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Divided Senate confirms Ratcliffe as intelligence chief

WASHINGTON (AP) — A sharply divided Senate confirmed John Ratcliffe as director of national intelligence on Thursday, with Democrats refusing to support the nomination over fears that he will politicize the intelligence community’s work under President Donald Trump. All Democrats opposed Ratcliffe, making him the first DNI to be installed on a partisan vote since […]

Senate panel approves subpoena in Hunter Biden probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate committee has voted to issue a subpoena as part of its investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden’s son, a move that met immediate opposition from Democrats who said the panel should be focused on overseeing the federal response to the coronavirus pandemic. The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs […]

Trump urges Senate Republicans to ‘be tough’ on Democrats

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump arrived on Capitol Hill on Tuesday for perhaps one of the larger social gatherings still happening in Washington amid the coronavirus — the weekly Senate Republican lunch. Behind closed doors, Trump was unscripted and freewheeling with the 53 GOP senators. He touted his poll numbers, dismissed rival Joe Biden […]

Senate votes to renew federal surveillance powers

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has passed legislation that would extend a set of expired federal surveillance tools designed to help law enforcement officials track suspected terrorists and spies, moving one step closer to reviving them. The legislation passed the Senate 80-16 on Thursday. The bill is a bipartisan compromise that has the support of […]

Senate secretary declines to release possible Reade report

WASHINGTON (AP) — The secretary of the Senate has declined Joe Biden’s request to release any potential documents pertaining to an allegation of sexual assault against him from a former Senate staffer, citing confidentiality requirements under the law. Biden made the request Friday after delivering his first public comments responding to the allegation from former […]

Burr steps aside as Senate intelligence chair amid FBI probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican senator with access to some of the nation’s top secrets became further entangled in a deepening FBI investigation as agents examining a well-timed sale of stocks during the coronavirus outbreak showed up at his home with a warrant to search his cellphone. Hours later, Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina […]

Kazakhstan’s president names his aide senate speaker

MOSCOW (AP) — Kazakhstan’s president on Monday put his aide in charge of the country’s senate, moving to tighten his grip on power in the energy-rich Central Asian nation. President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev’s move follows his decree stripping the daughter of his predecessor of the speaker’s job over the weekend. Dariga Nazarbayeva became senate speaker in […]

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