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Business faces tricky path navigating post-Trump politics

Apr. 11, 2021 16:30 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — For more than a half-century, the voice emerging from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s monolithic, Beaux Arts-styled building near the White House was predictable: It was the embodiment of American business and, more specifically, a shared set of interests with the...

Nevada GOP censures elections official who defended results

Apr. 11, 2021 15:44 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada’s Republican Party voted to censure the secretary of state, accusing her of failing to fully investigate allegations of fraud in the 2020 election. She says there was no widespread fraud and that her own party is attacking her for refusing to “put my thumb on the...

Indiana lawmakers planning on return for redistricting votes

Apr. 11, 2021 09:36 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana lawmakers won’t be done for the year when their regular legislative session ends later this month. Legislative leaders are laying the groundwork for a return by all 150 lawmakers to Indianapolis months from now to approve new congressional...

West Virginia lawmakers approve needle exchange regulations

Apr. 10, 2021 23:41 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia bill that would regulate needle exchange programs gained final approval in the Republican-controlled legislature on Saturday amid a spike in HIV cases in the state. Critics have said its more stringent requirements for the...

Lee Hart, wife of 1984 presidential hopeful Gary Hart, dies

Apr. 10, 2021 19:23 PM EDT

LAKEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Lee Hart, the wife of former U.S. Sen. Gary Hart of Colorado, has died. She was 85. Lee Hart died Friday at a hospital in Lakewood, Colorado, after a brief illness. She campaigned for her husband during his runs for the Senate and the White House....

Oklahoman charged with threatening federal officials

Apr. 10, 2021 14:52 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma man has been charged with 10 counts of threatening former President George W. Bush, U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts and and six members of Congress. Court documents dated Thursday allege Michael Brandon Houck made the...

‘Clear the Capitol,’ Pence pleaded, timeline of riot shows

Apr. 10, 2021 13:17 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — From a secure room in the Capitol on Jan. 6, as rioters pummeled police and vandalized the building, Vice President Mike Pence tried to assert control. In an urgent phone call to the acting defense secretary, he issued a startling demand. “Clear the...

Senate filibuster's racist past fuels arguments for its end

Apr. 10, 2021 09:47 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Once obscure, the Senate filibuster is coming under fresh scrutiny not only because of the enormous power it gives a single senator to halt President Joe Biden’s agenda, but as a tool historically used for racism. Senators and those advocating for...

After Amazon: Labor tries to regroup in wake of Alabama loss

Apr. 10, 2021 08:30 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite the strongest public support and the most sympathetic president in years, the American labor movement just suffered a stinging defeat -- again. Amazon warehouse workers in Bessemer, Alabama, overwhelmingly voted against joining the Retail,...

US to keep migrant families in hotels as amid rush for space

Apr. 10, 2021 01:16 AM EDT

Migrant families will be held at hotels in the Phoenix area in response to a growing number of people crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, authorities said Friday, another step in the Biden administration's rush to set up temporary space for them. U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema was...