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Biden goes head to head with Putin as tensions rise between US and Russia

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GENEVA — President Joe Biden traded the warm welcome of European allies Wednesday for his first sit-down as head of state with Russian President Vladimir Putin at a time when relations between Washington and Moscow are arguably at their worst since the Cold War.

The much-anticipated meeting at a picturesque 18th century villa in Geneva was ...Read more

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Democrats have no easy options for raising the debt limit

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Democrats face a vexing question in rounding up the votes later this summer or fall to ensure that the U.S. government doesn’t default on its obligations to its citizens and creditors around the world.

Do they simply raise the statutory debt ceiling to a new, higher dollar figure that could top $30 trillion? Or do they use the maneuver ...Read more

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Editorial: President Biden's tougher stance on China will make the US more competitive

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Over the past 20 years, China has absorbed millions of U.S. jobs. It has stolen billions of dollars' worth of intellectual property from American companies and made itself critical to global supply chains, at times with the help of U.S. investors.

This must stop. The Chinese regime is an authoritarian, powerful, anti-democratic superpower that ...Read more

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Justice Department wants Supreme Court to reinstate death penalty for Boston Marathon bomber

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Justice Department prosecutors on Tuesday asked the Supreme Court to reinstate the death penalty for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Federal attorneys asserted in a new filing that an appeals court judge erred in overturning the death sentence for Tsarnaev over claims jurors knew too much about the highly publicized case to impose the...Read more

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Democrats have no easy options for raising the debt limit

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Democrats face a vexing question in rounding up the votes later this summer or fall to ensure that the U.S. government doesn’t default on its obligations to its citizens and creditors around the world.

Do they simply raise the statutory debt ceiling to a new, higher dollar figure that could top $30 trillion? Or do they use the maneuver ...Read more

Biden picks retired pilot 'Sully,' Morgan Stanley's Nides as envoys

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden announced a slate of ambassador nominations on Tuesday that included Morgan Stanley Vice Chairman Thomas Nides as the top diplomat to Israel and former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar as envoy to Mexico.

Biden is also nominating C.B. “Sully” Sullenberger — the retired pilot who safely landed a US Airways ...Read more

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Biden should be ready for Putin to talk about Jan. 6

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If Joe Biden presses Russian President Vladimir Putin on his record of handling political opponents, the U.S. president should be prepared for a debate about the Jan. 6 insurrection on Capitol Hill.

Asked recently if he ever ordered the assassination of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, Putin told NBC News that he had not, before quickly ...Read more

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5 things to watch for in President Biden's meeting with Russia's Vladimir Putin

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WASHINGTON — When President Joe Biden has his first head-of-state sit-down with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, it will be a test of mettle and wills, each leader confident in his ability to hold the upper hand over the other.

Both have been fixtures in global politics for years, but the relationship between their two countries is at...Read more

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Progressives urge Supreme Court Justice Breyer to step down and allow Biden to fill seat

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WASHINGTON — Fearful of Republicans regaining control of the Senate next year, progressive Democrats are ramping up their calls for Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer to step down from the bench to ensure that President Joe Biden's replacement could be confirmed while the party remained in control.

Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., on Tuesday joined...Read more

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Huge budget reconciliation package may not move until the fall

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WASHINGTON — Final passage of a sweeping budget reconciliation package to enact President Joe Biden’s fiscal policy agenda on infrastructure, child care, education and more likely won’t occur until sometime this fall, according to the House Democrats’ point man on budget issues.

House Budget Chairman John Yarmuth told reporters after ...Read more

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Democrats want a voting rights overhaul. Why are they pursuing rival paths to get there?

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WASHINGTON — Democrats are holding out hope for a national voting overhaul, a top priority and crucial piece of strategy for the party and the Biden administration. But they are running out of time to get it done with redistricting looming and Republicans pushing new state-level voting restrictions.

Two rival voting rights bills are currently...Read more

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Court throws out $1.4 million verdict against Georgia abortion clinic

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ATLANTA — The Georgia Court of Appeals has thrown out a $1.4 million verdict against a Marietta abortion clinic whose office park claimed the clinic's protesters were an unacceptable nuisance.

If the court ruled otherwise, the clinic could not operate anywhere, said the opinion, issued Monday. It also would "expose a broad array of legal ...Read more

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Biden plans to warn Putin in talks that may last 5 hours

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President Joe Biden plans to warn Russian President Vladimir Putin that the U.S. will respond to actions that conflict with its national interests during a meeting scheduled for 1 p.m. Wednesday in Geneva, according to White House officials.

The White House expects the meeting to last four to five hours, but doesn’t anticipate any concrete ...Read more

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Biden's holdup of border wall funding didn't violate law, GAO rules

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WASHINGTON — Congressional investigators said Tuesday that President Joe Biden’s pause of more than $1 billion in funds for southwest border wall construction did not violate the law as some Republican lawmakers had claimed.

Instead, the Government Accountability Office said withholding the funds from obligation is a “programmatic delay�...Read more

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Biden wins EU tariff agreement ahead of Putin meeting

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BRUSSELS – President Joe Biden, nearing the end of an overseas trip aimed at restoring strong relationships with America's allies, announced an agreement Tuesday with the European Union to end a 17-year dispute over aircraft subsidies. The announcement appeared to give the president another "win" a day before his much anticipated meeting with ...Read more

'Pure insanity': Trump cited conspiracy theories to pressure DOJ to overturn 2020 election results

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Former President Donald Trump repeatedly pressured the Justice Department to overturn Joe Biden’s victory, at one point urging prosecutors to file a Supreme Court lawsuit to nullify the election, according to a new report released Tuesday by the House Oversight Committee.

The emails from Trump and his aides detailed bogus claims of fraud and ...Read more

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Editorial: The Supreme Court shouldn't take up the Harvard affirmative action case

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The latest twist on the civil rights lawsuit against Harvard has the U.S. Supreme Court asking the Biden administration its thoughts on the matter. That makes sense, since the Trump administration weighed in heavily on the side of Asian American applicants who claimed that they were stereotyped and had to meet a higher standard than other racial...Read more

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A kinder, gentler capitalism? These lawmakers think it can work

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A pair of House Democrats with C-suite experience launched a Stakeholder Capitalism Caucus this month, embracing an economic concept that Republicans have increasingly railed against as “woke” capitalism.

The new caucus will advocate for policies that will encourage U.S. businesses to more broadly share the wealth they create and deploy ...Read more

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McConnell: 'Highly unlikely' he'd allow Biden to fill Supreme Court vacancy in 2024

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WASHINGTON — Mitch McConnell said Monday it’s “highly unlikely” he’d allow President Joe Biden to fill a Supreme Court vacancy in 2024 if he were Senate majority leader, once again stirring liberals’ fears about the composition of the country’s highest court and the importance of next year’s midterm elections.

“I think in the ...Read more

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Biden calls Republican Party 'diminished' after Trump presidency

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden said Monday he believed that the Republican Party had been “diminished” and “fractured” after the Trump presidency and that he was disappointed that Republicans fearful of political retaliation wouldn’t investigate the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riot.

Biden, speaking after a NATO summit in Brussels, said he...Read more