the state agreed to a series of incentives, Gov. Andrew Cuomo told a crowd of cheering workers Tuesday.
- US Senate giving old computers to North Dakota schools Updated: Nov-24-15 3:47 pm
MCCLUSKY, North Dakota - More than three dozen computers no longer used at the U.S. Senate are going to a number of schools in North Dakota.
- Congressional hopeful rejected by GOP in '14 running again Updated: Nov-24-15 2:56 pm
NILES, Illinois - A suburban Chicago woman whom GOP officials unsuccessfully tried to toss from their 2014 primary ballot after she linked same-sex marriage and abortions to autism, dementia and tornadoes is running for Congress again.
- Senator to ask for probe after immigrant accused in slaying Updated: Nov-24-15 2:03 pm
NORWICH, Connecticut - A U.S. senator says he wants an investigation into a federal agency after a Haitian national was accused of killing a Connecticut woman shortly after his release from prison.
- Small-town Pennsylvania mayor misses Senate filing deadline Updated: Nov-24-15 12:11 pm
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - The U.S. Senate says it has no financial disclosure filing from the mayor of a small town near Pittsburgh who is campaigning for the Democratic nomination to challenge Republican incumbent Pat Toomey.
- Excerpts from recent editorials by newspapers in Illinois Updated: Nov-24-15 10:33 am
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- Florida Gov. Scott's budget: Tax cuts, more for schools Updated: Nov-23-15 8:22 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Florida - Florida Gov. Rick Scott, surrounded by rows of machines and dozens of manufacturing employees, on Monday announced a nearly $79.3 billion spending plan for the coming year that is heavy on tax cuts and help for businesses.
- DeMaio accuser sentenced to probation over threatening email Updated: Nov-23-15 8:11 pm
SAN DIEGO - An aide to former California congressional candidate Carl DeMaio was sentenced Monday to five years' probation for lying to federal investigators about a threatening email he wrote but said might have come from DeMaio, one of several allegations that rocked one of last year's most closely watched congressional races.
- Idea to create national park concerns Maine delegation Updated: Nov-23-15 6:21 pm
PORTLAND, Maine - Three members of Maine's congressional delegation told President Barack Obama they have serious reservations about a proposal to have more than 100,000 acres of Maine's northern woods designated a national monument.
- Arizona governor wants major new spending on border security Updated: Nov-23-15 5:18 pm
PHOENIX - Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said Monday he wants the Legislature to approve "tens of millions of dollars" in new funding for a border security force made up of state police, a move intended to address border smuggling even as immigration and terrorism worries emerge as potent 2016 political issues.
- Rand Paul talks faith in Kentucky campaign swing Updated: Nov-23-15 5:10 pm
LEXINGTON, Kentucky - Rand Paul came home for Thanksgiving to talk about his faith in God.
- Congressmen readying for announcement on US Senate race Updated: Nov-23-15 5:09 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Two of Louisiana's congressmen are making it clear they intend to run for the U.S. Senate next year, after Republican David Vitter announced he won't seek re-election.
- Republicans' tough Senate map gets another twist Updated: Nov-23-15 5:03 pm
WASHINGTON - Republicans' plans to defend their Senate majority in 2016 just got a bit more complicated.
- $160B deal to combine Pfizer and Allergan raises outcry Updated: Nov-23-15 4:57 pm
A $160 billion deal announced Monday to merge Pfizer and Allergan and create the world's biggest drug company renewed the outcry in Washington over "inversions," in which U.S. corporations combine with companies overseas to lower their tax bill.