Legislature

Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, arrives for a House Committee on the Judiciary oversight hearing on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017, in Washington. Two Republicans say that Texas GOP Rep. Blake Farenthold won't seek re-election next year. The lawmaker is under pressure from sexual misconduct allegations that surfaced three years ago but have come under renewed focus. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
December 14, 2017 - 5:10 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Bowing to pressure from fellow Republicans, Texas Rep. Blake Farenthold said Thursday he would not seek re-election to a fifth term, apologizing for his angry outbursts but denying sexual harassment allegations. In a five-minute video on his campaign's Facebook page, Farenthold...
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FILE - In this Jan. 10, 2015 file photo, Minnesota Democratic Lt. Gov. Tina Smith speaks to attendees at the North Star Ball in St. Paul, Minn. Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is set to name his choice to replace Al Franken in the U.S. Senate, with the top contender seen as Lt. Gov. Smith. Dayton was expected to make the appointment Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017, nearly a week after Franken announced his plan to resign over allegations of sexual misconduct. (Aaron Lavinsky/Star Tribune via AP, File)
December 14, 2017 - 5:04 pm
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's next senator, Tina Smith, could face a clear path to next year's special election, with support pouring in from nearly every corner of the state's Democratic party and a top potential primary challenger announcing he won't run against her. Within minutes of Smith'...
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December 14, 2017 - 5:00 pm
In a story Dec. 6 about potential conflicts of interest among state legislators, The Associated Press and Center for Public Integrity reported erroneously that Nevada lawmakers in a special session last year took a historically unprecedented step in waiving requirements that legislators disclose...
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Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., meets with reporters to answer questions on the tax bill and sexual misconduct on Capitol Hill, in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017. Ryan says Republican Rep. Blake Farenthold has "made the right decision" to retire at the end of his term amid allegations of sexual harassment. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
December 14, 2017 - 4:58 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday he's not leaving Congress anytime soon, trying to squelch rumors that he will walk away in triumph after the Republicans' treasured tax bill is approved. Politico and The Huffington Post published reports speculating that Ryan would make this...
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December 14, 2017 - 4:56 pm
In a story Dec. 6 about potential conflicts of interest among state legislators, The Associated Press and Center for Public Integrity reported erroneously that Nevada lawmakers in a special session last year took a historically unprecedented step in waiving requirements that legislators disclose...
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A poster advertising Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’s Rethink School initiative is seen at a summit on innovation in higher education held at the Education Department Thursday, Dec. 14 2017, in Washington. Republican lawmakers have dropped from the tax bill provisions that were criticized by students and educators as making college less affordable. House and Senate Republican leaders forged an agreement Wednesday on what would be the most sweeping overhaul of the nation's tax laws in more than 30 years. The package would give generous tax cuts to corporations and the wealthiest Americans, and more modest tax cuts to low- and middle-income families. (AP Photo/Maria Danilova)
December 14, 2017 - 4:33 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican lawmakers have dropped from the tax bill provisions that were criticized by students and educators as making college less affordable. House and Senate Republican leaders forged an agreement Wednesday on what would be the most sweeping overhaul of the nation's tax laws...
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December 14, 2017 - 4:31 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Two of the Senate's most senior women are sending notice that they expect changes to Capitol Hill's practices for dealing with official complaints by congressional staff. Republican Susan Collins of Maine and Democrat Patty Murray of Washington say in a letter to the all-male...
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FILE - This Nov. 14, 2016 file photo Rep.-elect Ruben Kihuen, D-Nev.,right, speaks with reporters as Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., left, listens on Capitol Hill in Washington. The chairman of the House Democrats' campaign committee called on Kihuen to step down after a report Friday, Dec. 1, 2017, that he allegedly sexually harassed his campaign's finance director. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen,File)
December 14, 2017 - 2:26 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing a fresh accusation of sexual misconduct in a Congress that has become increasingly less tolerant, a Nevada lawmaker is facing pressure from Democratic leadership to step aside. The Nevada Independent reported new allegations by a lobbyist who said Democratic Rep. Ruben...
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In this Sept. 21, 2017 photo, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Building is shown in Washington. The Environmental Protection Agency is refusing to say whether President Donald Trump's failed pick to oversee chemical safety will continue to work there as a senior adviser, a role that doesn’t require Senate confirmation. Michael L. Dourson withdrew his nomination Wednesday to serve as head of the EPA's Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention amid bipartisan opposition in the Senate.(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
December 14, 2017 - 2:16 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency is refusing to say whether President Donald Trump's failed pick to oversee chemical safety will continue to work there as a senior adviser, a role that doesn't require Senate confirmation. Michael L. Dourson withdrew his nomination Wednesday to...
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Vice President Mike Pence, flanked by Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Ill., right, and Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., third from right, listens to President Donald Trump speak during a bicameral meeting with lawmakers working on the tax cuts in the Cabinet Meeting Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
December 14, 2017 - 1:56 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence will delay and curtail his upcoming trip to the Middle East to be on hand for an upcoming Senate tax vote and take into account the unwillingness of Palestinians and others to meet with him while in Egypt and Israel. The White House said Thursday that...
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