• Lawmakers revive calls to end forced labor for felons to mark Juneteenth

    Lawmakers revive calls to end forced labor for felons to mark Juneteenth

    Jun 18, 2021 05:19 PM EDT

    ... of the House and Senate, as well as ratification by three-quarters of state legislatures. They are also rare. Tylek, of Worth Rises, hopes other lawmakers will see that an exception to slavery bans is unacceptable. "It's a huge stain on our culture, on our Constitution, on our nation ...

  • Biden to build on 'Obamacare' after Supreme Court tosses GOP lawsuit, Sec. Becerra says

    Biden to build on 'Obamacare' after Supreme Court tosses GOP lawsuit, Sec. Becerra says

    Jun 17, 2021 10:29 PM EDT

    The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, survived a third major legal challenge at the U.S. Supreme Court Thursday. In a 7-2 vote, the justices rejected a lawsuit brought by 18 Republican-led states that questioned the ACA’s legality over an individual mandate penalty. Judy Woodruff speaks with Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier...

  • Department of Justice says West Virginia, Arkansas transgender bans violate federal law

    Department of Justice says West Virginia, Arkansas transgender bans violate federal law

    Jun 17, 2021 07:54 PM EDT

    ... law “way outweigh the bad part of it.” In the transgender bathroom case, the West Virginia Supreme Court reinstated some negligence claims and sent the lawsuit back to a lower court for further proceedings. A circuit judge had dismissed the lawsuit, saying the Harrison County school board was immune from ...

  • As COVID-19 crisis ebbs, some lawmakers seeking 9/11-style commission

    As COVID-19 crisis ebbs, some lawmakers seeking 9/11-style commission

    Jun 17, 2021 06:08 PM EDT

    The proposal comes amid lingering questions over the government's response to the crisis and the origin of the virus that has killed more than 600,000 Americans.

  • Editors of Hong Kong newspaper arrested under security law

    Editors of Hong Kong newspaper arrested under security law

    Jun 17, 2021 12:58 PM EDT

    ... of Apple Daily's offices, and the government said a warrant was obtained to look for evidence of a suspected violation of the national security law. Apple Daily published a letter to its readers, saying that police had confiscated many items during the search, including 38 computers that contained "considerable ...

  • Federal judge tosses out Houston hospital staff's lawsuit over COVID-19 vaccine

    Federal judge tosses out Houston hospital staff's lawsuit over COVID-19 vaccine

    Jun 14, 2021 01:55 PM EDT

    HOUSTON — A federal judge threw out a lawsuit filed by employees of a Houston hospital system over its requirement that all of its staff be vaccinated against COVID-19. The Houston Methodist Hospital system suspended 178 employees without pay last week over their refusal to get vaccinated. Of them, 117 ...

  • Vaccinated lawmakers get to take off their masks in House

    Vaccinated lawmakers get to take off their masks in House

    Jun 11, 2021 11:47 PM EDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Fully vaccinated members of Congress and staffers will no longer have to wear masks on the House floor and in committee rooms, the Office of the Attending Physician said Friday, delighting some GOP lawmakers who have been chafing at the mask-wearing requirements. The new protocol came nearly ...

  • Governor signs law giving Nevada 1st presidential primary

    Governor signs law giving Nevada 1st presidential primary

    Jun 11, 2021 08:11 PM EDT

    ... did not offer more details. Iowa and New Hampshire have signaled they're willing to fight to protect their status. New Hampshire has a state law requiring its presidential primary to be held at least seven days ahead of any other similar contest. The law also gives the New Hampshire ...

  • WATCH: Justice Department will review restrictive GOP voting laws

    WATCH: Justice Department will review restrictive GOP voting laws

    Jun 11, 2021 05:44 PM EDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department will scrutinize a wave of new laws in Republican-controlled states that tighten voting rules, Attorney General Merrick Garland said Friday, vowing to take action on any violations of federal law. Watch Garland's remarks in the video player above. He announced plans to double ...

  • Newly elected trans state lawmakers reflect on record year of anti-trans bills

    Newly elected trans state lawmakers reflect on record year of anti-trans bills

    Jun 11, 2021 04:34 PM EDT

    ... Vermont lawmaker, acknowledged the contrasting experiences trans elected officials have, depending on the state they represent. Rep. Brianna Titone, for example, the first trans state lawmaker in Colorado, has spoken out about experiencing homophobic attacks on the campaign trail.Small is serving in a legislature where lawmakers did not debate ...