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India's Congress party pins revival on women in major state poll

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NEW DELHI — An actress jailed for protesting Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s controversial citizenship law, the mother of a rape survivor, and a beauty pageant winner. These are the women leading India’s once-dominant Congress party as it seeks to reinvent itself in a hotly contested state election.

The slew of female candidates in India�...Read more

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Editorial: Biden is starting to sound like Trump

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Not only has President Joe Biden failed to fulfill his promise to unite a broken nation, his rhetoric is now actively contributing to our divide. The president must watch his tone. He's starting to sound like the man he replaced.

In an angry, rambling rant in Georgia last week, Biden suggested those Americans who oppose the Democratic drive to ...Read more

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Cherfilus-McCormick, first Haitian American from Florida, officially joins Congress

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WASHINGTON — Florida’s newest congresswoman, Rep. Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick, officially took the oath of office Tuesday evening to represent the state’s most Democratic-leaning district.

Cherfilus-McCormick’s victory in last week’s special election made her the first Haitian American to serve in Florida’s congressional delegation ...Read more

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Senate begins debate on voting rights legislation

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WASHINGTON — The Senate began debate on voting rights legislation Tuesday for the first time this Congress, inching toward putting every member of the chamber on the record about where they stand on the issue.

But the legislation is almost certain to die, perhaps as early as Wednesday.

The bills Democrats want to pass — the John R. Lewis ...Read more

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Splintered Democrats stumble toward defeat on voting rights

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WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats edged closer to handing President Joe Biden another defeat as the chamber took up voting-rights legislation with extraordinarily long odds in the evenly divided chamber.

Republicans are expected to block a final vote on the bill, and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said Tuesday he would propose a one-time ...Read more

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Senate begins debate on voting rights legislation

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WASHINGTON — The Senate began debate on voting rights legislation Tuesday for the first time this Congress, inching toward putting every member of the chamber on the record about where they stand on the issue.

But the legislation is almost certain to die, perhaps as early as Wednesday.

The bills Democrats want to pass — the John R. Lewis ...Read more

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Supreme Court to hear Ted Cruz's challenge to campaign finance law

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WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court hears oral argument Wednesday in Sen. Ted Cruz’s challenge to a relatively obscure campaign finance provision, in another case that pits the free speech rights of candidates against a law meant to limit the influence of money in politics.

The Texas Republican’s lawsuit brings the Bipartisan Campaign Reform ...Read more

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Splintered Democrats stumble toward defeat on voting rights

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WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats are on the verge of handing President Joe Biden another defeat as they take up voting-rights legislation with extraordinarily long odds in the evenly divided chamber.

The legislation’s fate, which will be sealed when at least two Democrats vote as expected against changing Senate rules to ease its passage, ...Read more

Supreme Court hears California family's claim to painting taken by Nazis, sold to museum

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WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Tuesday heard a last-chance appeal from a Jewish family in California seeking to recover an Impressionist masterpiece that was seized by the Nazis in 1939 and has been on display in a Spanish museum since 1993.

At issue now after years of litigation, most of it in a Los Angeles court, is whether the dispute ...Read more

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Splintered Democrats stumble to verge of defeat on voting rights

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WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats are on the verge of handing President Joe Biden another defeat as they take up voting rights legislation with extraordinarily long odds in the evenly divided chamber.

The legislation’s fate, which will be sealed when at least two Democrats vote as expected against changing Senate rules to ease its passage, ...Read more

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Commentary: What do we teach law students when we have no faith in the Supreme Court?

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At the start of this new semester, we face a sobering reality. As law and political science professors, we’re in new territory: instructing our students about the foundations of constitutional law when neither they nor we have faith that the current Supreme Court will respect precedent and approach the law as the institution once had.

It is ...Read more

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5th Circuit judges ask Texas Supreme Court to weigh in on challenge to state's new abortion law

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The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday asked the Texas Supreme Court to resolve a central question in an ongoing legal challenge to the state's six-week ban on abortion, a highly unusual move that is expected to delay a resolution in the case.

In a 2-1 vote, a three-judge panel of the 5th Circuit sided with attorneys for the state and ...Read more

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Gov. Inslee, Washington Democrats push election bills as they weigh threats to democracy

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OLYMPIA, Wash. — Hypothetical scenario: A candidate for county executive loses an election, then claims there's been fraud in the county's election office and announces that something needs to be done about it.

"And supporters hear that and they decide, 'Well, I'm going to go and firebomb the place,' " said Sen. David Frockt, D-Seattle. "And ...Read more

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Ex-president is front and center in Pennsylvania's race for governor. Will it stay that way?

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PHILADELPHIA — Ahead of a Republican candidates’ forum in Lawrence County last week, organizers projected a recorded message from former President Donald Trump.

“I appreciate that western Pennsylvania and Pennsylvania is fighting so hard not only for the 2020 presidential theft and hoax but also for our country itself,” Trump told the ...Read more

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Biden returns to Philadelphia to visit food bank

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PHILADELPHIA — Filling food boxes and singing the Philadelphia Eagles fight song, “Fly, Eagles, Fly,” President Joe Biden returned to Philadelphia on Sunday to visit Philabundance, the same anti-hunger agency where he stopped for day-of-service duties in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day last year.

The president and first lady Jill ...Read more

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Biden faulted on inflation by majority in new poll

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WASHINGTON — A majority of Americans fault President Joe Biden’s handling of inflation and the economy, according to a CBS News poll, which also found that people increasingly find government guidance on COVID-19 confusing.

The poll suggests that inflation, which has reached the highest level in 40 years, is the biggest challenge, with 65% ...Read more

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US Rep.-elect Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick to be sworn in Tuesday

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Congresswoman-elect Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick, D-Fla., is scheduled to take the oath of office Tuesday, one week after she was elected.

The swearing-in ceremony will take place Tuesday evening at the Capitol.

Cherfilus-McCormick will fill the year remaining on the term of the late U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings.

The ...Read more

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Year after Trump impeachment vote, town believes their GOP congressman 'stabbed us all in the back'

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HANFORD, Calif. – It’s been a year now, but in this Central Valley farm town, like the nation, the divide has only grown.

Todd Cotta was working in his gun shop when a customer came in with the news about David Valadao, the Republican congressman for whom Cotta had campaigned across Kings County and beyond just months before.

Bewildered, ...Read more

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Biden's bad winter gets worse with inflation, virus and Russia

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden entered the New Year with his signature economic plan stalled, inflation at 40-year highs and Russia threatening war in Ukraine. Somehow, things have only gotten worse.

A series of setbacks this week further clouds the fate of Biden’s policy agenda and the trajectory of his presidency.

Fresh data on ...Read more

Former minister jumps into crowded French presidential race

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PARIS — Christiane Taubira, who served as justice minister in the last Socialist government, formally announced her intention to run for president in an already crowded race.

“I am a candidate,” Taubira said in a speech in Lyon, weeks after first touting a possible plan to run. “I have been meeting with the French, with you, in your ...Read more