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Georgia runoff: Why one Senate seat is crucial for Democrats

Nov. 22, 2022 00:07 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats have secured their majority in the Senate for the next two years. But holding on to Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock’s seat in Georgia’s runoff next month could be crucial to their success. If Warnock wins the runoff against Republican Herschel...

Lawmakers urge action after report of other high court leak

Nov. 20, 2022 18:31 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee said his panel is reviewing “serious allegations” in a report that a former anti-abortion leader knew in advance the outcome of a 2014 Supreme Court case involving health care coverage of contraception. The report...

Illinois elects Democrat Eric Sorensen to US House seat

Nov. 10, 2022 16:49 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — A battleground race between newbies aiming to fill retiring U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos' seat in Illinois’ 17th district tipped in Democrat Eric Sorensen's favor, representing a key win for the party as it tries to maintain control of Congress. Sorenson, a meteorologist...

Editorial Roundup: Illinois

Oct. 18, 2022 13:43 PM EDT

Chicago Sun-Times. October 13, 2022. Editorial: That check you mailed? Be alert — it could get “washed” and cost you thousands. Check fraud has soared in Illinois, and victims often end up waiting for weeks or months to have their stolen money reimbursed. There...

A bump and a miss: Saudi oil cut slaps down Biden's outreach

Oct. 06, 2022 21:09 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Thursday effectively acknowledged the failure of one of his biggest and most humiliating foreign policy gambles: a fist-bump with the de facto leader of Saudi Arabia, the crown prince associated with human rights abuses. Biden’s awkward...

Senators call for stronger rules on off-the-books suspension

Oct. 05, 2022 19:34 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two Democratic senators urged the Education Department on Wednesday to strengthen regulations against quietly excluding kids from class because of behaviors related to a disability — a practice known as informal removal. Since the pandemic began, parents of kids...

Senators push new oversight to combat federal prison crises

Sep. 28, 2022 18:02 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan group of U.S. senators introduced legislation Wednesday to overhaul oversight and bring greater transparency to the crisis-plagued federal Bureau of Prisons following reporting from The Associated Press that exposed systemic corruption in the federal prison system...

Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

Sep. 17, 2022 17:41 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — ABC’s “This Week” — New York City Mayor Eric Adams; Ukrainian Ambassador to the U.S. Oksana Markarova; El Paso, Texas, Mayor Mayor Oscar Leeser. __ NBC’s “Meet the Press” — Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill.; Joe O’Dea, Republican Senate...

DeChambeau: 'No buyer's remorse' about going from PGA to LIV

Sep. 15, 2022 20:05 PM EDT

SUGAR GROVE, Ill. (AP) — Bryson DeChambeau insisted he has no regrets about his decision to jump from the PGA Tour to the Saudi-funded LIV Golf series. “I couldn’t be happier to be over here,” he said. “I have no buyer's remorse.” The 2020 U.S. Open...

Whistleblower: China, India had agents working for Twitter

Sep. 13, 2022 21:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Twitter's former security chief told Congress Tuesday there was “at least one agent” from China's intelligence service on Twitter's payroll and that the company knowingly allowed India to add agents to the company roster as well, potentially giving those nations access to...