Benjamin L. Cardin - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Benjamin L. Cardin Senate votes to confirm Iowa governor as ambassador to China WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-led Senate has confirmed President Donald Trump's pick to be U.S. ambassador to China, sending Terry Branstad from the governor's office in Iowa to the American Embassy in Beijing. Senators voted 82-13 Monday to approve the nomination of Branstad, who is in his sixth nonconsecutive term as Iowa's governor. Among his most i... Mon, 22 May 2017 22:18:00 GMT 2017-05-22T22:18:00Z Senate panel approves Trump's pick for US envoy to China WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate panel on Tuesday easily approved Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad's nomination to be the U.S. ambassador to China, a move that all but assures full Senate confirmation of President Donald Trump's pick for the key diplomatic post. Members of the Foreign Relations Committee approved Branstad by voice vote. Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland, the... Tue, 09 May 2017 15:01:00 GMT 2017-05-09T15:01:00Z Clashes in Venezuela as Maduro starts constitutional rewrite CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Thousands of protesters were met with plumes of tear gas in Venezuela's capital Wednesday, just a short distance from where President Nicolas Maduro delivered a decree kicking off a process to rewrite the polarized nation's constitution. Surrounded by top-ranking socialist officials, a riled-up Maduro told supporters dressed in r... Wed, 03 May 2017 23:58:00 GMT 2017-05-03T23:58:00Z Setting aside human rights, Trump courts Asian leaders WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is prioritizing strategic interests over human rights by inviting a pair of internationally criticized leaders from Southeast Asia, where the U.S. is vying with China for influence. The White House said rights concerns in the Philippines and Thailand may be aired in private. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has... Mon, 01 May 2017 21:31:00 GMT 2017-05-01T21:31:00Z The Latest: Trump makes brief stop in North Korea meeting WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on tensions on the Korean Peninsula (all times local): 5:10 p.m. The White House says President Donald Trump did not attend the entire meeting with senators who gathered to discuss the crisis in North Korea. An administration official says Trump attended only the first five minutes of the ... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 21:19:00 GMT 2017-04-26T21:19:00Z Spicer says Hitler comment 'inexcusable and reprehensible' WASHINGTON (AP) — White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Wednesday that his attempt to compare the Holocaust and Syrian President Bashar Assad's use of chemical weapons was "inexcusable and reprehensible" and was made all the worse by this being a holy week for Christians and Jews. He said the comment, made Tuesday at the White House briefing, was p... Wed, 12 Apr 2017 17:20:00 GMT 2017-04-12T17:20:00Z Trump to sell attack planes to Nigeria for Boko Haram fight WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration will move forward with the sale of high-tech aircraft to Nigeria for its campaign against Boko Haram Islamic extremists despite concerns over abuses committed by the African nation's security forces, according to U.S. officials. Congress is expected to receive formal notification within weeks, setting in motion a... Mon, 10 Apr 2017 16:11:00 GMT 2017-04-10T16:11:00Z Trump advisers: US seeks to fight IS and oust Syria's Assad WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's national security adviser on Sunday left open the possibility of additional U.S. military action against Syria following last week's missile strike but indicated that the United States was not seeking to act unilaterally to oust Syrian President Bashar Assad. In his first televised interview, H.R. McMaster pointe... Mon, 10 Apr 2017 00:07:00 GMT 2017-04-10T00:07:00Z The Latest: Trump, Japan's Abe talk about Syria, North Korea WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on developments in the aftermath of the U.S. airstrikes in Syria (all times EDT): 2:35 p.m. President Donald Trump has spoken with the Japanese prime minister about the recent U.S. missile strikes in Syria as well as about North Korea. The White House says in a statement on Sunday that the... Sun, 09 Apr 2017 18:51:00 GMT 2017-04-09T18:51:00Z Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows: ABC's "This Week" — Secretary of State Rex Tillerson; Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla; Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif. NBC's "Meet the Press" — Nikki