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Hong Kong asks Beijing to step in into row over UK lawyer

Nov. 28, 2022 09:35 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong's leader said on Monday he will ask Beijing to rule whether to let foreign lawyers be involved in national security cases after the city's top court allowed a prominent pro-democracy publisher to hire a British lawyer for his upcoming trial. John Lee...

EXPLAINER: How could allies help Netanyahu beat charges?

Nov. 25, 2022 01:43 AM EST

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is set to return to office, from where he could try to make his yearslong legal troubles disappear through new legislation advanced by his far-right and ultra-Orthodox allies. Critics say such a legal crusade is an assault...

'Democracy voters' delivered for Democrats in tightest races

Nov. 16, 2022 18:50 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden tried to shape the midterm elections not as a verdict on his time in office, but rather on the contrast between Democrats and Republicans on American democracy. “We’ll have our difference of opinion. And that’s how it’s supposed to...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Nov. 16, 2022 15:01 PM EST

LNP/LancasterOnline. November 13, 2022. Editorial: Thankfully, democracy prevailed in Pennsylvania in last week’s midterm elections. Now we await what lies ahead. It was no surprise that mostly conservative Lancaster County voted for Doug Mastriano over Josh...

Across the US, a return to democratic order. Will it last?

Nov. 14, 2022 09:59 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — There was no violence. Many candidates who denied the legitimacy of previous elections lost and quietly conceded. And few listened when former President Donald Trump tried to stoke baseless allegations of electoral fraud. For a moment, at least, there's a sense of...

In election, support for abortion rights was about much more

Nov. 11, 2022 07:16 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — To Mona Cohen, a lifelong Philadelphia Democrat, democracy is under attack in the United States. In the midterm elections, she lists a woman’s right to abortion as one of many fleeting freedoms she voted to defend. Cohen, 68, feared the Supreme Court’s...

Future of American democracy loomed large in voters' minds

Nov. 10, 2022 16:41 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — This week’s ballot had an unspoken candidate — American democracy. Two years of relentless attacks on democratic traditions by former President Donald Trump and his allies left the country's future in doubt, and voters responded. Many of the candidates who...

Candidates who backed overturning Trump loss are rebuffed

Nov. 09, 2022 23:14 PM EST

Republicans made a striking decision earlier this year to nominate candidates for top statewide posts in swing states who backed overturning President Donald Trump's loss in 2020. Most of those candidates lost in the midterm election. Doug Mastriano, who commissioned buses to take...

Democrats carry close governor races on abortion, democracy

Nov. 09, 2022 17:08 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats held onto a string of competitive governors’ seats in the midterm elections after making the case to voters that Republican challengers posed a threat to abortion rights and democracy in their states. The wins by Democrats in more than half a dozen...

VoteCast: Inflation top concern, but democracy a worry too

Nov. 09, 2022 02:56 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Just as Republicans had hoped, high inflation was the top consideration for voters in the midterm elections, AP VoteCast shows. But the survey reveals that a core issue for President Joe Biden, the survival of democracy, also weighed heavily on voters’ minds, as control of...