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Today in History: May 26, Obama nominates Sotomayor to Supreme Court

May. 26, 2024 00:02 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Sunday, May 26, the 147th day of 2024. There are 219 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 26, 2009, President Barack Obama nominated federal appeals judge Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court. ...

As the election nears, Biden pushes a slew of rules on the environment and other priorities

May. 24, 2024 12:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — As he tries to secure his legacy, President Joe Biden has unleashed a flurry of election year rules on the environment and other topics, including a landmark regulation that would force coal-fired power plants to capture smokestack emissions or shut down. The...

White House fetes Kenya with state dinner featuring sunset views, celebrity star power

May. 23, 2024 22:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Thursday's White House state dinner honoring Kenyan President William Ruto offered around 500 guests stunning D.C. views, a knockout menu, a dose of celebrity star power and even a little family drama. "I'm looking forward to having all the conversations,”...

Biden thanks Kenya's Ruto for sending police to Haiti and defends keeping US forces from the mission

May. 23, 2024 19:55 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Thursday expressed deep appreciation to Kenyan President William Ruto for the coming deployment of Kenyan police forces to help quell gang violence in Haiti and he defended his decision to withhold American forces from the mission in the beleaguered...

70 years ago, school integration was a dream many believed could actually happen. It hasn't

May. 20, 2024 17:48 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Seventy years ago this week, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled separating children in schools by race was unconstitutional. On paper, that decision — the fabled Brown v. Board of Education, taught in most every American classroom — still stands. But for decades,...

Many remember solid economy under Trump, but his record also full of tax cut hype, debt and disease

May. 20, 2024 00:10 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — It was a time of fear and chaos four years ago. The death count was mounting as COVID-19 spread. Financial markets were panicked. Oil prices briefly went negative. The Federal Reserve slashed its benchmark interest rates to combat the sudden recession. And the...

The Senate filibuster is a hurdle to any national abortion bill. Democrats are campaigning on it

May. 19, 2024 07:46 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Sen. Tammy Baldwin, facing a tough reelection fight in one of the races that will determine control of Congress, has made protecting reproductive rights a cornerstone of her campaign, and she's willing to back that up by pledging to change the Senate filibuster rules if Democrats...

Harris utters a profanity in advice to young Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders

May. 13, 2024 21:33 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Kamala Harris used a profanity on Monday while offering advice to young Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders about how to break through barriers. Harris was participating in a conversation moderated by actor and comedian Jimmy O....

Book Review: Anonymous public servants are the heart of George Stephanopoulos' 'Situation Room'

May. 13, 2024 11:46 AM EDT

The biggest challenge for an author tackling the history of the Situation Room, the basement room of the White House where some of the biggest intelligence crises have been handled in recent decades, is the room itself. As a setting, it's pretty underwhelming. In “The Situation...

The Biden-Netanyahu relationship is strained like never before. Can the two leaders move forward?

May. 10, 2024 13:39 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have long managed a complicated relationship, but they're running out of space to maneuver as their views on the Gaza war diverge and their political futures hang in the balance. Their ties have...