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With ambassador picks, Biden faces donor vs. diversity test

May. 07, 2021 01:08 AM EDT

President Joe Biden is facing a fresh challenge to his oft-repeated commitment to diversity in his administration: assembling a diplomatic corps that gives a nod to key political allies and donors while staying true to a campaign pledge to appoint ambassadors who look like America. ...

Restoring service central to Biden's postal board nominees

Apr. 22, 2021 16:12 PM EDT

President Joe Biden's nominees to the governing board of the U.S. Postal Service pledged Thursday to rebuild trust with the American public through prompt deliveries, as they outlined a vison for the agency in their first formal statements to lawmakers. The nominees —...

Bad offshore weather delays SpaceX crew launch until Friday

Apr. 21, 2021 11:07 AM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX on Wednesday bumped its next astronaut launch by a day because of dangerously high waves and wind offshore. Liftoff is now scheduled an hour before sunrise Friday from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, when better weather is expected. ...

Biden works to balance civil rights and criminal justice

Apr. 14, 2021 00:26 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — On one end of Pennsylvania Avenue, he mourned with the family of a fallen police officer. On the other, he pledged to help end the epidemic of Black men being killed by police. Over the course of a few hours Tuesday, President Joe Biden’s difficult...

Biden works to balance civil rights and criminal justice

Apr. 13, 2021 18:34 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — On one end of Pennsylvania Avenue, he mourned with the family of a fallen police officer. On the other, he pledged to help end the epidemic of Black men being killed by police. Over the course of a few hours Tuesday, President Joe Biden’s difficult...

Police chiefs throw support behind Biden's civil rights pick

Apr. 09, 2021 19:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dozens of police chiefs who ran some of America’s largest police forces are lending their support to Kristen Clarke, who has been nominated to run the Justice Department’s civil rights division. In a letter to congressional leaders Friday, the law...

Montana House rejects bill calling media 'slander machines'

Apr. 07, 2021 23:26 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana House narrowly rejected Wednesday a measure that sought to prevent media outlets from reporting on news that lawmakers deem defamatory. The “Stop Guilt by Accusation Act” closely resembles bills introduced in at least four other...

Montana lawmakers target media for being 'slander machines'

Apr. 01, 2021 19:14 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana has become the latest state to consider a legislative measure that would prevent media outlets from reporting on news that lawmakers deem defamatory. A bill passed Thursday by the Montana House Judiciary Committee titled the “Stop Guilt by...

Virus response top topic in Alaska attorney general hearing

Mar. 24, 2021 22:16 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Attorney General Treg Taylor’s confirmation hearing before a state Senate committee Wednesday focused heavily on Alaska’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, a leading topic for the committee chair whose criticism of Gov. Mike Dunleavy's approach prompted Dunleavy...

Biden Cabinet near complete but hundreds of jobs still open

Mar. 23, 2021 02:00 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s Cabinet is nearly complete with the confirmation of Labor Secretary Marty Walsh. But the work of building his administration is just beginning, as Biden has hundreds of key presidential appointments to make to fill out the federal government. ...