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After Cabinet withdrawal, Neera Tanden lands White House job

May. 14, 2021 17:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden's lone Cabinet choice who was rebuffed by Congress has landed a job as a White House senior adviser. Neera Tanden had been Biden's pick to lead the Office of Management and Budget but withdrew her nomination in March after it was...

Flurry of diplomatic contacts fuel Iran deal speculation

May. 04, 2021 05:29 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A flurry of diplomatic contacts and reports of major progress suggest that indirect talks between the U.S. and Iran may be nearing an agreement. That’s despite efforts by U.S. officials to play down chances of an imminent deal that would bring Washington and Tehran back...

US denies Iran claims of prisoner deal; UK plays it down

May. 02, 2021 21:48 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and Iran are in active talks over the release of prisoners, a person familiar with the discussions said Sunday as Washington denied a report by Iranian state-run television that deals had been struck. Prisoner swaps between the U.S....

The Latest: Colo. governor extends statewide mask mandate

May. 02, 2021 20:33 PM EDT

DENVER — Colorado’s governor has extended a statewide mask mandate for another 30 days, but loosened face covering requirements for groups who are vaccinated against COVID-19. Under Gov. Jared Polis’ new executive order, people gathering inside in groups of 10 or...

US to launch trade talks on COVID-19 vaccine distribution

May. 02, 2021 14:59 PM EDT

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — The U.S. top trade negotiator will begin talks with the World Trade Organization on ways to overcome intellectual property issues that are keeping critically needed COVID-19 vaccines from being more widely distributed worldwide, two White House officials said Sunday....

Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

Apr. 30, 2021 19:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows: ABC’s “This Week” — White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan; Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo.; retired Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, former chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Dr. Ashish Jha, dean of the...

16 states back Alabama's challenge to Census privacy tool

Apr. 13, 2021 18:38 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Sixteen other states are backing Alabama's challenge to a statistical method the U.S. Census Bureau is using for the first time to protect the privacy of people who participated in the 2020 census, the nation's once-a-decade head count that determines political power...

Senate filibuster's racist past fuels arguments for its end

Apr. 10, 2021 09:47 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Once obscure, the Senate filibuster is coming under fresh scrutiny not only because of the enormous power it gives a single senator to halt President Joe Biden’s agenda, but as a tool historically used for racism. Senators and those advocating for...

Senate filibuster's racist past fuels arguments for its end

Apr. 09, 2021 19:39 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Once obscure, the Senate filibuster is coming under fresh scrutiny not only because of the enormous power it gives a single senator to halt President Joe Biden’s agenda, but as a tool historically used for racism. Senators and those advocating for...

Biden's 'jobs Cabinet' to sell infrastructure as GOP resists

Apr. 02, 2021 12:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is setting about convincing America it needs his $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan, deputizing a five-member “jobs Cabinet” to help in the effort. But the enormity of his task is clear after Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's vowed to oppose...