Ryan Defends, Clarifies Trump’s Tweet Criticizing FISA Bill

House Speaker Paul Ryan said he spoke to President Donald Trump after Trump's Thursday morning tweets about the surveillance bill later passed by the House. Ryan says Trump had concerns about other parts of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) program not...

A top lawmaker seeks investigation into sex harassment claim

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The leader of the state Senate's mainline Democrats says allegations that a fellow Democratic senator forcibly kissed a former staffer are "extremely disturbing."

Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, of Yonkers, says in a statement Thursday that an "immediate independent investigation" needs to be started into the ...

Sen. Rand Paul on FISA: Bill of Rights Worth a Filibuster

Using the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to spy on foreigners in foreign lands is one thing, but when it's used to collect data on Americans, that should be opposed, Sen. Rand Paul said Thursday, shortly before appearing to call for a filibuster through Twitter on...

Oil industry group challenges petition for teacher raises

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - An Oklahoma oil and gas industry group has challenged a proposed state question that seeks to give teachers a $4,000 pay raise by equalizing gross production taxes on oil and gas wells.

The Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association filed two challenges Wednesday with the Oklahoma Supreme Court ...

Ethics Board unanimously supports embattled leader

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The Wisconsin Ethics Commission has unanimously voted in support of embattled administrator Brian Bell remaining in his position even as the Republican Senate leader says he will be forced out.

The bipartisan commission voted Thursday to back Bell after an attempt to hold its own public ...

John Kennedy: America needs ‘idiot control,’ not more gun control

Sen. John Kennedy said Wednesday that the problem in America isn't guns but the "idiot" government workers who fail to enforce already existing gun-control laws.

Mr. Kennedy, Louisiana Republican, said he opposes a bipartisan gun-control bill put forth by Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn that reinforces the requirement ...

Macron condemns dairy giant Lactalis over tainted baby food

PARIS (AP) - French President Emmanuel Macron deflected blame Thursday in the latest chapter of a dairy scandal that has embarrassed the French government, major supermarkets and a dairy giant.

Speaking from a press conference in Rome, Macron hit out at dairy giant Lactalis after major supermarkets acknowledged this week ...

House defies Trump, votes to renew top foreign intel program

Brushing aside a series of confusing tweets from President Trump, the House voted Thursday to renew the government's most important intelligence snooping powers, delivering a major victory to national security agencies who say the powers are critical to preventing another Sept. 11-style attack.

Lawmakers are rushing a Jan. 19 deadline ...

Martha McSally says clean DACA bill ‘not happening’

Rep. Martha McSally that Democrats' continued push for a so-called "clean" DACA bill is a non-starter for House Republicans. 

"It's not happening," Ms. McSally, Arizona Republican, said on Fox News.

She said Democrats are pushing for a deal that just protects recipients of the Obama-era program Deferred Action for Childhood ...

New Hampshire not toughening its sexual harassment polices

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire lawmakers are not considering changes to the Legislature's sexual harassment policy and reporting procedures, although training programs are getting a closer look.

Following the sexual misconduct claims against prominent figures in entertainment, media and politics, a 50-state review by The Associated Press finds that ...

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe reinvents image as state CEO

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, once best known as a top Democratic money man and close friend of Bill and Hillary Clinton, reinvented his image during a largely successful four-year term that saw him tirelessly market the state, make major transportation deals and restore more voting rights ...