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In this Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021, photo Han Jones and Lucy Hartman, of Planned Parenthood Advocates ...
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Big Virginia abortion test: Can it energize Democratic base

HENRICO, Va. (AP) — When Planned Parenthood canvassers stopped by Megan Ortiz’s house, the 32-year-old therapist was getting ready to head out and too distracted to talk for long. But after they left, she thought better of it. She jumped in her minivan and drove the streets of her suburban Richmond neighborhood until she tracked […]
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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, left, shakes hands with U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austi...
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US defense secretary underlines support for Ukraine

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin visited Ukraine on Tuesday, underlining Washington’s support for the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity amid a tense standoff with Russia. Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy hailed the U.S. as the country’s “chief partner in security and defense” during a meeting with Austin. Austin emphasized that the U.S. […]
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FILE - In this April 12, 2010 file photo, Oleg Deripaska attends a news conference in Hong Kong. Fe...
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FBI at Russian oligarch’s home for ‘law enforcement’ action

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal agents conducted “law enforcement activity” on Tuesday at a Washington house owned by Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin. The agents were carrying out “court-authorized law enforcement activity,” an agency spokesperson said. Officials would not provide any additional information about the circumstances surrounding their presence […]
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NEW YORK (AP) — The chairman of the New York Democrats is facing condemnation and calls to re...
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Chair of New York Democrats faces criticism over KKK remark

NEW YORK (AP) — The chairman of the New York Democrats is facing condemnation and calls to resign from members of his own party after he invoked the Ku Klux Klan and its former leader while explaining why he didn’t endorse a New York Democratic mayoral candidate. State Democratic Chair Jay Jacobs, who is white, […]
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FILE - In this April 22, 2019, file photo, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel waves as he arrives at a news...
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Police shooting looms over Emanuel in confirmation battle

WASHINGTON (AP) — The fatal police shooting of a Black teen in Chicago seven years ago is looming large over the city’s former mayor, Rahm Emanuel, as he looks to win confirmation as President Joe Biden’s ambassador to Japan. Several liberal House lawmakers and activists complain that Emanuel’s handling of the death of 17-year-old Laquan […]
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International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi, left, speaks with Secret...
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UN atomic agency head to visit Iran as nuke talks uncertain

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the U.N.’s atomic watchdog plans to visit Iran before the end of next month amid questions about whether Iran will return to negotiations aimed at reviving the languishing 2015 nuclear deal. International Atomic Energy Agency chief Rafael Grossi said Tuesday he intends to visit Tehran “soon” to discuss and […]
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FILE - In this May 14, 2014, file photo, U.S. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, R-Neb., speaks in Lincoln, Neb...
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US Rep. Jeff Fortenberry of Nebraska expects to be indicted

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry of Nebraska expects to be charged with lying to the FBI while federal agents were investigating campaign contributions funneled to him from a Nigerian billionaire, the nine-term Republican said as he proclaimed his innocence and promised to fight the charges. In a YouTube video posted Monday night, […]
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FILE - This Dec. 23, 2020 file photo shows a vial of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine in the first roun...
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US expected to authorize mix-and-match COVID booster shots

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators are expected to authorize the mixing and matching of COVID-19 booster doses this week in an effort to provide flexibility as the campaign for extra shots expands. The upcoming announcement by the Food and Drug Administration is likely to come along with authorization for boosters of the Moderna and Johnson […]
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Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz announces measures on Friday, Oct. 15, 2021, to use the Minnesota National ...
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Walz launches reelection campaign in divided Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Democratic Gov. Tim Walz launched his campaign for a second term Tuesday in an increasingly divided Minnesota, saying he made the tough calls necessary to beat back the COVID-19 pandemic and revive the economy. “Peggy and I asked Minnesotans to come together and make a goal line stand, to fight COVID and […]
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FILE - U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell makes a statement to the media after a meeting at U.N. ...
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Colin Powell had mixed legacy among some African Americans

DETROIT (AP) — As an American leader, Colin Powell’s credentials were impeccable: He was national security adviser, chairman of the Joint Chiefs and secretary of state. But his legacy as the first Black person in those roles is murkier, with some African Americans saying that his voice on their behalf could have been louder. Powell, […]
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Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., third from left, speaks about climate change, accompanied by Sen. Tina Smit...
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Biden’s dilemma: Satisfying Manchin risks losing other Dems

WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s Washington’s enduring question: What does Joe Manchin want? But increasingly the answer is crystal clear. The conservative West Virginia Democrat wants to dismantle President Joe Biden’s proposed climate change strategies and social services expansion in ways that are simply unacceptable for most in his party. So the question becomes less about […]
23 hours ago
FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2021, file photo, Rep. Bennie Thompson D-Miss., chairman of the House Sele...
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EXPLAINER: How lawmakers are investigating the Jan. 6 riot

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House committee tasked with investigating the deadly Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol has been ramping up its efforts in recent weeks, issuing subpoenas to nearly 20 individuals, including four of former President Donald Trump’s advisers and associates. Lawmakers on the committee have made clear that they want to move […]
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FILE - U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell speaks during a news conference at the United Nations h...
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Colin Powell: A trailblazing legacy, blotted by Iraq war