Haley, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations; Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Tim Kaine, D-Va. ... Sat, 08 Apr 2017 06:57:00 GMT 2017-04-08T06:57:00Z Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows: ABC's "This Week" — Secretary of State Rex Tillerson; Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla; Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif. NBC's "Meet the Press" — Nikki Haley, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations; Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Tim Kaine, D-Va. ... Fri, 07 Apr 2017 23:19:00 GMT 2017-04-07T23:19:00Z The Latest: McConnell stops short of pledging rule change WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court (all times local): 4:40 p.m. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says Democrats' planned filibuster of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch is a "new low" but stopped short of saying he will change Senate rules to confirm him. M... Mon, 03 Apr 2017 20:46:00 GMT 2017-04-03T20:46:00Z How Senate Dems have said they will vote on court pick Senate Democrats have enough votes to block Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch with a filibuster, setting up a showdown with Republicans who plan to change Senate rules to confirm President Donald Trump's pick. The crucial 41st vote came from Democratic Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware who announced his decision Monday. Coons' opposition will prevent Republic... Mon, 03 Apr 2017 17:40:00 GMT 2017-04-03T17:40:00Z McConnell criticizes Iran nuke deal as 'windfall' for Tehran WASHINGTON (AP) — Aiming to prove their commitment to Israel, senior U.S. lawmakers are backing bipartisan legislation that would slap Iran with new sanctions while maintaining rigorous enforcement of the landmark nuclear deal. The measures, unveiled ahead of the opening of the annual American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference, seek to build cons... Tue, 28 Mar 2017 14:26:00 GMT 2017-03-28T14:26:00Z GOP Sen. Paul calls colleague McCain 'a little bit unhinged' WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Rand Paul called fellow Republican Sen. John McCain "a little bit unhinged" Thursday after McCain had said "the senator from Kentucky is now working for Vladimir Putin," the Russian president. He also said McCain, who is 80, may be "past his prime." The discord between two senators from the same party is remarkable even in the curre... Thu, 16 Mar 2017 19:05:00 GMT 2017-03-16T19:05:00Z Doctors describe horrific conditions in war-torn Syria WASHINGTON (AP) — Doctors who risked their lives working in Syrian hospitals described horrific conditions in the war-torn country and pleaded with U.S. lawmakers to protect and save millions of people from an escalating humanitarian crisis. They testified Wednesday before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the sixth anniversary of Syria's bitter c... Wed, 15 Mar 2017 21:11:00 GMT 2017-03-15T21:11:00Z China says it followed law in approving 38 Trump trademarks SHANGHAI (AP) — China on Thursday defended its handling of 38 trademarks it recently approved provisionally for President Donald Trump, saying it followed the law in processing the applications at a pace that some experts view as unusually quick. Democrats in Congress were critical of Trump after The Associated Press reported Wednesday that the potentiall... Fri, 10 Mar 2017 00:59:00 GMT 2017-03-10T00:59:00Z China grants preliminary approval to 38 new Trump trademarks SHANGHAI (AP) — China has granted preliminary approval for 38 new Trump trademarks, a move that offers a potential business foothold for President Donald Trump's family company and protects his name in a country notorious for counterfeiters. The trademarks cover everything from hotels and golf clubs to bodyguard and concierge services, public documents sh... Thu, 09 Mar 2017 03:31:00 GMT 2017-03-09T03:31:00Z Democratic senators criticize Trump on Chinese trademarks SHANGHAI (AP) — Democratic senators are protesting the Trump Organization's acceptance of a valuable trademark from the Chinese government without asking Congress first if doing so is constitutional. A group of 13 senators warned President Donald Trump in a letter Thursday that they intend to hold him accountable to his oath to uphold the U.S. Constitution. Additional Democr... Fri, 24 Feb 2017 16:50:00 GMT 2017-02-24T16:50:00Z Trump sends top aides to Mexico amid deep strains with US MEXICO CITY (AP) — President Donald Trump dispatched his top diplomat and homeland security chief to Mexico on Wednesday on a fence-mending mission complicated by the actual fence he wants to build on the southern border. Mexico's government signaled it was in no mood to be lectured by the new U.S. administration. Ties between the countries have plunged s... