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Commentary: Donald Trump's advice on drinking and drugs is 'Don't start.' So what's wrong with that?

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In a Fox News interview last week, Donald Trump advised that the best way to avoid getting addicted to alcohol or drugs is to not start using them.

Now, the only time I didn’t vote for a Democrat, it was to vote for Bernie Sanders. So it pains me to say this, but — ugh — Trump is right.

The former president said he had watched incredibly...Read more

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Biden vs. Trump: Where they stand on Israel, Palestinians, Middle East

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WASHINGTON -- The Israel-Hamas war has thrust Israel and Palestinians back on the front-burner of U.S. policy, and abruptly injected some long-standing divisive issues into the 2024 presidential race.

Both President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump express baseline support for Israel, but they diverge significantly on a two-state ...Read more

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Editorial: Hunter Biden's rampant self indulgence, bad judgment

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Hunter Biden finds himself in a predicament of his own making. The question President Joe Biden might ask is why his son has allowed his legal travails to drag on to the point that they’ve become a political liability for his father.

A Delaware jury this week convicted the younger Biden on three felony firearms charges related to lying on a ...Read more

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Editorial: No honor system: Supreme Court isn't above other branches

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Speaking freely at a glitzy Supreme Court Historical Society event earlier this month, Justice Samuel Alito pointed out that there are “fundamental things that really can’t be compromised” in society, and speculated that “one side or the other is going to win.” The comments were recorded by a documentarian who had attended the events ...Read more

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Two Republicans aim to flip Colorado's newest congressional district two years after Democrat won a nail-biter

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DENVER — The race for Colorado’s newly formed 8th Congressional District was one of the closest contests in the country in 2022, with Democratic U.S. Rep. Yadira Caraveo eking out a victory by a less-than-1% margin over her Republican opponent.

But state Rep. Gabe Evans, a first-term Weld County Republican whose Colorado House district ...Read more

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Biden readies protections for some undocumented migrants

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is planning an executive action as soon as next week that would protect certain undocumented immigrants from deportation, according to people familiar with the matter.

The new measure would allow spouses of U.S. citizens who lack legal status to remain in the country and seek authorization to work, said the ...Read more

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Jill Biden appeals to Duluth seniors with pro-aging, pro-Biden pep talk

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DULUTH, Minn. — First Lady Jill Biden, self-described as "Nana," made an appeal to older voters during a stop here Thursday at the Lincoln Park Community Center — her kickoff to a campaign meant to draw the support of seniors in the current administration's bid for reelection in November.

Biden's 15-minute speech was a pro-aging pep rally ...Read more

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Biden vows not to commute Hunter's gun sentence

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President Joe Biden Thursday vowed not to commute any sentence his son Hunter may get after his conviction on federal gun charges.

“No,” Biden said in response to shouted questions from reporters about commuting Hunter Biden’s sentence at the end of a press conference with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy at the Group of Seven ...Read more

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Trump plan to eliminate tip tax garners Capitol Hill interest

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In meetings with congressional Republicans on Thursday that were otherwise light on concrete policy details, former President Donald Trump again trotted out his desire to eliminate federal taxes on income from tips.

Many Republicans said the idea had merit and should be part of the conversation as Congress weighs how to address the expiration ...Read more

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Trump says he hopes Larry Hogan, a longtime political adversary, wins his US Senate race

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Former President Donald Trump all but endorsed the U.S. Senate campaign of Maryland Republican Larry Hogan on Thursday, but it’s unclear if his statements will help or hurt Hogan, who has long been a political adversary.

“I think he has a good chance to win,” the Republican Trump told Fox News in an interview posted on the network’s ...Read more

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Trump tells CEOs he would cut corporate tax rate to 20%

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WASHINGTON — Donald Trump promised to lower the corporate tax rate to 20%, further reducing the income levy on the largest U.S. companies that he already slashed while president, according to people familiar with the remarks.

The presumptive Republican presidential nominee pitched his support for cutting the business tax rate during a private...Read more

Philadelphia’s 200-year-old disability records show welfare reform movement’s early shift toward rationing care and punishing poor people

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Charles Kingley was a widower and a single father of four who lived in the Northern Liberties neighborhood of Philadelphia in 1829. He worked at a brewhouse but struggled to secure care for his youngest child, William, who was about 5 years old and nearly blind.

Barbra Sion, a 74-year-old woman living in Southwark, was recorded by ...Read more

Ukraine’s draft woes leave the West facing pressure to make up for the troop shortfall

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Ukraine’s current military recruitment campaign is not going according to plan.

Announced on April 16, 2024, the drive was aimed at enlisting hundreds of thousands of young Ukrainian men to help push back against a Russian invasion that has gained momentum in recent months.

But the effort has been met with public skepticism,...Read more

People ambivalent about political issues support violence more than those with clear opinions

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Choices about political candidates and issues are inherently limited and imperfect, leading many people to feel mixed emotions, and even conflicting opinions, about which candidate or position they prefer.

In general, being ambivalent reduces political participation. For example, the more ambivalent a person is about candidates in an ...Read more

Supreme Court justices secretly recorded – the legal issues and what they mean for the rest of us

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Posing as a “Christian conservative” at the Supreme Court Historical Society’s members-only, black-tie gala, liberal journalist and filmmaker Lauren Windsor secretly recorded her conversations with Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, Justice Samuel Alito and Alito’s wife, Martha-Ann Alito. The event on June 3, 2024, was not open...Read more

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'All hands on deck': Trump vows to help GOP in House races

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WASHINGTON — House Republican lawmakers serenaded former President Donald Trump on Thursday, as he urged them and their Senate counterparts to hold the line on hot-button issues like abortion, immigration and trade tariffs — and work harder to win both chambers in November.

Senators, following a separate meeting with Trump, described that ...Read more

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Justice Alito neighbor says secret tapes prove he lied about flags

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A neighbor of Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito says secret tapes prove the judge lied about controversial right-wing flags that his wife hoisted at their homes.

Emily Baden said caught-on-tape remarks leave no room for doubt that Martha-Ann Alito intentionally wanted to send political messages by flying an upside-down American flag at their ...Read more

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Cuba will attempt to influence 2024 elections in Florida, U.S. intelligence warns

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The U.S. intelligence community believes the Cuban government will attempt to influence U.S. elections in 2024, possibly deploying targeted campaigns to affect state and local races in Florida, officials with the Office of Director of National Intelligence said.

The assessment comes after the director’s office assessed last year that Havana ...Read more

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Fani Willis says she's been 'attacked and oversexualized'

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ATLANTA — Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis on Thursday defended Black women, saying they are often the victims of violence and are the most unprotected members of society.

Speaking to a congregation at Turner Chapel AME Church in Marietta, Willis cited her own experience of being “attacked and oversexualized” as a Black woman ...Read more

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Rep. Rashida Tlaib calls for two Supreme Court justices to be impeached

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WASHINGTON — Detroit Democratic U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib on Thursday called for the impeachment of conservative U.S. Supreme Court Justices Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas, saying the high court faces a "corruption crisis."

"We need urgent action to hold these unhinged, corrupt extremists accountable," Tlaib said Thursday in a speech on the ...Read more