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Use of 14th Amendment to keep Trump off 2024 ballot still under debate in Illinois

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CHICAGO — Lawsuits have been filed in several states seeking to block former President Donald Trump from appearing on next year’s election ballots, contending his actions in the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection at the U.S. Capitol constitutionally disqualify him from holding the presidency again.

In deep blue Illinois, however, Trump’s ...Read more

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First lady Jill Biden to travel to Kansas City to tour the Harry S. Truman Library

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — First lady Jill Biden will travel to Kansas City on Wednesday to tour the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum. She will also participate in an event in support of President Joe Biden’s 2024 reelection.

The first lady, who is a community college professor, will get a tour of Truman’s presidential library and ...Read more

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Georgia Republicans' election security ideas come with a cost

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Georgia election officials are telling Republican state legislators that their proposed security enhancements might be possible — at a cost of $32.5 million and probably not before the 2024 election.

Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger’s chief attorney recently outlined the feasibility of items such as eliminating ballot bar codes, adding...Read more

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Gavin Newsom will officially debate Ron DeSantis in November. Here's where and when

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom is officially set to take on Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis in a long-awaited debate this fall on Fox News.

The political rivals will meet on Nov. 30 at a location in Georgia with Fox News host Sean Hannity as moderator.

Fox News on Monday announced the 90-minute event, which it is marketing as the “Red State vs. Blue...Read more

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Trump pushes Republicans to shut down government unless they get 'everything' from Dems

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Former President Donald Trump Monday urged right-wing congressional Republicans to shut down the government “UNLESS YOU GET EVERYTHING” in crunch talks.

As a weekend deadline looms large, Trump called on his followers to refuse to compromise with moderates who want to pass a spending bill that could avert a shutdown.

“Unless you get ...Read more

Trump accuses NBC of 'treason' in online demand for an investigation

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Former President Donald Trump is calling for NBC to be investigated for “Country Threatening Treason” on account of reporting about him by the media outlet and its affiliates.

“They are almost all dishonest and corrupt, but Comcast, with its one-side and vicious coverage by NBC NEWS, and in particular MSNBC, often and correctly referred ...Read more

Federal firefighters will quit in droves if Congress doesn't take action, union warns

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With temporary pay hikes for federal wildland firefighters set to expire in the coming weeks, union officials are warning that the 15,000-member workforce could face a mass exodus if Congress fails to make the increases permanent.

Max Alonzo, national business representative for the National Federation of Federal Employees, said recently that ...Read more

The Supreme Court's originalists have taken over − here's how they interpret the Constitution

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Today a majority of U.S. Supreme Court justices are either self-described originalists or strongly lean toward originalism. Yet less than 50 years ago, originalism was considered a fringe movement, hardly taken seriously by most legal scholars.

So, what is originalism, and why is it so influential today?

Originalism is the ...Read more

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Commentary: I teach Constitutional Law. Supreme Court oral arguments have gotten way too long

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Supreme Court oral arguments have gotten too long. How do I know this? It used to be that during one of my longer morning runs, I could listen to an entire Supreme Court oral argument. Now, that’s getting harder and harder to do. I end my run, and the argument is still going. So I listen to it while I make breakfast. Then I listen to it on my ...Read more

Menendez indictment looks bad, but there are defenses he can make

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Reactions came quickly to the federal indictment on Sept. 22, 2023, of New Jersey’s senior U.S. senator, Democrat Bob Menendez. New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy joined other state Democrats in urging Menendez to resign, saying “The alleged facts are so serious that they compromise the ability of Senator Menendez to effectively represent the ...Read more

Trump and DeSantis fight for the upper hand in Iowa's early presidential test

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Iowa has long been a proving ground for U.S. presidential candidates. As Donald Trump and Ron DeSantis square off for the 2024 Republican nomination, the state’s vote has rarely been more crucial.

For Trump, the former president seeking another term after losing in 2020, Iowa’s Jan. 15 caucus represents the best chance to vanquish his ...Read more

Biden set to announce new embassies in Cook Islands, Niue

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President Joe Biden is set to announce the opening of new embassies on Cook Islands and Niue on Monday in a demonstration to Pacific Island leaders that the U.S. remains committed to increasing American presence in the region, the Associated Press reported, citing two senior administration officials it didn’t name.

The announcement will ...Read more

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Trump campaign releases location where he'll appear Wednesday in Michigan

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DETROIT — Amid the United Auto Workers strike against the Detroit Three automakers, former President Donald Trump will visit Clinton Township on Wednesday, according to his campaign.

Trump, who's the leading Republican presidential candidate for the 2024 election, will deliver remarks at Drake Enterprises, an automotive supplier, at 8 p.m. on...Read more

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Biden gets updated COVID-19 shot and urges Americans to follow

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President Joe Biden received an updated COVID-19 shot, as well as his annual influenza vaccine, on Friday.

“As we enter the cold and flu season, the President encourages all Americans to follow his example and to check with their healthcare provider or pharmacist to assure that they are fully vaccinated,” physician to the president Kevin O�...Read more

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Biden allies seize on impeachment as weapon against Republicans

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden’s allies are bracing for a possible impeachment by House Republicans and looking to turn it into a liability for GOP candidates in the 2024 elections.

They are tapping a deep bench of Democratic veterans of Donald Trump’s two impeachments and a team of two dozen White House aides to paint the impeachment ...Read more

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Commentary: As Rupert Murdoch resigns from News Corp., Biden should count his blessings

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President Joe Biden was inaugurated on Jan. 20, 2021. Imagine if someone could go back in time and inform him and his communications team that a few pivotal changes in the media would occur during his first three years in office.

There’s the latest news that Rupert Murdoch, 92, stepped down as the chairman of Fox Corp. and News Corp. on ...Read more

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Biden urges voters to elect more lawmakers who back gun control

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden called on voters to elect more members of Congress who support strengthening controls on firearms as he announced the creation of a White House office dedicated to preventing gun violence.

“Let me be very clear. If members of the Congress refuse to act, then we’ll need to elect new members of Congress,”...Read more

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Rudy Giuliani owes $236,000 and counting in Georgia election worker defamation case

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WASHINGTON — Rudy Giuliani owes more than $236,000 — and may be on the hook for more — for failing to turn over evidence and meet deadlines in a civil suit brought by two 2020 Georgia election workers he falsely accused of conspiring against Donald Trump.

The sum doesn’t include money damages that Giuliani may be ordered to pay the ...Read more

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Trump stopped wearing medical masks during COVID because they smeared his bronzer, White House aide says in book

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A former White House aide claims Donald Trump stopped wearing medical masks during the COVID-19 pandemic because they messed up his signature makeup.

Cassidy Hutchinson, a senior assistant to former chief of staff Mark Meadows, writes in her memoir “Enough” that the former president once selected a white mask to wear during a May 2020 visit...Read more

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Voters in Colorado's 3rd District assess Lauren Boebert in wake of 'Beetlejuice' controversy

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PUEBLO, Colo. — U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert’s removal from the audience at a performance of “Beetlejuice” at Denver’s Buell Theatre last week for inappropriate behavior caught the attention of voters in her district.

But whether the incident will be a deciding factor at the ballot box a little more than 13 months from now is uncertain. ...Read more