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Rep. Madison Cawthorn tried to carry a gun onto a flight at NC airport in February

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WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Madison Cawthorn, a first-term lawmaker from far-western North Carolina, attempted to bring a handgun through security at the Asheville airport in February.

His congressional spokesman said it was done in error.

A Glock 9mm handgun was taken from Cawthorn’s bag as he attempted to go through security on Feb. 13, 2021,...Read more

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Justice Department tells Treasury to turn over Trump tax records to House

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WASHINGTON — The Justice Department told the Treasury Department on Friday that it must turn over former President Donald Trump’s tax returns and information to the House Ways and Means Committee — although a legal fight could remain.

The opinion from the Office of Legal Counsel reverses course from the DOJ’s 2019 opinion, during the ...Read more

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Newsom asks Biden to ensure Pentagon OKs use of satellite data for wildfire program

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WASHINGTON — Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday publicly asked President Joe Biden to ensure California can continue to access the Pentagon’s sensitive military satellite information as part of a program to help spot and track wildfires.

The 2-year-old program, called FireGuard, relies on access to the military’s infrared satellites that ...Read more

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Newsom asks Biden for more 'boots on the ground' in fighting California wildfires

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WASHINGTON — California Gov. Gavin Newsom pleaded with President Joe Biden for more federal support in combating forest fires Friday during a virtual White House meeting with Western governors.

Following the governors of Montana and Washington, Newsom offered some of the most pointed criticism of the federal government’s handling of the ...Read more

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Trump tax returns can be released to Congress, DOJ says

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The income tax returns of former President Donald Trump can be given over to Congress, the Department of Justice announced on Friday.

The Office of Legal Counsel for DOJ said that the U.S. Congress, specifically the House Ways and Means Committee, made a “legitimate request” to review the former president’s tax records.

Earlier this year...Read more

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SC governor files brief urging justices to uphold Mississippi abortion ban; 11 others sign on

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — Gov. Henry McMaster has weighed in on a case in front of a U.S. Supreme Court that could overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade, which protects the right of a woman to have an abortion.

McMaster filed an amicus brief urging the Supreme Court to uphold Mississippi’s ban on abortion 15 weeks into a pregnancy except in cases of a ...Read more

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Commentary: Mississippi's abortion brief dynamites standing law and 'super duper' precedents

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The new Supreme Court conservative supermajority has already radically changed notions of law in some pockets of America. For proof, look no further than the brief that the state of Mississippi filed last week in the most closely watched abortion case in a generation, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which the Supreme Court will ...Read more

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Biden will name American historian as ambassador to combat antisemitism

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden plans to name Deborah Lipstadt, a historian and expert on Jewish and Holocaust studies at Emory University in Atlanta, as U.S. ambassador to combat and monitor antisemitism on Friday, three sources told McClatchy.

The goal of the position is to combat antisemitism overseas. Lipstadt, a New Yorker, has written ...Read more

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Gavin Newsom to join President Biden in second White House meeting on Western wildfires

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President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris will meet with Gov. Gavin Newsom and six other governors on Friday to discuss efforts to prevent 2021 wildfires, according to White House officials.

California so far has had 5,671 wildfires in 2021. The still-burning Dixie Fire in Butte, Plumas and Tehama counties has already destroyed over ...Read more

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Republicans urge Supreme Court to topple Roe, slash abortion rights

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WASHINGTON — A cascade of Republicans called on the U.S. Supreme Court to roll back constitutional abortion protections, potentially by overruling the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized the procedure nationwide.

In a brief filed Thursday, 228 GOP members of Congress urged the court to uphold Mississippi’s ban on abortion after 15 ...Read more

Biden will meet Cuban American activists at the White House on Friday

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden will meet with Cuban American activists at the White House on Friday to discuss the recent wave of protests throughout the island nation, an administration official told McClatchy on Thursday.

The meeting comes after thousands of Cuban Americans rallied in front of the White House to draw attention to the ...Read more

First lady Jill Biden to undergo medical procedure to remove object from her foot

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First lady Jill Biden will undergo a medical procedure Thursday to remove an object lodged in her left foot, a White House official said.

Biden stepped on the unknown object while walking on a beach during an official event in Hawaii over the weekend, spokesman Michael LaRosa said in a statement. The procedure will be done at Walter Reed ...Read more

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Devin Nunes has more cash on hand than any other Republican. What does he want to do next?

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WASHINGTON — Rep. Devin Nunes has more campaign cash on hand than any House Republican as he prepares for a 2022 reelection race that he’s favored to win.

The campaign committee for Nunes, R-Calif., who became a national political figure after aligning himself with former President Donald Trump, had more than $11.5 million on hand as of ...Read more

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'Fix Congress' panel issues latest advice

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WASHINGTON — A select committee tasked with improving how Congress works advanced a new slate of recommendations aimed at boosting accessibility and retaining staff.

“There are people who stick around for a long time, and people who are here for a short time, and then you see the average tenure at about that three- or four-year mark. So ...Read more

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GOP trashed for allowing debate on Biden's $1T infrastructure bill: 'No deal is better than a bad deal'

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Former President Donald Trump trashed Senate Republicans Thursday after they agreed to open debate on President Joe Biden’s $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package.

Hours after calling GOP lawmakers “weak, foolish and dumb,” Trump sharpened his attack on archenemy Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., who led 17 Republicans in moving the ...Read more

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Commentary: Remote testimony is a major upgrade for Congress

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As a pandemic safety measure, the U.S. House of Representatives began in May 2020 to hold committee hearings remotely so that witnesses could testify from home rather than in a crowded hearing room. This allowed people of all backgrounds, not just those who already live near Washington or who are able to fly there on short notice, to have their ...Read more

NYC elections board slammed by voters, advocates, poll workers at hearing

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ALBANY, N.Y. — The New York City Board of Elections was raked over the coals Wednesday as lawmakers heard from frustrated poll workers, voters and advocates at an hourslong hearing focused on election reforms.

Attendees at the hearing, held at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, described woefully understaffed polling sites and issues with ...Read more

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Meat giants face ire in Washington amid US beef surge

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Meatpackers are in the crosshairs of U.S. lawmakers including traditional allies as ranchers complain that beef processors are abusing market power to gain out-sized margins at their expense.

Four giant companies control more than 80% of U.S. beef processing. Ranchers and cattle feeders are seething over a surge in retail beef prices this year ...Read more

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Philadelphia is hoping to change the way it fights gun violence by funding smaller community groups

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Research on successful violence-reduction strategies in other cities shows that programs are more effective when led by groups based in violence-torn neighborhoods.

Mayor Jim Kenney speaks at a news conference to discuss the anti-violence funding in the new budget on Wednesday.

Mayor Jim Kenney speaks at a news conference to discuss the anti-...Read more

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Would Trump leave Florida to make DeSantis his running mate? He might have to

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TAMPA, Fla. — Donald Trump has already suggested that if he runs for the White House again, he could look within his adopted home state of Florida for his next running mate.

But if the former president wants Gov. Ron DeSantis on the ticket in 2024, he might have to give up his Florida address, thanks to a rarely invoked provision in the U.S. ...Read more