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Nikki Haley says she'll vote for Trump, notwithstanding 'birdbrain' insult

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Nikki Haley says she will vote for Donald Trump, who nicknamed her “birdbrain” when they competed for the Republican presidential nomination at the start of the year.

The former South Carolina governor confirmed she would support her former opponent while speaking about national security and foreign policy at the Hudson Institute in ...Read more

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Maryland Democratic Senate candidate Angela Alsobrooks warns against trusting Larry Hogan on abortion

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BALTIMORE — Maryland Democratic leaders warned against trusting U.S. Senate Republican nominee Larry Hogan’s recent abortion revelation, pointing to his legislative record and kinship with anti-abortion Republicans.

At a news conference held outside of Baltimore’s American Visionary Art Museum, Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Angela ...Read more

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In possible DNC preview, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker mocks ex-President Donald Trump

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CHICAGO — Before a captive crowd of national media members in Chicago on Wednesday, Gov. J.B. Pritzker heaped scorn upon former President Donald Trump, saying the presumptive GOP presidential nominee is cruel, wants to be a dictator and is “waiting to become the first felon elected president.”

The remarks, made at a media gathering at the...Read more

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Nikki Haley says she will vote for Trump in November

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Nikki Haley, who challenged Donald Trump for the Republican nomination, said she plans to vote for her former rival in November, becoming the latest critic of the former president to back his White House bid.

“Biden has been a catastrophe. So I will be voting for Trump,” Haley said Wednesday at an event in Washington, her first public ...Read more

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Louisiana abortion drug bill latest front in post-Dobbs fight

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The Louisiana Legislature is close to passing legislation that would classify two drugs used in medication abortion and miscarriage management as “controlled dangerous substances” — a move that has prompted outcry from the Biden campaign and that experts say could have complicated downstream effects.

No state currently classifies either ...Read more

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Florida judge courts controversy after asking lawyer to join her campaign

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A Broward judge facing reelection may have been courting controversy in February when she asked a lawyer appearing in front of her why he did not return her phone call from a month earlier.

The phone call, it turns out, was a voicemail asking attorney Michael Jones to join the reelection campaign committee for Broward Circuit Judge Stefanie ...Read more

Sunak gambles on July 4 election as Tories struggle in polls

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LONDON — Rishi Sunak called a surprise U.K. general election for July 4, with the prime minister battling a Downing Street downpour and protesters to set his Conservative Party up for a bruising six-week battle to try to stop Keir Starmer’s poll-leading opposition Labour Party from taking power.

“Now is the moment for Britain to choose ...Read more

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Detroit chamber cancels Michigan Senate debate after Rogers, Slotkin decline to take part

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DETROIT — The Detroit Regional Chamber said Wednesday it had called off the bipartisan U.S. Senate debate planned for May 30 during next week's Mackinac Policy Conference because two leading candidates, Republican Mike Rogers and Democrat Elissa Slotkin, refused to take part.

"The leading candidates' refusal to engage in this vital forum ...Read more

House Legislative Branch spending bill would boost Capitol Police, GAO

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WASHINGTON — House Republican appropriators on Wednesday released the draft text of a $7.1 billion fiscal 2025 Legislative Branch spending bill.

The proposal — which leaves room for Senate-only items but doesn’t specify them in deference to that chamber — represents an overall increase of $375 million, or nearly 6 percent, from fiscal ...Read more

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House Legislative Branch spending bill would boost Capitol Police, GAO

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WASHINGTON — House Republican appropriators on Wednesday released the draft text of a $7.1 billion fiscal 2025 Legislative Branch spending bill.

The proposal — which leaves room for Senate-only items but doesn’t specify them in deference to that chamber — represents an overall increase of $375 million, or nearly 6 percent, from fiscal ...Read more

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Vilsack says House proposal threatens farm bill coalition

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WASHINGTON — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said the House’s farm bill is designed for an “impasse” and will cause additional delays in renewing provisions that lawmakers have already had to extend by a year.

“The reality is, it’s crossing a significant red line that has been established throughout the course of the conversation ...Read more

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Detroit chamber cancels Senate debate after Rogers, Slotkin decline to take part

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The Detroit Regional Chamber said Wednesday it had called off the bipartisan U.S. Senate debate planned for May 30 during next week's Mackinac Policy Conference because two leading candidates, Republican Mike Rogers and Democrat Elissa Slotkin, refused to take part.

"The leading candidates' refusal to engage in this vital forum points to a ...Read more

Kenyan president will receive White House praise over troops-to-Haiti move − but lack of action across Americas should prompt regional soul-searching

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Kenyan President William Ruto will attend a rare U.S. state reception for an African leader on May 23, 2024 – but much of the chat will be about a third country: Haiti.

Kenyan troops are preparing to deploy to the Caribbean nation as part of a U.N.-backed mission aimed at bringing stability to a country ravaged by gang violence.

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Biden and Trump will fight for Michigan’s votes county by county in a state where little things matter a lot

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Between now and Election Day, journalists are going to spend a lot of time talking about Michigan as one of a group of “crucial battleground states” in the 2024 campaign. There will be stories about the state’s blue-collar roots and the importance of the vote from working-class white people, African Americans, Arab Americans, college ...Read more

Campus protests are part of an enduring legacy of civil disobedience improving American democracy

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They didn’t illegally camp out in local parks or on college campuses, as many protesters did across the U.S. recently. But back in 1773, the Boston Tea Partiers broke the law when they protested British Colonial taxes by throwing tea into Boston Harbor.

As protests drawing attention to the humanitarian crisis in Gaza have spread, ...Read more

How opioid treatment centers can overcome bipartisan NIMBYism to build local support

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Some residents of Fairmount, an upper-middle-income neighborhood of Philadelphia, are irate that a nearby homeless shelter is being turned into an addiction “triage” center without input from the surrounding community. News of the shelter’s expansion came just a week before the high-profile closing of an encampment of people ...Read more

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Commentary: Saving President Biden's infrastructure agenda from itself

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When an Interstate 95 overpass collapsed in Philadelphia in June, Pennsylvania’s Democratic governor, Josh Shapiro, responded with a master class in executive leadership.

Slashing through thousands of pages of red tape with a stroke of his pen, Shapiro focused solely on rebuilding as fast as possible and refused to let interest group politics...Read more

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Commentary: Biden treated Morehouse like a campaign pit stop

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Some might consider it an honor to have the president of the United States of America serve as their commencement speaker, but I would rather not have my graduation overshadowed by a campaign pit stop.

That’s exactly what happened at Morehouse College on Sunday.

One week before President Joe Biden delivered his address to graduating seniors,...Read more

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Missouri spends millions on abortion alternatives. Could the federal government crack down?

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — For years, Missouri lawmakers have redirected millions from a federal grant program intended to help low-income families to a state program aimed at steering women away from receiving abortions despite the state’s strict ban on the procedure.

Each year, the state receives millions in federal dollars through Temporary ...Read more

US Rep. Mike Simpson takes early lead in GOP primary as initial election results for Idaho reported

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Based on early returns, Republican voters in Idaho’s 2nd Congressional District appear to be leaning toward handing incumbent U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson a victory in Tuesday’s Republican primary election, which would grant him a chance to defend his seat in November’s general election.

Simpson, 73, of Idaho Falls, seeks his 14th term dating ...Read more