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    Protests outside the Arizona Capitol over the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade that ended with a volley of tear gas are being described as either peaceful or driven by anarchists intent on destruction. Republican Senate President Karen Fann issued a news release describing it as a thwarted insurrection, while protesters called it a violent overreaction by police who they said acted without warning or justification. As many as 8,000 people gathered Friday night, most peacefully protesting the court decision. But some began banging on the windows and glass doors of the state Senate. State police say they believed they were trying to break in so they used tear gas. No arrests or injuries were reported.

      Alabama's Republican Party has declared a tie in the primary race for a state Senate seat and says the winner will be chosen by lot. The party's Candidate Committee held a hearing Saturday and said the District 27 race between Auburn City Councilman Jay Hovey and incumbent Tom Whatley was officially a tie. It said the winner would be determined in accordance with the state election code. The code says the Secretary of State shall decide the winner by lot. The district covers Tallapoosa, Lee and Russell counties. The GOP news release did not provide details on when the winner would be selected or the method to be used.

        South Dakota’s Republican governor is pledging to bar mail-order abortion pills but says women shouldn't face prosecution for seeking them. Kristi Noem's stand appears to be in defiance of legal guidance by the Justice Department after the Supreme Court last week stripped away women’s constitutional protections for abortion. The governor is indicating that she'd put in place a plan approved by state lawmakers to restrict the abortion pills. The ruling Friday by the court’s conservative justices triggered abortion bans in South Dakota and elsewhere. But Noem says in news show interviews that doctors, not their patients, would likely be prosecuted for knowing violations of what would be one of the strictest laws on abortion pills in the United States.

          A Nigerian governor has directed the issuance of gun licenses to citizens “to defend themselves” against armed groups blamed for the deaths of thousands in the West African nation's troubled northern region. The directive announced on Sunday could make Zamfara the first state to give mass approval to carry guns in response to violence targeting remote communities. The state’s information commissioner said the government has arranged for 500 licenses to be distributed to those “who qualify and are wishing to obtain such guns to defend themselves.” It's unclear how arming citizens will curb violent groups known locally as bandits. Authorities have acknowledged that even Nigerian police are sometimes overwhelmed during attacks.

            Reproductive freedom was one of the key goals of the feminism of the 1960s and 1970s. The women who fought for those rights recall an astonishing decade of progress from about 1963 to 1973. It included the right to equal pay, the right to use birth control, Title IX in 1972, and then Roe v. Wade, guaranteeing a right to abortion. Now they are not only shocked at the rollback of that right, but worried that if a right so central to the overall fight for women’s equality can be revoked, what does this mean for the progress women have made in public life in the intervening 50 years?

              Grand Canyon National Park has decided not to extend a pilot project this fall that used volunteers to kill bison to downsize the herd. New surveys show the herd roaming the far reaches of northern Arizona is closer to the goal of about 200. Park officials also say the gunfire and presence of humans wasn't enough to push the bison outside the park boundaries where they can be hunted. The park approved a plan in 2017 to quickly reduce the herd to around 200 animals. It's now working with other agencies to develop a long-term plan to manage the massive animals.

                Wisconsin Democrats looking to unseat Republican Sen. Ron Johnson are focusing their attacks on him, and not each other, as each of the eight candidates make their case to party activists at the state convention held six weeks before the primary. The Democratic Senate candidates on Sunday blasted Johnson for his attempt to deliver fake Republican Electoral College ballots, his skepticism over COVID-19 vaccines, his opposition to gun control measures and his support for overturning Roe v. Wade. Polls show a tight Democratic primary between Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes and Milwaukee Bucks executive Alex Lasry.

                Congressional primary runoffs are rare in Mississippi. But this year, two of the state’s Republican incumbents are fighting to keep their jobs in runoffs against challengers from their own party. Two-term Rep. Michael Guest faces former Navy pilot Michael Cassidy in a runoff Tuesday in central Mississippi's 3rd District, while six-term Rep. Steven Palazzo faces sheriff Mike Ezell in the southern 4th District. Palazzo's runoff comes after he was accused in a congressional ethics report of abusing his office by misspending campaign funds. Guest was forced into a runoff amid criticism of his vote to create an independent commission to investigate the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.

                The race to be Illinois’ next governor is also a battle among billionaires, including two whose names won’t appear on Tuesday's primary ballot. Republican candidates Darren Bailey and Richard Irvin each has a benefactor with a different vision for the party. Businessmen Ken Griffin and Richard Uihlein have combined to pour more than $60 million into the race. Griffin backs Irvin, a former prosecutor and first Black mayor of Chicago's largest suburb. Uihlein supports Bailey, a farmer and state lawmaker who fought pandemic measures such as mask mandates. Billionaire Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker and the Democratic Governors Association have spent millions trying to ensure Irvin isn’t the GOP nominee. Bailey is the opponent Pritzker would rather face in November.

                The Supreme Court's decision that women have no constitutional right to an abortion marked the apex of a week that reinforced Donald Trump's grip on Washington more than a year and a half after he exited the White House. The same Supreme Court now dominated by Trump-appointed conservatives also voted to weaken restrictions on gun ownership. At the Capitol, where a mob of Trump supporters rioted in the final days of his presidency, new details surfaced last week of his violations of democratic norms. The Jan. 6 committee focused on the intense pressure that Trump put on his vice president and top Justice Department officials to overturn the 2020 election.

                Poland’s conservative ruling party leader has challenged what he described as Western views on LGBTQ rights. Law and Justice party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski spoke at a rally in Grudziadz, a city in northern Poland. He described a theoretical situation in which a person named Wladyslaw, which is traditionally a male name, comes to work asking to be called Zosia, a traditionally female name. And then he said, “And according to what we are recommended from the West that everyone should obey it,” His party has in recent years used anti-LGBTQ rhetoric while campaigning, and Poland has elections next year.

