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McConnell will step down as the Senate Republican leader in November after a record run in the job

McConnell will step down as the Senate Republican leader in November after a record run in the job

The 82-year-old Kentucky lawmaker is the longest-serving Senate leader in history. He's maintained his power in the face of dramatic changes in the Republican Party.

Biden and party leaders implore Speaker Johnson to help Ukraine in 'intense' Oval Office meeting

Biden and party leaders implore Speaker Johnson to help Ukraine in 'intense' Oval Office meeting

Things are still at a crossroads on assistance for Ukraine and Israel as the president and others in the meeting urgently warned House Speaker Mike Johnson of the grave consequences of delay.

Biden tells governors he's eyeing executive action on immigration, seems 'frustrated' with lawyers

Biden tells governors he's eyeing executive action on immigration, seems 'frustrated' with lawyers

President Joe Biden is telling the nation's governors that he's exploring what executive actions he can take to address migration across the southern border after a bipartisan deal collapsed in Congress this month.

Trump says he strongly supports IVF after Alabama court ruling puts new pressure on Republicans

Trump says he strongly supports IVF after Alabama court ruling puts new pressure on Republicans

Former President Donald Trump says he would 'strongly support the availability' of in vitro fertilization for couples who are trying to have a baby.

Virginia lawmakers send Youngkin bills to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour

Virginia lawmakers send Youngkin bills to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour

Democrats who control the Virginia General Assembly have sent Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin legislation that would increase the state's minimum wage to $15 per hour in 2026.

Deeds' bill for Prescription Drug Affordability Board passes House of Delegates, headed to Youngkin's desk

Deeds' bill for Prescription Drug Affordability Board passes House of Delegates, headed to Youngkin's desk

The legislation passed the House of Delegates on Friday by a 50-47 vote.

Stalled U.S. aid for Ukraine underscores GOP's shift away from confronting Russia

Stalled U.S. aid for Ukraine underscores GOP's shift away from confronting Russia

Republicans have been softening their stance on Russia ever since Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election following Russian hacking of his Democratic opponents.

Nikki Haley is sharpening contrasts with Donald Trump in the South Carolina primary's closing days

Nikki Haley is sharpening contrasts with Donald Trump in the South Carolina primary's closing days

Nikki Haley is using the closing days of the South Carolina GOP primary matchup with Donald Trump to hone her argument that she is the lone remaining candidate who can unite Americans.

A chaotic U.S. House is losing three Republican committee chairs to retirement in the span of a week

A chaotic U.S. House is losing three Republican committee chairs to retirement in the span of a week

In a single week, the Republican chairs of three U.S. House committees announced they would not be seeking re-election, raising questions about whether the chaos that has reigned this Congress is driving out some of the GOP's top talent.

Virginia lawmakers advancing bills that aim to protect access to contraception

Virginia lawmakers advancing bills that aim to protect access to contraception

Virginia Democrats who control the state Legislature are advancing legislation that aims to protect access to a wide range of contraception.

Mental health emerges as a dividing line in abortion rights initiatives planned for state ballots

Mental health emerges as a dividing line in abortion rights initiatives planned for state ballots

Abortion rights advocates are trying to get initiatives to protect reproductive health on the ballot in several states this year.

Lawmakers take up 'skill games,' minimum wage, marijuana as Assembly nears midpoint deadline

Lawmakers take up 'skill games,' minimum wage, marijuana as Assembly nears midpoint deadline

Virginia lawmakers are working their way through hundreds of bills as they approach a key deadline for this year's legislative session.

Biden warns House GOP opposing Ukraine funding would play into 'Putin's hands'

Biden warns House GOP opposing Ukraine funding would play into 'Putin's hands'

President Joe Biden is calling for House Republicans to get behind a supplemental spending bill that would send $60 billion to Ukraine for its fight against Russia.

Virginia's Youngkin aims to bolster mental health care, part of national focus after the pandemic

Virginia's Youngkin aims to bolster mental health care, part of national focus after the pandemic

There's consensus in Virginia that the mental health care system is in need of reform, due to what Gov. Glenn Youngkin's administration says is an overreliance on hospitalization at a time of growing need.

Senate Republicans block bipartisan border package, scuttling deal they had demanded from Democrats

Senate Republicans block bipartisan border package, scuttling deal they had demanded from Democrats

Senate Republicans have blocked a bipartisan border package, scuttling months of negotiations between the two parties on legislation intended to cut down record numbers of illegal border crossings.

Border security and Ukraine aid collapses despite Biden's plea for Congress to 'show some spine'

Border security and Ukraine aid collapses despite Biden's plea for Congress to 'show some spine'

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell says that a deal to pair border policy changes with $60 billion in wartime aid for Ukraine is dead.

Opposition to the Senate border bill jeopardizes help for Afghans who aided U.S. troops

Opposition to the Senate border bill jeopardizes help for Afghans who aided U.S. troops

The $118 billion Senate border bill not only includes border security legislation and wartime aid to Israel and Ukraine, but also offers a chance for the U.S. to keep its promise to Afghans who worked alongside U.S. soldiers.

Here's how 2 sentences in the Constitution rose from obscurity to ensnare Donald Trump

Here's how 2 sentences in the Constitution rose from obscurity to ensnare Donald Trump

On Thursday, the Supreme Court will hear arguments over whether Donald Trump can remain on the ballot in Colorado, where that state's highest court ruled that he violated a constitutional provision targeting those who 'engaged in insurrection.'

Senators reach a deal on border policy bill. Now it faces an uphill fight to passage

Senators reach a deal on border policy bill. Now it faces an uphill fight to passage

Sen. Chris Murphy, the lead Democratic negotiator, posted on social media Friday that a deal had been reached and text of the bill would be released over the weekend.

Biden is left with few choices as immigration takes center stage in American politics

Biden is left with few choices as immigration takes center stage in American politics

Almost immediately after Joe Biden walked into the Oval Office on his first day as president, he began rolling back his predecessor's immigration policies, which he'd assailed as inhumane. A lot has changed in three years.

Half of U.S. adults say Israel has gone too far in war in Gaza, AP-NORC poll shows

Half of U.S. adults say Israel has gone too far in war in Gaza, AP-NORC poll shows

The U.S. has become increasingly isolated in its support of Israel as the Palestinian death toll rises.

Biden celebrating his UAW endorsement in Detroit, where Arab American anger is boiling over Gaza

Biden celebrating his UAW endorsement in Detroit, where Arab American anger is boiling over Gaza

President Joe Biden celebrated his endorsement by the UAW by visiting Michigan, but growing anger over U.S. support for Israel's war in Gaza in the battleground state with the nation's highest density of Arab Americans meant for a shaky reception.

Deal on wartime aid and border security stalls in Congress as time runs short to bolster Ukraine

Deal on wartime aid and border security stalls in Congress as time runs short to bolster Ukraine

Senate negotiators are struggling to finalize a bipartisan deal that would pair policy changes at the U.S. southern border with wartime aid for Kyiv as they run into strong resistance from House Republicans and Donald Trump.

After Teamsters meeting, Trump says of possible union endorsement, 'Stranger things have happened'

After Teamsters meeting, Trump says of possible union endorsement, 'Stranger things have happened'

Former President Donald met with members of the Teamsters Union in Washington Wednesday as he looks past the GOP primary and toward a general election rematch against President Joe Biden.

Republican legislatures in some states are trying to keep abortion off the ballot

Republican legislatures in some states are trying to keep abortion off the ballot

Legislative efforts in Missouri and Mississippi are attempting to prevent voters from having a say over abortion rights. And those efforts are building on anti-abortion strategies seen in other states, including last year in Ohio.