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Biden warns US democracy threatened, but how can he save it?

Sep. 18, 2022 08:39 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is finding it’s easier to call out attacks on democracy than it is to stop them. His fundamental rationale for running for president was that America’s democratic traditions were in jeopardy. Now, 20 months into his presidency, the dangers...

Q&A: Craig Newmark aims to defend democracy via philanthropy

Sep. 16, 2022 10:10 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Craig Newmark twists a “Batman” quote to jokingly refer to himself as “not the nerd you want, but maybe now and then I’m the nerd you need.” Newmark, the founder of Craigslist, has since retired from the pioneering website that made him ultra-rich by...

Orban: EU lawmakers' democracy declaration is a joke

Sep. 16, 2022 08:01 AM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban lashed out Friday over a European Parliament declaration that stated Hungary no longer could be considered a full democracy. Orban dismissed the resolution as “a joke.” In the declaration that passed 433- 123 with 28...

EU lawmakers declare that Hungary is no longer a democracy

Sep. 15, 2022 13:43 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union lawmakers on Thursday declared that Hungary has become “a hybrid regime of electoral autocracy” under the leadership of its nationalist government, and that its undermining of the bloc’s democratic values had taken Hungary out of the community of democracies. ...

Gloves off, Biden embraces tough tone on 'MAGA Republicans'

Sep. 08, 2022 20:09 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In recent days, President Joe Biden has sharpened his attacks against Donald Trump and the so-called MAGA Republicans for posing a threat to democracy. He’s likened the philosophy undergirding the dominant strain of the modern-day GOP to “semi-fascism.” And...

Utah's Evan McMullin upends two-party fight for US Senate

Sep. 07, 2022 10:26 AM EDT

PROVO, Utah (AP) — Campaigning at a park filled with 19th-century pushcarts on a state holiday honoring Utah's early Mormon pioneers, Evan McMullin glad hands voters as he strolls past potato sack races and beverage stands selling cold, sugary drinks under a sweltering sun. The...

Biden sounds newly strong alarm: Trumpism menaces democracy

Sep. 02, 2022 13:02 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — President Joe Biden charged in a prime-time address that the “extreme ideology” of Donald Trump and his adherents “threatens the very foundation of our republic,” as he summoned Americans of all stripes to help counter what he sketched as dark forces within the...

Unfinished business: Biden sharpens his attacks on Trumpism

Aug. 31, 2022 17:21 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly two years after he defeated Donald Trump, President Joe Biden has some unfinished business he’s aiming to settle with the restive forces of Trumpism. The president is set to use a primetime address Thursday to frame the upcoming midterm elections as part...

Biden to deliver prime-time speech on 'battle' for democracy

Aug. 29, 2022 19:09 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will deliver a prime-time address “on the continued battle for the soul of the nation” Thursday outside Independence Hall in Philadelphia, the White House announced Monday. Billed as a major address just over two months before the midterm...

Brazil vote: Executives under scrutiny after coup chatter

Aug. 23, 2022 19:51 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Weeks ahead of Brazil’s presidential election, police carried out search warrants Tuesday targeting several business leaders who allegedly participated in a private chat group that included comments favoring a possible coup and military involvement in politics. ...