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Senate's clean energy fight may vex Biden at climate conference

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With a key pillar of his climate agenda wobbling on Capitol Hill, President Joe Biden and administration officials are downplaying the role of Congress in passing legislation to slow rising greenhouse gas levels as Democratic lawmakers are ratcheting up the pressure to reach a deal on climate legislation before the president heads overseas for ...Read more

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For Kamala Harris, a shifting role: Fewer public events with Biden

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In their first two months in the White House, President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris were practically inseparable — Harris traveled with Biden to the Pentagon, sat in the Roosevelt Room when he met virtually with a foreign leader and delivered her own remarks on the administration’s priorities.

The proximity fueled a sense ...Read more

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Lawyers for Florida attorney general mocked lawsuit to overturn 2020 election

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — When Texas’ attorney general announced he was suing four swing states in a last-ditch attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 election, lawyers in Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody’s office scoffed.

One lawyer called it “bats--t insane.”

Another called it “weird.”

Despite the criticisms, Moody came ...Read more

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Donald Trump Jr. sells T-shirts mocking Alec Baldwin 'Rust' movie set shooting tragedy

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Donald Trump Jr. is taking aim at a longtime family foe — he’s hawking a T-shirt that uses a tragic movie set shooting to mock Alec Baldwin, who famously skewered his father on “Saturday Night Live.”

A tee declaring “Guns Don’t Kill People, Alec Baldwin Kills People” is selling for $27.99 on a merchandise site linked to the former...Read more

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Manchin sees framework in reach as Democrats inch toward deal

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WASHINGTON — Democrats stepped closer to an agreement on President Joe Biden’s agenda as Sen. Joe Manchin, who has been pushing to shrink the size of a sweeping social-spending package, said a deal on the outlines of the plan is within reach this week.

Manchin’s expression of optimism Monday marked a turnabout from his forecast last week ...Read more

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'South Carolina has a piece of my heart': First lady Jill Biden makes multiple stops in Charleston

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CHARLESTON, S.C. — In her second visit to South Carolina as first lady, Jill Biden spent time in Charleston Monday championing two of her greatest passions: cancer research and military families.

In the early afternoon, she walked the halls of the Medical University of South Carolina’s Hollings Cancer Center, a leading cancer center in the ...Read more

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Florida's 67 election supervisors urge voters to reject election falsehoods, audits

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ORLANDO, Fla. — Florida’s 67 county elections supervisors wrote a letter to voters Monday urging them to reject falsehoods about the 2020 election and reaffirming the integrity of the state’s voting system.

The plea, issued by the Florida Supervisors of Elections, comes after GOP county committees in Lake and Brevard counties called for ...Read more

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Biden pushes infrastructure and mass transit while visiting NJ train yard

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President Joe Biden promoted his economic agenda in a visit to a New Jersey train repair yard on Monday as a crucial deadline of Oct. 31 looms for talks to pass his sweeping spending plans.

Flanked by NJ Transit locomotives, Biden told a handpicked audience of elected officials and union workers that his twin infrastructure and social spending ...Read more

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Democrats inch toward deal as Manchin says framework in reach

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WASHINGTON — Democrats stepped closer to an agreement on President Joe Biden’s agenda as Sen. Joe Manchin, who has been pushing to shrink the size of the package, said a deal on the outlines of the plan is within reach this week.

Manchin’s comments on Monday mark a turnabout from his forecast last week of drawn out negotiations and are ...Read more

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Donald Trump Jr. sells tees mocking Alec Baldwin 'Rust' set tragedy

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Donald Trump Jr. is using a tragedy to mock the actor who skewered his father on “Saturday Night Live.”

A T-shirt that reads “Guns Don’t Kill People, Alec Baldwin Kills People” is selling for $27.99 on a merchandise site linked to the former president’s namesake son. The reference is to last week’s killing of cinematographer ...Read more

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Analysis: Biden should borrow one thing from Trump

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WASHINGTON — “I’ve instructed the military, whatever they need — if they need additional force — I will grant it.”

That was President Joe Biden, speaking to reporters in the East Room of the White House, on Aug. 26, hours after violent extremists killed 170 Afghans and 13 U.S. troops outside Kabul’s airport. It was his presidency�...Read more

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Push to repeal parental notification for minors seeking abortions tests liberal limits of Illinois' Democratic-controlled legislature

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — With the backing of the legislature’s Democratic majority, Illinois has been at the forefront of expanding abortion access in recent years, even enshrining a “fundamental right” to the procedure in state statute.

Legislative efforts backed by Gov. J.B. Pritzker to repeal a quarter-century-old Republican-sponsored law...Read more

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Debt ceiling hangs over Democrats' legislative home stretch

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WASHINGTON — Democrats have a brief respite to try to raise the debt limit before the Treasury Department runs out of borrowing authority as early as December. But the path forward is littered with procedural questions and political obstacles.

Senate Republicans are insisting Democrats raise the debt ceiling without GOP help by using the ...Read more

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Democrats to Biden: Start pushing back more aggressively against Trump

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WASHINGTON — As former President Donald Trump maintains his grip on the Republican Party and further spreads conspiracies about the 2020 election, some Democrats and progressive activists are urging President Joe Biden to speak out more forcefully against his predecessor.

During his first nine months in office, Biden has largely avoided ...Read more

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Editorial: Vouching for vouchers: Democrats must include enhanced rental assistance in their reconciliation bill

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The large domestic spending bills Democrats are trying to come to terms on encompass fundamental changes to America’s social safety net and approach to problem-solving on big questions of climate, education, infrastructure and more. It’s only natural that these complicated questions have been difficult to reach consensus on.

What is not a ...Read more

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Biden-Manchin meeting makes 'progress' in bid to break deadlock

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WASHINGTON — The White House said President Joe Biden made progress on his big tax-and-spending plan in a meeting with key moderate Senator Joe Manchin and Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, though further talks among staffers will be needed.

The rare Sunday meeting, held over breakfast at the president’s home in Delaware, was the latest step ...Read more

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Biden meets Manchin, Schumer in bid to finish tax and spending plan

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is meeting with key moderate Sen. Joe Manchin and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on Sunday as he seeks to finalize his up to $2 trillion tax and spending plan, a person familiar with the talks said.

The rare Sunday meeting in Delaware comes as the president and top Democrats push to seal a framework ...Read more

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Russian envoy backs Iran demand for US nuclear deal guarantee

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Russia’s lead negotiator at stalled multi-power talks to revive the 2015 nuclear deal said Iran’s demand for a guarantee from the U.S. government that it won’t quit the landmark accord again is “logical and justifiable.”

Mikhail Ulyanov, Russia’s ambassador at the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, was ...Read more

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Twitter suspends GOP Rep. Jim Banks for misgendering Biden appointee

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WASHINGTON — Twitter Inc. suspended Rep. Jim Banks’ official account for calling Dr. Rachel Levine, the assistant Health and Human Services secretary, a man.

Banks, a Republican from Indiana and a top conservative in the House of Representatives, violated Twitter’s terms of service, which bars users from harassing people based on their ...Read more

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Japan's Kishida suffers by-election setback before national vote

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New Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s ruling party was dealt a blow when it lost one of two upper house special elections, which are serving as a barometer of support ahead of a national general election in a week.

In a setback to the premier, opposition-backed Shinnosuke Yamazaki was projected by public broadcaster NHK and Kyodo News ...Read more