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North Carolina court stops order to spend $1.7B on education

Nov. 30, 2021 20:08 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina appeals court on Tuesday blocked enforcement of parts of a trial judge's recent order that demanded $1.75 billion in state taxpayer funds be spent — without express legislative approval — to address public education inequities. ...

California debates changes to 110-year-old recall process

Oct. 28, 2021 19:54 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Weeks after Gov. Gavin Newsom fended off an attempt to remove him from office in a recall election, his fellow Democrats on Thursday began eyeing ways to make future challenges more difficult while Republicans sought to keep the status quo. The...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Oct. 22, 2021 16:05 PM EDT

Hearst Connecticut Media. October 21, 2021. Editorial: Absentee ballots a step forward for CT Among the many changes COVID-19 brought to Connecticut was an upending of traditional voting practices. With fears of contracting a deadly disease serving...

EXPLAINER: Why some fear a 'Polexit' from European Union

Oct. 19, 2021 09:37 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland is a focus of European attention this week, with Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki addressing the European Parliament on Tuesday and leaders at a European Union summit expected later this week to grapple with a legal conundrum created by a recent ruling by...

Poland leader: Idea of 'Polexit' is 'fake news'

Oct. 11, 2021 12:32 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s prime minister denied that his government wants to take Poland out of the European Union, or do a “Polexit,” saying Monday it was completely untrue and a “harmful myth.” Mateusz Morawiecki was reacting to massive nationwide...

'Polexit' fears spark large pro-EU protests across Poland

Oct. 10, 2021 15:01 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Large protests were held across Poland on Sunday to show support for the European Union after the nation’s constitutional court ruled this week that the Polish constitution overrides some EU laws. Critics of the right-wing nationalist government...

Editorial Roundup: Ohio

Sep. 27, 2021 09:08 AM EDT

Columbus Dispatch. Sept. 24, 2021. Editorial: Disingenuous Ohio Republicans disregard will of people to maintain dominance Ohio voters, we have egg all over our faces. How silly of us to think that the state’s top elected...

Poland: Court case on primacy of EU or Polish law adjourned

Sep. 22, 2021 09:55 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s constitutional court announced another recess Wednesday in a key case over whether Polish or European Union law has primacy in the EU member country. The ruling of the Constitutional Tribunal, when it eventually comes, is expected to...

Post-Trump, Democrats push to curb presidential powers

Sep. 21, 2021 17:30 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats say they will vote on legislation this fall to curb the power of the president, an effort to rein in executive powers that they say President Donald Trump flagrantly abused. The legislation, expected to be introduced Tuesday, would...

Cecile Richards: Court's Texas move could mean end of Roe

Sep. 18, 2021 14:43 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A year after the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, one of the country's top abortion-rights activists warned that the Supreme Court’s recent inaction on Texas’ extremely restrictive new abortion law could signal the end of judicial checks and balances on...