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FBI arrests ex-California Congressman TJ Cox, accuses him of multiple fraud allegations

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FRESNO, Calif. — Former Congressman TJ Cox of Fresno was arrested Tuesday by the FBI on federal charges of “multiple fraud schemes” in his financial dealings.

The allegations against Cox, 59, are outlined in a 28-count indictment unsealed Tuesday in federal court in Fresno.

Cox, a Democrat, served a two-year term representing the 21st ...Read more

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Biden signs climate, drug costs bill into law, a legislative triumph in a moment of democratic peril

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WASHINGTON — At a moment when American democracy looks increasingly vulnerable, President Joe Biden and Democrats pointed to their third landmark bill, a capstone on two years of significant legislative progress, as evidence that American government is working once again.

A nearly $400 billion investment in clean energy subsidies will mark ...Read more

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Georgia election data copied under direction of Trump attorney

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ATLANTA — A group of Donald Trump supporters copied a trove of sensitive Georgia election files in Coffee County after the 2020 presidential election, a breach that included data from an election server, voter check-in computers and ballot memory cards, according to documents produced in response to subpoenas.

Trump attorney Sidney Powell ...Read more

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Florida court says 16-year-old in state care is too immature to choose abortion

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MIAMI — Jane Doe 22-B, a 16-year-old in the care of Florida child welfare authorities, told a Florida judge she was “not ready to have a baby,” and sought a court order granting her permission to terminate a 10-week pregnancy.

The judge ruled that Jane, as she’s identified in court papers, was not “sufficiently mature to decide ...Read more

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Census missed households in rural, Native American areas

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WASHINGTON — The 2020 census missed the most households on Native American reservations and in other rural areas, according to the latest Census Bureau report released Tuesday.

The Census Bureau missed more than one in 20 households on Native American reservations and about one in 25 households in the most rural areas of the country, the ...Read more

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First Lady Jill Biden tests positive for COVID-19, has 'mild' symptoms

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First Lady Jill Biden is isolating after testing positive for COVID-19, her office announced Tuesday.

The first lady developed cold-like symptoms Monday night and tested negative on a rapid antigen test, but positive on a PCR test.

She continues to have “mild” symptoms, her spokesperson said.

Biden, 71, is double-vaccinated and double-...Read more

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Kenya's losing presidential contestant rejects election result

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Former Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga, who lost the Aug. 9 presidential elections by a tiny margin, rejected the outcome of the vote and vowed to take constitutional steps to challenge it.

Odinga, 77, who was making his fifth run at the presidency and secured 48.9% of the vote to Deputy President William Ruto’s 50.5%, said the head of the...Read more

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Commentary: Better sex education in schools can help young people affected by abortion bans

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Recently, Kansas voters soundly rejected a referendum that would have ensured more abortion restrictions in the solidly red state. This led to predictions that conservatives may pay a price in upcoming elections for the Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson’s Women’s Health Organization, which undid the constitutional protection for...Read more

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Editorial: Asking other states to help Missouri rape victims should highlight GOP's cruelty here

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It has come to this: Missouri Democrats recently reached out to Illinois and Kansas officials, asking them to secure Medicaid funding for low-income Missouri rape victims who have to travel out of state for abortion services due to Missouri’s extreme new abortion ban. It’s a chilling reminder that Missouri has turned its back on some of its ...Read more

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Editorial: The Inflation Reduction Act is key: In praise of its sweeping investments and deficit reduction

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One of the most important features of the Inflation Reduction Act — which makes massive investments in renewable energy to curb climate change, drives down prescription drug costs and more — is what it is not: an irresponsible spending spree pushing up the federal deficit.

To the contrary, Democrats paid for their big goals honestly, by ...Read more

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Superior Court judge lets Georgia's abortion law stand during state challenge

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ATLANTA — A Fulton County Superior Court judge on Monday said the state can continue enforcing Georgia’s new abortion law while a challenge of the law makes its way through the courts.

Abortion rights advocates and providers had asked Judge Robert McBurney in a hearing last week to grant a temporary restraining order that would block the ...Read more

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Rudy Giuliani named a target of investigation into Georgia's 2020 election, attorney says

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ATLANTA — Rudy Giuliani, the personal attorney to former President Donald Trump, was informed by Fulton County prosecutors Monday that he is a target of the ongoing criminal investigation into Georgia’s 2020 elections, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has learned.

Attorney Bill Thomas, who is representing Giuliani in Atlanta, was called ...Read more

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Rudy Giuliani named a target of investigation into Georgia's 2020 election, attorney says

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ATLANTA — Rudy Giuliani, the personal attorney to former President Donald Trump, was informed by Fulton County prosecutors Monday that he is a target of the ongoing criminal investigation into Georgia’s 2020 elections, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has learned.

Attorney Bill Thomas, who is representing Giuliani in Atlanta, was called ...Read more

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Releasing Mar-a-Lago affidavit would 'irreparably harm' Trump probe, Justice Dept. says

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WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has asked a court to keep an affidavit that led to the FBI search of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate last week under seal, warning that its disclosure could cause “significant and irreparable damage” to its ongoing criminal investigation.

Media outlets and conservative organizations...Read more

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Largest Kansas counties will recount abortion vote after roughly $120,000 raised

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TOPEKA, Kan. — A partial recount of Kansas’ abortion rights vote will proceed after frantic fundraising to pay for a hand count of every ballot in the state fell short of the $230,000 needed.

The eight counties where recounts will take place is far short of the sweeping statewide recount envisioned by diehard supporters of the Value Them ...Read more

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Trump executive Weisselberg in plea talks to resolve tax case

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NEW YORK — Allen Weisselberg, the Trump Organization’s longtime chief financial officer, is in plea talks with state prosecutors to resolve tax fraud charges and avoid an October trial, according to two people familiar with the matter.

Weisselberg and the Trump Organization were charged last year, accused of conspiring to avoid income taxes...Read more

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Colorado picking up the tab for abortion bans in other states, reproductive rights group says

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DENVER — Data from one reproductive rights group confirms that abortion providers in Colorado who were expecting a surge of patients coming from other states after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade were right.

On Monday, Cobalt announced that its abortion fund had provided funding for procedures to 140 people between June 24 (the ...Read more

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Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg expected to plead guilty to felony charges

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NEW YORK — The Trump Organization’s longtime financial sentry Allen Weisselberg is expected to plead guilty to criminal tax fraud charges later this week, two sources told the Daily News Monday.

Weisselberg’s 11th hour decision comes days after a judge ruled the case against him could proceed to trial in October. A source who works in the...Read more

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Congress prods IRS to fix tax-return backlog, improve customer service

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WASHINGTON — U.S. lawmakers are pressing the IRS to explain how it plans to relieve a backlog of tax returns that have delayed refunds and to detail what measures it’s taking to improve customer service.

Dozens of congressional Republicans and Democrats made the demands in a letter to the Internal Revenue Service, obtained by Bloomberg News...Read more

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Judge: Graham must testify before Fulton grand jury

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ATLANTA — A federal judge on Monday denied an attempt from South Carolina U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham to quash his subpoena to testify before the Fulton County special grand jury investigating potential criminal interference in Georgia’s 2020 elections.

In a 22-page ruling, U.S. District Court Judge Leigh Martin May stated that Fulton County ...Read more