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Georgia investigating man’s possible steps to vote illegally

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — Election officials are investigating the actions of a Florida lawyer who they say tried to register to vote in a...

The Latest: Biden says Fauci will be chief medical adviser

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President-elect Joe Biden (all times local): ...

Among first acts, Biden to call for 100 days of mask-wearing

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden said Thursday that he will ask Americans to commit to 100 days of wearing masks as one of his...

Ex-presidents would get vaccine publicly to boost confidence

WASHINGTON (AP) — Three former presidents say they'd be willing to take a coronavirus vaccine publicly, once one becomes available, to encourage all Americans...

Ex-FBI lawyer who altered Russia probe email seeks probation

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former FBI lawyer who pleaded guilty to altering an email during the Russia investigation “made a grievous mistake” but should...

Next for Biden: Getting the right health team as virus rages

WASHINGTON (AP) — Up soon for President-elect Joe Biden: naming his top health care officials as the coronavirus pandemic rages. It's hard to imagine...

Optimism growing for COVID relief bill as pressure builds

WASHINGTON (AP) — Optimism about delivering long-sought COVID-19 relief is building on Capitol Hill after additional rank-and-file lawmakers voiced support for a bipartisan, middle-of-the-road...

Milley urges ‘relook’ at permanent overseas basing of troops

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top U.S. military officer said Thursday the United States should reconsider its decades-old practice of stationing troops and their families...

House Dems pick moderate New Yorker to lead campaign arm

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats elected centrist Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney on Thursday to lead their campaign arm into the 2022 elections, picking a...

US intelligence director says China is top threat to America

WASHINGTON (AP) — China poses the greatest threat to America and the rest of the free world since World War II, outgoing National Intelligence...

Trump aide banned from Justice after trying to get case info

WASHINGTON (AP) — The official serving as President Donald Trump’s eyes and ears at the Justice Department has been banned from the building after...

Trump honors football coach Holtz as ‘one of the greatest’

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday called Lou Holtz "one of the greatest coaches in American history” as he honored the college...

Biden eyes defeated candidates for key administration roles

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — In politics, there can sometimes be an upside to losing. ...

Justices order review of California virus rules for churches

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Thursday ordered a lower federal court to reexamine California restrictions on indoor religious services in areas hard...

VP-elect Harris picks Tina Flournoy to be her chief of staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Vice President-elect Kamala Harris has named Tina Flournoy, a veteran Democratic strategist and aide to the Clintons, as her chief...

Georgia GOP seeks mail-in ballot changes after Biden’s win

ATLANTA (AP) — After weathering criticism for certifying President Donald Trump's narrow election loss to Democrat Joe Biden, Republican officials in Georgia are proposing...

In video, Trump recycles unsubstantiated voter fraud claims

WASHINGTON (AP) — Increasingly detached from reality, President Donald Trump stood before a White House lectern and delivered a 46-minute diatribe against the election...

Trump expected to flex pardon powers on way out door

WASHINGTON (AP) — Advocates and lawyers anticipate a flurry of clemency action from President Donald Trump in the coming weeks that could test the...

Ivanka Trump deposed as part of inauguration fund lawsuit

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's daughter and senior White House adviser said Thursday that she was deposed for more than five hours by...

Biden is facing high hopes, tough choices on border wall

LOS EBANOS, Texas (AP) — The U.S. government has been trying to take Pamela Rivas' land for a border wall since before Joe Biden...

US, Estonia partnered to search out cyber threat from Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a modern twist on old-fashioned war games, the U.S. military dispatched cyber fighters to Estonia this fall to help the...

Psaki, next White House press secretary, a veteran messenger

WASHINGTON (AP) — After four years of President Donald Trump serving as his own chief spokesperson and frequently peddling false information and conspiracy theories...

Trump’s grievances feed menacing undertow after the election

WASHINGTON (AP) — The last throes of Donald Trump’s presidency have turned ugly — even dangerous. ...

Biden facing growing pressure over secretary of defense pick

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden is facing escalating pressure from competing factions within his own party as he finalizes his choice for secretary...

Barr’s special counsel move could tie up his successor

WASHINGTON (AP) — Outgoing Attorney General William Barr's decision to appoint a special counsel to investigate the handling of the Russia probe ensures his...

