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'Surreal moments': Chuck Edwards reflects on victory over Madison Cawthorn in North Carolina congressional race

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FLAT ROCK, N.C. — Chuck Edwards was on his way to his election night watch party about 2 1/2 hours after polls closed when he received the call from Rep. Madison Cawthorn, who had already returned home from his own party and was ready to concede the race.

Cawthorn had spoken to supporters at his campaign headquarters in Hendersonville about a...Read more

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Former NY Mayor Bill de Blasio poised to run for Congress, announces exploratory committee

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NEW YORK — Former New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio confirmed Wednesday he’s mulling a run for an open congressional seat that’s drawn big interest from a number of local politicians looking to take a step up into federal government.

De Blasio posted on Twitter that he’s “forming an Exploratory Committee for the new #NY10.”

That ...Read more

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Democrats probe tech firms on abortion-related data collection

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WASHINGTON — More than a dozen Senate Democrats led by Elizabeth Warren are demanding data brokers provide information about mobile phone location data collection that can be tied to abortion clinics.

The Democrats wrote to SafeGraph Inc. and Placer.ai, which sell geographic and foot traffic data based on cellphone location, to highlight the...Read more

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Who is Chuck Edwards, the NC politician who just denied Madison Cawthorn reelection?

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State Sen. Chuck Edwards is drawing national attention after narrowly defeating Madison Cawthorn, the embattled first-term congressman from Western North Carolina who earned powerful opposition within his own party, in Tuesday’s GOP primary.

Edwards maintained a lead over Cawthorn throughout Tuesday night, and even though the gap between the ...Read more

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In Kansas City, prosecution of abortion not expected if Missouri ban triggered

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Abortion may soon be a crime in Missouri, but prosecutions aren’t anticipated in Kansas City.

Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker has all but guaranteed her office won’t bring abortion-related charges, saying she will use her prosecutorial discretion “to limit the erosion of reproductive rights.”

All ...Read more

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Despite Congress' efforts, it'll take time to refill the baby bottles

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WASHINGTON — Lawmakers are throwing nearly every tool in their arsenal, including a proposed $28 million in taxpayer dollars, at the baby formula shortage. But it isn’t clear how quickly those solutions will result in cans on grocery store shelves.

The shortage is dire — right now, roughly 40 percent of infant formula is missing from ...Read more

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Commentary: The end of Roe means we'll be criminalized for more of our data

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Our phones know more about us than our families and friends do. They know what we watch, what we’ve searched for and whom we’ve emailed, not just recently but stretching back months and years. The leak of a draft opinion indicating the Supreme Court’s intent to overturn Roe v. Wade raises huge concerns for how online searches, text ...Read more

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NC Rep. Madison Cawthorn has conceded his race, campaign says

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HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. — U.S. Rep. Madison Cawthorn called his Republican primary opponent and conceded on Tuesday night, losing his reelection bid in the Western North Carolina district that sent him to Congress two years ago.

Cawthorn left his campaign headquarters in Hendersonville just before 10 p.m. and called state Sen. Chuck Edwards to ...Read more

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January 6 congressional committee doesn't plan to call Trump and 'unlikely' to call Pence

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The congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol doesn’t plan to call former President Donald Trump and is “unlikely” to call former Vice President Mike Pence, either.

Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., the committee chair, said it’s “not our expectation” to call Trump since the panel already has heard ...Read more

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Spot a UFO? The Pentagon wants to know

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WASHINGTON — If you see an unidentified flying object in the air, let the Pentagon know — and officials have promised to take you seriously.

The Defense Department wants to remove the stigma around reporting such incidents so that it can better investigate them, starting with military personnel, Pentagon officials on Tuesday told members of...Read more

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After leaked Roe ruling, GOP weighs stricter abortion bans

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If, as expected, the U.S. Supreme Court decides as early as next month to overturn Roe v. Wade, just how quickly Republican-dominated legislatures will act to restrict abortion and how far they will go to eliminate the procedure is uncertain.

But recent rhetoric from state officials and events in state capitols offer some clues.

GOP officials ...Read more

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Q&A: Brenda Lawrence sums up her political career

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WASHINGTON — Brenda Lawrence is calling it quits in Congress, but she’s not done with public service. “It’s what drives me,” the retiring Michigan Democrat said.

Lawrence has spent the last 30 years in politics, including the last eight representing Detroit and its suburbs in the House. Looking back at her time in Washington, Lawrence...Read more

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House Republicans announce fundraising effort to boost Latino members

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WASHINGTON — House Republicans on Tuesday announced a new fundraising effort to grow the number of conservative Hispanic members in Congress.

Of the Hispanic members in the House, 29 are Democrats and 10 are Republicans. The Hispanic Leadership Trust, a political action committee, seeks to raise a great deal of money to bolster those numbers ...Read more

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Judge stops enforcement of Michigan's abortion ban if Roe overturned

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DETROIT — A Michigan Court of Claims judge has granted a preliminary injunction to Planned Parenthood of Michigan that would stall the enforcement of Michigan's 1931 abortion ban should the U.S. Supreme Court overturn the landmark 1973 Roe decision enshrining abortion as a constitutional right.

Court of Claims Judge Elizabeth Gleicher granted...Read more

Congress is taking UFOs more seriously, but many questions remain

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WASHINGTON — Unidentified flying objects were a punchline for years, but now Congress is taking these unexplained encounters more seriously.

“For too long, the stigma associated with UAPs has gotten in the way of good intelligence analysis. Pilots avoided reporting, or were laughed at when they did,” said Rep. André Carson, D-Ind.

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Pennsylvania governor's race could have outsize impact on abortion access

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One day after the draft Supreme Court decision that would overturn Roe v. Wade leaked, Pennsylvania Democrat Josh Shapiro declared that his bid to become governor was the only thing preventing Republicans from restricting abortion access in the state.

"The next governor is going to have a bill on their desk that will restrict or outlaw abortion...Read more

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Commentary: Caught in a draft

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Many Americans, most notably Chief Justice John Roberts, were aghast at the leak of Samuel Alito’s draft opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.

Roberts ordered an investigation into the “appalling” breach of etiquette and said he hoped “one bad apple” would not spoil the public’s trust in the Supreme Court, an ...Read more

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Commentary: Hearing threat to Roe vs. Wade, I thought of my gay marriage -- and Jim Obergefell's fight

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I've thought about Jim Obergefell often since we first spoke nine years ago, after his historic marriage to his husband on an airport tarmac outside Baltimore.

He's come to mind mostly during big moments in my own life as a gay man in America.

I thought of Jim and his late husband, John Arthur, when I first considered proposing to my husband, ...Read more

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Black residents want Biden to call out racism and white supremacy in Buffalo visit

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BUFFALO, N.Y. — The White House said President Joe Biden would travel to Buffalo on Tuesday to grieve with victims and their family members after what police described as a racially motivated mass shooting on Saturday that left 10 people dead.

But members of that tightknit community say they want more from the president than his condolences. ...Read more

Trump's sway gets blurred in 3-way, down-to-wire Senate race

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Pennsylvania is at the heart of a dramatic midterm primary election race. On the Republican side there is a former Wall Street executive vying with a celebrity physician and a surging conservative firebrand. Their likely rival is a Democrat recovering from a stroke.

For months, the GOP race for an open U.S. Senate seat was between Mehmet Oz, ...Read more