Mike Lee - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Mike Lee Cornyn says he will stay in Senate, won't be FBI director WASHINGTON (AP) — Texas Sen. John Cornyn has told the Trump administration he isn't interested in serving as FBI director, the second member of Congress to take himself out of the running this week. Cornyn, a former Texas attorney general and judge on the state supreme court, was interviewed for the position after President Donald Trump abruptly fired James Comey last week. ... Tue, 16 May 2017 20:53:00 GMT 2017-05-16T20:53:00Z AP Source: Garland happy on bench, no interest in FBI job WASHINGTON (AP) — A longtime friend of Judge Merrick Garland tells The Associated Press that Garland is happy in his job and has no interest in leaving the judiciary to head the FBI. The comment came Tuesday after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he recommended that President Donald Trump nominate the federal appeals court judge for the post. ... Tue, 16 May 2017 17:18:00 GMT 2017-05-16T17:18:00Z 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 Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows: ABC's "This Week" —Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va.; Nikki Haley, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations; James Clapper, former director of national intelligence. NBC's "Meet the Press" — Secretary of State Rex Tillerson; Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Chuck Schum... Sat, 13 May 2017 22:08:00 GMT 2017-05-13T22:08:00Z Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows: ABC's "This Week" — To be announced. NBC's "Meet the Press" — Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. CBS' "Face the Nation" — Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb.; Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif; former Defense Secretary... Fri, 12 May 2017 23:33:00 GMT 2017-05-12T23:33:00Z GOP lawmaker cautions health care bill is Obamacare 'tweak' MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (AP) — After campaigning on repealing the health care law and voting to gut it, an Iowa Republican is cautioning constituents fearful of losing coverage that the House GOP replacement is just "a tweak of Obamacare" that would have gone further had he had his way. Two-term Rep. Rod Blum, who represents a swing district that includes Dubu... Fri, 12 May 2017 16:05:00 GMT 2017-05-12T16:05:00Z Senate conservatives: Ease Obama health care law protections WASHINGTON (AP) — Conservative senators are pushing to diminish insurance coverage requirements imposed by President Barack Obama's health care law as Senate Republicans try fashioning legislation overhauling the nation's health care system. Their ideas include erasing Obama consumer protections, such as barring higher premiums for people with pre-existin... Thu, 11 May 2017 22:22:00 GMT 2017-05-11T22:22:00Z Health care fight shifts to Senate, where GOP wants a reboot WASHINGTON (AP) — It took blood, sweat and tears for Republican leaders to finally push their health care bill through the House last week. Don't expect the process to be less arduous in the Senate, though more of the angst in that more decorous chamber will likely be behind closed doors. No one expects a new bill to be written quickly, but Senate Majorit... Mon, 08 May 2017 23:20:00 GMT 2017-05-08T23:20:00Z Political mainstay heads home to Utah, questions in his wake WASHINGTON (AP) — Since arriving in Washington in 2009, Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz has been a political mainstay, doggedly investigating Democrats, frequently appearing on cable TV and regularly updating his legions of social media followers with photos of himself, his family and even his dog, Ruby. His Twitter handle reminds people that of the 435 me... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 01:55:00 GMT 2017-04-28T01:55:00Z McConnell reaches out to Romney about possible Senate bid WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Friday he has reached out to former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney about possibly running for the Senate, if a vacancy opens in Utah. There has been much speculation about whether seven-term Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch will retire instead of running for re-election next year. The... Fri, 07 Apr 2017 17:16:00 GMT 2017-04-07T17:16:00Z Can the president attack another country without Congress? WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. missile strikes Thursday on a Syrian air base were conducted without formal congressional approval. Some questions and