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Ashley Murray

Ashley Murray

Ashley Murray covers the nation’s capital as a senior reporter for States Newsroom. Her coverage areas include domestic policy and appropriations.

President Donald Trump speaks on stage during a campaign rally at the Target Center on Oct. 10, 2019 in Minneapolis.

Trump asks U.S. Supreme Court to pause federal trial over presidential immunity question

By: and - February 12, 2024

WASHINGTON – Former President Donald Trump asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to further delay his federal criminal trial on charges he attempted to subvert the 2020 election, contending his actions were protected by presidential immunity. In a 40-page application to the Supreme Court late Monday, Trump and his attorneys asked the justices to pause […]

Children complete a mural celebrating the launch of the Child Tax Credit on July 14, 2021 at the KU Kids Deanwood Childcare Center in Washington, D.C.

Congress is looking at expanding the child tax credit again. Who would benefit?

By: - February 9, 2024

WASHINGTON — The bipartisan tax package passed by the U.S. House last month is not a done deal, but the proposal’s supporters say it could restore some poverty-reducing benefits that reached millions under the pandemic-era child tax credit expansion. A majority of low-income families who do not currently qualify for the full credit would see […]

Trump claim of presidential immunity turned down by federal appeals court in D.C. 

By: and - February 6, 2024

WASHINGTON — Former President Donald Trump can be prosecuted for charges he schemed to overturn the 2020 election, a three-judge panel of a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday, rejecting Trump’s argument he was immune from criminal prosecution for any alleged conduct during his presidential term. In a unanimous opinion, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals […]

Bipartisan deal to expand child tax credit, revive business tax breaks advances in Congress

By: - January 19, 2024

WASHINGTON — A plan to temporarily expand the child tax credit and revive tax breaks for businesses received overwhelming bipartisan support in a committee vote Friday, a rare moment of compromise in a divided Congress that’s headed into a heated election year. The tax policymakers of the GOP-led U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means […]

Children experiment at a child care facility.

Child tax credit expansion, business incentives combined in new congressional tax plan

By: - January 16, 2024

WASHINGTON — Leading members of Congress released a bipartisan, bicameral tax proposal Tuesday, promising a middle-path deal to help low-income families and provide incentives for businesses as Trump-era tax breaks expire. The framework led by top tax policy leaders U.S. Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon and Republican Rep. Jason Smith of Missouri would raise the child […]

Former President Donald Trump speaks at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in Washington, D.C. following a hearing in D.C. Circuit Court on his claim of presidential immunity from criminal prosecution.

Three-judge federal panel grills Trump lawyer on claim of presidential immunity

By: and - January 9, 2024

WASHINGTON — Former President Donald Trump appeared in federal court Tuesday seeking immunity from charges that he schemed to overturn the 2020 presidential election results and knowingly fed lies to supporters who turned violent on Jan. 6, 2021. Trump, who is leading polls in the 2024 Republican presidential primary field, watched while his attorney D. […]

Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump speaks to guests during a rally at Clinton Middle School on Jan. 6, 2024 in Clinton, Iowa.

Trump legal problems abound as first test of 2024 presidential campaign nears in Iowa

By: and - January 8, 2024

WASHINGTON — On the cusp of a 2024 election season like none other in U.S. history, former President Donald Trump’s legal and political worlds are set to converge. Trump’s lawyers on Tuesday will argue before a federal appeals court in Washington, D.C. that he is immune from prosecution for actions he’s accused of taking while […]

US Supreme Court won’t yet rule on presidential immunity question in Trump case

By: and - December 22, 2023

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday declined to quickly decide if former President Donald Trump holds immunity from federal prosecution in the case linked to his actions surrounding the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol. Department of Justice Special Counsel Jack Smith had asked the justices to determine if “a former […]

The naughty and the nice: Home-state holiday decor bedecks congressional offices

By: - December 20, 2023

WASHINGTON — Congress members and office neighbors on the second floor of the Longworth House Office Building showcased their holiday spirit this season in an unofficial decorating contest. The naughty and nice decorations spotlighted the characteristics and economies of congressional districts across the United States and revealed the taste in decor among both members and […]

U.S. Army soldiers assigned to the 4th Infantry Division walk onto a land navigation course in pursuit of the Expert Infantryman, Soldier or Field Medical Badge on Fort Carson, Colorado, Dec. 4, 2023.

Shipbuilding, bombers, military pay raise: Congress sends massive defense bill to Biden

By: - December 14, 2023

WASHINGTON — The massive annual defense policy package cleared Congress ahead of the holiday recess, despite protests about attaching a foreign surveillance extension and criticism that the bill did not block a Pentagon abortion policy. U.S. House lawmakers approved the package on Thursday 310-118, under a suspension of the chamber’s rules, meaning a two-thirds majority […]

Special Counsel Jack Smith discusses indictment against former President Donald Trump.

US Supreme Court asked to quickly rule on Trump claims of presidential immunity

By: and - December 11, 2023

UPDATED with a U.S. Supreme Court and a Trump campaign response on Monday, Dec. 11, 2023 at 6:20 p.m. WASHINGTON — Department of Justice Special Counsel Jack Smith asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to expedite a decision on former President Donald Trump’s claims of presidential immunity in the 2020 election interference case. Smith […]

U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., who was ousted as speaker on Oct. 3, announced his retirement on Dec. 6, 2023.

Former Speaker Kevin McCarthy to exit Congress, along with a flock of other lawmakers

By: - December 6, 2023

WASHINGTON — Former U.S. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy Wednesday joined the growing list of Congress members heading for the U.S. Capitol exits. McCarthy’s planned departure by year’s end, following the expulsion of disgraced New York Republican Congressman George Santos, will leave the House GOP with a razor-thin majority in 2024. The California Republican’s announcement also […]