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Rudy Giuliani, new target of Fulton County election probe, testifies before grand jury

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ATLANTA — Rudy Giuliani, the onetime personal attorney of former President Donald Trump, testified before the Fulton County special purpose grand jury examining Georgia’s 2020 elections for roughly six hours on Wednesday.

Pryor Street in downtown Atlanta took on a circus-like atmosphere as some three dozen reporters and camera operators ...Read more

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Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg will testify against company as part of plea deal, source says

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NEW YORK — The Trump Organization’s longtime chief financial officer will admit to conspiring with the Trump Organization and Trump Payroll Corp. in a 15-year tax fraud scheme while head of the company’s finances at a Manhattan Supreme Court hearing on Thursday, the New York Daily News has confirmed.

Allen Weisselberg is expected to ...Read more

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South Carolina's 6-week abortion ban temporarily blocked by state Supreme Court

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — In a unanimous decision, the South Carolina Supreme Court has temporarily blocked the state’s six-week abortion ban.

The six-page order was signed Wednesday by all five sitting justices.

The order means that for the time being as litigation continues, the state’s abortion clinics can proceed with abortion procedures up ...Read more

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North Carolina ban on abortion after 20 weeks can be enforced, judge rules

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RALEIGH, N.C. — A federal judge has ruled that North Carolina’s general ban on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy can be enforced, following the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling allowing states to restrict abortion.

In a court order Wednesday, U.S. District Judge William Osteen lifted an injunction that had blocked the ban, declaring ...Read more

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South Carolina's 6-week abortion ban temporarily blocked by state Supreme Court

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — In a unanimous decision the South Carolina Supreme Court has temporarily blocked the state’s six-week abortion ban.

The six-page order was signed Aug. 17 by all five sitting justices.

The order means that for the time being as litigation continues the state’s abortion clinics can proceed with abortion procedures up until...Read more

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Rudy Giuliani, new target of Fulton County election probe, testifies before grand jury

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ATLANTA — Rudy Giuliani, the onetime personal attorney of former President Donald Trump, entered the Fulton County courthouse Wednesday morning to testify before the special purpose grand jury examining Georgia’s 2020 elections.

Pryor Street in downtown Atlanta took on a circus-like atmosphere as some three-dozen reporters and camera ...Read more

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Biden's freeze on oil, gas leases on public land is reinstated -- for now

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden won temporary permission to once again pause energy leasing on federal lands and waters, after a U.S. appeals court found a trial judge’s order against the moratorium too vague to review.

The court on Wednesday threw out the judge’s nationwide injunction forcing a restart of the leasing from the Gulf of ...Read more

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Trump-backed candidates are winning elsewhere. Why not Georgia?

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ATLANTA — U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney's resounding primary defeat to a Donald Trump-backed challenger in Wyoming on Tuesday is only the latest in a string of victories by the former president's preferred picks.

And each time a Trump-backed contender notches a major victory ahead of his likely comeback attempt, Georgia seems more like an outlier: one...Read more

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Giuliani, new target of Fulton probe, to testify before grand jury

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ATLANTA — Rudy Giuliani, the onetime personal attorney of former President Donald Trump, entered the Fulton County courthouse on Wednesday morning to testify before the special purpose grand jury examining Georgia’s 2020 elections.

Pryor Street in downtown Atlanta took on a circus-like atmosphere as some three-dozen reporters and ...Read more

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Editorial: Republicans can side with law and order or with Trump's lawless base. Not both

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Having spent the past week inflaming the base over the FBI search of Mar-a-Lago, Republican leaders are getting exactly what they invited: threats against law enforcement and at least one actual attack that resulted in the attacker’s death. The lesson of Jan. 6, 2021 — that some of former President Donald Trump’s most radical followers ...Read more

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Rep. Liz Cheney loses Wyoming GOP primary to Trump-backed challenger

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WASHINGTON — Rep. Liz Cheney, the vice chair of the House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol and a leading figure in the Republican effort to hold former President Donald Trump accountable, was defeated in the GOP primary for the Wyoming congressional district she’s represented since 2017.

The three-term ...Read more

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Late US Rep. Don Young's office closes, leaving no House staff to take Alaska constituent calls

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WASHINGTON — The late U.S. Rep. Don Young’s former office officially closed Tuesday, and all his remaining staffers were taken off payroll. The winner of Tuesday’s special U.S. House election will move into the Alaska Republican’s former office after being sworn in next month, but it’ll remain vacant for weeks before then.

In March, ...Read more

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Republican gubernatorial candidate Doug Mastriano challenges Democrat Josh Shapiro to two debates, but with conditions

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PITTSBURGH — Gubernatorial debates in Pennsylvania are usually hosted by independent media outlets, moderated by journalists and news anchors who have been covering the campaigns for months.

Republican candidate Doug Mastriano has a new proposal, and says he will only debate Democrat Josh Shapiro “if it’s a fair fight.”

Fairness, Mr. ...Read more

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Trump asks appeals court to scrap New York probe of his assets

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NEW YORK — Former President Donald Trump’s lawyer asked a federal appeals court to block New York’s investigation into potentially fraudulent asset valuations at his sprawling real-estate company, extending his legal battle over the three-year-old probe.

The investigation by New York Attorney General Letitia James is “harassing and ...Read more

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Rep. Liz Cheney loses Wyoming GOP primary to Trump-backed challenger

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WASHINGTON — Rep. Liz Cheney, the vice chair of the House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol and a leading figure in the Republican effort to hold former President Donald Trump accountable, was defeated in the GOP primary for the Wyoming congressional district she’s represented since 2017.

The three-term ...Read more

US weighs EU plan to revive Iran nuclear deal abandoned by Trump

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The Biden administration is weighing Iran’s response to a European Union proposal aimed at reviving the 2015 international nuclear agreement, with officials on both sides of the Atlantic signaling the possibility that a deal could emerge now after more than a year of false starts.

While the U.S. so far has refused to comment in detail on the ...Read more

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Florida court says 16-year-old in state care is too immature to choose abortion

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MIAMI — Jane Doe 22-B, a 16-year-old in the care of Florida child welfare authorities, lacks the maturity to be allowed to terminate her 10-week-pregnancy, an Escambia County judge said.

She will have to grow up fast: Under a ruling handed down by an appeals court Monday, Jane may be forced to become a mother.

Acting upon Jane’s written ...Read more

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Near total abortion ban with no rape, incest exceptions advances to SC House floor

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — A Republican-led House panel advanced legislation Tuesday that would outlaw nearly all abortions in South Carolina but make an exception for the life and health of the mother.

The House Judiciary Committee voted 13-7 largely along party lines Tuesday to send H. 5399 to the House floor for what is expected to be a contentious ...Read more

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Donald Trump Jr. has meltdown discussing Mar-a-Lago search

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Donald Trump Jr. got so worked up speaking about the FBI’s search to recover confidential documents from his father’s home last week that it even caused critics of the former president’s namesake to wonder about his well-being.

The Atlantic writer Molly Jong-Fast posted the 44-year-old scion’s rapid-fire rant, which included a nonstop ...Read more

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Ex-Congressman TJ Cox to be released from jail after entering plea on federal fraud charges

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FRESNO, Calif. — Former U.S. Rep. Terrance John “TJ” Cox pleaded not guilty Tuesday afternoon to federal criminal charges of wire fraud, money laundering, financial fraud and campaign contribution fraud.

Cox, who surrendered Tuesday morning to FBI agents, addressed U.S. Magistrate Judge Sheila Oberto by teleconference from the Fresno ...Read more