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  • After Paris, US political shift on privacy vs. security 
    Updated: Nov-28-15 8:42 am

    WASHINGTON - The Paris attacks have renewed debate on the U.S. government's post-Sept. 11 domestic surveillance laws, leading to efforts to revive the issue on Capitol Hill and handing Marco Rubio an opening against Ted Cruz in the Republican presidential race.

  • Clarification: Congress-Health Repeal story story has photos
    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.

  • 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.

  • Democrats push to prevent gun sales to those on terror list story has photos
    Updated: Nov-20-15 10:23 pm

    WASHINGTON - People on the U.S. government's terrorist watch list often can't board commercial airliners, but they can walk into a gun store and legally buy pistols and powerful military-style rifles.

  • House OK of GOP Syrian refugee curbs is just start of fight story has photos
    Updated: Nov-20-15 10:00 am

    WASHINGTON - Republicans have embarrassed President Barack Obama by winning veto-proof House approval of legislation blocking Syrian and Iraqi refugees from the U.S., but from here the effort may take a different turn in Congress.

  • Democratic Kentucky House member switching parties 
    Updated: Nov-19-15 6:05 pm

    FRANKFORT, Kentucky - A Kentucky state lawmaker has switched parties to become a Republican, moving the GOP closer to seizing control of the only legislative chamber in the South still controlled by Democrats.

  • Kentucky refugee case highlights worries over Syrians in US story has photos
    Updated: Nov-19-15 3:35 am

    LOUISVILLE, Kentucky - From a Kentucky college town, two Iraqi refugees plotted to send sniper rifles, Stinger missiles and money to al-Qaida operatives waging an insurgency back home against U.S. troops. The scheme was foiled and both are in prison, but the case has left jitters about whether extremists might slip in among Syrian refugees resettling in the U.S.

  • Rubio says Cruz hurt US intelligence programs with stance 
    Updated: Nov-18-15 7:48 pm

    MIAMI - Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio says his rival Ted Cruz worked with Democrats to harm U.S. intelligence programs by restricting the federal government's bulk phone records collection program.

  • Republicans rush to shut borders to Syrian refugees story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Nov-18-15 9:40 am

    WASHINGTON - Republicans urged an immediate closure of America's borders to Syrian refugees Tuesday, drawing angry denunciations from President Barack Obama and other Democrats and igniting an emotional debate about U.S. values in the wake of the deadly Paris terror attacks.

  • EPA intends tougher downwind air-pollution rule in 23 states 
    Updated: Nov-18-15 12:22 am

    WASHINGTON - The Environmental Protection Agency proposed tougher new limits on Tuesday on smokestack emissions from nearly two dozen states that burden downwind areas with air pollution from power plants they can't control.

  • EPA intends tougher downwind air-pollution rule in 23 states 
    Updated: Nov-17-15 7:11 pm

    WASHINGTON - The Environmental Protection Agency proposed tougher new limits on Tuesday on smokestack emissions from Texas and 22 other states that burden downwind areas with air pollution from power plants they can't control.

  • Gov. wants Congress to stop relocation of refugees to state 
    Updated: Nov-16-15 5:26 pm

    TALLAHASSEE, Florida - Gov. Rick Scott on Monday joined with a growing number of Republican governors who are critical of efforts by the Obama administration to relocate Syrian refugees to the United States.

  • Hillary Clinton scheduled to hold fundraiser in Louisville 
    Updated: Nov-13-15 3:41 pm

    FRANKFORT, Kentucky - Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is scheduled to have a fundraiser in Louisville next week.

  • Congress OKs bill banning Guantanamo detainees from US story has photos
    Updated: Nov-11-15 12:19 am

    WASHINGTON - Congress sent President Barack Obama a $607 billion defense policy bill that he is expected to sign even though he adamantly opposes its ban on moving some Guantanamo Bay detainees to U.S. prisons.

  • Analysis: Polarized politics dictated Obama Keystone call story has photos
    Updated: Nov-09-15 1:06 pm

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's decision to block the Keystone XL oil pipeline has exposed an endlessly polarized Washington, and likely hardened its divides.

  • Republican Party of Kentucky names next chairman 
    Updated: Nov-09-15 8:43 am

    FRANKFORT, Kentucky - Mac Brown is the next chairman of the Republican Party of Kentucky.

  • Republicans capitalize on anti-Obama fervor in coal country story has photos
    Updated: Nov-07-15 3:57 am

    PIKEVILLE, Kentucky - In the heart of Kentucky's coal country, where sons followed fathers and grandfathers into the mines, support for Democrats ran as deep as the coal seams that powered the region's economy. But as the Appalachian coal sector's future has dimmed, so has political loyalty.

  • Obama quashes Keystone XL in bid to boost climate leverage story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Nov-06-15 11:35 pm

    WASHINGTON - Ending a seven-year political saga, President Barack Obama killed the proposed Keystone XL pipeline on Friday, declaring it would have undercut U.S. efforts to clinch a global climate change deal at the center of his environmental legacy.

  • Paul Ryan ushers in a more open House, for better or worse story has photos
    Updated: Nov-06-15 1:16 pm

    WASHINGTON - Late nights dealing with scores of amendments on the House floor.

  • US seeks validation of democratic reforms as Myanmar votes story has photos
    Updated: Nov-06-15 3:08 am

    WASHINGTON - The United States is troubled by religious discrimination and the Myanmar military's grip on politics as the nation heads into landmark elections Sunday that are an acid test of its democratic reforms. But for the Obama administration, the question is no longer whether to engage the former pariah state. It's about how deep the relationship should be.

  • Momentum builds for reviving Export-Import Bank 
    Updated: Nov-05-15 1:19 pm

    WASHINGTON - Congressional backers of the U.S. Export-Import Bank are close to reviving it four months after conservative foes ensured that its charter expired.

  • Man who stole political donations sentenced to 2 years 
    Updated: Nov-04-15 1:21 pm

    LOUISVILLE, Kentucky - A man who stole more than $1 million in contributions to conservative political causes, including campaign funds for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, was sentenced to two years in prison by a Kentucky judge.

  • The Latest: Sen. McConnell congratulates once bitter rival 
    Updated: Nov-04-15 10:58 am

    LOUISVILLE, Kentucky - The latest on the GOP surge in Kentucky's general election.

  • Republican victories leave Kentucky Democrats reeling story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Nov-04-15 6:06 am

    FRANKFORT, Kentucky - Just two years ago, Kentucky Democrats boasted a deep bench of three young stars who aligned to prove the party could still win in the conservative South with a message focused on the economy and jobs instead of abortion and gay marriage.

  • GOP governor win leads surge sweeping Kentucky elections 
    Updated: Nov-03-15 10:46 pm

    LOUISVILLE, Kentucky - A GOP surge swept the state during Tuesday's election, winning Republicans the hard-fought race for Governor and ousting the incumbent Democratic state auditor: