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Biden hosts leaders of Finland and Sweden, eager to fast-track NATO accession

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden, standing alongside the prime minister of Sweden and president of Finland at the White House on Thursday, declared that the two nations have the “full, total complete backing of the United States of America” in their push to join NATO.

Calling the two countries “close, highly capable partners,” Biden ...Read more

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Some of Alaska's 48 US House candidates are millionaires. Another is paying off student loans

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Al Gross, an orthopedic surgeon running for U.S. House in Alaska as an independent, owns a rental property in California and part of an office building in Juneau.

One of his chief rivals, Republican Nick Begich, has six figures in cryptocurrencies like bitcoin and litecoin, plus a stake worth at least $1 million in a ...Read more

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Editorial: In Cawthorn loss, Republicans show they can stand up to one of their own

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On the eve of Tuesday’s primary, former President Donald Trump asked voters to give U.S. Rep. Madison Cawthorn a “second chance.”

“When Madison was first elected to Congress, he did a great job. Recently, he made some foolish mistakes, which I don’t believe he’ll make again,” Trump said Monday on Truth Social, the social media ...Read more


Michael Hiltzik: A lengthy list of Trump's disastrous business deals -- compiled by his newest business partners

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Donald Trump's business history has been so filled with disastrous ventures that it's been hard to keep track of them all.

No longer. Digital World Acquisition Corp., which is the special purpose acquisition company, or SPAC, taking Trump's "Truth Social" media platform public, has conveniently listed them in a document it is required to file ...Read more

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Marcos-Duterte alliance shows cracks after historic election win

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MANILA, Philippines — Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and Sara Duterte joined forces to pull off the biggest Philippine election win in four decades. The question now is whether they can stay united over the next six years.

Election data shows that Marcos owes Sara Duterte and her father, President Rodrigo Duterte, for the large margin of...Read more

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Friday's Chicago Teachers Union election is its most contentious in years. With 3 slates, 'it's anybody's guess' who will win

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There soon will be a new president of the Chicago Teachers Union — as three contenders battle for the chance to lead one of Chicago’s most influential unions through a new contract, the historic transition to an elected school board and the persistent COVID-19 pandemic.

This race has been particularly rancorous, with two election-related ...Read more

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Vulnerable hit hardest by baby formula shortage; Biden invokes Defense Production Act

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WASHINGTON — Even as the House passed legislation Wednesday to provide $28 million aimed at helping to ease a baby formula shortage that has sent families scrambling, it also tried to address a second issue: easing the shortage’s impact on low-income families who use the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children...Read more

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Democrats press Biden to go big on forgiving student loan debt

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WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and fellow Democrats Elizabeth Warren and Raphael Warnock pitched President Joe Biden to go big with student loan forgiveness during a White House meeting Wednesday.

The three Democrats, who have been leading the effort in the Senate, support $50,000 in student debt relief, which is five times...Read more

Fulton County commissioner suing colleagues; candidate alleges smear campaign

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ATLANTA — Two lawsuits filed Wednesday could affect local elections in Fulton County, just days before voters cast the final ballots.

Commissioner Khadijah Abdur-Rahman is suing her six colleagues on the Fulton County Commission and wants a judge to file a temporary restraining order against them because they are allegedly “interfering with...Read more

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US Supreme Court justices to get around-the-clock home security

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WASHINGTON — US Supreme Court justices will received around-the-clock security at home, among other protections, following the leaked draft opinion advocating overturning abortion rights.

Attorney General Merrick B. Garland directed the US Marshals Service to step up the personal protection for the nine justices last week, according to the ...Read more

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Vulnerable hit hardest by baby formula shortage; Biden invokes Defense Production Act

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WASHINGTON — Even as the House on Wednesday debated a bill aimed at helping to ease a baby formula crisis that has sent families scrambling, lawmakers are grappling with a second issue: how to ease the shortage’s impact on low-income families that use the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, known as WIC.

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Why NC Republicans aren't planning to immediately try banning abortion

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Republican legislators in North Carolina are not necessarily clamoring to quickly join other GOP-led states in fully outlawing abortion — even with the Supreme Court expected to overturn Roe v. Wade in the coming weeks and allow states to set stricter abortion rules than in the past.

Wednesday was the first day of the 2022 ...Read more

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Where does Idaho Lt. Gov. McGeachin's loss fit with other Trump-endorsed primary candidates?

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BOISE, Idaho — Nearly all of former President Donald Trump’s endorsements for Tuesday’s midterm primary elections emerged victorious, except for two candidates.

One of those was North Carolina’s divisive incumbent U.S. Rep. Madison Cawthorn. The other was Idaho Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin.

McGeachin became just the third Trump-endorsed ...Read more

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Mastercard to cover employees' travel for out-of-state abortions

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Mastercard Inc. said it would help pay for workers to travel to access abortions if pregnancy terminations aren’t available in their home state.

“We will continue to offer employees access to the same health care, including family planning and reproductive benefits, that is available today wherever they live,” the credit-card company said...Read more

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House Judiciary Committee debates future of abortion rights

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WASHINGTON — The House Judiciary Committee contemplated the overturning of Roe v. Wade at a hearing Wednesday, where doctors testified about the potential for prosecution of miscarriages, one House member told an unusually personal story of her pregnancies and Republicans called for the end of “abortion on demand.”

The hearing, in ...Read more

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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.”

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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