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Ex-speaker DeLeo begins new job at Northeastern

Jan. 23, 2021 2:43 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Former Massachusetts House speaker Robert DeLeo, as expected, has landed a new job at Northeastern University. DeLeo, 70, who resigned last month, started his role as University Fellow for Public Life this week, a Northeastern spokeswoman said. The position is in the Office of the Provost,...

President Joe Biden speaks during the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021.(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, Pool)

At 78 and the oldest president, Biden sees a world changed

Jan. 23, 2021 1:41 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — When Joe Biden took the oath of office as the 46th president, he became not only the oldest newly inaugurated U.S. chief executive in history but also the oldest sitting president ever. Biden was born Nov. 20, 1942, in Scranton, Pennsylvania. He was 78 years, two months and one day old...

FILE - In this Jan. 21, 2021, file photo President Joe Biden signs executive orders after speaking about the coronavirus in the State Dinning Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

In first days, Biden flashes action as deep problems loom

Jan. 23, 2021 1:18 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Inside the White House, President Joe Biden presided over a focused launch of his administration, using his first days in office to break sharply with his predecessor while signing executive orders meant as a showy display of action to address the historic challenges he inherited. But...

FILE - In this April 30, 2018 file photo, Pennsylvania state Rep. Jeff Pyle, R-Armstrong, speaks at an annual gun rights rally in the state Capitol Rotunda in Harrisburg, Pa.  Pyle has issued a vague apology, Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021, after sharing an image on Facebook mocking the appearance of Dr. Rachel Levine, Pennsylvania’s recently departed health secretary.  Levine is a transgender woman newly nominated to serve in the Biden administration.  (AP Photo/Marc Levy, File)

Legislator mocks trans Biden nominee on Facebook, apologizes

Jan. 23, 2021 12:53 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania legislator shared on Facebook an image mocking the appearance of the state’s recently departed health secretary, Dr. Rachel Levine, a transgender woman who has been nominated to serve in the Biden administration, and then offered a general apology Saturday....

Rep. Meijer attracts GOP challenge after impeachment vote

Jan. 23, 2021 12:52 PM EST

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A newly elected Michigan Republican congressman who voted to impeach President Donald Trump is already drawing a GOP opponent for the 2022 race. Tom Norton, a Trump supporter, said he will challenge Rep. Peter Meijer in the Republican primary in the Grand Rapids area. He...

Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., introduces Secretary of State nominee Antony Blinken during his confirmation hearing to be Secretary of State before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. (Graeme Jennings/Pool via AP)

Democrats start reining in expectations for immigration bill

Jan. 23, 2021 11:52 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's taken only days for Democrats gauging how far President Joe Biden's bold immigration proposal can go in Congress to acknowledge that if anything emerges, it will likely be significantly more modest. As they brace to tackle a politically flammable issue that's resisted major...

FILE - In this March 30, 2020 file photo, My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell speaks as President Donald Trump listens during a briefing about the coronavirus in the Rose Garden of the White House, in Washington. Lindell, is weighing a run for governor in Minnesota. If he follows through on a campaign, it could be an early test of where the Republican Party is headed in the post-Donald Trump era. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

MyPillow Guy among the Trump acolytes picking up the torch

Jan. 23, 2021 11:24 AM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — When Mike Lindell, better known to TV viewers as the MyPillow Guy, went to the White House last week to try to persuade President Donald Trump to keep pushing bogus theories about the election, he came away disappointed. Unexpectedly, Trump passed him — and his claims about...

FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2020, file photo, supporters cheer as President Donald Trump speaks during the annual

Political upheaval alters strategies in US abortion debate

Jan. 23, 2021 11:00 AM EST

Anti-abortion leaders across America were elated a year ago when Donald Trump became the first sitting U.S. president to appear in person at their highest-profile annual event, the March for Life held every January. The mood is more sober now — a mix of disappointment over Trump’s defeat and hope...

Members of the Indiana House convene in the House chamber in the Indiana Government Center in Indianapolis, Monday, Jan. 4, 2021. The House is meeting in a conference room in the state office building to increase social distancing due to COVID-19. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Indiana lawmakers debating public health, personal freedom

Jan. 23, 2021 10:39 AM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — As Indiana’s Republican-dominated Legislature returned to session, nearly a dozen bills drafted by GOP legislators have sparked debate in the Statehouse over where to draw the line between public health and personal freedom. In the midst of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic that...

House Speaker wants to add 2 justices to SC Supreme Court

Jan. 23, 2021 10:20 AM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The leader of the South Carolina House wants to add two more justices to the South Carolina Supreme Court. Republican House Speaker Jay Lucas said most states have either seven or nine justices. South Carolina's highest court has had five justices for at least 50 years. “This...