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FILE—In this file photo from Oct. 6, 2020, David Pepper, the chairman of the Ohio Democratic Party, speaks at the Hamilton County Board of Elections as people arrive to participate in early voting in Norwood, Ohio. Pepper announced Monday, Nov. 30, 2020 that he is stepping down at the end of the year. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster, File)

Ohio's Democratic Party chair stepping down after 6 years

Nov. 30, 2020 3:49 PM EST

CINCINNATI (AP) — Ohio’s Democratic Party chair is stepping down after six years during which Republicans, including Donald Trump, dominated statewide elections, he said Monday. David Pepper, a former Hamilton County commissioner and Cincinnati council member, sent a letter to party officials...

FILE - In this Nov. 24, 2020, file photo President-elect Joe Biden puts on his face mask after introducing nominees and appointees to key national security and foreign policy posts at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Del. Congress is bracing for Biden to move beyond the Trump administration’s state-by-state approach to the COVID-19 crisis and build out a national strategy to fight the pandemic and distribute the eventual vaccine.(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Congress braces for Biden's national coronavirus strategy

Nov. 25, 2020 10:52 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is bracing for President-elect Joe Biden to move beyond the Trump administration’s state-by-state approach to the COVID-19 crisis and build out a national strategy to fight the pandemic and distribute the eventual vaccine. The incoming administration’s approach...

FILE - Journalist Carl Bernstein attends the 2018 PEN Literary Gala in New York on May 22, 2018. Bernstein took to Twitter to specifically ‘out’ 21 Republican senators that he says have privately expressed contempt for President Donald Trump. It was an unusual form of reporting for Bernstein, who with former partner Bob Woodward broke stories that led to the resignation of former President Richard Nixon. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

Carl Bernstein says 21 GOP senators contemptuous of Trump

Nov. 23, 2020 9:42 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Former Watergate sleuth Carl Bernstein took to Twitter to list the names of 21 Republican senators who he says have “repeatedly expressed contempt” for Donald Trump and his fitness to be president. Bernstein's post was condemned Monday by some of those involved. It was an...

FILE - In this June 21, 2019 file photo, General Services Administration Administrator Emily Murphy speaks during a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Department of Homeland Security's St. Elizabeths Campus Center Building in Washington.   The head of the obscure federal government agency that is holding up Joe Biden's presidential transition knew well before Election Day she might have a messy situation on her hands well. Prior to Nov. 3, GSA administrator Emily Murphy held a Zoom call with Dave Barram, 77, a man who was in her shoes 20 years earlier during the contested 2000 election between George W. Bush and Al Gore. Barram said he gave her some simple advice, “If you do the right thing, then all you have to do is live with the consequences of it.’”(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

US agency ascertains Biden as winner, lets transition begin

Nov. 23, 2020 7:57 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The General Services Administration ascertained Monday that President-elect Joe Biden is the “apparent winner” of the Nov. 3 election, clearing the way for the start of the transition from President Donald Trump’s administration and allowing Biden to coordinate with...

People line up outside a popular pub and restaurant in St Kilda in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. Melbourne, Australia's former coronavirus hot spot, emerged from a lockdown at midnight Tuesday, restaurants, cafes and bars were allowed to open and outdoor contact sports can resume. (AP Photo/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake)

The Latest: 6-day lockdown ordered in South Australia state

Nov. 17, 2020 10:56 PM EST

SYDNEY — The Australian state of South Australia will begin a six-day lockdown at midnight Wednesday, with schools, universities, bars and cafes closed. Only one person from each household will be allowed to leave home each day, and only for specific reasons. The restrictions also require most factories...

FILE - This Monday, Oct. 26, 2020, file photo shows Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, speaking during a news conference in Washington. Portman is participating in a COVID-19 vaccine study, hoping to encourage others to volunteer to take part in testing. Portman said in an interview that as much as he supports such precautions as masking and social distancing, vaccine development, distribution and use are the best hope for reducing the pandemic's toll, and he wanted to what he could to help

Ohio senator joins COVID-19 vaccine study to set example

Nov. 17, 2020 8:31 AM EST

CINCINNATI (AP) — A U.S. senator is participating in a COVID-19 vaccine study, hoping to encourage others to volunteer to take part in testing. Ohio Republican Rob Portman told The Associated Press that he wanted to do what he could to help “explain the great potential for these vaccines” and...

\File-This Monday, Nov. 2, 2020 file photo shows Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaking at a rally at Cleveland Burke Lakefront Airport, in Cleveland. Republican Donald Trump's second decisive victory in Ohio has put the traditional bellwether's status as a must-win battleground state in doubt. Biden's victory will make him the first president elected without carrying Ohio since JFK in 1960.  (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

No longer mirror of US, Ohio's electoral bellwether quiets

Nov. 14, 2020 9:05 AM EST

CINCINNATI (AP) — As Ohio goes, so goes the nation. That's the way it had been in presidential elections for more than half a century, until this year, when Republican Donald Trump won a decisive victory in the state while losing the presidency to Democrat Joe Biden. Biden becomes the first president...

Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah,  speaks during a news conference Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, near Neffs Canyon, in Salt Lake City. Romney announced legislation to establish a national wildfire commission that would make policy recommendations aimed at diminishing future wildfire disasters. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Romney: Trump's election fraud claim wrong, 'reckless'

Nov. 6, 2020 3:32 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Key Republican lawmakers, including 2012 presidential nominee Mitt Romney, on Friday slammed President Donald Trump's unsubstantiated claim that Democrats are trying to “steal” the election. But some GOP leaders struck a more neutral tone — and others urged the White...

Supports of President Donald Trump holds signs during a demonstration outside the State Farm Arena where Fulton County has a voting counting operation, Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Some in GOP break with Trump over baseless vote-fraud claims

Nov. 5, 2020 11:14 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Some Republican lawmakers on Thursday criticized President Donald Trump’s unsupported claim that Democrats are trying to “steal” the election, saying Trump's comments undermine the U.S. political process and the bedrock notion that all Americans should have their vote...

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., questions President Donald Trump's fitness to serve following his hospitalization for COVID-19, during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, Friday, Oct. 9, 2020. Pelosi wants legislation that would create a commission to allow Congress to intervene under the 25th Amendment to the Constitution and remove the president from executive duties. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

White House virus aid offer is panned by Pelosi, Senate GOP

Oct. 10, 2020 5:48 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new White House coronavirus aid offer got bad reviews from both ends of the political spectrum on Saturday. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., rejected the most generous Trump administration plan to date as “one step forward, two steps back." The Republicans who control the...