                Russia is poised to default on its foreign debt for the first time since the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution, further alienating the country from the global financial system amid its war in Ukraine. Russia faces a Sunday night deadline to meet a 30-day grace period on interest payments originally due May 27. But it could take time to confirm a default. A top sovereign debt lawyer says “the overwhelming probability" is Russia won’t be able to pay bondholders “because no bank is going to move the money.” The U.S. ended Russia’s ability to pay international investors through American banks. Russia calls any default artificial because it has the money to pay but sanctions have frozen its foreign currency reserves abroad.

                Dozens of people have been detained in central Istanbul after city authorities banned an LGBTQ Pride march Turkey previously was one of the few Muslim-majority countries to allow Pride marches. But the country's largest city has banned the march since 2015. Large crowds nonetheless gather every year to mark the end of Pride Month. Organizers said more thn 100 people were arrested on Sunday. Images on social media showed people being frisked and loaded onto buses, including at least one news photographer. A journalists’ union says “many” were beaten by police.

                Some Iranians say they're banned from travel to the United States due to military service they were forced to perform years ago as conscripts to a branch of Iran's military that the U.S. has branded terrorist. Ever since the Trump administration designated Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist organization in 2019, untold numbers of Iranians have been barred from traveling to the United States. In addition, Iranians with green cards are facing barriers to becoming U.S. citizens. Lawsuits have been filed over the way the designation is applied. The State Department says the agency reviews applications on a case-by-case basis.

                Official results of this month’s local elections in Cambodia confirm a landslide victory by Prime Minister Hun Sen’s ruling party. The National Election Committee says the results showed the Cambodian People's Party received 74.3% of the votes, and the opposition Candlelight Party about 22.3%. The CPP has held an iron grip on power for decades, and has the huge advantage of controlling almost every level of government. Its opponents are less organized, with fewer resources and fearful of intimidation. Hun Sen, an authoritarian ruler in a nominally democratic state, has held power for 37 years. He has said he intends to stay in office until 2028, and has endorsed one of his sons to succeed him.


                A Rhode Island police officer accused of punching a woman at an abortion protest while off-duty has now been charged. In a Saturday evening news release, the Rhode Island State Police said Providence patrolman Jeann Lugo was charged with simple assault and disorderly conduct. Democratic state senate candidate Jennifer Rourke said he punched her in the face twice. Lugo was running for the GOP nomination for the same seat but has now ended his campaign. Police say the 35-year-old was arraigned and released. He's due in court again July 8. Two others were also charged. Lugo didn't respond to requests for comment.

                Furious about surging prices at the gasoline station and the supermarket, many consumers feel they know just where to cast blame: On greedy companies that relentlessly jack up prices and pocket the profits. Yet most economists say corporate price gouging is, at most, one of many causes of runaway inflation — and not the primary one. Others include: Supply disruptions at factories, ports and freight yards. Worker shortages. President Joe Biden’s enormous pandemic aid program. COVID 19-caused shutdowns in China. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. And, not least, a Federal Reserve that kept interest rates ultra-low longer than experts say it should have. Most of all, though, economists say resurgent spending drove inflation up.

                The end of Roe v. Wade started in the Senate. The Senate Republican partnership with President Donald Trump to confirm conservative justices paved the way for the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling on abortion rights. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell set the strategy in motion years ago, changing the Senate’s rules to achieve its goal. Trump and McConnell also had the backing of almost all Republican senators. Lawmakers head into the midterm elections in November with control of Congress at stake and elections serving as a referendum on the future of abortion access. Democrats vow legislation to protect abortion access and Republicans want to impose further limits.

                The South Carolina General Assembly is returning to Columbia on Tuesday to consider nearly $53 million in local projects that Gov. Henry McMaster wants out of the $13.8 billion state budget. All the money went toward items put in by lawmakers for local concerns, like $25 million to help pay for a quantum computer facility in Columbia, $7 million for a cultural welcome center in Orangeburg and $500,000 to improve the stadium at Summerville High School. McMaster says he allowed projects where lawmakers detailed exactly who got the money and where it was going.

                Illinois congresswoman Mary Miller is raising eyebrows with her comment at a rally with former President Donald Trump. The Republican called the Supreme Court’s decision overturning Roe v. Wade a “victory for white life.” The comment drew cheers from the crowd Saturday night in Mendon, Illinois. Miller spokesman Isaiah Wartman tells The Associated Press that the congresswoman misspoke and had intended to say the decision was a victory for the “right to life." Miller is running in the state’s newly redrawn 15th Congressional District with Trump's support. The GOP primary is next Tuesday.

                The Alaska Supreme Court has upheld a lower court’s ruling that will keep Republican Tara Sweeney off the ballot for the August special election in Alaska’s U.S. House race. In a brief written order Saturday, the high court said it affirmed the decision of the Alaska Superior Court, which upheld the Alaska Division of Elections director's decision to not advance Sweeney. She was the fifth place finisher in the June 11 special primary, and was not advanced to the final four after the third place finisher suddenly dropped out. The high court did not elaborate on its decision but said a full opinion will follow at a later date.

                Wisconsin’s Democratic Gov. Tony Evers hopes to translate anger over the U.S. Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade into votes this fall as he vows to fight a 173-year-old state abortion ban in any way he can. Evers won election in the battleground state four years ago by just over 1 percentage point. He told The Associated Press ahead of his appearance Saturday at the Wisconsin Democratic Party convention that abortion will energize key independent voters to support him and other Democrats. Wisconsin’s governor’s race is expected to be one of the hardest fought in the country this year.

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