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Fulton County grand jury prepares to hear testimony in Trump probe

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ATLANTA — The Fulton County District Attorney’s wide-ranging criminal investigation into efforts to overturn Georgia’s 2020 presidential election is heating up, weeks after the seating of a special purpose grand jury with subpoena power.

Jurors are slated to hear closed-door testimony from Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger on Thursday...Read more

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Window closing for US to implement global corporate tax deal

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With midterm elections fast approaching, Democrats’ window to follow through on the Biden administration’s plan for rooting out tax havens and raising taxes on global companies’ foreign profits may be closing.

If congressional leaders can’t scrape together a filibuster-proof tax and spending package that includes implementation of the ...Read more

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'Do not vote for the worst Mom ever.' Does a Florida candidate have a daughter problem?

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Outgoing Florida Senate Appropriations chairperson Kelli Stargel, R-Lakeland apparently has a daughter problem.

Sen. Stargel, who is leaving her seat to run for Congress in the crowded GOP primary race for the newly drawn U.S. House District 15, got a “no” vote from her daughter Mary “Hannah” Stargel via a series of TikTok videos that ...Read more

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Biden to travel to Los Angeles for Summit of the Americas on June 8

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden will travel to Los Angeles on June 8 to host the ninth Summit of the Americas, a high-profile regional gathering that takes place every three to four years.

The weeklong conference is expected to address major regional issues that include finding ways to boost economic growth, combat ...Read more

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Progressive challenger topples Rep. Kurt Schrader in Oregon

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WASHINGTON — Rep. Kurt Schrader, a seven-term Democrat from Oregon’s 5th District, lost his renomination bid to attorney and emergency response coordinator Jamie McLeod-Skinner, who had the backing of local party officials and progressive groups.

McLeod-Skinner had 57% of the vote to Schrader’s 43% when The Associated Press called the ...Read more

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Mexican president unlikely to attend Summit of the Americas in LA next month

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MEXICO CITY — Despite a major U.S. lobbying effort, the president of Mexico hinted strongly Friday that he will not attend a high-stakes regional summit next month in Los Angeles because the Biden administration refuses to invite a trio of leftist governments.

Mexico is arguably the most important Latin American participant in the upcoming ...Read more

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House panel demands answers from gun makers on marketing of assault weapons

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WASHINGTON — The House Oversight Committee is demanding information about the marketing of assault weapons from leading gun manufacturers, including those that made the weapons used in the recent massacres in Texas and New York.

Committee Chair Carolyn Maloney, a New York Democrat, sent the inquiry in letters to Bushmaster Firearms Industries...Read more

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Donald Trump's lawsuit against New York Attorney General Letitia James is tossed out

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Donald Trump’s federal lawsuit challenging the authority of New York to investigate his sprawling real estate business was dismissed, the latest setback in efforts by the former president to halt the three-year-old probe.

Trump and his company failed to provide evidence that New York Attorney General Letitia James opened the investigation ...Read more

President Biden rebukes Putin, hails McCain at 2022 Naval Academy graduation ceremony

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. — President Joe Biden took aim at Russia and a changing world at the keynote address at the U.S. Naval Academy's graduation ceremony, where he also hailed late Naval officer Sen. John McCain.

Delivering the academy's keynote address at about 10:30 a.m. Friday, Biden told graduating midshipmen they would be commissioning into a ...Read more

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Biden to travel to Los Angeles for Summit of the Americas on June 8

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden will travel to Los Angeles on June 8 to host the ninth Summit of the Americas, a high-profile regional gathering that takes place every three to four years.

The weeklong conference is expected to address major regional issues that include finding ways to boost economic growth, combat ...Read more

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President Biden rebukes Putin, hails McCain at 2022 Naval Academy graduation ceremony

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. — President Joe Biden took aim at Russia and a changing world at the keynote address at the U.S. Naval Academy's graduation ceremony, where he also hailed late Naval officer Sen. John McCain.

Delivering the academy's keynote address at about 10:30 a.m. Friday, Biden told graduating midshipmen they would be commissioning into a ...Read more

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Feds interview Georgia Republicans who refused to serve as 'fake' electors

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ATLANTA — Federal investigators have interviewed several Georgia Republicans who refused to join a phony slate of GOP electors to help Donald Trump's failed effort to overturn the 2020 presidential election.

The interviews, first reported by CNN, involved at least one Republican who decided to take his name off the electoral list, along with ...Read more

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Editorial: Biden's clarity on Taiwan is risky

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"Strategic ambiguity" is what U.S. diplomats call America's policy on Taiwan and China. The strategy is to keep the peace by maintaining ambiguity over the degree the U.S. would go to defend Taiwan from a Chinese invasion.

To date, that intentional vagueness has met its objective of keeping Taiwan from declaring formal independence, which would...Read more

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Editorial: Trump mused about hanging Pence. Voters mustn't let GOP candidates ignore that

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Reports that then-President Donald Trump reacted favorably as the Capitol mob chanted “Hang Mike Pence” on Jan. 6, 2021, is a fresh reminder that Trump is, at his core, an aspiring anti-democracy strongman — one who still has a realistic prospect of winning the 2024 GOP presidential nomination. For years now, Republican politicians who ...Read more

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It's 'back to the forest' for Rep. Peter DeFazio

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He may spend his days thinking about transportation, but Rep. Peter A. DeFazio is ready to be done with airplanes.

“I have one of the longest commutes in the Lower 48,” says the retiring Democratic chair of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, who will soon trade those flights for a little fly fishing.

DeFazio has always ...Read more

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Lauren Boebert debates primary challenger Don Coram in southwest Colorado

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IGNACIO, Colo. — Colorado’s West Slope firebrand, U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert, traded blows with her most formidable challenger, state Sen. Don Coram, Thursday morning at Ignacio’s Sky Ute Casino.

The hour-long debate between the two, vying for the Republican nomination in the massive congressional district, ranged in topics from gun laws, ...Read more

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If Congress doesn't pass a bill to address mass shootings, they shouldn't be paid, Cleaver says

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WASHINGTON — Missouri Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, a Democrat from Kansas City, introduced a bill Thursday that would suspend pay for members of Congress every time there is a mass shooting.

His bill comes in the immediate aftermath of two mass shootings this month — one in Buffalo, New York, where a racist gunman killed 10 people and one in Texas...Read more

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Donald Trump, Ivanka and Don Jr. must testify in New York attorney general's investigation, appeals court rules

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NEW YORK — Donald Trump and two of his adult children must testify in New York Attorney General Letitia James’ civil investigation into the former president’s family real estate business, an appeals court ruled Thursday.

Trump, Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr. had fought a February order by Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Arthur Engoron ...Read more

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A brutal slog awaits: Georgia candidates draw battle lines ahead of November race

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ATLANTA — The policy divides in Georgia's marquee political races came into clearer focus after this week's primaries, as Republicans tied their opponents to President Joe Biden and Democrats condemned pro-gun GOP stances following another mass shooting.

The candidates for Georgia's top offices raced to better define themselves — and their ...Read more

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With July approaching, mental health bill seems far off

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WASHINGTON — Lawmakers are facing increased pressure to pass a comprehensive mental health and substance use package but are unlikely to make an initial goal of advancing legislation before the implementation of a three-digit suicide hotline in July.

At least four congressional committees have committed to advancing a swath of bipartisan ...Read more