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White House calls on states to prevent evictions

Aug. 03, 2021 00:12 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House moved to pressure state and local governments to swiftly adopt policies to protect renters after an eviction moratorium expired over the weekend, potentially pushing millions of Americans out of their homes. In a statement on Monday,...

Bipartisan bill leaves out key climate, clean energy steps

Aug. 03, 2021 00:12 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package unveiled by the Senate includes more than $150 billion to boost clean energy and promote “climate resilience” by making schools, ports and other structures better able to withstand extreme weather events such as storms...

$1T infrastructure bill gets first action as senators dig in

Aug. 03, 2021 00:10 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer sought to speed up consideration of a nearly $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package, promising that Democrats would work with Republicans to put together amendments for consideration this week. GOP senators cautioned that they...

Lawmaker who named rape accuser says she did nothing wrong

Aug. 02, 2021 22:18 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho state lawmaker refused to answer questions she deemed “irrelevant” during a hearing Monday to determine whether she violated ethics rules by publicizing in disparaging social media posts the name of a woman who accused another lawmaker of rape. ...

Big 12 warns of losing 50% of TV value following UT/OU exit

Aug. 02, 2021 22:14 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Big 12 Conference could see the value of its television deal cut in half once Texas and Oklahoma bolt for the Southeastern Conference, Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said Monday at a hearing of Texas lawmakers. A committee of Texas senators...

White House calls on states to prevent evictions

Aug. 02, 2021 22:04 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House moved Monday to pressure state and local governments to swiftly adopt policies to protect renters after an eviction moratorium expired over the weekend, potentially pushing millions of Americans out of their homes. In a statement on...

‘I’m back’: Ex-con Blagojevich sues for right to run again

Aug. 02, 2021 21:44 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Ex-con and former Gov. Rod Blagojevich sued his home state Monday for booting him from the governor’s seat after his 2008 arrest for corruption and stripping him of his right to run for elective office in Illinois. Before filing the lawsuit, an...

Dems ask McCarthy to recant Pelosi taunt as tensions rise

Aug. 02, 2021 21:38 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Several House Democrats have called on House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy to apologize to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi or resign after audio surfaced of him saying at a weekend fundraiser that it would be “hard not to hit her” with a gavel if he’s sworn in as...

County refuses Arizona Senate's subpoena in election audit

Aug. 02, 2021 21:16 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Maricopa County officials refused Monday to turn over routers sought by two top Republicans in the Arizona Senate in the latest subpoenas related to the contentious 2020 election audit and unprecedented review of former President Donald Trump’s loss in Arizona’s largest...

Court nixes some caps for Alaska campaign contributions

Aug. 02, 2021 20:49 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A divided federal appeals court panel has struck down several campaign contribution caps in Alaska, including a $500-a-year limit on what an individual can give a candidate. The decision, released Friday, also struck down a $500-a-year limit on...