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Editorial: Was it wrong for the top general to thwart a clearly unhinged president?

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America’s top military commander justifiably feared for the sanity of his boss in the final days of Donald Trump’s presidency and took steps to circumvent Trump’s authority in case he attempted an unprovoked nuclear strike or other belligerent action. The Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman, Gen. Mark Milley, clearly sidestepped all notions of ...Read more

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California's 2022 midterm election could have nationwide consequences. What voters should know

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WASHINGTON — Get used to it.

California voters watched the recall election results roll in Tuesday night, determining which governor will lead them for the next year. Those ballots are just a precursor to the next election that will shape the state’s and nation’s future out of Washington, D.C.

The upcoming 2022 midterms have thrown U.S. ...Read more

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Harris and Yellen urge Congress to pass spending plan to enhance access to child care

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WASHINGTON — Vice President Kamala Harris pressed lawmakers on Wednesday to back legislation that she said would expand access to child care and raise the wages of day care workers, even as her party’s massive spending initiative is facing resistance from key Democrats.

The push from Harris, who joined Treasury Secretary Janet L. Yellen in ...Read more

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White House backs Milley after reports he called China

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WASHINGTON — The White House rallied on Wednesday around Gen. Mark Milley, chair of the Joint Chiefs, after a prominent Republican called for his resignation following reports of back-channel calls with his Chinese counterpart at the end of the Trump administration.

“The president has complete confidence in his leadership, his patriotism, ...Read more

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Biden calls Newsom's recall victory a 'resounding win' for Democrats' COVID policies

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden congratulated California Gov. Gavin Newsom on his victory in the recall election, saying it was a “resounding win” for the policies both Democratic leaders have pushed to control the coronavirus pandemic.

The effort to recall Newsom failed on Tuesday, with nearly 64% of California voters opposing it, ...Read more

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GOP Senate candidates backed legal challenges to the 2020 election

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WASHINGTON — At least nine Republican Senate candidates have a political resume with a contentious item: filing or actively supporting one of the failed lawsuits that furthered former President Donald Trump’s false claims that the 2020 election was rife with fraud.

Since many GOP candidates support Trump’s claims, participating in ...Read more

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Pa. Republicans vote to subpoena voter records and personal information in 2020 election probe

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PHILADELPHIA — Pennsylvania Republicans voted Wednesday to subpoena Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration for detailed records of every registered voter in the state, including personal information like the last four digits of their Social Security numbers.

It’s the most concrete step the GOP-led legislature has taken to investigate the 2020 ...Read more

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COVID-19 booster debate rages days before target rollout date

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WASHINGTON — The debate over COVID-19 booster shots for all Americans remains intense with less than a week to go before the target rollout date desired by the White House and days before government advisers plan to vote on the issue.

Experts are eagerly parsing the data on booster shots after internal feuding at the Food and Drug ...Read more

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Newsom, Jenner address California recall election integrity as voters hit the polls

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LOS ANGELES — Some of the key players in the California recall election made final pitches Tuesday as voters went to the polls.

Voters were first deciding whether to recall Gov. Gavin Newsom. Then they were able to vote on a replacement from a field of mostly GOP candidates. Polls have shown the recall effort struggling and talk-show host ...Read more

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Biden urges passage of legislation to combat climate change

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WASHINGTON — Speaking at a clean-energy facility in Colorado, President Joe Biden on Tuesday urged Congress to pass legislation that he argued will create jobs and mitigate the impact of climate change.

“We have to make the investments that are going to slow our contributions to climate change today, not tomorrow,” Biden said during a ...Read more

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Trump falsely calls recall 'rigged' on election day. Why did he stay out of Newsom race?

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WASHINGTON — Former President Donald Trump mostly held his tongue on the California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s recall election, but he had a last-minute complaint.

The former president said the election was “probably rigged” in an interview on conservative television news outlet Newsmax last week and added that Democrats were good at rigging ...Read more

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Trump barred by generals from ordering nuclear strike or military attack in final days, Woodward says

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Former President Donald Trump was secretly stripped of his power to order nuclear strikes or launch military actions by top military brass in his final chaotic days in the White House, according to journalists Bob Woodward and Robert Costa’s forthcoming book, “Peril.”

The two veteran Washington Post reporters offer dramatic new details ...Read more

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Rep. Joe Wilson's 'you lie' remark resurfaces at Afghanistan withdrawal hearing

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — A Democratic congressman resurfaced a more-than-decade-old remark from U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson after the South Carolina Republican accused the Biden administration Monday of lying about the Afghanistan withdrawal.

At a Monday House Foreign Affairs Committee, where lawmakers questioned Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, U.S. Rep...Read more

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When will we know who won the California recall election? What to expect on election night

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — After more than a year of debate, protests and lawsuits, the election to recall California Gov. Gavin Newsom is here.

Despite the anticipation, it’s possible Californians will not know the outcome of the race before the day is through.

“Be prepared to wait,” said Stephen Ohlemacher, the election decision editor for...Read more

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Editorial: Biden was at his best and boldest on vaccine mandates

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Faced with a surge of delta-variant COVID-19 cases, especially in areas with low vaccination rates, President Joe Biden spoke and moved with great clarity of purpose in mandating vaccines for federal employees and contractors, and imposing a vaccination-or-testing requirement on employers with staffs of 100 or more. The nation is in near-crisis ...Read more

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Commentary: Only on Bizarro World does Biden's Afghanistan speech make sense

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Growing up in the 1960s, I was introduced to “Bizarro World” by DC Comics. Bizarro World was featured in comic books (now graciously re-named “graphic novels”) as a planet where everything and everybody is inverted.

For example, on Bizarro World (otherwise known as Htrae — "Earth" spelled backward), bonds are marketed as “guaranteed...Read more

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President Biden joins Gov. Newsom in Long Beach for final push against California recall

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LONG BEACH, Calif. — President Joe Biden joined Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday night for a final campaign stop in Long Beach on the eve of the recall election, lending his firepower to fight against the governor’s possible ouster and underscoring the national importance of defeating the effort.

“California, I’m not sure you know it,” ...Read more

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Charred trees, destroyed homes -- Biden tours wildfire danger during California trip

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Gazing down from Marine One, President Joe Biden surveyed miles of scorched earth slicing through dense green forests, the scars left by one of the worst wildfires to threaten California.

Firefighters were able to protect the area around Lake Tahoe, but not before the Caldor fire decimated the small town of Grizzly Flats ...Read more

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Biden to address UN as he seeks to re-engage on global stage

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden plans to deliver his first speech to the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Sept. 21, part of his effort to re-engage with the international community.

The gathering is set to be in person, unlike last year’s, which was held virtually because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Biden is planning a day ...Read more

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Blinken defends Afghanistan withdrawal at congressional hearing

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WASHINGTON — Facing often-hostile questioning by some Republican lawmakers Monday, Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken vigorously defended his department’s handling of the massive, if incomplete, evacuation from Afghanistan of U.S. citizens, green card holders and other at-risk Afghans.

The top U.S. diplomat testified in the administration...Read more