Trump’s grievances feed menacing undertow after the election

WASHINGTON (AP) — The last throes of Donald Trump’s presidency have turned ugly — even dangerous. ...

Congress swats back Trump’s veto threat of defense bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is closing out his relationship with Congress with one more power jab, threatening to veto a hugely popular...

Survey finds race- and sex-based harassment ‘common’ at FEMA

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than a quarter of employees at the Federal Emergency Management Agency said they were harassed or discriminated against based on...

Feinstein picks Padilla in jockeying for Harris’ Senate seat

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Sen. Dianne Feinstein has picked a favorite in the fight to replace Vice President-elect Kamala Harris as California's junior senator:...

Biden, top Democrats swing behind bipartisan virus aid bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden swung behind a bipartisan COVID-19 relief effort Wednesday and his top Capitol Hill allies cut their demands for...

Biden facing growing pressure over secretary of defense pick

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden is facing escalating pressure from competing factions within his own party as he finalizes his choice for secretary...

The Latest: Biden gives dire virus warning for next 2 months

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President-elect Joe Biden (all times local): ...

Arizona’s Kelly is sworn into Senate, narrowing GOP edge

WASHINGTON (AP) — Arizona Democrat and former astronaut Mark Kelly was sworn into the Senate on Wednesday, narrowing Republican control of the chamber and...

Supreme Court wrestles with non-unanimous juries case

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Wednesday struggled with whether to require new trials for potentially thousands of prisoners who were convicted by...

GOP leader McDaniel to run for 3rd term with Trump’s backing

Ronna McDaniel, the Republican National Committee chairwoman, is launching her bid for a third two-year term heading the GOP's governing organization after the party’s...

Trump teases 2024 run at White House Christmas party

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump teased running again for president in 2024 as he hosted a holiday reception at the White House. ...

US lawmakers unveil anti-slavery constitutional amendment

NEW YORK (AP) — National lawmakers introduced a joint resolution Wednesday aimed at striking language from the U.S. Constitution that enshrines a form of...

Fed and Treasury urge Congress to approve more virus relief

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin urged Congress to approve COVID-19 relief funds without further delay, though...

Alexander preaches consensus in farewell to fractious Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Lamar Alexander, a Tennessee political legend who forged a productive path as a Senate institutionalist after tours as governor and...

EU looks forward to Biden resetting trans-Atlantic relations

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is grasping the imminent arrival of the incoming Biden administration as a moment to reset relations with the...

Robert Mueller does rare interview in ‘Oath’ podcast

NEW YORK (AP) — Chuck Rosenberg makes no secret of his admiration for Robert Mueller. ...

Trump threatens defense veto over social media protections

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is threatening to veto a defense policy bill unless it ends protections for internet companies that shield them...

Hall wins runoff to briefly fill seat of late Rep John Lewis

ATLANTA (AP) — Former Atlanta City Council member Kwanza Hall won a special runoff election Tuesday for a brief term in Congress and will...

GOP objects to Biden nominees, a sign of what’s to come

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden’s Cabinet picks are quickly running into the political reality of a narrowly controlled Senate that will leave the...

US probing potential bribery, lobbying scheme for pardon

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is investigating whether there was a secret scheme to lobby White House officials for a pardon as well...

Disputing Trump, Barr says no widespread election fraud

WASHINGTON (AP) — Disputing President Donald Trump’s persistent, baseless claims, Attorney General William Barr declared the U.S. Justice Department has uncovered no evidence of...

Georgia elections official urges Trump to rein in supporters

ATLANTA (AP) — A top Georgia elections official on Tuesday lashed out angrily at the rhetoric surrounding the election and the threats of violence...

Judge throws out Trump rules limiting skilled-worker visas

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday struck down two Trump administration rules designed to drastically curtail the number of visas issued each...

Trump headed to Georgia as runoff boost, but also a threat

ATLANTA (AP) — Some establishment Republicans are sounding alarms that President Donald Trump’s conspiratorial denials of his own defeat could threaten the party’s ability...

Barr appoints special counsel in Russia probe investigation

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr has given extra protection to the prosecutor he appointed to investigate the origins of the Trump-Russia probe,...

