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Outside Supreme Court, crowd amplifies abortion arguments

Dec. 01, 2021 13:48 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hundreds of abortion debate partisans crowded the plaza in front of the Supreme Court on Wednesday, trading chants as justices heard the highly anticipated arguments inside. “Whose choice?” “My choice!” was a frequent call-and-response on the...

Seattle shows power and limits of Jayapal's progressives

Nov. 17, 2021 17:24 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — When U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal returns home to Seattle, the Congressional Progressive Caucus chairwoman always goes for a walk along the Puget Sound. “Everything feels closed in sometimes in D.C., and so when I come home, I just like to ground myself in...

Decades later, a new look at Black Panthers and their legacy

Oct. 31, 2021 10:08 AM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — It once would have been unthinkable for a city to erect a monument to Huey P. Newton. The Black Panther Party co-founder was feared and hated by many Americans, and party members were dismissed as racist, gun-toting militants — Black avengers...

Congressional members share own abortion stories at hearing

Sep. 30, 2021 16:58 PM EDT

Three Democratic members of Congress on Thursday offered deeply personal testimony about their own abortions as a congressional committee examined how to respond to conservative states that are passing laws limiting abortion access. Rep. Cori Bush of Missouri said she was...

Election boosts female California lawmakers to all-time high

Sep. 07, 2021 18:49 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Women now make up nearly a third of the California Legislature — an all-time record, according to an advocacy group that recruits female candidates. The milestone comes with Tuesday's swearing-in of Assemblywoman Mia Bonta after a special...