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Proposed TikTok ban for kids fails in Virginia’s Legislature

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A GOP legislative effort to prevent Virginia children from using the popular video-sharing app TikTok — an idea backed by Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin — died this week in the Democratic-controlled Legislature. The bill, sponsored by Republican Del. Jay Leftwich of Chesapeake, was left in a House of Delegates committee after…

Leading Virginia Senate Democrat deals major setback for Washington sports arena bill

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A leading Democratic Virginia legislator said Monday that proposed legislation to help pave the way for the NBA’s Washington Wizards and NHL’s Washington Capitals to relocate to northern Virginia is dead, as far as she’s concerned. Sen. L. Louise Lucas, who holds great sway in the General Assembly as chair of…

Biden and Trump: How the two classified documents investigations came to different endings

Classified documents were found in a damaged cardboard box in President Joe Biden’s cluttered Delaware garage, near where golf clubs hung on the wall. A photo in former President Donald Trump’s indictment, meanwhile, shows stacks of boxes filled with documents under a chandelier in an ornate Mar-a-Lago bathroom. In Biden’s case, special counsel Robert Hur,…

Former Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is running for the US Senate

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan addresses supporters at the Maryland statehouse, Jan. 10, 2023, in Annapolis, Md. The former Maryland Governor announced Friday, Feb. 9, 2024, he will run for U.S. Senate, giving Republicans a prominent candidate who is well-positioned to run a competitive campaign for the GOP in a state that hasn’t had a Republican…

Special counsel: Biden ‘willfully’ disclosed classified materials, but no criminal charges warranted

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden “willfully” retained and disclosed highly classified materials when he was a private citizen, including documents about military and foreign policy in Afghanistan and other sensitive national security matters, according to a Justice Department report that nonetheless says no criminal charges are warranted for him or anyone else. The report from special counsel Robert Hur,…

Virginia Democrats are sending gun-control bills to a skeptical Gov. Youngkin

Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin delivers his State of the Commonwealth address before a joing session of the Virginia General Assembly, Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2024, at the Capitol in Richmond, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber), File) RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Dozens of pieces of gun-related legislation that advocates say will bolster public safety are winding their way…

State Senate committee rejects northern Virginia casino bill

The Senate Finance and Appropriations committee voted 13-2 against a bill that would have allowed Fairfax County to hold a referendum on building a casino and conference center in Tysons Corner, a neighborhood that is currently home to high-end retail and office development. The committee vote effectively kills the bill for this year’s legislative session…

Trump is not immune from prosecution in his 2020 election interference case, US appeals court says

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals panel ruled Tuesday that Donald Trump can face trial on charges that he plotted to overturn the results of the 2020 election, rejecting the former president’s claims that he is immune from prosecution. The decision marks the second time in as many months that judges have spurned Trump’s immunity arguments and held that…

Virginia considers a major expansion of gambling by legalizing ‘skill games’

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Dueling legislative proposals in Virginia backed by different gambling companies would open the door for an expansion of slot-like betting machines in businesses such as truck stops, restaurants and convenience stores. At the center of the debate are “gray machines,” arcade-style games that look similar to slot machines but involve an…

Maryland leaders propose juvenile justice bill to boost accountability

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland’s top political leaders unveiled legislation Wednesday meant to increase accountability for juvenile offenders and the adults who run the juvenile justice system, which one leading lawmaker said was struggling in an “abundance of confusion” without meaningful oversight. Democratic Gov. Wes Moore gathered with leaders of the General Assembly, which is…

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