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'Acts that defy humanity:' 3 essential reads on police brutality, race and the power of video evidence

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In the case of the five Black, former Memphis police officers accused of murder in the beating death of Tyre Nichols, justice has moved quickly.

In fewer than 30 days after Nichols’ Jan. 10, 2023 death, the former officers were charged with second-degree murder, assault, kidnapping, official misconduct and official oppression.

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Trump drops Deutsche Bank subpoena fight with new GOP-led House

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WASHINGTON — Former President Donald Trump has ended his long-running legal fight with two congressional committees over access to his financial records now that Republicans have a House majority.

Trump’s lawyers filed notice in court on Friday that they were dropping a lawsuit against the House Financial Services Committee and the House ...Read more

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Abortion ban, other proposals likely to fail in Kansas. Why are lawmakers still pushing them?

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Despite a broad acknowledgment their efforts will go nowhere, some conservative Kansas lawmakers are pushing to ban abortion or put the issue back on the ballot despite a landslide vote in favor of abortion rights last year.

Some of the Kansas House’s most conservative members have backed a new constitutional amendment removing the state’s ...Read more

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Ahead of South Carolina rally, Trump struggles to regain momentum with GOP

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — Donald Trump’s still-new presidential campaign has yet to attract the kind of deep and broad support among Republican voters that the conservative icon could once take for granted, both in South Carolina and across the country.

Just how vulnerable that makes him in next year’s Republican presidential primary is a matter ...Read more

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Feds nearly charged Trump in Stormy Daniels hush money case as he left White House, new book says

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Federal prosecutors reportedly almost charged former President Donald Trump with campaign finance violations in connection with the hush money payment to porn star Stormy Daniels as he left the White House, according to an upcoming book.

The feds declined to indict Trump because of the certain political blowback and also because the Jan. 6 ...Read more

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Biden's announces Zients as new chief of staff

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President Joe Biden announced he is picking Jeff Zients as his next chief of staff, ushering in a new top aide as he prepares to launch a reelection bid while contending with a divided Congress.

Zients is replacing longtime chief of staff Ron Klain, who announced Friday that he would step down from his post around the time of the Feb. 7 State ...Read more

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Drug company middlemen likely to be a focus in 118th Congress

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WASHINGTON — Factions of the health care system and members of Congress are turning their fire on an oft-maligned part of the drug pricing system — the middlemen who negotiate discounts with drug companies on behalf of health plans.

The business practices of pharmacy benefit managers, or PBMs, have attracted the ire of community pharmacies,...Read more

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Biden's documents drama might not be ending anytime soon

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President Joe Biden’s expectations for a quick resolution of a probe into his mishandling of classified documents have been dashed, as a steady drip of new developments has tied it into political knots.

Although it appears to be a relatively straightforward investigation, the case has become politically entangled with separate questions about...Read more

Independent voters can be decisive in elections – but they're pretty unpredictable, not 'shadow partisans'

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In the end there was no red wave. And there was no blue wave.

There was an independent wave.

Pollsters and pundits were counting on independent voters in the 2022 midterm elections to swing to the Republicans as they did in 2014 when Barack Obama was president. That’s when independent turnout in the midterms added up to 29% ...Read more

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Commentary: Here's how the new Congress can promote good governance and boost public confidence

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A string of historic bipartisan victories during the last Congress — including an update of the Electoral Count Act and transformational investments in infrastructure, semiconductor manufacturing, veterans protections and new energy transitions — demonstrate that Congress really can work in a bipartisan and productive manner for the American...Read more

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Commentary: When the chief justice himself was the Supreme Court leak

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Six months of investigation, interviews with 97 employees, and meticulous forensic examination of computers and cellphones have failed to identify the person who, in May 2022, leaked a draft opinion in a Supreme Court case that would ultimately overturn Roe v. Wade and a woman’s constitutional right to an abortion.

At the time, Chief Justice ...Read more

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Editorial: Kansas politicians want to take abortion fight to the city and county level. Just stop

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In Kansas, a woman’s right to reproductive freedom is enshrined in the state constitution. The issue should be settled — especially after voters preemptively and decisively smacked down lawmakers’ last overreach to gut abortion rights. Apparently, according to Kansas Republicans, it isn’t.

GOP leaders in Kansas have made it known that ...Read more

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Trump blasts Biden over tanks for Ukraine and calls for end to 'crazy war' to repel Russian invasion

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Former President Donald Trump on Thursday slammed the U.S. decision to send top-of-the-line tanks to Ukraine, calling the effort to repel the Russian invasion a “crazy war.”

In the latest criticism of aid to Ukraine, Trump echoed the Russian talking point that sending the Abrams M1 tanks amount to an escalation that could lead to nuclear ...Read more

How California's ambitious new climate plan could help speed energy transformation around the world

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California is embarking on an audacious new climate plan that aims to eliminate the state’s greenhouse gas footprint by 2045, and in the process, slash emissions far beyond its borders. The blueprint calls for massive transformations in industry, energy and transportation, as well as changes in institutions and human behaviors.

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Ukraine has a mixed record of treating its citizens fairly – that could make it harder for it to maintain peace, once the war ends

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Since Russia invaded Ukraine in February 2022, the dominant Western media narrative has been clear – Russia is the “global villain,” and Ukraine a model country victimized by an unjust war. But while the war may be unjust, Ukraine had its share of problems before the conflict with Russia intensified in 2022.

Expert analysis ...Read more

US will give military tanks to Ukraine, signaling Western powers' long-term commitment to thwarting Russia

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President Joe Biden announced on Jan. 25, 2023, that the U.S. would send 31 M1 Abrams tanks to Ukraine – following Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s repeated requests for more military tanks to help wage its war against Russia.

“This is about helping Ukraine defend and protect Ukrainian land. It is not an offensive ...Read more

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US Treasury denies Republicans' request for Hunter Biden records

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Treasury Department refused Wednesday to provide House Republicans any suspicious activity reports it may have on foreign banking and other business transactions by Hunter Biden and other members of President Joe Biden’s family.

Jonathan Davidson, Treasury’s legislative affairs chief, told House Oversight and ...Read more

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Poll shows Americans like the Supreme Court more -- but not that much more

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Public perception of the U.S. Supreme Court has crept back up since bottoming out last year when the court eliminated constitutional abortion rights, according to a new Marquette Law School poll.

The poll found that 47% of people approved of the court, up from 38% just after the June 24, 2021, Dobbs v. Jackson ruling, but still well below the ...Read more

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The trial of a prominent anti-abortion activist opens amid a political firestorm in Pennsylvania

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PHILADELPHIA — The scuffle was brief.

The injuries minor.

And had the altercation that broke out near the intersection of 12th and Locust Streets on Oct. 31, 2021, occurred on almost any other street corner in the city, it might never have landed in federal court.

But because of who was involved — Mark Houck, a prominent Catholic anti-...Read more

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Marjorie Taylor Greene says running with Trump not on her radar

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WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene shrugged off rumors that she is angling to serve as former President Donald Trump’s running mate as he campaigns for a return to the White House in 2024.

Greene said she is focused on her work in Washington, which includes serving on committees for the first time. Greene has been appointed to ...Read more