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Biden called Cheney after her loss to Trump-backed challenger

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden called Liz Cheney on Wednesday after the Wyoming congresswoman and vocal critic of former President Donald Trump was defeated in her state’s Republican primary.

Biden reached out to Cheney, who earned the ire of the former president when she voted to impeach him over his role in the Jan. 6, 2021, ...Read more

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Can a California Republican who voted to impeach Trump avoid Liz Cheney's fate?

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And then there were two.

A day after Wyoming Republican primary voters booted Liz Cheney from her congressional seat, only two of the 10 GOP members of Congress who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump for inciting the Jan. 6 insurrection remain clinging to their seats.

One is from eastern Washington. The other is from California’s...Read more

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Trump ruffles feathers by endorsing Democrats Dan Goldman, Carolyn Maloney in key NYC congressional races

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NEW YORK — Though he’s not on Twitter anymore, former President Donald Trump still knows how to troll.

The twice-impeached former president ruffled political feathers in his native New York City late Wednesday by offering head-scratching endorsements of Dan Goldman and Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., in their respective Democratic ...Read more

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Prospects dim in House for Sen. Joe Manchin's federal permitting measure

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WASHINGTON — A federal permitting deal between Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., and Sen. Joe Manchin III, D-W.Va., is facing pushback from environmentalists and would be difficult to get through the House, lawmakers said.

As part of a deal to secure Manchin’s support for the climate, health care and tax bill President Joe ...Read more

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Prosecutors can't enforce Michigan abortion ban until judge decides on injunction

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PONTIAC, Mich. — Oakland County Circuit Judge Jacob Cunningham signed an order Wednesday keeping his temporary restraining order blocking enforcement of Michigan's abortion ban in “full force and effect” until he decides on a broader request for a preliminary injunction.

Cunningham made the announcement at the start of what is expected to...Read more

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4 Kansas counties complete abortion recount with minimal vote count changes

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Four of the nine counties ordered to undergo a hand recount of votes in Kansas’ abortion ballot initiative have finished their tallies with minimal changes to the overall vote total.

Johnson County had not yet begun counting its ballots Wednesday afternoon.

Mark Gietzen, a Wichita anti-abortion activist, and Melissa Leavitt, a Colby election...Read more

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Georgia Gov. Kemp blasts Fulton County DA's office for playing politics as he fights subpoena in 2020 election probe

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ATLANTA — A long-simmering clash between two branches of Georgia government exploded into public view Wednesday when an attorney for Gov. Brian Kemp moved to kill a subpoena seeking the Republican’s testimony before the Fulton County special grand jury studying potential criminal interference in Georgia’s 2020 elections.

The 121-page ...Read more

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Biden's freeze on oil, gas leases on public land is reinstated -- for now

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden won temporary permission to once again pause energy leasing on federal lands and waters, after a U.S. appeals court found a trial judge’s order against the moratorium too vague to review.

The court on Wednesday threw out the judge’s nationwide injunction forcing a restart of leasing from the Gulf of Mexico...Read more

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Rudy Giuliani, new target of Fulton County election probe, testifies before grand jury

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ATLANTA — Rudy Giuliani, the onetime personal attorney of former President Donald Trump, testified before the Fulton County special purpose grand jury examining Georgia’s 2020 elections for roughly six hours on Wednesday.

Pryor Street in downtown Atlanta took on a circus-like atmosphere as some three dozen reporters and camera operators ...Read more

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Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg will testify against company as part of plea deal, source says

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NEW YORK — The Trump Organization’s longtime chief financial officer will admit to conspiring with the Trump Organization and Trump Payroll Corp. in a 15-year tax fraud scheme while head of the company’s finances at a Manhattan Supreme Court hearing on Thursday, the New York Daily News has confirmed.

Allen Weisselberg is expected to ...Read more

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South Carolina's 6-week abortion ban temporarily blocked by state Supreme Court

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — In a unanimous decision, the South Carolina Supreme Court has temporarily blocked the state’s six-week abortion ban.

The six-page order was signed Wednesday by all five sitting justices.

The order means that for the time being as litigation continues, the state’s abortion clinics can proceed with abortion procedures up ...Read more

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North Carolina ban on abortion after 20 weeks can be enforced, judge rules

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RALEIGH, N.C. — A federal judge has ruled that North Carolina’s general ban on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy can be enforced, following the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling allowing states to restrict abortion.

In a court order Wednesday, U.S. District Judge William Osteen lifted an injunction that had blocked the ban, declaring ...Read more

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South Carolina's 6-week abortion ban temporarily blocked by state Supreme Court

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — In a unanimous decision the South Carolina Supreme Court has temporarily blocked the state’s six-week abortion ban.

The six-page order was signed Aug. 17 by all five sitting justices.

The order means that for the time being as litigation continues the state’s abortion clinics can proceed with abortion procedures up until...Read more

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Rudy Giuliani, new target of Fulton County election probe, testifies before grand jury

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ATLANTA — Rudy Giuliani, the onetime personal attorney of former President Donald Trump, entered the Fulton County courthouse Wednesday morning to testify before the special purpose grand jury examining Georgia’s 2020 elections.

Pryor Street in downtown Atlanta took on a circus-like atmosphere as some three-dozen reporters and camera ...Read more

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Biden's freeze on oil, gas leases on public land is reinstated -- for now

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden won temporary permission to once again pause energy leasing on federal lands and waters, after a U.S. appeals court found a trial judge’s order against the moratorium too vague to review.

The court on Wednesday threw out the judge’s nationwide injunction forcing a restart of the leasing from the Gulf of ...Read more

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Trump-backed candidates are winning elsewhere. Why not Georgia?

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ATLANTA — U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney's resounding primary defeat to a Donald Trump-backed challenger in Wyoming on Tuesday is only the latest in a string of victories by the former president's preferred picks.

And each time a Trump-backed contender notches a major victory ahead of his likely comeback attempt, Georgia seems more like an outlier: one...Read more

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Giuliani, new target of Fulton probe, to testify before grand jury

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ATLANTA — Rudy Giuliani, the onetime personal attorney of former President Donald Trump, entered the Fulton County courthouse on Wednesday morning to testify before the special purpose grand jury examining Georgia’s 2020 elections.

Pryor Street in downtown Atlanta took on a circus-like atmosphere as some three-dozen reporters and ...Read more

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Editorial: Republicans can side with law and order or with Trump's lawless base. Not both

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Having spent the past week inflaming the base over the FBI search of Mar-a-Lago, Republican leaders are getting exactly what they invited: threats against law enforcement and at least one actual attack that resulted in the attacker’s death. The lesson of Jan. 6, 2021 — that some of former President Donald Trump’s most radical followers ...Read more

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Rep. Liz Cheney loses Wyoming GOP primary to Trump-backed challenger

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WASHINGTON — Rep. Liz Cheney, the vice chair of the House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol and a leading figure in the Republican effort to hold former President Donald Trump accountable, was defeated in the GOP primary for the Wyoming congressional district she’s represented since 2017.

The three-term ...Read more

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Late US Rep. Don Young's office closes, leaving no House staff to take Alaska constituent calls

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WASHINGTON — The late U.S. Rep. Don Young’s former office officially closed Tuesday, and all his remaining staffers were taken off payroll. The winner of Tuesday’s special U.S. House election will move into the Alaska Republican’s former office after being sworn in next month, but it’ll remain vacant for weeks before then.

In March, ...Read more