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Newsom's spending binge reshapes California recall election

May. 15, 2021 01:08 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A fading coronavirus crisis and an astounding windfall of tax dollars have reshuffled California’s emerging recall election, allowing Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom to talk about an end to most COVID-19 restrictions and propose billions in new spending as he looks to fend...

Let's face it: Washington adjusts to new mask guidance

May. 15, 2021 00:46 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jill Biden says finally going mask-free feels like “we're moving forward.” A Republican senator says going unmasked "certainly helps the flow of conversation.” But the conversation on the House floor on Friday approached sniping as lawmakers...

IRS to the rescue? Tax audits eyed for infrastructure cash

May. 15, 2021 00:32 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans say they won’t raise taxes on corporations. Democrats say they won't raise taxes on people making less than $400,000 a year. So who is going to pay for the big public works boost that lawmakers and President Joe Biden say is necessary for the country? ...

Missouri lawmakers pass high-profile gun bill on last day

May. 14, 2021 21:19 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's Republican-led Legislature passed a high-profile measure to ban local enforcement of federal gun laws with just an hour to spare before lawmakers' 6 p.m. Friday deadline. The GOP-led House voted 111-42 along party lines to send the...

House to vote soon on bills to protect Capitol after Jan. 6

May. 14, 2021 20:11 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House is expected to vote next week on two bills aimed at preventing more attacks on the U.S. Capitol, with one seeking to establish a 9/11-style commission to study what went wrong on Jan. 6 and the other allocating $1.9 billion to address the security problems...

Conservative group boasts of secret role in voting laws

May. 14, 2021 18:51 PM EDT

The head of a national conservative group told supporters it secretly helped draft legislation in Republican-controlled statehouses across the country as part of a coordinated network of organizations pushing to tighten voting laws across the country. Jessica Anderson,...

In devotion to Trump, House GOP taps Stefanik for a top post

May. 14, 2021 17:59 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans elevated Rep. Elise Stefanik to a leadership post Friday, highlighting how the party whose lodestar has long been conservative policies increasingly views allegiance to Donald Trump as its indispensable key to electoral success. ...

Let's face it: Washington adjusts to new mask guidance

May. 14, 2021 17:08 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jill Biden says finally going mask-free feels like “we're moving forward.” A Republican senator says going unmasked "certainly helps the flow of conversation.” But the conversation on the House floor on Friday approached sniping as lawmakers...

Justices reject rules fast-tracking redistricting lawsuits

May. 14, 2021 16:46 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Friday rejected a Republican request that all state redistricting lawsuits start in the high court. In its order denying the request, the court recapped the arguments for and against the Republicans' request, but it...

Oklahoma bucks red-state trend, extends early voting

May. 14, 2021 14:46 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — On Election Day last year, state Rep. Jon Echols was mortified to see a 3 1/2-hour line to vote in his district, which stretches from the edge of Oklahoma City's urban core into suburban neighborhoods that give way to wide stretches of rural land. A...