Grassley: Mueller protection bill should get a vote

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said on Thursday that a bill to protect special counsel Robert Mueller from getting fired should get a vote on the Senate floor."It's legitimate that the...

Virginia’s attorney general pushing for anti-hate-crime laws

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring on Thursday unveiled legislation aimed at preventing hate crimes and white-supremacist violence as reports of such incidents increase around the country.

This will be Herring's third consecutive proposal of similar legislation. Previous attempts have failed to win approval from Virginia's General ...

Influential president of Human Right Campaign stepping down

WASHINGTON (AP) - Chad Griffin, the influential gay rights activist who helped turn the Human Rights Campaign into a powerful political force, announced Thursday that he is stepping down as the organization's president.

Griffin's announcement follows a midterm election in which the group invested heavily in Democratic campaigns. The capstone ...

Grassley rejects calls to probe Whitaker appointment at DOJ

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles E. Grassley brushed aside demands to hold a hearing on the ouster of former Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the designation of Matthew Whitaker as his acting replacement, saying Thursday that the law appears to have been followed.

Mr. Grassley also said it was "ironic" ...

Michigan college to keep graduation prayer, with changes

MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) - A western Michigan college will exclude specific religious references from prayers said during graduation ceremonies after a civil rights group complained.

The Muskegon Chronicle reports Muskegon Community College's Board of Trustees voted Wednesday to offer an invocation "to the extent permitted by separation of church and ...

Tiny Rhode Island polling place saw 1 voter after all

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A polling place that Rhode Island elections officials initially said did not get a single voter during the midterm elections did get one voter after all.

Precinct 2807 in Providence has just 14 registered voters.

The state Board of Elections website for days showed that none ...

Lawmakers pass ‘stand your ground’ bill, eye abortion limits

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Lawmakers in the Ohio House have begun a lame-duck session by approving "stand your ground" gun legislation that eliminates a requirement to retreat in confrontations before using deadly force.

The GOP-controlled House voted 64-26 Wednesday in favor of the bill, a supermajority large enough to override ...