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  • Texas congressman sworn in after beating Trump-backed rival

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Texas Republican Jake Ellzey was sworn in to the House on Friday, days after winning a special election in which he defeated his predecessor’s widow, who was backed by former President Donald Trump. Trump continues to hold tremendous sway over the GOP and has sought to make himself a kingmaker since losing […]
  • Experts raise alarms over fundraising for GOP ballot reviews

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The first donation came in early May, for $50, and with a message: “GOD BLESS THE USA!!” In just over a month, the crowdfunding page dedicated to bringing an Arizona-style review of the 2020 presidential election to Pennsylvania had collected $15,339 from 332 donors. Today, the effort has morphed into a […]
  • Evictions looming, Biden fails to get Congress to extend ban

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A nationwide eviction moratorium is set to expire Saturday after President Joe Biden and Democrats in Congress worked furiously but ultimately failed to align on a long-shot strategy to prevent millions of Americans from being forced from their homes during a COVID-19 surge. More than 3.6 million Americans are at risk of […]
  • CEO, Speaker worked closely to pass tainted energy bill

    CLEVELAND (AP) — One was a millionaire CEO of a large publicly traded utility looking for 11th-hour help to save two nuclear power plants that hung like millstones around the neck of his company’s bottom line. The other was a former House speaker seeking to fully restore his political power after more than a decade […]
  • AP-NORC poll: Democrats optimistic but divided on compromise

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Six months into Democrats’ unified control of Washington, most Democrats are on board with President Joe Biden and where he’s trying to take the country — even if they’re divided on how to get there. A new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research finds 6 in 10 Democrats […]
  • South Carolina lawmaker to challenge US Rep. Tom Rice

    A South Carolina state lawmaker is mounting a primary challenge to U.S. Rep. Tom Rice, saying the five-term Republican broke his constituents’ trust by voting to impeach former President Donald Trump earlier this year. In an interview Thursday with The Associated Press, state Rep. Russell Fry said that he will be a candidate for Congress, […]
  • As Biden’s infrastructure plan advances, can GOP get to yes?

    WASHINGTON (AP) — For President Joe Biden and the senators laboring over a nearly $1 trillion infrastructure package, there’s just one question left: Can enough Republicans get to yes? Seventeen GOP senators joined all Democrats in voting this week to start the debate, launching what will be a dayslong process to consider the bill. The […]
  • Biden’s COVID plan: Federal workers must report shot status

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Key points in President Joe Biden’s plan to increase COVID-19 vaccination among federal employees and encourage more Americans to get shots: — Federal employees will have to attest to their vaccination status. — Those not fully vaccinated will have to wear a mask on the job, physically distance themselves from other workers […]
  • First evacuation flight brings 221 Afghans, many kids, to US

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The first flight evacuating Afghans who worked alongside Americans in Afghanistan brought more than 200 people, including scores of children and babies in arms, to new lives in the United States on Friday, and President Joe Biden said he was proud to welcome them home. The launch of the evacuation flights, bringing […]
  • Biden signs bill to fund Capitol security, Afghan visas

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Friday signed emergency legislation that would bolster security at the Capitol, repay outstanding debts from the violent Jan. 6 insurrection and increase the number of visas for allies who worked alongside Americans in the Afghanistan war. The Senate approved the $2.1 billion legislation early Thursday afternoon, 98-0, and […]
  • Biden orders tough new vaccination rules for federal workers

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden has announced sweeping new pandemic requirements aimed at boosting vaccination rates for millions of federal workers and contractors as he lamented the “American tragedy” of rising-yet-preventable deaths among the unvaccinated. Federal workers will be required to sign forms attesting they’ve been vaccinated against the coronavirus or else comply with […]
  • Do I need to get tested for COVID-19 if I’m vaccinated?

    Do I need to get tested for COVID-19 if I’m vaccinated? Yes, if you’ve been around someone who has COVID-19. The latest guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says people who are fully vaccinated should get tested three to five days after a potential exposure, even if they don’t have symptoms. […]
  • Biden push to vaccinate feds forces uncomfortable questions

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s requirement for federal workers to reveal their COVID-19 vaccination status is likely to force uncomfortable questions not only at government agencies but at private companies as well. Right now, there’s a lack of clear answers. Getting the policy right will take time, and vary across government agencies. The same […]
  • Biden push to vaccinate feds forces uncomfortable questions

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s requirement for federal workers to reveal their COVID-19 vaccination status is likely to force uncomfortable questions not only at government agencies but at private companies as well. Right now, there’s a lack of clear answers. Getting the policy right will take time, and vary across government agencies. The same […]
  • Lawyers say China using Interpol to seek dissident’s return

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorneys are asking the Biden administration to release from immigration custody a Chinese democracy advocate who could be deported to his homeland to face what they say are false charges — despite the lack of an extradition treaty between the United States and China. Human rights advocates say this is one of […]
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