National Newswatch

Californians won’t weigh ‘involuntary servitude’ amendment

Jun 30 2022 — Don Thompson, The Associated Press — SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California will not consider amending its constitution to eliminate indentured servitude as a possible punishment for crime after Gov. Gavin Newsom's administration predicted that it could cost the state billions of dollars to pay minimum wage to prison inmates. Democratic Sen. Sydney Kamlager said Thursday that she ran out of time […]

McConnell warns Dems of fallout for reviving Biden bill

Jun 30 2022 — Kevin Freking And Alan Fram, The Associated Press — WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell threatened Thursday to derail a bill designed to boost semiconductor manufacturing in the United States if Democrats revive their stalled package of energy and economic initiatives. The rejuvenation of the Democratic reconciliation package, central to President Joe Biden's agenda is far from certain. But with some signs […]

Crypto rules to make Europe a global leader as prices plunge

Jun 30 2022 — Kelvin Chan, The Associated Press — LONDON (AP) — Europe has moved to lead the world in regulating the freewheeling cryptocurrency industry at a time when prices have plunged, wiping out fortunes, fueling skepticism and sparking calls for tighter scrutiny. European Union negotiators hammered out the final details for a provisional agreement late Thursday on a sweeping package of crypto regulations […]

Poilievre among those marching with soldier charged for criticizing vaccine mandates

Jun 30 2022 — Lee Berthiaume, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Conservative leadership candidate Pierre Poilievre joined the final leg of a march led by a Canadian soldier charged for speaking out against COVID-19 vaccine requirements that has sparked promises⁠ — and fears — of a new wave of protests in the capital. James Topp was charged in February with two counts of conduct […]

Supreme Court to hear case on state authority over elections

Jun 30 2022 — Nicholas Riccardi, The Associated Press — WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday agreed to hear a case that could dramatically change the way elections for Congress and the presidency are conducted by handing more power to state legislatures and blocking state courts from reviewing challenges to the procedures and results. The justices will consider whether state courts, when finding […]