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California Rep. Devin Nunes announces retirement

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LOS ANGELES — Rep. Devin Nunes, a controversial congressman from California's San Joaquin Valley, told his constituents Monday that he will retire at the end of the month, according to local media sources.

The former dairy farmer’s retirement comes in the midst of the every-decade redrawing of congressional districts and as California loses...Read more

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Congress members blast proposed Discovery WarnerMedia merger

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More than 30 Democratic members of Congress are raising concerns about cable programming giant Discovery's proposed $43-billion takeover of WarnerMedia, owner of CNN, HBO, Cartoon Network, and the Warner Bros. television and film studio.

In a letter Monday to U.S. Atty. Gen. Merrick Garland and Assistant Atty. Gen. Jonathan Kanter, the ...Read more

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Max Rose throws hat into the ring to retake House seat from Malliotakis

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Former Democratic Rep. Max Rose announced Monday he’ll try to retake the seat in New York's 11th Congressional District that he lost to Republican Rep. Nicole Malliotakis last year.

His announcement comes as Republicans picked up ground locally in November’s elections — with the GOP gaining two seats in the City Council for a total of ...Read more

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Bill to punish China over Uyghur oppression to get House vote

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WASHINGTON — Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the House will vote this week on legislation aiming to punish China for its treatment of Uyghur Muslims, a move sure to anger the government in Beijing and add to tensions between the world’s two largest economies.

Pelosi announced the schedule a short time after President Joe Biden’s top ...Read more

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Commentary: Wake up, America

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While we fight with each other, foreign corporations and governments are expanding their influence over American law.

One example of many: Uber and some other global companies recently spent $200 million pushing a ballot measure to rewrite California law in their favor. Now they are taking that big-money playbook to force favorable laws across ...Read more

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Congressman's family poses with guns on Christmas card days after deadly Michigan school shooting

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Kentucky Congressman Thomas Massie posted his family’s Christmas card on Twitter Saturday. In that photo, all seven family members are brandishing high-powered weapons, including the family patriarch, who is grinning while holding what appears to be an M-60 machine gun.

The photo was put online days after a Michigan shooter fatally shot four ...Read more

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Biden fetes Bette Midler, SNL creator as Kennedy Honors resume

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President Joe Biden hosted a star-studded celebration marking the annual Kennedy Center Honors, resuming a tradition of honoring achievement in the arts and culture that lapsed during Donald Trump’s presidency.

This year’s honorees joining Biden at a White House reception were singer-songwriters Bette Midler and Joni Mitchell, “Saturday ...Read more

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French far-right candidate's first rally marked by violent clash

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French far-right television pundit Eric Zemmour’s first political rally since declaring his candidacy for president was marred by fighting involving dozens of people within the venue, violence that underlines the divisiveness of his campaign.

Television footage of the event shown on BFM on Sunday showed a man lunging at Zemmour as he made ...Read more

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Omar says Pelosi to address GOP lawmaker's anti-Muslim comments

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WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has committed to taking action to address anti-Muslim remarks Colorado Congresswoman Lauren Boebert made suggesting that Rep. Ilhan Omar posed a threat of terrorist violence, the Minnesota Democrat said Sunday.

Pelosi made a “promise to me that she will take care of this, and I believe her,” Omar, ...Read more

French right picks the woman who runs Paris region to take on Macron

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France’s Republicans nominated their first woman presidential candidate in a primary that sharpened the focus of the challenge facing Emmanuel Macron in next year’s election.

Valerie Pecresse won the final round of the conservative’s ballot on Saturday after 61% of members backed her. Eric Ciotti, a lawmaker from southern France often ...Read more

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Venezuelan vote marred by government interference, Carter Center says

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Venezuela’s recent elections were marked by unfairness and political repression, but in a positive change from recent years, they did allow greater participation for the opposition, Jimmy Carter’s Carter Center wrote in a report.

While the opposition got more votes, the ruling party won most of the available positions amid low turnout and ...Read more

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President Joe Biden to visit Kansas City next week as he promotes infrastructure law

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden will travel to the Kansas City area on Wednesday, according to White House officials, in a visit that comes as he continues to promote his new infrastructure law and build support for a federal social spending proposal.

The White House did not immediately announce the exact location of the visit — Biden’s ...Read more

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Trump's media company to get $1 billion in investment from SPAC

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Former President Donald Trump’s media company said Digital World Acquisition Corp. has agreed to a $1 billion investment following the combination of both companies.

Trump first announced the plan to merge with the so-called blank-check firm in October that would help enable him to regain a social media presence after he was kicked off ...Read more

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US officials say chances of rejoining Iran nuclear deal may slip away

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WASHINGTON — Iran didn’t show seriousness in the latest talks to rejoin a 2015 accord restraining its nuclear program, and the U.S. is preparing for a scenario in which restoring the deal won’t be possible, a senior U.S. official said Saturday.

It was the most pessimistic American assessment of the negotiations yet.

In the seventh round...Read more

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Sen. Kyrsten Sinema won't commit to voting for Biden's big social spending package

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Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema is still on the fence about Build Back Better.

The moderate holdout broke her silence on Friday about President Joe Biden’s $1.8 trillion social spending plan, saying only that she is still negotiating with fellow Democrats.

In a rare TV interview, the usually tight-lipped Sinema declined to back the bill, which ...Read more

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Trump upset with ex-aide Mark Meadows for spilling the beans on positive COVID-19 test before debate with Biden: report

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Former President Donald Trump is reportedly boiling mad at former aide Mark Meadows for disclosing that Trump tested positive for COVID-19 in the days before the first debate with Joe Biden.

The famously mercurial Trump has derided Meadows in conversations with friends since the ex-White House chief of staff revealed the previously unknown test...Read more

Number of US households with married couple and children falls to record low

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WASHINGTON — The number of U.S. homes with a married couple and kids fell to a record low, according to new government data, as the pandemic further delayed weddings and more adults don’t plan to have kids at all.

The share of the U.S.’s 130 million households headed by married parents with children under age 18 fell to 17.8% in 2021 from...Read more

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Missouri Republicans, anticipating blow to Roe v. Wade, push anti-abortion proposals

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Missouri Republicans, encouraged by an upcoming U.S. Supreme Court decision many anticipate will severely reduce or eliminate the federal right to end a pregnancy, are poised to push an aggressive new slate of anti-abortion measures in the General Assembly next year.

Proposals include requiring women to undergo an ...Read more

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First lady Jill Biden visits Philly to encourage COVID-19 vaccinations for kids

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PHILADELPHIA — As young children got vaccinated against the coronavirus on Friday at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia in West Philadelphia, they joined more than 12,700 kids who have already done so in Philadelphia.

Their shots were already exciting — finally being able to get protected against COVID-19 was a big deal for the little ...Read more

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Justice Department blasts 'crude' Trump words while backing him in E. Jean Carroll case

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NEW YORK — The Biden administration sided with Donald Trump in urging a federal appeals court to find that he couldn’t be sued for defamation while he was president, which would allow him to dodge a lawsuit by a woman who claims he raped her two decades ago.

New York advice columnist E. Jean Carroll went public in 2019 with her claim that ...Read more