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Fed judge rules Florida can't stop poor felons from voting

May. 25, 2020 8:51 AM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A federal judge in Tallahassee ruled Sunday night that Florida law can't stop felons from voting because they can't pay back any legal fees and restitution they owe. In a 125-page ruling, U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle called the law passed by the Florida Legislature and signed...

Members of the Democratic Party hold banner and placards during a protest in front of the Chinese central government's liaison office in Hong Kong, Friday, May 22, 2020. Hong Kong's pro-democracy lawmakers have sharply criticized China's move to take over long-stalled efforts to enact national security legislation in the semi-autonomous territory. They say it goes against the

Hong Kong opposition slams China national security law move

May. 22, 2020 12:09 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmakers sharply criticized China’s move to take over long-stalled efforts to enact national security legislation in the semi-autonomous territory, saying it goes against the “one country, two systems” framework under which Beijing promised the...

Zhang Youxia, vice chairman of China's Central Military Commission, attends the opening session of China's National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Friday, May 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, Pool)

Key points about China's legislative session

May. 21, 2020 10:37 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Thousands of delegates from across China are in Beijing for this year’s annual session of the country’s rubber-stamp legislature and its advisory body, meetings delayed by more than two months because of the coronavirus outbreak. The National People’s Congress session...

Delegates wearing face masks to protect against the spread of the new coronavirus leave after the opening session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Thursday, May 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, Pool)

China may pass bill to crack down on Hong Kong opposition

May. 21, 2020 8:29 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China's legislature will take over long-stalled efforts to enact national security legislation in Hong Kong, a move that could limit opposition activity in the semi-autonomous territory and signals the central government's determination to take greater control after months of pro-democracy...

Trump administration wraps up overhaul of banking law

May. 20, 2020 2:56 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Trump administration is moving forward with its overhaul of the law that protects borrowers from discrimination by banks, despite both banks and community groups saying an major overhaul during a pandemic is poorly timed. The Comptroller of the Currency said it had finalized on...

UK government to unveil legislation tightening terror laws

May. 20, 2020 9:07 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The British government is to unveil legislation Wednesday that could potentially see indefinite curbs on the movements of suspected terrorists, a move that's prompted concerns over civil liberties. The Counter-Terrorism and Sentencing Bill, which is being labelled as the largest overhaul of...

Spain drafts law eyeing climate neutrality by mid-century

May. 19, 2020 11:54 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The Spanish government is submitting for parliamentary approval a draft bill that aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by mid-century, in line with the Paris Accord on climate change that most countries have backed to limit rising temperatures. The final approval could take...

FILE - In this March 11, 2020, file photo, Southeastern Conference Commissioner Greg Sankey speaks at a press conference in Nashville, Tenn. The Power Five conferences spent $350,000 on lobbying in the first three months of 2020, more than they had previously spent in any full year, as part of a coordinated effort to influence Congress on legislation affecting the ability of college athletes to earn endorsement money. The Southeastern Conference was the biggest spender, hiring three lobbying firms and paying them a total of $140,000, according to lobbying disclosure forms reviewed by The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

AP Exclusive: Power Five spend big on lobbying Congress

May. 19, 2020 11:53 AM EDT

The Power Five conferences spent $350,000 on lobbying in the first three months of 2020, more than they had previously spent in any full year, as part of a coordinated effort to influence Congress on legislation affecting the ability of college athletes to earn endorsement money. The Southeastern Conference was...

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin wears a mask as he walks on the grounds of the White House, Thursday, May 14, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Report: Treasury fund to ease virus crisis off to slow start

May. 18, 2020 6:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Treasury Department and Federal Reserve have lent hardly any money under a $500 billion fund created by the economic rescue law passed in response to the coronavirus crisis, a congressional oversight panel says in a new report. The Treasury fund is being used to guarantee new,...

FILE - In this May 14, 2020, file photo House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Four of the five members of the Congressional Oversight Commission have been appointed, but Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have not agreed on who should chair the panel. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

With no leader, commission overseeing virus relief struggles

May. 17, 2020 8:13 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Seven weeks after Congress unleashed more than $2 trillion to deal with the coronavirus crisis, an oversight commission intended to keep track of how the money is spent remains without a leader. Four of the five members of the Congressional Oversight Commission have been appointed, but...