Republicans say a late convention could keep Biden off some ballots. It hasn’t mattered before.

Republican secretaries of state in Alabama and Ohio are warning President Joe Biden’s campaign that Biden might not be placed on their general election ballots because the Democratic Party’s late-August convention falls after state ballot deadlines. It’s not the first time a convention has been held in late August — but it would be a … Read more

US airlines ask the Biden administration not to approve additional flights between the US and China

WASHINGTON (AP) — Large U.S. airlines and some of their unions are asking the Biden administration to stop approving any more flights between the United States and China because of what they call “anti-competitive” policies that China imposes on U.S. carriers. The airlines and unions said Thursday that China closed its market to U.S. carriers … Read more

Tennessee lawmakers send bill to ban first-cousin marriages to governor

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Republican-led Tennessee Legislature has overwhelmingly voted to send GOP Gov. Bill Lee a proposal that would ban marriage between first cousins. The House cast a 75-2 vote Thursday on the bill after the Senate previously approved it without any opposition. But a particularly vocal opponent, Republican Rep. Gino Bulso, took … Read more

An anti-Trump Republican thinks he can win NJ governor’s race by ‘10 points’

SCOTCH PLAINS, New Jersey — State Sen. Jon Bramnick is not the typical Trump-era Republican. He has vowed to not vote for the former president in the 2024 presidential election, describes himself a “pro-choice Republican” and has even hosted Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy at a cocktail party in his backyard. But it’s that independent streak … Read more

White House Hesitates To Bring Back Fair Housing Rule

WASHINGTON — The White House is hesitating to finalize a government policy meant to reduce housing segregation out of fear it would cause a conservative backlash, according to a senior official. The Biden administration’s new proposal is a redo of a fair housing rule that Donald Trump rescinded in 2020. He’d claimed it would “destroy” … Read more

Biden administration seeks to close the ‘gun show loophole’ to buy firearms

WASHINGTON — In what could be the biggest expansion of federal background checks in decades, the Biden administration is moving to end the controversial “gun-show loophole.” “This single gap in our federal background check system has caused unimaginable pain and suffering,” said Vice President Kamala Harris in a call with reporters. On Thursday, the Justice … Read more