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Texas shooting is new test for Biden's long battle over guns

May. 26, 2022 13:49 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden, then the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, surveyed the collection of black, military-style rifles on display in the middle of the room as he denounced the sale of guns whose “only real function is to kill human beings at a ferocious pace.” ...

Biden signs policing order on anniversary of Floyd's death

May. 26, 2022 03:30 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden signed an executive order Wednesday to improve accountability in policing —a meaningful but limited action on the second anniversary of George Floyd's death that reflected the challenges in addressing racism, excessive use of force and public safety when...

Today in History: May 26, ABM treaty signed

May. 26, 2022 00:02 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Thursday, May 26, the 146th day of 2022. There are 219 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 26, 1972, President Richard M. Nixon and Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev signed the Anti-Ballistic Missile...

Tribute for late VA chief Max Cleland, who lost limbs in war

May. 25, 2022 15:28 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — President Joe Biden and three former presidents paid tribute Wednesday to late Veterans Administration chief and U.S. senator Max Cleland, who lost limbs while serving in Vietnam. Biden called Cleland a hero who “exemplified the best of the American spirit.” ...

A decade of congressional inaction on gun control

May. 25, 2022 15:23 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats in Congress are trying, again, to pass legislation to expand background checks for gun buyers in the wake of the shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. But the prospects seem dim in the 50-50 Senate, with most Republicans opposed to significant changes in...

Biden says 'we have to act' after Texas school shooting

May. 25, 2022 06:46 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lamenting a uniquely American tragedy, an anguished and angry President Joe Biden delivered an urgent call for new restrictions on firearms after a gunman shot and killed at least 19 children at a Texas elementary school. Biden spoke Tuesday night from the White...

In Cuba, caution and confusion meet eased US sanctions

May. 25, 2022 00:52 AM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — Marylín Álvarez seemed to be just the sort of person that eased American sanctions on Cuba were meant to help. With the aid of money sent by a cousin living in the United States, she began transforming the entrance to her ground-floor apartment into a tiny cafe...

Ex-White House press secretary Jen Psaki hired by MSNBC

May. 24, 2022 12:11 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Former White House press secretary Jen Psaki has officially landed at MSNBC, where she is expected to make appearances on the network's cable and streaming programs as well as host a new original show. The program, set to debut in the first quarter of 2023, will...

Today in History: May 24, first major league night game

May. 24, 2022 00:02 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Tuesday, May 24, the 144th day of 2022. There are 221 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 24, 1844, Samuel F.B. Morse transmitted the message “What hath God wrought” from Washington to Baltimore...

Today in History: May 23, Bonnie and Clyde shot to death

May. 23, 2022 12:17 PM EDT

Today in History Today is Monday, May 23, the 143rd day of 2022. There are 222 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 23, 1984, Surgeon General C. Everett Koop issued a report saying there was “very solid” evidence linking...