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Editorial: Parental leave now: The Senate must not remove the paltry 4 weeks of paid family leave in 'Build Back Better'

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Nearly 90 years after the New Deal, nearly 60 years after the Great Society, 40 years after Ronald Reagan’s Republican revolution purported to put “family values” at the center of our politics, the world’s most prosperous nation still guarantees not a single measly paid day off work for mothers and fathers who welcome a new child into ...Read more

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Editorial: Lawyers who sued to promote Trump's bogus claims should all pay defendants' legal bills

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A judge has ordered that two lawyers who filed a lawsuit advancing former President Donald Trump’s false claims of mass voter fraud must pay almost $187,000 in legal fees to the defendants. This is an appropriate sanction for abuse of the legal system in service to a toxic lie. Other lawyers who promoted this attempted coup against democracy ...Read more

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Commentary: Failure to respond to Iranian Al Tanf attack increases risk for US forces

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In October, an Iranian militia group calling themselves the “Allies of Syria” launched five suicide drones at the only publicly acknowledged U.S. base in Syria, Al Tanf, home to more than 200 troops. Thanks largely to a timely warning from Israel, there were no casualties.

Noting that the attack was “coordinated and deliberate” Central ...Read more

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Editorial: Please Supreme Court, do not take abortion rights away from any women, anywhere

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Consider the array of civil and human rights protected by Supreme Court landmark rulings in the last century: Public schools cannot be racially segregated. A person of one race has the right to marry someone of another race. A person has the right to marry someone of the same sex. And a woman has a right to a legal abortion.

Today, all but one ...Read more

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Omar ends 'unproductive call' with GOP lawmaker who made anti-Muslim remarks

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WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar said Monday that she ended an "unproductive call" with Rep. Lauren Boebert, after failing to get the apology she was seeking from the Republican for earlier anti-Muslim comments.

Omar said she took the call from the Republican from Colorado "in the hope of receiving a direct apology for falsely claiming she ...Read more

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US proceeding with oil reserves release despite price drop

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. will proceed with its plan to release 50 million barrels of oil from its strategic reserves despite a new coronavirus variant triggering a sharp drop in crude prices.

“We are not reconsidering,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters Monday at a briefing.

The Biden administration announced a release ...Read more

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Labor board orders a new Amazon union election in Alabama

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The National Labor Relations Board ordered a new union election at an Amazon facility in Alabama after reviewing allegations that the e-commerce giant had engaged in illegal conduct during the high-profile campaign, which the union lost.

NLRB spokesperson Kayla Blado said Monday that a regional director of the labor board ordered a new election...Read more

Democrats push FAA for action against certain Boeing 737 Max employees

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While Boeing is eager to put behind it the consequences of the two fatal 737 Max crashes, Democrats on the U.S. House Transportation Committee chaired by Rep. Peter DeFazio are pushing for more individual accountability for what went wrong at the company.

On Monday, DeFazio, D-Ore., and Rick Larsen, D-Wash., chair of the Aviation Subcommittee, ...Read more

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SALT-cap talks falter as Sanders, Menendez negotiate details

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WASHINGTON — Negotiations in the Senate over expanding the state and local tax deduction hit a new snag with two key lawmakers at odds over whether the plan should raise revenue for other spending priorities in President Joe Biden’s economic agenda.

Senator Bob Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat, told reporters Monday that Senator Bernie ...Read more

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Biden faces uncertain threat with omicron variant as evolving pandemic tests nation's patience

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is racing to show the country that his administration is prepared for the omicron variant as the World Health Organization warned there’s a “very high” risk of new global outbreaks, a possibility that could prove demoralizing to Americans weary of a pandemic that began nearly two years ago.

“This ...Read more

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New stopgap funding bill likely to extend into early 2022

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WASHINGTON — Democrats and Republicans on Monday haggled over details of a stopgap spending bill that appears likely to run into late January at a minimum, with Republicans still trying to extend the duration into February or March.

Sources said House Appropriations Chair Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., wants to file the temporary spending bill ...Read more

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Abortion case tests Supreme Court's rightward shift after Trump

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WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court hears arguments Wednesday in a case that asks the justices to overturn the long-standing decisions that established the right to abortion in the United States, a moment that Republican politicians, conservative legal groups and anti-abortion activists have worked for decades to deliver.

The 1973 landmark ...Read more

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Biden says US is prepared for omicron variant

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is racing to show the country that his administration is prepared for the omicron variant even though scientists have yet to determine how dangerous it could be, saying that he’s “sparing no effort and removing all roadblocks to keep the American people safe.”

“This variant is a cause for concern, not ...Read more

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Omicron variant clouds Biden's efforts to show pandemic progress

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is racing to show Americans that his administration is prepared for the omicron variant even though scientists have yet to determine how dangerous it could be or how it might alter the course of the pandemic.

He received another briefing from his COVID-19 team on Monday, his second in two days, and he’s ...Read more

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Editorial: Oil release is a gimmick; it won't provide long-term relief

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The problem with using the nation's Strategic Petroleum Reserves to drive down fuel prices is it's a temporary solution that, absent a cohesive long-term energy strategy, won't change the cost trajectory.

President Joe Biden last Tuesday ordered the release of 50 million barrels from the 605 million-barrel oil reserve with the expressed goal of...Read more

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Editorial: Last chance: Pared-down immigration provisions must be kept in the reconciliation bill

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After months of back-and-forth, the House passed a version of the nearly $2 trillion budget reconciliation bill that includes no new path to permanent residency or citizenship for the country’s beleaguered undocumented populations, a stinging disappointment after an initial effort to formalize the status of millions of people.

Instead, the ...Read more

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Trump will lose if he runs again, Michael Cohen says

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Former President Donald Trump is doomed to lose if he runs for reelection, his former lawyer Michael Cohen predicted on Sunday.

Cohen, fresh off a prison term for crimes related to his work for Trump, criticized the 45th president’s claims that the 2020 election was stolen from him in an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

“One of ...Read more

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'We can get this done,' Klobuchar says of Biden's domestic spending agenda

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The Democrats’ sweeping domestic and environmental spending package will pass in the Senate, Sen. Amy Klobuchar said Sunday.

The vote of confidence by the Minnesota Democrat for the “Build Back Better” legislation was a rebuke to Sen. Joe Manchin, a moderate Democrat from West Virginia who has said the vote should wait until next year.

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Biden says US gas prices will drop soon but it'll take time

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WASHINGTON — Americans will see prices at the pump fall “before long,” President Joe Biden said after tapping U.S. oil reserves to ease price pressures and risk a feud with OPEC.

In a tweet Saturday while the president was in Nantucket, he said the U.S. effort to ease gasoline prices spans the globe but will soon reach stations across the...Read more

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'Squabble fest': Why push for election audit may be imploding in Michigan

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LANSING, Mich. — The campaign to further investigate unproven claims of wrongdoing in Michigan's 2020 presidential election has become engulfed in claims of wrongdoing that its top supporters are lodging against each other.

The infighting has played out on social media in recent weeks, culminating Tuesday with Jovan Hutton Pulitzer, a vocal ...Read more