Nonprofits likely under fire as Senate explores ‘dark money’May 3, 2022 GMT
A Senate hearing on Wednesday is likely to produce fireworks as Republicans and Democrats square off over the role that foundations and nonprofits are playing in elections.
The Senate Finance subcommittee on Taxation and IRS Oversight offers no description of the hearing beyond the title “Laws and Enforcement Governing the Political Activities of Tax Exempt Entities.” Even the witnesses who will testify are uncertain of its focus.
Alabama AG mum on whether Biden is ‘duly elected’ presidentMarch 24, 2022 GMT
Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall, testifying against the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, declined repeatedly Thursday to express an opinion on whether President Joe Biden is serving in the office legally.
Sen. Whitehouse misses stock disclosure deadline by 2 daysMarch 20, 2022 GMT
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse missed a deadline to disclose two stock trades by two days, which his office attributed to a staff transition.
WPRI-TV reports that Whitehouse filed a report Wednesday saying he had purchased between $15,001 and $50,000 worth of shares in Target and Tesla on Jan.
Rhode Island’s seafood industry getting $371,000 in aidFebruary 21, 2022 GMT
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's seafood industry is getting a nearly $400,000 boost from the federal government to help it weather and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The roughly $371,000 from the Seafood Processors Pandemic Response and Safety Block Grant Program provides relief for local seafood processors and processing facilities, the state's congressional delegation said in a joint statement this week.
Rhode Island awarded grant to help sexual assault survivorsDecember 25, 2021 GMT
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island Hospital is getting $600,000 in federal funding to launch the state's first Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner program, according to the congressional delegation.
Airports get 1st portion of funds from infrastructure dealDecember 18, 2021 GMT
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island airports have received the first portion of funds from the $1 trillion infrastructure deal, the state's congressional delegation announced Friday.
Rhode Island’s new US attorney, Zachary Cunha, sworn inDecember 14, 2021 GMT
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's new U.S. attorney is on the job.
The U.S. attorney’s office announced Zachary Cunha took the oath of office Monday to become the U.S. attorney for the District of Rhode Island.
Cunha confirmed as US attorney for Rhode IslandDecember 8, 2021 GMT
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The full U.S. Senate has approved on a voice vote the nomination of Zachary Cunha to be the next U.S. Attorney for Rhode Island.
Cunha is currently chief of the civil division for the U.S.
Rhode Island’s main airport awarded $14.8M federal grantNovember 21, 2021 GMT
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A nearly $15 million federal grant for Rhode Island's main airport will help sustain it financially and keep the traveling public safe, U.S. Sen. Jack Reed said.
Rhode Island's congressional delegation announced the $14.8 million grant for Rhode Island T.F.
Business Highlights: Powell opposition, Holmes trialNovember 19, 2021 GMT
Two Democratic senators oppose Powell as Fed chair
WASHINGTON (AP) — Two Senate Democrats will oppose the reappointment of Jerome Powell as chair of the Federal Reserve, as President Joe Biden is expected to announce within days who he will pick for the nation’s most powerful economic position.
Two Democratic senators oppose Powell as Fed chairNovember 19, 2021 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Two Democratic senators said Friday that they oppose the nomination of Jerome Powell to a second term as chair of the Federal Reserve, saying Powell has been insufficiently committed to fighting climate change, an issue that the world's central banks are increasingly confronting.
Legislative push for permanent daylight saving time renewedNovember 6, 2021 GMT
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Members of Congress are renewing the push to make daylight saving time permanent as most of the nation prepares to turn back the clocks one hour this Sunday.
Senate committee approves Rhode Island US attorney nomineeNovember 4, 2021 GMT
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Senate Judiciary Committee has approved the nomination of Zachary Cunha to be the next U.S. attorney for Rhode Island, the state's senators announced Thursday.
The nomination now heads to the full Senate, Democratic U.S.
Guest lineups for the Sunday news showsOctober 9, 2021 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — ABC’s “This Week” — Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen; Nick Clegg, Facebook’s vice president of global affairs.
NBC’s “Meet the Press” — Clegg; Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I.; former White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham.
RI schools get $1.8M to boost mental health servicesSeptember 7, 2021 GMT
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's education department is getting nearly $2 million in federal funding to help schools respond to students' mental health needs, the state's congressional delegation said Tuesday.
