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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

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Q&A: Brenda Lawrence sums up her political career

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WASHINGTON — Brenda Lawrence is calling it quits in Congress, but she’s not done with public service. “It’s what drives me,” the retiring Michigan Democrat said.

Lawrence has spent the last 30 years in politics, including the last eight representing Detroit and its suburbs in the House. Looking back at her time in Washington, Lawrence...Read more

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House Republicans announce fundraising effort to boost Latino members

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WASHINGTON — House Republicans on Tuesday announced a new fundraising effort to grow the number of conservative Hispanic members in Congress.

Of the Hispanic members in the House, 29 are Democrats and 10 are Republicans. The Hispanic Leadership Trust, a political action committee, seeks to raise a great deal of money to bolster those numbers ...Read more

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Judge stops enforcement of Michigan's abortion ban if Roe overturned

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DETROIT — A Michigan Court of Claims judge has granted a preliminary injunction to Planned Parenthood of Michigan that would stall the enforcement of Michigan's 1931 abortion ban should the U.S. Supreme Court overturn the landmark 1973 Roe decision enshrining abortion as a constitutional right.

Court of Claims Judge Elizabeth Gleicher granted...Read more

Congress is taking UFOs more seriously, but many questions remain

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WASHINGTON — Unidentified flying objects were a punchline for years, but now Congress is taking these unexplained encounters more seriously.

“For too long, the stigma associated with UAPs has gotten in the way of good intelligence analysis. Pilots avoided reporting, or were laughed at when they did,” said Rep. André Carson, D-Ind.

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Pennsylvania governor's race could have outsize impact on abortion access

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One day after the draft Supreme Court decision that would overturn Roe v. Wade leaked, Pennsylvania Democrat Josh Shapiro declared that his bid to become governor was the only thing preventing Republicans from restricting abortion access in the state.

"The next governor is going to have a bill on their desk that will restrict or outlaw abortion...Read more

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Commentary: Caught in a draft

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Many Americans, most notably Chief Justice John Roberts, were aghast at the leak of Samuel Alito’s draft opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.

Roberts ordered an investigation into the “appalling” breach of etiquette and said he hoped “one bad apple” would not spoil the public’s trust in the Supreme Court, an ...Read more

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Commentary: Hearing threat to Roe vs. Wade, I thought of my gay marriage -- and Jim Obergefell's fight

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I've thought about Jim Obergefell often since we first spoke nine years ago, after his historic marriage to his husband on an airport tarmac outside Baltimore.

He's come to mind mostly during big moments in my own life as a gay man in America.

I thought of Jim and his late husband, John Arthur, when I first considered proposing to my husband, ...Read more

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Black residents want Biden to call out racism and white supremacy in Buffalo visit

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BUFFALO, N.Y. — The White House said President Joe Biden would travel to Buffalo on Tuesday to grieve with victims and their family members after what police described as a racially motivated mass shooting on Saturday that left 10 people dead.

But members of that tightknit community say they want more from the president than his condolences. ...Read more

Trump's sway gets blurred in 3-way, down-to-wire Senate race

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Pennsylvania is at the heart of a dramatic midterm primary election race. On the Republican side there is a former Wall Street executive vying with a celebrity physician and a surging conservative firebrand. Their likely rival is a Democrat recovering from a stroke.

For months, the GOP race for an open U.S. Senate seat was between Mehmet Oz, ...Read more

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Some of pop's biggest stars teamed with Planned Parenthood for this Roe v. Wade ad

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Planned Parenthood has tapped scores of young musicians, entertainers and influencers to condemn the U.S. Supreme Court's potential decision to strip their "constitutional right to abortion" by overturning the landmark Roe v. Wade decision.

In the New York Times on Friday, 160 female, male and nonbinary individuals listed their names on a full...Read more

Supreme Court rules for Ted Cruz, strikes down limit on post-election gifts to winners

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WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has ruled for Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Monday struck down the legal limit on how much candidates can collect from big donors after an election is over.

Siding with Cruz, the court's conservative majority said the $250,000 limit on post-election gifts to winning candidates violates their rights to free speech....Read more

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Starbucks offers to reimburse employees for abortion travel

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Starbucks Corp. is expanding its U.S. health care benefits to cover travel for abortion and gender-affirming procedures.

Employees and their dependents who don’t have access to those procedures within 100 miles of their home can be reimbursed for eligible travel expenses, Starbucks said Monday in a blog post.

“Like many of you, I’m ...Read more

Online data could be used against people seeking abortions if Roe v. Wade falls

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When the draft of a Supreme Court decision that would overturn Roe v. Wade was leaked to the press, many of us who have been studying privacy for vulnerable individuals came to a ...Read more

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Commentary: Reversing Roe will make American democracy harder to fix

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If the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, as the recently leaked draft opinion suggests, arguments over how to regulate abortion will move from the courts to the legislatures, in Washington and 50 state capitals. Many critics of the decision, and even some of its defenders — I find myself in both camps — say this is where the debate ...Read more

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With Roe v. Wade in the balance, abortion takes center stage in political ads

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LOS ANGELES — The anticipated overturning of Roe vs. Wade quickly became the focus of political ads coast to coast.

“A woman’s fundamental rights ... hang in the balance,” a New Hampshire senator warns.

A candidate for governor in Alabama accuses the incumbent of “aiding and abetting murder.”

“Our freedom is on the ballot,” ...Read more

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Commentary: Reversing Roe will make American democracy harder to fix

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If the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, as the recently leaked draft opinion suggests, arguments over how to regulate abortion will move from the courts to the legislatures, in Washington and 50 state capitals. Many critics of the decision, and even some of its defenders — I find myself in both camps — say this is where the debate ...Read more