Supreme Court voting rights ruling stuns minority voters, who hope it expands their representation
This week’s Supreme Court decision ordering Alabama to redraw its congressional maps was seen by many minority lawmakers and voting rights activists as a stunning victory with the potential to become a major stepping stone for undoing gerrymandered political maps that dilute the political strength of communities of color.
Trump braces for possible federal charges after being warned he's a target of documents probe
Former President Donald Trump and his aides are bracing for a potential indictment in the classified documents investigation as prosecutors handling the probe have been spotted at a Miami courthouse where a grand jury has been hearing from witnesses.
Alabama senator says Space Command prefers Huntsville for HQ, but command has no comment
Alabama Republican Sen. Tommy Tuberville says the top general in charge of U.S. Space Command told him during a meeting Wednesday that Huntsville, not Colorado Springs, Colorado, is the preferred location for its new headquarters.
Actor known for 'Bob's Burgers' character arrested on Capitol riot charges
An actor known for his roles on the comedy television shows “Bob’s Burgers” and “Mr. Show with Bob and David” has been arrested on charges that he joined a mob of Donald Trump supporters in confronting police officers during the U.S. Capitol riot.
Justice Jackson reports flowers from Oprah, designer clothing as Thomas delays filing disclosure
Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson has disclosed that she received a $1,200 congratulatory floral display from Oprah Winfrey and $6,580 in designer clothing for a magazine photo shoot in her first months as the first Black woman on the Supreme Court.
Owner of funeral homes accused of spraying insecticide at cops, assaulting media at Jan. 6 riot
An owner of several funeral homes on Long Island has been arrested on charges that he sprayed wasp killer at police officers and attacked journalists during the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol, authorities said.
Ex-Trump aide appears at Miami court to testify before federal grand jury., AP source says
A former top aide to Donald Trump has appeared in federal court in Miami to for testimony to a grand jury investigating potential classified-document mishandling and obstruction at the ex-president’s Palm Beach property.
Andrew Young was at Martin Luther King's side throughout often violent struggle for civil rights
Andrew Young, one of the last surviving members of Martin Luther King Jr.'s inner circle, recalls the journey to the signing of the Voting Rights Act as an arduous one, often marked by violence and bloodshed.
LBJ's daughter Luci watched him sign voting rights bill, then cried when Supreme Court weakened it
Luci Baines Johnson watched her father, President Lyndon Johnson, sign the Voting Rights Act in 1965, and she recalls asking him why the ceremony was in the U.S. Capitol instead of the White House.
Former ByteDance executive says Chinese Communist Party tracked Hong Kong protesters via data
A former executive at ByteDance, the Chinese company which owns the popular short-video app TikTok, says in a legal filing that some members of the ruling Communist Party used data held by the company to identify and locate protesters in Hong Kong.
Citizens embark on chaotic scramble to escape floodwaters after Ukraine dam breach
Dozens of evacuees on an island in the Dnieper River scurried onto the tops of military trucks to flee rising floodwaters caused by the breach of a dam upstream, as shelling in a war zone separating Ukrainian and Russian forces echoed overhead.
US releases video showing close-call in Taiwan Strait with Chinese destroyer
The United States military has released video of what it called an “unsafe” Chinese maneuver in the Taiwan Strait on the weekend, in which a Chinese navy ship cut sharply across the path of an American destroyer, forcing the U.S. ship to slow to avoid a collision.
Biden set for critical talks on Ukraine this week with Denmark's Frederiksen, UK's Sunak
President Joe Biden is welcoming Denmark and Britain’s prime ministers this week to Washington for talks that will focus heavily on the war in Ukraine—including the recently-launched effort to train, and eventually equip, Ukraine with F-16 fighter jets.
China defends buzzing American warship in Taiwan Strait, accuses US of provoking Beijing
China’s defense minister has defended sailing a warship across the path of an American destroyer and Canadian frigate transiting the Taiwan Strait, telling a gathering of some of the world’s top defense officials in Singapore that such so-called “freedom of navigation” patrols are a provocation to China.
