Biden says debt deal is ‘very close,’ even though both sides are distant on job requirements

WASHINGTON (AP) — Work requirements for federal food aid recipients have emerged as a final sticking point in negotiations over the looming debt crisis, even as President Joe Biden said Friday that an agreement was “very close”. Biden’s optimism came as the deadline for a potentially catastrophic default was pushed back to June 5 and … Read more

Louisiana lawmakers urged to resuscitate bill banning gender-affirming care for minors

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A longtime Republican lawmaker in rural Louisiana is facing a national backlash after his breakthrough vote to kill a bill that would ban gender-affirming medical care for transgender youth in the state. State Sen. Fred Mills told The Associated Press on Friday that he stands by his decision. But state … Read more

Prosecutors say they have a recording of Trump and a witness in the Manhattan DA case

New York prosecutors have told Donald Trump’s attorneys that evidence in their silence case against the former president includes an audio recording of him and a witness, according to a filing released Friday. Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s office made the disclosure in a filing this week called the Autodiscover Form and said the evidence … Read more

DeSantis and Trump argue over who handled the worst COVID-19 pandemic

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) and Donald Trump, both declared candidates for the 2024 presidential election, battle with each other over how each has handled the COVID-19 pandemic. Although most critics of Trump’s actions during the pandemic have accused him of undermining public health advice, downplaying the severity of the disease and pushing a litany … Read more

Mississippi Democrats wrongly excluded gubernatorial candidate, judge says

JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) — Mississippi could have a Democratic primary for governor in August because a judge ruled Friday that the party wrongfully excluded a candidate from the ballot. The state’s Democratic Party immediately filed a notice saying it will ask the Mississippi Supreme Court to overturn the judge’s ruling on Bob Hickingbottom’s candidacy. “I … Read more