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Big voting bill faces defeat as 2 Dems won't stop filibuster

Jan. 19, 2022 00:19 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Voting legislation that Democrats and civil rights leaders say is vital for protecting democracy appeared headed for defeat as the Senate churned into debate, a devastating setback enabled by President Joe Biden’s own party as two holdout senators refuse to support rule...

Big voting bill faces defeat as 2 Dems won't stop filibuster

Jan. 18, 2022 21:52 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Voting legislation that Democrats and civil rights leaders say is vital for protecting democracy appeared headed for defeat as the Senate churned into debate Tuesday, a devastating setback enabled by President Joe Biden’s own party as two holdout senators refuse to support...

White House moves to guard data after Trump census pressure

Jan. 18, 2022 16:18 PM EST

The Biden White House this month pushed to protect scientific and statistical agencies like the U.S. Census Bureau from political interference in a report issued just days before newly disclosed documents showed the “unprecedented" extent of the Trump administration's efforts to gain politically...

Colorado official sues to stop clerk from running 2022 vote

Jan. 18, 2022 14:11 PM EST

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — Colorado’s secretary of state has filed a lawsuit asking a judge to remove Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Tina Peters from administering the 2022 election. The action comes amid federal and state investigations into an alleged breach of security involving election...

Some in GOP begin testing party's lockstep loyalty to Trump

Jan. 15, 2022 23:33 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Donald Trump stepped up his election-year effort to dominate the Republican Party, holding a rally in Arizona on Saturday in which he castigated anyone who dares to question his lie that the 2020 presidential election was stolen, including the state’s GOP...

Judge Costa to leave 5th Circuit in August

Jan. 13, 2022 18:13 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A judge on the New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will step down in August, according to the website for federal courts. Judge Gregg Costa of Houston gave notice on Wednesday of his resignation. The United States Courts website...

Editorial Roundup: United States

Jan. 13, 2022 16:58 PM EST

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: Jan. 11 The Washington Post on “why Democrats should push hard on voting rights”: Speaking in Atlanta on Tuesday, President Biden tried to reinvigorate Democrats’ push to pass two...

Tennessee high court pick goes to state AG's office attorney

Jan. 12, 2022 15:31 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee on Wednesday picked a high-level lawyer in the attorney general's office for a vacancy on the state Supreme Court, signaling a likely shift further right for the court. The Republican governor selected Tennessee Associate Solicitor...

NC governor backs Beasley as Senate primary field clears

Jan. 12, 2022 10:41 AM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Gov. Roy Cooper gave former North Carolina Chief Justice Cheri Beasley his full-throated endorsement for the U.S. Senate on Wednesday, attempting to secure a smoother path for her to become the Democrats' nominee to wrest a seat held by a Republican since 2005. ...

Oscar winner and groundbreaking star Sidney Poitier dies

Jan. 07, 2022 22:11 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Sidney Poitier, the groundbreaking actor and enduring inspiration who transformed how Black people were portrayed on screen, and became the first Black actor to win an Academy Award for best lead performance and the first to be a top box-office draw, has died. He was 94. ...