Biden expected to sign budget deal to raise debt ceiling
President Joe Biden is expected to sign legislation to raise the debt ceiling on Saturday, preventing a potential crisis that would have led to the country's first-ever government default and sent shock waves through the U.S. and global economies.
US, allies clash with Russia, China over North Korea's failed military spy satellite launch
The United States and its allies clashed with Russia and China over North Korea’s failed launch of a military spy satellite this week in violation of multiple U.N. Security Council resolutions, which Moscow and Beijing refused to condemn.
US Defense Secretary Austin says Washington won't stand for 'coercion and bullying' from China
American Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin says Washington would not stand for any “coercion and bullying” of its allies and partners by China, while assuring Beijing that the United States remains committed to maintaining the status quo on Taiwan and would prefer dialogue over conflict.
Oath Keeper convicted in Jan. 6 Capitol riot gets 3 years in latest extremist sentencing
A Florida man who stormed the U.S. Capitol with other members of the far-right Oath Keepers group was sentenced Friday to three years in prison for seditious conspiracy and other charges — the latest in a historic string of sentences in the Jan. 6.
Macron to award top U.S. general France's highest honors
The French president's office says U.S. Joint Chiefs chairman Gen. Mark Milley will receive France’s highest medal of honor for his role in coordinating support for Ukraine and for his more than 40-year military career spent in defense of democracy.
U.S.: Tanks, F-16 jets part of long-term strategy for Ukraine, won't be ready for upcoming offensive
Training for Ukrainian forces on advanced U.S. Abrams tanks has begun, and while those systems will not be ready in time for Ukraine's near-term counteroffensive they will be critical in the longer-term, Joint Chiefs chairman Gen. Mark Milley said.
Top American, Chinese defense officials vie for influence in Asia-Pacific
As the United States and China vie to establish new partnerships and expand influence with Asia-Pacific nations, the top defense officials from both nations are preparing to try to win support this weekend from their regional counterparts, diplomats and leaders at a security forum in Singapore.
New federal proposal aims to stop racial bias in formulas used to value homes
Vice President Kamala Harris says federal agencies are taking new steps to stop racial discrimination in appraising home values by proposing a rule intended to ensure that the automated formulas used to price housing are fair.
Oath Keeper who guarded Roger Stone before Jan. 6 attack gets more than 4 years in prison
A member of the far-right Oath Keepers extremist group who was part of a security detail for former President Donald Trump’s longtime adviser Roger Stone before storming the U.S. Capitol has been sentenced to more than four years in prison.
Supreme Court revives claims that SuperValu, Safeway overcharged governments for generic drugs
The Supreme Court has unanimously revived whistleblower lawsuits claiming that supermarket and pharmacy chains SuperValu and Safeway overcharged government health-care programs for prescription drugs by hundreds of millions of dollars.
FDA warns consumers not to use off-brand versions of Ozempic, Wegovy
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers not to use versions of the popular weight-loss drug used in Ozempic and Wegovy and sold online because they might not contain the same ingredients as prescription products and may not be safe or effective.
China and key US partner Singapore agree to top-level defense hotline
China and Singapore have laid the groundwork for a hotline between the two countries that would establish a high-level communications link between Beijing and a close American partner in Asia at a time when Chinese tensions with Washington are high and dialogue has stalled.
Debt ceiling deal advances pipeline and tweaks environmental rules. But more work remains.
Despite weeks of negotiations, the White House and House Republicans were unable to reach a comprehensive agreement to overhaul environmental regulations and streamline federal permitting as part of their budget deal.
Republicans get their IRS cuts; Democrats say they expect little near-term impact
While Republicans seek to make good on campaign promises to cut IRS funding through the proposed debt ceiling and budget cuts package now moving through Congress, Democrats are offering assurances that the spending cuts will have little impact on the federal tax collector.
Reports: Prosecutors have tape of Trump discussing holding onto classified doc after leaving office
There are media reports that Justice Department prosecutors have obtained an audio recording of former President Donald Trump from after he left office in which he talks about holding onto a classified document related to a potential attack on Iran.