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National Guards deploy inside the security perimeter surrounding the Capitol ahead of President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration ceremony, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

McConnell pressures Democrats to keep Senate filibuster

Jan. 19, 2021 7:43 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In one of his final acts as majority leader, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell is pressuring Democrats to keep the filibuster — the procedural tool that liberals and progressives are eager to to do away with so President-elect Joe Biden's legislative priorities can be...

President Donald Trump speaks near a section of the U.S.-Mexico border wall, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021, in Alamo, Texas. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

The Latest: Trump declassifies Crossfire Hurricane material

Jan. 19, 2021 7:37 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Joe Biden's presidential inauguration (all times local): 7:35 p.m. In his final full day in office, President Donald Trump says he has declassified information related to the FBI’s investigation into ties between Russia and his 2016 presidential campaign. He did not...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, file photo, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear addresses the media at a news conference at the Kentucky State Capitol in Frankfort, Ky. On Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, Beshear vetoed bills passed by Kentucky's GOP-dominated legislature that would limit his executive powers to try to slow the spread of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)

Bills limiting governor's executive powers draw vetoes

Jan. 19, 2021 7:24 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's Democratic governor vetoed Republican-backed bills Tuesday to restrict his emergency powers, saying the measures would hamper the fight to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Gov. Andy Beshear said Kentucky has fared better than other states in the region because of his...

In this Jan. 6, 2021, photo, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., walks from the Senate floor to his office on Capitol Hill in Washington. Now that the House has impeached President Donald Trump for the second time, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi must figure out the best strategy for arguing the case before the Senate. Senate rules say the trial must start soon after the chamber receives the article of impeachment, which cites “incitement of insurrection” after an angry mob of Trump’s supporters invaded the Capitol last week. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

McConnell: Trump 'provoked' Capitol siege, 'fed lies' to mob

Jan. 19, 2021 7:13 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday explicitly blamed President Donald Trump for the deadly riot at the Capitol, saying the mob was “fed lies” and that the president and others “provoked” those intent on overturning Democrat Joe Biden’s...

FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2020, file photo, a county election worker scans mail-in ballots at a tabulating area at the Clark County Election Department in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

EXPLAINER: Election claims, and why it's clear Biden won

Jan. 19, 2021 7:11 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — As Democrat Joe Biden is sworn in Wednesday as the nation’s 46th president, Donald Trump’s most ardent supporters still believe Biden was not legitimately elected after Trump continues to argue the election was stolen. There is no evidence of the widespread fraud that Trump and...

Republicans demand DNR resume wolf hunt immediately

Jan. 19, 2021 7:00 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican lawmakers want the state Department of Natural Resources to implement a wolf hunt immediately and not wait until fall. The department's policy board announced Tuesday that it will hold a special meeting Friday morning to consider the request from Republican members of the...

Bill mirrors court ruling on filling open legislative seats

Jan. 19, 2021 6:51 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota legislative leaders are proposing a bill that spells out the process for filling the seat of a victorious candidate who dies or resigns before taking office, after a similar scenario last fall resulted in a clash between the governor and lawmakers. Republican House...

Arizona renewable energy standards targeted by GOP lawmakers

Jan. 19, 2021 6:25 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — The Republican-controlled Arizona Legislature is moving to strip the state utility regulation commission of the power to require electric utilities to get a certain percentage of their power from renewable sources. Identical proposals in the House and Senate would stop the Arizona...

Republican Sen. Bob Ballinger, right, speaks to the Senate at the Arkansas Capitol in Little Rock, Ark., on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021 about his proposal to ease restrictions on the use of deadly force in self-defense. The Senate approved Ballinger's measure, sending it to the state House. (AP Photo/Andrew Demillo)

Arkansas Senate OKs 'Stand Your Ground' bill, sends to House

Jan. 19, 2021 6:24 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Senate on Tuesday passed legislation easing restrictions on the use of deadly force in self-defense, sending the measure to the House. The majority Republican Senate voted 27-7 for the measure that would remove would the state’s duty to retreat. The bill now...

President-elect Joe Biden stands with his wife Jill Biden after speaking at the Major Joseph R.

Biden immigration plan opposed by GOP, conservative groups

Jan. 19, 2021 6:23 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican lawmakers and conservative groups opposed President-elect Joe Biden's forthcoming immigration plan Tuesday as massive amnesty for people in the U.S. illegally, underscoring that the measure faces an uphill fight in a Congress that Democrats control just narrowly. In a further...