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Wolf launches a budget fraught with deficits, uncertainty

February 4, 2021

By Marc Levy ASSOCIATED PRESS  HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf asked lawmakers Wednesday to raise income taxes on higher earners and give public schools a massive boost in aid, as the state government faces a gaping deficit and uncertainty over how much more pandemic relief the federal government will send. For Wolf, a…

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Democrats ask Trump to testify under oath in Senate trial

February 4, 2021

By ERIC TUCKER, MARY CLARE JALONICK and JILL COLVIN WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats on Thursday asked Donald Trump to testify under oath for his Senate impeachment trial, challenging the former president to explain why he and his lawyers have disputed key factual allegations at the center of their charge that he incited a violent…

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Voting company sues Fox, Giuliani over election fraud claims

February 4, 2021

By JOSHUA GOODMAN MIAMI (AP) — A voting technology company is suing Fox News, three of its hosts and two former lawyers for former President Donald Trump — Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell — for $2.7 billion, charging that the defendants conspired to spread false claims that the company helped “steal” the U.S. presidential election….

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Stacey Abrams, Black Lives Matter nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

February 2, 2021

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Belarusian opposition figures, Hong Kong-pro-democracy activists, the global Black Lives Matter movement, a jailed Russian opposition leader and an American voting rights champion are among this year’s nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize. There is no shortage of causes or candidates for the Norwegian Nobel Committee to consider for what arguably…

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ACLU, for first time, elects Black person as its president

February 2, 2021

By DAVID CRARY NEW YORK (AP) — Deborah Archer, a professor at New York University School of Law with expertise in civil rights and racial justice, has become the first Black person in the 101-year history of the American Civil Liberties Union to be elected its president. The ACLU announced Monday that Archer was elected…

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Governor names replacements for departing health secretary

January 29, 2021

ABOVE PHOTO: Alison Beam (Photo/LinkedIn) and Dr.Wendy Braund (Photo/psu.edu)  ASSOCIATED PRESS  HARRISBURG, Pa.  — Gov. Tom Wolf said last Friday that he would elevate two officials involved in his administration’s response to the coronavirus to replace the departing Dr. Rachel Levine as his health secretary and physician general. Wolf said he intends to nominate a deputy…

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US terrorism alert warns of politically motivated violence

January 28, 2021

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Department of Homeland Security issued a national terrorism bulletin Wednesday warning of the lingering potential for violence from people motivated by antigovernment sentiment after President Joe Biden’s election, suggesting the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol may embolden extremists and set the stage for additional attacks. The department did not cite…

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Let down your hair: New Army rules for ponytails, nail color

January 27, 2021

By LOLITA C. BALDOR WASHINGTON (AP) — Female soldiers can let their hair down, and flash a little nail color under new rules being approved by the Army. But male soldiers will still have to shave. Army leaders announced Tuesday that they are loosening restrictions on various grooming and hairstyle rules, as service leaders try…

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Biden orders Justice Dept. to end use of private prisons

January 27, 2021

By AAMER MADHANI President Joe Biden on Tuesday ordered the Department of Justice to end its reliance on private prisons and acknowledge the central role government has played in implementing discriminatory housing policies. In remarks before signing the orders, Biden said the U.S. government needs to change “its whole approach” on the issue of racial…

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Trump impeachment to go to Senate Monday, launching trial

January 22, 2021

By MARY CLARE JALONICK and LISA MASCARO WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi plans to send the article of impeachment against Donald Trump to the Senate on Monday, launching the start of the former president’s trial on a charge of incitement of insurrection over the deadly Capitol riot. “There will be a trial,” Senate…

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