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Border Patrol chief who supported Trump's wall is forced out

Jun. 23, 2021 19:33 PM EDT

CALEXICO, Calif. (AP) — The chief of the U.S. Border Patrol was forced out of his job Wednesday, after less than two years in a position that lies in the crosshairs of polarizing political debate. Rodney Scott wrote to agents that he will be reassigned, saying he...

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 voting law bill clears state House amid Wolf veto threat

Jun. 22, 2021 19:19 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Republican rewrite of Pennsylvania election law that would mandate voter IDs, alter registration and ballot counting deadlines and give conservatives auditing procedures they have clamored for passed the state House on Tuesday despite the Democratic governor’s...

Last debate for NYC mayoral candidates; early voting ongoing

Jun. 16, 2021 20:42 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The candidates running in the Democratic primary to be New York City's next mayor made their pitches to voters in the final televised debate on Wednesday, even as early voting has begun. As in prior debates, the candidates were asked about a rise in...

Final presidential debate shows Iran's political fissures

Jun. 12, 2021 14:54 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran held a final presidential debate Saturday that showed the fissures within the Islamic Republic’s politics, as hard-liners referred to those seeking ties to the West as “infiltrators” and the race’s two other candidates brought up the unrest that surrounded...

Crime leads voter concerns as NYC mayoral primary approaches

Jun. 11, 2021 16:04 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Fear of crime is back as a political issue in New York City. For the first time in years it could be a prime factor in who voters pick as their next mayor. Early voting begins Saturday in the city's party primaries. Ballots are being cast as the city is...

Racial tensions simmer as Southern Baptists hold key meeting

Jun. 11, 2021 14:48 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Race-related tensions within the Southern Baptist Convention are high heading into a national meeting next week. The election of a new SBC president and debate over the concept of systemic racism may prove pivotal for some Black pastors as they decide whether to stay...

Outgoing Iran president, a debate target, defends his record

Jun. 09, 2021 04:32 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's president angrily defended himself Wednesday after coming under harsh attack during a presidential election debate the night before, saying his critics' “love for power causes memory loss.” Hassan Rouhani, the relatively moderate cleric...

With primary looming, mayoral candidates face off in debate

Jun. 02, 2021 21:25 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Eight Democratic candidates running to be New York City's next mayor sparred in a debate Wednesday night, each trying to position themselves as the person to lead the city forward with the primary election less than three weeks away. The televised debate...

Hong Kong legislature resumes debate to change electoral law

May. 26, 2021 21:54 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong’s legislature on Thursday resumed a debate to change electoral laws that would drastically reduce the public’s ability to vote for lawmakers and increase the number of pro-Beijing lawmakers making decisions for the city. Once approved, the...