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Election bill defeat revives fight over the filibuster

Jun. 23, 2021 22:48 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The filibuster is here to stay, for now. And that’s posing a challenge to President Joe Biden and Democrats in Congress confronting a wall of Republican opposition led by Senate leader Mitch McConnell's “100%” focus on stopping their agenda. ...

One building, two worlds: Bridging stubborn gap in Congress

Jun. 23, 2021 21:22 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Lieberman was back on Capitol Hill on Tuesday testifying in support of the Democratic push for Washington, D.C., statehood. Then he met privately with Sen. Lindsey Graham, one of the many Republicans who fiercely oppose such a move. It was a...

Probation for ex-VA hospital doc who admitted fondling women

Jun. 23, 2021 19:03 PM EDT

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A former physician at a West Virginia's veterans hospital was sentenced to probation Wednesday after pleading guilty to touching two female staffer's breasts without permission. The sentencing of Dr. Kenneth C. Ramdat, 65, of Silver Spring,...

Biden faces growing pressure from the left over voting bill

Jun. 23, 2021 14:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — When New York Democratic Rep. Mondaire Jones was at the White House for the signing of the proclamation making Juneteenth a national holiday last week, he told President Joe Biden their party needed him more involved in passing voting legislation on the Hill. ...

EXPLAINER: What's next now that GOP has blocked voting bill?

Jun. 23, 2021 14:25 PM EDT

Senate Republicans have blocked debate of a sweeping overhaul of how elections are run in the U.S. The bill was pushed by congressional Democrats who argued it was needed to counter a spate of new GOP laws this year tightening voting rules in the states. A look at what...

GOP filibuster blocks Democrats' big voting rights bill

Jun. 22, 2021 22:49 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democrats' sweeping attempt to rewrite U.S. election and voting law suffered a major setback in the Senate Tuesday, blocked by a filibuster wall of Republican opposition to what would be the largest overhaul of the electoral system in a generation. ...

DC statehood facing long odds in the Senate

Jun. 22, 2021 16:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Proponents of statehood for Washington, D.C., vowed Tuesday to keep pushing even though the prospects were dim as the bill began working its way through the Senate. “Our democracy is truly in the hands of this Senate,” Mayor Muriel Bowser told the...

Amid clamor to increase prescribed burns, obstacles await

Jun. 22, 2021 00:28 AM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — In the 1950s, when University of California forestry professor Harold Biswell experimented with prescribed burns in the state's pine forests, many people thought he was nuts. “Harry the Torch,” “Burn-Em-Up Biswell” and “Doctor Burnwell”...

Paid in full? Biden, GOP struggle over infrastructure costs

Jun. 21, 2021 20:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional negotiators and the White House appear open to striking a roughly $1 trillion deal on infrastructure. But they are struggling with the hard part — how to pay for it. As President Joe Biden jumps back into the talks this week, the...

In Senate vote, Biden sees 'step forward' for elections bill

Jun. 21, 2021 20:23 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House said Monday it views the Senate's work on an elections bill overhaul and changes being offered by Sen. Joe Manchin as a “step forward," even though the Democrats' priority legislation is expected to be blocked by a Republican filibuster. ...