WASHINGTON (AP) — A child of working-class Jamaican immigrants in the Bronx, Colin Powell rose from neighborhood store clerk to warehouse floor-mopper to the highest echelons of the U.S. government. It was a trailblazing American dream journey that won him international acclaim and trust. It was that credibility he put on the line in 2003 […]
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FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2019, file photo, Nashville District Attorney Glenn Funk speaks in Nashvill...
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District attorneys refuse to prosecute some GOP-led laws

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — When Republican lawmakers in Tennessee blocked a policy to ease up on low-level marijuana cases, Nashville’s top prosecutor decided on a workaround: He just didn’t charge anyone with the crime. Meanwhile, in Georgia, the Gwinnett County solicitor vowed not to punish anyone for the crime of distributing food or water to […]
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FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2021 file photo, violent protesters, loyal to President Donald Trump, storm ...
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Jan. 6 panel plans contempt vote as Trump sues over probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — A House committee tasked with investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection is moving swiftly Tuesday to hold at least one of Donald Trump’s allies in contempt as the former president is pushing back on the probe in a new lawsuit. Trump is aggressively trying to block the committee’s work by directing former […]
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FILE - This June 1, 2021, file photo shows the State Capitol in Austin, Texas. Texas Republicans ap...
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Texas lawmakers pass new congressional maps bolstering GOP

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Republicans approved redrawn U.S. House maps that favor incumbents and decrease political representation for growing minority communities, even as Latinos drive much of the growth in the nation’s largest red state. The maps were approved late Monday night following outcry from Democrats over what they claimed was a rushed redistricting […]
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FILE - In this Sept. 25, 1991, file photo, Gen. Colin Powell, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff...
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Colin Powell dies, trailblazing general stained by Iraq

WASHINGTON (AP) — Colin Powell, the trailblazing soldier and diplomat whose sterling reputation of service to Republican and Democratic presidents was stained by his faulty claims to justify the 2003 U.S. war in Iraq, died Monday of COVID-19 complications. He was 84. A veteran of the Vietnam War, Powell spent 35 years in the Army […]
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FILE - In this Aug. 12, 2019, file photo, Assemblyman Rudy Salas Jr. asks questions during a hearin...
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California congressional race could help tilt House control

LOS ANGELES (AP) — What could be one of the most competitive House races in the country is taking shape in California’s agriculture-rich Central Valley, where a Democratic assemblyman Monday became the latest candidate to announce a bid to oust Republican U.S. Rep. David Valadao. The heavily Latino, strongly Democratic 21st District has been a […]
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FILE - In this July 14, 2010, file photo, a statue of Thomas Jefferson, right, stands in New York's...
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Fate of NYC City Hall Jefferson statue unclear after vote

NEW YORK (AP) — An 1833 statue of Thomas Jefferson will be removed from New York’s City Council chamber by the end of the year, a little-known city commission voted Monday, but it’s unclear where it will go. Some members of the 51-member New York City Council have called for years for the statue to […]
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FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, file photo, voters stand in line outside a polling station, o...
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QAnon figure says he’s running for congress to fix elections

PHOENIX (AP) — Ron Watkins, one of the most prominent figures in the QAnon conspiracy movement, said Monday he is running for Congress in Arizona because the state is at the forefront of the fight by many Republicans over the 2020 election results. Watkins, a prominent promoter of false claims that the presidency was stolen […]
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President Joe Biden speaks to reporters after attending an event hosted by first lady Jill Biden to...
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Biden’s dilemma: Satisfying Manchin risks losing other Dems

WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s Washington’s enduring question: What does Joe Manchin want? But increasingly the answer is crystal clear. The conservative West Virginia Democrat wants to dismantle President Joe Biden’s proposed climate change strategies and social services expansion in ways that are simply unacceptable for most in his party. So the question becomes less about […]
1 day ago
FILE - This June 1, 2021, file photo shows the State Capitol in Austin, Texas. Texas Republicans ap...
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Texas lawmakers pass new congressional maps bolstering GOP

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Republicans approved on Monday redrawn U.S. House maps that favor incumbents and decrease political representation for growing minority communities, even as Latinos drive much of the growth in the nation’s largest red state. The maps were approved following outcry from Democrats over what they claimed was a rushed redistricting process […]
1 day ago
FILE - In this May 20, 2021, file photo, Special Representative for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad sp...
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US envoy for Afghanistan steps down after withdrawal

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. special envoy for Afghanistan is stepping down following the chaotic American withdrawal from the country, the State Department said Monday. Zalmay Khalilzad will leave the post this week after more than three years on the job under both the Trump and Biden administrations. He had been criticized for not pressing […]
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In this photo released by the office of the Iranian Presidency, President Ebrahim Raisi speaks duri...
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Iran: US should lift sanctions to prove it wants talks

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s president said Monday the United States should lift the sanctions on his country to prove it is serious about restarting stalled nuclear talks in Vienna. In an interview with state TV, Ebrahim Raisi said Iran is after “goal-oriented” talks with the West and said Iran “never left” the negotiation table. […]
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