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 23:37:00 GMT 2017-02-22T23:37:00Z Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows: ABC's "This Week" — White House adviser Stephen Miller; Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson; Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md. NBC's "Meet the Press" — Miller; Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. CBS' "Face the Nation" — M... Sat, 11 Feb 2017 17:28:00 GMT 2017-02-11T17:28:00Z Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows: ABC's "This Week" — White House adviser Stephen Miller; Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson; Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md. NBC's "Meet the Press" — Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. CBS' "Face the Nation" — Miller; S... Fri, 10 Feb 2017 23:50:00 GMT 2017-02-10T23:50:00Z Democrats say they'll fight attempt to authorize torture WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Senate Democrats said Friday that President Donald Trump will face strong bipartisan hurdles in Congress if he moves to change the law or guidelines that currently forbid waterboarding terror suspects, arguing that harsh interrogation measures are immoral and an ineffective means of eliciting reliable intelligence. "Torture is immora... Fri, 03 Feb 2017 16:41:00 GMT 2017-02-03T16:41:00Z Senate confirms Tillerson to be Trump's secretary of state WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-controlled Senate on Wednesday confirmed Rex Tillerson to be secretary of state, a crucial member of President Donald Trump's national security team. Tillerson was quickly sworn in during a ceremony in the Oval Office, where Trump showered him with praise. "You understand that the job of our diplomats an... Thu, 02 Feb 2017 01:16:00 GMT 2017-02-02T01:16:00Z The Latest: Trump swears in Tillerson to lead State Dept. WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's Cabinet nominees (all times local): 7:18 p.m. President Donald Trump is swearing in former Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson as his secretary of state. Trump says in the Oval Office that it is "time to bring a clear-eyed focus to foreign affairs." The president is p... Thu, 02 Feb 2017 00:25:00 GMT 2017-02-02T00:25:00Z Pentagon boss makes 1st trip to Asia; NKorea plans unclear WASHINGTON (AP) — Other than a tweet, President Donald Trump hasn't said how he'll stop North Korea from threatening America with a nuclear weapon. And as his Pentagon chief visits key allies in Asia, neither Trump nor his GOP allies in Congress seem settled on any plan. The fight against the Islamic State group is the new administration's top national se... Wed, 01 Feb 2017 18:43:00 GMT 2017-02-01T18:43:00Z Trump's nominee for State clears procedural hurdle in Senate WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's nomination of Rex Tillerson for secretary of state cleared a Senate hurdle Monday, setting the stage for an extended debate over the president's order banning travel from specific Muslim-majority countries and U.S. policy toward Russia. Senators voted 56-43 to put Tillerson's bid to be the nation's chief diplomat... Tue, 31 Jan 2017 02:02:00 GMT 2017-01-31T02:02:00Z Trump health pick gives Dems few details on health overhaul WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's selection to become health secretary told a Senate committee Tuesday that the new administration believes people with existing illnesses should not be denied health insurance, but committed to no details on that or any aspects of how Republicans will reshape President Barack Obama's health care law. Rep. Tom Pric... Wed, 25 Jan 2017 00:29:00 GMT 2017-01-25T00:29:00Z The Latest: Governors ask House to continue Medicaid help WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on activities in Congress (all times EST): 6:10 p.m. The nation's governors are asking top House Republicans to retain "a meaningful federal role" in financing the Medicaid program for low-income people. In a letter Tuesday to GOP leaders, the bipartisan National Governors Association writ... Tue, 24 Jan 2017 23:28:00 GMT 2017-01-24T23:28:00Z Maryland's Cardin won't support Tillerson for sec'y of state WASHINGTON (AP) — The top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee says he can't support President Donald Trump's nominee for secretary of state. Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland says in a statement that Rex Tillerson's business orientation and confirmation hearing answers could compromise his ability to forcefully promote U.S. values and ideals. ... Mon, 23 Jan 2017 12:15:00 GMT 2017-01-23T12:15:00Z