Jason Lange

U.S. takes two steps toward limiting gun violence: model legislation and rifle restrictions

Jun 07 2021

WASHINGTON The U.S. Justice Department on Monday proposed cracking down on accessories that can be used to convert pistols into rifles and released model legislation to help states prevent guns from getting into the hands of the mentally ill, as part of a broader push to reduce gun violence.

St. Louis man who brandished gun at protesters seeks U.S. Senate seat

May 19 2021

WASHINGTON A St. Louis man who drew international attention for brandishing a gun at racial justice protesters last year has announced he will run for a Missouri U.S. Senate seat as a Republican.

U.S. Supreme Court takes up case that could limit abortion rights

May 17 2021

WASHINGTON The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear Mississippi's bid to revive a Republican-backed state law that bans abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy, a case that could undermine the Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized abortion nationwide.

West Virginians eager for Biden money despite senator's concerns

Apr 30 2021

WASHINGTON Shortly before President Joe Biden's speech urging Congress to pass his $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan, fellow Democrat Senator Joe Manchin told reporters he was "uncomfortable" with the vast sums of money Biden was proposing to spend.

In COVID-plagued Michigan, warning signs that vaccinations are stalling

Apr 22 2021

When Michigan’s St. Clair County held a walk-in COV1D-19 vaccination clinic last week with 1,600 shots at the ready, only about 800 people signed up in advance. Walk-in traffic was slow. A quarter of the available shots went unused, says Jennifer Michaluk, a county health department official.

House Republicans who voted to back Trump's false election claims lag in fundraising

Apr 16 2021

WASHINGTON House of Representatives Republicans who supported former President Donald Trump's attempt to overturn his election defeat on average raised less in campaign funds in the first three months of the year than those who opposed it, federal records show.

Hopes and fears raised in rural West Virginia by push for $15 minimum wage

Mar 17 2021

At the Custard Stand restaurant in Webster Springs, West Virginia, Angie Cowger worries Democrats' goal of raising the hourly minimum wage to $15 would be the death knell for her business.

Analysis: Despite Republican opposition, red states fare well in Biden's COVID-19 bill

Mar 10 2021

WASHINGTON President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus aid bill was crafted without Republican input and passed Congress without a single Republican vote. Nevertheless, Republican-leaning states are due to get a disproportionate share of many of its benefits.

INSIGHT-Republican donations surge despite corporate boycott after Capitol riots

Mar 09 2021

March 9 Right after the deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, dozens of U.S. companies announced they would halt political donations to the 147 Republican lawmakers who voted to overturn Donald Trump’s presidential election loss. Two months later, there is little sign that the corporate revolt has done any real damage to Republican fundraising.

Millions of U.S. households would not get COVID-19 payments under new Biden plan

Mar 03 2021

WASHINGTON, March 3 Millions of U.S. households who received coronavirus-relief payments under President Donald Trump would not get aid under a modified version of President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion aid package announced on Wednesday, analysts said.

World News

Iran election set to hand presidency to hardline judge

Iranians choose a president on Friday in a contest likely to be won by a judge fiercely loyal to the religious establishment, although large numbers of people are expected to ignore the vote due to discontent with economic hardship and hardline rule.