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UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 21, 2019, 8:24 p.m.

Amazon’s strategy to win over congressional critics: Tours of its giant warehouses

From the White House to the campaign trail for the Democratic presidential nomination, politicians have found a popular punching bag in Amazon, accusing the retail giant of paying subsistence wages …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 19, 2019, 2:53 p.m.

Omar: Go to Israel, see ‘cruel reality of the occupation’

Democratic Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib sharply criticized Israel on Monday for denying them entry to the Jewish state and called on fellow members of Congress to visit while …


Pelosi: Gun action needed to ensure ‘domestic tranquility’

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says the country’s elected officials have a responsibility to “ensure domestic tranquility” and is calling on the Senate to return to work to vote on the …


Democrats: Trump should demand Senate vote on gun bill

If President Donald Trump is serious about strengthening gun laws in the wake of two mass shootings, he should demand that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell put a House-passed bill …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 6, 2019, 1:22 p.m.

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers to appear at town hall Wednesday at Gonzaga University

The congresswoman is scheduled to speak for an hour beginning at 5:30 p.m. in Spokane. In recent weeks, she’s criticized President Donald Trump for personally attacking Democratic lawmakers in Congress …


Trump signs bipartisan budget and debt deal into law

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 …


More than half of Democrats support impeachment inquiry

More than half of Democrats support launching an impeachment inquiry, according to a tally by The Associated Press – a strong signal of ongoing liberal frustration with President Donald Trump …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 1, 2019, 3:42 p.m.

Hard-won budget, debt deal clears Senate, advances to Trump

A hard-won budget and debt deal easily cleared the Senate on Thursday, powered by President Donald Trump’s endorsement and a bipartisan drive to cement recent spending increases for the Pentagon …


UPDATED: Wed., July 31, 2019, 6:20 p.m.

Impeachment watch: Nearly half of House Dems support inquiry

Nearly half the House Democrats now support an impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump


Pelosi downplays differences with Ocasio-Cortez after talk

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is downplaying any differences with high-profile progressive lawmaker Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, saying she had a “nice meeting” Friday with the social media dynamo who’s made some tart …


UPDATED: Fri., July 26, 2019, 12:16 p.m.

House panel to ask court for Mueller grand jury material

The House Judiciary Committee is expected to go to court Friday in an effort to obtain secret grand jury material underlying former special counsel Robert Mueller’s report.


UPDATED: Thu., July 25, 2019, 8:12 p.m.

Trump encourages Republicans to back bipartisan budget bill

President Donald Trump urged reluctant GOP lawmakers on Thursday to swing behind a split-the-differences bipartisan budget and debt deal between his administration and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.


UPDATED: Tue., July 23, 2019, 7:39 p.m.

Robert Mueller takes the TV stage; Democrats hope America tunes in

Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s appearance before two House committees promises to be the TV event of the year in the U.S. House.


UPDATED: Mon., July 22, 2019, 10:59 a.m.

House Republicans promise tough questions at Mueller hearing

House Republicans are pledging tough questioning of special counsel Robert Mueller when he testifies before Congress this week as Democrats plan to air evidence of wrongdoing by President Donald Trump …


Trump says not happy with backers’ ‘send her back’ chant

President Donald Trump said Thursday he was unhappy with his supporters chanting “send her back” after he assailed a young Democratic congresswoman who he’s suggested should leave the U.S.


House holds 2 Trump officials in contempt in census dispute

The Democratic-controlled House voted Wednesday to hold two top Trump administration officials in contempt of Congress for failing to comply with subpoenas related to a decision to add a citizenship …


UPDATED: Wed., July 17, 2019, 4:47 p.m.

House set to block maverick Dem’s Trump impeachment effort

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says her chamber will derail a maverick Democrat’s drive to impeach President Donald Trump.


UPDATED: Wed., July 17, 2019, 4:42 p.m.

Washington talks could soon yield spending, debt deal

Washington negotiators are closing in on a budget and debt deal that would stave off the chance of a government shutdown this fall and allow Congress to speed through legislation …


Facebook’s currency plan gets hostile reception in Congress

Under sharp criticism from senators, a Facebook executive on Tuesday defended the social network’s ambitious plan to create a digital currency and pledged to work with regulators to achieve a …


UPDATED: Mon., July 15, 2019, 9:34 p.m.

McMorris Rodgers: Trump ‘wrong’ to tell four Democratic congresswomen to ‘go back’ to their countries

U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers said President Trump was “wrong” in his suggestion that four congresswoman should go back to the countries they came from.


UPDATED: Fri., July 12, 2019, 12:29 p.m.

Mnuchin urges Congress to quickly pass new debt limit

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told congressional leaders that the debt ceiling should be raised before lawmakers leave for their August recess to avert the potential of an unprecedented default on …


UPDATED: Fri., July 12, 2019, 12:36 p.m.

House approves 9/11 victims bill, sends it to Senate

The House on Friday overwhelmingly approved a bill ensuring that a victims compensation fund for the Sept. 11 attacks never runs out of money.


House Democrats lead push to restrict Trump on Iran strikes

The Democratic-controlled House voted Friday to put a liberalized stamp on Pentagon policy, including a bipartisan proposal to limit President Donald Trump’s authority to make war against Iran.


Man wages lonely protest in downtown Spokane against migrant ‘concentration camps’

“I don’t have either party’s name on my sign,” said Bill Compher, a 69-year-old musician and grandfather who has been demonstrating on downtown street corners. “It’s a moral question, not …


Senate committee sets Tuesday hearing on Pentagon leadership

The Senate Armed Services Committee has scheduled a hearing Tuesday on Mark Esper’s expected nomination as defense secretary. The committee says it’s “pre-nomination paperwork” from the White House regarding the …


House panel authorizes subpoenas tied to Mueller report

The House Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to authorize subpoenas for 12 people mentioned in special counsel Robert Mueller’s report , including President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and former Attorney …


UPDATED: Wed., July 10, 2019, 9:02 p.m.

Pelosi implores Democrats to unify, warning of dangers ahead

The way Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speak at each other threatens party unity and underscores broader tensions reshaping the Democrats.


UPDATED: Tue., July 9, 2019, 4:19 p.m.

House Judiciary will vote on subpoenas for Kushner, Sessions

The House Judiciary Committee is moving to authorize subpoenas for several people tied to special counsel Robert Mueller’s report, including President Donald Trump’s son in law, Jared Kushner, and former …


Barr: Mueller’s Hill testimony will be ‘public spectacle’

Attorney General William Barr on Monday accused Democrats of trying to create a “public spectacle” by subpoenaing Special Counsel Robert Mueller to testify before Congress about the Russia investigation.


Dems train fire on administration’s handling of migrants

Congressional Democrats are shifting their focus to Trump administration treatment of detained migrants as Trump defends Border Patrol agents