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Facebook fight between 'keyboard gangsters' ends in shooting

Aug. 10, 2018 11:31 AM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — It started on Facebook, as many political arguments do these days. A Florida man responded to a friend's post about President Donald Trump. His response wasn't about Trump, it was about felon voting rights. And that's when the squabble between the two fortysomething men exploded into a...

Michelle Obama announces week of action to sign up voters

Aug. 6, 2018 9:44 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama is marking the 53rd anniversary of the Voting Rights Act by urging Americans to participate in a week of action to get people signed up to vote. The former first lady, a co-chairwoman of a nonpartisan organization to encourage voting, announced Monday that the When We All...

With scant record, Supreme Court nominee elusive on abortion

Aug. 3, 2018 12:08 PM EDT

Twice in the past year, Brett Kavanaugh offered glimpses of his position on abortion that strongly suggest he would vote to support restrictions if confirmed to the Supreme Court. One was in a dissent in the case of a 17-year-old migrant seeking to terminate her pregnancy. The other was a speech before a...

Leading Kansas Democrat under scrutiny for backing voter ID

Aug. 1, 2018 8:26 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The leading Democratic candidate for Kansas governor is under attack for her past backing of tough voter identification policies as her party prepares for the possibility that the champion of those measures, conservative Kris Kobach, will win the Republican nomination. Democrats have...

Judge orders Kobach to pay more than $26,000 for contempt

Aug. 1, 2018 8:17 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A federal judge imposed on Wednesday more than $26,000 in sanctions against Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach as punishment for his "contemptuous behavior" during a voting rights case that challenged the state's proof-of-citizenship registration law. U.S. District Judge Julie...

Argentine doctors protest legal abortion ahead of key vote

Aug. 1, 2018 12:04 AM EDT

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — A campaign to expand legal abortions in the homeland of Pope Francis is bitterly dividing Argentines — and increasingly even the profession that would be asked to carry them out. Hundreds of physicians have staged anti-abortion protests as an abortion rights bill moves...

Florida's voting rights battle goes to federal appeals court

Jul. 25, 2018 4:33 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — In a legal showdown over voting rights in the political battleground state of Florida, a group of federal judges asked probing questions Wednesday about how voting rights are restored for some former prisoners but not others. At issue is whether Florida's process of restoring voting rights...

Dems want Ross to clarify origins of citizenship question

Jul. 24, 2018 8:00 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic lawmakers want Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to clarify where a citizenship question on the 2020 census originated after newly released documents show he was seeking such a question early in Donald Trump's presidency. The Trump administration's decision to ask people about...

LGBT advocates fear Kavanaugh's votes on gay-rights issues

Jul. 19, 2018 5:16 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Gay-rights supporters who thronged the Supreme Court plaza after justices declared same-sex marriage a constitutional right expect to have little to celebrate if Brett Kavanaugh replaces Justice Anthony Kennedy, the author of all the court's major gay-rights rulings. None of Kavanaugh's...

ACLU attack on Kobach roils Kansas GOP governor primary

Jul. 18, 2018 7:14 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union has taken the unusual step of plunging into a nasty Republican primary for Kansas governor with an explosive flyer attacking conservative Kris Kobach, but his main rival in the race doesn't want the support of the group either. The ACLU has sparred...