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Russia hails return European body amid objections

Jun. 26, 2019 2:09 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian officials are hailing the decision by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe to ratify credentials of the country's delegation, restoring Russia's participation five years after being stripped of voting rights. But seven countries including Ukraine said Wednesday they...

Boys' mock government proposed eliminating women's vote

Jun. 26, 2019 12:34 PM EDT

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — An organization that sponsors an all-male Kansas student mock government apologized after this year's teenage governor proposed eliminating the constitutional amendment that gave women the right to vote. The teenager from Leavenworth made the proposal in the final moments of his term...

Ukraine recalls Council of Europe envoy over Russia vote

Jun. 25, 2019 1:29 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Ukraine's foreign minister has recalled the country's permanent representative to the Council of Europe after the human rights organization's assembly approved a resolution to restore Russia's participation. The parliamentary assembly stripped the Russian delegation of voting rights in 2014...

Treasury's watchdog to look into Tubman bill delay

Jun. 24, 2019 6:12 PM EDT

The U.S. Treasury's watchdog says it will look into why the redesign of the $20 bill featuring abolitionist Harriet Tubman was delayed. The Office of the Inspector General said in a letter on Friday to Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., that it will consider the matter as part of an audit that is about to begin. The...

Judge: Census question might have discriminatory motive

Jun. 24, 2019 1:21 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — New evidence paints a "disturbing picture" that racial discrimination may be the motive behind the Trump administration's push to ask everyone in the country about citizenship status, a federal judge wrote in a Monday filing. Last week, U.S. District Judge George Hazel of Maryland ruled...

2020 Democrats strongly defend abortion rights at forum

Jun. 22, 2019 9:31 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Twenty Democratic presidential candidates attending a Planned Parenthood forum on Saturday vowed to defend abortion rights under nearly any circumstance while largely ignoring nuances around the issue that have already roiled their party heading into the 2020 election. The event...

Biden not apologizing for remarks on segregationist senators

Jun. 20, 2019 3:35 AM EDT

Joe Biden refused calls to apologize Wednesday for saying that the Senate "got things done" with "civility" even when the body included segregationists with whom he disagreed. His rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination, including the two major black candidates in the contest, roundly criticized Biden's...

Senate vote puts victims' rights amendment before voters

Jun. 19, 2019 10:50 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania voters will decide whether to enumerate victims' rights in the state constitution, a proposal likely to appear on the November ballot. The state Senate voted unanimously Wednesday to give its final approval, putting the state's version of Marsy's Law on the ballot as a...

Rhode Island Gov. Raimondo signs abortion rights bill

Jun. 19, 2019 9:34 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo signed a bill Wednesday to preserve federal abortion protections in state law. The Senate passed the bill and immediately transmitted it to the House, which resumed its session to pass it. Raimondo signed it in her office, calling it an "important,...

Judge: New documents warrant further look at census question

Jun. 19, 2019 6:11 PM EDT

A federal judge said Wednesday that he's inclined to reexamine whether a proposed 2020 census citizenship question violates the rights of minorities after reviewing newly discovered documents from a deceased political operative. U.S. District Judge George Hazel of Maryland ruled that plaintiffs have produced...