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Approval ratings of Biden, Harris dip in new California poll

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President Joe Biden's job performance rating among Californians has dipped slightly in recent months, even as his infrastructure and domestic spending plans register as highly popular, according to a new poll released Wednesday.

The survey from the Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies, co-sponsored by the Los Angeles Times, found that ...Read more

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Republican legislators curb authority of county, state election officials

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Republican lawmakers this year passed an unprecedented bevy of bills targeting the authority of state and local election officials, a power grab that might allow partisan legislators to overturn future election results by claiming there was fraud.

GOP legislators in at least 14 states have enacted 23 new laws that empower state officials to ...Read more

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Schumer says ending student-loan pause would risk US recovery

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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and progressive Senator Elizabeth Warren warned that the U.S. economic recovery could take a major hit if the Biden administration fails to extend the federal government’s pandemic moratorium on student-loan payments past September.

“Resuming these payments could stall our country’s economic recovery. ...Read more

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'The gold standard': Special elections in Texas, Ohio to test power of Trump's endorsement

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Upcoming special elections for the U.S. House in Texas and Ohio will serve as a barometer of just how powerful former President Donald Trump’s endorsement — currently the most coveted in Republican politics — is six months after leaving office.

In his ongoing effort to cement his status as the leader of the GOP, Trump has intervened in ...Read more

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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, 2 others sue Pelosi over mask fines

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WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene and two other lawmakers are suing Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the House sergeant-at-arms over fines they received for violating rules on wearing a mask.

The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in Washington’s U.S. District Court on behalf of Greene, Kentucky U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie and South Carolina U.S. ...Read more

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Satellite images of wildfires are saving lives. The Pentagon might let the program expire

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WASHINGTON — When a brush fire trapped more than 100 hikers and campers last year in the Sierra National Forest, California firefighters needed to know precisely where the blaze was — and they needed to know fast.

They turned to a little-known program called FireGuard, which gave them access to video and images captured by a U.S. military ...Read more

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Biden reportedly to visit 9/11 Memorial in NYC on 20th anniversary of attack

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President Joe Biden is expected to visit the 9/11 Memorial & Museum in lower Manhattan in September to mark 20 years since the devastating Sept. 11, 2001, attack on the World Trade Center, according to a report.

Politico reported that the White House indicated to New York officials that the president plans to make the trip as the city prepares ...Read more

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Editorial: Colleagues must hold Rep. Cori Bush to the same standards applied to Trump

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The thing about standards is, they’re worthless unless they are applied uniformly. A standard that applies to politicians on the right should apply equally to those on the left. After year upon year of Democrats ranting and railing about President Donald Trump’s penchant for lying and fomenting divisiveness — with The Washington Post ...Read more

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Records suit against NC elections board over federal voter fraud probe can continue

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RALEIGH, N.C. — A North Carolina judge ruled Monday that a nearly two-year-old lawsuit by a coalition of media organizations against state election officials over records connected to a secretive Trump administration voter fraud probe can continue — at least for now.

The public origins of the case date back to the summer of 2018, when the U...Read more

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Editorial: Calling out so-called 'prophets' who miscalled Trump's election victory

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Evangelical groups are calling their own preachers to task for a spate of so-called prophecies — nearly all in support of far-right political causes and former President Donald Trump — that never came to pass. Prominent pastors are wisely urging their colleagues to commit to standards of prophecy that reject the mixing of personal political ...Read more

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Trump wields power with endorsements, but some in GOP fear midterm damage

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WASHINGTON — Former President Donald Trump, again upending American political norms, is moving to remake Congress and the Republican Party in his own image.

Since leaving the White House, he has issued a spate of endorsements of House and Senate candidates for next year’s crucial midterm election, including an array of political outsiders,...Read more

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Second Democrat insists on immigration path in budget bill

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WASHINGTON — A second House Democrat vowed to oppose his party’s budget package unless it includes an immigration overhaul benefiting unauthorized immigrants, adding to pressure on the White House and Democratic leaders to deliver on a long-standing priority.

“I will not support any budget reconciliation deal that continues to leave hard-...Read more

First lady Jill Biden takes pro-vaccination message to Hawaii

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First lady Jill Biden said “aloha” to Hawaii over the weekend as she traveled home from a visit to Japan for the Olympics.

Biden planned to stop in on Sunday at a high school vaccination site to encourage people to get jabbed and attend a barbecue with military families on the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam base where she landed.

“I’m ...Read more

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In Michigan Trump territory, this is what's driving Senate primary race

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LANSING, Mich. — Republican voters in the battleground state of Michigan aren't ready to move past the last election, say the GOP candidates vying for an open seat in the state Senate in the next one.

In an Aug. 3 special election, seven Republicans are seeking their party's nomination in the most GOP-leaning Senate district in Macomb County,...Read more

Biden previews midterm strategy, tying Trump to GOP in Virginia

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WASHINGTON — Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe brought President Joe Biden to the vote-rich suburbs Friday as he works to keep a national focus in the race and tie his Republican opponent to former President Donald Trump.

Speaking to an estimated 3,000 people at Lubber Run Park in Arlington, a heavily Democratic county outside ...Read more

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Conservatives riled up over registering women for draft

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WASHINGTON — Conservatives are expressing outrage about a pending Senate National Defense Authorization Act that would require women to register for the draft, and two defense hawks opposed the Pentagon bill in the Armed Services Committee over the issue.

The Senate’s NDAA, which the committee approved Wednesday, contains an amendment by ...Read more

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Lin Wood tells judge he can't be sanctioned because he never 'broadcast' video against court rules

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DETROIT — A federal judge in Detroit cannot punish Lin Wood because the election conspiracy-peddling attorney has never practiced in her jurisdiction and technically did not meet the dictionary definition of "broadcast" when he shared a video of a recent court hearing in a way that would violate local rules, Wood's attorney wrote in a filing ...Read more

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Editorial: To save voting rights, President Biden needs to take on the filibuster rule

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President Joe Biden did not overstate our national crisis the other day when he denounced the current attack on voting rights as “the most un-American thing that any of us can imagine, the most undemocratic, the most unpatriotic … ”

To those strong words, he might have added that voting is also the most UNPROTECTED of the rights that most...Read more

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Mississippi urges Supreme Court to use abortion case to overturn Roe vs. Wade next term

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WASHINGTON — Lawyers for Mississippi asked the Supreme Court on Thursday to overturn Roe vs. Wade and give state legislators the authority outlaw all abortions.

The justices in May agreed to hear the state’s appeal of a lower court’s invalidation of a Mississippi law that would forbid abortions after 15 weeks.

In their brief filed with ...Read more

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Mississippi asks Supreme Court to overturn Roe in abortion case

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Mississippi asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the constitutional right to abortion, raising the stakes in a polarizing clash the justices are set to hear in the term that will start in October.

In a court filing Thursday, Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch called the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling and a 1992 follow-up decision “...Read more