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McConnell: Democrats 'won't get our help' to lift debt limit

Aug. 05, 2021 16:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans will oppose raising the federal debt limit if Democrats pursue their $3.5 trillion, 10-year plan to strengthen social and environment programs, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday. The Kentucky Republican's threat was the...

Texas governor orders new try at passing GOP voting laws

Aug. 05, 2021 15:56 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday ordered the Legislature to reconvene for a third time to try to pass a Republican-backed voting restrictions bill that Democratic members blocked by leaving the state nearly a month ago. The announcement, which...

Arizona doctors urge governor to require masks in schools

Aug. 05, 2021 15:45 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — More than 150 Arizona doctors on Thursday urged Gov. Doug Ducey to mandate masks in public schools, dialing up pressure as coronavirus cases rise and a growing number of school districts require their staff and students to mask up in defiance of a new state law. ...

Richard Trumka, longtime president of AFL-CIO, dies at 72

Aug. 05, 2021 15:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Richard Trumka, the powerful president of the AFL-CIO who rose from the coal mines of Pennsylvania to preside over one of the largest labor organizations in the world, died Thursday. He was 72. The federation confirmed Trumka’s death in a statement....

NC college students must get COVID shot or be tested weekly

Aug. 05, 2021 15:40 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Tens of thousands of North Carolina college students will need to get a COVID-19 vaccine or be tested weekly, according the University of North Carolina System. The system serving roughly 250,000 students at 16 public colleges and universities...

Q&A: Democrat Shontel Brown on how she won Ohio primary

Aug. 05, 2021 15:22 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Shontel Brown's surge came almost out of the blue. Over just a few weeks, she surmounted a double-digit lead that progressive Nina Turner had built over months and easily won the Democratic nomination for a Cleveland-area congressional seat. But...

Senators wrapping up $1T infrastructure bill, voting ahead

Aug. 05, 2021 14:43 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearing decision time, senators are wrapping up work on the bipartisan infrastructure plan and talks were underway Thursday to expedite consideration of the nearly $1 trillion proposal, with votes expected in the days ahead. The Senate has processed...

House lawmaker suing Pelosi over mask rule says he has COVID

Aug. 05, 2021 14:42 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Rep. Ralph Norman, one of the three congressional Republicans suing Speaker Nancy Pelosi over fines for not wearing masks during a vote on the U.S. House floor, has contracted a breakthrough case of COVID-19, the second member of South Carolina's delegation to do so. ...

Biden to sign bill awarding medals to Jan. 6 responders

Aug. 05, 2021 14:38 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will pay tribute to law enforcement officers who responded to the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection when he signs legislation on Thursday to award them Congressional Gold Medals for their service. It's the highest honor Congress can bestow. ...

French will need health pass by Monday after court approval

Aug. 05, 2021 14:14 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A French constitutional court on Thursday validated most aspects of a new law that, starting next week, requires people to carry a special COVID-19 health pass to access cafes, restaurants, long-distance travel and, in some cases, hospitals. But it struck down several measures...