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Polls close in special primary for Minnesota's 1st Congressional District

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WASHINGTON — Polls closed Tuesday in southern Minnesota's First Congressional District primary race, where a crowd of Republicans and Democrats are competing to serve the final months of the late GOP Rep. Jim Hagedorn's term.

Prominent GOP candidates include Jennifer Carnahan, the former state Republican chair who is Hagedorn's widow, state ...Read more

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Biden calls for stricter gun restrictions in wake of Texas school shooting

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President Joe Biden on Tuesday called for legislation to restrict access to firearms in the wake of the school shooting in Texas that left at least 20 dead.

An 18-year-old gunman, Salvador Rolando Ramos, went into Robb Elementary School in Uvalde on Tuesday and killed at least 18 students and a teacher before he was killed by law enforcement. ...Read more

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Polls close in special primary for Minnesota's 1st Congressional District

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WASHINGTON — Polls closed Tuesday in southern Minnesota's 1st Congressional District primary race, where a crowd of Republicans and Democrats are competing to serve the final months of the late GOP Rep. Jim Hagedorn's term.

At press time, neither the Republican or DFL primary had been called by The Associated Press.

Prominent GOP candidates ...Read more

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Sarah Huckabee Sanders wins primary for Arkansas governor

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Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who was former President Donald Trump’s press secretary, easily won the Republican primary on Tuesday in the race for Arkansas governor, according to the Associated Press.

Sanders will face Chris Jones, who easily won the Democratic nomination, in the race to replace Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson, who can’t run ...Read more

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Lucy McBath defeats Carolyn Bourdeaux in Georgia's 7th District primary

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ATLANTA — U.S. Rep. Lucy McBath is in line to win a third term in Congress while her primary opponent, fellow incumbent U.S. Rep. Carolyn Bourdeaux, will be leaving office after just two years.

McBath cruised to victory during Tuesday’s three-way Democratic primary in Georgia’s 7th Congressional District in metro Atlanta.

Initially, it ...Read more

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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene easily wins GOP primary in Georgia's 14th District

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ATLANTA — She may be one of the most controversial figures in Congress, but voters in northwest Georgia have set U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene on the path to another term in office.

Greene easily won her Republican primary in Georgia’s 14th Congressional District on Tuesday, besting five challengers.

She will face a Democrat in the ...Read more

Biden to sign policing order two years after George Floyd's death

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President Joe Biden is set to issue an executive order to revise use-of-force policies for federal law enforcement on Wednesday’s two-year anniversary of the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police.

The order would require a review and modification of federal law-enforcement policies, including restrictions on no-knock ...Read more

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Conference calls a rare occurrence

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When 81 members of the House and 26 senators met on May 12 to start negotiating differences between the House and Senate takes on technology competition bills, it was the first time in 17 months a conference committee met.

Forty-six of the conferees are new to the process. Among them are nine House members and six senators who have been in ...Read more

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Commentary: Reseal the deal with Iran

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It could be make or break time for the Iran nuclear deal.

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) was the Obama administration’s top foreign policy achievement. It led to dramatic reductions in Iran’s ability to enrich uranium in return for the U.S. and its allies lifting nuclear-related sanctions that were crippling Iran’s economy...Read more

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Editorial: Voters should nail down lawmakers on how far they will go to restrict abortion

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For years, the anti-abortion movement has generally tolerated exceptions in cases of rape or incest, or when the health or life of the woman was at risk from pregnancy. It was seemingly neutral territory in the debate, a recognition of the complexity of real-life circumstances.

But now that the U.S. Supreme Court is poised to reverse Roe v. ...Read more

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California Rep. David Valadao voted to impeach. Can he keep his seat if Trump stays quiet?

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HANFORD, Calif. — The moment Rep. David Valadao and nine other House Republicans voted to impeach then-President Donald Trump for inciting an insurrection at the Capitol, they were all engulfed in a wave of backlash — outraged conservatives back home, challengers eager to oust them, and Trump’s constant commentary casting doubt on their ...Read more

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Kevin McCarthy claims Biden rarely takes his calls. What does it mean if the House flips?

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WASHINGTON — As the United States hastily exited Afghanistan last year, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy dialed up the White House’s public switchboard number to lodge his anger over the messy withdrawal.

The California Republican got a quizzical call back from a White House staffer who wanted to know if it was actually him who left a ...Read more

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States, localities await federal help on cybersecurity

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WASHINGTON — The House passed legislation last week to ensure that federal cybersecurity experts assist their state and local government counterparts in protecting networks from devastating attacks like those that have crippled cities in Alabama, Michigan, Oklahoma and elsewhere.

The legislation would codify support and assistance that the ...Read more

Travel once energized Biden, but Asia trip offers little relief from political woes

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TOKYO — On his fifth and final day in Asia, President Joe Biden voiced amazement that Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese joined other leaders in Japan just a day after he was sworn in.

“If you fall asleep while you’re here, it’s OK,” Biden joked to Albanese. “Because I don’t know how you’re doing it.”

Biden, who ...Read more

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Prepare to say goodbye to Missouri's presidential primary election

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri voters won’t get a chance to head to the polls in the 2024 presidential primary if Gov. Mike Parson signs off on legislation altering state election laws.

As part of a significant rewrite of state voting regulations, including another attempt by Republicans to require voters to have a photo ID to cast a ballot...Read more

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Biden says US military would step in if China attacked Taiwan

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President Joe Biden said the U.S. military would intervene to defend Taiwan in any attack from China, comments that appeared to break from the long-standing U.S. policy of “strategic ambiguity” before they were walked back by White House officials.

Asked during a press briefing on Monday in Tokyo whether the U.S. would be willing to get ...Read more

Biden unveils a US-Asia trade initiative that falls short of a free trade deal

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TOKYO — President Joe Biden on Monday unveiled an initiative that he said would bind the U.S. and Asian economies more closely but that falls short of a free trade agreement and remains vague on details.

The newly named group, the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity, is intended to increase cooperation on trade, energy, the supply ...Read more

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Editorial: First abortion, next birth control -- women understand the stakes

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Over the past few weeks, Americans have come to understand just how deeply Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision that established women’s rights to control their reproductive health care, is ingrained in the nation’s legal foundation. The leak of a draft Supreme Court opinion has put the nation on notice that federal ...Read more

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Commentary: We've expanded the Supreme Court before. It's time to do so again

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With the leak of Justice Samuel Alito’s draft opinion overturning Roe v. Wade generating shockwaves across the country, Supreme Court expansion is once again emerging as a serious proposal in response to the extreme partisanship overtaking our nation’s highest court. Throughout our nation’s history, federal lawmakers have expanded and ...Read more

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Georgia Gov. Kemp poised for a big win Tuesday, but Trump's shadow looms large

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ATLANTA — When Gov. Brian Kemp is asked how he handles Donald Trump's unrelenting fury, he typically launches into the well-practiced answer he offered at a recent stop in Atlanta's exurbs: "I've never said a bad word about their administration. And I don't plan on doing that."

But the constant questions about Trump's obsession with defeating...Read more