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In this photo taken on Friday, Jan. 15, 2021 A Romanian gendarme leaves after getting a COVID-19 vaccine at a hospital in Bucharest, Romania. Across the Balkans and the rest of the nations in the southeastern corner of Europe, a vaccination campaign against the coronavirus is overshadowed by heated political debates or conspiracy theories that threaten to thwart the process. In countries like the Czech Republic, Serbia, Bosnia, Romania and Bulgaria, skeptics have ranged from former presidents to top athletes and doctors. Nations that once routinely went through mass inoculations under Communist leaders are deeply split over whether to take the vaccines at all.  (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

Vaccine skepticism hurts East European anti-virus efforts

Jan. 17, 2021 2:45 AM EST

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Vaccines from the West, Russia or China? Or none at all? That dilemma faces nations in southeastern Europe, where coronavirus vaccination campaigns are off to a slow start — overshadowed by heated political debates and conspiracy theories. In countries like the Czech...

Arizona Republicans figure prominently in election turmoil

Jan. 14, 2021 7:38 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Several Arizona lawmakers figure prominently in the controversy over the Republican effort to overturn President Donald Trump’s election loss and the ensuing chaos after a mob stormed the Capitol. From raising objections to the state’s election results to attending or...

Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., talks with reporters in a secret location on the U.S. Capitol complex where Senators were taken when the Senate was evacuated after protesters stormed the building on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington. Associated Press reporter Andrew Taylor and other reporters were spirited away along with senators for safety for a few hours. When they returned to the Senate wing of the Capitol, it was crowded with police and security agents, and there was tear gas residue.(AP Photo/Andrew Taylor)

The day my 'second home,' the Capitol, was overtaken by mob

Jan. 7, 2021 8:14 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Capitol is my second home. I have been covering the occupants of the building for an absurdly long period of time, the last 15 years spent mostly at a workspace just steps from the Senate gallery. I knew Wednesday would not be typical in the time of COVID-19. Instead of working...

Vice President Mike Pence and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., read the final certification of Electoral College votes cast in November's presidential election during a joint session of Congress after working through the night, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021. Violent protesters loyal to President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol Wednesday, disrupting the process. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, Pool)

GOP Reps. Tiffany, Fitzgerald object to certifying Biden win

Jan. 7, 2021 8:27 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Two Wisconsin Republicans objected to certifying Joe Biden's victories in a pair of states before his win was confirmed in a meeting of Congress that was interrupted by the storming of the Capitol by a violent mob loyal to President Donald Trump. Reps. Tom Tiffany and Scott Fitzgerald,...

The Latest: Trump promises 'orderly transition' on Jan. 20

Jan. 7, 2021 4:01 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Congress’ tally of the Electoral College vote won by Joe Biden (all times local): 3:55 a.m. President Donald Trump now says there “will be an orderly transition on January 20th” after Congress concluded the electoral vote count certifying President-elect...

Lawmakers evacuate the floor as protesters try to break into the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Chaos, violence, mockery as pro-Trump mob occupies Congress

Jan. 7, 2021 1:01 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — “Where are they?” a Trump supporter demanded in a crowd of dozens roaming the halls of the Capitol, bearing Trump flags and pounding on doors. They — lawmakers, staff members and more — were hiding under tables, hunkered in lockdowns, saying prayers and seeing...

Senate recesses Electoral College debate after protesters force lockdown of Capitol

Jan. 6, 2021 2:17 PM EST
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate recesses Electoral College debate after protesters force lockdown of Capitol.
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards, right, talks with Dr. Mona Moghareh, a pharmacist with Ochsner Medical Center in Jefferson, La., as she sets up a station to administer the first vials of the coronavirus vaccine on Monday, Dec. 14, 2020. (Chris Granger/The Advocate via AP)

Analysis: New Louisiana political year, with repeat debates

Jan. 3, 2021 4:00 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana Legislature's 2021 political debates will center on the same terrain that fixated lawmakers around the country last year: the coronavirus pandemic, budget concerns and issues of racial bias in policing. Some new twists will be added to the mix, including the redrawing...

FILE - In this early Monday, Jan. 16, 2017 file photo, a man walks past the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. The historic congregation at the heart of Atlanta, where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. had preached, sits at the intersection of national politics and the fate of a handful of pressing national policy fights. (AP Photo/Branden Camp)

Senate race thrusts 'Black America's church' into spotlight

Jan. 3, 2021 10:51 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — For decades, the red-bricked Gothic Revival church where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. once preached has been a monument to the history of Black Americans' fight for civil rights and the legacy of an activist icon. It took a high-stakes Senate race and a Trump-era cultural debate to...

The sunsets as people arrive to vote at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church in Ironton, Louisiana for Election Day on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. (Chris Granger/The Advocate via AP)

Analysis: Louisiana considering redesign of election system

Dec. 27, 2020 4:00 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana is revisiting a decades-old debate of whether to jettison its “jungle primary” election system that regularly sees the state selecting its members of Congress later than the rest of the country. The Legislature briefly changed the congressional elections...