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Report: Trump may endorse more than one Republican in Missouri Senate Primary

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WASHINGTON — Former President Donald Trump’s endorsement is coveted among Republicans running for U.S. Senate in Missouri. All of the candidates talk about their support of Trump on the campaign trail. At least two have brought on former Trump staffers as paid advisers.

And more than one of them might get the endorsement.

Trump, frustrated...Read more

Man charged with threatening to kill Georgia election officials

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ATLANTA — The FBI arrested a Texas man Friday, alleging he threatened to shoot and kill Georgia election officials the day before the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.

It’s the first criminal case brought by a new U.S. Justice Department task force aimed at cracking down on threats of violence against election workers.

Chad Stark, ...Read more

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Commentary: Will the 49th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade be the last one? Abortion rights are under assault

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Saturday marks the 49th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in Roe vs. Wade that guaranteed the right to an abortion. Will it be the last?

Since 1973, when the court ruled that there was a right to abortion, derived from the Constitution, up to the point of viability of the fetus outside the womb, the Supreme Court has reaffirmed its ...Read more

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With Roe v. Wade at risk, Illinois abortion providers open center to help out-of-state patients with travel and other resources

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CHICAGO — Each year, thousands of women cross state lines to have an abortion in Illinois — and that number could grow exponentially as pending U.S. Supreme Court decisions and new laws in various states challenge reproductive rights across large swaths of the nation.

But women traveling here to terminate a pregnancy will have a new ...Read more

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Commentary: Will the 49th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade be the last one? Abortion rights are under assault

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Saturday marks the 49th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in Roe vs. Wade that guaranteed the right to an abortion. Will it be the last?

Since 1973, when the court ruled that there was a right to abortion, derived from the Constitution, up to the point of viability of the fetus outside the womb, the Supreme Court has reaffirmed its ...Read more

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Analysis: Splitting up budget package carries procedural risks

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Democrats face procedural obstacles in any attempt to break up their clean energy and social safety net expansion bill and pass it in “chunks” — a path suggested by President Joe Biden on Wednesday.

It’s not such an easy task if party leaders want to maintain the special status afforded the measure under budget reconciliation rules, ...Read more

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Commentary: Roe Day's message for Election Day

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This week marks the 49th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Will it make it to 50? That’s the question women are asking with increasing urgency — and fierce determination.

Opponents of abortion believe this is their moment. Their support played an outsize role in the election of Donald Trump, and he rewarded them with three Supreme Court justices ...Read more

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Editorial: Much as Trump tries to obstruct Jan. 6 inquiry, Supreme Court won't play along

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During his single presidential term, Donald Trump had a penchant for referring to federal judges and Supreme Court justices as though they ruled based on loyalty to the presidents who nominated them. Thus, Trump suggested, there were “Obama judges” and Trump judges. In 2018, Chief Justice John Roberts issued a stern rebuke: “We do not have...Read more

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Editorial: Not being Donald Trump will not be enough for Biden in his second year

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One year into Joe Biden’s first term as president, it’s safe to say that the Democrat’s performance has not met lofty expectations. His average approval rating, at 49% according to Gallup, is better than Republican Donald Trump’s was at this point, but that’s not saying much. Trump’s 38% was the lowest first-year approval rating of ...Read more

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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