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Election bill defeat revives fight over the filibuster

Jun. 23, 2021 22:48 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The filibuster is here to stay, for now. And that’s posing a challenge to President Joe Biden and Democrats in Congress confronting a wall of Republican opposition led by Senate leader Mitch McConnell's “100%” focus on stopping their agenda. ...

House panel pushes legislation targeting Big Tech's power

Jun. 23, 2021 21:51 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A House panel pushed ahead Wednesday with ambitious legislation that could curb the market power of tech giants Facebook, Google, Amazon and Apple and force them to sever their dominant platforms from their other lines of business. Conservative...

NC medical marijuana legalization gets hearing in Senate

Jun. 23, 2021 21:37 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A bipartisan effort to legalize marijuana for medical use in North Carolina got a legislative committee hearing on Wednesday. But it's unclear whether enough legislators are ready now to alter their views on pot to make it law. With nearly...

One building, two worlds: Bridging stubborn gap in Congress

Jun. 23, 2021 21:22 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Lieberman was back on Capitol Hill on Tuesday testifying in support of the Democratic push for Washington, D.C., statehood. Then he met privately with Sen. Lindsey Graham, one of the many Republicans who fiercely oppose such a move. It was a...

Face mask decisions left with local NC schools in House bill

Jun. 23, 2021 19:25 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Local school leaders — and not state officials — would decide for next school year whether students and workers in K-12 schools must wear face coverings for protection from COVID-19 in legislation approved Wednesday by the House. Gov. Roy...

Biden targets law-breaking gun dealers in anti-crime plan

Jun. 23, 2021 19:02 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden announced new efforts Wednesday to stem a rising national tide of violent crime, declaring the federal government is “taking on the bad actors doing bad things to our communities.” But questions persist about how effective the efforts can be in what...

Indigenous protest Brazil bill that could weaken land claims

Jun. 23, 2021 18:46 PM EDT

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Hundreds of Indigenous people gathered outside Brazil's Congress on Wednesday to push for rejection of a bill that could loosen protections for their lands — a proposal that has already prompted clashes with police. Indigenous groups have been...

Delaware House approves budget bill for upcoming fiscal year

Jun. 23, 2021 18:01 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — House lawmakers on Wednesday approved a spending plan for the fiscal year starting July 1 that adds hundreds of millions of dollars to the budget that Democratic Gov. John Carney proposed in January. House members voted 38-1, with two abstentions, for...

Minnesota House passes $7 billion transportation budget bill

Jun. 23, 2021 18:00 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Another piece of Minnesota's budget picture fell into place Wednesday when the House passed a $7.3 billion transportation funding bill. The bill funds roads, bridges and public transit. It includes money for two new bus rapid transit lines for the...

Arizona GOP advances wish list on race, taxes, elections

Jun. 23, 2021 17:48 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Senate passed a $12.8 billion budget for the coming fiscal year early Wednesday that contains massive income tax cuts after a marathon session where majority Republicans packed the package with a conservative policy wish list. Republicans in...