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McConnell backs post-Jan. 6 revisions to elections law

Sep. 28, 2022 15:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday he will “proudly support” legislation to overhaul rules for certifying presidential elections, bolstering a bipartisan effort to revise a 19th century law and avoid another Jan. 6 insurrection. The...

Fed officials call for more rate hikes to fight inflation

Sep. 26, 2022 18:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve will have to keep boosting its benchmark interest rate to a point that raises unemployment and gets inflation down from unusually high levels, two officials said in separate remarks Monday. Susan Collins, the new president of the Federal...

Bills would curtail objections at future Jan. 6 vote counts

Sep. 26, 2022 08:22 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Members of Congress have officially objected to the results in four of the last six presidential elections, a partisan practice that has been legal for over a century but became much more fraught after a violent mob of then-President Donald Trump’s supporters attacked the U.S....

Maine paper mill damaged by 2020 blast to close for good

Sep. 20, 2022 17:15 PM EDT

JAY, Maine (AP) — A paper mill that was site of an explosion in 2020 is going to close in the new year, leaving 230 workers without jobs, the company said Tuesday. The Pixelle Specialty Solutions mill lost its ability to produce pulp but continued to operate a pair of paper...

Congress eyes strongest response yet to Jan. 6 attack

Sep. 20, 2022 14:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats are voting this week on changes to a 19th century law for certifying presidential elections, their strongest legislative response yet to the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection and former President Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn his 2020 election defeat. ...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Sep. 16, 2022 13:44 PM EDT

Hearst Connecticut Media. September 15, 2022. Editorial: CT should welcome fight on gun laws When the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a New York state gun law earlier this year, Connecticut officials were quick to assure state residents of its limited scope. It’s...

Democrats punt same-sex marriage vote until after election

Sep. 15, 2022 16:30 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are punting a vote to protect same-sex and interracial marriages until after the November midterm elections, pulling back just days after Majority Leader Chuck Schumer vowed to put the Senate on the record on the issue “in the coming weeks.” The...

Editorial Roundup: United States

Sep. 14, 2022 13:28 PM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: Sept. 11 The Washington Post on the Respect for Marriage Act The American public overwhelmingly supports marriage equality. More than 70 percent believe same-sex marriage should be legal,...

Senate to vote on same-sex marriage in coming weeks

Sep. 08, 2022 12:21 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Majority Leader Chuck Schumer vowed Wednesday that the Senate will vote on legislation to protect same-sex marriage “in the coming weeks” as a bipartisan group backing the bill negotiates changes to gain more Republican support. The vote, expected by the end...

Fed tackles inflation with its most diverse leadership ever

Aug. 27, 2022 09:31 AM EDT

JACKSON HOLE, Wyoming (AP) — When Diane Swonk first attended the Federal Reserve’s annual economic conference in Jackson Hole in the late 1990s, there was a happy hour for women who attended the event. It barely filled a single table. Now, the “Women at Jackson Hole” happy...