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FILE - Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., arrives for a hearing on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, June 8, 2021, in Washington. Lankford,  whose voting record in the Senate has aligned with former President Donald Trump's position nearly 90% of the time, finds himself under fierce attack by a challenger in his own party. Similar scenes are playing out in other red states where ultra right-wing challengers are tapping into anger among Republicans over Trump's election loss and coronavirus-related lockdowns.

Seemingly safe GOP incumbents under attack from right wing

FILE - Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., arrives for a hearing on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, June 8, 2021, in Washington. Lankford,  whose voting record in the Senate has aligned with former President Donald Trump's position nearly 90% of the time, finds himself under fierce attack by a challenger in his own party. Similar scenes are playing out in other red states where ultra right-wing challengers are tapping into anger among Republicans over Trump's election loss and coronavirus-related lockdowns.

July 21, 2021, 2:48pm Politics

OKLAHOMA CITY — Republican U.S. Sen. James Lankford would seem to have all the conservative credentials he’d need to coast to reelection in deep-red Oklahoma. Read story

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., center, walks to his office at the Capitol ahead of a test vote schedule by Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer of New York on the bipartisan infrastructure deal senators brokered with President Joe Biden, in Washington, Wednesday, July 21, 2021. Republicans prepared to block the vote by mounting a filibuster over what they see as a rushed and misguided process.

Dems hit McConnell, who says GOP won’t back debt limit boost

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., center, walks to his office at the Capitol ahead of a test vote schedule by Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer of New York on the bipartisan infrastructure deal senators brokered with President Joe Biden, in Washington, Wednesday, July 21, 2021. Republicans prepared to block the vote by mounting a filibuster over what they see as a rushed and misguided process.

July 21, 2021, 1:40pm Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats accused Republicans on Wednesday of a “shameless, cynical” ploy that would damage the economy and the government's credit rating after the chamber's GOP leader said his party would vote against raising the federal debt limit. Read story

Workers repair a park near the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, July 21, 2021, as senators struggle to reach a compromise over how to pay for nearly $1 trillion in public works spending, a key part of President Joe Biden's agenda. (AP Photo/J.

Infrastructure bill fails first vote; Senate to try again

Workers repair a park near the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, July 21, 2021, as senators struggle to reach a compromise over how to pay for nearly $1 trillion in public works spending, a key part of President Joe Biden's agenda. (AP Photo/J.

July 21, 2021, 1:40pm Latest News

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans rejected an effort Wednesday to begin debate on the big infrastructure deal that a bipartisan group of senators brokered with President Joe Biden. But supporters in both parties remained hopeful of a better chance soon. Read story

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., speaks during Biden Child Tax Credit news conference, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 20, 2021.

Pelosi bars Trump allies from Jan. 6 probe, GOP may boycott

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., speaks during Biden Child Tax Credit news conference, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 20, 2021.

July 21, 2021, 10:54am Latest News

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday rejected two Republicans tapped by House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy to sit on a committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, a decision McCarthy denounced as “an egregious abuse of power.” Read story

FILE - In this Thursday, April 16, 2020, file photo, Detroit Police Chief James Craig addresses the media during Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan's daily media briefing on the coronavirus, in Detroit. In early July 2021, while speaking at an event, ex-Detroit police chief James Craig talked about his Republican credentials, telling party stalwarts about his evolution from being a "born" Democrat.

Ex-Detroit chief all but launches Michigan governor campaign

FILE - In this Thursday, April 16, 2020, file photo, Detroit Police Chief James Craig addresses the media during Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan's daily media briefing on the coronavirus, in Detroit. In early July 2021, while speaking at an event, ex-Detroit police chief James Craig talked about his Republican credentials, telling party stalwarts about his evolution from being a "born" Democrat.

July 21, 2021, 8:45am Politics

LANSING, Mich. — Republican ex-Detroit Police Chief James Craig all but launched his campaign for governor on Wednesday, seeking to become Michigan’s first Black governor with a “law-and-order” message and emphasis on leadership. Read story

President Joe Biden speaks during a meeting with his Cabinet in the Cabinet Room at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, July 20, 2021. From left, Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona, Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra, Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Biden and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin.

Biden’s 3rd trip to reddish Ohio pushes his economic agenda

President Joe Biden speaks during a meeting with his Cabinet in the Cabinet Room at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, July 20, 2021. From left, Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona, Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra, Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Biden and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin.

July 21, 2021, 8:44am Politics

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden just can’t quit Ohio — even if it rejected him in last year’s election. Read story

U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman, left, elbow bumps with Japanese Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Takeo Mori, right, prior to their meeting at the Iikura Guesthouse Tuesday, July 20, 2021, in Tokyo.

No. 2 U.S. diplomat Sherman to visit China as tensions soar

U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman, left, elbow bumps with Japanese Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Takeo Mori, right, prior to their meeting at the Iikura Guesthouse Tuesday, July 20, 2021, in Tokyo.

July 21, 2021, 8:41am Politics

WASHINGTON — Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman will travel to China this weekend on a visit that comes as tensions between Washington and Beijing soar on multiple fronts, the State Department said Wednesday. Read story

Alabama city leader won’t quit after using racial slur

July 21, 2021, 8:41am Politics

TARRANT, Ala. — A white city leader captured on video using a racial slur toward Black people during a council meeting said he won’t apologize, and might run for mayor. Others are calling for his resignation. Read story

President Joe Biden walks to Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Friday, July 16, 2021, to spend the weekend at Camp David.

Biden to meet next month with private sector on cyber issues

President Joe Biden walks to Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Friday, July 16, 2021, to spend the weekend at Camp David.

July 21, 2021, 8:13am Business

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden and members of his national security team plan to meet next month with business executives about cybersecurity, an official said Wednesday. Read story

The city of Vancouver bought the Tower Mall site in 2017 with the intention of redeveloping the entire 53-acre site to bring forth a mix of residential and commercial uses.

Vancouver City Council votes to advance Heights District plan

The city of Vancouver bought the Tower Mall site in 2017 with the intention of redeveloping the entire 53-acre site to bring forth a mix of residential and commercial uses.

July 21, 2021, 5:54am Clark County News

The Vancouver City Council has voted to advance three ordinances that together amount to the redevelopment plan for the Heights District, with a final adoption date set for Aug. 2. Read story