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Biden Keeps US Target for Refugee Admissions at 125,000
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Biden Keeps US Target for Refugee Admissions at 125,000

By JULIE WATSON, Associated PressSAN DIEGO (AP) — President Joe Biden on Tuesday kept the nation’s cap on refugee admissions at 125,000 for the 2023 budget year, despite pressure from advocates to raise it even higher to meet the need after falling far short of that target this year.Refugees advocates have been pushing the Biden administration to do more to restore the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program. The program suffered deep cuts under the Trump administration, which slashed admissions to a record low.Biden raised the cap to four times that amount this year, but so far fewer than 20,000 refugees have been admitted this budget year, according to the latest count in August. The budget year ends Sept. 30.Biden said in his presidential determination that the admissions should be earmarked...
Deal That Prevented Rail Strike Still Needs Worker Support
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Deal That Prevented Rail Strike Still Needs Worker Support

By JOSH FUNK, AP Business WriterOMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A last-minute deal prevented a railroad strike for now, but many rail workers remain unhappy with working conditions, including some who protested outside their workplaces Wednesday ahead of votes to approve the new contracts.Handfuls of workers gathered outside railyards across the country in pickets organized by a newly formed workers group separate from the 12 unions that negotiated the deals last week with the major U.S. freight railroads. The protesters expressed dissatisfaction with the deals, just as the unions are trying to explain the potential benefits they negotiated to their roughly 115,000 members ahead of contract votes.Fears about the dire economic consequences of a rail strike that could cripple all kinds of businesses t...
Maine Rematch Could Be a Bellwether for Control of Congress
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Maine Rematch Could Be a Bellwether for Control of Congress

By PATRICK WHITTLE, Associated PressAUBURN, Maine (AP) — Donald Trump isn't on the ballot in Maine's 2nd Congressional District this year, but his brand of politics is.In a race that will help decide control of the U.S. House of Representatives, Democratic Rep. Jared Golden will defend his seat against Republican former Rep. Bruce Poliquin and independent candidate Tiffany Bond. The race is a rematch for Golden and Poliquin, who ran for the same seat in 2018, when Golden emerged victorious by a razor-thin margin.The appeal of Trump-style politics has grown in the district since then despite the fact it is represented by Golden, a moderate Democrat. Poliquin, who represented the 2nd District as a moderate Republican from 2014 to 2018, has shifted his own messaging rightward to try to tak...
Abrams’ Strategy to Boost Turnout: Early Voting Commitments
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Abrams’ Strategy to Boost Turnout: Early Voting Commitments

By BILL BARROW, Associated PressDECATUR, Ga. (AP) — Stacey Abrams, Georgia Democrats' nominee for governor, is launching an intensive effort to get out the vote by urging potential supporters to cast in-person ballots the first week of early voting as she tries to navigate the state’s new election laws.The strategy, outlined to The Associated Press by Abrams’ top aides, is a shift from 2018, when she spent generously in her first gubernatorial bid to encourage voters to use mail ballots. It also moves away from Democrats' pandemic-era emphasis on mail voting, a push that delivered Georgia’s electoral votes to President Joe Biden and helped Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff win concurrent U.S. Senate runoffs to give Democrats control of Capitol Hill.Republicans, including Abrams’ opponent, ...
Pelosi to Visit Armenia as Cease-Fire With Azerbaijan Holds
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Pelosi to Visit Armenia as Cease-Fire With Azerbaijan Holds

By AVET DEMOURIAN, Associated PressYEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — The speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, said Friday she plans to make a weekend visit to Armenia, where a cease-fire held for a second day after an outburst of fighting with neighboring Azerbaijan that killed more than 200 troops from both sides.Pelosi told reporters in Berlin she would to travel to Armenia on Saturday with a delegation that includes Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., who is of Armenian descent. Pelosi declined to give further details about the trip, saying that traveling members of the Congress “don’t like to be a target.”“In any case, it is all about human rights and the respecting the dignity and worth of every person,” she said.The Armenian Defense Ministry said the situation on the border...
A New Space Race? China Adds Urgency to US Return to Moon
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A New Space Race? China Adds Urgency to US Return to Moon

