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Senators push to reform police's cellphone tracking tools

Sep. 27, 2022 07:08 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Civil rights lawyers and Democratic senators are pushing for legislation that would limit U.S. law enforcement agencies’ ability to buy cellphone tracking tools to follow people’s whereabouts, including back years in time, and sometimes without a search warrant. ...

US support to go for mental health crisis teams in Oregon

Sep. 12, 2022 22:15 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Saying that a police response is often an improper solution to mental health crises, Biden administration officials announced Monday financial support for expansion of mobile crisis intervention teams in Oregon. This Pacific Northwest state, which has pioneered...

Manchin's big energy deal draws pushback from many Dems

Sep. 10, 2022 11:58 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats desperately needed the vote of Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia to get their signature legislative priority across the finish. So they did what Washington does best: They cut a deal. To help land his support for a bill hailed by advocacy groups as the...

Senate confirms Natalie Wight as the Oregon US attorney

Sep. 09, 2022 09:13 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The U.S. Senate has confirmed Natalie Wight as Oregon’s U.S. attorney, formally making her the top federal law enforcement official in the state. The longtime federal prosecutor has served as the court-appointed U.S. attorney since June after being...

Oregon senators seek answers over prison inmate retaliation

Aug. 20, 2022 10:11 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon’s two U.S. Senators are asking the new director of the federal Bureau of Prisons about recent allegations that guards at the federal prison in Sheridan have retaliated against inmates who are suing the prison. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley wrote to...

Editorial Roundup: Iowa

Aug. 15, 2022 07:21 AM EDT

Des Moines Register. August 14, 2022. Editorial: Spin doesn’t change that Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst refused to help with insulin costs When the chance came to put potentially decisive votes behind their words Aug. 7, the Iowa Republicans blinked. ...

Dems change some tax provisions as they ready economic bill

Aug. 06, 2022 02:58 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats pared part of their proposed minimum tax on huge corporations and made other changes in their giant economic bill, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said Friday, as they drove toward delivering a campaign-season victory to President Joe Biden on his domestic agenda....

Tougher IRS enforcement central to Dem economic package

Aug. 05, 2022 00:29 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — After more than a decade of mostly losing out, the Internal Revenue Service may finally get the cash infusion it's long wanted in the economic package that Democrats are working furiously to push through Congress before their August break. Under a deal worked out...

Biden vows 'strong' climate action despite dual setbacks

Jul. 16, 2022 12:59 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is promising “strong executive action” to combat climate change, despite dual setbacks in recent weeks that have restricted his ability to regulate carbon emissions and boost clean energy such as wind and solar power. The Supreme Court last...

Dem says Manchin blocking energy, tax provisions in big bill

Jul. 15, 2022 08:06 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Joe Manchin has said he’ll oppose an economic measure he’s been negotiating with Democratic leaders if it includes climate or energy provisions or higher taxes on the rich and corporations, a Democrat briefed on the conversations said late Thursday, delivering a...