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Democrats begin long-shot push to expand the Supreme Court

WASHINGTON (AP) — A group of congressional Democrats introduced legislation Thursday to add four seats to the Supreme Court, a long-shot bid designed to...

Biden taps ex-Obama official as Interior Department deputy

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is naming Tommy Beaudreau, a former Obama administration official, to be deputy secretary at the Interior Department after...

EXPLAINER: Why outside prosecutors review killings by police

BOSTON (AP) — A white former police officer is being charged with second-degree manslaughter in the killing of 20-year-old Daunte Wright, just three days...

US nominates NY lawyer to monitor United Auto Workers union

DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. attorney's office in Detroit is recommending that a federal judge name New York lawyer Neil Barofsky to monitor the...

Biden names 2 ex-NSA officials for senior cyber positions

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden has selected two former senior National Security Agency officials for key cyber jobs in his administration, the White...

Biden nominee Wormuth would be first woman to lead Army

BERLIN (AP) — President Joe Biden plans to nominate Christine Wormuth, a former senior Pentagon official, to be the first woman to lead the...

Kyrgyzstan approves constitution boosting president’s power

MOSCOW (AP) — Kyrgyzstan’s national elections commission says voters have overwhelmingly approved a new constitution that substantially increases the president’s powers. ...

Kyrgyzstan votes on constitution boosting president’s powers

MOSCOW (AP) — Voters in Kyrgyzstan will cast ballots Sunday on whether to approve a new constitution that would substantially increase the president’s powers...

Senate filibuster’s racist past fuels arguments for its end

WASHINGTON (AP) — Once obscure, the Senate filibuster is coming under fresh scrutiny not only because of the enormous power it gives a single...

Group to study more justices, term limits for Supreme Court

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden has ordered a study on overhauling the Supreme Court, creating a bipartisan commission Friday that will spend the...

Bowing to Trump? GOP brings leaders, donors to his backyard

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — There will be no reckoning at the Republican National Committee. ...

Senate filibuster’s racist past fuels arguments for its end

WASHINGTON (AP) — Once obscure, the Senate filibuster is coming under fresh scrutiny not only because of the enormous power it gives a single...

Israeli academic won’t receive prize after signing petition

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's top court on Thursday upheld a Cabinet minister's decision to temporarily block a prominent academic from receiving the country's highest...

The Latest: Montana governor tests positive for COVID-19

HELENA, Mont. — Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte has tested positive for COVID-19 a few days after receiving his first dose of a coronavirus vaccine....

LaHood resigns Lincoln Museum job after loan fine disclosure

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Former Illinois congressman and U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has resigned as chairman of the board of the Abraham Lincoln...

Republicans trod well-worn path to court to sue Biden

WASHINGTON (AP) — These are busy days for Republican state attorneys general, filing repeated lawsuits that claim President Joe Biden and his administration are...

At 1st Cabinet meeting, Biden says team ‘looks like America’

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden's first Cabinet meeting looked and felt different from those of his predecessor. ...

Biden to hold first Cabinet meeting amid infrastructure push

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden will convene his first Cabinet meeting on Thursday, a presidential rite of passage that will be used to promote...

Biden rolls out diverse first slate of judicial nominees

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Tuesday nominated a racially diverse and overwhelmingly female group to federal and other judgeships, including three Black...

Republican announces run for Murkowski’s Alaska Senate seat

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — An early Republican candidate announced plans Monday to seek the Alaska U.S. Senate seat that has been held since 2002...

Court fight against Georgia voting overhaul no sure thing

WASHINGTON (AP) — Court challenges to Republican-led election restrictions in Georgia and elsewhere face an uncertain road in a legal system that has grown...

Georgia Gov. Kemp signs GOP election bill amid an outcry

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp drew protests Thursday as he signed into law a sweeping Republican-sponsored overhaul of state elections that includes...

Farmworkers fight shaped California attorney general nominee

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — In 1977, Cynthia Bonta was among 3,000 people who locked arms and tried in vain to prevent 400 riot police...

A first: US Senate confirms transgender doctor for key post

Voting mostly along party lines, the U.S. Senate has confirmed former Pennsylvania Health Secretary Rachel Levine to be the nation’s assistant secretary of health....

