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  • Biden’s win hides a dire warning for Democrats in rural U.S.

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Democrats once dominated Koochiching County in the blue-collar Iron Range of northern Minnesota. But in this month’s presidential election, President Donald Trump won it with 60% of the vote. That’s not because voters there are suddenly shifting to the right, said Tom Bakk, who represents the area in the state […]
  • Top California air, climate regulator hopes to run Biden EPA

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Over four decades, Mary Nichols has been the regulator behind some of the nation’s most ambitious climate policies and, in recent years, she’s been their staunchest defender against President Donald Trump’s effort to dismantle them. With Joe Biden heading to the White House, Nichols hopes she is not done yet. Nichols, […]
  • Trump may be coming to terms with loss he won’t acknowledge

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump still won’t bring himself to concede the election he decisively lost to President-elect Joe Biden. But he’s now acknowledging he will leave the White House if Biden’s win is affirmed by the Electoral College, which is firmly on track to do just that in a few weeks. “Certainly I […]
  • In Georgia, Republicans juggle Biden win and Trump loyalties

    GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Twin Georgia Senate runoffs have Republicans in a quandary. They could admit President Donald Trump lost his re-election bid and turn all attention to salvaging a Senate majority to counter President-elect Joe Biden. Or they could march lockstep alongside Trump and his unfounded assertions of a stolen election. So far, Georgia […]
  • They’re baaack: Trump and allies still refuse election loss

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Monday seemed like the end of President Donald Trump’s relentless challenges to the election, after the federal government acknowledged President-elect Joe Biden was the “apparent winner” and Trump cleared the way for cooperation on a transition of power. But his baseless claims have a way of coming back. And back. And back. […]
  • Biden seeks unity as Trump stokes fading embers of campaign

    WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — On a day of grace and grievance, President-elect Joe Biden summoned Americans to join in common purpose against the coronavirus pandemic and their political divisions while the man he will replace stoked the fading embers of his campaign to “turn the election over.” Biden, in a Thanksgiving-eve address to the nation, […]
  • High court blocks NY virus limits on houses of worship

    WASHINGTON (AP) — With coronavirus cases surging again nationwide, the Supreme Court barred New York from enforcing certain limits on attendance at churches and synagogues in areas designated as hard hit by the virus. The justices split 5-4 late Wednesday night, with new Justice Amy Coney Barrett in the majority. It was the conservative’s first […]
  • Paper shredding drives false election claims in Georgia

    Government and election officials frequently call on shredding companies to dispose of personal and sensitive documents that are no longer needed. But in a suburban county of Atlanta this week, those routine waste removal appointments were twisted into yet another election misinformation story when social media users falsely claimed shredding trucks were destroying ballots and […]
  • Justice Department appeals, seeking to replace Trump in suit

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Justice Department is appealing a judge’s refusal to let the United States replace President Donald Trump as the defendant in a defamation lawsuit brought by a woman who says he raped her in the 1990s. Department attorneys notified U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan of its plans Wednesday to ask […]
  • Trump pardons Flynn despite guilty plea in Russia probe

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump pardoned his former national security adviser Michael Flynn on Wednesday, ending a yearslong prosecution in the Russia investigation that saw Flynn twice plead guilty to lying to the FBI and then reverse himself before the Justice Department stepped in to dismiss his case. “It is my Great Honor to […]
  • Trump refuses to accept Biden’s win as transition proceeds

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday baselessly claimed anew that he had won the election and uttered repeated falsehoods when he called into an event held by Pennsylvania Republicans to investigate unproven allegations of voter fraud. “This was an election that we won easily. We won it by a lot,” Trump declared to […]
  • Rationales shift as Nevada considers future of vote by-mail

    CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada’s decision to send all active voters mail-in ballots ahead of the election put the swing state at the center of the nationwide debate over voting procedures. Nevada Republicans, the Trump campaign and candidates for lower office have challenged the move post-election in multiple lawsuits, alleging problems with signature verification […]
  • GOP candidate clings to 8-vote lead in US House race in Iowa

    IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A Republican candidate saw her vote lead dwindle to single digits Wednesday in Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District as a dramatic recount moved toward a conclusion in a race that will help determine the size of Democrats’ majority in the House of Representatives. Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks held a lead of eight […]
  • Sen. Alexander nears finish line of decades in public office

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — More than four decades ago, Lamar Alexander won a ticket to the governor’s mansion after he walked more than 1,000 miles (1,609 kilometers) around Tennessee in a plaid shirt and hiking boots. He spent the night with 73 families and called his campaign headquarters from payphones. Alexander, who served two terms […]
  • Supreme Court extends telephone arguments through January

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court said Wednesday it will continue to hear arguments by telephone through at least January because of the coronavirus pandemic. The court’s announcement extended telephone arguments by a month. “The Court will continue to closely monitor public health guidance in determining plans for the February argument session,” the court said […]
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