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Dem wins: Anti-Trump surge or ‘not so fast?’

NEW YORK (AP) — Jubilant Democrats across America are declaring their big election victories in Virginia and New Jersey — their first of the young Trump era — mark the beginning of an anti-Trump surge that could re-shape the balance of power in Congress in 2018. Senate Democratic leader ...

GOP tax bill makes raid on university endowments

WASHINGTON — Such is the federal government’s sprawl, and its power to establish new governing precedents, mere Washington twitches can jeopardize venerable principles and institutions. This is illustrated by a seemingly small but actually momentous provision of the Republicans’ tax bill ...

Children wave U.S. and Chinese flags as President Donald Trump arrives at Beijing Airport today in Beijing, China. Trump is on a five-country trip through Asia, traveling to Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines. He won the presidency a year ago today. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

A year later, Trump still living the 2016 election

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump handily won the election a year ago today. Ask him and he’ll tell you about it. Ten months into his presidency, Trump is still focused — some say fixated — on the election that catapulted him to power. Egged on by longtime friends and cable news, he ...

Chernow’s ‘Grant’ offers measured judgment of past

WASHINGTON — Evidence of national discernment, although never abundant, can now be found high on the New York Times combined print and e-book best seller list. There sits Ron Chernow’s biography of Ulysses Simpson Grant, which no reader will wish were shorter than its 1,074 pages. Arriving ...

Divided Congress could lead to shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — An early December government shutdown is a real possibility, since a divided Congress can’t agree on military spending, Democrats insist on help for young immigrants and President Donald Trump’s position can change with each lawmaker he talks to. Most of Washington is ...

Caregivers need help, recognition for what they do

November is National Caregivers Month — a month to celebrate and honor all of you who are caring for your spouse, parent or friend. More than 25 percent of households in the United States are involved in caring for an older adult. Isn’t it wonderful that so many people are dedicated to ...

Brazile strains Democrats’ unity ahead of key race in Virginia

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are having trouble surmounting differences over the bitter 2016 election amid revelations of a contemplated effort to replace Hillary Clinton as the presidential nominee, deepening party strife just before Tuesday’s closely watched Virginia governor’s ...

Russia hackers had targets worldwide

WASHINGTON (AP) — The hackers didn’t just go after Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. They tried to break into the private email of the sitting U.S. secretary of state, attempted to steal the private correspondence of a manager working on Lockheed Martin’s stealth fighter ...

Sexual harassment claims shocking, not surprising

It should surprise no one that when it comes to sexual harassment, members of Congress and their staffs are treated differently from the rest of us. The Washington Post notes a law in place since 1995 under which anyone accusing a lawmaker of sexual harassment can file a lawsuit, but only if ...

Bill shielding Mueller from Trump unlikely

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell exhibited no interest Tuesday in considering legislation shielding the special counsel from Donald Trump, even as Republicans warn the president against interfering with Robert Mueller’s investigation. McConnell’s remarks came as ...

THE CAPITOL IS seen at dawn Monday as the Republican-controlled Congress prepares for a hectic week unveiling and promoting its tax-cutting plan in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Group opens new crack in support for GOP tax plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — Another deep crack opened in the support for President Donald Trump and the Republicans’ tax-cutting plan on Monday, as a powerful lobbying group in the housing industry withdrew its blessing for the GOP’s top legislative priority just as its details are set to be ...

VALERIE BRADER

Outlook brighter for UP energy future, ratepayers

They say you need to be a hearty soul to live in the Upper Peninsula, but that doesn’t mean you should have to live with energy that isn’t affordable, reliable and environmentally protective. At the start of the Snyder administration, the U.P. had little control of its energy future. This ...

Senate Judiciary’s Russia probe veers into partisanship

WASHINGTON (AP) — The once-bipartisan Senate Judiciary Committee investigation into Russian influence in the 2016 election has broken along partisan lines, with the committee’s top Democrat contacting witnesses independently and asking for a broad swath of new information. After months of ...

Could Corker run against Trump in 2020?

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee did not rule out a run in 2020 against President Donald Trump when asked by reporters Friday, saying he’s focused on the next 14 months of his term. The noncommittal response came as Corker doubled down this week on criticism of Trump, ...

A taxing situation

Federal income tax was first introduced under the Revenue Act of 1861 to help defray war costs. Congress repealed the tax in 1871 when the need for government revenue declined, only to restore it in 1894 as part of the Wilson-Gorman Tariff Act. The public policy debate surrounding the ...

Ryan: People don’t care about senator’s concerns about Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — Remember the extraordinary public clash this week between two Republican senators and President Donald Trump? House Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday that people aren’t interested. Ryan waded into — and quickly out of — that dispute on Thursday, when a reporter asked ...

GOP rallies behind tax cuts after attack on Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Republicans showed scant signs Wednesday of turning on Donald Trump, rallying instead behind their party’s tax-cutting plans a day after a pair of prominent GOP senators denounced the president in scathing terms. “I just think that right now our members ...

#MeToo: My daughter and granddaughter, too

While trying not to indulge in schadenfreude over those hypocritical Hollywood elites who’ve claimed to stand for “women’s rights,” only to be accused of sexually harassing them, I noticed “#MeToo” trending on Twitter. At #MeToo, women who have been sexually harassed are invited to ...

Vocal Trump critic Flake won’t seek re-election to US Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Sen. Jeff Flake announced Tuesday he would not seek re-election next year, delivering a forceful condemnation of the “flagrant disregard of truth and decency” and bemoaning political complicity in a Senate speech clearly directed at President Donald ...

#MeToo: Tipping point, or outrage du jour?

WASHINGTON — Depending upon one’s distance from all things Twitter, recent revelations of sexual harassment in Hollywood are either the tipping point we’ve been waiting for — or just another shark attack until the next one. If you’re former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson, whose ...