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Vulnerable hit hardest by baby formula shortage; Biden invokes Defense Production Act

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WASHINGTON — Even as the House passed legislation Wednesday to provide $28 million aimed at helping to ease a baby formula shortage that has sent families scrambling, it also tried to address a second issue: easing the shortage’s impact on low-income families who use the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children...Read more

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Democrats press Biden to go big on forgiving student loan debt

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WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and fellow Democrats Elizabeth Warren and Raphael Warnock pitched President Joe Biden to go big with student loan forgiveness during a White House meeting Wednesday.

The three Democrats, who have been leading the effort in the Senate, support $50,000 in student debt relief, which is five times...Read more

Fulton County commissioner suing colleagues; candidate alleges smear campaign

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ATLANTA — Two lawsuits filed Wednesday could affect local elections in Fulton County, just days before voters cast the final ballots.

Commissioner Khadijah Abdur-Rahman is suing her six colleagues on the Fulton County Commission and wants a judge to file a temporary restraining order against them because they are allegedly “interfering with...Read more

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US Supreme Court justices to get around-the-clock home security

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WASHINGTON — US Supreme Court justices will received around-the-clock security at home, among other protections, following the leaked draft opinion advocating overturning abortion rights.

Attorney General Merrick B. Garland directed the US Marshals Service to step up the personal protection for the nine justices last week, according to the ...Read more

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Vulnerable hit hardest by baby formula shortage; Biden invokes Defense Production Act

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WASHINGTON — Even as the House on Wednesday debated a bill aimed at helping to ease a baby formula crisis that has sent families scrambling, lawmakers are grappling with a second issue: how to ease the shortage’s impact on low-income families that use the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, known as WIC.

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Why NC Republicans aren't planning to immediately try banning abortion

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Republican legislators in North Carolina are not necessarily clamoring to quickly join other GOP-led states in fully outlawing abortion — even with the Supreme Court expected to overturn Roe v. Wade in the coming weeks and allow states to set stricter abortion rules than in the past.

Wednesday was the first day of the 2022 ...Read more

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Where does Idaho Lt. Gov. McGeachin's loss fit with other Trump-endorsed primary candidates?

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BOISE, Idaho — Nearly all of former President Donald Trump’s endorsements for Tuesday’s midterm primary elections emerged victorious, except for two candidates.

One of those was North Carolina’s divisive incumbent U.S. Rep. Madison Cawthorn. The other was Idaho Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin.

McGeachin became just the third Trump-endorsed ...Read more

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Mastercard to cover employees' travel for out-of-state abortions

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Mastercard Inc. said it would help pay for workers to travel to access abortions if pregnancy terminations aren’t available in their home state.

“We will continue to offer employees access to the same health care, including family planning and reproductive benefits, that is available today wherever they live,” the credit-card company said...Read more

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House Judiciary Committee debates future of abortion rights

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WASHINGTON — The House Judiciary Committee contemplated the overturning of Roe v. Wade at a hearing Wednesday, where doctors testified about the potential for prosecution of miscarriages, one House member told an unusually personal story of her pregnancies and Republicans called for the end of “abortion on demand.”

The hearing, in ...Read more

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'Surreal moments': Chuck Edwards reflects on victory over Madison Cawthorn in North Carolina congressional race

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FLAT ROCK, N.C. — Chuck Edwards was on his way to his election night watch party about 2 1/2 hours after polls closed when he received the call from Rep. Madison Cawthorn, who had already returned home from his own party and was ready to concede the race.

Cawthorn had spoken to supporters at his campaign headquarters in Hendersonville about a...Read more

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Former NY Mayor Bill de Blasio poised to run for Congress, announces exploratory committee

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NEW YORK — Former New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio confirmed Wednesday he’s mulling a run for an open congressional seat that’s drawn big interest from a number of local politicians looking to take a step up into federal government.

De Blasio posted on Twitter that he’s “forming an Exploratory Committee for the new #NY10.”

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Democrats probe tech firms on abortion-related data collection

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WASHINGTON — More than a dozen Senate Democrats led by Elizabeth Warren are demanding data brokers provide information about mobile phone location data collection that can be tied to abortion clinics.

The Democrats wrote to SafeGraph Inc. and Placer.ai, which sell geographic and foot traffic data based on cellphone location, to highlight the...Read more

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Who is Chuck Edwards, the NC politician who just denied Madison Cawthorn reelection?

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State Sen. Chuck Edwards is drawing national attention after narrowly defeating Madison Cawthorn, the embattled first-term congressman from Western North Carolina who earned powerful opposition within his own party, in Tuesday’s GOP primary.

Edwards maintained a lead over Cawthorn throughout Tuesday night, and even though the gap between the ...Read more

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In Kansas City, prosecution of abortion not expected if Missouri ban triggered

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Abortion may soon be a crime in Missouri, but prosecutions aren’t anticipated in Kansas City.

Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker has all but guaranteed her office won’t bring abortion-related charges, saying she will use her prosecutorial discretion “to limit the erosion of reproductive rights.”

All ...Read more

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Despite Congress' efforts, it'll take time to refill the baby bottles

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WASHINGTON — Lawmakers are throwing nearly every tool in their arsenal, including a proposed $28 million in taxpayer dollars, at the baby formula shortage. But it isn’t clear how quickly those solutions will result in cans on grocery store shelves.

The shortage is dire — right now, roughly 40 percent of infant formula is missing from ...Read more

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Commentary: The end of Roe means we'll be criminalized for more of our data

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Our phones know more about us than our families and friends do. They know what we watch, what we’ve searched for and whom we’ve emailed, not just recently but stretching back months and years. The leak of a draft opinion indicating the Supreme Court’s intent to overturn Roe v. Wade raises huge concerns for how online searches, text ...Read more

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NC Rep. Madison Cawthorn has conceded his race, campaign says

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HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. — U.S. Rep. Madison Cawthorn called his Republican primary opponent and conceded on Tuesday night, losing his reelection bid in the Western North Carolina district that sent him to Congress two years ago.

Cawthorn left his campaign headquarters in Hendersonville just before 10 p.m. and called state Sen. Chuck Edwards to ...Read more

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January 6 congressional committee doesn't plan to call Trump and 'unlikely' to call Pence

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The congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol doesn’t plan to call former President Donald Trump and is “unlikely” to call former Vice President Mike Pence, either.

Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., the committee chair, said it’s “not our expectation” to call Trump since the panel already has heard ...Read more

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Spot a UFO? The Pentagon wants to know

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WASHINGTON — If you see an unidentified flying object in the air, let the Pentagon know — and officials have promised to take you seriously.

The Defense Department wants to remove the stigma around reporting such incidents so that it can better investigate them, starting with military personnel, Pentagon officials on Tuesday told members of...Read more

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After leaked Roe ruling, GOP weighs stricter abortion bans

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If, as expected, the U.S. Supreme Court decides as early as next month to overturn Roe v. Wade, just how quickly Republican-dominated legislatures will act to restrict abortion and how far they will go to eliminate the procedure is uncertain.

But recent rhetoric from state officials and events in state capitols offer some clues.

GOP officials ...Read more