answers about how and why presidents can conduct military action without permission from the 535 representatives of the American people. DID CONGRESS KNOW? Trump did let Congress know of his plans to launch 59 T... Fri, 07 Apr 2017 12:42:00 GMT 2017-04-07T12:42:00Z What role should Congress plan when president orders attack? WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. missile strikes Thursday on a Syrian air base were conducted without formal congressional approval. Some questions and answers about how and why presidents can conduct military action without permission from the 535 representatives of the American people. DID CONGRESS KNOW? Trump did let Congress know of his plans to launch 59 T... Fri, 07 Apr 2017 08:03:00 GMT 2017-04-07T08:03:00Z AP Interview: McConnell rejects Trump's foreign aid cuts WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday shot down prospects for major parts of President Donald Trump's budget, rejecting proposed cuts to foreign aid and medical research. "Every president sends up a budget, and with all due respect to the current president, I can't recall any time in which we have been sort of dictated to by ... Tue, 21 Mar 2017 19:02:00 GMT 2017-03-21T19:02:00Z AP Explains: How GOP health care plan would turn into law Republicans leaders want to push their bill repealing and replacing much of the 2010 health care law through Congress by April. But the GOP must navigate a complicated path to get the proposal to President Donald Trump's desk. WHAT HAPPENS NEXT? GOP leaders say the House will consider the bill Thursday. Three House c... Tue, 21 Mar 2017 07:50:00 GMT 2017-03-21T07:50:00Z Trump going outside Washington for support on health bill LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — President Donald Trump is deploying an outside and inside strategy to fulfill his campaign promise to repeal and replace "Obamacare," seeking support beyond Washington before making an in-person pitch on Capitol Hill. Top House Republicans unveiled proposed changes in their legislation in hopes of winning support, three days before the big House vote. ... Tue, 21 Mar 2017 03:19:00 GMT 2017-03-21T03:19:00Z Ryan: More help for older people needed in GOP health bill WASHINGTON (AP) — Days before a pivotal vote, House Speaker Paul Ryan said Sunday he will seek changes to a GOP health care bill to provide more help to older people. The new willingness to compromise was a bid for more support from moderate Republicans, who expressed continuing unease about the plan to replace Barack Obama's health law unless significant changes were made. ... Mon, 20 Mar 2017 04:09:00 GMT 2017-03-20T04:09:00Z Correction: Congress-Health Overhaul story WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story March 17 about the House Republican health care bill, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Rep. John Katko, R-N.Y., is a freshman from the Hudson River Valley. He is a second-term lawmaker from upstate New York. A corrected version of the story is below: Trump OKs changes in GOP health care bill, winning support Pres... Sat, 18 Mar 2017 13:36:00 GMT 2017-03-18T13:36:00Z Trump OKs changes in GOP health care bill, winning support WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump agreed to add fresh Medicaid curbs to the House Republican health care bill Friday, bolstering the measure with support from some conservative lawmakers but leaving its prospects wobbly. House leaders discussed other amendments calibrated to round up votes and scheduled a showdown vote Thursday. "I just want to let... Sat, 18 Mar 2017 03:51:00 GMT 2017-03-18T03:51:00Z The Latest: Trump optimistic on new health law WASHINGTON (AP) — Latest on the Republican health care plan (all times local): 2:30 p.m. President Donald Trump says he expects the House Republican health plan will be passed "substantially pretty quickly." Speaking at a joint news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel Friday, Trump calls it a "great plan" ... Fri, 17 Mar 2017 18:44:00 GMT 2017-03-17T18:44:00Z Health bill short of votes, GOP leaders look to Trump WASHINGTON (AP) — Short of votes for their health care bill, Republican congressional leaders turned to President Donald Trump on Thursday to wrangle support for the divisive legislation they hope to push through Congress before Easter. But Trump sounded more like he was at the start of a negotiation than ready to close the deal. And combined with opposit... Fri, 17 Mar 2017 02:36:00 GMT 2017-03-17T02:36:00Z AP Explains: How to transform GOP health care plan into law WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans' long-awaited plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act has cleared a couple hurdles in the House. The GOP still must navigate a complicated path to turn its 123-page proposal from legislation to law. A look at the process and the politics: WHAT HAPPENS NEXT? ... Fri, 10 Mar 2017 09:23:00 GMT 2017-03-10T09:23:00Z A look at the opposing sides on the GOP health care bill WASHINGTON (AP) — A look at opposing sides as Congress considers proposed Republican changes to the Obama administration health law. SUPPORTING THE BILL: President Donald Trump: "We're going to do something that's great and I'm proud to support the replacement plan released by the House of Representatives." ... Thu, 09 Mar 2017 08:38:00 GMT 2017-03-09T08:38:00Z Conservative backlash threatens to sink new GOP health bill WASHINGTON (AP) — A powerful conservative backlash threatened to sink the new Republican health care bill Tuesday less than 24 hours after its launch, even as President Donald Trump and congressional leaders began trying to sell the legislation as the long-promised GOP cure for "Obamacare." "We're going to do something that's great and I'm proud to suppor... Wed, 08 Mar 2017 02:21:00 GMT 2017-03-08T02:21:00Z The Latest: Kasich warns against Medicaid phase-out WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on new Republican legislation to replace the health care law (all times local): 5:45 p.m. Ohio Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) says phasing out Medicaid coverage without a viable alternative is "counterproductive" and potentially risky. The Republican governor's tweet Tuesday comes in response... Tue, 07 Mar 2017 22:15:00 GMT 2017-03-07T22:15:00Z Mischief in the Capitol as GOP rebels stir up trouble WASHINGTON (AP) — The Capitol is suddenly awash with troublemakers and rebels — and that's just the Republicans. Whatever GOP unity was produced by Donald Trump's victory in November has all but disappeared, and Republican leaders are confronting open rebellion in their ranks as they try to finalize health care legislation. Trump's speech to a joint session of Congress this ... Fri, 03 Mar 2017 19:06:00 GMT 2017-03-03T19:06:00Z Trump speech leaves GOP encouraged, but still divided WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's first speech to Congress left Republicans encouraged and enthusiastic Wednesday, yet still confronting thorny divisions on health care, taxes and more. Trump's disciplined and optimistic tone was what GOP lawmakers wanted to hear after a rocky first month that provoked daily anxiety on Capitol Hill with each new presidential tweet. ... Thu, 02 Mar 2017 00:07:00 GMT 2017-03-02T00:07:00Z Conservatives rebel on health care, Trump backs key elements WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans confronted a conservative rebellion in their own party Tuesday over their long-promised plans to repeal and replace the health care law, and beseeched President Donald Trump to settle the dispute. In his first speech to a joint session of Congress Trump embraced a key element of the emerging House GOP health plan, in comments... Wed, 01 Mar 2017 03:31:00 GMT 2017-03-01T03:31:00Z The Latest: Ryan downplays divisions over new health law WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Congress (all times local): 3:30 p.m. President Donald Trump is finalizing a $30 billion supplemental Pentagon request for this budget year to serve as a down payment on his promise to build up the military. That's according to administration and Capitol Hill officials, who spoke on con... Tue, 28 Feb 2017 22:52:00 GMT 2017-02-28T22:52:00Z Chao says private investors can help boost transportation WASHINGTON (AP) — The incoming Trump administration is looking to "unleash the potential" of private investors to boost the national transportation networks that underpin the U.S. economy, the president-elect's pick for transportation secretary, Elaine Chao, told lawmakers Wednesday. Economic gains are being "jeopardized" by aging infrastructure, rising h... Wed, 11 Jan 2017 21:34:00 GMT 2017-01-11T21:34:00Z Congress ushers in new era of all-Republican rule WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress ushers in a new era of all-Republican rule. On Tuesday at noon, with plenty of pomp and pageantry, members of the 115th Congress will be sworn in, with an emboldened GOP intent on unraveling eight years of President Barack Obama's Democratic agenda and targeting massive legacy programs from Franklin D. Roosevelt and Lyndon B. Johnson such as Social... 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