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Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett meets with Sen. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., not pictured, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Jim Lo Scalzo/Pool via AP)

Barrett ads tied to interest groups funded by unnamed donors

Oct. 26, 2020 2:37 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The expected confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday is the culmination of a decadeslong coordinated effort by a constellation of conservative groups, fueled by tens of millions of dollars from wealthy anonymous donors, to tilt the high court farther to the...

Wisconsin GOP's voting restrictions impact Black residents

Oct. 24, 2020 8:13 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Melody McCurtis and Danell Cross start their day early on a recent sunny Sunday going door to door in their neighborhood northwest of downtown Milwaukee. Leaders of the nonprofit Metcalfe Park Community Bridges, the mother and daughter make their way slowly along the route wearing...

FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2018 file photo, Ohio Secretary of State Frank Larose speaks at the Ohio Republican Party event, in Columbus, Ohio. The Ohio Democratic Party filed a lawsuit against LaRose on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020, in an attempt to force an expansion of ballot dropboxes ahead of the November election. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)

Dispute over Ohio drop box limit ends as advocates drop suit

Oct. 23, 2020 5:59 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A coalition of voter advocacy groups dropped a lawsuit Friday against Ohio's strict rule limiting ballot drop boxes to one location per county, a coup for President Donald Trump's reelection campaign in a key battleground state less than two weeks before the election. The A. Philip...

States allowing voters to track ballots online and those that must notify voters of signature problems on absentee ballots.;

Can a voter fix a problem on a mail-in ballot?

Oct. 23, 2020 12:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — IF A BALLOT IS TOSSED BECAUSE OF SOME ISSUE — MAYBE A MISSING SIGNATURE OR IT GOT DAMAGED — WILL THE VOTER BE NOTIFIED THAT THE BALLOT HAS BEEN INVALIDATED? AND CAN THE VOTER CAST A NEW BALLOT? This is a tough one because the rules vary from state to state. The National...

Wyoming gun rights group fights ruling to disclose donors

Oct. 22, 2020 3:11 PM EDT

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — An attorney for a gun rights advocacy group in Wyoming has challenged a ruling by the secretary of state to disclose the group's donors, arguing that the ruling is an attempt to stifle political speech after the group was accused of running attack ads against Republican candidates. The...

Faisal Siddiqi, center, a lawyer for the family of Daniel Pearl, an American reporter who was kidnapped and killed in Pakistan, leaves after an appeal hearing in the case, at the Supreme Court, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. Pakistan's top court on Thursday adjourned for four weeks the hearing of an appeal from the family of American journalist Daniel Pearl against the acquittal of a British-born Pakistani man convicted over the 2002 beheading of the Wall Street Journal reporter. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

Pakistan court adjourns Daniel Pearl murder case for 4 weeks

Oct. 22, 2020 8:42 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's top court on Thursday adjourned for four weeks the hearing of an appeal from the family of American journalist Daniel Pearl against the acquittal of a British-born Pakistani man convicted over the 2002 beheading of the Wall Street Journal reporter. The key suspect in...

FILE - This Oct. 28, 2016, file photo, shows the Gainesville State School for juveniles in Gainesville, Texas. Detainees in Texas' juvenile prisons suffer from frequent physical and sexual abuse, inadequate mental healthcare and high rates of staff turnover, two youth advocacy groups wrote in a federal complaint Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. The rights of the hundreds of youths detained in five secure facilities around the state continue to be violated, despite recent and long-standing efforts at reform, according to Texas Appleseed and Disability Rights Texas. (Jae S. Lee/The Dallas Morning News via AP, File)

Advocates file complaint over Texas youth prison conditions

Oct. 21, 2020 6:27 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Detainees in Texas' juvenile prisons suffer from frequent physical and sexual abuse, inadequate mental healthcare and high rates of staff turnover, two youth advocacy groups wrote in a federal complaint Wednesday. The rights of the hundreds of youths detained in five secure facilities around...

FILE - This Sunday, April 5, 2020, file photo shows an envelope containing a 2020 census letter mailed to a U.S. resident in Detroit. On Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court stopped the once-a-decade head count of every U.S. resident from continuing through the end of October. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

Census says deadline can be reached with tech, nonstop work

Oct. 21, 2020 5:08 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Technology and working around the clock should allow the U.S. Census Bureau to crunch numbers from the 2020 census in half the time originally allotted, but if the work isn't completed by a year-end deadline, the statistical agency will take the extra time needed to finish it, bureau...

FILE - In this Oct. 14, 2020, file photo, Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett listens during a confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. Barrett served for nearly three years on the board of a private Christian school that effectively barred admission to children of same-sex parents and made it plain openly gay and lesbian teachers weren’t welcome in the classroom. (Erin Schaff/The New York Times via AP, Pool, File)

Barrett was trustee at private school with anti-gay policies

Oct. 21, 2020 3:01 PM EDT

Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett served for nearly three years on the board of private Christian schools that effectively barred admission to children of same-sex parents and made it plain that openly gay and lesbian teachers weren’t welcome in the classroom. The policies that discriminated against...

FILE - Former gubernatorial candidate and former state Rep. Stacey Abrams speaks to the congregation at Brown Chapel AME Church in Selma , Alabama, on March 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Butch Dill, File)

Stacey Abrams' zeal for voting began with preacher parents

Oct. 17, 2020 2:57 PM EDT

(RNS) — Stacey Abrams, the former Georgia House minority leader who lost a razor-thin race for governor in 2018, voted on Thursday (Oct. 15), driving her ballot to a local drop box. Jeanine Abrams McLean, a former biologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention who now helps her sister run the...