U.S. cannot compete militarily with China, Russia without budget increases: Commission

Current fiscal instabilities within U.S. defense spending, exacerbated by the Trump administration's call for a five percent decrease in the Pentagon's spending blueprint for the coming fiscal year, will leave Washington unable to confront near-peer competitors like Russia and China in any future conflict.

That conclusion was one of several ...

Editorials from around Pennsylvania

Editorials from around Pennsylvania:

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IT'S TIME FOR EARLY VOTING IN PENNSYLVANIA, Nov. 11

It wasn't just a voter referendum on President Donald Trump that changed the Pennsylvania landscape in last week's midterm elections. Solid judicial decisions played a role, too, particularly the court-ordered redrawing of a gerrymandered congressional map ...

Migrant Justice sues ICE over detainment of member leaders

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - An advocacy group representing immigrant farmworkers in Vermont has filed a lawsuit accusing the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Department of Homeland Security of targeting and arresting its members in retaliation for their activism.

Migrant Justice and four of its leaders who have been ...

APNewsBreak: Prison group faces lawsuit over immigrant wages

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The operator of one of the largest private prison systems in the United States is facing a class action lawsuit from formerly detained immigrants who say they were paid as little as $1 per day as part of "volunteer" work programs.

A federal lawsuit filed Wednesday ...

Kevin McCarthy tapped as House minority leader

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy defeated Rep. Jim Jordan Wednesday to retain his post as the top Republican in the House a week after Democrats flipped control of the chamber.

Mr. McCarthy of California won 159-43.

Most of the other leadership races were uncontested and decided on a voice vote.

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After midterms, Democratic hopefuls eye early-voting states

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Democrats pondering 2020 presidential bids in the aftermath of the midterm elections are pivoting from campaigning for other candidates across the country to refocusing on their own efforts, including moves in early-voting states like South Carolina.

On Friday, former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is set to ...

New allegations that Colombia prosecutor covered up bribes

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) - A dramatic recording from beyond the grave has led to allegations that Colombia's chief prosecutor - a key U.S. ally in the war on drugs - tried to cover up bribery payments that were part of Latin America's biggest corruption scandal, prompting calls for his resignation.

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Damon Nelson, staff director for Rep. Devin Nunes, has died

A House committee staff director who quarterbacked Rep. Devin Nunes' efforts to reveal the story behind the Democratic Party-funded, anti-Trump dossier has died.

Damon Nelson, 46, who oversaw a staff of 20 for the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, died Nov. 10 after a short illness, the California Republican ...

The Latest: Tunnel video shown at NY El Chapo trial

NEW YORK (AP) - The latest at the New York trial of Mexican drug smuggler El Chapo (all times local):

12:30 p.m.

Prosecutors have started presenting evidence to jurors in the trial of the notorious drug smuggler known as El Chapo by giving them a video tour of a tunnel ...

Mattis, Nielsen arrive at US-Mexico border to inspect troops

DONNA, Texas (AP) - Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen are inspecting troops camped at the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas, even though the caravan of Central American migrants that prompted the deployment is headed to California .

Mattis and Nielsen on Wednesday visited the camp in ...

Republicans face renewed pressure on Mueller protection bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Republicans are facing renewed pressure to pass legislation to protect special counsel Robert Mueller, with a handful of GOP senators urging their leadership to hold a vote now that President Donald Trump has pushed out Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Republican Sen. Jeff Flake and Democratic Sen. ...