General Assembly

  • Mayor Nov 21, 2019

    Former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh Pleads Guilty in Fraud Case

    The disgraced former mayor of Baltimore pleaded guilty Thursday to federal conspiracy and tax evasion charges in a case involving sales of her self-published children’s books.

  • Associated Press Nov 12, 2019

    Virginia Democrats' Wins Could Bring Down Confederate Statues

    An army of Confederate monuments dots Virginia’s landscape but some of those statues could soon start coming down after Election Day gave Democrats control of the General Assembly for the first time in decades.

  • Majority Leader Nov 10, 2019

    Virginia Democrats Nominate First-Ever Female Speaker of the House

    Democrats from Virginia’s House of Delegates have nominated Eileen Filler-Corn to be the first female Speaker of the House in state history.

  • Israel Nov 8, 2019

    UN Votes Overwhelmingly to Condemn US Embargo on Cuba

    The U.N. General Assembly voted overwhelmingly Thursday to condemn the American economic embargo of Cuba for the 28th year, rejecting U.S. criticism of human rights violations there and criticizing the Trump administration’s increasingly tough enforcement measures. The vote in the 193-member world body was 187-3 with the U.S., Israel and Brazil voting “no,” and Colombia and Ukraine abstaining. Last year,...

  • Florida Nov 7, 2019

    Election Day Warning Sign for Democrats: Weaker African American Turnout

    Democrats are riding high after unseating GOP Gov. Matt Bevin in Kentucky and winning back majorities in both chambers of Virginia’s General Assembly in Tuesday’s elections. Much as was the case in 2018, when Democrats took back the majority in the House, Democrats’ gains were concentrated in largely white, middle-to-upper income suburbs, NBC News reported. However, the results weren’t as...

  • Donald Trump Sep 24, 2019

    At UN, Trump Attacks Globalism, Urges Pressure on Iran

    President Donald Trump took center stage at the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday to deliver a strong defense of nationalism while exhorting the world to act against Iran’s “bloodlust” and rising aggression. The president called on the global leaders seated before him to join the U.S. in further isolating Tehran, pushing them to use economic sanctions to pressure Iran to...

  • Donald Trump Sep 24, 2019

    UN Opens Annual Leaders' Meeting Encircled by Troubled World

    Navigating a troubled era’s choppy waters, world leaders gather for their annual meeting at the United Nations on Tuesday to grapple with climate change, regional conflicts and a dispute in the Middle East that could ripple across the entire planet. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will open the General Assembly proceedings with a “state of the world” speech. He’ll be followed...

  • Donald Trump Sep 24, 2019

    At UN, Trump Focuses on Religious Freedom, Not Climate

    President Donald Trump made his political priorities clear Monday within an hour of arriving at the United Nations for a three-day visit: He breezed by a major climate change summit to focus instead on religious persecution, an issue that resonates with his evangelical supporters. The climate summit, a centerpiece of this year’s U.N. schedule, was not on Trump’s agenda at...

  • Antonio Guterres Sep 24, 2019

    ‘You Are Failing Us': Plans, Frustration at UN Climate Talks

    Scolded for doing little, leader after leader promised the United Nations on Monday to do more to prevent a warming world from reaching even more dangerous levels. As they made their pledges at the Climate Action Summit, though, they and others conceded it was not enough. And even before they spoke, teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg shamed them over and...

  • Donald Trump Sep 23, 2019

    Trump, Modi Show Unity Between World's Largest Democracies

    President Donald Trump joined a Texas welcome party Sunday for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who’s visiting the United States amid trade tensions between the allies.

  • Donald Trump Sep 22, 2019

    Boris Johnson Heads to UN, Urging World to See Beyond Brexit

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson headed for the United Nations in New York on Sunday to argue that post-Brexit Britain will be a dynamic world power taking the lead on tackling climate change and an unstable Middle East. But he and his country face some big hurdles. He is struggling to strike a withdrawal agreement with a skeptical European Union, and...

  • Antonio Guterres Sep 22, 2019

    Youth Leaders at UN Demand Bold Climate Change Action

    Fresh off the climate strike that took hundreds of thousands of young people out of classrooms and into the streets globally, youth leaders gathered at the United Nations Saturday to demand radical moves to fight climate change. “We showed that we are united and that we, young people, are unstoppable,” Swedish 16-year-old activist Greta Thunberg, who started the climate strike...

  • Donald Trump Sep 17, 2019

    Iran's Supreme Leader: No Talks With the US at Any Level

    Iran’s supreme leader announced on Tuesday that “there will be no talks with the U.S. at any level” — remarks apparently meant to end all speculation about a possible U.S.-Iran meeting between the two countries’ presidents at the U.N. later this month. Iranian state TV quoted Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as saying this is the position of the entire leadership of...

  • Donald Trump Jun 28, 2019

    Late GOP Redistricting Guru's Files Hint at Partisan Motives

    During his long career drawing legislative maps designed to help Republicans, Tom Hofeller preached about the dangers of leaving digital fingerprints. As he advised in a 2011 presentation about redistricting strategies: “Make sure your computer is in a PRIVATE location,” and “Don’t walk away from it and leave your work exposed.” But less than a year after his death, Hofeller’s...

  • Governor Jun 5, 2019

    Virginia Governor Announces Special Session on Gun Control

    Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced Tuesday he will summon lawmakers back to the state Capitol to consider a package of gun-control legislation, saying last week’s mass shooting in Virginia Beach calls for “votes and laws, not thoughts and prayers.”

  • Governor Jun 5, 2019

    Virginia Governor Announces Special Session on Gun Control

    Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced Tuesday he will summon lawmakers back to the state Capitol to consider a package of gun-control legislation, saying last week’s mass shooting in Virginia Beach calls for “votes and laws, not thoughts and prayers.”

  • Donald Trump Apr 12, 2019

    Inside Buttigieg's ‘Complicated' Relationship With Pence

    On the campaign trail, Democratic presidential contender Pete Buttigieg blasts Vice President Mike Pence’s cultural and religious conservatism. But as the mayor of Indiana’s fourth largest city, his tone toward the state’s Republican former governor was more muted. During the four years in which they overlapped in Indiana politics, Buttigieg, the South Bend mayor, had a cordial relationship with Pence....

  • Donald Trump Apr 11, 2019

    Pence Says US Wants Maduro Out And ‘All Options' On Table

    U.S. Vice President Mike Pence told the Security Council on Wednesday the Trump administration is determined to remove President Nicolás Maduro from power in Venezuela, preferably through diplomatic and economic pressure, but “all options are on the table” — and Russia and others need to step aside. Venezuelan Ambassador Samuel Moncada said his country is threatened with war by the...

  • Tennessee Apr 9, 2019

    Taylor Swift Donates $113K to Tennessee LGBTQ Advocacy Group

    Music superstar Taylor Swift says the efforts of a Tennessee LGBTQ advocacy group to fight a handful of contentious bills moving inside the state’s Republican-controlled General Assembly inspired her to make a sizeable donation.

  • Canada Mar 30, 2019

    Angelina Jolie: Fighting for Women and Justice Are Crucial

    Actress and activist Angelina Jolie says promoting equality for women, combatting injustice, and helping refugees are the most important parts of her life after her six children. “But in many ways, they go hand in hand,” she said in an interview late Friday with The Associated Press. “It’s what I hope my children know is important.” Off camera, the 43-year-old...

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