Latest Executive branch News

EU plans Russia trade sanctions over 'sham' Ukraine votes

Sep. 28, 2022 11:26 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union countries should impose “biting sanctions” on Russian trade and hit officials responsible for “sham referendums” held in parts of Ukraine as Moscow ramps up the war, senior EU officials said Wednesday. European Commission President Ursula von...

Lawsuit demands San Francisco stop homeless camp sweeps

Sep. 27, 2022 23:51 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Homeless people and their advocates sued the city of San Francisco on Tuesday, demanding that it stop harassing and destroying the belongings of people living on the streets with nowhere to go, and with the goal of forcing the city to spend billions of dollars on affordable...

Libertarian group sues to block student debt cancellation

Sep. 27, 2022 14:50 PM EDT

A libertarian group in California filed a legal challenge to President Joe Biden’s plan for student debt cancellation on Tuesday, calling it an illegal overreach that would increase state tax burdens for some Americans who get their debt forgiven. The lawsuit, believed to be the...

Celebrities coming back to White House after Trump drought

Sep. 20, 2022 17:11 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Celebrities are back at the White House following a pop-culture backlash during the Trump years, when just about anyone considered high-wattage refused to show up. Rocker Elton John is bringing his farewell tour to the South Lawn on Friday, the White House...

Potential jurors quizzed on Trump in inaugural chair's trial

Sep. 20, 2022 13:55 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Potential jurors in the criminal trial of Donald Trump's inaugural committee chair have been quizzed by the judge on a tricky topic: What do they think of the former president? The question came up this week during jury selection at the New York City trial of...

Hungary appeals for time, as EU weighs hefty fund freeze

Sep. 20, 2022 05:54 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Hungary needs time and is urging its European Union partners to be “tolerant,” the country's justice minister said Tuesday, after the bloc's executive branch recommended suspending billions of euros in funding over concerns about democratic backsliding and the possible...

EU proposes to suspend billions in funds to Hungary

Sep. 18, 2022 06:17 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union’s executive branch recommended Sunday that the bloc suspend around 7.5 billion euros (dollars) in funding to Hungary over concerns about democratic backsliding and the possible mismanagement of EU money. The European Commission, which proposes...

US-UK relations enter new chapter as new PM, king settle in

Sep. 17, 2022 17:07 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — President Joe Biden arrived in London to pay his respects to Queen Elizabeth II at a time of transition in U.S.-U.K. relations, as both a new monarch and a new prime minister are settling in. The hawkish approach of Prime Minister Liz Truss to Russia and China puts...

EU drafts media act amid concern over spying, state pressure

Sep. 16, 2022 09:28 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's executive branch unveiled plans Friday for new laws that it said would help protect media freedom and independence in the 27-nation bloc at a time of mounting concern about the dangers of political influence in several member countries. Spurred...

Census meddling is targeted in bill, recommendations

Sep. 13, 2022 14:00 PM EDT

Democratic lawmakers intent on making sure that unprecedented efforts by the Trump administration to politicize the 2020 census never happen again are moving forward with plans for safeguards they say will help the U.S. head count stay free of future interference. Democratic House...