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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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Trump 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

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US Census shelves planned changes to population survey

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Census Bureau postponed planned changes to its population survey, which economists said would have jeopardized their ability to dig below the main employment data to track more detailed wage and job figures.

The Census Bureau had planned to publish fewer details from its Current Population Survey — which polls ...Read more

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We are getting help.' First lady Jill Biden comforts Bowling Green tornado victims

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — First Lady Jill Biden toured a Bowling Green neighborhood on Friday that was ravaged by a tornado and promised that the town would recover in the months ahead.

“I know it probably felt more like an end than a beginning,” Biden said of a second, less powerful storm that unnerved residents when it Bowling Green on Jan. ...Read more

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Federal website to order free at-home COVID-19 tests is launching next week

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WASHINGTON — Starting Wednesday, Americans can go to a federal website to request delivery of free rapid-COVID-19 tests to their homes, according to the White House.

The launch of covidtests.gov is an attempt to remedy nationwide shortages, but tests will be limited to four per home, the White House said Friday.

Last month, amid growing ...Read more

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NY Rep. John Katko is third impeachment-backing Republican to head for exit

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WASHINGTON — John Katko, a former federal prosecutor who was one of 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump, announced Friday he will retire later this year.

Katko said in a statement he made the decision in order to, “enjoy my family and life in a fuller and more present way,” but he added has was also �...Read more

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Biden's agenda collides with Supreme Court willing to flex power

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The U.S. Supreme Court delivered a fresh reminder of its power to thwart President Joe Biden’s agenda as it sided with Republicans by blocking a rule that would have required COVID-19 vaccinations or weekly testing for more than 80 million workers.

The court’s conservative majority on Thursday dealt a dramatic blow to the centerpiece of ...Read more

No child tax credit deal in sight as monthly benefits lapse

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WASHINGTON — Monthly payments of up to $300 per child didn’t go out Friday for the first time in six months, and some families may never see benefits as generous again.

Democrats are working to restore an expansion of child tax credits they enacted on a temporary basis last year. But they don’t have the votes to do so without curtailing ...Read more

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Editorial: Biden rants, while inflation rages

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While President Joe Biden is off doing Civil War reenactments, American families are left trying to balance household budgets that are being smashed by soaring prices. Inflation topped 7% in 2021, the largest surge in consumer costs since 1982.

Break out basic necessities, and the inflation impact is even more devastating:

— Meat, poultry, ...Read more

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Supreme Court blocks Biden's vaccine mandate for the workplace

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WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Thursday blocked President Joe Biden’s plan to require that most workers be vaccinated against COVID-19 or undergo weekly testing.

But the justices, in a separate decision, upheld a smaller and more targeted regulation that will require workers in hospitals and nursing facilities to be vaccinated. This rule...Read more

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Momentum slows for voting rights bills as Sinema, Manchin reject filibuster change

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WASHINGTON — Democrats’ strategy to begin a Senate debate on voting rights began to crumble Thursday when two key moderates reiterated their support for keeping the filibuster, another Democrat quarantined with COVID-19 and President Joe Biden expressed doubt that landmark legislation would land on his desk anytime soon.

A day that began ...Read more

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Supreme Court blocks Biden's vaccine mandate for the workplace

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WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Thursday blocked President Joe Biden’s plan to require that most workers be vaccinated against COVID-19 or undergo weekly testing.

But the justices, in a separate decision, upheld a smaller and more targeted regulation that will require workers in hospitals and nursing facilities to be vaccinated. This rule...Read more

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Supreme Court blocks Biden's vaccine mandate for the workplace

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WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Thursday blocked President Joe Biden’s plan to require that most workers be vaccinated against COVID-19 or undergo weekly testing.

But the justices, in a separate decision, upheld a smaller and more targeted regulation that will require workers in hospitals and nursing facilities to be vaccinated. This rule...Read more

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Is the pandemic-set 'Station Eleven' great TV or not? We fight it out

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EDITORS: The following contains spoilers from the season finale of “Station Eleven.”

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Since its debut last month, “Station Eleven” has drawn both acclaim (from critics including our own Robert Lloyd) and criticism (from fans of the novel on which it’s based, which it changes in key ways). Now, as HBO Max’s tale of a pre-, post-...Read more