Social issues

The Capitol is seen from the roof of the Canadian Embassy in Washington, Thursday, June 20, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
June 21, 2019 - 1:10 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats unveiled a $4.5 billion measure Friday to respond to the growing humanitarian crisis at the southern border and the government's responsibility to care for tens of thousands of migrant refugees seeking safety in the U.S. under its asylum laws. The measure is...
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Marijuana
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June 20, 2019 - 5:54 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic-controlled House has voted to block the Justice Department from interfering with states that have legalized marijuana for recreational use. The bipartisan 267-165 vote represents a breakthrough for advocates of legalizing pot, who have unsuccessfully pressed the...
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Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden, speaks at the Poor People's Moral Action Congress presidential forum in Washington, Monday, June 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
June 20, 2019 - 3:34 am
Joe Biden refused calls to apologize Wednesday for saying that the Senate "got things done" with "civility" even when the body included segregationists with whom he disagreed. His rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination, including the two major black candidates in the contest, roundly...
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Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger speaks during a House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure hearing on the status of the Boeing 737 MAX on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, June 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
June 19, 2019 - 4:58 pm
Airline union leaders and a famed former pilot said Wednesday that Boeing made mistakes while developing the 737 Max, and the biggest was not telling anybody about new flight-control software so pilots could train for it. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, who landed a crippled airliner safely on the...
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Venezuelan migrants wait at an immigration control point on the Ecuador-Peru border, before the end of a special visa program and tightened entry requirements that demand passports, in Tumbes, Peru, June 14, 2019. Peru unexpectedly became the country with the second-highest number of asylum requests globally last year. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)
June 19, 2019 - 1:48 pm
LIMA, Peru (AP) — A United Nations report has found that Venezuelans represent the largest group worldwide filing new asylum claims. The report released Wednesday says that those fleeing the troubled South American nation made more than one in five of all asylum requests in 2018. That's higher than...
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President Donald Trump reacts to the crowd after speaking during his re-election kickoff rally at the Amway Center, Tuesday, June 18, 2019, in Orlando, fla. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
June 19, 2019 - 3:50 am
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Jabbing at the press and poking the eye of the political establishment he ran against in 2016, President Donald Trump officially kicked off his reelection campaign Tuesday with a grievance-filled Florida rally that focused more on settling scores than laying out his agenda for...
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FILE - This April 18, 2019, file photo shows the dome of the U.S. Capitol in Washington. The Democratic-controlled House voted Tuesday, June 18, 2019, to block President Donald Trump’s move to restrict transgender men and women from military service. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
June 18, 2019 - 11:25 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic-controlled House voted Tuesday night to block President Donald Trump's move to restrict transgender men and women from military service. The House passed, by a 243-183 vote, an amendment to block Trump's transgender ban from remaining in effect. The move still faces...
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., joined by his GOP leadership team, answers questions on Iran and the withdrawal of acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, June 18, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
June 18, 2019 - 3:06 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he is against reparations for slavery in part because it would be hard to know whom to pay. The Kentucky Republican told reporters at his weekly news conference on Tuesday that "No, I don't think reparations are a good idea." He added...
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FILE - In this Friday, May 3, 2019 file photo, South Africa's Caster Semenya competes in the women's 800-meter final during the Diamond League in Doha, Qatar. The governing body of track argued in court that Caster Semenya is "biologically male" and that is the reason she should reduce her natural testosterone to be allowed to compete in female competitions. The IAAF's stance on Semenya and other female athletes affected by its testosterone regulations was revealed in a 163-page decision from the Court of Arbitration for Sport that was released publicly for the first time on Tuesday, June 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili, file)
June 18, 2019 - 1:10 pm
The governing body of track argued that Caster Semenya is "biologically male" and that is the reason she should reduce her natural testosterone to be allowed to compete in female competitions, according to documents released publicly by sport's highest court for the first time on Tuesday. The IAAF'...
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FILE - In this May 23, 2018, file photo, Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, leaves the Federal District Court after a hearing in Washington. New York prosecutors have asked federal prison officials to transfer Manafort to New York City so he can be arraigned on state fraud charges. He is currently serving a 7 1/2-year sentence for bank fraud and other offenses at a prison in Pennsylvania. But he is also under indictment on similar state charges in New York. Two people familiar with the matter confirmed the transfer request Tuesday, June 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)
June 18, 2019 - 1:05 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has been transferred to a correctional facility in New York but will remain in federal custody while he faces state fraud charges, a Justice Department official said Tuesday. Manafort, who is serving a federal prison sentence, is...
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