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Exodus of election officials raises concerns of partisanship

Jun. 13, 2021 10:59 AM EDT

There is no shortage of job openings for local election officials in Michigan. It's the same in Pennsylvania. Wisconsin, too. After facing threats and intimidation during the 2020 presidential election and its aftermath, and now the potential of new punishments in...

YouTube suspends Sen. Johnson for COVID-19 'misinformation'

Jun. 11, 2021 19:44 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Sen. Ron Johnson was suspended Friday from uploading videos to YouTube for one week, after the company said he violated its COVID-19 “medical misinformation policies.” The Wisconsin Republican's removal stems from statements he made during a June 3...

Justice Department will review restrictive GOP voting laws

Jun. 11, 2021 17:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department will scrutinize a wave of new laws in Republican-controlled states that tighten voting rules, Attorney General Merrick Garland said Friday, vowing to take action on any violations of federal law. He announced plans to double...

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Jun. 11, 2021 14:27 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ Spike protein...

Homicides are up, but GOP misleads with claims about blame

Jun. 10, 2021 10:05 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — “SKYROCKETING MURDER RATES,” claimed the National Fraternal Order of Police. “An explosion of violent crime," said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. “Democrat-run cities across the country who cut funding for police have seen increases in crime,” tweeted...

Editorial Roundup: Louisiana

Jun. 09, 2021 07:25 AM EDT

The Advocate. June 7, 2021. Editorial: Louisiana legislative hearings must include facts, not scare tactics and rumors The people of Louisiana have been through much during this ongoing global pandemic. Many have lost hours. Many have lost jobs. Many...

France freezes military ties with Central African Republic

Jun. 08, 2021 15:37 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France has suspended military operations with Central African Republic, accusing its government of failing to respect political opposition and failing to stop a “massive” anti-French disinformation campaign. The French government is also suspending...

Manchin's opposition clouds future of Dems' elections bill

Jun. 06, 2021 13:34 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A key Democratic senator says he will not vote for the largest overhaul of U.S. election law in at least a generation, leaving no plausible path forward for legislation that his party and the White House have portrayed as crucial for protecting access to the ballot. ...

Elise Stefanik, No. 3 House GOP member, announces pregnancy

Jun. 06, 2021 13:08 PM EDT

SARATOGA, N.Y. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, whose loyalty to former president Donald Trump won her a leadership post in the House Republican caucus, announced on Twitter that she is expecting her first child. The fourth-term Congress member from upstate New York...

Facebook suspends Trump for 2 years, then will reassess

Jun. 04, 2021 17:23 PM EDT

Facebook announced Friday that former President Donald Trump’s accounts will be suspended for two years, freezing his presence on the social network until early 2023, following a finding that Trump stoked violence ahead of the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol. ...