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Biden calls on Cuomo to resign after report details widespread sexual harassment

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden urged New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to resign Tuesday after a five-month investigation by the state’s attorney general’s office concluded that he had sexually harassed several women in the workplace and beyond.

“I think he should resign,” Biden said to reporters following remarks about the ongoing ...Read more

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Industry groups, equity advocates applaud infrastructure bill's broadband provisions

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Telecommunications industry groups and digital equity advocates reacted positively Monday to high-speed internet provisions in the Senate’s bipartisan infrastructure bill.

The massive 2,702-page bill, introduced late Sunday night as a substitute amendment to the legislative vehicle, includes around $65 billion in spending for broadband.

And ...Read more

Democrats divided, Trump tested in Ohio House special elections

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Two House special elections in Ohio Tuesday are sharpening divisions within both political parties— and the results could indicate which factions gain the upper hand as Democrats and Republicans head into next year’s midterm fight for control of Congress.

In a nationally watched Cleveland contest, Democratic primary voters are choosing ...Read more

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Democrats are counting on Biden's big economic agenda, while Republicans point to inflation

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U.S. Rep. Susan Wild was thrilled when President Joe Biden visited her Lehigh Valley district Wednesday. Jogging out between twin Mack trucks, an ebullient Biden promoted plans to aid manufacturing and, more broadly, middle-class workers.

Wild, a Pennsylvania Democrat facing one of the toughest reelection campaigns in the country, got more ...Read more

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Trump paid $680,000 to defense lawyers in second impeachment

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Former President Donald Trump used nearly $700,000 in campaign funds to pay the lawyers who defended him at his second impeachment trial, according to filings with the Federal Election Commission.

Trump’s campaign committee, since renamed the Make America Great Again PAC, paid $580,000 to the Philadelphia law firm of Michael van der Veen and ...Read more

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Pelosi and McCarthy relationship hits a new low

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WASHINGTON — House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is facing criticism for saying to supporters over the weekend that it “will be hard not to hit” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi with the speaker’s gavel, if it is handed to him in 2023 should Republicans take control of the chamber in the midterms.

Though both are from California, the two ...Read more

Endorsement power of ex-president faces another test in Ohio special race

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Former President Donald Trump’s power as Republican kingmaker will face another test on Tuesday as a large cast of candidates vie to be the party’s choice for an open congressional seat in Ohio.

Trump has endorsed Mike Carey, a coal industry consultant and former lobbyist who’s one of 11 primary hopefuls to replace Rep. Steve Stivers in ...Read more

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Show time: A congressional committee will get Trump's taxes, but the public won't

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The Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel really didn’t need a 39-page opinion on Friday to decide that, yes, Congress has the right to obtain from the Treasury Department and the IRS the personal income tax returns of a president (or a former president). We’ll do it in two sentences: No one is above the law. And that means ...Read more

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Q&A: Tony Gonzales on why Capitol Hill needs more veterans

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WASHINGTON — Freshman Rep. Tony Gonzales was having a pretty exciting week. “There’s a lot going on in my district, we launched humans into space,” the Texas Republican said in a video interview.

He was watching closely in July as Blue Origin co-founder Jeff Bezos shot himself and three others to the edge of the atmosphere from a ...Read more

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Wealthy candidate pumps staggering $2.3 million of her own money into Florida special election

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick, a candidate who has never held elected office, so badly wants a South Florida congressional seat that she’s pumped more than $2.3 million of her own money into the campaign.

The figure is staggering. It’s $1 million more than seven other Democratic candidates combined have raised — and...Read more

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Trump raised $56.8 million in 6 months from online donors

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Former President Donald Trump’s political operation raised $56.8 million from online donors in the first half of the year, but he didn’t contribute any to federal candidates he’s supporting for the midterm elections during that period.

Trump raised $21.3 million through WinRed, the GOP’s platform for online payments, for a joint ...Read more

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Biden's struggles on delta surge, evictions overshadow infrastructure victory

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is struggling with a surge in coronavirus cases, an impending wave of evictions and a spike in consumer prices that have left the White House looking unprepared and threaten to undermine months of more sure-handed work on the pandemic.

Biden surprised Congress on Thursday with a last-minute plea to extend a ...Read more

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The Newsom recall: What happens between now and election day

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The stage is set.

The recall election asking voters if they want to replace California Gov. Gavin Newsom will take place on Sept. 14. Nearly four dozen candidates will appear on the ballot as potential replacements, according to the secretary of state's office.

Newsom and the candidates vying to replace him are scurrying to sweep up donor ...Read more

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'Not a foregone conclusion:' Republicans confront limits of Trump's endorsement

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WASHINGTON — Former President Donald Trump’s highly sought-after endorsement has not provided quite the boost some Republicans expected so far this year.

Republican candidates backed by Trump are locked in crowded primary races against undeterred opponents. Some are raising less money than their competitors. And just this week one lost an ...Read more

Rep. Madison Cawthorn tried to carry a gun onto a flight at NC airport in February

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WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Madison Cawthorn, a first-term lawmaker from far-western North Carolina, attempted to bring a handgun through security at the Asheville airport in February.

His congressional spokesman said it was done in error.

A Glock 9mm handgun was taken from Cawthorn’s bag as he attempted to go through security on Feb. 13, 2021,...Read more

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Justice Department tells Treasury to turn over Trump tax records to House

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WASHINGTON — The Justice Department told the Treasury Department on Friday that it must turn over former President Donald Trump’s tax returns and information to the House Ways and Means Committee — although a legal fight could remain.

The opinion from the Office of Legal Counsel reverses course from the DOJ’s 2019 opinion, during the ...Read more

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Newsom asks Biden to ensure Pentagon OKs use of satellite data for wildfire program

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WASHINGTON — Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday publicly asked President Joe Biden to ensure California can continue to access the Pentagon’s sensitive military satellite information as part of a program to help spot and track wildfires.

The 2-year-old program, called FireGuard, relies on access to the military’s infrared satellites that ...Read more

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Newsom asks Biden for more 'boots on the ground' in fighting California wildfires

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WASHINGTON — California Gov. Gavin Newsom pleaded with President Joe Biden for more federal support in combating forest fires Friday during a virtual White House meeting with Western governors.

Following the governors of Montana and Washington, Newsom offered some of the most pointed criticism of the federal government’s handling of the ...Read more

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Trump tax returns can be released to Congress, DOJ says

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The income tax returns of former President Donald Trump can be given over to Congress, the Department of Justice announced on Friday.

The Office of Legal Counsel for DOJ said that the U.S. Congress, specifically the House Ways and Means Committee, made a “legitimate request” to review the former president’s tax records.

Earlier this year...Read more

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SC governor files brief urging justices to uphold Mississippi abortion ban; 11 others sign on

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — Gov. Henry McMaster has weighed in on a case in front of a U.S. Supreme Court that could overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade, which protects the right of a woman to have an abortion.

McMaster filed an amicus brief urging the Supreme Court to uphold Mississippi’s ban on abortion 15 weeks into a pregnancy except in cases of a ...Read more