A first: US Senate confirms transgender doctor for key post

Voting mostly along party lines, the U.S. Senate on Wednesday confirmed former Pennsylvania Health Secretary Rachel Levine to be the nation’s assistant secretary of...

California governor chooses progressive lawmaker as top cop

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom nominated a progressive Filipino state assemblyman as California's next attorney general Wednesday, ensuring a push from...

GOP Missouri Attorney General Schmitt running for US Senate

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt on Wednesday announced he's making a bid to replace Roy Blunt in the Senate, setting...

California Gov. Gavin Newsom nominates Assemblyman Rob Bonta, a criminal justice reformer, for attorney...

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom nominates Assemblyman Rob Bonta, a criminal justice reformer, for attorney general.

Senators back off vow to withhold support of Biden nominees

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two Democratic senators who said they would not support President Joe Biden's nominations to fill administration posts until the White House...

Asian Americans seek greater political power after shootings

WASHINGTON (AP) — Speaking on the floor of the Georgia state Senate last week, Michelle Au implored her colleagues to “stand up” to the...

Slower mail, fewer office hours part of Postal Service plans

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy on Tuesday announced plans to slow mail delivery standards and cut hours at some post offices as part of a...

The Latest: California prisons to resume in-person visits

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California state prisons will soon resume limited in-person visits with inmates more than a year after they were halted because of...

EXPLAINER: How states are seeking to loosen controls on guns

Mass shootings in Georgia and Colorado that left at least 18 people dead since last week are reigniting calls from gun control advocates for...

Biden to nominate 3 federal prosecutors for New York offices

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is expected to nominate three prosecutors to run the U.S. attorney’s offices in New York state, including the...

White House drops Interior nominee after Murkowski objects

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is withdrawing its planned nomination of Elizabeth Klein to become deputy secretary at the Interior Department amid opposition...

Biden Cabinet near complete but hundreds of jobs still open

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s Cabinet is nearly complete with the confirmation of Labor Secretary Marty Walsh. But the work of building his...

Biden Cabinet near complete but hundreds of jobs still open

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s Cabinet is nearly complete with the confirmation of Labor Secretary Marty Walsh on Monday. But the work of...

Afghan president appoints 2 ministers, angers ruling partner

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has made two key Cabinet changes, a move condemned on Saturday as “unacceptable” by his powerful...

Newsom reflects on California history of anti-Asian bigotry

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom said Friday the bigotry and violence sparking fear in Asian-American communities “infuriates” him and that it...

DeWine picks ex-judge as new Ohio utility commission chair

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A former county judge was selected Friday by Republican Gov. Mike DeWine as the next chair of the Public Utilities...

Samia Suluhu Hassan becomes Tanzania’s first woman president

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania (AP) — Samia Suluhu Hassan made history Friday when she was sworn in as Tanzania’s first female president after the...

Students who got partial loan relief to see full discharge

WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands of students defrauded by for-profit schools will have their federal loans fully erased, the Biden administration announced Thursday, reversing a...

Burns confirmed as CIA director as US faces diverse threats

WASHINGTON (AP) — Without opposition, the Senate confirmed veteran diplomat William Burns as CIA director on Thursday, giving him control of the nation's premier...

Appeal court reinstates conviction of Flynn business partner

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Thursday reinstated the conviction of a one-time business partner of former National Security Adviser...

Becerra confirmed to shepherd Biden’s ambitious health plans

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Thursday confirmed California Attorney General Xavier Becerra as President Joe Biden's health secretary, filling a key position...

Breyer mum as some liberals urge him to quit Supreme Court

WASHINGTON (AP) — Forgive progressives who aren't looking forward to the sequel of their personal “Nightmare on First Street," a Supreme Court succession story. ...

Dutch PM Rutte’s conservatives see 4th straight election win

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The process of forming a new Dutch governing coalition began Thursday, a day after Prime Minister Mark Rutte's conservative...

Block a bill? Biden wants old-school Senate filibusters

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden wants the Senate to engage in old-fashioned filibusters, forcing senators who try to block bills to have to...

EXPLAINER: What’s the Senate filibuster and why change it?

