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FILE - This Sept. 18, 2019, file photo shows the view of the U.S. Capitol building from the Washington Monument in Washington. The federal government incurred the biggest monthly budget deficit in history in June 2020 as spending on programs to combat the coronavirus recession exploded while millions of job losses cut into tax revenues. The Treasury Department reported Monday, July 13, 2020 that the deficit hit $864 billion last month, an amount of red ink that surpasses most annual deficits in the nation’s history and is above the previous monthly deficit record of $738 billion in April.(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

US budget deficit hits all-time high of $864 billion in June

Jul. 13, 2020 6:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government incurred the biggest monthly budget deficit in history in June as spending on programs to combat the coronavirus recession exploded while millions of job losses cut into tax revenues. The Treasury Department reported Monday that the deficit hit $864 billion last...

FILE - this April 5, 2020 file photo, shows An envelope containing a 2020 census letter mailed to a U.S. resident in Detroit. A federal judge on Thursday, May 21, 2020, agreed to impose financial sanctions against the Trump administration for failing to produce hundreds of documents during litigation over whether a citizenship question could be added to the 2020 census. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

Citing politics, Democrats wants Census appointees removed

Jul. 13, 2020 5:00 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Saying they represented the latest effort by the Trump administration to politicize the 2020 census, House Democrats on Monday asked U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to withdraw two appointees from top positions at the U.S. Census Bureau. Democrats on the Committee on Oversight and...

In this image from video, Rep. Glenn Grothman, R-Wis., speaks on the floor of the House of Representatives at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Thursday, April 23, 2020. (House Television via AP)

Wisconsin congressman blames coughing fit on dry throat

Jul. 13, 2020 12:55 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin congressman whose coughing fit at the state Republican Party convention drew widespread attention because masks were not required at the event was suffering from nothing more than a dry throat, his campaign said Monday. U.S. Rep. Glenn Grothman, 65, began coughing...

FILE - This combination of the 2020 file photos shows, from left to right; Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. in Washington on May 5, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas in Washington on June 24, Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., in Washington on June 2, Sam Brownback, Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom, in Washington on June 10. China on Monday, July 13, said it will ban entry to U.S. Senators Rubio and Cruz, Representative Smith and Ambassador for Religious Freedom Brownback over their criticism of the ruling Communist Party's policies toward minority groups and people of faith. (AP Photo)

China sanctions Cruz, Rubio, Smith, Brownback for criticism

Jul. 13, 2020 7:45 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China said Monday it will impose sanctions on three U.S. lawmakers and one ambassador in response to similar actions taken by the U.S. last week against Chinese officials over alleged human rights abuses against Muslims in the Xinjiang region. U.S. Senators Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, Rep....

This image released by Doubleday shows Colson Whitehead, author of the Pulitzer Prize winning novel

Library of Congress to honor author Colson Whitehead

Jul. 13, 2020 7:37 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Colson Whitehead keeps winning awards. Already this year's recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for fiction and the Orwell Prize for political fiction, Whitehead is now being honored by the Library of Congress. On Monday, it announced that he had won the Library of Congress Prize for American...

FILE - In this May 24, 2019, file photo a vendor bags psilocybin mushrooms at a pop-up cannabis market in Los Angeles. Despite pandemic conditions that made normal signature-gathering almost impossible, activists in the nation's capital say they have enough signatures for a November ballot initiative that would decriminalize natural psychedelics such as mescaline and psilocybin mushrooms. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)

Activists seek to decriminalize 'magic' mushrooms in DC

Jul. 13, 2020 6:29 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The posters started blanketing light posts just a few weeks after the city entered what would be a monthslong stay-at-home order. Vividly colored and bearing a three-headed mushroom, they asked Washingtonians to “reform laws for plant and fungi medicines” by making natural...

FILE - In this June 15, 2020, file photo, the Voice of America building stands in Washington. The new chief of U.S. global media is plowing ahead with changes to the Voice of America and other international broadcasters that are heightening concerns about their future as independent news organizations. Although Agency for Global Media chief executive Michael Pack has assured Congress that VOA and its sister networks will remain independent and pledged he would consult lawmakers on significant developments, last week he initiated personnel changes and began a review of visas for foreign employees. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Undaunted, US global media chief plows ahead with changes

Jul. 13, 2020 6:03 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite a barrage of criticism from both Democrats and Republicans, the new chief of U.S. global media is plowing ahead with changes to the Voice of America and other international broadcasters that are heightening concerns about their future as independent news organizations. Although...

China to bar entry to US Sens. Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, Rep. Chris Smith, religious freedom ambassador Sam Brownback

Jul. 13, 2020 5:01 AM EDT
BEIJING (AP) — China to bar entry to US Sens. Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, Rep. Chris Smith, religious freedom ambassador Sam Brownback.
FILE - In this March 17, 2020, file photo, House speaker Sara Gideon, D-Freeport, conducts business in the House Chamber at the State House in Augusta, Maine. Gideon is one of three Democrat candidates seeking the party's nomination for U.S. Senate in the July 14 primary. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

Maine speaker drowns out rivals in bid to take on Collins

Jul. 12, 2020 10:42 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — It's great to be identified early as the establishment-backed candidate and to benefit from millions of dollars in donations. It's not so great for the opponents. Activist Betsy Sweet and attorney Bre Kidman have watched money pour into front-runner Sara Gideon's campaign for U.S....

Alaska protesters interrupt campaign event with animal heart

Jul. 12, 2020 6:44 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Protesters in Alaska carrying a banner and a caribou heart interrupted a campaign event for a U.S. senator seeking reelection. The small group of protesters were restrained and escorted out by staff and attendees at Republican Sen. Dan Sullivan’s campaign launch event in a...