Legislation

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., talks to reporters after the budget package just passed in the Senate to permit the government to resume borrowing to pay all of its obligations and would remove the prospect of a government shutdown in October, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
August 05, 2019 - 4:55 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Newtown. Orlando. Parkland. And now after mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, Congress again is confronted with the question of what, if anything, lawmakers should do to combat the scourge of gun violence afflicting the country. While both parties are calling for...
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FILE - In this March 22, 1963, file photo, Nobel prize-winning author John Steinbeck, right, admires a prize-winning poster by his son, Thomas Steinbeck in Hartford, Conn. A three-judge panel of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will be in Alaska's largest city on Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019, to hear arguments in an appeal by the estate of Steinbeck's late son, Thomas Steinbeck, over a 2017 ruling in California. In that case, a federal jury awarded the author's stepdaughter Waverly Scott Kaffaga, more than $13 million in a lawsuit claiming Steinbeck's son and daughter-in-law impeded film adaptations of the iconic works. (AP Photo, File)
August 05, 2019 - 2:14 pm
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Another chapter is set to play out this week in a decades-old family dispute over control of the classic works by author John Steinbeck. A three-judge panel of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will be in Alaska's largest city on Tuesday to hear arguments in an appeal...
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In this June 19, 2019, photo, Diane Foley, mother of journalist James Foley, who was killed by the Islamic State terrorist group in a graphic video released online, speaks to the Associated Press during an interview in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
August 05, 2019 - 8:20 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Diane Foley learned her son's fate not from any government official but from a sobbing journalist who asked if she'd been on Twitter. Foley had not, but the ghastly images weren't hard to find. President Barack Obama soon confirmed the news to the world: James Foley, a 40-year-old...
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FILE - In this Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016 file photo, demonstrators hold a banner reading "The Family" during a march to protest gay marriage in Paris. Single women and lesbians in France won't have to go abroad to have babies anymore under a proposed new law that would give them access to medically assisted reproduction for the first time. Yet many conservative, religious or far-right activists strongly oppose the change and are planning protests when parliament starts debating the bill next month. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
August 04, 2019 - 3:49 am
PARIS (AP) — Single women and lesbians in France won't have to go abroad to have babies anymore under a proposed new law that would give them access to medically assisted reproduction for the first time. French President Emmanuel Macron's government has presented a draft law on bioethics that...
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Texas state police cars block the access to the Walmart store in the aftermath of a mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019. Multiple people were killed and one person was in custody after a shooter went on a rampage at a shopping mall, police in the Texas border town of El Paso said. (AP Photo/Andres Leighton)
August 04, 2019 - 1:21 am
EL PASO, Texas (AP) — The Latest on a shooting at an El Paso shopping complex (all times local): 10:50 p.m. Several hundred volunteers for groups seeking tougher laws on guns marched on the White House and the Capitol in a demonstration at least partly inspired by the shooting in El Paso, Texas...
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A protester stands in the midst of tear gas during confrontation with police in Hong Kong during the early hours of Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019. Hong Kong protesters ignored police warnings and streamed past the designated endpoint for a rally Saturday in the latest of a series of demonstrations targeting the government of the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. (Elson Li/HK01 via AP)
August 04, 2019 - 12:41 am
HONG KONG (AP) — On one end of a Hong Kong street, protesters dressed in black ducked behind umbrellas and makeshift barricades, occasionally throwing bricks or slinging rocks. On the other end, police decked out in riot gear shouted warnings and fired tear gas. As the late hours of Saturday...
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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., left, joins Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., as she signs the budget package just passed in the Senate to permit the government to resume borrowing to pay all of its obligations and would remove the prospect of a government shutdown in October, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
August 02, 2019 - 1:52 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday signed a bipartisan debt increase and new set of spending limits that would help lock in spending increases for the Pentagon and elsewhere in the budget. The hard-won agreement permits the government to resume borrowing to pay its bills and sets an...
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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., left, joins Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., as she signs the budget package just passed in the Senate to permit the government to resume borrowing to pay all of its obligations and would remove the prospect of a government shutdown in October, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
August 01, 2019 - 6:04 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on legislation dealing with the federal budget and the government's borrowing limit (all times local): 12:13 p.m. A bipartisan budget and debt deal has passed the Senate and is heading to the White House for President Donald Trump's signature. Thursday's vote addresses...
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Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., a former chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, joined at left by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., rips a copy of the committee rules of procedure as he charges current Republican chairman Lindsey Graham with breaking the rules to bend to President Donald Trump on immigration policy, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
August 01, 2019 - 4:38 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee upended the rules Thursday for immigration legislation that would extend family detentions as chairman Lindsey Graham muscled the measure forward over the objections of Democrats. It's one last battle, led by a top ally of President...
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FILE - This Nov. 15, 2018, aerial file photo shows the remains of residences leveled by the Camp wildfire in Paradise, Calif. Democrat Dianne Feinstein of California and Republican Steve Daines of Montana said Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019, they are working with U.S. Forest Service officials on finalizing the bill's text, with plans to introduce it after the Senate's August recess. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)
August 01, 2019 - 1:33 pm
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Senators from California and Montana said Thursday that they plan to introduce a bipartisan bill that aims to protect communities from wildfires like the one that killed 85 people and destroyed much of the Northern California town of Paradise last year. Democrat Dianne...
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