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US didn't know about Chinese balloons during Trump years until later

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Chinese surveillance balloons flew over the continental United States at least three times during the Trump years, according to a senior administration official, but their incursions weren’t discovered until after Joe Biden took office.

That gap may help explain why the former president, Donald Trump, and the senior officials who worked for ...Read more

Former foreign minister places first in Cyprus presidential vote; runoff to be held Feb. 12

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Cypriots will return to the ballot box on Feb. 12 to choose a leader who can oversee the Mediterranean island’s economic recovery as the fallout from the war in Ukraine continues to pose a threat.

Nicos Christodoulides, 49, an independent candidate, will face Andreas Mavroyiannis, 66, in the runoff with more than 99% of the vote counted. He ...Read more

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First lady Jill Biden to present at Grammy Awards

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LOS ANGELES — First Lady Jill Biden is in Los Angeles to be a presenter at Sunday night’s 65th Grammy Awards.

Biden arrived at Hollywood Burbank Airport on Saturday afternoon, according to KCBS-TV Channel 2. She was coming from Camp Pendleton, where she took part in a roundtable discussion with military families. She also offered some ...Read more

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It's 'telehealth vs. no care': Doctors say Congress risks leaving patients vulnerable

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When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Dr. Corey Siegel was more prepared than most of his peers.

Half of Siegel’s patients — many with private insurance and Medicaid — were already using telehealth, logging onto appointments through phones or computers. “You get to meet their family members; you get to meet their pets,” Siegel said. “You ...Read more

Diversity and moderation over tradition – why Democrats moved South Carolina to the start of the 2024 presidential campaign

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The Democratic National Committee approved a proposal on Feb. 4, 2023, that puts South Carolina first on the party’s presidential nominating calendar, upending 50 years of tradition. For the first time, voters of color, moderates, hourly workers – and Southerners – will have the first say in choosing the party’s nominee.

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'Cancer touches all of us': In San Diego, first lady highlights cancer screening, military families

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SAN DIEGO — On a visit to San Diego to highlight the administration’s “cancer moonshot” and initiatives for military families, first lady Jill Biden toured a Logan Heights health clinic Friday to discuss a $100,000 cancer screening grant, before greeting crew members of the USS Gabrielle Giffords warship based at Naval Base San Diego.

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Chinese spy balloon over the US: An aerospace expert explains how the balloons work and what they can see

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Officials of the U.S. Department of Defense confirmed on Feb. 2, 2023, that the military was tracking what it called a “spy balloon” that was drifting over the continental United States at an altitude of about 60,000 feet. The following day, Chinese officials acknowledged that the balloon was theirs but denied it was intended for spying ...Read more

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Commentary: Biden's successes were made possible by Obama

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It’s a safe bet that President Joe Biden will use his State of the Union address to brag about his many policy accomplishments over the last two years — and that the Democrats in the audience will respond with cheers. Many of Biden’s supporters argue that he can claim a truly exceptional degree of legislative success. According to the ...Read more

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Breaking a 'cement' ceiling: Summer Lee's journey to becoming Pa.'s first Black congresswoman

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PHILADELPHIA — Summer Lee’s swearing-in wasn’t the celebratory moment her family envisioned. Instead of watching Lee take the oath as the first Black woman to represent Pennsylvania in Congress, her mother and grandmother were dozing off in the House gallery as a Republican standstill over electing a new speaker dragged into its eighth ...Read more

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Biden unveils $500 million for Philly water upgrades as he touts infrastructure bill

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PHILADELPHIA — Standing in a green-tiled building that has treated Philadelphia’s water for more than a century, President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris on Friday unveiled $500 million in funding for lead pipe replacements and other water service upgrades in the city as the pair aimed to show that their bipartisan infrastructure...Read more

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Bills to increase access to abortion, get consent for pelvic exams on the agenda for Colorado women's caucus

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DENVER — More than seven months have passed since the U.S. Supreme Court decision that overturned Roe v. Wade, but this is the first chance Colorado lawmakers have had to work on legislation in its aftermath.

Last year, the Colorado Legislature passed the “Reproductive Health Equity Act,” guaranteeing the right to abortions in state law. ...Read more

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Trump offers $1 million bond to appeal Clinton lawsuit sanctions

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NEW YORK — Former President Donald Trump is getting ready to write a check to a Florida court for more than $1 million — but he’s hoping to get the money back.

Trump and one of his lawyers, Alina Habba, offered to post a $1.03 million bond to appeal a judge’s order sanctioning them $937,989 for filing a “frivolous” conspiracy suit ...Read more

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Lawmakers stumble on data privacy as another tech CEO to testify

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WASHINGTON — House lawmakers are set to meet next month with the CEO of TikTok at a hearing to probe whether one of the most popular apps in the world shares Americans’ data with China and whether it harms young children, the latest face-off between members of Congress and the head of a large social media platform.

Rep. Cathy McMorris ...Read more

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Ex-prosecutor Mark Pomerantz accuses Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg of botching Trump investigation in new book, report says

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NEW YORK — Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s office went on the offensive Friday, bracing for a new book by a former prosecutor who claims Bragg allowed his office’s criminal probe into Donald Trump to crash and burn.

Bragg has already tried to halt the publication of Mark Pomerantz’s “People vs. Donald Trump,” which hits ...Read more

Police traffic stops can alienate communities and lead to violent deaths like Tyre Nichols' -- is it time to rethink them?

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The killing of Tyre Nichols has raised questions about the use and risks of a routine part of U.S. policing: the traffic stop.

Nichols died in the hospital on Jan. 10, 2022, from injuries sustained in a beating by five officers three days earlier. The violence occurred after the 29-year-old Black man was pulled over while driving in ...Read more

Civil rights legislation sparked powerful backlash that's still shaping American politics

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For nearly 60 years, conservatives have been trying to gut the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the crowning achievement of the civil rights movement. As a scholar of American voting rights. I believe their long game is finally bearing fruit.

The 2013 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Shelby County v. Holder seemed to be the death knell for ...Read more

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Many Georgia Republicans want no part of Trump's comeback

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As former President Donald Trump steps up his comeback bid, some of the state’s most prominent Republicans are raising urgent concerns about whether he can retake the state — let alone the White House — in 2024.

Dozens of elected officials, conservative activists, current and former party leaders, and state GOP members surveyed by The ...Read more

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Republicans itch to take on Trump: Here's who's in the mix so far

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The field for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination is expanding.

Former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley is expected to announce her campaign in mid-February, and more contenders will likely follow. Although Donald Trump was the first to kick off the race by announcing his run just after last year’s midterm elections, he’s not ...Read more

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Biden comes to Philly to cast past accomplishments as a case for 2024 success

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PHILADELPHIA — President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris aim to move Democrats forward on a visit Friday to Philadelphia. Getting there may require a walk back down memory lane.

They’ll arrive just days ahead of the State of the Union address, when presidents usually lay out their grandest dreams for the coming year. But given ...Read more

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After Tyre Nichols death, Black Caucus will press Biden on police reform

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden said he hoped the death of Tyre Nichols “spurs some action” as he sought to reassure allies in the Congressional Black Caucus of a commitment to work with them to advance police reform.

“We’ve got to stay at it as long as it takes,” Biden said on Thursday at the White House, where he and Vice ...Read more