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NYC mayoral primary will be big test for ranked vote system

Jun. 18, 2021 11:08 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Voters will likely pick the next mayor of New York City next week in a Democratic primary that will also be a major test of ranked choice voting, a system that lets voters rank several candidates in order of preference instead of choosing just one. Two...

Black Americans laud Juneteenth holiday, say more work ahead

Jun. 18, 2021 10:14 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Black Americans rejoiced after President Joe Biden made Juneteenth a federal holiday, but some said that, while they appreciated the recognition at a time of racial reckoning in America, more is needed to change policies that disadvantage too many of their brethren. ...

Back home: Biden has daunting to-do list after European tour

Jun. 18, 2021 00:39 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is facing a formidable to-do list now that he’s back from his summit-filled trip to Europe, with pressing legislative challenges, foreign policy follow-up and a need to steer the country’s reopening as the coronavirus threat recedes. ...

Black Americans laud Juneteenth holiday, say more work ahead

Jun. 17, 2021 20:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Black Americans rejoiced Thursday after President Joe Biden made Juneteenth a federal holiday, but some said that, while they appreciated the recognition at a time of racial reckoning in America, more is needed to change policies that disadvantage too many of their...

US Mint to issue quarters honoring notable American women

Jun. 17, 2021 19:38 PM EDT

Poet and author Maya Angelou, America’s first woman in space and a revered Cherokee Nation leader are among female trailblazers whose likenesses will appear on the U.S. quarter. The new four-year American Women Quarters Program celebrates women's accomplishments and...

Voting bill showdown looms as GOP rejects Manchin plan

Jun. 17, 2021 18:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is set for a key vote Tuesday on a sweeping rewrite of voting and election law, setting up a dramatic test of Democratic unity on a top priority that Republicans are vowing to block. Democrats appeared to be coalescing Thursday around...

Back home: Biden has daunting to-do list after European tour

Jun. 17, 2021 18:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is facing a formidable to-do list now that he’s back from his summit-filled trip to Europe, with pressing legislative challenges, foreign policy follow-up and a need to steer the country’s reopening as the coronavirus threat recedes. ...

Q&A: Abdul-Jabbar talks new documentary, MLK, social justice

Jun. 17, 2021 15:57 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is an NBA legend, but the man known for his trademark skyhook shot has also devoted his life advocating for equality and social justice. Abdul-Jabbar will take another step in his activism walk as an executive producer and...

Sen. Manchin proposes changes to Democrats' voting bill

Jun. 16, 2021 18:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Joe Manchin is proposing an extensive list of changes to his party's sweeping elections and voting bill, raising hopes among Democrats that they could unite behind the legislation even if the measure is nearly certain to be blocked by Republicans in a showdown Senate...

Senate Democrats press ahead on voting bill despite dim odds

Jun. 16, 2021 00:14 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats pledged to forge ahead with a likely doomed vote on their sprawling elections and voting bill next week, even as it faces universal opposition from Republicans, as well as from a key senator in their own party. Democrats have made the...