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Trump vows to press on in Wisconsin despite recount setback

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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump isn't abandoning his drive to overturn the election results in Wisconsin, despite state officials announcing a recount in Milwaukee County had only added to Democrat Joe Biden's lead.

"The Wisconsin recount is not about finding mistakes in the count, it is about finding people who have voted illegally, and ...Read more

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Harris scoffs at the idea of a rematch against Trump in 2024

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WASHINGTON — Vice President-elect Kamala Harris dismissed the prospect of a rematch against President Donald Trump, who's been signaling he could run again in 2024 if he can't reverse the results of this month's vote.

Speaking to reporters at a holiday market in Washington, Harris made a scoffing sound when asked whether she and President-...Read more

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Trump coming to grips with his loss, persists on fundraising

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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is aware his fight to overturn the election is winding down, according to people familiar with the matter, but he isn't ready to end the effort as he fundraises off the furor, directing much of the proceeds to his political action committee.

Still, Trump appears to be staking out a path that will end with ...Read more

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Commentary: The new Supreme Court is sending surprisingly centrist signals

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How far will the Supreme Court's new conservative supermajority go?

With President-elect Joe Biden's victory and the potential for Democrats to control the Senate, it's the question on the mind of everyone who cares about the court. If the conservative justices lurch the law to the right, calls to retaliate by adding liberal justices will ...Read more

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DonaldJTrump2024.com is up and running — and it's a laughing matter

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NEW YORK — Whether or not President Donald Trump runs in 2024 is anyone's guess, but the website DonaldJTrump2024.com is up and running, thanks to a pair of jokers who snatched up the domain name to taunt the lame-duck president.

Comedians Jason Selvig and Davram Stiefler, who call themselves The Good Liars, took credit for buying the site ...Read more

Federal appeals court rejects appeal of Trump's last significant suit challenging Pa. election

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PHILADELPHIA — A federal appeals court on Friday rejected an appeal of President Donald Trump's last significant legal challenge to Pennsylvania's election results, setting the stage for his campaign to potentially appeal the case to the U.S. Supreme Court.

A three-judge panel of the Philadelphia-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd ...Read more

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What the Supreme Court got wrong about Gov. Cuomo's COVID restrictions

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The unsigned opinion by the nation's highest court got it wrong, insisting that restrictions placed on religious gatherings imposed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in New York's COVID hot spots must be nullified, for they violate the First Amendment.

The dissent by the Bronx's Sonia Sotomayor got it right. The rules, capping gatherings at 10 people or ...Read more

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Trump's runoff rally forces question: How much will he help Loeffler and Perdue?

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ATLANTA — President Donald Trump's decision to visit Georgia next week was celebrated as a "Thanksgiving miracle" by the Republican U.S. Senate runoff candidates. But his trip will test how they balance his unsubstantiated claims of widespread voter fraud with their all-out efforts to drive up turnout.

Even as U.S. Sens. Kelly Loeffler and ...Read more

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From the coronavirus to the environment, Biden plans to take government in new direction

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WASHINGTON — Despite outlining a detailed agenda on his website, President-elect Joe Biden's campaign often focused less on policies than his temperament and character, seeking to make the election a referendum on President Donald Trump's four years in office.

Now that Biden has begun announcing Cabinet appointments before taking office Jan. ...Read more

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What Biden's agenda on the environment could mean for the Pacific Northwest

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SEATTLE — From reintroduction of the grizzly bear to its wild North Cascades redoubt to attacking climate change, a wide range of environmental policies could see a new direction in the Pacific Northwest under a Biden administration.

For starters, government and nonprofit policy leaders say they are looking forward to a return to science as a...Read more

Biden expected to usher in an era of worker-friendly labor policies

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Labor activists eager to capitalize on the pro-worker sentiment fueled by the pandemic will soon have a friend in the White House.

President-elect Joe Biden is expected to push to make it easier for workers to unionize and hold employers accountable for working conditions, a sharp U-turn from the business-friendly employment policies pursued by...Read more

Census gives Trump a final Supreme Court showdown on immigration

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President Donald Trump's administration has one last blockbuster showdown at the Supreme Court over his divisive immigration policies, and this one goes to the heart of how U.S. political power is allocated.

In an argument set for Monday, the administration will seek the right to exclude undocumented immigrants from the census count used to ...Read more

Biden's faith made history without much fanfare. His Catholic supporters say that's a good thing.

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PHILADELPHIA — When Joe Biden takes the oath of office in January, he will be only the second Catholic president of the United States since John F. Kennedy was elected 60 years ago.

Kennedy's victory in 1960 was a historic moment for Catholics, partly because his religion was at the forefront of the political conversation. Kennedy had to ...Read more

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Supreme Court may decide Austin billboard battle

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AUSTIN, Texas — A three-year legal battle involving Austin's ban on digital advertising on commercial billboards appears to be headed to the U.S. Supreme Court, an escalation by the city that could have rippling consequences throughout Texas and two other states.

Austin is among roughly 90% of cities in Texas that prohibit digital billboards ...Read more

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Top Trump aide O'Brien shadowed in Asia by US election tumult

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WASHINGTON — A few days before national security adviser Robert O'Brien left for a high-profile tour of southeast Asia, President Donald Trump delivered some news to him, Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and Vice President Mike Pence in the Oval Office.

Trump planned to run for president again in 2024, he told the men, if he couldn't ...Read more

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Cuomo calls Supreme Court decision blocking NY restrictions on religious gatherings a political statement

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NEW YORK — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said a U.S. Supreme Court decision handed down Wednesday night blocking state officials from enforcing a cap on religious gatherings in coronavirus hot spots in Brooklyn and Queens is "irrelevant from any practical impact" because those areas are no longer designated virus hot spots.

He said the decision,...Read more

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Biden's infrastructure challenge: Finding common ground

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WASHINGTON — Within days of the 2020 presidential election, President-elect Joe Biden received a blunt reminder of the challenges ahead when a bridge that has come to symbolize the nation's outdated infrastructure caught fire.

Long before the Nov. 11 collision of two semi-trailers on the Brent Spence Bridge, which links Cincinnati and ...Read more

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What does California have to lose if undocumented immigrants are excluded from the census?

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — If The U.S. Supreme Court rules in favor of President Donald Trump's memorandum to remove unauthorized immigrants from the 2020 census count, California stands to lose some political power.

The Supreme Court is expected to hear arguments Nov. 30 on the Trump administration's July memorandum to exclude undocumented ...Read more

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Supreme Court's conservatives lift COVID-19 restrictions on New York houses of worship

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WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court's conservative justices moved for the first time late Wednesday to block a governor's COVID-19 restrictions, ruling that New York's attempt to control rapidly spreading infections in churches and synagogues had violated constitutional religious freedom rights.

Newly seated Justice Amy Coney Barrett cast a key ...Read more

US and others tell Haiti to speed up election planning, but no mention of January date

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Foreign diplomats in Haiti on Wednesday called on Haitian President Jovenel Moise to step up preparations for elections in the Caribbean nation.

Known as the Core Group, the diplomats say Haiti's leaders and institutions need to urgently publish an electoral calendar and accelerate the distribution of national identification cards to finalize ...Read more