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Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds updates the state's response to the coronavirus outbreak during a news conference at the Statehouse in Des Moines, Iowa, on Thursday, June 4, 2020. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette via AP, Pool)

Iowa Democrats unveil police conduct bills; GOP considering

Jun. 4, 2020 7:48 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Democrats and black leaders called Thursday for urgent action by state lawmakers to enact laws regulating police conduct and investigations, after a week of protests across the nation over the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. On the statehouse steps, Rep. Ras Smith, a...

U.S. Capitol police officers talk with demonstrators as they have a conversation about racism in America as they protest the death of George Floyd, Wednesday, June 3, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers. At right is Lydia Robinson, 31, of Raleigh, N.C. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Democrats prepare police reform bills after Floyd's death

Jun. 4, 2020 7:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Democrats, powered by the Congressional Black Caucus, are preparing a sweeping package of police reforms as pressure builds on the federal government to respond to the death of George Floyd and others in law enforcement interactions. With the urgency of mass protests ...

Black Ohio lawmakers urge colleagues to help address racism

Jun. 4, 2020 7:10 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Black Democratic lawmakers made emotional appeals to colleagues in the GOP-led Ohio House for help in addressing racism as a session ended Thursday. The House had wrapped up its business on votes regarding elections and fireworks legislation when Rep. Stephanie Howse rose to address...

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., speaks during Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, June 3, 2020. (Greg Nash/Pool via AP)

Raw feelings abound as Senate turns back to Russia probe

Jun. 4, 2020 5:43 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two Republican-led Senate committees have launched election-year investigations into the Justice Department’s Russia probe, resurrecting the issue at the urging of President Donald Trump while reigniting the partisan hostility that comes along with it. In two committee rooms...

FILE - In this March 8, 2020, file photo Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-NY., speaks at a campaign rally for then-Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

Ocasio-Cortez backs challenger of House Democratic chairman

Jun. 4, 2020 3:30 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has endorsed the Democratic primary challenger of a veteran House committee chairman and fellow New Yorker in her latest challenge to party leaders. Ocasio-Cortez, who in less than two years has shot from obscurity to one of Congress' most recognized names...

Assembly OK's $5B bond to close budget gap from COVID-19

Jun. 4, 2020 3:30 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J (AP) — New Jersey's Democrat-led Assembly on Thursday passed a measure authorizing $5 billion in borrowing sought by Gov. Phil Murphy. The measure gives the Democratic administration approval to borrow the money to plug a budget hole blown open by the state's response to the coronavirus...

Judge Justin Walker is sworn in prior to testifying before a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Walker's nomination to be a U.S. circuit judge for the District of Columbia Circuit on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 6, 2020. (Jonathan Ernst/Pool Photo via AP)

Senate panel advances McConnell ally for DC appeals court

Jun. 4, 2020 1:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Judiciary Committee has advanced the nomination of a 38-year-old judge and ally of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to serve on a federal appeals court, despite Democrats’ objections that he’s inexperienced and biased against the Obama health care law. The...

Indiana Democratic chairman fails in state Senate bid

Jun. 4, 2020 12:25 PM EDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Bloomington-area voters overwhelmingly picked a former congressional candidate over the Indiana Democratic Party chairman for a state Senate seat nomination. Unofficial returns released from Tuesday’s primary election show Shelli Yoder received 80% of the vote in the...

Kansas state Reps. Kyle Hoffman, left, R-Coldwather, and Fred Patton, R-Topeka, confer during a break in the House session, Wednesday, June 3, 2020, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Patton is chairman of the House Judiciary Committee and has helped draft legislation giving lawmakers oversight of the state's response to the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Kansas House passes compromise coronavirus response bill

Jun. 4, 2020 12:39 AM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A bill giving Kansas lawmakers some oversight of the state's coronavirus response cleared the House on Wednesday night and is headed to the Senate. The Legislature convened for a special session called by Kelly after she vetoed a sweeping coronavirus bill GOP lawmakers approved in May...

FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2019, file photo State Department Inspector General Steve Linick leaves a meeting in a secure area at the Capitol in Washington. Linick irritated powerful Democrats and Republicans alike in his seven years as the independent watchdog investigating waste and mismanagement at the State Department. Still, he was stunned by a Friday night phone call saying President Donald Trump had fired him. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Ousted State watchdog confirms investigations into Pompeo

Jun. 4, 2020 12:17 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ousted State Department Inspector General Steve Linick on Wednesday told members of three congressional committees that before he was abruptly fired, he was investigating Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s use of government resources as well as the secretary’s decision to...