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Biden says US gas prices will drop soon but it'll take time

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WASHINGTON — Americans will see prices at the pump fall “before long,” President Joe Biden said after tapping U.S. oil reserves to ease price pressures and risk a feud with OPEC.

In a tweet Saturday while the president was in Nantucket, he said the U.S. effort to ease gasoline prices spans the globe but will soon reach stations across the...Read more

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'Squabble fest': Why push for election audit may be imploding in Michigan

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LANSING, Mich. — The campaign to further investigate unproven claims of wrongdoing in Michigan's 2020 presidential election has become engulfed in claims of wrongdoing that its top supporters are lodging against each other.

The infighting has played out on social media in recent weeks, culminating Tuesday with Jovan Hutton Pulitzer, a vocal ...Read more

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Rep. Lauren Boebert makes half-baked apology for terror suspect jibe aimed at Muslim Rep. Ilhan Omar

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Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., offered a half-hearted apology for a caught-on-video joke in which she branded fellow member of Congress Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., a suspected suicide bomber.

The far right-wing lawmaker Friday claimed she wanted to call Omar about the video, in which she suggested being uncomfortable sharing an elevator at the ...Read more

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Biden will visit Minnesota to tout new infrastructure law

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden will visit Minnesota on Tuesday to champion the roughly $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure law that is projected to bring billions to the state.

The White House announced Friday that Biden will make a trip to Rosemount. Biden has already made stops in other parts of the United States to tout the ...Read more

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Biden oil leasing blueprint will urge climate change-focused changes

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The Biden administration on Friday issued a long-awaited blueprint for overhauling oil and gas development on federal lands that includes boosting royalty rates despite high gasoline prices that have spurred demands to accelerate domestic production.

The Interior Department report recommends higher fees and more limits on federal oil and gas ...Read more

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Rep. Lauren Boebert jokes that Muslim lawmaker Rep. Ilhan Omar could be terror suspect

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Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., has been caught on video joking that Muslim colleague Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., should be a suspected suicide bomber.

The far right-wing lawmaker yucked it up with a group of supporters by telling them that she was uncomfortable sharing an elevator at the Capitol with the Somali-born U.S. Congresswoman from ...Read more

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Confusion, uncertainty, conflict: Here's what's happening in the fight over Pa.'s election system

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PHILADELPHIA — More than a year after a contentious presidential race, Pennsylvania's election system remains a political lightning rod.

In the legislature, before courts, in local governments, and on the campaign trail, Republicans are continuing to push an election law overhaul and raise doubts about the process.

Even after the GOP this ...Read more

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Growth removed from Biden's colon was benign, doctor says ahead of Thanksgiving

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The results of a routine pre-holiday colonoscopy didn’t prove too much of a bum-mer for President Biden.

A three-millimeter polyp that was removed from Biden’s colon was benign, though possibly precancerous, according to a doctor’s memo dated Tuesday and released by the White House ahead of Thanksgiving.

Dr. Kevin O’Connor, the ...Read more

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'Protecting and defending the Constitution,' former Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman departs for federal election security job

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OLYMPIA, Wash. — Sitting in Washington's secretary of state's office in the Capitol on one of her last days of work, Kim Wyman shows off a trio of mantra bands on her wrist.

Made by a friend, one reads "remember why you started" to represent some of her turbulent battles as the state's chief election officer. A second one, for her battle with...Read more

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'Is that it?' Democrats warn Biden spending bill isn't enough to satisfy party base

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden may be on the verge of enacting a massive social spending plan that’s widely considered to be the crown jewel of his legislative agenda.

But the bill that he has expended much of his political capital on still might not be enough to motivate his party’s base.

As Biden nears the end of months-long ...Read more

31 NC, SC lawmakers join in letter laying out a path to overturn 2020 election, reinstate Trump

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More than 30 Republican state lawmakers in North Carolina and South Carolina signed onto a new letter that backs false claims about the 2020 elections and pushes for the whole country to copy a widely discredited type of election audit that Arizona recently attempted.

The letter goes on to suggest that the 2020 election results should be ...Read more

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Biden hails guilty verdict of trio convicted of killing Ahmaud Arbery

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President Joe Biden hailed the guilty verdicts in the killing of Ahmaud Arbery on Wednesday afternoon but said the murder shows how far America has to go to achieve racial justice for all.

Minutes after three white men were convicted of murdering the Black jogger, Biden said the jury’s verdicts “reflect our justice system doing its job.” ...Read more

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Trump meets Kyle Rittenhouse at Mar-a-Lago: 'Really a nice young man'

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Kyle Rittenhouse, who was acquitted on charges stemming from killing two men and wounding another in Kenosha, Wisconsin, journeyed to Palm Beach, Florida, to meet with former President Donald Trump, who called the acquitted teenager a “big fan.”

“He wanted to know if he could come over and say hello because he was a fan,” Trump said in ...Read more

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Will California become an abortion hub? How a Supreme Court decision could affect the state

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WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court could alter abortion laws nationally when it hears a challenge to Mississippi’s law to restrict access after 15 weeks of pregnancy on Dec. 1.

If the court sides with Mississippi to gut abortion protections set forth by its 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade, states could ban the procedure to end pregnancy. ...Read more

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Controversial Pa. Republican Scott Perry is about to lead Congress' most far-right faction

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WASHINGTON — One of Pennsylvania's most conservative and controversial Republicans is getting a promotion. And it could shape how the GOP confronts President Joe Biden's agenda in Congress.

U.S. Rep. Scott Perry — who led the House charge to throw out Pennsylvania's votes in the 2020 presidential race — has been elected as the new ...Read more

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Does Congress spend too much time away from Washington? Another break raises questions

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WASHINGTON — Congress has no votes this week, even though the government runs out of money next Friday and is expected to hit its debt ceiling soon afterward.

This Thanksgiving Day recess is the second big exodus from Washington for Congress this month. The House and Senate were out of session for Veterans Day the week of Nov. 8. And they ...Read more

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Next stop for Biden's agenda: The campaign trail

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After touring a medical campus in Cleveland on Monday, Ohio Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan stressed the importance of getting one of President Joe Biden’s signature policy achievements across the finish line.

“There’s a variety of things in here that are going to be very, very helpful,” Ryan, who is running for Senate, said at a press ...Read more

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Trump leads Biden in GOP-friendly 2024 presidential poll of swing states

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It’s never too early to talk about the race for the White House, or is it?

A Republican-friendly poll released Tuesday shows former President Donald Trump leading current President Joe Biden in a hypothetical 2024 matchup in five swing states: Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

The poll, which was conducted for Trump’s...Read more

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Petroleum reserve sale seen having small impact on gas prices

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WASHINGTON — As the U.S. braces for a busy holiday travel period, the Biden administration’s decision Tuesday to sell 50 million barrels from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve should lower gasoline prices in the short term, analysts said.

In an effort coordinated with other nations, the U.S. will make up to 32 million barrels of crude oil ...Read more

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FBI wants to be in the loop as Congress mulls cyber reporting law

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WASHINGTON — Congress is considering a bill that would require critical infrastructure operators and federal agencies to report any cyber breaches and attacks to the top federal cyber agency, but the FBI wants to be in the reporting loop as well.

After a series of high-profile ransomware hacks and other cyberattacks that left the ...Read more