Government and politics

FILE - In this Dec. 6, 2018, file photo, ballots are recounted in Maine's 2nd Congressional District in Augusta, Maine. Ranked choice voting will be used for the first time in a presidential race under in the Nov. 3, 2020, election after a ruling Tuesday, Sept. 22, by the Maine Supreme Court. The court concluded the state Republican Party failed to gain enough signatures for a referendum to reject a state law expanding ranked choice voting. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, file)
September 22, 2020 - 1:54 pm
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Ranked choice voting will be used for the first time in a presidential race in the U.S. under a ruling Tuesday by the Maine Supreme Court, which concluded a GOP-led petition drive intended to prevent its use came up short. The Supreme Judicial Court concluded the Maine...
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A political display is set up in the lawn of a home on West Columbia Street in Mason, Mich., on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. Barb Byrum, the Democratic clerk of Ingham County, filed a complaint with police over the display, saying it could mislead people who aren’t familiar with how mail-in voting works. (Matthew Dae Smith/Lansing State Journal via AP)
September 22, 2020 - 1:49 pm
MASON, Mich. (AP) — A prosecutor in Michigan has flushed a complaint about a toilet that was promoted as a place to drop absentee ballots. The election clerk in Ingham County informed police about a toilet on the front lawn of a home in Mason, near Lansing. A sign said, "Place mail in ballots here...
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September 22, 2020 - 1:40 pm
KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Authorities in Belarus, that's seen six weeks of protests against the country's authoritarian president after a disputed election, have opened more than 250 criminal cases against political opponents, activists and protesters, a Belarusian human rights group said Tuesday...
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This Sept. 19, 2020, photo provided by the Supreme Court, shows the Bench draped for the death of Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the Supreme Court in Washington. (Fred Schilling/Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States via AP)
September 22, 2020 - 1:39 pm
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — One of the women on Donald Trump’s short list to succeed Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the U.S. Supreme Court got her first taste of politics as a college student stuffing envelopes for Democrat Joe Biden’s 1988 presidential run. But, by 1996, Joan L. Larsen was volunteering for...
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FILE - In this file photo from July 30, 2020, Ohio state Rep. Bob Cupp, center, is congratulated after being elected Speaker of the House at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio. Cupp begins to lead the Ohio House as members of his party tout him as the "last Boy Scout" and his opponents see him as complicit in the same "corrupt" activity that has plagued former speakers of the chamber. (Fred Squillante/The Columbus Dispatch via AP, File)
September 22, 2020 - 1:38 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — There were some whispers among members of the Republican caucus that Bob Cupp should be the person to lead the Ohio House. It was 2018. The federal investigation into the previous House speaker had left the dais empty for months and the chamber at a standstill. But Cupp, who...
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President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, in Swanton, Ohio. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
September 22, 2020 - 1:35 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden will face off on the Supreme Court, the coronavirus pandemic and race and violence in the nation's cities next week when they meet for their first presidential debate. The nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates on...
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Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell testifies during a House Financial Services Committee hearing about the government’s emergency aid to the economy in response to the coronavirus on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020. (Caroline Brehman/Pool via AP)
September 22, 2020 - 1:13 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin expressed cautious optimism Tuesday that the U.S. economy is rebounding from the pandemic-induced recession with federal support but that more help from the government is likely needed. Powell told the...
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September 22, 2020 - 12:54 pm
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo war veterans said Tuesday an unknown person for the third time has brought to them war crime files from a special international court in The Hague, Netherlands, probing alleged crimes during and after the Balkan nation’s 1998-1999 war. Hysni Gucati, head of the...
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
September 22, 2020 - 11:37 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats controlling the House hope to pass a government-wide temporary funding bill on Tuesday that would keep federal agencies fully up and running into December and prevent a partial shutdown of the government after the current budget year expires at the end of the month. But...
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French President Emmanuel Macron, right, talks to a resident at the 'La Bonne Eure' nursing home in Bracieux, central France, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020. For the first time in months, virus infections and deaths in French nursing homes are on the rise again. (Yoan Valat/Pool Photo via AP)
September 22, 2020 - 10:59 am
PARIS (AP) — Confirmed coronavirus cases and deaths are rising again in France's nursing homes for the first time in months. French President Emmanuel Macron, who visited a nursing home in the town of Bracieux in central France on Tuesday, tweeted shortly after his arrival that “our elders, more...
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