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Washington state's GOP secretary of state resigns to join Biden administration

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OLYMPIA, Wash. — Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman on Tuesday announced her resignation to take a key election-security position in President Joe Biden’s administration.

For the federal government, Tuesday’s announcement marks the recruitment of an administrator with depth of experience with mail voting and a rare Republican who has...Read more

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Missouri Senate candidate Mark McCloskey says teen incest victims should be denied abortions

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Republican Missouri Senate candidate Mark McCloskey told an audience last week he believes 13-year-old rape and incest victims should not be allowed to have abortions, stating he had a client who was raped at 13 but who gave birth to a child who now has a master's degree.

He made the comments in response to an audience ...Read more

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During busy week, Biden makes time for summit of Southeast Asian nations

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is preparing for two international conferences in Europe this week, campaigning for Democrats and trying to reach an agenda-fulfilling deal on expanding safety net programs.

But he cleared a chunk of his schedule on Tuesday and Wednesday to participate in a virtual summit of Southeast Asian nations, a sign ...Read more

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President Biden honors Tree of Life victims, calls on those left behind to 'turn pain into purpose'

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PITTSBURGH — Marking the three-year anniversary of the mass shooting at Tree of Life synagogue on Oct. 27, 2018, that killed 11 worshippers and is believed to be the deadliest attack against Jews in American history, President Joe Biden said the day and its aftermath "remind all of us to embrace the better angels of our nature," to "turn pain ...Read more

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'Scurrilous!': Eric Adams and Curtis Sliwa trade insults in fiery final NYC mayoral debate

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NEW YORK — New York City’s sleepy mayoral race briefly jolted awake on Tuesday night, as the second and final TV debate between Eric Adams and Curtis Sliwa devolved into a verbal fistfight.

Sliwa, the long-shot Republican nominee and Guardian Angels founder, was no angel on the debate stage, setting an adversarial tone almost immediately as...Read more

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Editorial: Haggling over trillions while important goals get shoved aside

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Democratic negotiators appear close to a deal that effectively would halve the original $3.5 trillion asking price of the social spending bill originally advanced by progressives. Disappointment abounds among progressives who were hoping for maximum financial impact on the lives of lower-income Americans. But since no one anywhere has the mental...Read more

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Commentary: The Supreme Court is broken and needs to be reformed

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The Supreme Court's reputation has been sullied by deeply contentious confirmation processes and the resulting polarizing rulings by its own justices. One would hope that the commission convened by President Joe Biden would at least acknowledge that this is a problem significant enough to warrant consideration of some transformative reform. But ...Read more

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Biden targets Trump while campaigning for Virginia's McAuliffe

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President Joe Biden campaigned for Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe Tuesday evening, lashing out repeatedly at former President Donald Trump and trying to tether him to Republican nominee Glenn Youngkin in the tight election contest.

“To win the Republican nomination he embraced Donald Trump,” Biden said, joining McAuliffe ...Read more

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Trump fails to keep lawsuit to get back on Twitter in Florida

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Twitter Inc.‘s legal battle to keep Donald Trump off the social media platform for inciting the Jan. 6 Capitol riot is being moved from Florida to a federal court in California over the former president’s objections.

U.S. District Judge Robert N. Scola in Miami on Tuesday granted Twitter’s request to transfer the case, citing the San ...Read more

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Illinois Senate votes to repeal law requiring parental notification for minors receiving abortions

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois Senate voted Tuesday to repeal a decades-old law that requires a parent to be notified when a minor seeks an abortion, an effort by supporters to cement the state’s position as a liberal leader on abortion rights as other states impose greater restrictions on the procedure.

Also Tuesday, a House committee ...Read more

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Minnesota lawmakers attempting to honor Prince with Congressional Gold Medal

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WASHINGTON – Minnesota's congressional delegation is making a bipartisan attempt to posthumously give a Congressional Gold Medal to pop music legend Prince.

U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar and U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar unveiled their legislation Monday trying to award the superstar Minnesotan with the rare and distinguished honor.

"He was a musical ...Read more

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Biden to nominate Rosenworcel as first female FCC chair in US

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Tuesday announced he will nominate Jessica Rosenworcel, the acting leader of the Federal Communications Commission, to become the first woman to serve as permanent chair of the agency.

Biden also announced his intent to nominate Gigi Sohn, a former FCC official, to serve as a commissioner and give ...Read more

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IRS bank reporting proposal to be dropped from budget bill, Manchin says

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WASHINGTON — A plan to beef up tax enforcement by requiring banks to report new data on accounts to the IRS is unlikely to survive in a compromise budget reconciliation package, Sen. Joe Manchin III said Tuesday.

The West Virginia Democrat, a key negotiator on the partisan spending and tax package, said during an Economic Club of Washington ...Read more

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California, New York fight over shrinking low-income housing aid in Democrats' bill

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WASHINGTON — In the scramble to appease centrists by scaling back their massive social safety net spending bill, Democrats are discussing cutting in half new funds to address homelessness, public housing, racial inequities in homeownership and renters’ assistance.

But because of the stark differences in the way low-income housing is ...Read more

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Trump frames new social media empire as selfless effort to counter Big Tech

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It’s not all about me — or the money.

Former President Donald Trump asserted on Tuesday that his planned new social media company is an altruistic effort to give a voice to his supporters who have been “silenced by Big Tech” — not a big-bucks scam to raise quick cash.

“This is about saving our country. America has always been a ...Read more

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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene fined for flouting COVID mask rules in Congress

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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., just doesn’t want to obey the rules.

The far-right firebrand has been fined a total of $5,500 for three violations of Congressional rules requiring lawmakers to wear masks on the House floor to limit the spread of COVID-19.

The outspoken opponent of masking and vaccination mandates, who had to apologize ...Read more

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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