U.S. Republican Party - the best personalized free web-based Email en en U.S. Republican Party Trump interviews 4 candidates to post of FBI director WASHINGTON (AP) — Four potential candidates to lead the FBI — including former Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman — have met with President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Former Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating; Andrew McCabe, currently the bureau's acting director; and Richard McFeely, a former top FBI official, also went to the White House for interviews on Wednes... Thu, 18 May 2017 07:25:00 GMT 2017-05-18T07:25:00Z Report: House GOP leader suggested Putin was paying Trump WASHINGTON (AP) — House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy suggested last year to fellow top Republicans that Russian President Vladimir Putin was paying Donald Trump, according to a published report. A spokesman for McCarthy says the remark was a bad joke. The Washington Post reported Wednesday that it heard a recording of the conversation, which occurred la... Thu, 18 May 2017 00:34:00 GMT 2017-05-18T00:34:00Z Trump officials reach out to Democrats on tax overhaul WASHINGTON (AP) — Trump administration officials are reaching out to Senate Democrats for help in crafting a tax overhaul package, a departure from the go-it-alone strategy Republicans have been taking on health care. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and other administration officials met with Republican and Democratic members of the Senate Finance Commi... Wed, 17 May 2017 20:09:00 GMT 2017-05-17T20:09:00Z Ryan backs Trump, cautions against 'rush to judgment' WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan declared Wednesday that he retains confidence in President Donald Trump and cautioned against "rushing to judgment" over the cascading revelations coming out of the White House. Ryan insisted Congress will exercise its oversight role and gather more information before reaching any conclusions about the president's... Wed, 17 May 2017 15:37:00 GMT 2017-05-17T15:37:00Z Ryan: 'We Need the Facts' on Trump Russia Links House Speaker Paul Ryan argues against rush to judgment on President Donald Trump revelations, adding "we need the facts." (May 17) Wed, 17 May 2017 15:15:00 GMT 2017-05-17T15:15:00Z GOP runoff to replace SC Rep. Mulvaney will go to recount COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The runoff election for the Republican GOP nomination to replace Mick Mulvaney in South Carolina's 5th District was too close to call Tuesday night, with the slightest of margins separating the contenders. The difference in votes between former lawmaker Ralph Norman and state legislator Tommy Pope was less than 1 percent meaning a re... Wed, 17 May 2017 14:44:00 GMT 2017-05-17T14:44:00Z GOP runoff to replace SC's Mulvaney too close to call COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The runoff election for the Republican GOP nomination to replace Mick Mulvaney in South Carolina's 5th District was too close to call Tuesday night, with the slightest or margins separating the contenders. The difference in votes between former lawmaker Ralph Norman and state legislator Tommy Pope was less than 1 percent, meaning a r... Wed, 17 May 2017 05:17:00 GMT 2017-05-17T05:17:00Z Democrats' debate for Virginia governor a study in nuance NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Democratic hopefuls for governor of Virginia clashed Tuesday over proposed gas pipelines and each other's past positions on gun rights at their penultimate debate in Norfolk on Tuesday evening. But the forum was mostly a study in policy nuances within the Democratic playbook. Both Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam and former congressman Tom Perri... Wed, 17 May 2017 02:46:00 GMT 2017-05-17T02:46:00Z The Latest: McCain compares Trump crises to Watergate WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on one-time FBI Director James Comey's memo stating that President Donald Trump asked him to shut down an FBI investigation into ousted adviser Michael Flynn (all times EDT): 10:35 p.m. Sen. John McCain says the latest revelations out of the Trump White House are "at a point where it's of Watergate size and scale." The Arizona... Wed, 17 May 2017 02:46:00 GMT 2017-05-17T02:46:00Z The Latest: Mattis 'not worried' about Trump sharing intel WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the report that President Donald Trump shared classified information with Russian officials (all times EDT): 5:15 p.m. