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Republican attorneys general criticize Biden vaccine order

Oct. 27, 2021 19:35 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Twenty-one Republican state attorneys general sent a letter to President Joe Biden on Wednesday saying they think his COVID-19 vaccination mandate for federal contractors “stands on shaky legal ground," is confusing to contractors and could exacerbate supply-chain...

EXPLAINER: Why Congress is looking closely at Jan. 6 rally

Oct. 27, 2021 19:15 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House panel investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection has focused some of its early work on the planning of the rally at which President Donald Trump told his supporters to “fight like hell.” The rally, held that morning and planned by former White House and...

McCloskey against abortions for young rape or incest victims

Oct. 27, 2021 18:38 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Republican Mark McCloskey, who is running for the U.S. Senate, said he does not support allowing abortions for young girls who become pregnant through rape or incest. McCloskey, a St. Louis personal injury lawyer who gained national...

Biden easily won Virginia. Why is McAuliffe struggling?

Oct. 27, 2021 17:22 PM EDT

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — As Terry McAuliffe made his case for the Democratic nomination for governor of Virginia this summer, he argued the state wanted “seasoned” leadership. The former governor, like the new President Joe Biden, had broad appeal that would keep up Virginians' enthusiasm...

Cooper still hopeful on budget deal with NC Republicans

Oct. 27, 2021 16:42 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Entering a second month of active negotiations with lawmakers, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said Wednesday that he was still hopeful they could hammer out a state government budget that he can sign into law. Cooper sent a budget counteroffer to...

Garland defends school board memo amid Republican criticism

Oct. 27, 2021 15:43 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Merrick Garland on Wednesday defended a memo aimed at combating threats against school officials nationwide while Republicans insisted he rescind the directive. He signaled he had no plans to do so despite their criticism. ...

Alford running for Missouri's 4th District seat

Oct. 27, 2021 15:12 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Former Kansas City-area news anchor Mark Alford is running as a Republican for Missouri's 4th District congressional seat, he announced Wednesday on KCMO Talk Radio. Alford joins a crowded race to replace Republican U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler, who...

Wisconsin lawmakers send anti-abortion bills to governor

Oct. 27, 2021 14:47 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Republican-controlled Wisconsin Assembly gave final approval Wednesday to a package of anti-abortion bills, many of which Democratic Gov. Tony Evers vetoed two years ago and is all but certain to reject again. Republicans do not have enough...

Voting rights advocates sue Texas again over GOP-drawn maps

Oct. 27, 2021 14:33 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Voting rights advocates are suing Texas again, this time with support from a former U.S. attorney general, over the state's newly redrawn congressional district maps that favor the GOP, claiming the maps dilute the vote of communities of color after growth in America's...

McConnell backs ex-football star Walker for Georgia Senate

Oct. 27, 2021 13:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Wednesday endorsed Herschel Walker for the Senate in Georgia, lending the clout of the highest-ranking elected GOP official in the country to the candidacy of a former football star whose turbulent personal history could create...