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Trump increasingly turning to executive orders, more to come

Jul. 7, 2020 1:15 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is setting a brisk pace lately in issuing executive orders and he’s just getting started as he tries to position himself as a man of action on everything from foreign policy to racial justice in an election year. The impact of some of the orders, though, is...

FILE - This Sept. 15, 2019, file photo shows The Greenbrier resort nestled in the mountains in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. At least six of billionaire West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice family entities received the Paycheck Protection Program loans, meant to keep small businesses afloat during the coronavirus pandemic, including the governor’s lavish resort The Greenbrier, as well as The Greenbrier Sporting Club, an exclusive members-only club linked to the resort. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

Governors' companies among recipients of virus relief loans

Jul. 6, 2020 9:33 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Governors who ordered shutdowns as their states responded to the coronavirus pandemic were among millions of beneficiaries of the loan program created to help small businesses weather COVID-19's effect on the economy, data released Monday show. The governors of at least eight states...

A police officer walks outside the Supreme Court on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, July 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Justices rule states can bind presidential electors' votes

Jul. 6, 2020 2:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a decision flavored with references to “Hamilton” and “Veep,” the Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday that states can require presidential electors to back their states’ popular vote winner in the Electoral College. The ruling, in cases in...

West Virginia governor agrees to debate Salango in October

Jul. 2, 2020 4:28 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has agreed to debate Democratic challenger Ben Salango before they face off in the November elections, the incumbent Republican's campaign said Wednesday. The announcement comes after Justice declined to debate his GOP opponents ahead of the June...

Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden departs after speaking at Alexis Dupont High School in Wilmington, Del., Tuesday, June 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Biden team putting together list of Black female court picks

Jun. 30, 2020 3:23 PM EDT

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Joe Biden said Tuesday that his team is putting together a list of potential options for his first Supreme Court nominee, which he has already pledged will be a Black woman. “We are putting together a list of African American women who are qualified and have the experience to...

US court rejects majority Black Louisiana judicial district

Jun. 30, 2020 3:01 PM EDT

A federal appeals court in New Orleans has overturned a lower court ruling calling for a majority Black judgeship election district in a south Louisiana parish. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal said there was “weak evidence” of discriminatory dilution of Black votes in majority white Terrebonne...

Counties told to use new mail voting info, per court order

Jun. 29, 2020 6:01 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee election officials on Monday distributed guidance required by a judge for counties to update their absentee voting information to reflect a court-ordered voting-by-mail option for all eligible voters during the coronavirus pandemic. State Elections Coordinator Mark Goins...

Malawian President Peter Mutharika addresses the media at a news conference in Blantyre, Malawi, Saturday, June 27, 2020. More than 6 million Malawians went to the polls in an election re-run Tuesday, June 23, 2020, after a court overturned last year's election results and ordered a fresh vote. (AP Photo/Thoko Chikondi)

Opposition wins historic rerun of Malawi's presidential vote

Jun. 27, 2020 11:25 PM EDT

BLANTYRE, Malawi (AP) — The opposition has won Malawi’s historic rerun of the presidential election, the first time a court-overturned vote in Africa has led to the defeat of an incumbent leader. Lazarus Chakwera’s victory late Saturday was a result of months of determined street protests in...

New Mexico Supreme Court chief justice postpones retirement

Jun. 27, 2020 12:04 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The top judge on the New Mexico Supreme Court is postponing her scheduled retirement from the state high court from July 31 until later in the year because of a late-emerging snag. Chief Justice Judith Nakamura said in early June she would retire July 31 but on Friday she said she'd...

The Supreme Court is seen in Washington, early Monday, June 15, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

SUPREME COURT NOTEBOOK: Election-year retirement unlikely

Jun. 26, 2020 11:00 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The last time a Supreme Court justice announced his retirement in a presidential election year, most of the current justices were too young to vote. It was 1968, and things didn't work out as planned. The nomination to replace Chief Justice Earl Warren failed in that turbulent year, and...