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's not that different from the movies. President Joe Biden said the Senate should operate like it did in the “old...

California officials appeal for Asian attorney general

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Elected officials from California's Asian and Pacific Islander communities urged Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday to appoint an attorney general...

New York Assembly hires top law firm for Cuomo investigation

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York’s Assembly has hired a Manhattan law firm to assist in its impeachment investigation of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, legislative...

Senate confirms Katherine Tai as Biden’s top trade envoy

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate confirmed Katherine Tai as the top U.S. trade envoy in an overwhelming bipartisan vote on Wednesday . She will...

Minorities underrepresented in service academy nominations

Minority students are significantly underrepresented when it comes to getting nominations from members of Congress to attend the nation's military service academies, according to...

McConnell vows ‘scorched earth’ if Senate ends filibuster

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell warned ominously Tuesday of a “scorched earth” landscape if Democrats use their new majority to bring...

Haaland OK’d at Interior, 1st Native American Cabinet head

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Monday confirmed New Mexico Rep. Deb Haaland as interior secretary, making her the first Native American to lead...

Georgia prosecutor investigating Trump call urges patience

ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia prosecutor investigating potential efforts by Donald Trump and others to influence last year’s general election has a message for...

How Cuomo investigation, possible impeachment could play out

NEW YORK (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo has urged New Yorkers to “wait for the facts." ...

Democrats muscle ahead with Biden’s health secretary pick

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate voted on Thursday to advance President Joe Biden’s nominee for health secretary as Democrats muscled past Republican opposition using...

Police groups endorse Biden’s pick for civil rights chief

WASHINGTON (AP) — Some of the largest law enforcement groups in the U.S. are throwing their support behind President Joe Biden’s nominee to run...

Nev. Democratic Party in upheaval after progressive takeover

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The state Democratic Party in Nevada has for years been among the strongest in country, buttressed by the state's powerful...

Senate confirms Fudge to lead housing agency, Regan for EPA

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Wednesday confirmed Ohio Rep. Marcia Fudge to head the Department of Housing and Urban Development and North Carolina...

Biden’s first 50 days: Where he stands on key promises

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden laid out an ambitious agenda for his first 100 days in office, promising swift action on everything from...

Senate confirms Merrick Garland to be US attorney general

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate confirmed Merrick Garland on Wednesday to be the next U.S. attorney general with a strong bipartisan vote, placing the...

Guatemala presidents picks chief of staff for top court seat

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemala’s president chose his chief of staff and one of his closest advisers to fill a seat on the country’s...

Biden’s Russia credentials questioned over European pipeline

WASHINGTON (AP) — After years of Democratic accusations that former President Donald Trump was too soft on Russia, the Biden administration is facing Republican...

Biden getting 1st shot at making mark on federal judiciary

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden has two seats to fill on the influential appeals court in the nation's capital that regularly feeds...

Giuliani probe awaits Garland as he nears AG confirmation

NEW YORK (AP) — With Merrick Garland poised to be confirmed as attorney general as early as next week, one of the first major...

Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett delivers 1st opinion

WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Amy Coney Barrett delivered her first Supreme Court majority opinion Thursday, ruling against an environmental group that had sought access...

Senate energy panel backs Haaland for interior secretary

WASHINGTON (AP) — A key Senate committee on Thursday approved the nomination of New Mexico Rep. Deb Haaland to be interior secretary, clearing the...

GOP takes aim at Biden’s health care pick on abortion rights

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s pick for health secretary is taking heat from Republicans for his actions in support of abortion rights. They...

Biden brings no relief to tensions between US and China

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden took office promising to move quickly to restore and repair America’s relations with the rest of the world,...

Biden’s Cabinet half-empty after slow start in confirmations

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s Cabinet is taking shape at the slowest pace of any in modern history, with just over a dozen...

Budget nominee Tanden withdraws nomination amid opposition

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden's pick to head the Office of Management and Budget, Neera Tanden, has withdrawn her nomination after she faced...

Biden’s Cabinet half-empty after slow start in confirmations

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s Cabinet is taking shape at the slowest pace of any in modern history, with just over a dozen...

