Biden to get a firsthand look at US-Mexico border situation

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden heads to the U.S.-Mexico border on Sunday, his first trip there as president after two years of hounding by Republicans who hammered him as soft on border security then than the number of migrants going through spirals. Biden is due to spend a few hours in El Paso, Texas, … Read more

EXPLAINER: How the House of Representatives elects a speaker

WASHINGTON (AP) — Kevin McCarthy is expected to face a case of deja vu on Tuesday. The 57-year-old’s political future will again hang in the balance as Republican lawmakers decide whether he should be elected Speaker of the House. It’s a journey the California lawmaker once undertook in 2015, unsuccessfully, in the face of the … Read more

2024 contest comes into view with hurdles for both parties

NEW YORK (AP) — Both political parties are opening the new year by facing critical questions about who and what policies they want to adopt as the next election looms. The challenges are especially pressing for Republicans, who had hoped to approach 2023 with a secure grip on one, if not both, houses of Congress. … Read more

Santos should consider resigning, veteran GOP lawmaker says

WASHINGTON (AP) — Even as the House GOP leadership remains silent, a veteran Republican lawmaker said Sunday that George Santos should consider resigning after the elected New York congressman admitted to lying about his heritage, his education and his professional career. Texas Rep. Kevin Brady, a former chairman of House Ways and Means who served … Read more

Democratic U.S. Rep. Gomez triumphs in California district

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Democratic U.S. Representative Jimmy Gomez defeated his Democratic rival David Kim in a Los Angeles district on Saturday after a battle on the party’s progressive flank. With almost all the ballots counted, Gomez had 51.3% to Kim’s 48.7%, a margin of about 3,000 votes. The race was a 2020 rematch when … Read more

Election Day saw few major problems, despite new voting laws

WASHINGTON (AP) — As this year’s midterms approached, voting rights groups worried that restrictions in Republican-leaning states triggered by misrepresentations surrounding the 2020 election could undermine access at the polls for many voters. These worries did not seem to come true. There have been no widespread reports of voters being turned away at the polls, … Read more

US, Japan, SKorea vow unified response to North Korea threat

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — President Joe Biden and the leaders of Japan and South Korea on Sunday pledged a unified and coordinated response to North Korea’s threatening nuclear and ballistic missile programs, with Biden saying the partnership to three is “even more important than it has ever been” as North Korea steps up provocations. … Read more

Surging Montana GOP eyes big prize: US Senate seat in 2024

LOCKWOOD, Mont. (AP) — Republicans emboldened by a string of electoral victories in Montana this midterm election are quickly turning their attention to a prize that has repeatedly eluded them: the U.S. Senate seat held by Democrat Jon Tester at three mandates which is up for grabs in 2024. That sets up a potential deadly … Read more

What to watch in the high-stakes 2022 midterm elections

WASHINGTON (AP) — After months of primaries, campaign events and fundraising requests, the midterm elections that will determine the balance of power in Washington and state capitals have finally arrived. Republicans are predicting a massive red wave as anxious Democrats defend their narrow congressional majorities while struggling to overcome widespread concerns about the economy, crime … Read more

US, South Korea warn Pyongyang against nuclear weapons use

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and South Korea jointly warned North Korea on Thursday that using any type of nuclear weapon against Seoul or other regional allies would spell the end of Kim Jong Un’s regime. , as Pyongyang continued to rock the peninsula with escalating missile tests. North Korea has launched more than … Read more