Bidens mourn loss of their pet dog Champ

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Champ, one of the Bidens' two German shepherds, died Saturday, June 19, at the first family’s home in Wilmington, Delaware, after months of his health declining, the president said. He was 13.

“We love our sweet, good boy and will miss him always,” President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden said in a statement.

“In our most joyful ...Read more

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Biden to visit Raleigh this week, as NC lags behind his vaccine target

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RALEIGH, N.C. — President Joe Biden will travel to Raleigh on Thursday, visiting the state capital as part of his continued efforts to encourage people across the country to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

It’s Biden’s first visit to North Carolina since taking office.

The visit comes as part of Biden’s “National Month of Action,” a ...Read more

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Biden to meet with top US financial regulators on Monday

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden plans to meet with top U.S. financial regulators on Monday to discuss the health of the system they oversee and how his administration’s priorities, including on climate change and inclusion, can best be addressed.

The meeting, which was announced by the White House on Friday night, comes at a critical stage...Read more


Iran elects hardliner as nuclear talks enter critical phase

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Ultraconservative cleric Ebrahim Raisi swept to a landslide win in Iran’s presidential election, potentially setting Tehran on a more hostile course toward the West as world powers attempt to revive a nuclear deal that could see it return to global oil markets.

While the 60-year-old’s ascension could complicate efforts to restart the 2015 ...Read more


Bidens mourn loss of their pet dog Champ

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Champ, one of the Bidens' two German shepherds, died Saturday at the first family’s home in Wilmington, Delaware, after months of his health declining, the president said. He was 13.

“We love our sweet, good boy and will miss him always,” President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden said in a statement.

“In our most joyful moments and...Read more

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Top Trump lawyers find Washington's revolving door turns slowly

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WASHINGTON — Ken Cuccinelli, who did the No. 2 job at the Homeland Security Department under President Donald Trump, was looking at a corporate opportunity after he left the administration when the work was suddenly pulled.

“They just decided they didn’t want Trump people,” said Cuccinelli, who declined to name the company. “It was ...Read more

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Biden's rejection of tax plan casts doubt on infrastructure deal

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WASHINGTON — The White House reiterated President Joe Biden’s opposition to indexing the gasoline tax to inflation to help pay for an infrastructure plan, raising new questions about the viability of a bipartisan compromise emerging in the Senate.

“After the extraordinarily hard times that ordinary Americans endured in 2020 — job losses...Read more

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Trump backs GOP challenger against Murkowski

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Former President Donald Trump on Friday officially backed Kelly Tshibaka, a Republican challenging GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, a frequent Trump critic who voted to convict the former president of inciting an insurrection on Jan. 6.

Trump did not mention Murkowski’s vote to convict in his statement backing Tshibaka, the former head of ...Read more

Biden touts US administering 300 million COVID-19 vaccination shots in 150 days, says more work to be done

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President Joe Biden touted vaccination efforts in the U.S. on Friday, announcing that 300 million COVID-19 shots have been administered in the 150 days since he took office.

The major milestone came with a caveat as vaccination rates slow and the so-called Delta variant continues to spread, prompting Biden to warn that infections could again ...Read more

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South Carolina Rep. Tom Rice, once a Trump ally, now faces the toughest primary race of his life

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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Six months into President Joe Biden’s presidency, a voter in Horry County wanted to know who won the November 2020 election, and he wanted the answer to come directly from his representative, Republican U.S. House Rep. Tom Rice.

“Joe Biden,” said Rice, who represents the state’s 7th Congressional District.

There ...Read more

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Editorial: A narrow victory for religious freedom over gay equality

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Advocates of equal rights for same-sex couples feared the worst when the Supreme Court agreed to hear the appeal of a Catholic agency that faced the loss of its city contract because it declined to work with gay and lesbian prospective foster parents. On Thursday, the justices ruled for the agency, but in a reassuringly narrow way that doesn’t...Read more

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'A deep pool': Georgia's other 2022 races are already heating up

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A history-making lineup is taking shape for down-ticket Georgia races that could bring even more energy and attention to marquee contests for governor and the U.S. Senate.

In most election cycles, the expected rematch between Gov. Brian Kemp and Democrat Stacey Abrams, combined with U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock's bid for a full six-year term, ...Read more

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Editorial: Realism plus?

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President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin have had their much anticipated summit meeting in Switzerland. Now the question is: Will it improve anything?

Will Putin cease meddling in other countries, including our own?

Will he cease persecuting dissidents and lovers of freedom in Russia?

Will it lead to better U.S.-Russian ...Read more


With Biden's backing, House votes to repeal 2002 authorization for Iraq war

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WASHINGTON — The House passed a resolution Thursday repealing the nearly 20-year-old authorization for the use of military force against Iraq, which presidents have ever since invoked to justify military action in the Middle East without consulting Congress.

The measure passed 268 to 161.

Sponsored by Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., H.R. 256 ...Read more

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Schumer set to challenge GOP with vote to advance election bill

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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said he will hold a vote Tuesday on whether to advance sweeping voting-rights legislation to the Senate floor, and the lone Democrat who has withheld his support said he could stick with his party to start debate.

Senate Democrats met behind closed doors Thursday to try to hatch a compromise acceptable to ...Read more

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In Iran's presidential election, apathy is looking like the big winner

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TEHRAN, Iran — When Iranians head to the polls Friday, they’ll be participating in a presidential contest that few seem excited about.

With a field of candidates comprising mostly hard-liners — including front-runner Ebrahim Raisi, the current judiciary chief and a protege of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei — one moderate and no ...Read more


House votes to repeal 'outdated' 2002 Iraq war powers authorization

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WASHINGTON — The House of Representatives voted Thursday to repeal the authority Congress granted in 2002 to wage war on Iraq and Saddam Hussein.

The House vote was broadly bipartisan, reflecting growing frustration in both parties with presidential war powers that have been used well past their original goals.

The 2002 Iraq Authorization ...Read more

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Supreme Court unanimously rejects Philly's decision to drop religious foster agency over same-sex marriage stance

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PHILADELPHIA — The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday condemned Philadelphia’s decision to end a long-standing contract with a Catholic social services agency due to its refusal to consider same-sex married couples as potential foster parents.

In a unanimous decision, the justices described the city’s 2018 move to end its relationship with ...Read more

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Supreme Court rules for Catholic foster care agency over Philadelphia gay rights law

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WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday for Catholic Social Services in its fight against Philadelphia, concluding that city officials discriminated against the church affiliate because of its religious views.

The city of Philadelphia had dropped Catholic Social Services from its foster care program because the religious ...Read more

In final NYC mayoral primary debate, Democratic candidates clash over policing, homelessness

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NEW YORK — In the final Democratic primary debate for mayor, the eight top contenders took to the stage at NBC in midtown Manhattan and squared off over public safety and how to tackle poverty and homelessness Wednesday night, delivering some of the sharpest attacks of the campaign yet.

Violent crime, which has been on the rise for a year now...Read more