AP Interview: Biden adviser says race central to virus fight

Addressing racial disparities in the U.S. coronavirus crisis cannot be an afterthought, a top adviser to President-elect Joe Biden on the COVID-19 pandemic response...

CDC to shorten COVID-19 quarantine to 10 days, 7 with test

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is set to shorten the recommended length of quarantine after exposure to someone who is positive for...

Joe Biden weighs Rahm Emanuel for transportation secretary

CHICAGO (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden is considering former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, a substantial and somewhat divisive figure in Democratic Party politics, to...

Disputing Trump, Barr says no widespread election fraud

WASHINGTON (AP) — Disputing President Donald Trump’s persistent, baseless claims, Attorney General William Barr declared Tuesday the U.S. Justice Department has uncovered no evidence...

Pushed to rush, FDA head says feds will get vaccine ‘right’

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the agency responsible for authorizing COVID-19 vaccines said Tuesday that it would take the time needed to “get...

Senate GOP leader sticking with partisan COVID relief plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Senate Republican Mitch McConnell said Tuesday he's largely sticking with a partisan, scaled-back COVID-19 relief bill that has already failed...

Pentagon official overseeing counter-IS effort forced out

WASHINGTON (AP) — The civilian official overseeing the Pentagon's campaign to defeat the Islamic State group in the Middle East was forced to resign...

Unveiling economic team, Biden pledges, ‘Help is on the way’

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden on Tuesday introduced top advisers he says will help his administration rebuild an economy hammered by the...

Nestle, Cargill at high court in child labor case

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court seemed concerned Tuesday about the impact of siding with food giants Nestle and Cargill and ending a lawsuit...

DeVos says free college amounts to a ‘socialist takeover’

In a veiled swing at President-elect Joe Biden's education plans, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Tuesday blasted the push for free college as a...

Barr appoints Durham special counsel to keep investigating Russia probe origins under new administration

WASHINGTON (AP) — Barr appoints Durham special counsel to keep investigating Russia probe origins under new administration.

Republicans call for resignation of Wisconsin election chair

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republicans on Tuesday called for the Democratic chairwoman of the Wisconsin Elections Commission to resign, expressing anger that she finalized...

The Latest: Biden inaugural committee limits donors to $500K

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President-elect Joe Biden (all times local): ...

Barr tells AP that Justice Dept. hasn’t uncovered widespread voting fraud that could have...

WASHINGTON (AP) — Barr tells AP that Justice Dept. hasn't uncovered widespread voting fraud that could have changed 2020 election outcome.

Mnuchin defends shut down of Fed emergency loan programs

WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is defending his decision to close down a number of emergency Federal Reserve loan programs at a...

Wisconsin, Arizona certify Biden wins in presidential vote

Two battleground states, Wisconsin and Arizona, certified their presidential election results in favor of Joe Biden, even as President Donald Trump's legal team continued...

Biden names liberal econ team as pandemic threatens workers

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — With unemployment still high and the pandemic threatening yet another economic slump, President-elect Joe Biden is assembling a team of...

It’s Major: Pets poised for a return to the White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — Major Biden is getting an early start in the spotlight as a presidential pet after a play date ended with his...

Top secret: Biden gets access to President’s Daily Brief

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Joe Biden has had his first look as president-elect at the President's Daily Brief, a top secret summary of U.S....

Biden names liberal econ team as pandemic threatens workers

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — With unemployment still high and the pandemic threatening yet another economic slump, President-elect Joe Biden is assembling a team of...

Trump science adviser Scott Atlas leaving White House job

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dr. Scott Atlas, a science adviser to President Donald Trump who was skeptical of measures to control the coronavirus outbreak, is...

Wisconsin certifies Joe Biden as winner following recount

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Joe Biden’s victory in battleground Wisconsin was certified Monday following a partial recount that only added to his 20,600-vote margin...

Judge: Detained immigrants must see a judge within 10 days

NEW YORK (AP) — Newly detained immigrants must appear before a judge within 10 days, rather than the weeks or months they’ve sometimes had...

Political fight brewing over Biden’s WH budget chief nominee

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden's pick to lead the Office of Management and Budget is quickly emerging as a political battle that...

