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Senate Democrats try maneuver to pass Supreme Court ethics bill

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WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats attempted to pass a bill on Supreme Court ethics Wednesday but were blocked by Republicans who argue the measure targets conservative justices.

Democrats requested unanimous consent to pass legislation that would require the court to adopt a new code of conduct, among other requirements. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S....Read more

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Russia leads adversaries looking to sway 2024 election, US warns

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WASHINGTON — A growing number of U.S. adversaries, led by Russia, are looking to influence the 2024 presidential election through for-hire commercial firms and the use of generative artificial intelligence, American officials said Wednesday.

Russia poses the most serious threat in this election cycle, according to Office of the Director of ...Read more

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Assemblymember Evan Low proposes new recount law following his own astounding congressional recount

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The contentious Congressional District 16 recount may be over, but the ripple effects of the nearly three-week saga are still being felt as Assemblymember Evan Low this week unveiled new legislation that would trigger automatic recounts in close statewide elections.

In May, Low emerged victorious from a voter-requested recount after the primary...Read more

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Bipartisan prior authorization legislation introduced

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WASHINGTON — Two key lawmakers reintroduced a bill on Wednesday that would essentially codify parts of a Biden administration rule that aims to streamline the use of prior authorization in Medicare Advantage.

The bill, introduced by Sen. Roger Marshall, R-Kan., and Rep. Suzan DelBene, D-Wash., would require Medicare Advantage plans to ...Read more

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Russian sub deployment off Florida worries Pentagon that Moscow will stalk U.S. coasts

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WASHINGTON — Russia’s deployment of a naval flotilla to Cuba on Wednesday was generally consistent with routine military posturing by Moscow — with one exceptional detail, Jake Sullivan, the U.S. national security adviser, told reporters aboard Air Force One on Wednesday.

“There are elements of this one that are different, that are ...Read more

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Fulton DA's office asks court to dismiss Fani Willis appeal

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The Fulton County District Attorney’s Office on Wednesday asked the state’s second highest court to dismiss an appeal seeking to disqualify Fani Willis from the election interference case against former President Donald Trump.

In a motion, prosecutor Donald Wakeford said the appeal should be rejected because it was “improvidently granted ...Read more

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Analysis: In split screen, Biden heads to G7 summit as Trump returns to Capitol Hill

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Wednesday headed to Italy for a G7 summit that lacks a central theme — but with the Middle East on fire, Europe drifting to the right, China flooding markets with cheap goods and his own political future in doubt.

He also left one day after his son, Hunter Biden, was found guilty by a Wilmington, Del., ...Read more

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Trump felony convictions have no impact on race in Pennsylvania, poll finds

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WASHINGTON — Former President Donald Trump's conviction on 34 felony counts appeared to have had no impact in Pennsylvania in his rematch with President Joe Biden, according to a poll released Wednesday.

In the latest Marist Poll, Trump led Biden, 47% to 45%, well within the survey's 3.6 percentage point margin of error. The poll of 1,181 ...Read more

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Challenger Mucarsel-Powell surges in US Senate poll, closing in on Rick Scott

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., is in a tighter-than-expected contest with his leading Democratic challenger, former U.S. Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell.

A Florida Atlantic University Poll released Wednesday shows Scott with support from 45% of likely voters. Mucarsel-Powell has 43%. Effectively that’s a tie, within the ...Read more

Georgia requires police training on election intimidation and interference

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ATLANTA — Basic training for Georgia police will soon include a one-hour course on election laws, such as protections against voter intimidation, election interference and threats.

The Georgia Police Officer Training and Standards Council voted Tuesday to increase minimum training standards for new law enforcement officers, including topics ...Read more

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Challenger Mucarsel-Powell surges in US Senate poll, closing in on Rick Scott

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U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., is in a tighter-than-expected contest with his leading Democratic challenger, former U.S. Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell.

A Florida Atlantic University Poll released Wednesday shows Scott with support from 45% of likely voters. Mucarsel-Powell has 43%. Effectively that’s a tie, within the survey’s margin of error....Read more

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Editorial: No one is above the law. Dems, show the GOP how to accept your guy is guilty

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After Donald Trump was found guilty on 34 felony counts in Manhattan, Republicans got a consolation prize Tuesday with the conviction of President Joe Biden’s son on federal gun violation.

Republicans described Trump’s guilty verdict as a political hit job. Ironically, some of them on Tuesday were quick to praise justice being served and ...Read more

George Latimer leads Rep. Jamaal Bowman by 17% in new poll

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NEW YORK — George Latimer leads incumbent Rep. Jamaal Bowman by 17% in a new poll of their Democratic primary race in Westchester County-based NY-16 district.

The moderate Democratic challenger won 48% compared to 31% for Bowman in the Emerson College Polling/WPIX survey of voters in the June 25 primary.

The poll found 21% of voters are ...Read more

Washington hospitals must provide emergency abortions, Inslee says

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SEATTLE — The U.S. Supreme Court will soon rule on whether a federal law requires hospitals to provide emergency abortions. Whatever the justices rule, Washington will be unaffected, Gov. Jay Inslee said Tuesday.

That's because of separate state laws around emergency services — laws that nonetheless may not be absolutely clear as they ...Read more

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Editorial: Do process: Hunter Biden conviction is how the system works

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Tuesday, Hunter Biden was convicted by a Delaware federal jury on three felony counts related to his purchase of a firearm in 2018. This trial and conviction is how things are supposed to work.

His guilt hinged on whether Biden was being honest when he answered on the federal gun purchase form that he was not addicted to or using illegal drugs....Read more

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Runoff rivals in deep-red west Georgia vow not to be the next Greene

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CONCORD, Georgia — About 400 people live along this crossroads in Pike County established long ago as a stagecoach stop. And it seemed like half of them piled into Concord’s converted general store this week.

To listen to the mayor, the parade of Donald Trump loyalists that took turns at the mic that night amounted to the biggest political ...Read more

MAGA figures say far-right wins in Europe are good news for Trump. Are they right?

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The elections were overseas, but for members of the MAGA movement, the rightward tilt in the European Parliament was still a chance to declare victory.

Steven K. Bannon, who led former President Trump's 2016 campaign and served as a chief advisor in the White House, compared this week's election results to the decision by British voters in June...Read more

Runoff rivals in deep-red west Georgia vow not to be the next Greene

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CONCORD, Georgia — About 400 people live along this crossroads in Pike County established long ago as a stagecoach stop. And it seemed like half of them piled into Concord’s converted general store this week.

To listen to the mayor, the parade of Donald Trump loyalists that took turns at the mic that night amounted to the biggest political ...Read more

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Macron says he won't quit if his party loses French election

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French President Emmanuel Macron said he won’t resign if his party suffers a poor result in a snap parliamentary election as he appealed to voters not to succumb to the “fever of the extremists.”

French bonds tumbled on Tuesday following a report that the president had discussed resigning if he suffers a second big defeat in succession ...Read more

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Commentary: A jury was right to find Hunter Biden guilty. It's the prosecutor who was wrong

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You can’t fault the jury that found Hunter Biden guilty Tuesday of falsely claiming that he was not a drug user on a federal firearm purchase form. Notwithstanding defense arguments that the government failed to pinpoint Biden’s drug use as occurring precisely when he bought the gun, the jurors had ample basis to conclude that he was in the ...Read more