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Billionaire tax runs into criticism; big Biden plan in flux

Oct. 26, 2021 11:48 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democrats' idea for a new billionaires’ tax to help pay for President Joe Biden's social services and climate change plan has quickly run into criticism as too cumbersome, with some lawmakers preferring the original plan of simply raising the top tax rates on...

Sluggish pace of confirmations vexes Biden White House

Oct. 25, 2021 00:16 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate’s willingness to confirm a president's nominees took a downward turn during Donald Trump’s first year in office. And it has only gotten worse for President Joe Biden. About 36% of Biden's nominees have been confirmed so far in the evenly...

Deal on Biden's $2T plan edges closer; Harris is 'confident'

Oct. 23, 2021 17:27 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A deal within reach, President Joe Biden and Congress’ top Democrats edged close to sealing their giant domestic legislation, though the informal deadline appeared to slip as they worked to scale back the measure and determine how to pay for it. ...

N Korea slams US for supporting Taiwan in nod to ally China

Oct. 23, 2021 08:12 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Saturday accused the Biden administration of raising military tensions with China through its “reckless” backing of Taiwan, and said that the growing U.S. military presence in the region constitutes a potential threat to the North. ...

Deal seems near on $2T Biden package, though deadline slips

Oct. 22, 2021 21:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A deal within reach, President Joe Biden and Congress’ top Democrats edged close to sealing their giant domestic legislation Friday, though the day's informal deadline appeared to slip as they worked to scale back the measure and determine how to pay for it. ...

Group clings to faith as US works on Haiti kidnapping case

Oct. 22, 2021 16:27 PM EDT

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — A U.S. religious organization whose 17 members were kidnapped in Haiti asked supporters on Friday to pray and share stories with the victims' families of how their faith helped them through difficult times as efforts to recover them entered a sixth day. ...

White House: Biden to outline filibuster changes in 'weeks'

Oct. 22, 2021 15:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House said Friday that President Joe Biden would speak in the coming weeks about moving to “fundamentally alter" the filibuster or even eliminate the legislative roadblock that empowers the Senate minority as he aims to pass sweeping voting laws and secure the...

China vows no concessions on Taiwan after Biden comments

Oct. 22, 2021 15:26 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China on Friday said there is “no room” for compromise or concessions over the issue of Taiwan, following a comment by U.S. President Joe Biden that the U.S. is committed to defending the island if it is attacked. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang...

Senate GOP again blocks Democrats' election bill

Oct. 20, 2021 16:15 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — For the third time this year, Senate Democrats on Wednesday tried to pass sweeping elections legislation that they tout as a powerful counterweight to new voting restrictions sweeping conservative-controlled states. Once again, Republicans blocked...

Efforts drag on to free 17 missionaries kidnapped in Haiti

Oct. 20, 2021 16:10 PM EDT

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Efforts to win the return of 17 members of a U.S.-based missionary group and a local driver stretched into a fourth day Wednesday, with a violent gang demanding $1 million ransom per person. The group seized includes five children aged from...