Duterte’s daughter takes oath as Philippine vice president

MANILA, Philippines (AP) – Sara Duterte, daughter of the outgoing populist president of the Philippines, took her oath Sunday as vice president following a landslide electoral victory she clinched despite her father’s human rights record that saw thousands of drug suspects gunned down. The inauguration in their southern hometown of Davao, where she’s the outgoing … Read more

Biden’s optimism collides with mounting political challenges

WASHINGTON (AP) – Democrats are going to hold onto the House after November’s midterm elections. They will pick up as many as four seats in the Senate, expanding their majority and overcoming internal dissent that has helped stifle their agenda. As the challenges confronting President Joe Biden intensify, his predictions of a rosy political future … Read more

As Russia presses the attack, Ukraine given a possible path to the EU

LYSYCHANSK, Ukraine (AP) – The European Union’s executive arm recommended putting Ukraine on a path to membership Friday, a symbolic boost for a country fending off a Russian onslaught that is taking civilian lives, flattening cities and threatening its very survival. The possibility of membership in a union created to safeguard peace on the continent … Read more

Puerto Rico party to hold vote on its political future

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – With a possible plebiscite on statehood or independence for Puerto Rico looming, one of the island’s two main parties said Thursday it will ask its members to reconsider or reaffirm its own stance on US territory’s political future by holding an islandwide vote on the issue. The announcement by José … Read more

Seller of monkey to Chris Brown sentenced to probation

ORLANDO, Fla. – The owner of an exotic animal breeding business in Florida has been sentenced to five years’ probation for illegally selling a capuchin monkey to singer Chris Brown. A federal indictment does not name Brown, only identifying the buyer as a celebrity in California, but key details match an Associated Press report that … Read more

California legislative races feature intraparty struggles

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – Democrats in deep blue California have a virtual lock on overwhelming majorities in the state Legislature for the foreseeable future. But there is still election drama as voters choose among candidates for 100 legislative seats in Tuesday’s primary election. All 80 seats are up for grabs in the state Assembly, as … Read more

Senate Republicans revive election bill over 2020 complaints

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Pennsylvania’s Republican-controlled Senate approved a bill Monday that orders a number of changes to state laws over partisan election observers in polling places and election offices, a throwback to complaints in 2020 by former President Donald Trump that the Democratic bastion of Philadelphia needed to be watched closely for election fraud. … Read more

Crime, education, discussed in Maryland gubernatorial debate

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) – Crime, education and the economy were leading issues discussed Monday by eight candidates who are seeking Maryland’s Democratic nomination for governor during their first statewide televised debate. Candidates also used the opportunity during the debate at Maryland Public Television to confront opponents they believe they are more closely competing with … Read more

As SC vote nears, Mace has double Arrington’s campaign cash

COLUMBIA, SC (AP) – US Rep. Nancy Mace is beefing up her campaign coffers in an effort to stave off GOP challenger Katie Arrington in the closing days of the Republican primary race for South Carolina’s 1st District. The freshman Mace has consistently topped the contest for dollars in the 1st Congressional District, which she … Read more

2022 midterms: What to watch in primaries in 7 states

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Primary elections in seven states Tuesday will set the stage for US House and Senate races this fall, with many contests shaped by political fissures in both major parties and the lingering shadow of former President Donald Trump. With the control of Congress in play, a string of Republican House incumbents … Read more

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