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Top Trump lawyers find Washington's revolving door turns slowly

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WASHINGTON — Ken Cuccinelli, who did the No. 2 job at the Homeland Security Department under President Donald Trump, was looking at a corporate opportunity after he left the administration when the work was suddenly pulled.

“They just decided they didn’t want Trump people,” said Cuccinelli, who declined to name the company. “It was ...Read more

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Biden's rejection of tax plan casts doubt on infrastructure deal

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WASHINGTON — The White House reiterated President Joe Biden’s opposition to indexing the gasoline tax to inflation to help pay for an infrastructure plan, raising new questions about the viability of a bipartisan compromise emerging in the Senate.

“After the extraordinarily hard times that ordinary Americans endured in 2020 — job losses...Read more

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Trump backs GOP challenger against Murkowski

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Former President Donald Trump on Friday officially backed Kelly Tshibaka, a Republican challenging GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, a frequent Trump critic who voted to convict the former president of inciting an insurrection on Jan. 6.

Trump did not mention Murkowski’s vote to convict in his statement backing Tshibaka, the former head of ...Read more

Biden touts US administering 300 million COVID-19 vaccination shots in 150 days, says more work to be done

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President Joe Biden touted vaccination efforts in the U.S. on Friday, announcing that 300 million COVID-19 shots have been administered in the 150 days since he took office.

The major milestone came with a caveat as vaccination rates slow and the so-called Delta variant continues to spread, prompting Biden to warn that infections could again ...Read more

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South Carolina Rep. Tom Rice, once a Trump ally, now faces the toughest primary race of his life

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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Six months into President Joe Biden’s presidency, a voter in Horry County wanted to know who won the November 2020 election, and he wanted the answer to come directly from his representative, Republican U.S. House Rep. Tom Rice.

“Joe Biden,” said Rice, who represents the state’s 7th Congressional District.

There ...Read more

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Editorial: A narrow victory for religious freedom over gay equality

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Advocates of equal rights for same-sex couples feared the worst when the Supreme Court agreed to hear the appeal of a Catholic agency that faced the loss of its city contract because it declined to work with gay and lesbian prospective foster parents. On Thursday, the justices ruled for the agency, but in a reassuringly narrow way that doesn’t...Read more

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'A deep pool': Georgia's other 2022 races are already heating up

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A history-making lineup is taking shape for down-ticket Georgia races that could bring even more energy and attention to marquee contests for governor and the U.S. Senate.

In most election cycles, the expected rematch between Gov. Brian Kemp and Democrat Stacey Abrams, combined with U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock's bid for a full six-year term, ...Read more

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Editorial: Realism plus?

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President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin have had their much anticipated summit meeting in Switzerland. Now the question is: Will it improve anything?

Will Putin cease meddling in other countries, including our own?

Will he cease persecuting dissidents and lovers of freedom in Russia?

Will it lead to better U.S.-Russian ...Read more

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With Biden's backing, House votes to repeal 2002 authorization for Iraq war

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WASHINGTON — The House passed a resolution Thursday repealing the nearly 20-year-old authorization for the use of military force against Iraq, which presidents have ever since invoked to justify military action in the Middle East without consulting Congress.

The measure passed 268 to 161.

Sponsored by Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., H.R. 256 ...Read more

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Schumer set to challenge GOP with vote to advance election bill

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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said he will hold a vote Tuesday on whether to advance sweeping voting-rights legislation to the Senate floor, and the lone Democrat who has withheld his support said he could stick with his party to start debate.

Senate Democrats met behind closed doors Thursday to try to hatch a compromise acceptable to ...Read more

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In Iran's presidential election, apathy is looking like the big winner

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TEHRAN, Iran — When Iranians head to the polls Friday, they’ll be participating in a presidential contest that few seem excited about.

With a field of candidates comprising mostly hard-liners — including front-runner Ebrahim Raisi, the current judiciary chief and a protege of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei — one moderate and no ...Read more

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House votes to repeal 'outdated' 2002 Iraq war powers authorization

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WASHINGTON — The House of Representatives voted Thursday to repeal the authority Congress granted in 2002 to wage war on Iraq and Saddam Hussein.

The House vote was broadly bipartisan, reflecting growing frustration in both parties with presidential war powers that have been used well past their original goals.

The 2002 Iraq Authorization ...Read more

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Supreme Court unanimously rejects Philly's decision to drop religious foster agency over same-sex marriage stance

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PHILADELPHIA — The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday condemned Philadelphia’s decision to end a long-standing contract with a Catholic social services agency due to its refusal to consider same-sex married couples as potential foster parents.

In a unanimous decision, the justices described the city’s 2018 move to end its relationship with ...Read more

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Supreme Court rules for Catholic foster care agency over Philadelphia gay rights law

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WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday for Catholic Social Services in its fight against Philadelphia, concluding that city officials discriminated against the church affiliate because of its religious views.

The city of Philadelphia had dropped Catholic Social Services from its foster care program because the religious ...Read more

In final NYC mayoral primary debate, Democratic candidates clash over policing, homelessness

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NEW YORK — In the final Democratic primary debate for mayor, the eight top contenders took to the stage at NBC in midtown Manhattan and squared off over public safety and how to tackle poverty and homelessness Wednesday night, delivering some of the sharpest attacks of the campaign yet.

Violent crime, which has been on the rise for a year now...Read more

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'A good day for Russia': Trump slams Biden for coddling Putin at summit

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Former President Donald Trump was no fan of President Joe Biden’s summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, calling their much-anticipated Geneva meeting “a good day for Russia.”

The former president — who once said he trusted Putin more than American intelligence agencies — told Fox News host Sean Hannity that Biden handed the ...Read more

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Experts weigh in on upcoming Pentagon UFO report

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Have you seen an unexplainable flying object?

Do you believe alien spacecraft exist?

Would you like answers?

The Pentagon is expected to release its findings of what it knows about unidentified flying objects, or unexplained aerial phenomena (UAPs), on June 25.

The University of Colorado produced similar ...Read more

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Editorial: A Breyer retirement could help depoliticize the Supreme Court

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Progressive activists are exasperated by the failure of Justice Stephen G. Breyer to announce that he will retire at the end of the Supreme Court’s current term. They fear that, if Breyer doesn’t step down now, President Joe Biden might have difficulty replacing him later if the Republicans regain control of the Senate in the 2022 midterm ...Read more

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Momentum to repeal Iraq-era war authorization grows in Congress

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WASHINGTON — Momentum is growing in Congress to repeal a 2002 resolution authorizing the U.S. to go to war in Iraq, as both chambers take up measures to clear it from the books.

“I strongly and fully support repealing the 2002 authorization for the use of force in Iraq,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said in his first formal ...Read more

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House panel worries community grant program overlooks rural need

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House lawmakers said Wednesday that the Housing and Urban Development Department’s popular Community Development Block Grant program may need updates to get money to smaller, rural communities.

The formula used to determine which cities are guaranteed the CDBG money each year hasn’t been updated since the program was started in the 1970s ...Read more