Franklin, Hall vie for a few weeks in Congress from Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) — A small number of ballots on Tuesday could decide an extremely short term in Congress as voters in Georgia pick the...

Georgia official announces investigations, defends election

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's top elections official announced investigations Monday into potential violations of election law even as he defended the integrity of the...

The Latest: Biden, foreign leaders talk about pandemic

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President-elect Joe Biden (all times local): ...

Congress returns with virus aid, federal funding unresolved

WASHINGTON (AP) — After months of shadowboxing amid a tense and toxic campaign, Capitol Hill's main players are returning for one final, perhaps futile,...

Arizona certifies Biden’s narrow victory over Trump

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona officials certified the state's election results on Monday, formalizing Democrat Joe Biden’s narrow victory over Donald Trump even as the...

Sen. Grassley returns to Senate after coronavirus isolation

WASHINGTON (AP) — Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, the longest-serving Republican senator and third in the line of presidential succession, is back in the Senate...

White House Christmas decor gives nod to 1st responders

WASHINGTON (AP) — First responders and frontline workers being challenged by the deadly coronavirus pandemic are highlighted in White House Christmas decorations that also...

NATO mulls Afghan dilemma as US draws down, attacks mount

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Monday that the military alliance is grappling with a dilemma over its future in Afghanistan, as...

Supreme Court seems skeptical of Trump’s census plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court sounded skeptical Monday that President Donald Trump could categorically exclude people living in the country illegally from the...

Beware of COVID-19 scams as vaccine approaches FDA approval

WASHINGTON (AP) — The coronavirus vaccine inching toward approval in the U.S. is desperately anticipated by weary Americans longing for a path back to...

‘Game Change’ co-author John Heilemann has book on 2020 race

NEW YORK (AP) — The co-author of the million-selling “Game Change” has a book of his own coming about the 2020 election. ...

Completed Wisconsin recount confirms Biden’s win over Trump

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin finished a recount of its presidential results on Sunday, confirming Democrat Joe Biden's victory over President Donald Trump in...

Biden chooses an all-female senior White House press team

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden will have an all-female senior communications team at his White House, reflecting his stated desire to build...

Biden breaks foot while playing with dog, to wear a boot

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden will likely wear a walking boot for the next several weeks as he recovers from breaking his...

Source: Pa. lawmaker gets a positive test at Trump meeting

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania state senator abruptly left a West Wing meeting with President Donald Trump after being informed he had tested...

Biden fractures foot while playing with dog, to wear a boot

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden fractured his right foot while playing with one of his dogs, an injury discovered in a scan...

Biden chooses an all-female senior White House press team

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden will have an all-female senior communications team at his White House, reflecting his stated desire to build...

Jill Biden, Joe’s chief protector, to step up as first lady

WASHINGTON (AP) — She's fended off protesters who made a run at her husband. She's moved him farther from reporters during the coronavirus pandemic....

Source: Pa. lawmaker gets a positive test at Trump meeting

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania state senator abruptly left a West Wing meeting with President Donald Trump after being informed he had tested...

Faith takes the forefront as Georgia Senate runoffs heat up

ATLANTA (AP) — Bishop Reginald Jackson stepped to the microphone at a drive-in rally outside a church in southwest Atlanta as his voice carried...

Ex-Trump campaign aide sues over Russia probe surveillance

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former Trump campaign associate who was the target of a secret surveillance warrant during the FBI's Russia investigation says in...

With no action by Washington, states race to offer virus aid

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Faulting inaction in Washington, governors and state lawmakers are racing to get pandemic relief to small-business owners, the unemployed,...

Pennsylvania high court rejects lawsuit challenging election

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's highest court on Saturday night threw out a lower court's order preventing the state from certifying dozens of contests...

To court Latinos, Democrats have to expand strategy in 2022

PHOENIX (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden’s campaign credits its success in Arizona to the immigrant-rights and grassroots organizations that have been mobilizing Latinos for...

Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows: ...

One pandemic, two different worlds in Georgia runoff races

BUENA VISTA, Ga. (AP) — Across the grounds of a south Georgia courthouse, scores of masked and socially distanced voters bowed their heads in...

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