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White House decries low taxes for rich as Congress works on plan

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The current tax code is ill-equipped to collect levies from some of the wealthiest Americans who are able to pay preferential rates or defer taxes altogether, according to new analysis from two White House economists.

The 400 wealthiest families were able to slash their federal income tax bills to an average rate of 8.2% from 2010-2018 because ...Read more

Pelosi vows to avert shutdown as GOP opposes debt-limit link

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi signaled Democrats will avert a government shutdown by passing a stopgap spending bill without a debt ceiling increase in it, amid Republican opposition to linking the two measures.

“Whatever it is, we will have a CR that passes both houses by Sept. 30,” Pelosi said at a press briefing Thursday, referring to the ...Read more

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Trump asks Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to add 2020 election audit legislation to special session agenda

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AUSTIN, Texas — President Donald Trump on Thursday pressed Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to add an item to the agenda of the year's third special session: adopting an Arizona-style election audit of 2020 ballots.

"Despite my big win in Texas, I hear Texans want an election audit!" Trump wrote in a public letter to Abbott. "Texas needs you to act now...Read more

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Democrats agree on 'framework' for reconciliation offsets

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WASHINGTON — The Biden administration “reached agreement on a framework” with House and Senate Democrats on how to pay for their budget reconciliation package, Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., announced Thursday.

Any breakthrough on financing could resolve long-standing disputes among Democrats that have stymied progress...Read more

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'The Wire' creator David Simon pulls upcoming HBO series out of Texas over abortion law

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David Simon won’t force his cast and crew to step foot in Texas after the passage of a new law that “requires them to forgo civil liberties.”

The “Wire” creator has pulled an upcoming HBO series out of the state due to the new abortion law that makes procedures illegal after six weeks of pregnancy, before most women know they’re ...Read more

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Trump denies talking to Sen. Graham about voter fraud claims, despite what book says

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — Former President Donald Trump denied he spoke to U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham about his 2020 election fraud claims, despite reporting to the contrary in a new book by famed Watergate journalist Bob Woodward and reporter Robert Costa.

Trump said in a Wednesday statement that he “spent virtually no time” talking to Graham — a...Read more

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After Trump, Democrats move to restrict president's power over pardons, spending

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WASHINGTON — Top-ranking congressional Democrats who battled with former President Donald Trump throughout his term introduced a bill this week that would curb executive power, calling it a check on practices that allowed the Trump administration to slow-roll investigations and reward political allies facing criminal charges.

The bill ...Read more

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Citizen enforcement of Texas abortion ban could spread to other laws

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The Texas anti-abortion law that incentivizes ordinary people to file lawsuits against health care providers has human rights advocates and legal experts worried that the legal maneuver will spread to other states—and other social issues.

So far, the citizen enforcement clause in the Texas law has fulfilled its intended purpose, dramatically ...Read more

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Editorial: Biden's unforced COVID miscues

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A more competent COVID-19 control plan driven by expertise, not politics, was one of President Joe Biden's key 2020 campaign promises. But two unforced pandemic management errors raise troubling questions about whether reality matches Biden's rhetoric eight months into his tenure.

The first mistake: setting up July 4 as a breakthrough date in ...Read more

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How does Florida abortion bill compare to Texas' abortion law?

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AUSTIN, Texas — A Florida state representative has introduced an abortion bill weeks after Texas' new abortion law went into effect.

State Rep. Webster Barnaby's bill would require doctors to alert women who are seeking an abortion if a "fetal heartbeat" is detectable and prohibits a physician from conducting an abortion if it's detected. ...Read more

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Constituent demands rise, but funds for congressional offices stay the same

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The Dallas suburbs of Rep. Michael C. Burgess’ congressional district gained nearly 200,000 residents over the past decade. For the Texas Republican, that has meant more calls from people seeking his help on everything from unemployment benefits and passport applications to obtaining service medals for veterans.

Burgess, who has been in ...Read more

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VIEWPOINT 1: Bush was a disaster -- only Trump looks worse by comparison

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In 2021, more than 140 historians participated in the C-SPAN evaluation of American presidents. The rankings haven’t changed much in two decades. The reputations of Woodrow Wilson, Andrew Jackson and Grover Cleveland have declined. Ulysses Grant’s approval rating has risen.

And George W. Bush moved from 36th place in 2009 to 29th in 2021 �...Read more

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VIEWPOINT 2: Unlike predecessors, Trump will be remembered for global Peace

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Months removed from the Trump presidency, The Donald’s legacy is up for debate, even among Republicans. Some even prefer the Bush brand of politics.

They are wrong. Whereas President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama perpetuated a never-ending war in the Middle East, President Trump’s top priority was peace. He prioritized direct, ...Read more

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Editorial: Politically bankrupt: Senate Republicans are happy for the US to default on its debt

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Journey with us, if you will, all the way back to August 2019. In a budget deal passed by Congress and signed by President Donald Trump, Washington suspended the U.S. debt limit for two years — two years in which Republicans refrained from pitching a fit every time the U.S. needed to borrow more money.

And borrow we did, under an ...Read more

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NYC urges US Supreme Court to uphold local gun control laws

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As it reels from surging gun violence, New York City on Wednesday urged the Supreme Court to shoot down a lawsuit seeking to undermine local gun regulations.

In an amicus brief to the nation’s top court, Mayor de Blasio and the city’s top lawyer outlined the need to maintain laws regulating concealed handguns in the five boroughs, detailing...Read more

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US House adds Russia debt sanctions to defense policy bill

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. House backed a provision that would extend the ban on Americans buying or selling newly issued Russian sovereign debt to secondary markets to punish Moscow for interfering in U.S. elections.

The measure, written by Rep. Brad Sherman, a California Democrat, and adopted by voice vote, will be included in the annual defense...Read more

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Trump's lawsuit against New York Times and his niece is a 'stunt,' her lawyer says

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NEW YORK — Donald Trump’s lawsuit against the New York Times and his niece Mary Trump over an award-winning investigative report on his tax avoidance — for which she provided crucial documents — is just the former president’s “latest stunt,” her lawyer said.

Donald Trump accused Mary Trump and the Times in the lawsuit of ...Read more

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Florida lawmaker proposes Texas-style fetal heartbeat abortion law

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — A Republican state lawmaker has filed legislation that would create Texas-style abortion restrictions in Florida allowing anyone to sue abortion providers or any person who helps someone get an abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected.

The bill, filed Wednesday by state Rep. Webster Barnaby of Deltona would create ...Read more

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Republicans press Pentagon on Amazon bid for canceled cloud deal

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The top Republicans on congressional antitrust subcommittees are demanding documents from the Defense Department to investigate what they say is potential anticompetitive conduct related to a now-canceled $10 billion cloud-computing contract.

In a letter sent Sept. 20 to the Pentagon, Senator Mike Lee of Utah and Representative Ken Buck of ...Read more

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McConnell called Trump 'a fading brand … off-the-track Thoroughbred,' book says

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Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell believes the Republican Party is moving away from Trumpism and views the former president as a weight on his chances of reclaiming the majority next year.

That’s according to “Peril,” the new book by legendary journalist Bob Woodward and veteran reporter Robert Costa.

The book quotes McConnell ...Read more