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Biden ties legislative agenda to MLK push for racial justice

Oct. 21, 2021 14:25 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Thursday tied his legislative priorities on voting rights, police reform and climate change to Martin Luther King Jr.’s push for racial justice as he marked the 10th anniversary of the opening of the civil rights leader’s memorial on the National...

Billions in environmental justice funds hang in the balance

Oct. 21, 2021 14:21 PM EDT

Tens of billions of dollars for U.S. environmental justice initiatives originally proposed in a $3.5 trillion domestic spending package now hang in the balance as Democrats decide how to trim the bill down to $2 trillion. Investments in a wide range of these projects were...

New Iowa maps would shift congresswomen into new districts

Oct. 21, 2021 13:53 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Democrat Cindy Axne and Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks would be pushed into the same congressional district under Iowa redistricting maps released Thursday. The proposal from Iowa's nonpartisan Legislative Services Agency also would keep the...

House set to recommend contempt charges against Bannon

Oct. 21, 2021 13:42 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House is voting Thursday on whether to hold Steve Bannon, a longtime ally and aide to former President Donald Trump, in contempt of Congress for defying a subpoena from the committee investigating the violent Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection. The panel...

Paris Hilton pushes for federal 'troubled-teen' industry law

Oct. 21, 2021 13:40 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Celebrity Paris Hilton and activists who successfully pushed for reforms in the so-called troubled teen industry in Utah are now calling for federal legislation to regulate youth residential treatment centers. Hilton and the nonprofit Breaking...

White House, Dems hurriedly reworking $2 trillion Biden plan

Oct. 21, 2021 13:36 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House and Democrats are hurriedly reworking key aspects of President Joe Biden’s $2 trillion domestic policy plan, trimming which social services and climate change programs to include and rethinking new taxes on corporations and the wealthy to pay for a...

Lawmakers: South Carolina redistricting lawsuit is premature

Oct. 21, 2021 12:39 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Leading South Carolina Republican lawmakers are dismissing allegations they are taking too long to draw new congressional and legislative districts, arguing that legal action should be held off until new lines are actually drawn. The response came...

Dems' domestic plans popular, but reward by voters unassured

Oct. 21, 2021 10:46 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Divided Democrats struggling to enact President Joe Biden’s domestic agenda are confronting one of Congress’ cruelest conundrums: Your goals may be popular, but that doesn't ensure they'll become law or that voters will reward you. Polls show the...

Police get more than $159K for bulletproof vests in NH

Oct. 21, 2021 10:28 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — More than $159,000 has been awarded to 43 New Hampshire communities and one county to support the purchase of bulletproof vests for law enforcement officers, the state's congressional delegation said Thursday. The funds come from the Department of...

Activist dad of school shooting victim joins anti-gun group

Oct. 21, 2021 08:51 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The father of a 14-year-old girl killed in the 2018 Florida high school shooting massacre announced Thursday that he's joining the top ranks of an anti-gun violence group to promote like-minded political candidates around the country ahead of next year's midterm elections....