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Biden seeks to boost fuel economy to thwart Trump rollback

Aug. 05, 2021 05:53 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The Biden administration wants automakers to raise gas mileage and cut tailpipe pollution between now and model year 2026, and it has won a voluntary commitment from the industry that electric vehicles comprise up to half of U.S. sales by the end of the decade. ...

Virginia House, Senate pass Democratic spending plan

Aug. 05, 2021 04:31 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia House and Senate gave initial approval Wednesday to budget legislation allocating billions of dollars in federal coronavirus relief money, each passing slightly different bills that lawmakers will have to reconcile. Legislators started...

NC House budget writers start unveiling spending proposals

Aug. 05, 2021 04:07 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The mostly behind-the-scenes work of North Carolina House budget writers fashioning a proposed two-year government spending plan is getting unveiled. The House scheduled several subcommittee meetings on Thursday to consider spending and policy items...

Republicans aim at GOP base in 1st California recall debate

Aug. 05, 2021 01:47 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Four Republicans hoping to claim Gov. Gavin Newsom's job in a September recall election skirmished in their first debate Wednesday, labeling the incumbent Democrat a failure whose pandemic policies sent the state into a tailspin while hewing closely to familiar...

New Mexico taps federal relief to help harvest chile

Aug. 05, 2021 00:34 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Lt. Gov. Howie Morales has said the state is stepping in to ensure a timely chile harvest after growers and producers raised concerns about an inadequate supply of labor. Morales said Wednesday that the state will funnel up to $5 million...

Biden's new evictions moratorium faces legality doubts

Aug. 05, 2021 00:21 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden may have averted a flood of evictions and solved a growing political problem when his administration reinstated a temporary ban on evictions because of the COVID-19 crisis. But he left his lawyers with legal arguments that even he acknowledges might...

Will McConnell lift roadblock of Biden for infrastructure?

Aug. 05, 2021 00:21 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell had vowed to be “100% focused” on stopping President Joe Biden’s agenda. But when it comes to the bipartisan infrastructure plan, McConnell is sounding like a go. McConnell has been acting and voting like...

Republicans aim at GOP base in 1st California recall debate

Aug. 05, 2021 00:16 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Four Republicans hoping to claim Gov. Gavin Newsom's job in a September recall election skirmished in their first debate Wednesday, labeling the incumbent Democrat a failure whose pandemic policies sent the state into a tailspin while hewing closely to familiar...

Q&A: Democrat Shontel Brown on how she won Ohio primary

Aug. 05, 2021 00:10 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Shontel Brown's surge came almost out of the blue. She crushed a double-digit lead that progressive firebrand Nina Turner had built over months in just a few weeks' time to easily win the Democratic nomination for a Cleveland-area congressional seat. ...

Progressives see blueprint for next fights in eviction win

Aug. 05, 2021 00:06 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The rare clash this week between the Biden administration and congressional Democrats over a lapsed eviction moratorium could become a blueprint for even larger fights that lie ahead. Finding allies in congressional leadership, a new generation of...