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says he is "not worried" that President Donald Trump disclosed classified information during discussions with senior Russian leaders. He sa... Wed, 17 May 2017 00:06:00 GMT 2017-05-17T00:06:00Z Trump's legislative agenda slows to crawl in Congress WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's agenda has slowed to a crawl in Congress. Daily distractions and a pair of major controversies in the past week are diverting lawmakers from their day jobs. While the Trump administration delegates many decisions on legislation to more experienced GOP leaders in Congress, Trump's low poll ratings and the turmoil at the White House a... Tue, 16 May 2017 23:09:00 GMT 2017-05-16T23:09:00Z Group seeks probe into congressman over note to critic's job NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A nonpartisan watchdog group asked Tuesday that officials determine if a New Jersey congressman violated House ethics rules when he notified a bank board member that an employee had joined a group critical of him and President Donald Trump's policies. The Campaign for Accountability asked the Office of Congressional Ethics to investiga... Tue, 16 May 2017 17:26:00 GMT 2017-05-16T17:26:00Z Progress reducing US uninsured rate comes to a halt WASHINGTON (AP) — Five years of progress reducing the number of Americans without health insurance has come to a halt, according to a government report out Tuesday. More than a factoid, it shows the stakes in the Republican drive to roll back the Affordable Care Act. The report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 28.6 millio... Tue, 16 May 2017 15:54:00 GMT 2017-05-16T15:54:00Z South Carolina voters face widening GOP breach Tuesday COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Tuesday's Republican runoff for the House seat Rep. Mick Mulvaney vacated to join the Trump administration has exposed a breach in the party that's so wide, some GOP voters are threatening to stay home. The two candidates are alike in many ways, but one is backed by business groups with mainstream appeal, while the other gets support... Tue, 16 May 2017 14:27:00 GMT 2017-05-16T14:27:00Z GOP candidate for FBI says no special counsel for inquiry WASHINGTON (AP) — Texas Sen. John Cornyn, one of several candidates President Donald Trump is considering to replace fired FBI Director James Comey, sees no need for a special counsel to investigate possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign. Last year, though, Cornyn said an independent prosecutor was necessary to investigate Democrat Hilla... Tue, 16 May 2017 07:39:00 GMT 2017-05-16T07:39:00Z Gov't report: Progress reducing US uninsured stalled in 2016 WASHINGTON (AP) — After five consecutive years of coverage gains, progress reducing the number of uninsured Americans stalled in 2016, according to a government report Tuesday that underscores the stakes as Republicans try to roll back Barack Obama's law. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that 28.6 million people were uninsured last... Tue, 16 May 2017 07:36:00 GMT 2017-05-16T07:36:00Z Senate moderates hold bipartisan health care talks WASHINGTON (AP) — Moderate senators from both parties met Monday to explore whether they can work on bipartisan legislation overhauling the nation's health care system. The evening session came as Republican senators have begun closed-door meetings aimed at crafting a GOP bill scuttling much of President Barack Obama's health care law. ... Tue, 16 May 2017 01:00:00 GMT 2017-05-16T01:00:00Z Activist resigns after congressman writes letter to employer NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A woman who joined a group critical of a Republican congressman and President Donald Trump's policies says she quit her job after the congressman referred to her in a fundraising letter to her employer. Saily Avelenda, who worked as an attorney for Lakeland Bank, said Monday that a handwritten note at the bottom of a March letter from ... Mon, 15 May 2017 22:54:00 GMT 2017-05-15T22:54:00Z Hillary Clinton launching new political group NEW YORK (AP) — Stepping deeper into the Democratic resistance, Hillary Clinton launched a new political organization on Monday designed to push back against President Donald Trump's agenda. The former Democratic nominee used social media to announce the creation of "Onward Together," an adaptation from her campaign theme, "Stronger Together." The group, she tweeted, will "e... Mon, 15 May 2017 21:53:00 GMT 2017-05-15T21:53:00Z Supreme Court's Roberts: 'Uncertainty' sinks voter ID appeal RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Supreme Court shut the door Monday on North Carolina Republicans' effort to revive a state law that mandated voter identification and scaled back early voting, provisions that a lower court said improperly targeted minority voters. The justices left in place last summer's ruling by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals