Members of Congress break for August with no clear path to avoiding a shutdown this fall

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers broke for their August recess this week with work on funding the government largely incomplete, fueling worries about whether Congress will be able to avoid a partial government shutdown this fall. Congress has until Oct. 1, the start of the new fiscal year, to act on government funding. They could pass … Read more

Why didn’t Biden speak out?

WASHINGTON − Cruel. Unjust. Inhumane. Those are the strong words White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre used to condemn Texas border control actions that include coils of lacerating wire placed at the American shoreline and reports of migrants being denied water in the extreme heat. And on Monday, the Justice Department sued Texas over the governor’s … Read more

Trump, DeSantis and top Republican candidates share stage at Iowa event

Nearly every major Republican presidential candidate shared the stage in the early voting state of Iowa on Friday night, as Donald Trump continues to dominate in the polls despite his numerous legal liabilities. Thirteen candidates appeared at the Iowa Republican party’s 2023 Lincoln Dinner fundraiser, taking the opportunity to address donors and local party leaders … Read more

A bad week for Mitch McConnell and Dianne Feinstein, leaders of Washington’s gerontocracy

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, center, is helped by, from left, Sens. John Barrasso, John Thune and Joni Ernst, after he froze at a news conference Wednesday. (J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press) This week should settle the question of whether California Sen. Dianne Feinstein gets so much attention for her age and mental acuity, … Read more