By ELLEN KNICKMEYER, Associated PressWASHINGTON (AP) — It's not just rocket fuel propelling America's first moonshot after a half-century lull. Rivalry with China's flourishing space program is helping drive NASA’s effort to get back into space in a bigger way, as both nations push to put people back on the moon and establish the first lunar bases.American intelligence, military and political leaders make clear they see a host of strategic challenges to the U.S. in China’s space program, in an echo of the U.S.-Soviet rivalry that prompted the 1960s’ race to the moon. That's as China is quickly matching U.S. civil and military space accomplishments and notching new ones of its own.On the military side, the U.S. and China trade accusations of weaponizing space. Senior U.S. defense officia...
Money Approved for States to Build Car-Charging Network
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Money Approved for States to Build Car-Charging Network

By GILLIAN FLACCUS and MATTHEW BROWN, Associated PressPORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Biden administration said Wednesday it has approved ambitious plans by 34 states and Puerto Rico to create a national electric vehicle charging network as the U.S. begins in earnest its transition away from gas-powered transportation.The plans’ approval means $900 million can begin to flow to the states, which are tasked with using money from President Joe Biden’s huge infrastructure law to form the network of chargers across the nation. Building out a reliable and convenient network is critical to spur more adoption of the technology, which is itself key to reducing greenhouse emissions that cause global warming.The announcement came on the same day that Biden toured the North American International Auto Sh...
AP Top Political News at 12:30 A.m. EDT
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AP Top Political News at 12:30 A.m. EDT

Manchin's big energy deal draws pushback from many Dems US, Trump team propose names for arbiter in Mar-a-Lago probe Politics in air as Biden visits future Intel plant in Ohio Michigan Dems hope for boost from abortion ballot initiative Judge tosses Trump's Russia probe suit against Clinton, FBI Political Cartoons From Eisenhower to Biden, queen met every US president but 1 Allies push for US weaponry after seeing impact in Ukraine Proud Boys Hawaii leader, friend plead guilty in Jan. 6 riot Watchdog: Chemical safety agency impeded by staff shortage High court blocks recognition of LGBTQ campus at Yeshiva U Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast...
Guest Lineups for the Sunday News Shows
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Guest Lineups for the Sunday News Shows

WASHINGTON (AP) — ABC’s “This Week” — To be announced.NBC’s “Meet the Press” — Vice President Kamala Harris.CBS’ “Face the Nation" — Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va.; Karen Pierce, British ambassador to the U.S.; Oksana Markarova, Ukrainian ambassador to the U.S.; Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba of Jackson, Mississippi; retired Marine Gen. Frank McKenzie.Political CartoonsCNN’s “State of the Union” — To be announced.“Fox News Sunday” — Sens. Tim Scott, R-S.C., and Jon Tester, D-Mont.; Jane Hartley, U.S. ambassador to Britain.Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Source link
Slain Las Vegas Reporter Spent Career Chasing Corruption
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Slain Las Vegas Reporter Spent Career Chasing Corruption

By KEN RITTER and JOHN SEEWER, Associated PressLAS VEGAS (AP) — In four decades of writing about the Las Vegas underworld and government corruption, investigative reporter Jeff German took on plenty of powerful and dangerous people. The hard-bitten newsman was once punched by an organized crime associate and received veiled threats from mobsters.Nothing seemed to phase him as he doggedly went about his work.So German (GEHR’-man) characteristically didn't express concern when Clark County Public Administrator Robert Telles, a virtually unknown politician in charge of an obscure and small government office, took to Twitter last spring to angrily denounce the reporter.German, who worked for the Las Vegas Review-Journal, had written about bullying and favoritism in the public administrator'...