Democrat leaders urge activists to stay politically involved
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Democrat leaders urge activists to stay politically involved

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — America’s Democratic party must revitalize itself by paying attention to the people it represents all the time, not just during elections, the deputy chairman of the Democratic National Committee said Thursday. U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, of Minnesota, and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, of Vermont, hammered home that message during a fundraiser … Continue reading

Democrats accuse EPA’s Pruitt of misusing taxpayer funds
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Democrats accuse EPA’s Pruitt of misusing taxpayer funds

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top-ranking Congressional Democrats are calling on a federal watchdog to review whether Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt broke the law by making a video for a private group opposing an Obama-era clean-water rule. Pruitt flew to Colorado for an August event organized by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, an industry trade … Continue reading

McCain’s moment: Ailing senator plays spoiler again for GOP
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McCain’s moment: Ailing senator plays spoiler again for GOP

  WASHINGTON (AP) — John McCain faced a choice that balanced friendship, party loyalty and his convictions. He made the decision some of his closest advisers expected. Looking at the twilight of his career and a grim cancer diagnosis, the Republican senator from Arizona who prides himself on an independent streak could not be moved … Continue reading

Trump’s Cabinet struggles with whether to defend their boss
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Trump’s Cabinet struggles with whether to defend their boss

WASHINGTON (AP) — Some seek their distance, delicately taking issue with President Donald Trump’s most controversial remarks. Others decide it’s safer to stand by him. Most would rather say nothing at all. Under intense pressure, members of Trump’s Cabinet are struggling to walk the line between rebuking their notoriously thin-skinned boss and defending comments that … Continue reading

In Georgia, Handel thanks Trump and reaches out to Democrats
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In Georgia, Handel thanks Trump and reaches out to Democrats

DUNWOODY, Ga. (AP) — Republican Karen Handel declared victory in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District with a promise that she’ll work to gain the confidence of voters who backed her Democratic opponent. But in the same speech Tuesday night, Handel also thanked President Donald Trump, underscoring her campaign’s triumph over the anti-Trump resistance in the traditionally … Continue reading

Senate Republicans claim progress on health care legislation
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Senate Republicans claim progress on health care legislation

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and GOP leaders insisted Tuesday the Senate will vote soon on legislation to repeal and replace “Obamacare.” But even as senators headed toward the make-or-break vote before the Fourth of July, deep uncertainty remained about whether the emerging legislation would command enough support to pass. Meeting with Republican congressional … Continue reading

Democrats use budget office report to attack GOP health bill
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Democrats use budget office report to attack GOP health bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats needle Republicans on Thursday with the gloomy assessment that 23 million people would lose insurance under the Republican health care bill, and that premiums for seriously ill people would rise. The leader of the Senate GOP effort to dismantle President Barack Obama’s health care law faulted Democrats for not working with … Continue reading

Senate GOP silences Warren over criticism of Sessions
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Senate GOP silences Warren over criticism of Sessions

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans silenced Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren for criticizing colleague and Attorney General-designate Jeff Sessions with the words of Coretta Scott King from three decades ago. Warren, whose name has been prominent in speculation about the 2020 presidential race, was given a rare Senate rebuke Tuesday night for impugning a fellow senator … Continue reading