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Georgia on the nation's mind: 5 essential reads

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Shortly after his reelection on Dec. 6, 2022, Rev. Raphael Warnock talked about his political journey in a state better known for its racist history of suppressing the Black vote.

“I am Georgia,” Warnock said. “A living example and embodiment of its history and its hope, of its pain and promise, the brutality and possibility.”...Read more

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Feds to provide $36 billion to ensure Teamsters pensions through 2051

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The federal government will allocate $36 billion to shore up the Central States Pension Fund, a cash-strapped retirement fund that primarily benefits members of the Teamsters union, President Joe Biden announced Thursday.

Around 350,000 union workers and retirees are expected to be impacted by the funding nationwide. Around 40,300 Michigan ...Read more

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New federal law aims resources at carbon monoxide poisoning prevention

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MINNEAPOLIS — Sen. Amy Klobuchar led bipartisan support for a bill, signed into law earlier this year, that will help states adopt tougher standards to ensure carbon monoxide detectors are safe and reliable.

States will get resources to encourage the use of carbon monoxide detection devices and a federal grant to fund education and awareness ...Read more

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DOJ cleared to use Trump Mar-a-Lago records in criminal probe

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WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court on Thursday freed the Justice Department to resume using the thousands of documents seized from former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home in its criminal investigation following months of legal wrangling with the former president.

Trump appeared to drop the fight over the records, at least for now....Read more

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Trump Organization trial uncovers secrets from bonus scams to his-and-hers Benzes

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NEW YORK — Every December, the Trump Organization would cut a check to a mail room employee. In a good year, the check was for $5,975. In less prosperous times, it was closer to $4,000.

It didn’t matter to the mail room guy. The money wasn’t for him.

His job was to cash the check at a local bank, lug the bills back to Trump Tower, take ...Read more

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DOJ cleared to use Trump Mar-a-Lago records in criminal probe

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WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court on Thursday freed the Justice Department to resume using the thousands of documents seized from former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home in its criminal investigation following months of legal wrangling with the former president.

Trump appeared to drop the fight over the records, at least for now....Read more

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Parties play chicken on omnibus spending bill as shutdown deadline approaches

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WASHINGTON — Top Democrats are playing hardball on government funding with slightly more than a week before federal agencies run out of budget authority after next Friday night.

House Appropriations Chair Rosa DeLauro told reporters Thursday that she’s not currently drafting any stopgap funding extension short of a full-year bill running to...Read more

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Michigan attorney general warns against recount disruptions after report from Jackson County

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Lansing, Mich. — Attorney General Dana Nessel warned recount observers and participants Wednesday against causing disruptions during a statewide recount of Proposals 2 and 3, citing disruptions and concerns at two recounts in Ingham and Jackson counties.

Nessel's office had been receiving reports of "threatening behavior and interference" at ...Read more

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Ex-Trump adviser Flynn testifies amid heightened security

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ATLANTA — Amid heightened courthouse security with law enforcement officers carrying automatic weapons, former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn testified Thursday before the Fulton County special purpose grand jury.

The special grand jury is investigating whether former President Donald Trump and his allies criminally interfered with ...Read more

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House Republicans detail border security initiatives for next Congress

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WASHINGTON — House Republicans unveiled a sweeping border security proposal on Thursday they plan to advance once they hold the majority in the 118th Congress.

At a news conference outside the Capitol, members of the Texas delegation previewed a 13-page legislative framework that aims to combat the historically high migration straining ...Read more

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Congress sends same-sex marriage protection bill to Biden

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WASHINGTON — Congress passed a bill to codify federal recognition of same-sex marriages Thursday with some protections for religious freedom, sending the bill to President Joe Biden.

The House voted 258-169-1 on the bill that would repeal the 1996 law known as the Defense of Marriage Act that the Supreme Court found to be largely ...Read more

Amid coup, counter-coup claims – what really went down in Peru and why?

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Peru has a new president following the ouster of former leader Pedro Castillo at the hands of the country’s Congress.

His removal followed an attempt by Castillo to cling to power by dissolving a Congress intent on impeaching him. Castillo’s opponents accused him of attempting a coup – a charge his supporters similarly levied in...Read more

A scholar of the Middle East explains Iran's morality police and their history

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Until recently, most people outside of Iran had never heard of the country’s morality police, let alone followed their wider role in the region. But on Sept. 16, 2022, the death of Jina Mahsa Amini sparked widespread protests in the streets of Iran and elsewhere that have shown no signs of abating. Amini had been in the custody of Gasht-e-...Read more

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Editorial: Time to take a jackhammer to the Trump sign on Chicago's Trump Tower

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Back in 2014, Donald Trump wrote an op-ed for this newspaper titled “Why I love Chicago and My Sign.” Trump was fighting back against Chicagoans who objected to five massive letters affixed to Trump’s International Hotel and Tower, viewing them as an affront to the city’s architectural glory. The letters, T-R-U-M-P, ruined the view of ...Read more

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Editorial: Guilty as charged: The criminal Trump Organization stinks from the head

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The Trump Organization, actually the Trump Corp. and the Trump Payroll Corp., (he does like flaunting his brand name) is guilty of multiple felonies, unanimously say 12 good citizens from Manhattan, an island jurisdiction that Donald Trump fled from.

But holed up down in Mar-a-Lago with Jew-haters and wannabe Hitlers, he left behind 725 Fifth ...Read more

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Trump lawyer asserts ex-president's immunity to lawsuits, Jan. 6 accusations

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WASHINGTON — Donald Trump’s lawyer argued that presidential immunity would protect him from lawsuits even if he had urged his supporters to “burn Congress down” while in office.

Trump has asserted sweeping immunity against suits by both police officers and Democratic members of Congress accusing the former president of inciting the Jan...Read more

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US sides against Google in consequential social media case

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WASHINGTON — The Biden administration told the U.S. Supreme Court that social media companies in some cases can be held liable for promoting harmful speech, partially siding with a family seeking to sue Alphabet Inc.’s Google over a terrorist attack.

In a Supreme Court filing on Wednesday night, the Justice Department argued that social ...Read more

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Trump is a 'real liability' for Republican candidates, GOP Senate whip says

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WASHINGTON — Former President Donald Trump’s persistent false claims about the 2020 election were an obstacle for GOP candidates and a leading reason the party performed poorly in the midterms, the Senate’s No. 2 Republican said.

“I think his obsession with the 2020 election became an albatross and a real liability for people who were ...Read more

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Sandy Hook survivors join Biden in Washington to remember all victims of gun violence

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HARTFORD, Conn. — When Jackie Haggerty was just 7 years old, she huddled by her cubby in her second-grade classroom as a gunman tore through neighboring classrooms, killing 20 of her schoolmates and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Nearly a decade later, Haggerty stepped in front of hundreds of people gathered at St. Mark’s ...Read more

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What's next for Donald Trump after his company's guilty verdict in tax fraud case

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NEW YORK — Former President Donald Trump wasn’t facing prison time when a Manhattan jury convicted his Trump Organization this week in a tax fraud scheme that stretched back more than 15 years.

And the penalties are relatively paltry: a possible fine of $1.62 million along with a brief jail sentence for longtime Chief Financial Officer ...Read more