- Congress' grade so far? Incomplete at best Updated: May-27-16 4:53 pm
WASHINGTON - Congress is racing toward its summer break, but like a procrastinating college kid it has tons of work to catch up on to avoid a report card laden with grades of incomplete or even worse.
- Donald Trump breaks with nation's only Latina governor Updated: May-27-16 3:03 pm
SANTA FE, New Mexico - It was a stunning rebuke - even by Donald Trump's standards - aimed at the nation's only Latina governor at a political rally in her home state of New Mexico.
- GOP conservatives scuttle spending bill over gay rights Updated: May-26-16 3:40 pm
WASHINGTON - Angry House conservatives voted down a routine spending bill Thursday in a fight over gay rights, underscoring the passions surrounding a social issue that is dividing the Republican Party and the nation in this election year.
- Puerto Rico clears first hurdle with committee vote Updated: May-25-16 6:13 pm
WASHINGTON - A bipartisan deal to help Puerto Rico manage its crippling finances cleared its first hurdle Wednesday with approval from a Republican-led House committee.
- Syria's refugee crisis focus of interactive exhibit Updated: May-25-16 12:49 am
BOSTON - What's it like to flee Syria as a refugee?
- House approves bill to regulate toxic chemicals Updated: May-24-16 6:13 pm
WASHINGTON - The House on Tuesday easily approved a bipartisan bill that would for the first time regulate tens of thousands of toxic chemicals in everyday products from household cleaners to clothing and furniture.
- VA chief: 'I deeply regret' wait-time comparison to Disney Updated: May-24-16 5:15 pm
WASHINGTON - Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald said Tuesday he regrets remarks he made comparing long wait times at VA health care sites to waiting in line at a Disney amusement park.
- Ryan weighs House floor change after gay rights flap Updated: May-24-16 3:01 pm
WASHINGTON - Speaker Paul Ryan is taking steps to bring greater order to the House floor after a Democrat-authored gay rights amendment caused chaos last week.
- House GOP gives election-year airing to IRS gripes Updated: May-24-16 2:56 pm
WASHINGTON - Republicans gave an election-year airing to their complaints about IRS chief John Koskinen Tuesday, telling a GOP-run House committee that he should be impeached for lying to lawmakers and destroying evidence.
- Before island's primary, Sanders criticizes Puerto Rico plan Updated: May-23-16 5:18 pm
LOS ANGELES - Two weeks before Puerto Rico's primary, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders says a deal between House leaders and the Obama administration to help the island out of debt has colonialist overtones.
- Most House GOP women in tough races biding time on Trump Updated: May-23-16 1:03 pm
WASHINGTON - Before deciding if she'll vote for Donald Trump, Martha McSally says she'll spend time "determining what kind of man he is." Mia Love says some comments by the presumptive Republican presidential candidate need "some sort of explanation," while Renee Ellmers backs him because he's "a problem solver."
- Relief and anger in Puerto Rico as Congress acts on debt Updated: May-20-16 6:01 am
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - After months of pleading from Puerto Rico's government, the U.S. Congress has agreed to help the territory restructure its massive public debt. But it comes at a steep cost: a degree of lost sovereignty with the imposition of a fiscal control board as well as a potential lower minimum wage for young workers on the island.
- House would ban Confederate flags on VA cemetery flagpoles Updated: May-19-16 1:19 pm
WASHINGTON - The House voted on Thursday to ban the display of the Confederate flag on flagpoles at federal veterans' cemeteries.
- House committee asserts budget power over DC government Updated: May-17-16 5:11 pm
WASHINGTON - A House committee approved a bill on Tuesday that would block the District of Columbia government from spending local tax dollars without approval by Congress.
- GOP blocks provision to require women to register for draft Updated: May-17-16 3:07 pm
WASHINGTON - Buckling under conservative pressure, House Republicans pulled a legislative sleight of hand Tuesday and stripped a provision from the annual defense policy bill that would have required young women to sign up for a military draft.
- The Latest: Paul Ryan says no timeline for party unity Updated: May-14-16 10:05 pm
GREEN BAY, Wisconsin - The Latest on the Wisconsin Republican Party convention (all times local):
- Donald who? Wisconsin Republicans largely avoid Trump Updated: May-14-16 8:02 pm
GREEN BAY, Wisconsin - Mixed feelings about presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump were on full display Saturday at the Wisconsin GOP convention, with Gov. Scott Walker and other officeholders not even speaking his name.
- House, Senate hope to craft quick anti-drug abuse compromise Updated: May-13-16 11:18 am
WASHINGTON - Congress is ready to start crafting compromise legislation addressing the nation's opioid abuse crisis, which should be an easier lift than other issues facing lawmakers. The reason: Both parties have an election-year incentive to show they're tackling a problem that is killing people in America's biggest cities and smallest towns.
- Judge sides with House Republicans against health care law Updated: May-12-16 4:59 pm
WASHINGTON - In a setback for the Obama health care law, a federal judge ruled Thursday that the administration is unconstitutionally subsidizing medical bills for millions of people while ignoring congressional power over government spending.
- The Latest: House GOP: Clarify District of Columbia spending Updated: May-12-16 4:20 pm
WASHINGTON - The Latest on Republicans in the U.S. House examining whether the District of Columbia can spend local tax dollars without congressional approval (all times local):
- Editorial Roundup: Excerpts from recent editorials Updated: May-11-16 5:04 pm
Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad:
- AP Interview: Trump down to 5 or 6 choices for VP Updated: May-11-16 10:33 am
NEW YORK - Shifting swiftly to the general election, Donald Trump says he's narrowed his list of potential running mates to "five or six" people and doesn't want to accept taxpayer money to finance a fall campaign against likely Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
- Treasury Secretary Lew says time is now to help Puerto Rico Updated: May-10-16 7:32 am
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - As Congress debates how to help Puerto Rico with its $70 billion debt, Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew is trying to prod lawmakers into action with stories of crumbling infrastructure on the island and a lack of basic services.
- Paul Ryan's GOP challenger hopes to capitalize on Palin Updated: May-09-16 2:02 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - House Speaker Paul Ryan's longshot Republican primary challenger hopes to capitalize on a boost of publicity thanks to the surprise weekend endorsement of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.
- Puerto Rico's economic crisis: How it happened, what's next Updated: May-09-16 10:46 am
WASHINGTON - One bond payment missed, another looms for debt-ridden Puerto Rico as Congress fights over how to help the U.S. territory and its 3.5 million Americans.