Gavin Newsom to join President Biden in second White House meeting on Western wildfires

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President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris will meet with Gov. Gavin Newsom and six other governors on Friday to discuss efforts to prevent 2021 wildfires, according to White House officials.

California so far has had 5,671 wildfires in 2021. The still-burning Dixie Fire in Butte, Plumas and Tehama counties has already destroyed over ...Read more

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Republicans urge Supreme Court to topple Roe, slash abortion rights

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WASHINGTON — A cascade of Republicans called on the U.S. Supreme Court to roll back constitutional abortion protections, potentially by overruling the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized the procedure nationwide.

In a brief filed Thursday, 228 GOP members of Congress urged the court to uphold Mississippi’s ban on abortion after 15 ...Read more

Biden will meet Cuban American activists at the White House on Friday

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden will meet with Cuban American activists at the White House on Friday to discuss the recent wave of protests throughout the island nation, an administration official told McClatchy on Thursday.

The meeting comes after thousands of Cuban Americans rallied in front of the White House to draw attention to the ...Read more

First lady Jill Biden to undergo medical procedure to remove object from her foot

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First lady Jill Biden will undergo a medical procedure Thursday to remove an object lodged in her left foot, a White House official said.

Biden stepped on the unknown object while walking on a beach during an official event in Hawaii over the weekend, spokesman Michael LaRosa said in a statement. The procedure will be done at Walter Reed ...Read more

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Devin Nunes has more cash on hand than any other Republican. What does he want to do next?

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WASHINGTON — Rep. Devin Nunes has more campaign cash on hand than any House Republican as he prepares for a 2022 reelection race that he’s favored to win.

The campaign committee for Nunes, R-Calif., who became a national political figure after aligning himself with former President Donald Trump, had more than $11.5 million on hand as of ...Read more

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'Fix Congress' panel issues latest advice

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WASHINGTON — A select committee tasked with improving how Congress works advanced a new slate of recommendations aimed at boosting accessibility and retaining staff.

“There are people who stick around for a long time, and people who are here for a short time, and then you see the average tenure at about that three- or four-year mark. So ...Read more

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Trump trashes GOP for allowing debate on Biden's $1T infrastructure bill: 'No deal is better than a bad deal'

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Former President Donald Trump trashed Senate Republicans Thursday after they agreed to open debate on President Joe Biden’s $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package.

Hours after calling GOP lawmakers “weak, foolish and dumb,” Trump sharpened his attack on archenemy Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., who led 17 Republicans in moving the ...Read more

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Commentary: Remote testimony is a major upgrade for Congress

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As a pandemic safety measure, the U.S. House of Representatives began in May 2020 to hold committee hearings remotely so that witnesses could testify from home rather than in a crowded hearing room. This allowed people of all backgrounds, not just those who already live near Washington or who are able to fly there on short notice, to have their ...Read more

NYC elections board slammed by voters, advocates, poll workers at hearing

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ALBANY, N.Y. — The New York City Board of Elections was raked over the coals Wednesday as lawmakers heard from frustrated poll workers, voters and advocates at an hourslong hearing focused on election reforms.

Attendees at the hearing, held at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, described woefully understaffed polling sites and issues with ...Read more

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Meat giants face ire in Washington amid US beef surge

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Meatpackers are in the crosshairs of U.S. lawmakers including traditional allies as ranchers complain that beef processors are abusing market power to gain out-sized margins at their expense.

Four giant companies control more than 80% of U.S. beef processing. Ranchers and cattle feeders are seething over a surge in retail beef prices this year ...Read more

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Philadelphia is hoping to change the way it fights gun violence by funding smaller community groups

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Research on successful violence-reduction strategies in other cities shows that programs are more effective when led by groups based in violence-torn neighborhoods.

Mayor Jim Kenney speaks at a news conference to discuss the anti-violence funding in the new budget on Wednesday.

Mayor Jim Kenney speaks at a news conference to discuss the anti-...Read more

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Would Trump leave Florida to make DeSantis his running mate? He might have to

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TAMPA, Fla. — Donald Trump has already suggested that if he runs for the White House again, he could look within his adopted home state of Florida for his next running mate.

But if the former president wants Gov. Ron DeSantis on the ticket in 2024, he might have to give up his Florida address, thanks to a rarely invoked provision in the U.S. ...Read more

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Biden visits a Mack truck plant in Pa. to unveil his 'Buy American' plan

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MACUNGIE TOWNSHIP, Pa. — President Joe Biden came here Wednesday to a sprawling Mack truck plant in the Lehigh Valley to unveil a plan to pump more federal dollars into American products, like the red, white and blue trucks lined up beside his podium.

“Today we’re going to make the biggest enforcement changes in ‘Buy America’ in 70 ...Read more


GOP 'holds' threaten quick action on supplemental spending bill

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WASHINGTON — A $2.1 billion emergency spending bill to bolster Capitol Hill security, reimburse the National Guard and relocate Afghans who helped the U.S. government during two decades of war in that country stalled Wednesday after several Senate Republicans put holds on the bill.

Senate Appropriations ranking member Richard C. Shelby, R-Ala...Read more

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Approval ratings of Biden, Harris dip in new California poll

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President Joe Biden's job performance rating among Californians has dipped slightly in recent months, even as his infrastructure and domestic spending plans register as highly popular, according to a new poll released Wednesday.

The survey from the Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies, co-sponsored by the Los Angeles Times, found that ...Read more

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Republican legislators curb authority of county, state election officials

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Republican lawmakers this year passed an unprecedented bevy of bills targeting the authority of state and local election officials, a power grab that might allow partisan legislators to overturn future election results by claiming there was fraud.

GOP legislators in at least 14 states have enacted 23 new laws that empower state officials to ...Read more

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Schumer says ending student-loan pause would risk US recovery

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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and progressive Senator Elizabeth Warren warned that the U.S. economic recovery could take a major hit if the Biden administration fails to extend the federal government’s pandemic moratorium on student-loan payments past September.

“Resuming these payments could stall our country’s economic recovery. ...Read more

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'The gold standard': Special elections in Texas, Ohio to test power of Trump's endorsement

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Upcoming special elections for the U.S. House in Texas and Ohio will serve as a barometer of just how powerful former President Donald Trump’s endorsement — currently the most coveted in Republican politics — is six months after leaving office.

In his ongoing effort to cement his status as the leader of the GOP, Trump has intervened in ...Read more

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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, 2 others sue Pelosi over mask fines

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WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene and two other lawmakers are suing Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the House sergeant-at-arms over fines they received for violating rules on wearing a mask.

The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in Washington’s U.S. District Court on behalf of Greene, Kentucky U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie and South Carolina U.S. ...Read more


Satellite images of wildfires are saving lives. The Pentagon might let the program expire

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WASHINGTON — When a brush fire trapped more than 100 hikers and campers last year in the Sierra National Forest, California firefighters needed to know precisely where the blaze was — and they needed to know fast.

They turned to a little-known program called FireGuard, which gave them access to video and images captured by a U.S. military ...Read more