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FILE - This Nov. 29, 2011, file photo shows the signature of president Abraham Lincoln on a rare, restored copy of the 13th Amendment that ended slavery, in Chicago. National lawmakers are expected on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020, to introduce a joint resolution aimed at striking language from the U.S. Constitution that enshrines a form of slavery in America’s foundational documents. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

US lawmakers unveil anti-slavery constitutional amendment

Dec. 2, 2020 2:18 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — National lawmakers introduced a joint resolution Wednesday aimed at striking language from the U.S. Constitution that enshrines a form of slavery in America’s foundational documents. The resolution, spearheaded and supported by Democratic members of the House and Senate, would amend...

FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2020, file photo, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. A bipartisan group of lawmakers, including Manchin,  is putting pressure on congressional leaders to accept a split-the-difference solution to the months-long impasse on COVID-19 relief in a last-gasp effort to ship overdue help to a hurting nation before Congress adjourns for the holidays. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Senate GOP leader sticking with partisan virus relief plan

Dec. 2, 2020 1:43 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Senate Republican Mitch McConnell said he's largely sticking with a partisan, scaled-back COVID-19 relief bill that has already failed twice this fall, even as Democratic leaders and a bipartisan group of moderates offered concessions in hopes of passing pandemic aid before Congress...

FILE - In this May 7, 2020, file photo Chairman Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., gives his opening statement during a Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on new coronavirus tests on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool, File)

Alexander preaches consensus in farewell to fractious Senate

Dec. 2, 2020 12:44 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Lamar Alexander, a Tennessee political legend who forged a productive path as a Senate institutionalist after tours as governor and Cabinet secretary, said goodbye to the chamber on Wednesday, advising his colleagues to seek broadly backed, durable solutions to the nation's problems...

In this photo released by the official website of the Iranian Defense Ministry, military military commanders attend a funeral ceremony of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, a scientist who was killed on Friday, in a funeral ceremony in Tehran, Iran, Monday, Nov. 30, 2020. Iran held the funeral Monday for the slain scientist who founded its military nuclear program two decades ago, with the Islamic Republic's defense minister vowing to continue the man's work

Iran's president opposes bill that would boost enrichment

Dec. 2, 2020 10:44 AM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday expressed his opposition to a bill approved by parliament the previous day to suspend U.N. inspections and boost uranium enrichment, saying it would be “harmful” to diplomatic efforts aimed at restoring the 2015 nuclear...

A ribbon hangs on the White House for World AIDS Day 2020, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump threatens defense veto over social media protections

Dec. 2, 2020 12:14 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is threatening to veto a defense policy bill unless it ends protections for internet companies that shield them from being held liable for material posted by their users. On Twitter Tuesday night, Trump took aim at Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act,...

Massachusetts lawmakers approve police accountability bill

Dec. 1, 2020 10:17 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts House and Senate voted Tuesday to approve a compromise bill backers say would increase police accountability — including, for the first time, creating an independent, civilian-led commission to standardize the certification, training and decertification of police...

State House OKs confidentiality program for abuse survivors

Dec. 1, 2020 6:14 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The state House approved a series of bills Tuesday that would provide a greater level of confidentiality for survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Under the proposals, victims of crimes and their children would be given an identification number and a substitute address for the...

FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2020, file photo, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. A bipartisan group of lawmakers, including Manchin,  is putting pressure on congressional leaders to accept a split-the-difference solution to the months-long impasse on COVID-19 relief in a last-gasp effort to ship overdue help to a hurting nation before Congress adjourns for the holidays. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Senate GOP leader sticking with partisan COVID relief plan

Dec. 1, 2020 5:26 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Senate Republican Mitch McConnell said Tuesday he's largely sticking with a partisan, scaled-back COVID-19 relief bill that has already failed twice this fall, even as Democratic leaders and a bipartisan group of moderates offered concessions in hopes of passing pandemic aid before...

FILE - In this May 26, 2020, file photo, state Sen. Steve Fenberg, D-Boulder, front, and Sen. Robert Rodriguez, D-Denver, sit amid the empty desks before the chamber reopens in downtown Denver. Colorado's Democrat-led Legislature is plowing ahead on special session legislation to provide limited state relief to businesses, students, and others affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The Senate on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, unanimously passed bills to direct $5 million to help residents to pay utility bills; $50 million to assist landlords and tenants; and $100 million to the governor's office for use in the public health emergency. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Colorado passes virus aid; GOP fails to trim Polis authority

Dec. 1, 2020 3:24 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Colorado's Democrat-led Legislature plowed ahead Tuesday on special session legislation to provide limited state relief to businesses, students and others affected by the coronavirus pandemic, overcoming Republican objections to the scope of the aid and GOP attempts to limit the Democratic...

President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris arrive at an event to introduce their nominees and appointees to economic policy posts at The Queen theater, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

The Latest: Biden inaugural committee limits donors to $500K

Dec. 1, 2020 2:15 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President-elect Joe Biden (all times local): 2:10 p.m. The committee raising money for President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration will take contributions from individual donors of as much as $500,000 and from corporations of as much as $1 million. That’s...