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Politics Oct 17WATCH: Energy Secretary Perry resigning at end of year, Trump says
Energy Secretary Rick Perry was traveling with Trump to Texas when he told Trump of his decision aboard Air Force One. Perry is under scrutiny over the role he played in the president's dealings with Ukraine, which are currently the…
Politics Sep 27NRA acted as Russian ‘asset’ in run-up to 2016, Democratic senator says
Based on an 18-month effort by the finance panel's Democratic staff, the report found that NRA leaders "engaged in a years-long effort to facilitate the U.S.-based activities" of Russian nationals Maria Butina and Alexander Torshin.
Politics Sep 11House approves ban on oil drilling off Atlantic, Pacific coasts
Lawmakers approved the Atlantic and Pacific measure 238-189, while a bill to block drilling in the Gulf of Mexico near Florida was approved 248-180. The bills head to the Republican-controlled Senate, where action is unlikely.
Politics Sep 11Trump judicial nominee frustrates senators from both parties with silence at hearing
At a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, Steven Menashi refused to answer questions from Democratic Sens. Dianne Feinstein of California and Dick Durbin of Illinois about his work on immigration issues, including a policy to separate migrant children from their families…
Politics Sep 03McConnell says he’s waiting on Trump to chart path on guns
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says if President Donald Trump favors background-checks legislation and McConnell knows "we will pass it and it'll become law."…
Nation Aug 08More than 200 mayors urge Senate to return to Washington for gun bill vote
The mayors urged the Senate to vote on two House-passed bills expanding background checks for gun sales that passed that chamber earlier this year.
Politics Aug 07McConnell, GOP senators slow to act on guns despite outcry
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is resisting pressure to bring senators back from recess to address gun violence, despite wrenching calls to "do something" in the aftermath of back-to-back mass shootings.
Politics Aug 07WATCH: Cummings says leaders must stop ‘hateful, incendiary comments’
Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings, the Democratic chairman of the House Oversight Committee, did not name President Donald Trump in remarks Wednesday, but it was clear whom he was addressing.
Politics Aug 05If Trump wants stronger background checks, Dems say, he should demand gun bill vote
Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said the Senate GOP leader, Mitch McConnell, is blocking gun safety reforms that more than 90 percent of Americans support.
Politics Jul 29WATCH: Senate vote fails to override Trump vetoes, allowing Saudi arms sales
President Donald Trump's decision to sell the weapons in a way that would have bypassed congressional review infuriated lawmakers from both parties. But a vote Monday to override Trump's vetoes failed, 45-40. A two-thirds vote was needed.