Illinois Democratic Congressman Faces Challenge From Left

By SARA BURNETT, Associated Press LA GRANGE, Ill. (AP) — A Lipinski has represented what’s now Illinois’ 3rd congressional district since U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski’s father was first elected more than three decades ago. Now the younger Lipinski, a seven-term incumbent known as one of Congress’ most conservative Democrats, is facing a tougher-than-usual primary challenge from…

Senate Rejects Immigration Bills; Young Immigrants In Limbo

By ALAN FRAM and KEVIN FREKING, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has left hundreds of thousands of “Dreamer” immigrants in limbo, rejecting rival plans that would have spared them from deportation and strengthened the nation’s border security. Senators dealt President Donald Trump an especially galling defeat as more than a quarter of fellow Republicans…

Mulvaney Hawks Trump Budget On Capitol Hill

By ANDREW TAYLOR and MARTIN CRUTSINGER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House budget director came to Capitol Hill on Tuesday to sell President Donald Trump’s budget, but the administration’s allies in the Senate preferred to talk about last year’s tax cut rather than the trillion-dollar deficits contained in the new spending plan. The president’s…

Congress Takes On Immigration Issue Amid Election Pressures

By ALAN FRAM, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate begins a rare, open-ended debate on immigration and the fate of the “Dreamer” immigrants on Monday, and Republican senators say they’ll introduce President Donald Trump’s plan. Though his proposal has no chance of passage, Trump may be the most influential voice in the conversation. If the…

Trump Won’t Declassify Democratic Memo On Russia Probe

By CHAD DAY and MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Citing national security concerns, the White House has notified the House Intelligence Committee that President Donald Trump is “unable” to declassify a memo drafted by Democrats that counters GOP allegations about abuse of government surveillance powers in the FBI’s Russia probe. White House counsel…

Congress Votes To Reopen Government, Passes Budget Deal

By ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The House moved swiftly early Friday to reopen the federal government and pass a $400 billion budget deal, overcoming opposition from both liberal Democrats and tea party conservatives to endorse enormous spending increases despite looming trillion-dollar deficits. The 240-186 vote came in the pre-dawn hours, putting to bed…