- Piano-playing senator's latest tune: New education policy Updated: Jul-06-15 4:09 am
WASHINGTON - How does a musician-senator fill the time during yet another partisan Senate stalemate?
- Jackley, other AGs send religious liberty letter to Congress Updated: Jul-03-15 6:06 pm
PIERRE, South Dakota - As same-sex couples begin to marry in South Dakota, Attorney General Marty Jackley wants to make sure the religious liberties of citizens who object to gay marriages are protected, the state's top law enforcement official said.
- McConnell: Senate unlikely to confirm ambassador to Cuba Updated: Jul-02-15 5:28 pm
LEXINGTON, Kentucky - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the Republican majority is unlikely to confirm an ambassador to Cuba as the United States prepares to re-open its embassy in the communist country after more than 50 years of hostile relations.
- Federal Export-Import Bank set for midnight expiration Updated: Jun-30-15 7:19 pm
WASHINGTON - Conservatives cheered the demise of the federal Export-Import Bank Tuesday and vowed to beat back efforts to revive it, even as business leaders and the White House issued dire warnings that letting the agency expire at midnight would hurt U.S. competitiveness globally.
- Questions and answers about the expiring Export-Import Bank Updated: Jun-30-15 11:58 am
WASHINGTON - The Export-Import Bank expires Tuesday at midnight for the first time since the small federal agency was created during the Depression to help U.S. businesses export their products. Congress failed to renew the bank's charter because of opposition from Republicans who say it amounts to corporate welfare. However, the shutdown may end up being only temporary.
- After mercury ruling, scrutiny of Obama climate rules grows Updated: Jun-30-15 7:59 am
WASHINGTON - Sweeping pollution limits at the center of President Barack Obama's climate change plan are facing increased scrutiny in the wake of a Supreme Court ruling that showed that the justices aren't afraid to thwart perceived overreach by Obama or his Environmental Protection Agency.
- Obama signs trade, worker assistance bills into law Updated: Jun-29-15 5:20 pm
WASHINGTON - In a rare bipartisan scene at the White House, President Barack Obama on Monday signed into law two hard-fought bills giving him greater authority to negotiate international trade deals and providing aid to workers whose jobs are displaced by such pacts.
- McConnell: New trade deal triumph despite partisan divide Updated: Jun-29-15 4:44 pm
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky - The brief alliance of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell with President Barack Obama to pass trade legislation last week marked a triumph amid divided government, McConnell said Monday, and he offered to work together across partisan lines to shore up Medicare and Social Security for future generations.
- Religious liberty is rallying cry after gay marriage ruling Updated: Jun-29-15 1:02 am
NEW YORK - Now that same-sex marriage is legal nationwide, religious conservatives are focusing on preserving their right to object. Their concerns are for the thousands of faith-based charities, colleges and hospitals that want to hire, fire, serve and set policy according to their religious beliefs, notably that gay relationships are morally wrong.
- Obama health care law survives second Supreme Court fight Updated: Jun-25-15 10:35 pm
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court sent a clear message Thursday that President Barack Obama's health care overhaul is here to stay, rejecting a major challenge that would have imperiled the landmark law and health insurance for millions of Americans.
- Florida editorial roundup Updated: Jun-25-15 11:05 am
Recent editorials from Florida newspapers:
- A look at calls to remove Confederate symbols across South Updated: Jun-23-15 6:25 pm
Following a massacre at a black church in Charleston, South Carolina, a bipartisan mix of officials across the country is calling for the removal of Confederate flags and other symbols of the Confederacy.
- McConnell: Ky.'s Jefferson Davis statue should be in museum Updated: Jun-23-15 3:47 pm
FRANKFORT, Kentucky - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Kentucky needs to remove a statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis from the state Capitol's rotunda.
- After Charleston shootings, gun curbs dormant in Congress Updated: Jun-20-15 3:14 am
WASHINGTON - This week's slaughter of nine people in a South Carolina church left prospects that Congress will curb guns right where they've been for years - remote for now, according to lawmakers and activists on both sides of the issue.
- McConnell promises Senate vote on late-term abortion bill Updated: Jun-19-15 5:54 pm
WASHINGTON - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell promised Friday that his chamber will vote on legislation banning most late-term abortions, setting the stage for a showdown over a top conservative priority that his party will likely lose.
- Republicans name 2016 political director in swing state Ohio Updated: Jun-19-15 3:52 am
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Republicans have appointed a state political director in battleground Ohio ahead of the 2016 presidential election.
- Senate passes $612 billion defense policy bill Updated: Jun-18-15 4:01 pm
WASHINGTON - Over White House objections, the Senate on Thursday passed a $612 billion defense policy bill that calls for arming Ukraine forces, prevents another round of base closures and makes it harder for President Barack Obama to close the prison for terror suspects at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
- GOP-run Senate panel takes on Obama environmental rules Updated: Jun-18-15 1:52 pm
WASHINGTON - Republicans controlling a powerful Senate committee moved Thursday to block Obama administration initiatives to curb global warming, issue new clean water rules and regulate hydraulic fracturing on federal land.
- Bevin didn't disclose positions, a possible ethics violation Updated: Jun-11-15 6:02 pm
FRANKFORT, Kentucky - Republican nominee for governor Matt Bevin did not disclose his positions with two companies on his financial disclosure statement, a possible violation of state ethics laws.
- Congress has gone loco over war-fighting account Updated: Jun-10-15 3:38 pm
WASHINGTON - Congress has gone loco over OCO, America's war-fighting spending account.
- Librarian of Congress to step down after nearly 3 decades Updated: Jun-10-15 12:42 pm
WASHINGTON - James Billington, the librarian of Congress who has led the world's largest library for nearly three decades and brought it into the digital age, announced Wednesday that he will step down at year's end.
- House GOP measure would cut Amtrak by $242M Updated: Jun-09-15 11:45 pm
WASHINGTON - The GOP-controlled House passed legislation Tuesday to cut Amtrak's budget by $242 million, though lawmakers added new funding for video cameras inside locomotive cabs to record engineers and help investigators get to the bottom of crashes such as last month's deadly derailment in Philadelphia.
- Obama: Health law is now 'reality,' despite what critics say Updated: Jun-09-15 8:16 pm
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama on Tuesday declared his health care law a firmly established "reality" of American life even as the legality of one of its key elements awaits a decision by the Supreme Court.
- Senate to vote soon on cyber security legislation Updated: Jun-09-15 3:57 pm
WASHINGTON - The Senate will soon vote on legislation intended to thwart cyberattacks by encouraging private companies to let the government know about details of the breaches they experience.