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Court leaves dwindling paths for Biden's climate mission

Jul. 01, 2022 00:13 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 500 days into his presidency, Joe Biden's hope for saving the Earth from the most devastating effects of climate change may not be dead. But it's not far from it. A Supreme Court ruling Thursday not only limited the Environmental...

Puerto Rico board approves budget as legislators quibble

Jun. 30, 2022 22:35 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The federal control board that oversees the finances of Puerto Rico’s government approved a $12.4 billion budget Thursday for the U.S. territory after legislators failed to approve one amid intense bickering. The board’s version of the budget was...

McConnell warns Dems of fallout for reviving Biden bill

Jun. 30, 2022 20:22 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell threatened Thursday to derail a bill designed to boost semiconductor manufacturing in the United States if Democrats revive their stalled package of energy and economic initiatives. The rejuvenation of the Democratic...

NC board, citing fraud probe, rejects Green Party for ballot

Jun. 30, 2022 19:44 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina State Board of Elections rejected the Green Party’s petition for their candidates to appear on November ballots Thursday, citing its ongoing fraud investigation that questions the validity of more than 2,000 signatures that party officials turned in to...

Vermont US Sen. Leahy undergoes surgery on broken hip

Jun. 30, 2022 19:39 PM EDT

U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont underwent surgery Thursday after he broke his hip in a fall at his home, according to his spokesman. The 82-year-old Democrat fell Wednesday night in McLean, Virginia, a statement said. Doctors determined the best course of action would be to have...

EXPLAINER: Why Court's EPA-climate change ruling matters

Jun. 30, 2022 18:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court's climate change ruling on Thursday is likely to hinder President Joe Biden's plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions in half by the end of the decade and to make the U.S. a global leader again in the fight to slow global warming. In its decision,...

Supreme Court limits EPA in curbing power plant emissions

Jun. 30, 2022 17:34 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a blow to the fight against climate change, the Supreme Court on Thursday limited how the nation’s main anti-air pollution law can be used to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants. By a 6-3 vote, with conservatives in the majority, the court said...

Biden backs filibuster exception to protect abortion access

Jun. 30, 2022 12:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden said Thursday that he would support an exception to the Senate filibuster to protect abortion access, a shift that comes as Democrats coalesce around an election-year message intended to rally voters who are outraged or deflated by the Supreme Court decision...

New Georgia laws aim at schools; some laws already in effect

Jun. 30, 2022 01:08 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — It's a strange July 1 for new Georgia laws. Friday, the first day of the month, is when most new laws passed by the General Assembly customarily take effect. But this year, many of the most important measures either became law as soon as Republican Gov. Brian Kemp signed them,...

Editorial Roundup: Wisconsin

Jun. 30, 2022 00:39 AM EDT

Eau Claire Leader-Telegram. June 23, 2022. Editorial: Enough is enough Thursday’s admission by former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman that he had deleted public records, even after he received open records requests, isn’t entirely surprising. His...