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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., joined by Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer of N.Y., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Democrats demand Postal Service reverse changes slowing mail

Aug. 6, 2020 5:53 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic congressional leaders are calling on the U.S. Postal Service to immediately reverse operational changes that are causing delays in deliveries across the country just as big volume increases are expected for mail-in election voting. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate...

FILE - In this July 28, 2020, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a campaign event at the William

Biden draws distinction on Black, Latino political diversity

Aug. 6, 2020 5:52 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden faces new scrutiny over how he discusses race and ethnicity after drawing distinctions between Black and Hispanic populations in the United States. “By the way, what you all know but most people don’t know, unlike the African...

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif. speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Trump, McConnell huddle; virus aid talks at risk of collapse

Aug. 6, 2020 4:27 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump huddled at the White House Thursday with the Senate's top Republican over a vital COVID-19 rescue package, but hopes on Capitol Hill for a deal were souring and there was increasing worry that GOP negotiations with Democrats might collapse. The impasse in the...

FILE - In this May 8, 2017 file photo steel pipes for the North Stream 2 pipeline are stacked in Mukran harbour in Sassnitz, Germany. Three Republican senators have warned operators of a small German port that they face “crushing” sanctions for allegedly providing supplies to vessels involved in a Russian pipeline project. The letter by Sen. Ted Cruz, Sen. Tom Cotton and Sen. Ron Johnson targets Mukran port located in German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s constituency on the Baltic Sea island of Ruegen.  (Stefan Sauer/dpa via AP, File)

US senators take aim at German port over Russia pipeline

Aug. 6, 2020 2:30 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Three Republican senators have issued a dire warning to operators of a small German port, threatening them with “crushing” sanctions for allegedly providing supplies to Russian vessels involved in a pipeline project the United States vehemently opposes. The letter sent late...

FILE - In this July 26, 2020, file photo, federal officers launch tear gas at demonstrators during a Black Lives Matter protest at the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse in Portland, Ore. The Associated Press found that there is no government oversight of the manufacture and use of tear gas. Instead, the industry is left to regulate itself. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

Lack of study and oversight raises concerns about tear gas

Aug. 6, 2020 11:41 AM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — On June 2, Justin LaFrancois attended a protest against police violence and racism in downtown Charlotte, North Carolina, where he planned to livestream the event for his alternative newspaper’s website. Shortly into the march, police, who reported that water bottles and rocks...

In this photo provided by Robert Lewis, Lewis takes a selfie in the Little Havana neighborhood in Miami, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. Until recently, Lewis had never heard of Karen Bass, the California congresswoman in contention to be Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden's running mate. But the recent college graduate had long heard stories from his grandfather recounting the days of oppression in Cuba under Fidel Castro. (Robert Lewis via AP)

VP contender Karen Bass' Cuba baggage a burden in Florida

Aug. 6, 2020 7:20 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Until recently, Robert Lewis had never heard of Karen Bass, the California congresswoman in contention to be Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden's running mate. But the recent college graduate had long heard stories from his grandfather recounting the days of oppression in Cuba under...

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin arrives for continued negotiations ahead of a meeting, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Capitol negotiators still stuck, still trying on virus aid

Aug. 5, 2020 9:11 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — After more than a week’s worth of meetings, at least some clarity is emerging in the bipartisan Washington talks on a huge COVID-19 response bill. Negotiators are still stuck, but still trying. A combative meeting Wednesday involving top Capitol Hill Democrats and the postmaster...

FILE - In this March 3, 2020, file photo, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell pauses during a news conference, to discuss an announcement from the Federal Open Market Committee, in Washington. A group of congressional Democrats introduced legislation Wednesday, Aug. 5, that would require the Federal Reserve to pursue the elimination of racial disparities in jobs, wealth and income as one of its policy goals. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Fed should address racial gaps in jobs, income, Dems propose

Aug. 5, 2020 7:20 PM EDT

A group of congressional Democrats introduced legislation Wednesday that would require the Federal Reserve to pursue the elimination of racial disparities in jobs, wealth and income as one of its policy goals. The legislation would also require the Fed's chair, currently Jerome Powell, to report every six...

Cori Bush is photographed outside her campaign headquarters in Northwoods, Mo., on Wednesday, Aug.  5, 2020.  Bush pulled a stunning political upset, beating 20-year incumbent Rep. William Lacy Clay in Missouri’s 1st District Democratic primary. The district that covers St. Louis and north St. Louis County is overwhelmingly Democratic and Bush is heavily favored in November. (Robert Cohen/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)

Bush latest Ferguson protester with political success

Aug. 5, 2020 6:41 PM EDT

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Cori Bush earned a reputation as a fierce activist on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri. Come January, she’ll almost certainly be representing the St. Louis suburb in Congress, making her the most prominent of many Ferguson protesters who have turned to politics. On Tuesday,...

Cori Bush celebrates with campaign worker and fellow activist Mike Lhotak as she arrives at her campaign headquarters in Northwoods, Mo., on Wednesday, Aug.  5, 2020.  Bush pulled a stunning political upset, beating 20-year incumbent Rep. William Lacy Clay in Missouri’s 1st District Democratic primary. The district that covers St. Louis and north St. Louis County is overwhelmingly Democratic and Bush is heavily favored in November. (Robert Cohen/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)

Progressives say primary wins latest sign of momentum shift

Aug. 5, 2020 6:25 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Progressive Democrats celebrated two primary victories Wednesday, claiming the protests over George Floyd’s death and a renewed focus on racial and economic justice have given their candidates new momentum after some rough patches this year. Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib, a member of...