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Whitmer won't have to testify in abortion case, judge says; defendants appeal

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DETROIT — Oakland County Circuit Judge Jacob Cunningham has ruled Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will not be forced to testify in the case she filed to stop enforcement of Michigan's abortion ban — a decision that was almost immediately appealed to the state Court of Appeals.

Cunningham said Wednesday that Whitmer established good cause to quash the...Read more

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House Democrats pass sweeping health care, tax and climate bill

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WASHINGTON — House Democrats on Friday passed a sweeping health care, tax and climate change bill. Now they have to sell it.

The vote was 220-207, with all Democrats voting in favor and all Republicans opposing.

With the midterm elections quickly approaching, congressional Democrats have had a series of legislative victories in recent weeks ...Read more

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FBI removed classified documents from Mar-a-Lago, is investigating possible Espionage Act violations

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WASHINGTON — FBI agents removed 11 sets of classified documents — including some marked top secret and meant to be available only in special government facilities — from former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida on Monday.

The itemized list of items taken from the property, which was released Friday at the Department ...Read more

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FBI seized top-secret classified documents from Trump's estate

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation seized classified records — some marked top secret — from former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home, according to a copy of the warrant seen by Bloomberg.

The list of information seized includes documents labeled with “Various classified/TS/SCI documents,” which refers to top-secret and ...Read more

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FBI removed classified documents from Mar-a-Lago, is investigating possible Espionage Act violations

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WASHINGTON — FBI agents removed 11 sets of classified documents — including some marked top secret and meant to only be available in special government facilities — from former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida on Monday.

The itemized list of items taken from the property, which was released Friday at the Department ...Read more

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FBI seized top-secret classified documents from Trump's estate

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The FBI seized classified records — some marked top secret — from former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home, according to court documents unsealed Friday.

The list of information seized includes materials labeled with “Various classified/TS/SCI documents,” which refers to top-secret and sensitive compartmented information. That�...Read more

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The long list of episodes that stoked security concerns at Trump's Mar-a-Lago

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Long before Monday’s raid of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago, reportedly to recover classified documents related to nuclear weapons, the Palm Beach, Florida, club had presented a host of security concerns and been breached numerous times.

The club was the site of numerous trespassing incidents while Trump was in office.

In 2017,...Read more

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Judge at the center of FBI's search of Trump's home is a target of threats, slurs

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MIAMI — A week ago, the FBI submitted a search warrant seeking classified information in the Mar-a-Lago home of former president Donald Trump to a magistrate judge in West Palm Beach federal court.

But the magistrate judge on duty last Friday wasn’t available, so another one agreed to review it, with no idea of what awaited him.

His name ...Read more

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Trump denounces 'nuclear weapons hoax' without disputing details of Mar-a-Lago FBI search

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Former President Donald Trump denounced the FBI search of his Florida home as a “hoax” on Friday without disputing that he had top secret nuclear documents stashed at Mar-a-Lago.

Comparing the classified information probe to other high-profile investigations, Trump pointed the finger at “sleazy” federal prosecutors for engineering the ...Read more

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Mayor Adams signs off on 6 laws to bolster abortion rights in NYC

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NEW YORK — New York City Mayor Eric Adams signed off on six new laws Friday aimed at bolstering women’s access to abortions — a response to the Supreme Court’s decision in June to overturn Roe v. Wade.

The laws — now collectively known as the NYC Abortion Rights Act — will require the city Health Department to provide abortion pills...Read more

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Battle for open Hawaii seat splits Democratic House groups

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WASHINGTON — Hawaii voters will choose who is likely to be the state’s next House member on Saturday, while its other House member and one of its Democratic senators face primary challenges.

Democratic Rep. Kai Kahele announced earlier this year he would run for governor, a race he isn’t expected to win, rather than seek a second term in ...Read more

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Editorial: Gov. DeSantis' missed opportunity on the Mar-a-Lago raid

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“The raid against MAL (Mar-a-Lago) is another escalation in the weaponization of federal agencies against the Regime’s political opponents, while people like Hunter Biden get treated with kid gloves. Now the Regime is getting another 87k IRS agents to wield against its adversaries? Banana Republic.” — Gov. Ron DeSantis in a recent tweet ...Read more

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Editorial: Memo to Merrick Garland: If no one is above the law, prove it

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Attorney General Merrick Garland has insisted that “no person is above the law in this country,” and it appears that he meant it. The FBI search of former President Donald Trump’s Palm Beach home, Mar-a-Lago, could not have happened without Garland’s knowledge and approval.

The concept that no one is above the law has been the theme of ...Read more

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As AG Daniel Cameron doubles down, Trump looms large for Kentucky's GOP candidates for governor

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LEXINGTON, Ky. — Former president Donald Trump shook up the Kentucky political scene when he endorsed Attorney General Daniel Cameron in his run for governor in the 2023 GOP primary.

But how closely does Cameron back Trump, given the continual cycle of news surrounding the former president’s attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 ...Read more

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Commentary: Kansans' abortion decision upholds true will of the people, regardless of Supreme Court ruling

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My sister lives in Connecticut and is a devout Catholic. When Roe v. Wade was overturned, we had a very heated discussion about the topic. I argued that more than 60% of the U.S. population was in favor of keeping Roe. She countered that all those polls were wrong. If you really were to ask everyone in the country, most people would prefer to ...Read more

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Commentary: Gambling, special interests could spend half a billion dollars to buy your vote in November

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Brace yourselves, Californians.

The onslaught of political advertising that will fly at us this election season is shaping up to be more intense than ever, with most of it trained on two dueling measures to permit sports betting. Gambling interests have already anted up roughly $350 million to wage campaigns for and against Propositions 26 and ...Read more

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Editorial: Next up for Congress? Fixing the Electoral Count Act

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As former President Donald Trump desperately clung to power last year, and his agitated supporters violently invaded the Capitol, a number of flaws in the U.S. election system became all too clear. Thankfully, one of them may soon be fixed.

After months of negotiations, a bipartisan group of senators has released a set of reforms to the ...Read more

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Trump calls for release of search warrant documents used in search

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WASHINGTON — Former President Donald Trump said he supported the release of documents related to the FBI’s search of his Mar-a-Lago home earlier this week, including a copy of the search warrant and a receipt of items that agents took from the property.

Trump made the announcement late Thursday on his social media site, Truth Social, ...Read more

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Attorney General Garland 'personally approved' Mar-a-Lago search, moves to unseal Trump records warrant

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WASHINGTON — The Department of Justice is moving to unseal the search warrant and itemized receipt of what was taken from former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence earlier this week, Attorney General Merrick Garland said Thursday in his first public comments since the FBI search was conducted.

It is extraordinarily unusual for ...Read more

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Scott Perry says he's 'not a target' of FBI probe amid reports of subpoenas for other Pa. GOP lawmakers

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PHILADELPHIA — Details remained scarce a day after a news report that several Republican lawmakers in Harrisburg had been subpoenaed this week as part of the federal inquiry into efforts to organize a slate of pro-Trump electors in the 2020 presidential election.

But at least one figure whose name has emerged prominently sought to clarify his...Read more