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At 113, NAACP evolves for relevance on racial justice agenda

Jan. 20, 2022 11:14 AM EST

As the NAACP turns 113, look for its voice to grow louder on issues like climate change, the student debt crisis and the ongoing response to the coronavirus pandemic — while keeping voting rights and criminal justice reform at the forefront of its priorities. The nation's oldest...

Democrats' elections bill offered voting changes and more

Jan. 20, 2022 05:50 AM EST

The sweeping elections bill that has collapsed in the Senate was about far more than voting. The Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act would have created national automatic voter registration, allowed all voters to cast ballots by mail and weakened voter ID laws. It would have banned...

Voting bill collapses, Democrats unable to change filibuster

Jan. 20, 2022 05:31 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Voting legislation that Democrats and civil rights leaders say is vital to protecting democracy collapsed when two senators refused to join their own party in changing Senate rules to overcome a Republican filibuster after a raw, emotional debate. The outcome...

Biden says nation weary from COVID but rising with him in WH

Jan. 20, 2022 00:39 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden acknowledged that the pandemic has left Americans exhausted and demoralized but insisted at a news conference marking his first year in office that he has “outperformed” expectations in dealing with it. Facing sagging poll numbers and a...

Voting bill collapses, Democrats unable to change filibuster

Jan. 19, 2022 23:46 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Voting legislation that Democrats and civil rights leaders say is vital to protecting democracy collapsed late Wednesday when two senators refused to join their own party in changing Senate rules to overcome a Republican filibuster after a raw, emotional debate. ...

Biden says nation weary from COVID but rising with him in WH

Jan. 19, 2022 21:36 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden acknowledged Wednesday that the pandemic has left Americans exhausted and demoralized but insisted at a news conference marking his first year in office that he has “outperformed” expectations in dealing with it. Facing sagging poll numbers...

Lawsuit says new majority Latino district in WA a 'facade'

Jan. 19, 2022 21:02 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — A Latino civil rights organization and others filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday that says new political maps in Washington state approved by a bipartisan redistricting panel intentionally dilute Hispanic voters' influence. The legal action in the U.S. District Court...

Wisconsin Supreme Court weighs competing redistricting maps

Jan. 19, 2022 17:18 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Supreme Court justices on Wednesday weighed which map they should order enacted to set political boundaries for the next decade in the battleground state, with competing partisan interests arguing why theirs was the best option. The daylong hearing...

Gableman subpoenas immigrant group for election records

Jan. 19, 2022 16:52 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The immigration rights group Voces de la Frontera Action headed to court Wednesday to try to block a subpoena issued by the former state Supreme Court justice who Republicans hired to investigate the 2020 presidential election. The group said in a statement...

Editorial Roundup: United States

Jan. 19, 2022 15:52 PM EST

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: Jan. 16 The Washington Post on “Martin Luther King, Jr. did not give up. Those fighting for democracy must follow his example”: On this Martin Luther King Jr. Day, it is perhaps more...