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Commentary: Roe v. Wade has never been enough to ensure abortion access

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Last month, the Supreme Court declined to block Texas’ restrictive 6-week abortion ban. And later this year, the same nine justices will decide whether to overturn Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion in the U.S. exactly 49 years ago as of Jan. 22.

While the legal right to an abortion is vital, the truth is Roe has never been enough. We at ...Read more

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Editorial: Biden earned a solid D in first year

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Rarely has a president faced more crises upon taking office than did Joe Biden, or so assiduously ignored most of them. He has earned a solid D for his first year performance, and is slipping.

Biden was unconcerned when inflation emerged in the spring; he was unprepared when the withdrawal from Afghanistan turned chaotic; unequipped to manage a...Read more

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Activists press companies on abortion with Roe v. Wade at stake

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Institutional investors with a combined $11.8 billion in assets launched a coordinated effort to pressure The Home Depot Inc. and more than a dozen other companies on the disparity between their public support for women in the workplace and contributions to lawmakers who want to restrict abortion access.

Fund managers including the Employees’...Read more

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'Rise in violent rhetoric': Lawmakers in both parties report spike in death threats

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WASHINGTON — The voicemail begins innocuously enough. “Yeah, this voicemail is for Madison,” a man says, casually, as if he’s trying to get in touch with an old friend.

But then steel enters his voice. “I am armed. I am dangerous. And I know where you and your staff are.”

That threat against Madison Cawthorn was just one of ...Read more

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DA in Georgia's Fulton County requests special grand jury for Trump probe

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ATLANTA — Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis is requesting a special grand jury to aid in her investigation of former President Donald Trump and his efforts to overturn Georgia’s 2020 election results.

In a Thursday letter to Christopher S. Brasher, chief judge of Fulton County’s Superior Court, Willis said the move was needed ...Read more

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Amid criticism, Biden walks back his suggestion that future elections might not be 'legit'

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WASHINGTON — A day after President Joe Biden suggested GOP voter suppression tactics could delegitimize future elections, the White House worked to steer clear of a political trap, beating back criticism that the president was sowing doubt about elections and weakening American democracy.

During a lengthy White House news conference marking ...Read more

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Support grows for limiting Congress members' ability to own stocks

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WASHINGTON — Recent allegations of lawmakers potentially benefiting from personal stock market trades has propelled new interest in reigning in their ability to trade or own individual stocks while in office.

Dozens of lawmakers have come out in support of competing but similar bills that would limit their ability to hold or trade stocks ...Read more

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Democrats 'not ready to throw in the towel' on child tax credit

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WASHINGTON — Top Democratic tax writers remained optimistic Thursday about restoring a more generous version of the child tax credit that sent monthly checks to families after President Joe Biden admitted he’s “not sure” he can get the votes to pass it.

House Ways and Means Chairman Richard E. Neal, D-Mass., told reporters he’s “not...Read more

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Sen. Chuck Schumer defends failed push for voting rights: 'Imagine telling Dr. King not to march'

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Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) gave an impassioned defense of the Democratic push to enact voting rights reforms, which collapsed when two moderates joined Republicans to block a needed change in the filibuster rule.

Invoking the travails of bygone civil rights heroes, the powerful Senate majority leader said it was morally right to bring the ...Read more

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DA in Georgia's Fulton County requests special grand jury for Trump probe

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ATLANTA — Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis is requesting a special grand jury to aid in her investigation of former President Donald Trump and his efforts to overturn Georgia’s 2020 election results.

In a Thursday letter to Christopher S. Brasher, chief judge of Fulton County’s Superior Court, Willis said the move was needed ...Read more

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Tom Hanks champions President Biden's push to revive the nation

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Tom Hanks’ latest project could be called “Saving President Biden.”

The Academy Award-winning actor narrated a video that premiered Thursday in support of Biden’s efforts to revive a country that’s two years into a pandemic and deeply divided. It begins with words of inspiration from poet Amanda Gorman, who spoke at the president’s ...Read more

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Perdue calls for new election police unit in Georgia

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ATLANTA — Former U.S. Sen. David Perdue promised Thursday to establish a new police force to investigate election fraud if elected governor of Georgia, marking the Republican's latest attempt to energize Donald Trump supporters by channeling GOP fury over the 2020 results.

Perdue also said he'd require election results to be "independently ...Read more

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Biden is stuck with a divided party

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WASHINGTON — Among President Joe Biden's most valuable political skills has been a knack for planting himself firmly at the ideological center of the Democratic Party, a trait that helped him win elections amid shifting winds over five decades in public life. In office, that strategy enabled him to cobble together enough lawmakers to pass a ...Read more

'Smashing the Senate': McConnell blisters Democrats' play for voting rights bill

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WASHINGTON — Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell excoriated Democrats’ unsuccessful attempt at temporarily changing Senate rules to pave their way for passage of a sweeping 700-page voting rights bill that lacked any Republican support.

A Democratic point of order to lower the legislative body’s threshold to a simple majority – ...Read more

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Congress considers banning its members from buying, selling stock following Burr scandal

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WASHINGTON — Lawmakers have renewed their interest in the past week in banning members of Congress from buying and selling stock.

The bipartisan push comes as the Securities and Exchange Commission continues an investigation into Sen. Richard Burr about whether he used non-public information regarding the COVID-19 pandemic to sell off stocks ...Read more

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Commentary: One year into his presidency, Biden's accomplishments have been short-changed

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For four years, the phrase “infrastructure week” was a punchline. A metaphor for the abysmal failure that was supposed to be Donald Trump’s signature legislative achievement.

It took Joe Biden less than a year to make good on a transformational piece of legislation that will reshape America’s cities, towns and communities. If Biden ...Read more

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Commentary: How President Biden can repair America's global leadership

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As President Joe Biden marks his one-year anniversary in office, America’s ability to project U.S. power, policies and moral leadership abroad has been steadily undermined by a slow-motion coup at home that threatens to undo U.S. democracy.

Attempts by the Biden administration to pass serious new laws on climate change have faltered with the ...Read more

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Abortion fight in states picks up as legislative sessions begin

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WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court’s consideration of a near-total abortion ban in Texas and other limits in Mississippi are motivating state officials to pursue either tougher abortion restrictions or protections in case legal precedents change.

State legislatures, which often have more limited schedules than Congress, began returning this ...Read more

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Trump lied about value of business empire -- and size of his penthouse, NY attorney general says

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NEW YORK — Former President Donald Trump and his children have lied about seemingly everything in the Trump Organization empire — from the size of the patriarch’s luxury Manhattan penthouse to the value of properties around the globe — in order to score an array of financial benefits, New York Attorney General Letitia James charged in ...Read more

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Biden reviews first year of 'challenges but also enormous progress'

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Wednesday took stock of his first year in office as one of “challenges but also enormous progress,” telling reporters he would restart efforts to pass his signature legislative agenda and use the midterm election campaigns to push harder against Republican obstinance.

“For all this progress, I know ...Read more