Biden bill would give local news outlets ‘shot in the arm’

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s $1.85 trillion social spending bill includes a provision that, if it becomes law, would mark the first time the federal government has offered targeted support in response to the decline of local news. The help would come in the form of a payroll tax credit for companies that employ…Continue Reading

Virginia Supreme Court rejects GOP redistricting nominees

FALLS CHURCH, VA. (AP) — The Supreme Court of Virginia, now tasked with drawing new legislative districts in the state to conform with the 2020 census, has told Republicans to submit three new nominees to help it in its task amid complaints that they are too partisan. In a unanimous ruling signed by the chief…Continue Reading

History-making Winsome Sears ready to work in Virginia

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — Winsome Sears says voters learned where she stands as she made history campaigning to become the first Black woman elected to statewide office in Virginia. But Sears may be less known for her policy positions than for a campaign photo showing the 57-year-old former Marine posing with a military rifle.…Continue Reading

Biden: ‘Democracy survived’ Capitol riot because of police

WASHINGTON (AP) — Framed by the Capitol, President Joe Biden paid tribute Saturday to fallen law enforcement officers and honored those who fought off the Jan. 6 insurrection at that very site by declaring “because of you, democracy survived.” Biden spoke at the 40th Annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service to remember the 491 law…Continue Reading

Texas Republicans set to pass new congressional maps

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Republicans on Saturday were set to approve redrawn U.S. House maps that would shore up their eroding dominance as voters peel away from the GOP in the state’s booming suburbs. After passage in the Texas House, the maps will go to Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, who is expected to sign…Continue Reading

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