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At news conference, Biden reviews first year of 'challenges but also enormous progress'

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Wednesday sought to reframe his presidency as one “of challenges but also enormous progress,” even as he acknowledged voters were disheartened in the face of the persistent and deadly COVID-19 pandemic.

“For all this progress, I know there’s a lot of frustration and fatigue in this country,” Biden...Read more

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15-week abortion ban passes first test in Florida Legislature

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A 15-week ban on most abortions moved forward Wednesday in the Florida Legislature, despite fervent opposition from Democrats and abortion rights advocates.

A House committee advanced the measure on a 12-6 party-line vote in the first legislative debate on the controversial bill. Abortion is presently legal up to 24th week...Read more

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Trump lied about value of business empire -- and size of his penthouse, NY attorney general says

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NEW YORK — President Donald Trump lied about seemingly everything related to his business empire, from the value of his properties around the world to “objective facts” like the size of his penthouse in Trump Tower, Attorney General Letitia James charged in an explosive 115-page petition.

New York State’s top prosecutor said that she’...Read more

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Democrats near defeat with voting rights push poised to fail

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WASHINGTON — A key part of President Joe Biden’s legislative agenda is headed toward another defeat Wednesday, handing Democrats their second high-profile setback in as many months.

The Senate will hold a procedural vote Wednesday night to advance a pair of voting rights bills that Democrats say are critical to ensuring fair elections amid ...Read more

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Sen. Ted Cruz asks Supreme Court to void anti-corruption campaign rule

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WASHINGTON — Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and the Republican National Committee joined Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, on Wednesday in urging the Supreme Court to strike down a campaign funding law that bars winning candidates from collecting checks from donors to pay off personal campaign debts of more than $250,000.

It's the ...Read more

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Analysis: 'Back of the line': Trump debuts new material, ramping up race-based claims

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WASHINGTON — Donald Trump did more than perform his greatest hits Saturday night in Arizona, revving up his loyalists with claims of anti-white discrimination and contending that no U.S. election is legitimate unless Republicans count the votes.

The former president is the front-runner for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination, meaning his ...Read more

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NY Attorney General Letitia James alleges 'significant evidence' of Trump Organization fraud

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NEW YORK — New York Attorney General Letitia James dropped a bombshell disclosure Tuesday night, claiming her office had found “significant evidence” of fraud committed by the Trump Organization.

The revelation came as part of a motion filed earlier Tuesday by James in an attempt to obtain testimony from Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr. ...Read more

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After setbacks, Biden enters year two looking to emphasize accomplishments

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WASHINGTON — On the eve of President Biden's first press conference in 10 months, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki stepped to the briefing room podium on Tuesday and referred to the television screen over her shoulder that detailed what she described as the administration's year-one accomplishments — 6.4 million jobs created; the ...Read more

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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