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Biden Victory Lap on Gun Law Reveals Larger Political Problem

July 11 By Susan Milligan President Joe Biden Monday did exactly what Democratic operatives have been pleading with him to do for most of his presidency: have a big event at the White House, taking credit for passing a piece of legislation other presidents have…

Alaska Gov. Dunleavy temporarily replaces chief of staff

July 8 By James Brooks Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s chief of staff has been temporarily replaced due to family health issues, the governor’s deputy communications director said this week. Chief of Staff Randy Ruaro has been Dunleavy’s lead administrator since Ben Stevens left the governor’s administration…

Biden to Sign Executive Order Protecting Abortion Access

July 8 By Susan Milligan President Joe Biden, under intense pressure from his party’s rank and file to use the tools of his office to protect abortion rights, will sign an executive order Friday aimed at expanding access to medication abortions, protecting the privacy of…

Biden Strategizes With Democratic Governors to Protect Abortion Rights

July 6 By Susan Milligan Hamstrung by narrow Democratic majorities in Congress, President Joe Biden Friday huddled virtually with Democratic governors to find ways to provide abortion access even as states move to ban or severely restrict the procedure. “We’re going to do everything in…

Supreme Court Standing Slips as Politics Creeps Onto the Bench

July 4 By Susan Milligan There’s something calculatingly reassuring about the matching black robes donned by members of the Supreme Court. The jurists may have come from different backgrounds and been appointed by presidents of different parties and ideologies. In more recent decades, the high…

Dunleavy signs budget that will send Alaskans $3,200

June 29 By Iris Samuels Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy signed a $14.4 billion budget Tuesday, vetoing $400 million from the spending plan advanced by the Legislature last month and promising that the plan would leave enough savings to account for a potential drop in oil…

Biden Gets Tough Over Gas Prices

June 23 By Susan Milligan With Americans complaining about high gas prices, President Joe Biden went on the offensive Wednesday, shaming oil companies, calling out Republicans for claiming production has been thwarted by the administration, and casting the crisis as a test of American patriotism…

Biden: Keep Politics Out of Coronavirus Vaccines for Children

June 22 By Cecelia Smith-Schoenwalder President Joe Biden on Tuesday urged Americans to keep politics away from getting children under 5 coronavirus shots after his administration and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis had a falling out over the White House vaccine campaign. “Let’s be clear: Elected…

Are sanctions restricting or stimulating development?

June 21 By David Nash In the last two decades, economic sanctions have become one of the key foreign policy instruments. Sanctions are gradually replacing official diplomacy, they are widely used unilaterally by developed states to achieve their goals in the international arena. The United…

Senate, Governor Among Key Races to Watch in Nevada’s Primary

June 14 By Louis Jacobson Nevada’s primaries on June 14 will put the national spotlight on a state that has been narrowly divided in recent elections, but where the two parties are poles apart ideologically. And if Republicans can surf a midterm wave and win…

The Horror and Hostility of the Jan. 6 Committee Hearings

June 13 By Susan Milligan It had a graphic video of the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, with previously unseen footage that brought fresh pain and visible cringes from the House hearing room. It had a high-minded opening statement about American democracy, followed by a…

Turkey and Russia: what’s next?

June 11 By Alex Trainen In connection with conducting of a special military operation in Ukraine, the Ukrainian authorities turned to Turkey with a request to close the Dardanelles for Russian ships. Turkey, on the basis of the Montreux Convention, closed the passage through the…

Tight labor market pushes Alaska unemployment to a record low

June 8 By Alex DeMarban A notice of employment opportunities is posted on an Applebee’s sign outside the restaurant on the corner of W. Tudor Road and C Street in Anchorage on Friday, April 30, 2021. (Emily Mesner / ADN) Alaska’s unemployment rate has reached…