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Senate filibuster's racist past fuels arguments for its end

Apr. 10, 2021 09:47 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Once obscure, the Senate filibuster is coming under fresh scrutiny not only because of the enormous power it gives a single senator to halt President Joe Biden’s agenda, but as a tool historically used for racism. Senators and those advocating for...

After Amazon: Labor tries to regroup in wake of Alabama loss

Apr. 10, 2021 08:30 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite the strongest public support and the most sympathetic president in years, the American labor movement just suffered a stinging defeat -- again. Amazon warehouse workers in Bessemer, Alabama, overwhelmingly voted against joining the Retail,...

US to keep migrant families in hotels as amid rush for space

Apr. 10, 2021 01:16 AM EDT

Migrant families will be held at hotels in the Phoenix area in response to a growing number of people crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, authorities said Friday, another step in the Biden administration's rush to set up temporary space for them. U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema was...

Biden budget seeks more for schools, health care and housing

Apr. 10, 2021 00:34 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden released a $1.5 trillion wish list for his first federal budget, asking for substantial gains for Democratic priorities including education, health care, housing and environmental protection. The request by the White House budget...

Group to study more justices, term limits for Supreme Court

Apr. 09, 2021 23:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden has ordered a study on overhauling the Supreme Court, creating a bipartisan commission Friday that will spend the next six months examining the politically incendiary issues of expanding the court and instituting term limits for justices, among other...

Bowing to Trump? GOP brings leaders, donors to his backyard

Apr. 09, 2021 20:41 PM EDT

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — There will be no reckoning at the Republican National Committee. Three months after former President Donald Trump helped incite a violent attack against Congress, the GOP is bringing hundreds of donors and several future presidential prospects to...

Biden budget seeks more for schools, health care and housing

Apr. 09, 2021 20:39 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden released a $1.5 trillion wish list for his first federal budget Friday, asking for substantial gains for Democratic priorities including education, health care, housing and environmental protection. The request by the White House...

Senate filibuster's racist past fuels arguments for its end

Apr. 09, 2021 19:39 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Once obscure, the Senate filibuster is coming under fresh scrutiny not only because of the enormous power it gives a single senator to halt President Joe Biden’s agenda, but as a tool historically used for racism. Senators and those advocating for...

West Virginia House passes syringe exchange regulation bill

Apr. 09, 2021 18:56 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia House of Delegates has passed a bill to regulate needle exchange programs. Critics say the measure may constrain the number of providers amid a spike in HIV infections. It was approved on Friday in a 85-13 vote. The Senate will...

Affair derails Alabama secretary of state's political hopes

Apr. 09, 2021 17:02 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The venue had been booked. Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill, a rising GOP star with an eye long set on higher office, was about to announce his run for U.S. Senate. But then scandal brought his political aspirations crashing down. ...