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A near-total ban on abortion has supercharged the political dynamics of Arizona, a key swing state

Apr. 12, 2024 00:02 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona was already expected to be one of the most closely contested states in November's U.S. presidential election. But a ruling this week instituting a near-total abortion ban supercharged the state's role, transforming it into perhaps the nation's most critical battleground. ...

Many say Biden and Trump did more harm than good, but for different reasons, AP-NORC poll shows

Apr. 12, 2024 00:01 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — There’s a reason why President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump are spending so much time attacking each other — people don't think either man has much to brag about when it comes to his own record. Americans generally think that while they were in the White...

California lawmakers vote to reduce deficit by $17 billion, but harder choices lie ahead

Apr. 11, 2024 17:00 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers don't know for sure how big their budget deficit is, but on Thursday they decided it's big enough to go ahead and reduce spending by about $17 billion. The vote represents a preemptive strike from Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom, who is...

As medical perils from abortion bans grow, so do opportunities for Democrats in a post-Roe world

Apr. 10, 2024 21:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — For much of her life, Angela Crawford considered herself a fairly conservative Republican — and she voted that way. But then a wave of court rulings and Republican-led actions in states restricted abortion and later in vitro fertilization, the very procedure that had helped...

Republican Sen. Rick Scott softens his abortion position after Florida Supreme Court ruling

Apr. 10, 2024 16:57 PM EDT

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Sen. Rick Scott of Florida this week joined the ranks of Republican incumbents scrambling to strike a balance on reproductive rights, saying he opposes a November ballot initiative to strike down his state's six-week abortion ban but thinks Congress should leave those...

First Muslim American appellate court nominee faces uphill battle to salvage nomination

Apr. 10, 2024 16:25 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nominee who could become the first Muslim American to serve as a federal appellate court judge is fighting back against characterizations of his work by law enforcement groups that are jeopardizing his nomination. The White House and Senate are doubling down on their efforts...

AP Decision Notes: What to expect in the Alaska and Wyoming Democratic presidential contests

Apr. 10, 2024 07:04 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will face Democratic voters this Saturday in a pair of nominating contests in Alaska and Wyoming that are unlikely to produce any surprises. In Wyoming, Democrats will award 13 delegates using a presidential preference vote held at caucuses in...

GOP's Marjorie Taylor Greene delivers fresh threats of ousting Speaker Johnson in scathing rebuke

Apr. 09, 2024 21:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hard-right Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene escalated her criticism Tuesday of House Speaker Mike Johnson, blistering his leadership in a lengthy letter to colleagues and renewing threats of a snap vote that could remove him from office. As lawmakers returned to work...

Democrats pounce on Arizona abortion ruling and say it could help them in November's election

Apr. 09, 2024 18:59 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Democrats pounced Tuesday on an Arizona Supreme Court ruling that permits enforcement of an 1864 law effectively banning abortion in the state, blaming former President Donald Trump and Republicans and pressing for political advantage on an issue that could dominate a critical 2024...

House to delay sending Mayorkas impeachment articles to Senate

Apr. 09, 2024 17:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Speaker Mike Johnson will delay sending the House's articles of impeachment against Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to the Senate this week as previously planned after Republican senators requested more time Tuesday to build support for holding a full trial. ...