‘Ghost’ Candidate, 2 Operatives Face Charges in Florida | Political News

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) – Two political operatives and an independent candidate who opponents say hardly campaigned and only entered a state Senate race in central Florida in 2020 to siphon off votes from a Democrat were criminally charged on Tuesday. Prosecutors filed election finance charges against the candidate, Jestine Iannotti, as well as Seminole County … Read more

Virtual Reality Brings Portable Taser Training to Police | Political News

By MICHAEL BALSAMO, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) – A combative man approaches, moving quickly toward a police officer who pulls out a Taser. The man is wearing a heavy jacket, which could mean the prongs that would generate an electronic current and send him to the ground might not work. It’s a scenario that’s played … Read more

Embattled Texas AG Paxton Faces George P. Bush in GOP Runoff | Political News

By PAUL J. WEBER, Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton put his job and ability to withstand legal troubles on the line Tuesday in a Republican primary runoff against George P. Bush, whose own family record was at stake. The outcome in America’s biggest red state will test how much … Read more

Freed California Siblings Feared Opposing Rundown Housing | Political News

By AMY TAXIN, Associated Press RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) – Several adult children among the 13 siblings freed in 2018 from virtual imprisonment in their abusive parents’ Southern California home found themselves a year later feeling pressured by the county’s guardian to move to an apartment in disrepair in a crime-ridden area, court documents showed. Court … Read more

Disinformation Board’s Ex-Leader Faced Wave of Online Abuse | Political News

By AMANDA SEITZ, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) – Nina Jankowicz, like so many millennials, was excited to share a social media post announcing her new job on Twitter late last month when she was named executive director for a new disinformation board established by the Department of Homeland Security. But instead of well-wishes, Jankowicz’s tweet … Read more

Factbox-Policies of Australia’s Political Parties at a Glance | World News

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia’s political parties are in the final stages of campaigning ahead of a general election on Saturday. Polls indicate a close result, with the opposition Labor party slightly ahead of the ruling conservative Liberal-National coalition. Below are comparisons of key policies taken mainly from campaign programs and pre-election announcements. For climate policy … Read more

Spy Agencies Urged to Fix Open Secret: a Lack of Diversity | Political News

By NOMAAN MERCHANT, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) – The Peril National Security Agency staff wanted to discuss with their director did not involve terrorists or enemy nations. It was something closer to home: the racism and cultural misunderstandings inside America’s largest intelligence service. The NSA and other intelligence agencies held calls for their staff shortly … Read more

US Intel Shows Russians Fear Mariupol Abuse Will Backfire | Political News

By AAMER MADHANI, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) – The US has gathered intelligence that shows some Russian officials have become concerned that Russian forces in the ravaged port city of Mariupol are carrying out grievous abuses, a US official familiar with the findings said Wednesday. The Russian officials are concerned that the abuses will backfire … Read more

Buffalo Shooter’s Previous Threat Raises Red-Flag Questions | Political News

By LINDSAY WHITEHURST, MICHAEL TARM and JAMES ANDERSON, Associated Press Less than a year before he opened fire and killed 10 people in a racist attack at a Buffalo grocery store, 18-year-old Payton Gendron was investigated for making a threatening statement at his high school. New York has a “red flag” law designed to keep … Read more

Tensions Over Racial Justice Shadow Louisville Mayor’s Race | Political News

PIPER HUDSPETH BLACKBURN, Associated Press / Report For America LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – On Valentine’s Day, a man appeared in the doorway of a Louisville campaign office and fired shots at mayoral candidate Craig Greenberg. He wasn’t hit – a bullet grazed his sweater – but some of the tensions still lingering over this city … Read more

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