Supreme Court Limits Reach of Federal Gun Crime Law | Political News

By JESSICA GRESKO, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court on Tuesday limited the reach of a federal statute that requires stiff penalties for crimes involving a gun. The 7-2 decision united both conservative and liberal justices, though one dissenting justice compared to the result to “Alice in Wonderland.” The justices said the law … Read more

Virginia GOP Voters to Settle Crowded Congressional Runoffs | Political News

By SARAH RANKIN, Associated Press RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Virginia voters are set to pick Republican nominees Tuesday for two races expected to be among the year’s most competitive for US House seats. Voters will winnow a four-person field in the coastal 2nd District and a six-person field in the central 7th District to take … Read more

House OKs Security Boost for Supreme Court Judges, Families | Political News

By KEVIN FREKING, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) – The House gave final approval Tuesday to legislation that would allow around-the-clock security protection for families of Supreme Court justices, one week after a man carrying a gun, knife and zip ties was arrested near Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s house after threatening to kill the justice. The Senate … Read more

To Some Surprise, Youngkin Hosts Series of Pride Events | Political News

By SARAH RANKIN, Associated Press RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – When Republican Glenn Youngkin was running to be Virginia’s governor, he defended a teacher suspended over an objection to using students’ preferred pronouns. He opposed transgender children playing on sports teams aligned with their gender identity, and he indicated a personal objection to same-sex marriage. Given … Read more

Jan. 6 Committee’s Members Are on Diverging Political Paths | Washington, DC News

By FARNOUSH AMIRI and KEVIN FREKING, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) – The nine members of the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 US Capitol insurrection are on diverging political paths as they prepare for public hearings that could become a defining moment in their careers. Working in private rooms in a Capitol office building, the … Read more

Hinckley to get full freedom 41 years after shooting Reagan

WASHINGTON (AP) – John Hinckley Jr., who shot President Ronald Reagan in 1981, is “no longer a danger to himself or others” and will be freed from court oversight this month as planned, a federal judge said Wednesday, capping Hinckley’s four -decade journey through the legal and mental health systems. US District Court Judge Paul … Read more

Private Property Owners Sue Over Virginia’s Hunting Dog Law | Political News

By DENISE LAVOIE, Associated Press WILSONS, Va. (AP) – Soon after Jim Medeiros bought his 143-acre (58-hectare) cattle and poultry farm in rural Virginia a decade ago, he and his wife were startled by the sounds of 20 hunting dogs barking and howling as they circled their house and chased their chickens. When Medeiros confronted … Read more

New Life, New Struggles: Afghans Still Adjusting to US | Political News

By BEN FOX, JACQUELYN MARTIN and JULIE WATSON, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) – Taliban forces had taken the Afghan capital. Crowds of panicked people thronged the airport. And a young man who had worked as a subcontractor for the US military faced a terrible choice. Hasibullah Hasrat, after having navigated the chaotic streets and Taliban … Read more

Virginia Del. Danica Roem Announces State Senate Bid | Political News

By SARAH RANKIN, Associated Press RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Democratic Del. Danica Roem, who made history as an openly transgender candidate in her initial bid for state office, announced Monday she is jumping into a 2023 race for an open northern Virginia state Senate seat. In an interview, Roem said she did not expect a … Read more

Competing Republican Southwest Virginia lawmakers spar over abortion | Govt. & Politics

Over the renewed nationwide topic of abortion, two Republican state delegates running against each other are moving to stake their own ground. A few hours after Del. Marie March, R-Floyd, said on Facebook she plans to carry a “Life at Conception Bill” in the Virginia General Assembly next year, Del. Wren Williams, R-Patrick, issued a … Read more

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