Beach club tied to US senator refutes claims its ‘all-white’June 23, 2021 GMT
NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — An exclusive Rhode Island beach club tied to Democratic U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse has broken its silence to defend itself from claims that it’s for white people only after the controversy garnered national attention.
Senators nominate longtime prosecutor to be next US attorneyMay 11, 2021 GMT
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's two U.S. senators have recommended to President Joe Biden that Zachary Cunha be named the next U.S. attorney for the state.
Cunha is currently chief of the civil division for the office...
Rhode Island Veterans Home gets federal virus relief fundsApril 16, 2021 GMT
BRISTOL, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island Veterans Home is getting an infusion of $840,000 in federal coronavirus relief funding, and more money is on the way, officials said Friday...
Insiders to discuss 2nd Trump impeachment trialFebruary 21, 2021 GMT
BRISTOL, R.I. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse and U.S. Rep. David Cicilline are scheduled to share their insiders' take on the second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump...
NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn’t happen this weekOctober 16, 2020 GMT
A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media...
Climate activists press politicians on ‘Green New Deal’September 9, 2019 GMT
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Climate activists have called on politicians to reject campaign contributions from fossil fuel interests at a rally in downtown Providence.
The Sunrise Movement drew over 150 people to Burnside Park in a call for political leaders to respond to global warming by committing to a series of measures, including adopting the "Green New Deal...
Trump AG pick says he’s discussed Mueller probe with PenceJanuary 28, 2019 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's pick for attorney general, William Barr, says Vice President Mike Pence is among the officials with whom he has discussed the special counsel's Russia investigation...
Democratic senators sue over Whitaker’s appointment as AGNovember 19, 2018 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Three Senate Democrats filed a lawsuit Monday arguing that Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker's appointment is unconstitutional and asking a federal judge to remove him...
Apple team will train law enforcement on digital forensics: ReportSeptember 5, 2018 GMT
Apple intends to launch a dedicated team tasked with training law enforcement officials on digital forensics, according to a report published Wednesday, potentially alleviating challenges faced by inexperienced criminal investigators inundated by data.
Sheldon Whitehouse unsurprised by latest Russian cyberattackAugust 21, 2018 GMT
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said Russia's recent cyberattack revealed by Microsoft early Tuesday morning is unsurprising.
Mr. Whitehouse, Rhode Island Democrat, said it "makes a lot of sense" that Russians went after the Hudson Institute, a conservative think tank, because of their work to undermine autocratic regimes.
Blumenthal, Murphy co-sponsor National Lobster Day resolutionJuly 31, 2018 GMT
A resolution co-sponsored by U.S. Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy, both D-Conn., that designates Sept. 25 as National Lobster Day unanimously was approved by the Senate late Monday night.
Lincoln Chafee, a political enigma, eyes his old Senate seatMay 13, 2018 GMT
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Former Gov. Lincoln Chafee's unanticipated interest in running for his old U...
GOP Kennedy made life tough for a Trump judicial nomineeDecember 21, 2017 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican senator who became an Internet sensation with his rapid-fire takedown of President Donald Trump's judicial nominee received an unexpected call — from the president.
Trump health pick parries questions on drug cost, health lawNovember 29, 2017 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Calling it the opportunity of his lifetime, President Donald Trump's pick for health secretary pledged Wednesday to help lower drug prices and said he'd carry out the Obama-era health law his boss has been unable to erase...
Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner host dinner on criminal reformOctober 10, 2017 GMT
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner have begun working with a bipartisan group of senators weighing legislation on criminal justice reform, an issue that's emerged as a priority for lawmakers of both parties in recent years but without getting very far on Capitol Hill.
The Latest: RI congressmen seek to ban ‘bump stocks’ on gunsOctober 4, 2017 GMT
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Latest on congressmen from Rhode Island working on legislation to ban devices that can enable a rifle to fire continuously, like an automatic weapon (all times local):
The Latest: Dems alarmed by report on Trump, intel bossesMay 23, 2017 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on ongoing investigations into Russia's alleged interference with the U...
Dem Senator accuses EPA chief Pruitt of violating ethics lawApril 26, 2017 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate Democrat is accusing the head of the Environmental Protection Agency of violating federal law by agreeing to headline a state GOP fundraiser...
WASHINGTON — A day after dining with President Donald Trump in the White House, U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham is asking the Justice Department for proof of Trump's claims that former President Barack Obama wiretapped his campaign headquarters in 2016.