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Biden readies protections for some undocumented migrants

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is planning an executive action as soon as next week that would protect certain undocumented immigrants from deportation, according to people familiar with the matter.

The new measure would allow spouses of U.S. citizens who lack legal status to remain in the country and seek authorization to work, said the ...Read more

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Jill Biden appeals to Duluth seniors with pro-aging, pro-Biden pep talk

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DULUTH, Minn. — First Lady Jill Biden, self-described as "Nana," made an appeal to older voters during a stop here Thursday at the Lincoln Park Community Center — her kickoff to a campaign meant to draw the support of seniors in the current administration's bid for reelection in November.

Biden's 15-minute speech was a pro-aging pep rally ...Read more

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Biden vows not to commute Hunter's gun sentence

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President Joe Biden Thursday vowed not to commute any sentence his son Hunter may get after his conviction on federal gun charges.

“No,” Biden said in response to shouted questions from reporters about commuting Hunter Biden’s sentence at the end of a press conference with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy at the Group of Seven ...Read more

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Trump plan to eliminate tip tax garners Capitol Hill interest

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In meetings with congressional Republicans on Thursday that were otherwise light on concrete policy details, former President Donald Trump again trotted out his desire to eliminate federal taxes on income from tips.

Many Republicans said the idea had merit and should be part of the conversation as Congress weighs how to address the expiration ...Read more

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Trump says he hopes Larry Hogan, a longtime political adversary, wins his US Senate race

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Former President Donald Trump all but endorsed the U.S. Senate campaign of Maryland Republican Larry Hogan on Thursday, but it’s unclear if his statements will help or hurt Hogan, who has long been a political adversary.

“I think he has a good chance to win,” the Republican Trump told Fox News in an interview posted on the network’s ...Read more

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Trump tells CEOs he would cut corporate tax rate to 20%

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WASHINGTON — Donald Trump promised to lower the corporate tax rate to 20%, further reducing the income levy on the largest U.S. companies that he already slashed while president, according to people familiar with the remarks.

The presumptive Republican presidential nominee pitched his support for cutting the business tax rate during a private...Read more

Philadelphia’s 200-year-old disability records show welfare reform movement’s early shift toward rationing care and punishing poor people

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Charles Kingley was a widower and a single father of four who lived in the Northern Liberties neighborhood of Philadelphia in 1829. He worked at a brewhouse but struggled to secure care for his youngest child, William, who was about 5 years old and nearly blind.

Barbra Sion, a 74-year-old woman living in Southwark, was recorded by ...Read more

Ukraine’s draft woes leave the West facing pressure to make up for the troop shortfall

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Ukraine’s current military recruitment campaign is not going according to plan.

Announced on April 16, 2024, the drive was aimed at enlisting hundreds of thousands of young Ukrainian men to help push back against a Russian invasion that has gained momentum in recent months.

But the effort has been met with public skepticism,...Read more

People ambivalent about political issues support violence more than those with clear opinions

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Choices about political candidates and issues are inherently limited and imperfect, leading many people to feel mixed emotions, and even conflicting opinions, about which candidate or position they prefer.

In general, being ambivalent reduces political participation. For example, the more ambivalent a person is about candidates in an ...Read more

Supreme Court justices secretly recorded – the legal issues and what they mean for the rest of us

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Posing as a “Christian conservative” at the Supreme Court Historical Society’s members-only, black-tie gala, liberal journalist and filmmaker Lauren Windsor secretly recorded her conversations with Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, Justice Samuel Alito and Alito’s wife, Martha-Ann Alito. The event on June 3, 2024, was not open...Read more

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'All hands on deck': Trump vows to help GOP in House races

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WASHINGTON — House Republican lawmakers serenaded former President Donald Trump on Thursday, as he urged them and their Senate counterparts to hold the line on hot-button issues like abortion, immigration and trade tariffs — and work harder to win both chambers in November.

Senators, following a separate meeting with Trump, described that ...Read more

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Justice Alito neighbor says secret tapes prove he lied about flags

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A neighbor of Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito says secret tapes prove the judge lied about controversial right-wing flags that his wife hoisted at their homes.

Emily Baden said caught-on-tape remarks leave no room for doubt that Martha-Ann Alito intentionally wanted to send political messages by flying an upside-down American flag at their ...Read more

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Cuba will attempt to influence 2024 elections in Florida, U.S. intelligence warns

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The U.S. intelligence community believes the Cuban government will attempt to influence U.S. elections in 2024, possibly deploying targeted campaigns to affect state and local races in Florida, officials with the Office of Director of National Intelligence said.

The assessment comes after the director’s office assessed last year that Havana ...Read more

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Fani Willis says she's been 'attacked and oversexualized'

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ATLANTA — Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis on Thursday defended Black women, saying they are often the victims of violence and are the most unprotected members of society.

Speaking to a congregation at Turner Chapel AME Church in Marietta, Willis cited her own experience of being “attacked and oversexualized” as a Black woman ...Read more

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Rep. Rashida Tlaib calls for two Supreme Court justices to be impeached

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WASHINGTON — Detroit Democratic U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib on Thursday called for the impeachment of conservative U.S. Supreme Court Justices Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas, saying the high court faces a "corruption crisis."

"We need urgent action to hold these unhinged, corrupt extremists accountable," Tlaib said Thursday in a speech on the ...Read more

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Advocates see 'temporary' victory in abortion drug ruling

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MOORHEAD, Minn. — Nearly two years after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, dramatically changing the U.S. landscape for abortion, abortion rights supporters Thursday saw a rare win from a separate high court decision.

In a unanimous opinion, the Supreme Court tossed out a challenge from a coalition of anti-abortion doctors to the ...Read more

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'All hands on deck': Trump vows to help GOP in House races

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WASHINGTON — House Republican lawmakers serenaded former President Donald Trump on Thursday, as he urged them to hold the line on hot-button issues like abortion, immigration and trade tariffs — and work harder to expand their paper-thin majority.

Trump was on Capitol Hill for the first time since a mob of his supporters stormed the ...Read more

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Michigan Supreme Court says 2020 robocall case should be reviewed under limited voter intimidation definition

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LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Supreme Court said Thursday that lower courts should review the case against two individuals accused of financing a 2020 robocall discouraging Detroit area voters from voting absentee to determine whether their actions fall within a more limited definition of bribing or intimidating voters.

Conservative activists...Read more

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Supreme Court rules for Starbucks, limits power of judges to protect fired union organizers

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WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled for Starbucks on Thursday and limited the power of judges and the National Labor Relations Board to protect union organizers.

In a 9-0 decision, the court overturned a ruling by a federal judge in Tennessee who sided with the NLRB and ordered Starbucks to rehire the so-called “Memphis Seven.”

In ...Read more

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Supreme Court upholds FDA's approval of abortion pills for early pregnancies

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WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed a conservative Christian group's claim that the abortion medication used by more than 5 million American women is unsafe and should be withdrawn from the market.

In a 9-0 decision, the justices said these anti-abortion activists had no standing to sue. And they said conservative judges in ...Read more