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Panel: Improve Georgia elections oversight but don't take over Fulton County

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MACON, Ga. — If there’s ever another elections takeover attempt in Georgia, it should be run better than the prolonged and unfunded investigation that targeted Fulton County, state officials said Tuesday.

A performance review panel told the State Election Board that after a year-and-a-half evaluation, it opposes a state takeover of Fulton�...Read more

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Trump shares old photo of DeSantis appearing to party with teen girls when he was teacher

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Things are getting ugly fast between Don and Ron.

Former President Donald Trump on Tuesday shared a 21-year-old photo purportedly showing Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis partying with teenage girls when he was a teacher at their school.

“That’s not Ron is it?” Trump wrote sarcastically on his social media site. “He would never do such a ...Read more

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Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg is appalled by book about his office's Trump probe

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NEW YORK — Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg had choice words Tuesday about a new book written by the former prosecutor who once led his office’s investigation into Donald Trump.

Bragg said he has not read Mark Pomerantz’s new tome, “People vs. Donald Trump: An Inside Account,” but is sickened by what he’s heard.

“It is ...Read more

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6 things about ex-Manhattan prosecutor Mark Pomerantz's new book on the case against Trump

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NEW YORK — “People vs. Donald Trump: An Inside Account” hit bookshelves Tuesday with a slew of never-before-revealed details about the battle to hold the former president accountable for a string of alleged crimes.

Mark Pomerantz, the former federal prosecutor who led the Manhattan district attorney office’s investigation into Trump, ...Read more

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Lawmakers ready to investigate Chinese spy balloon

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WASHINGTON — Lawmakers returned to Washington this week eager to tackle outstanding questions about a Chinese spy balloon’s journey across the U.S. and what it means for the broader relationship between the U.S. and China.

Republicans, who have made competition with China a cornerstone of their agenda in the 118th Congress, say the balloon�...Read more

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GOP's probe into Hunter Biden risks political blowback, polls suggest

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WASHINGTON — The House Republican investigation into the financial dealings of President Joe Biden’s family risks turning off more voters than it attracts, as Democrats paint the inquiry as time-consuming political retribution that diverts attention from the approaching debt crisis and other problems.

The Biden-centric investigation led by...Read more

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Charges against Trump in Georgia over 2020 election could lead to bigger federal case

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WASHINGTON — The first major criminal charges that Donald Trump could face for interfering in the 2020 election might come from Atlanta — and what happens in Georgia isn’t expected to stay in Georgia.

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis said her decision is “imminent” on whether to indict the former president, which would make...Read more

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What's happening with the Trump special counsel investigation?

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WASHINGTON — Jack Smith, a veteran Justice Department prosecutor, is tasked with overseeing criminal investigations into former President Donald Trump’s handling of classified documents after he left the White House, and a separate probe into attempts to stop President Biden from assuming office after the 2020 election.

Attorney General ...Read more

Large numbers of Americans want a strong, rough, anti-democratic leader

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It might be comforting to think that American democracy has made it past the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection. But our research shows that a wide range of the American people, of all political stripes, seek leaders who are fundamentally anti-democratic.

It’s true that many who participated in the insurrection are facing consequences, ...Read more

Memphis police numbers dropped by nearly a quarter in recent years – were staffing shortages a factor in the killing of Tyre Nichols?

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In the years running up to the fatal beating of Tyre Nichols, the Memphis Police Department faced an increasingly dire staffing crisis. Indeed, shortages on the force have led to questions over whether, given their relative lack of experience, the five officers now charged with Nichols’ murder would have been assigned to the now-disbanded ...Read more

Mexico made criminal justice reforms in 2008 – they haven't done much to reduce crime

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Mexico has waged a long, bloody battle on drugs and crime for decades. But violence there continues to soar.

In one of the latest high-profile incidents, Mexican law enforcement arrested Ovidio Guzmán-López, a leader of the powerful Sinaloa drug cartel and the son of imprisoned drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, in early ...Read more

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Not couch cushion money: Former members sitting on $54 million

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Members of the 117th Congress who have since left Capitol Hill still hold nearly $54 million in leftover political money — cash they may tap to make contributions as lobbyists or bank for future runs.

The majority of the money, $49.3 million, came from their principal reelection committees, according to a CQ Roll Call analysis of federal ...Read more

Lawmakers worry about weapons-makers' ability to meet demand

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WASHINGTON — U.S. lawmakers are sounding the alarm about challenges facing the U.S. defense industrial base as the war in Ukraine strains weapon supplies.

It could take years to replenish certain types of weapons the U.S. has sent to Kyiv, with no easy way to ramp up production quickly. That has policymakers deeply concerned about whether the...Read more

The US and the Philippines' military agreement sends a warning to China – 5 key things to know

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The United States and the Philippines announced on Feb. 2, 2023, that the U.S. is expanding its military presence across more military bases in the Southeast Asian country, giving the U.S. a potential advantage in its efforts to thwart China’s possible efforts to take control of Taiwan.

The Philippines’ most northern island sits ...Read more

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The law closes in: Donald Trump is under Manhattan grand jury investigation again

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Last year, Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg flinched rather than following through with what his own office’s prosecutors believed to be a solid case that Donald Trump lied to banks about his holdings. As Mark Pomerantz — who led the grand jury investigation with Carey Dunne — makes clear in his new book, that was a serious mistake.

Now, having ...Read more

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We can't separate abortion rights from other health issues

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I’m at the pharmacy to pick up methotrexate — the medicine for my newly diagnosed rheumatoid arthritis (RA) — and I’m told they never got the prescription. It’s strange: I’m picking up another medicine, too, and the prescriptions were sent at the same time. The next day, it’s sent again, and I’m told there’s a delay: The ...Read more

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US didn't know about Chinese balloons during Trump years until later

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Chinese surveillance balloons flew over the continental United States at least three times during the Trump years, according to a senior administration official, but their incursions weren’t discovered until after Joe Biden took office.

That gap may help explain why the former president, Donald Trump, and the senior officials who worked for ...Read more

Former foreign minister places first in Cyprus presidential vote; runoff to be held Feb. 12

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Cypriots will return to the ballot box on Feb. 12 to choose a leader who can oversee the Mediterranean island’s economic recovery as the fallout from the war in Ukraine continues to pose a threat.

Nicos Christodoulides, 49, an independent candidate, will face Andreas Mavroyiannis, 66, in the runoff with more than 99% of the vote counted. He ...Read more

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First lady Jill Biden to present at Grammy Awards

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LOS ANGELES — First Lady Jill Biden is in Los Angeles to be a presenter at Sunday night’s 65th Grammy Awards.

Biden arrived at Hollywood Burbank Airport on Saturday afternoon, according to KCBS-TV Channel 2. She was coming from Camp Pendleton, where she took part in a roundtable discussion with military families. She also offered some ...Read more

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It's 'telehealth vs. no care': Doctors say Congress risks leaving patients vulnerable

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When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Dr. Corey Siegel was more prepared than most of his peers.

Half of Siegel’s patients — many with private insurance and Medicaid — were already using telehealth, logging onto appointments through phones or computers. “You get to meet their family members; you get to meet their pets,” Siegel said. “You ...Read more