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Statewide mask mandate ends today
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Statewide mask mandate ends today

Alabama opened vaccine eligibility to anyone 16 and older two days ago, and state health officials said virus hospitalizations, percentage of positive tests and daily case numbers are hitting some of the lowest numbers in a year.

Biden orders gun control actions — but they show his limits
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Biden orders gun control actions — but they show his limits

Biden's new steps include a move to crack down on "ghost guns," homemade firearms that lack serial numbers used to trace them and are often purchased without a background check. He's also moving to tighten regulations on pistol-stabilizing braces like the one used in Boulder, Colorado, in a shooting last month that left 10 dead.

McConnell warns corporations of political ‘bullying’
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McConnell warns corporations of political ‘bullying’

By LISA MASCARO, AP Congressional Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell says it’s a “big lie” to call the new voting law in Georgia racist and he warned big business to “stay out of politics” after major corporations and even Major League Baseball distanced themselves from the state amid vast public pressure....

Biden’s infrastructure plan boosted by Senate parliamentarian ruling
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Biden’s infrastructure plan boosted by Senate parliamentarian ruling

The Senate parliamentarian greenlighted a strategy that would allow Democrats in the evenly split 50-50 chamber to rely on a 51-vote threshold to advance some bills, rather than the typical 60 votes typically needed. The so-called budget reconciliation rules can now be used more often than expected — giving Democrats a fresh new path around the GOP blockade.

Georgia governor vows a fight after MLB yanks All-Star Game
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Georgia governor vows a fight after MLB yanks All-Star Game

MAE ANDERSON, Associated Press News of Major League Baseball’s decision to pull this summer’s All-Star Game from Georgia over its sweeping new voting law reverberated among fans Saturday, while Gov. Brian Kemp vowed to defend the measure, saying “free and fair elections” are worth any threats, boycotts or lawsuits. The Republican governor said at a...