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FILE - In this March 30, 2020 file photo, My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell speaks as President Donald Trump listens during a briefing about the coronavirus in the Rose Garden of the White House, in Washington. Lindell, is weighing a run for governor in Minnesota. If he follows through on a campaign, it could be an early test of where the Republican Party is headed in the post-Donald Trump era. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

MyPillow Guy among the Trump acolytes picking up the torch

Jan. 23, 2021 11:24 AM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — When Mike Lindell, better known to TV viewers as the MyPillow Guy, went to the White House last week to try to persuade President Donald Trump to keep pushing bogus theories about the election, he came away disappointed. Unexpectedly, Trump passed him — and his claims about...

FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2020, file photo, ballots are counted at the Allegheny County Election Division warehouse on the Northside of Pittsburgh. Democrats plan to move quickly on one of the first bills of the new Congress, which would set federal election standards. The For the People Act would require states to offer early voting, same-day registration and the option of absentee voting for all registered voters. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

Democrats make federal election standards a top priority

Jan. 23, 2021 10:18 AM EST

Democrats plan to move quickly on one of the first bills of the new Congress, citing the need for federal election standards and other reforms to shore up the foundations of American democracy after a tumultuous post-election period and deadly riot at the Capitol. States have long had disparate and contradictory...

FILE - In this Aug. 15, 2019 file photo, marijuana grows at an indoor cannabis farm in Gardena, Calif. Top prosecutors in the vast majority of Arizona counties are dropping all existing possession of marijuana cases even before a new voter-approved law eliminating criminal penalties for having small amounts of the drug takes effect when results of the Nov. 3, 2020 election are certified. An Associated Press survey of county attorneys received responses from 13 of 15 elected county attorneys, all of whom said they were either immediately dropping existing cases or in one case pausing prosecutions and planning to drop them when Proposition 207 goes into effect.  (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)

Arizona, 15th state with legal pot, sees recreational sales

Jan. 22, 2021 7:35 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Legal sales of recreational marijuana in Arizona started on Friday, a once-unthinkable step in the former conservative stronghold that joins 14 other states that have broadly legalized pot. The state Health Services Department on Friday announced it had approved 86 licenses in nine of the...

FILE - In this Sept. 10, 2009, file photo, attorney Butch Bowers speaks during a news conference at the Statehouse in Columbia, S.C. Bowers is used to defending public officials in ethics cases. But he's never faced anything quite like this. It's up to Bowers, a South Carolina elections and ethics lawyer, to rise and defend Donald Trump as the Senate plunges into an impeachment trial unlike any other, centered on accusations that the former president incited the mob that rampaged through the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. (AP Photo/Mary Ann Chastain, File)

Trial ahead, Trump turns to ethics lawyer for his defense

Jan. 22, 2021 7:07 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Butch Bowers is used to defending public officials in ethics cases. But he's never faced anything quite like this. It's up to Bowers, a South Carolina elections and ethics lawyer, to rise and defend Donald Trump as the Senate soon plunges into an impeachment trial unlike any other,...

Central African Republic declares state of emergency

Jan. 22, 2021 4:00 AM EST

BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — Central African Republic has declared a 15-day state of emergency throughout the country as a coalition of armed groups seeks to overthrow the newly re-elected President Faustin-Archange Touadera. The spokesperson for the presidency, Albert Yaloke Mokpeme, made the...

Republican state Sen. Mariannette Miller-Meeks speaks to reporters during an election night watch party, early Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020, in Riverside, Iowa. Miller-Meeks is running for the seat in the state's 2nd Congressional District. (Joseph Cress/Iowa City Press-Citizen via AP)

New Iowa rep asks US House to dismiss contest in 6-vote race

Jan. 21, 2021 3:44 PM EST

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Republican Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks of Iowa asked the U.S. House on Thursday to dismiss an election contest filed by her Democratic challenger that argues the six-vote race was wrongly decided. Miller-Meeks argued in a legal motion that the Democratic-controlled chamber should...

Most Pennsylvania GOP backed Trump to the end, and still do

Jan. 21, 2021 7:08 AM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — With Donald Trump out of the White House, Pennsylvania's Republican Party shows no sign of walking away from a president who lost control of Congress, carried out an unprecedented campaign to overturn an election and is blamed by some in his party for inciting a violent assault on...

The Latest: Fireworks light up sky to celebrate inauguration

Jan. 20, 2021 10:18 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Joe Biden's presidential inauguration (all times local): 10:15 p.m. Fireworks lit up the sky behind the Washington Monument to mark the end of Inauguration Day for President Joe Biden. Biden and first lady Jill Biden watched the end of the day’s events from a balcony...

FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2020, file photo, a county election worker scans mail-in ballots at a tabulating area at the Clark County Election Department in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

EXPLAINER: Election claims, and why it's clear Biden won

Jan. 20, 2021 1:49 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — As Democrat Joe Biden is sworn in Wednesday as the nation’s 46th president, Donald Trump’s most ardent supporters still believe Biden was not legitimately elected after Trump continues to argue the election was stolen. There is no evidence of the widespread fraud that Trump and...

FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2020, file photo, a county election worker scans mail-in ballots at a tabulating area at the Clark County Election Department in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

EXPLAINER: Election claims, and why it's clear Biden won

Jan. 19, 2021 7:11 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — As Democrat Joe Biden is sworn in Wednesday as the nation’s 46th president, Donald Trump’s most ardent supporters still believe Biden was not legitimately elected after Trump continues to argue the election was stolen. There is no evidence of the widespread fraud that Trump and...