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Former White House adviser slams Trump for 'deadly sins' during pandemic

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Former President Donald Trump committed three key “deadly sins” during the coronavirus pandemic, a former top White House adviser said on Sunday.

Denying the COVID-19 threat, stifling dissent and encouraging divisiveness among Americans all were missteps by the nation’s 45th commander-in-chief, said Andy Slavitt, who served on the White ...Read more

Biden gets G-7 reset after win on vaccines, tension over China

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President Joe Biden entered his first international summit looking for a breakthrough on vaccine pledges for low-income countries, a united front on China and to tee up his meeting this week with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

It wasn’t perfect. But, for Biden, it was enough.

Biden left the United Kingdom on Sunday after a meeting with ...Read more

President Biden visits Queen Elizabeth before meetings with NATO and Putin

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ST. IVES, England — President Joe Biden became the 13th U.S. head of state to be received by Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, who welcomed him and first lady Jill Biden to Windsor Castle on Sunday.

The ceremonial visit, similar in protocol to President Donald Trump’s 2019 visit to Windsor, caps four days of meetings around the Group of 7 ...Read more

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Peru's Fujimori questions vote, accuses Sagasti of interference

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Peruvian presidential candidate Keiko Fujimori claimed that the June 6 election where she narrowly trails was plagued with irregularities, and accused President Francisco Sagasti of interference.

“This is an attempt by the international left to bend popular will,” Fujimori said at a news conference on Saturday, adding that leftist leaders ...Read more

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Biden calls Pulse 'hallowed ground,' will sign bill enshrining it as national memorial

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ORLANDO, Fla. — President Joe Biden said Saturday he would sign legislation making the Pulse nightclub site a national memorial, but added that more needs to be done to prevent gun violence in America on the fifth anniversary of one of the worst mass shootings in American history.

The memorial destination, Biden said, is ”enshrining in law ...Read more

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Tensions rise in Peru as presidential runoff vote count drags on

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LIMA, Peru — Tensions were rising on the streets of the Peruvian capital Friday as supporters of the presidential candidates began to lose patience as the vote count entered a fifth day, with official results showing leftist Pedro Castillo retaining a slim lead over Keiko Fujimori.

Supporters of Castillo began to gather in downtown Lima after...Read more

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Room for another Republican? Debate looms in Missouri over eliminating Democratic congressional seat

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri Republicans are weighing whether to push for the elimination of a safe Democratic congressional district in Kansas City later this year during the state’s once-every-decade redistricting process.

Such a change in the state’s congressional map, leaving U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo., without a safe district...Read more

Putin sees chance to work with Biden at low point in US ties

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WASHINGTON — Russian President Vladimir Putin, suggested that in spite of heightened tensions with the U.S. over cyberattacks and his treatment of dissidents, he may be able to work with President Joe Biden in part because he’s more predictable than Donald Trump.

“That’s a different kind of person and it is my great hope that, yes, ...Read more

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Tech giants face demands to downsize in new antitrust bills

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Amazon.com Inc., Apple Inc. and other U.S. technology giants would have to sell or exit key businesses under sweeping antitrust legislation proposed by House lawmakers.

The proposal is among a series of bills introduced Friday by House Democrats and Republicans that would place significant new constraints on how tech platforms run their ...Read more

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Biden gives military $2 billion Trump allotted for border wall

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WASHINGTON — Joe Biden’s administration will return to the U.S. military more than $2 billion that had been allocated for Donald Trump’s border wall, the president’s latest move to roll back one of his predecessor’s signature immigration priorities.

The decision will make the unspent funds available to 66 previously deferred projects ...Read more

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How a Philly shop built a bike - quickly and at a discount - for British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. The buyer: Joe Biden

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PHILADELPHIA — Stephen Bilenky wasn't sure what to think when he got an email from the U.S. State Department on May 23 asking whether he could make a bike — in less than two weeks.

That was a big request for Bilenky Cycle Works in Philadelphia's Olney section, a small business whose customers may have to wait at least six months for a ...Read more

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With For the People Act on life support, Mariah Carey and others try to give CPR

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The For the People Act, a bill that proponents say will combat voter suppression and that opponents criticize as divisive overreach, may have been dealt a death blow earlier this week by one Senate Democrat's announced refusal to support it. But such celebrities as Leonardo DiCaprio, Sarah Silverman, Kerry Washington, John Legend, Billy Eichner,...Read more

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Pentagon renews effort to withhold more unclassified records

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WASHINGTON — Pentagon leaders are asking Congress to expand the kinds of unclassified information about military operations that the department can withhold from the public, continuing what has been an annual tradition for seven years and spanning three administrations.

Officials with the Pentagon general counsel’s office are requesting ...Read more

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Editorial: President Biden's decision to review student loan repayment options rather than offer forgiveness is reasonable

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Student loan borrowers hoping that President Joe Biden would forgive any significant portion of their debt are likely gnashing their teeth. The White House has left loan forgiveness out of its upcoming budget proposal, as the administration focuses on passing legislation it already has introduced.

Some advocates and Democratic lawmakers are ...Read more

Schiff says Trump Justice Department improperly probed his panel

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WASHINGTON — House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said Thursday night that the Trump Justice Department had secretly subpoenaed personal records of people tied to his panel.

Lauren French, a spokeswoman for the panel, said material tied to Schiff himself “was included in the subpoenas” for metadata.

Schiff, a California ...Read more

NY lawmakers advance bill that could strip Trump name from state park

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ALBANY, N.Y. — The state Senate approved a bill Thursday that could lead to New York removing former President Donald Trump’s name from a Hudson Valley state park.

Lawmakers have sought to strip Trump’s name from the largely unused parkland, which straddles the border of Westchester and Putnam Counties, for years.

Trump donated the 400-...Read more

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Omar clarifies tweet after pushback from fellow Democrats

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MINNEAPOLIS — U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar said Thursday that she "was in no way equating terrorist organizations with democratic countries with well-established judicial systems," after her tweet earlier this week spurred harsh criticism from Republicans and prominent Jewish Democrats.

Hours before, the Minnesota Democrat publicly clashed with some ...Read more

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'Who's he supposed to be afraid of?' Biden at legislative impasse with Manchin

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WASHINGTON — The White House has reached an impasse with Sen. Joe Manchin, the centrist Democrat from conservative West Virginia who this week reiterated his opposition to key elements of the president’s legislative agenda.

It’s left President Joe Biden with a decision to make.

In coming months, the leader of the Democratic Party must ...Read more

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House Democrats roiled by Ilhan Omar comments on Israel, Hamas

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WASHINGTON — Rep. Ilhan Omar has once again stirred controversy among her Democratic colleagues over her characterization of Israel and the United States. Tensions rose within the Democratic ranks as a tweet from Omar prompted a letter of response from a group of Jewish colleagues in the House and a denunciation from Omar.

Earlier this week, ...Read more

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Commentary: Love is love is love: How 2 Supreme Court decisions changed my life

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After three years of marriage, my writer husband, Julius Lester, and I had worked out a good arrangement: He wrote in our grimy New York apartment, taught a few guitar students and cared for baby Rosa while I attended City College graduate school. My fellowship funded it all.

But late one January night he stood in our kitchen, stirring diapers ...Read more