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Supreme Court takes up census case, as other count issues loom

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s attempt to exclude people living in the country illegally from the population count used to divvy up congressional seats is headed for a post-Thanksgiving Supreme Court showdown. The administration’s top lawyers are hoping the justices on a ...

Pennsylvania high court rejects Trump suit challenging election

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's highest court on Saturday night threw out a lower court's order preventing the state from certifying dozens of contests on its Nov. 3 election ballot in the latest lawsuit filed by Republicans attempting to thwart President-elect Joe Biden's victory in ...

Biden chooses all-female senior WH press team

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden will have an all-female senior communications team at his White House, led by campaign communications director Kate Bedingfield. Bedingfield will serve as Biden's White House communications director. Jen Psaki, a longtime Democratic ...

Appeals court rejects Trump challenge of Pennsylvania race

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — President Donald Trump's legal team suffered yet another defeat in court Friday as a federal appeals court in Philadelphia roundly rejected the campaign's latest effort to challenge the state's election results. Trump's lawyers vowed to appeal to the Supreme Court ...

Pennsylvania high court rejects lawsuit challenging election

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's highest court on Saturday night threw out a lower court's order preventing the state from certifying dozens of contests on its Nov. 3 election ballot in the latest lawsuit filed by Republicans attempting to thwart President-elect Joe Biden's victory in ...

Trump: He’ll leave if Electoral College seats Biden

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Thursday that he will leave the White House if the Electoral College formalizes President-Elect Joe Biden’s victory — even as he insisted such a decision would be a “mistake” — as he spent his Thanksgiving renewing claims that “massive ...

Trump pardons Flynn despite guilty plea in Russia probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump pardoned his former national security adviser Michael Flynn, ending a yearslong prosecution in the Russia investigation that saw Flynn twice plead guilty to lying to the FBI and then reverse himself before the Department of Justice stepped in to ...

Biden picks national security team

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Declaring "America is back," President-elect Joe Biden introduced his national security team on Tuesday, his first substantive offering of how he’ll shift from Trump-era “America First” policies by relying on experts from the Democratic establishment to be ...

Thanksgiving lessons jettison Pilgrim hats, welcome truth

BOSTON (AP) — A friendly feast shared by the plucky Pilgrims and their native neighbors? That’s yesterday’s Thanksgiving story. Students in many U.S. schools are now learning a more complex lesson that includes conflict, injustice and a new focus on the people who lived on the land for ...

Trump vents on election as agencies aid Biden transition

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump insisted Tuesday he is not giving up his fight to overturn the election results, but across the federal government, preparations were beginning in earnest to support President-elect Joe Biden’s incoming administration. Within hours of the General ...

US agency ascertains Biden as winner, lets transition begin

WASHINGTON (AP) — The General Services Administration ascertained Monday that President-elect Joe Biden is the “apparent winner” of the Nov. 3 election, clearing the way for the start of the transition from President Donald Trump’s administration and allowing Biden to coordinate with ...

Judge throws out Trump suit in Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A federal judge on Saturday dismissed the Trump campaign’s effort to block the certification of votes in Pennsylvania, shooting down claims of widespread irregularities with mail-in ballots. In a scathing ruling, U.S. District Judge Matthew Brann — a Republican ...

Biden wants Congress to pass virus aid in lame-duck session

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden is pushing Congress to approve billions of dollars in emergency COVID-19 assistance before he takes office, saying in a meeting Friday with the top Democrats in the House and Senate that such a package should be approved during the lame-duck ...

Trump summons Michigan GOP leaders for meeting

DETROIT (AP) — President Donald Trump summoned Michigan’s Republican legislative leaders to the White House for an extraordinary meeting today amid a longshot GOP push to reverse the battleground state going to Democrat Joe Biden. Two people familiar with the matter told The Associated ...

Minor discrepancies at heart of GOP effort to overturn vote

Poll book problems, unbalanced precincts and false reads are at the heart of the Republican Party’s long shot efforts to toss out thousands of votes in Detroit and other largely Black cities that contributed to Joe Biden’s victory in Michigan. Experts say those issues are present in ...

LaFave introduces resolution for Whitmer’s impeachment

LANSING, Mich. — State Rep. Beau LaFave Wednesday introduced House Resolution 324 calling for the adoption of four articles of impeachment against Gov. Gretchen E. Whitmer, citing corrupt conduct and violating her oath of office. LaFave, R-Iron Mountain, said he felt compelled to introduce ...

AP Explainer: How does election certification usually work?

In normal times, the certification of election results is a routine process that doesn’t get much attention. But these are not normal times. As part of an ongoing series of attacks on the integrity of the election, President Donald Trump and his Republican allies are trying to stop the ...

Do presidents really need to have faith advisers?

If I am deficient in my knowledge about chemistry, or a medical issue, or what kind of car to buy, I consult people who know more than I do on these subjects. When it comes to faith, though, I can handle that with a little help from my friends, meaning the writers of the Old and New ...

Pentagon to cut troop levels in Iraq, Afghanistan

WASHINGTON (AP) — Acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller said Tuesday the U.S. will reduce troop levels in Iraq and Afghanistan by mid-January, asserting that the decision fulfills President Donald Trump’s pledge to bring forces home from America’s long wars even as Republicans and ...

Will the presidency recede a bit for Americans post-Trump?

WASHINGTON (AP) — Calvin Coolidge, known by some as “Silent Cal” during his time in the White House, used his autobiography to live up to his nickname. “The words of a president,” he wrote in 1929 after leaving office, “have an enormous weight and ought not to be used ...