striking do... Mon, 15 May 2017 21:41:00 GMT 2017-05-15T21:41:00Z Speaker Ryan urges Georgia Republicans to resist upset bid DUNWOODY, Ga. (AP) — Speaker Paul Ryan on Monday implored Georgia voters to vote Republican in next month's special election, linking the Democratic candidate in the surprisingly competitive House race to the California liberal who leads the rival party in the House. "The left and Nancy Pelosi ... are trying to hit you with an avalanche of television," Ry... Mon, 15 May 2017 21:40:00 GMT 2017-05-15T21:40:00Z GOP flips Obama-era regulations, claim a boon to economy WASHINGTON (AP) — Final score: Republicans 14, Barack Obama's last-minute regulations, one. Congressional Republicans anxious to show voters they can get something done are hailing their reversal of more than a dozen Obama-era regulations on guns, the internet and the environment. Over a few months, lawmakers used an obscure legislative... Mon, 15 May 2017 10:47:00 GMT 2017-05-15T10:47:00Z Comey's firing, health care fuel voters' anger with GOP MCHENRY, Ill. (AP) — Skeleton in hand, retired biology teacher Jeannie Scown delivered a message to her Republican congressman at his office northwest of Chicago. "Killed by Trumpcare Plague, May 4, 2017," her poster read. In a nod to House Republicans' recent vote to gut the health care law, Scown had no intention of sparing four-term ... Mon, 15 May 2017 07:37:00 GMT 2017-05-15T07:37:00Z Clapper: US govt 'under assault' by Trump after Comey firing WASHINGTON (AP) — American democracy is "under assault" on separate fronts from President Donald Trump and Russia, the former U.S. intelligence chief warned Sunday, expressing dismay over the abrupt firing of FBI director James Comey amid a probe into Moscow's meddling in U.S. elections and possible ties with the Trump campaign. As Trump works to fast-tra... Mon, 15 May 2017 06:13:00 GMT 2017-05-15T06:13:00Z The Latest: GOP lawmakers mark success with rules reversals WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on GOP efforts to reverse Obama-era rules (all times local): 4:15 p.m. Congressional Republicans anxious to show voters they can get something done are hailing their reversal of more than a dozen Obama-era regulations on guns, the internet the environment and more. Lawmakers have been usin... Mon, 15 May 2017 01:15:00 GMT 2017-05-15T01:15:00Z Ossoff backers draw strength from health care, Comey actions SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. (AP) — The last time Harriet Zoller volunteered for a political campaign, she was too young to vote for the Massachusetts Democrat running for president. "I was a Kennedy girl," she says, smiling back to 1960. Veronica Savoy's previous campaign experience was volunteering multiple times for Republican Sen. Bob Corker ... Sun, 14 May 2017 14:40:00 GMT 2017-05-14T14:40:00Z In Wisconsin, ID law proved insurmountable for many voters MILWAUKEE (AP) — State Sen. Mary Lazich was adamant: The bill Republicans were about to push through the Wisconsin state Senate, requiring that voters present identification at the polls, would do no harm. "Not a single voter in this state will be disenfranchised by the ID law," Lazich promised. Five years later, in the first presidential election held un... Sun, 14 May 2017 12:58:00 GMT 2017-05-14T12:58:00Z Special spotlight: SC Republicans vie to replace Mulvaney COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The special election spotlight has rolled on to South Carolina, where two Republicans are vying to be the party's candidate in the race for the seat vacated by GOP Rep. Mick Mulvaney. Tommy Pope and Ralph Norman are up for election in Tuesday's GOP runoff in the 5th Congressional District, south of Charlotte. Both selectively align w... Sat, 13 May 2017 14:05:00 GMT 2017-05-13T14:05:00Z GOP leaders see more smoke than fire in Comey's dismissal CORONADO, Calif. (AP) — Chaos is President Donald Trump's style, yet as long as the Republican delivers on health care, taxes and tapping a new FBI director as solid as his Supreme Court pick, GOP leaders say everything will be just fine. While Trump's abrupt firing of FBI Director James Comey roiled Washington, Republicans who attended the national commi... Sat, 13 May 2017 06:26:00 GMT 2017-05-13T06:26:00Z Pence rides horse around Montana coal mine, leads GOP rally HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence rallied fellow Republicans in Montana Friday night in support of God, guns and Greg Gianforte, the GOP candidate vying for the state's only seat in the U.S. House. During a rally to draw voters to the polls for a May 25 special election, Pence avoided any deep policy pronouncements or any mention of the tumul... Sat, 13 May 2017 03:15:00 GMT 2017-05-13T03:15:00Z