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Senate parliamentarian sets back Dems' immigration push

Sep. 19, 2021 20:23 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats can’t use their $3.5 trillion package bolstering social and climate programs to give millions of immigrants a chance to become citizens, the Senate’s parliamentarian said late Sunday, a crushing blow to what was the party’s clearest pathway in years to...

Former U.S. Rep. James Bilbray of Nevada dies at age 83

Sep. 19, 2021 18:55 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. James Bilbray, a Democrat from Nevada who served four terms in Congress, has died, state officials said Sunday. He was 83. The cause of death wasn’t immediately released. “Nevada lost a giant,” Gov. Steve...

SC Senate sets criteria; asks for public redistricting maps

Sep. 19, 2021 09:06 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Senators are asking the public to submit proposed maps on new districts in South Carolina based on the 2020 U.S. Census as a special House committee wraps up a series of public meetings on redistricting across the state. Lawmakers are using the...

Democrats push to retool health care programs for millions

Sep. 19, 2021 07:40 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dental work for seniors on Medicare. An end to sky’s-the-limit pricing on prescription drugs. New options for long-term care at home. Coverage for low-income people locked out of Medicaid by ideological battles. Those are just some of the changes to...

New redistricting commissions splinter along partisan lines

Sep. 18, 2021 10:48 AM EDT

When voters in some states created new commissions to handle the politically thorny process of redistricting, the hope was that the bipartisan panelists could work together to draw new voting districts free of partisan gerrymandering. Instead, cooperation has proved...

Tennessee Senate leader forms redistricting committee

Sep. 18, 2021 10:30 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Senate’s leader has picked five Republicans and two Democrats to sit on a committee diving into the once-a-decade task of drawing new congressional and state legislative districts. Republican Lt. Gov. Randy McNally’s...

Democrats tackling flash points of taxes, health, climate

Sep. 18, 2021 09:20 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Revamp the tax code and important federal health care and environment programs. Spend $3.5 trillion over 10 years, but maybe a lot less. Ensure that no more than three Democrats in all of Congress vote “no” because Republicans will be unanimously opposed. ...

Blackfeet continue work to defend Badger-Two Medicine

Sep. 18, 2021 08:13 AM EDT

Heart Butte, Mont. (AP) — The fight to protect the Badger-Two Medicine defends not so much a place as a way of living. On a map, this jumble of mountains, rivers, hunting grounds and petroleum deposits is surrounded by the Blackfeet Indian Reservation, Glacier National...

Today in History

Sep. 18, 2021 00:13 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Saturday, Sept. 18, the 261st day of 2021. There are 104 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept. 18, 1975, newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst was captured by the FBI in San...

Land agency moving back to DC, reversing Trump-era decision

Sep. 17, 2021 18:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Interior Secretary Deb Haaland is moving the national headquarters of the Bureau of Land Management back to the nation’s capital after two years in Colorado, reversing a decision by former President Donald Trump's administration to move the agency closer to the region it...