Democrats demand $700 million to stop Russian election intrusions

Democratic congressional leaders demanded Wednesday that the new funding bills due by late March include a serious infusion of resources for the FBI, Homeland Security and federal elections officials to monitor and combat Russian election meddling.

Senate Democrats also called for the U.S. intelligence community to issue both public and ...

Speaking out: Students who survived shooting talk activism

Many students who survived the shooting at Marjory Stoneman High School have turned into outspoken gun control advocates. Some of them say their stance on gun rights has changed. Others believed if they stayed silent, nothing would change.

About 100 of them traveled to the state capital to talk to ...

Allentown mayor takes stand, denies campaign cash shakedown

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) - The mayor of Pennsylvania's third-largest city is defending himself against accusations that he sold his office to campaign donors.

Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski took the witness stand Wednesday in his federal corruption trial. He's telling a jury that he entered public service to "make a difference."

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GOP candidates spar over spending deal in Indiana Senate race

The candidates running for the GOP nomination for the U.S. Senate in Indiana clashed Tuesday over whether it was necessary to pass a two-year bipartisan spending deal that increased spending by $300 billion.

Reps. Luke Messer and Todd Rokita joined former state Rep. Mike Braun Tuesday night for a debate, ...

Schumer: Trump’s gun overtures ‘won’t come close’ to solving problem

Top Democratic Sen. Charles E. Schumer said Wednesday that Republicans are undergoing a "welcome shift" on gun control, but said the proposals they're talking about don't go far enough to clamp down on availability of firearms.

Mr. Schumer said President Trump has led the way in the past on opposing ...

Diane Black, campaigning for Tenn. governor, releases opioid strategy

Rep. Diane Black, hoping to stand out in a crowded field for Tennessee governor, released a comprehensive blueprint Wednesday for tackling the opioids crisis, saying her training as a licensed nurse gives her a unique perspective into a problem that is ravaging communities.

The plan from Ms. Black, a Republican, ...

The Latest: Students meet with Florida state leaders

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The Latest on the deadly Florida school shooting (all times local):

10:25 a.m.

Students from the Parkland, Florida, high school where 17 people were killed in a shooting rampage split into several groups to meet with lawmakers and other state leaders in the state's capital.

One ...

Letter: Cicilline to reintroduce assault weapons ban

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Democratic U.S. Rep. David Cicilline (sihs-ihl-EE'-nee) of Rhode Island says in a letter being circulated to members of Congress that he plans to re-introduce legislation for an assault weapons ban next week.

In a letter obtained by The Associated Press, Cicilline says the planned legislation will ...

Adam Schiff says Democratic memo likely to be released this week

Rep. Adam B. Schiff expects the Democratic memo concerning alleged abuses in the federal surveillance system will be released this week, the San Francisco Chronicle reported late Tuesday.

"We are negotiating with the FBI, and I think we are almost done," Mr. Schiff, California Democrat, said at an ...

Madrid art fair yanks photo exhibit amid political spat

MADRID (AP) - Madrid's International Contemporary Art Fair has yanked a photo exhibition called "Political Prisoners in Contemporary Spain," prompting charges of censorship against the government-funded body which operates the event venue.

The spat comes during efforts by pro-independence groups in the northeastern Catalonia region to break away from Spain. ...

Billy Graham preached simple message, reached millions

The Rev. Billy Graham was anxious about his 1954 appearance at the London School of Economics. The school was left-leaning and openly dismissive of religion, and Graham was insecure - he had no advanced theology degree.

After he was introduced, something happened that could have derailed the already nervous evangelist. ...

Union urges Delaware teachers’ union to join gun protests

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware's largest educators union has urged teachers and school staff to participate in three upcoming protests against gun violence.

A mass shooting last week at a high school in Parkland, Florida, left 17 people dead and has sparked calls for walkouts, sit-ins and other actions on ...

Trump IRS Seeks Millions in Obamacare Fines

The Trump administration finds itself in an awkward situation as it touts its business-friendly tax legislation at the same time hundreds of companies face fines for violating Obamacare's employer mandate.