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Interior Secretary Zinke resigning, cites 'vicious' attacks

Ellen Knickmeyer, Matthew Brown and Jonathan Lemire, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 15th - 7:48am

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, facing federal investigations into his travel, political activity and potential conflicts of interest, will be leaving the administration at year's end, Trump said Saturday. In his resignation letter, obtained by The Associated Press, Zinke said "vicious and politically motivated attacks" against him had "created an unfortunate distraction" in fulfilling the agency's mission.

Democrat Sherrod Brown, mulling 2020, sets online town hall

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 15th - 7:46am

Ohio's Democratic U.S. senator plans an online town hall Sunday as he considers running for president in 2020.

Federal judge rules health care overhaul unconstitutional

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 9:48pm

A conservative federal judge in Texas has ruled the Affordable Care Act "invalid" on the eve of the sign-up deadline for next year. But with appeals certain, even the Trump White House said the law will remain in place for now.

Their numbers growing, Latinos gain clout in new Congress

Luis Alonso Lugo, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 8:37pm

A record 43 Latinos elected to Congress are set to take the oath of office in January, including the youngest woman ever elected, two Latinas from Texas, the first Latino to represent Ohio and a woman born in Ecuador.

Sen. Orrin Hatch says his comments about Trump allegations were 'irresponsible'

Dennis Romboy, KSL  |  Posted Dec 14th - 4:09pm

Sen. Orrin Hatch says he regrets speaking "imprudently" and that his comments earlier this week about allegations against President Trump were "irresponsible."

Trump names Mulvaney 'acting' chief of staff

Jeremy Diamond, CNN  |  Posted Dec 14th - 3:24pm

Mick Mulvaney will become the acting White House chief of staff at the end of the year, President Donald Trump announced in a tweet on Friday.

Warren seeks to solidify backing of African Americans

Elana Schor and Juana Summers, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 1:39pm

Sen. Elizabeth Warren is seeking to solidify her connection with African-American voters as she prepares to launch a potential presidential campaign amid criticism of her approach to race and identity.

Michigan governor signs bills to gut wage, sick time laws

David Eggert, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 1:14pm

Gov. Rick Snyder on Friday signed laws to significantly scale back citizen-initiated measures to raise Michigan's minimum wage and require paid sick leave for workers, finalizing an unprecedented Republican-backed legislative maneuver that opponents blasted as shameful.

Effort to put New Hampshire GOP behind Trump faces pushback

Holly Ramer, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 12:37pm

An effort to put the New Hampshire Republican Party in President Donald Trump's corner ahead of the state's leadoff presidential primary is facing both private and public pushback.

Beto O'Rourke still undecided as 2020 White House buzz grows

Will Weissert, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 11:20am

When it comes to a 2020 presidential run, Beto O'Rourke is still playing hard to get — even as the buzz around him intensifies.

Republican drops recount request in Maine congressional race

Patrick Whittle, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 10:03am

A Republican incumbent dropped his request for a recount Friday in the first congressional race in U.S. history held under a system by which voters rank candidates in order of preference.

McCain replacement Sen. Jon Kyl resigning at end of year

Bob Christie and Nicholas Riccardi, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 8:33am

Sen. Jon Kyl is resigning from the seat he was appointed to less than four months ago following the death of John McCain, Gov. Doug Ducey announced Friday, a development which gives Ducey a second opportunity to fill the position.

Ballot security was a worry long before disputed House race

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 15th - 11:17am

Six months ago, election officials in rural North Carolina's Bladen County resolved to tighten security at their headquarters and protect the ballots stored there by installing an alarm and video cameras and securing an unlocked door that leads to another government office.

California DMV: 589 voter records not sent before election

Kathleen Ronayne, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 7:00pm

California's secretary of state called Friday for new leadership at the state's embattled Department of Motor Vehicles after revelations of an error that could have prevented nearly 600 people from voting last month.

Evidentiary hearing on 9th District issues rescheduled

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 6:21pm

An evidentiary hearing on allegations of absentee ballot fraud in a North Carolina congressional district election has been rescheduled.

North Carolina governor vetoes latest voter ID legislation

Gary D. Robertson, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 3:20pm

Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper on Friday vetoed legislation implementing a voter photo identification mandate that was added to the state's constitution in a recent referendum, teeing up a likely veto override by Republican lawmakers.

CORRECTS: Michigan governor signs laws to delay, scale back citizen-initiated minimum wage and paid sick leave measures

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 12:58pm

CORRECTS: Michigan governor signs laws to delay, scale back citizen-initiated minimum wage and paid sick leave measures. (Corrects APNewsAlert that said measures were voter-approved)

Maine Republican incumbent who lost congressional race drops his request for a recount

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 9:56am

Maine Republican incumbent who lost congressional race drops his request for a recount.

Arizona's governor says Republican Sen. Jon Kyl will resign at the end of the year

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 8:28am

Arizona's governor says Republican Sen. Jon Kyl will resign at the end of the year.