Senate confirms Raimondo as Biden commerce secretary

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to confirm Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo to serve as President Joe Biden’s commerce secretary and...

Biden consumer watchdog pick signals more aggressive stance

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — President Joe Biden's nominee to run the federal consumer watchdog agency indicated Tuesday that if confirmed he would restore more...

75 ex-top prosecutors endorse Biden’s pick for associate AG

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 75 former U.S. attorneys are throwing their support behind President Joe Biden’s nominee for associate attorney general and urging...

EU court: Poland’s judicial rules could violate EU law

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The European Union's top court ruled Tuesday that Poland’s new regulations for appointing judges to the Supreme Court could violate...

Supreme Court likely to uphold Arizona voting restrictions

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court appeared ready Tuesday to uphold voting restrictions in Arizona in a key case that could make it harder...

Senate confirms Cardona as Biden’s education secretary

The Senate voted Monday to confirm Miguel Cardona as education secretary, clearing his way to lead President Joe Biden’s effort to reopen the nation’s...

Supreme Court skeptical about patent judge appointments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday seemed likely to find that the judges who oversee patent disputes are not properly appointed, a...

Senate panel votes to advance Garland’s nomination to be AG

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Judiciary Committee voted Monday to advance the nomination of Merrick Garland, President Joe Biden’s nominee for attorney general. ...

329 candidates for 2021 Nobel Peace Prize

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The Norwegian Nobel Committee said Monday that there are 329 candidates — 234 individuals and 95 organizations — that were...

Cuomo sorry for remarks aide ‘misinterpreted’ as harassment

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo acknowledged for the first time Sunday that some of his behavior with women "may have...

Biden administration promises focus on environmental justice

When President Joe Biden made environmental protection a key element of his campaign, he promised to overhaul the federal office that investigates complaints from...

2nd former aide accuses Cuomo of sexual harassment

A second former aide said she was sexually harassed by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who responded with a statement Saturday saying he never...

Yellen’s encore: Lending economic heft to Biden’s virus plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — On a cold, gray February afternoon, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen stepped out of the West Wing wrapped in a puffy black...

Durham remains special counsel overseeing Trump-Russia probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Attorney John Durham said Friday that he will resign from his position as the top federal prosecutor in Connecticut but...

Native American nominee’s grilling raises questions on bias

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — When Wyoming U.S. Sen. John Barrasso snapped at Deb Haaland during her confirmation hearing, many in Indian Country were incensed....

Former Michigan Gov. Granholm confirmed as energy secretary

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm won Senate confirmation Thursday to be energy secretary, joining President Joe Biden's Cabinet as a leader...

Calls grow for Cuomo harassment inquiry. But by whom?

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A former aide's allegations that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo subjected her to an unwanted kiss during years of sexual...

Israeli plan to share vaccines frozen by legal questions

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's controversial plan to ship surplus coronavirus vaccines to a group of allied nations was frozen Thursday...

Biden’s trade pick vows to work more closely with allies

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s pick to be the top U.S. trade envoy promised to work with America’s allies to combat China’s aggressive...

Biden nominates 3 to postal board as delays persist

President Joe Biden on Wednesday nominated three postal experts to the governing board of the U.S. Postal Service, a move that could alter the...

Biden choice for budget chief faces new hurdles in Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) — The increasingly slim odds — and surprisingly thin outreach from the White House — for Neera Tanden’s nomination as head of...

Manchin says he’ll vote for Haaland for interior secretary

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin, chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, said Wednesday that he will vote for New...

Federal grand jury hearing evidence in death of George Floyd

WASHINGTON (AP) — Several witnesses have been subpoenaed to appear before a federal grand jury considering charges against former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin,...

South Dakota House moves to impeach AG after fatal crash

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota House lawmakers on Tuesday began impeachment proceedings against the state’s attorney general, who is facing misdemeanor charges for...

A look at Merrick Garland, the nominee for attorney general

WASHINGTON (AP) — Merrick Garland, President Joe Biden's nominee for attorney general, appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee for his confirmation hearing on Monday....

A look at how Biden’s Cabinet nominees fared Tuesday

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden's Cabinet is starting to fill out, with nominees for agriculture secretary and United Nations ambassador gaining Senate approval...

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