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Fulton County DA says delaying Graham testimony would 'harm' grand jury probe

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ATLANTA — Fulton County prosecutors pushed back Friday against U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who is seeking to delay his testimony before the special purpose grand jury studying interference in Georgia’s 2020 elections as he appeals a recent ruling from a federal judge.

The District Attorney’s office argued in a new federal court ...Read more

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County prosecutors can't enforce Michigan abortion ban, Oakland Co. judge rules

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PONTIAC, Mich. — An Oakland County judge ruled Friday that county prosecutors cannot enforce the state's 1931 abortion law as courts consider a lawsuit brought by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer that seeks to overturn the ban as unconstitutional.

This means abortion will likely remain legal in Michigan until Whitmer's case or a lawsuit brought by ...Read more

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Democrats launch major effort to sell Inflation Reduction Act to voters

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IRVINE, Calif. — Democratic lawmakers, members of President Joe Biden’s Cabinet, and allied organizers and activists are kicking off a multipronged public relations campaign aimed at ensuring voters understand — and appreciate the benefits of — the $700-billion climate-change and drug-prices bill that Biden signed Tuesday.

Top Democrats...Read more

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California voters don't want Biden or Trump to run in 2024, poll shows

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Californians have little appetite for a rematch of the 2020 presidential race, according to a new UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies poll, with strong majorities of the state's voters hoping neither President Joe Biden nor former President Donald Trump runs again in two years.

The poll, co-sponsored by The Times, found that roughly 6...Read more

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McMaster throws cold water on controversial Senate bill to ban abortion information in South Carolina

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — Republican Gov. Henry McMaster has thrown cold water on a controversial Senate proposal that aims to ban the sharing of information about abortion resources in South Carolina.

On Thursday, McMaster said state Sen. Richard Cash’s bill — S. 1373 — goes too far and is unconstitutional. The governor made his comments after ...Read more

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Michigan judge to rule Friday on preliminary injunction to block abortion law

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PONTIAC, Mich. — An Oakland County Circuit judge said he will rule Friday morning on Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s request for a preliminary injunction against letting county prosecutors bring charges in abortion cases under Michigan's 1931 law.

Judge Jacob Cunningham has heard from five medical professionals and lawyers from both sides of the ...Read more

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Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg pleads guilty to all charges in tax fraud scam

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NEW YORK — The Trump Organization’s long-serving financial gatekeeper pleaded guilty to 15 felonies Thursday and directly implicated former President Donald Trump’s family real estate business in a multiyear criminal tax fraud scheme.

Allen Weisselberg admitted to receiving more than $1.7 million in off-the-books perks while chief ...Read more

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Trump search affidavit should be partly unsealed, judge says

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Portions of the FBI affidavit used to secure a search warrant for former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate should be unsealed, a federal judge in Florida said.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart on Thursday said the Justice Department hadn’t “met its burden” for keeping the entire document sealed and asked the government to ...Read more

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Trump search affidavit should be partly unsealed, judge says

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Portions of the FBI affidavit used to secure a search warrant for former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate should be unsealed, a federal judge in Florida said.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart on Thursday gave the Justice Department one week to propose what information in the document should be kept secret.

“I’m not prepared...Read more

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Anti-abortion group's data trove represents 'serious concern' post Roe

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Heartbeat International, an Ohio-based nonprofit, has spent years collecting data on pregnant women to develop better ways to make sure women carry pregnancies to term and to persuade them from getting an abortion.

Based in Columbus, it says that it provides support services to the world’s largest network of “pro-life pregnancy resource ...Read more

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Judge orders Justice Department to prepare Trump affidavit redactions, leans toward disclosure

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WASHINGTON — A federal judge in Florida said Thursday he is likely to order the release of a key court document behind the search of former President Donald Trump’s home, despite warnings from the Justice Department that its disclosure could “irreparably harm” an ongoing criminal investigation.

The legal fight is over an affidavit, ...Read more

If Kansas counties underestimated abortion recount cost, they must pay the difference

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Taxpayer dollars will likely be spent on the voter-imposed recount of Kansas’ landslide abortion rights ballot initiative.

Wichita anti-abortion activist Mark Gietzen and Colby election denier Melissa Leavitt put up a roughly $120,000 bond Monday to cover the cost of a full hand recount in nine of Kansas’ 105 counties.

The cost was ...Read more

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Betsy DeVos compares Joe Biden touching her forehead to sexual harassment under Title IX

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Former U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Wednesday compared an encounter she had with President Joe Biden to sexual harassment under new definitions for colleges and universities proposed by his administration.

DeVos said that the first time she met Biden in early 2019 she had recently broken her pelvis and was using a wheelchair.

Biden ...Read more

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Madison Cawthorn's campaign disclosure woes continue after misreporting his own donation

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WASHINGTON — Rep. Madison Cawthorn’s troubles with the Federal Election Commission continued Wednesday when he reported to the agency that he had failed to disclose an additional $235,566 he gave his campaign in the most recent quarter beyond what he told them three days earlier.

Cawthorn already drew the regulatory agency’s ire by ...Read more

Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg pleads guilty to all charges in tax fraud scam

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NEW YORK — The Trump Organization’s long-serving financial gatekeeper pleaded guilty to 15 felonies on Thursday and directly implicated Donald Trump’s family real estate business in a multi-year criminal tax fraud scheme.

Allen Weisselberg admitted to receiving more than $1.7 million in off-the-books perks while chief financial officer of...Read more

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Often in sync, Nadler and Maloney split on these nine key votes

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WASHINGTON — Longtime Reps. Carolyn B. Maloney and Jerrold Nadler are facing off in a Democratic primary next week for New York’s 12th District after their current districts, which each has represented for nearly 30 years, were redrawn into one. The state lost a seat during reapportionment following the 2020 census.

Maloney and Nadler have ...Read more

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Editorial: When it came to banana republic behavior, Trump wrote the book

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A new book about former President Donald Trump’s relationship with the Pentagon’s top military commanders offers a vivid glimpse into the way he misconstrued the military as just another asset in his political inventory, a tool to be used for whatever personal objective he sought. And he actually wondered out loud why his generals couldn’t...Read more

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Commentary: Think women ought to have abortion rights? Don't talk about it on Facebook

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The case of Facebook’s parent company, Meta, turning over private message data to Nebraska investigators, who then used it to prosecute a teenage girl who induced an abortion, is the latest proof that our sense of privacy is an illusion.

Celeste Burgess and her mother, Jessica Burgess, have been charged with one felony count of prohibited ...Read more

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Biden called Cheney after her loss to Trump-backed challenger

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden called Liz Cheney on Wednesday after the Wyoming congresswoman and vocal critic of former President Donald Trump was defeated in her state’s Republican primary.

Biden reached out to Cheney, who earned the ire of the former president when she voted to impeach him over his role in the Jan. 6, 2021, ...Read more

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Can a California Republican who voted to impeach Trump avoid Liz Cheney's fate?

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And then there were two.

A day after Wyoming Republican primary voters booted Liz Cheney from her congressional seat, only two of the 10 GOP members of Congress who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump for inciting the Jan. 6 insurrection remain clinging to their seats.

One is from eastern Washington. The other is from California’s...Read more