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DOJ seeks expedited appeal of Trump's special master ruling

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Justice Department asked a federal appeals court to expedite its review of an order appointing a special master to scrutinize documents seized from former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate.

Putting the appeal on a fast track could make the special master’s work — which has just begun and is set to unfold ...Read more

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Gov. Greg Abbott, Beto O'Rourke spar in debate. Will it affect the governor's race?

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FORT WORTH, Texas — Democrat Beto O’Rourke may have outperformed Republican Greg Abbott in Fridays gubernatorial debate, but it’s unlikely to be enough to cause major changes in the race’s final weeks, experts say.

Early in the debate, moderators’ began with the topic of immigration, Abbott hit the Biden administration for its border ...Read more


Michigan man charged after shooting 84-year-old anti-abortion canvasser

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DETROIT — Richard Harvey, who shot an 84-year-old anti-abortion canvasser outside his Ionia County home after she was involved in a heated exchange with his wife, turned himself in to law enforcement Friday after a three-count warrant was issued against him.

After an investigation by the Michigan State Police, Ionia County Prosecutor Kyle ...Read more

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With 2 Max models at risk, Congress moves to give Boeing a break

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The Federal Aviation Administration sent a high-level letter to Boeing this month warning that the documents the manufacturer has provided for certification of the 737 Max 7 model are wholly inadequate — making it unlikely that Max 7 certification will be completed by a year-end deadline.

Political action has begun in Congress, however, to ...Read more

For Obama, one Trump term wasn't a big worry, but 'eight years would be a problem'

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Former President Barack Obama told reporters in his last days as president that he wasn’t worried about a single Donald Trump term, but was concerned about a “sustained period” of political norms being undermined if he served two terms, according to newly released documents obtained by Bloomberg News.

Obama met with reporters three days ...Read more

Hurricane Ian flooded a hospital and forced evacuations from dozens of nursing homes – many health facilities face similar risks from severe storms

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Hurricane Ian, one of the most powerful storms to hit the U.S., tore part of the roof off a hospital in Port Charlotte, Florida, and flooded the building’s lower level emergency room, sending staff scrambling to move patients as water poured in. At least nine hospitals and dozens of nursing homes had to transfer patients after losing access...Read more

What's a laureate? A classicist explains the word's roots in Ancient Greek victors winning crowns of laurel leaves

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When the Nobel Prizes are handed out each year, honorees each receive a medal and monetary prize. Even in the absence of these material goods, the honor of being a Nobel laureate persists as part of someone’s name or title, like a heroic epithet to recognize a life’s achievement.

I annually join my colleagues in the arts and ...Read more

The Supreme Court is back in session, with new controversial cases that stand to change many Americans' lives – here's what to expect

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Following a dramatic year of controversial rulings, the Supreme Court begins hearing new cases on Oct. 3, 2022, with a full agenda.

The court overturned abortion rights and expanded gun rights in June 2022 as the new conservative supermajority began to exert its influence.

Some of the court’s most important upcoming cases ...Read more

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Trump set to return to Michigan, looks to energize his base for November

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DETROIT — Former President Donald Trump is scheduled to return to Michigan Saturday with Republicans in the state hoping he can motivate his base of supporters and help secure Macomb County, a key area the GOP needs to win in November.

Trump will speak at 7 p.m. Saturday night at the Macomb County Community College Sports and Expo Center in ...Read more

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US averts government shutdown as House passes short-term funding bill

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The U.S. government narrowly averted a midnight shutdown of most federal agencies when the House passed a short-term spending bill hours before the deadline.

The stopgap bill, which the Senate passed Thursday, passed 230 to 201 and now heads to President Joe Biden’s desk for his signature. But Republican opposition in the House forecasts ...Read more

'Red-baiting' fliers mailed to Vietnamese Americans in tight California congressional race

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LOS ANGELES — The campaign flier sent to Vietnamese-American voters in Orange County is heavily doctored and designed to inflame. A Democratic congressional candidate is photoshopped in front of a classroom of children, a copy of “The Communist Manifesto” in hand.

On the wall hang images of communist icons Mao Zedong, Vladimir Lenin and ...Read more

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Meet the Republican team behind the House's newest Democrat

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WASHINGTON — Alex Ortiz thought he was done with Capitol Hill. After a decade as a staffer for “the representative for all Alaska,” Ortiz carried out the sad duty this spring of packing up Don Young’s office after the Republican’s sudden death — even at 88 years old, it still felt sudden.

Clearing out all the taxidermy and ...Read more

Nicaragua has kicked out hundreds of NGOs – even cracking down on Catholic groups like nuns from Mother Teresa's order

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Many countries around the world are becoming less democratic as leaders in places such as Nicaragua, Mali, Hungary and Bangladesh seek to increase their power and diminish the ability of the courts, legislatures and independent institutions to constrain them.

It’s a process that scholars in political science refer to as “...Read more


Is abortion on Kansas ballot again? Judicial retention votes could determine future cases

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas Supreme Court was front and center this summer as Kansans prepared to vote on a constitutional amendment aimed at overturning the court’s 2019 decision that found a right to an abortion in the Kansas Constitution.

Millions was spent on ads urging Kansans to take abortion policy out of the hands of “unelected ...Read more

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Q&A: Who makes 'the best members of Congress'? This former staffer has an idea

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WASHINGTON — As far as Joe Sempolinski is concerned, “it would be an honor to serve for four minutes.”

He will have a bit more time than that, but the New York Republican will serve in Congress for just four short months.

“My first two days on the Education and Labor Committee, I think I spoke more than any member of the committee ...Read more

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Editorial: Show us the money: Disclosure of large sums of money to influence elections is imperative

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Senate Republicans are bending over backward to block a bill that would tell the public who is giving large sums of money to groups that take out ads telling Americans to vote for or against candidates for federal office. This is a fight Democrats deserve to win.

Sheldon Whitehouse’s Democracy Is Strengthened by Casting Light On Spending in ...Read more

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Commentary: Biden is wrong about the pandemic being over

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While the Biden administration rushes to put the COVID-19 pandemic in the nation’s rear-view mirror ahead of the midterm elections, its premature decision to declare the pandemic “over” threatens to further erode Republican support for prevention efforts. But even more importantly, it hides a looming crisis of the administration’s own ...Read more

Iranian women have been rebelling against restrictions since the Islamic Revolution in 1979 – with renewed hope that protests this time will end differently

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Shouts of “death to the dictator” and “woman, life, freedom” are reverberating throughout the streets of Iran following the death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old woman, while in custody of the “morality police” in Tehran.

These protests have echoes from past resistance movements. For the past two decades I have been studying...Read more

Butter, garage doors and SUVs: Why shortages remain common 2½ years into the pandemic

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Shortages of basic goods still plague the U.S. economy – 2½ years after the pandemic’s onset turned global supply chains upside down.

Want a new car? You may have to wait as long as six months, depending on the model you order. Looking for a spicy condiment? Supplies of Sriracha hot sauce have been running dangerously low. And if...Read more

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Lula outright Brazil win in sight, DataFolha poll shows

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Brazil’s Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva appears to be on the cusp of securing the simple majority needed to win Sunday’s presidential vote outright, a new poll from DataFolha shows.

The front-runner has now 50% of valid votes in the first round, which excludes null and blank ballots, according to the survey published Thursday evening. A ...Read more