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Pelosi dares Democrats with plan for votes on Biden agenda

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WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is attempting to line up consequential votes next week on President Joe Biden’s economic agenda, making a high-stakes wager that warring Democratic factions won’t sink the bills if their competing demands aren’t met.

At stake is the fate of the most significant investment in domestic programs in ...Read more

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All eyes turn to Pennsylvania after Arizona's 'audit' affirmed Biden's presidential victory

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PHILADELPHIA — Pennsylvania now stands to become ground zero in the movement to “audit” the election after former President Donald Trump’s efforts to discredit the 2020 election results failed in Arizona.

A monthslong partisan review in Arizona affirmed President Joe Biden’s victory there, according to findings made public Friday of ...Read more

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Biden and Harris hold their own immigration policies at arm's length

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Friday attempted to simultaneously disavow and accept responsibility for one of the ugliest images of his presidency — desperate Haitian migrants getting wrangled by Border Patrol agents on horseback.

“It’s beyond an embarrassment. ... It’s simply not who we are,” Biden said, promising the agents ...Read more

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Michigan Rep. Dingell confronts Marjorie Taylor Greene in shouting match over civility

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WASHINGTON — Democratic U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell confronted conservative Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene on Friday on the steps of the U.S. Capitol, leading to a shouting over political civility — or the lack thereof.

Dingell of Michigan addressed Greene after the Georgia lawmaker was berating a group of Democratic lawmakers about abortion as ...Read more

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Democrats prep carbon tax option to pay for spending bill

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WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats are developing a carbon-tax proposal that could potentially be used to offset some of the costs of a sweeping social-spending bill as well as direct cash payments to households, according to a key lawmaker.

“It’s projected that making polluters pay — when combined with clean energy tax credits — would ...Read more

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Judges could delay ruling in federal appeal of Georgia anti-abortion law

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ATLANTA — A panel of federal appeals court judges indicated Friday that it may delay ruling on Georgia’s restrictive anti-abortion law, which was initially struck down last year.

Chief Judge Bill Pryor of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals told lawyers that it might make more sense to suspend the case until the U.S. Supreme Court rules ...Read more

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All eyes turn to Pennsylvania after Arizona's 'audit' affirmed Biden's presidential victory

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PHILADELPHIA — Pennsylvania now stands to become ground zero in the movement to “audit” the election after former President Donald Trump’s efforts to discredit the 2020 election results appear to have failed in Arizona.

A monthslong partisan review in Arizona affirmed President Joe Biden’s victory there, according to draft reports ...Read more

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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene shouts at Democrats on Capitol steps over abortion: 'Try being a Christian!'

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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., started an ugly shouting match over abortion with Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., on the steps of the Capitol, yelling that she should “try being a Christian.”

The right-wing firebrand interrupted Dingell and several other Democratic lawmakers who are in favor of abortion rights as they tried to discuss the...Read more

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Trump faces 'substantial' legal risk in Georgia case, think tank report says

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ATLANTA — Ahead of former President Donald Trump’s return to Georgia, legal experts with the Brookings Institution think tank published a detailed analysis Friday of the potential criminal investigation he faces in Fulton County linked to his outspoken efforts to overturn the state’s election results.

The 107-page report, written by seven...Read more

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Biden hails booster shots as next level in pandemic protection

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WASHINGTON — The morning after health officials approved the first round of booster shots to prevent coronavirus infections, President Joe Biden said a third dose of the vaccine will provide the "highest level of protection to date."

"We have the tools to beat COVID-19 if we come together as a country and use the tools that we have," he said ...Read more

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'Weathering storms': Biden confronts multiple crises that could define his presidency

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WASHINGTON — Over the next month, President Joe Biden will try to get his stalled policy agenda moving again, prevent a harmful government shutdown and raise the nation’s debt ceiling to avoid economic catastrophe.

It’s a tumultuous stretch that could define — and possibly derail — his presidency.

Biden, who was already grappling ...Read more

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Biden denounces 'horrible' treatment of Haitian migrants at border

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Friday denounced the treatment of Haitian migrants at the border as “horrible” and promised that “there will be consequences.”

“It’s outrageous,” he said. “I promise you, those people will pay.”

He added that there’s an investigation underway into how Border Patrol agents on horseback ...Read more

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Trump Org. faces deadline to comply with NY attorney general subpoenas

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NEW YORK — The Trump Organization faces an imminent court deadline to comply with subpoenas issued by New York Attorney General Letitia James nearly two years ago, a newly unsealed order reveals.

Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Arthur Engoron wrote that President Donald Trump’s company must provide a report on Sept. 30 documenting how it ...Read more

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House Democrats, galvanized by Texas ban, vote to legalize abortion nationwide

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WASHINGTON — The House on Friday voted to legalize abortion nationwide until fetal viability, and even though the legislation is almost certain to fail in the Senate, it marks a historic victory for abortion rights supporters following a decades-long fight.

The 218-211 vote on the Women's Health Protection Act is the first the House has ever ...Read more

House Democrats, galvanized by Texas ban, to vote to legalize abortion nationwide

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WASHINGTON — The House on Friday is expected to vote to legalize abortion nationwide until fetal viability, and even though the legislation is almost certain to fail in the Senate, it would mark a historic victory for abortion rights supporters following a decades-long fight.

The vote on the Women's Health Protection Act would be the first ...Read more

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Commentary: In Russia's so-called election, tech was a big loser

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The electoral farce that took place in Russia last week was hardly interesting as a political event: Once again, the main Kremlin-backed party, United Russia, retained a constitutional majority in parliament in a procedure that only President Vladimir Putin’s propagandists could deem free or fair; this time around, the Organization for ...Read more

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Commentary: Biden says America is back at the table. Is it?

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At the U.N. General Assembly this week, President Joe Biden told the world again that America is back at the table. He championed global cooperation as the only way to address today’s global challenges, making clear that it not only benefits the international community but is essential for American interests and national security too. It was a...Read more

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Editorial: The Texas abortion debacle: Deny women rights at your peril

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Recently, former Baltimore Sun reporter, “The Wire” creator and editorialist-at-heart David Simon announced on Twitter that his newest TV project, a nonfiction miniseries “based on events in Texas” won’t be filmed in the Lone Star State. His reasoning was simple. The state’s abortion law, the most restrictive in the U.S. as it ...Read more

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Editorial: Biden needs to start taking some tough questions

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Britain’s rumpled Prime Minister Boris Johnson has plenty of reasons to fear the press.

He was fatally slow to respond in the early weeks of the COVID-19 crisis. His former aide, Dominic Cummings, has already offered up a Shakespearean level of vitriol in his revelatory tome about the shortcomings of his boss. There is that fight with the ...Read more

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What to know about Pennsylvania Republicans' 'forensic audit' of the 2020 election

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PHILADELPHIA — Republicans who control the Pennsylvania Senate began in September 2021 what they're calling a "forensic investigation" of the 2020 election more than 10 months later.

The partisan effort was controversial even before it began, following months of former President Donald Trump's lies about a stolen election and calls to ...Read more