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Editorial: Biden doesn't need to weaken EV rules to get reelected

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It’s profoundly disturbing that the Biden administration is planning to relax one of the biggest climate actions it has proposed — tough auto emissions standards designed to rapidly increase sales of electric vehicles — in an apparent election-year concession to automakers and organized labor. Transportation is the nation’s largest ...Read more

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Top Pennsylvania official pushes back against accusations by lawmakers on election operations

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HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania’s top elections official on Tuesday fielded more than two hours of questions — and some accusations — from state lawmakers as his agency prepares for the state’s April 23 presidential primary.

Secretary of State Al Schmidt, representing the Democratic administration of Gov. Josh Shapiro, pushed back on ...Read more

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Alaska GOP lawmaker proposes bill that would define life as beginning at conception

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JUNEAU, Alaska — A Republican state lawmaker has proposed a bill that could limit abortion access in Alaska by defining human life as beginning at conception.

Rep. Kevin McCabe of Big Lake is sponsoring a bill that would include new definitions of “person” and “life” under Alaska’s criminal statutes. The bill, which is unlikely to ...Read more

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Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel will not defend state's 24-hour abortion waiting period against litigation

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LANSING, Mich. — Attorney General Dana Nessel and two key state agencies will not fight efforts by a group of abortion providers to overturn the state's 24-hour abortion waiting period, telling a court Tuesday that it's likely the clinics will succeed in their efforts to eliminate the laws.

Nessel, a Democrat tasked with defending Michigan ...Read more

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Former law partner of Nathan Wade testifies he doesn't know when relationship with Fulton County DA Fani Willis began

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ATLANTA — Special prosecutor Nathan Wade’s former law partner testified repeatedly Tuesday that he didn’t know when Wade’s romantic relationship with District Attorney Fani Willis began, frustrating defense attorneys in Fulton County’s election interference case who hoped he would help prove the prosecutors lied under oath.

Terrence ...Read more

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NASCAR legend Richard Petty becomes 7th Republican to disavow endorsement in NC congressional race

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NASCAR legend Richard Petty is not endorsing North Carolina congressional candidate Christian Castelli’s 2024 campaign, his family announced over the weekend.

In doing so, Petty becomes the seventh Republican to withdraw an endorsement in the state's 6th Congressional District race.

Throughout the 2024 election cycle, Castelli’s campaign ...Read more

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Wade's ex-law partner testifies he doesn't know when relationship with Fulton DA began

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ATLANTA — Nathan Wade’s former law partner testified repeatedly Tuesday that he didn’t know when Wade’s romantic relationship with District Attorney Fani Willis began, frustrating defense attorneys in Fulton County’s election interference case who hoped he would help prove the prosecutors lied under oath.

Terrence Bradley said that he...Read more

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Indiana man indicted in threats about 2020 election results pleads guilty

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DETROIT — An Indiana man accused of threatening to kill former Rochester Hills Clerk Tina Barton for defending the integrity of the 2020 presidential election pleaded guilty Tuesday, a development coinciding with Michigan's 2024 presidential primary election.

Andrew Nickels, 37, of Carmel, Indiana, entered the guilty plea in front of U.S. ...Read more

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Supreme Court to hear arguments on Trump-era 'bump stock' rule

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WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court will hear arguments Wednesday over whether the federal government can ban devices known as “bump stocks” that allow semi-automatic rifles to act more like a machine gun.

The case doesn’t directly involve Second Amendment rights to possess firearms. Instead, it hinges on whether bump stocks meet the ...Read more

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Biden meets congressional leaders in bid to once again avert government shutdown

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President Biden met Tuesday with the so-called Big Four congressional leaders to press House Republicans to move quickly to avoid a partial government shutdown looming at the end of the week — and pass emergency aid for Ukraine and Israel.

Biden hosted the House and Senate leaders from both parties in an effort to find some common ground ...Read more

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Biden, leaders optimistic about avoiding shutdown, press Johnson on Ukraine

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Congressional leaders emerged from the White House on Tuesday optimistic about avoiding a partial shutdown of several departments and agencies — after a meeting with President Joe Biden that also focused on the importance of aid to Ukraine.

“The speaker said unequivocally he wants to avoid a government shutdown,” Senate Majority Leader ...Read more

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Biden, leaders optimistic about avoiding shutdown, press Johnson on Ukraine

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WASHINGTON — Congressional leaders emerged from the White House on Tuesday optimistic about avoiding a partial shutdown of several departments and agencies — after a meeting with President Joe Biden that also focused on the importance of aid to Ukraine.

“The speaker said unequivocally he wants to avoid a government shutdown,” Senate ...Read more

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Commentary: How the Supreme Court should rule on Texas and Florida laws against social media moderation

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The Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday in two cases that could have a profound effect on the future of the internet and social media.

The cases — NetChoice v. Paxton and Moody v. NetChoice— involve laws in Texas and Florida that prohibit social media companies from removing content from their platforms, clearly violating the 1st ...Read more

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Biden meets congressional leaders in bid to once again avert government shutdown

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President Biden is meeting Tuesday with the so-called Big Four congressional leaders to press House Republicans to move quickly to avoid a partial government shutdown looming at the end of the week — and pass emergency aid for Ukraine and Israel.

Biden was hosting the House and Senate leaders from both parties in an effort to find some common...Read more

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Georgia House panel backs ballot inspections and fewer voting machines

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Bills to allow public ballot inspections and fewer voting machines on Election Day passed a Georgia House committee Monday.

The bills add to a long list of changes to election laws under consideration by state legislators, along with proposals to eliminate computer codes from ballots, investigate Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger when there...Read more

John Deaton turns to Ron DeSantis' former New Hampshire campaign aide to head Senate bid

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Massachusetts Senate candidate John Deaton is staffing up his campaign, putting at the top of the operation two political operatives who helped support Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ now-defunct presidential bid in New Hampshire, according to an advisor.

Deaton hired as his campaign manager Michael Gorecki, who served as the New Hampshire state ...Read more

Funding at risk for program that helps millions afford internet

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WASHINGTON — More than 20 million low-income households are at risk of being priced out of internet access unless Congress can reach agreement on funding for a program that provides internet service discounts.

Supporters of the Affordable Connectivity Program are pressing for passage of bipartisan, bicameral legislation to keep it afloat past...Read more

Biden's stance on Israel-Hamas war sows reelection risks

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Turmoil in the Middle East poses a risk to President Joe Biden’s reelection bid, threatening to sap turnout among some of his key supporters — and possibly flip the race to Donald Trump.

Tuesday’s primary in the crucial swing state of Michigan may deliver a symbolic rebuke to the president’s handling of the Gaza crisis. Much of its ...Read more

Trump's $540 million court fine tests his 'King of Debt' title

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Donald Trump dubbed himself the “King of Debt” when boasting about how his business empire survived hard times, but a pair of big trial court losses this year are putting that moniker to the test.

The former president owes about $540 million from two recent verdicts, a number that exceeds even some of the biggest loans he’s taken out for ...Read more

Yulia Navalnaya, widow of Alexei Navalny, steps forward to lead the Russian opposition – 3 points to understand

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Alexei Navalny, one of Russian leader Vladimir Putin’s biggest critics and the country’s de facto opposition leader, died under suspicious circumstances in an Arctic prison on Feb. 16, 2024.

Hours after his death was announced, Navalny’s wife, Yulia Navalnaya, appeared in a video on social media and said, “I want to live in a ...Read more