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GOP's voting curbs show long reach of 2013 Supreme Court ruling

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WASHINGTON — Republicans across the U.S. can thank the Supreme Court and Chief Justice John Roberts as they enact the country’s most significant voting restrictions in generations.

The court’s watershed 2013 Shelby County ruling created a glide path for many of election changes GOP-controlled legislatures are pushing this year. The ...Read more

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Biden $400 billion care plan would have a caveat: States opt in

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden’s ambitious $400 billion plan to improve in-home care for the elderly and lift wages for millions of workers may be limited by states’ ability to opt out, based on early proposals from Congress.

The leading legislative draft in discussion would channel the funds through the U.S. government health-insurance...Read more

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Trump can stay at Mar-a-Lago legally -- as a 'bona fide' employee, Palm Beach town attorney says

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The final word on whether former President Donald Trump can live at his Mar-a-Lago estate is out, and some of his neighbors in Palm Beach won’t like it.

Some of Trump’s neighbors alleged that the former president is in violation of a 1993 agreement with the town that limits how many days members of the Mar-a-Lago ...Read more

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Trump DOJ got phone records of 3 Washington Post reporters, paper reports

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WASHINGTON — The Trump administration’s Justice Department got telephone records and attempted to get the email records of three Washington Post reporters who were looking into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, the newspaper reported on Friday.

The three reporters, Ellen Nakashima, Greg Miller and Adam Entous, who now ...Read more

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First lady Jill Biden expresses support for military spouses during Colorado visit

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Thank you.

That's the message first lady Jill Biden shared with military spouses during a visit to Fort Carson to recognize them.

Dozens of spouses gathered Thursday at the Mountain Post outdoors to hear from and talk with Biden, who walked from table to table, asking spouses about their struggles and concerns ...Read more

Atlanta Mayor Bottoms calls end of her reelection bid a 'very difficult decision'

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ATLANTA – Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said she had been thinking about not running for reelection as early as her first year in office, though she couldn’t point to a specific moment or reason that led her to bow out of the race.

In her first public appearance since announcing her decision to supporters Thursday night, Bottoms said her ...Read more

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NAACP, elections official push DeSantis to fill Alcee Hastings' congressional seat sooner

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The NAACP is joining with Broward Elections Supervisor Joe Scott in demanding that Gov. Ron DeSantis abandon his plan to leave the late U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings’ seat vacant for more than nine months before a special election.

The civil rights organization and state Sen. Shevrin Jones said Friday they support Scott�...Read more

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Trump keeps misleading on 2020 election, pressures Michigan Senate

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LANSING, Mich. — Former President Donald Trump targeted the Republican-controlled Michigan Senate on Friday as he continued his efforts to mislead about the state's 2020 election.

Democrat Joe Biden beat Trump, the GOP incumbent, by 154,000 votes or 3 percentage points in November, and six months later, there is no evidence of wrongdoing that...Read more

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Klobuchar's big test: Shepherding election reform

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WASHINGTON — By most political calculus, the sweeping election reform bill that Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota is trying to shepherd through the Senate is a moonshot: hard to achieve and fraught with complications.

For "anyone who is serious about trying to get something done to make it easier for people to vote ... we're ready to...Read more

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Front-line, farm-state Democrats push back against Biden tax plan

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WASHINGTON — A group of 13 House Democrats, led by Iowa’s Cindy Axne and California’s Jim Costa, is pressing party leaders to exempt family farms from a tax increase President Joe Biden has proposed on inherited assets to help pay for new child care, education and other spending.

Under Biden’s $1.8 trillion package of family-related ...Read more

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Commentary: A bear walked into a news conference. That should not have happened

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So, a Kodiak bear walked into a politician's campaign news conference in Sacramento on Tuesday, and I don't know whom to pity more — the bear or the politician. I'll go with the bear.

Tag, as the 9-year-old bear is called, had no choice but to be rented out for the kickoff of Republican John Cox's long-shot bid to replace Gov. Gavin Newsom ...Read more

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Commentary: Tax the rich? Here's what Biden forgot

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President Joe Biden proposes to impose steep new taxes on high earnings and lucrative investments to help pay for expanded child care and other social programs. But if he’s serious about requiring wealthy Americans to pay more, he missed one of the most obvious places to start.

That would be by curtailing a gift to business owners granted by ...Read more

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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms won't run for re-election

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ATLANTA — In a stunning announcement Thursday night, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms told supporters that she will not run for re-election this year.

Bottoms announced she will not seek a second term as Atlanta’s 60th mayor during a private call with friends, staffers and allies, according to two people who were on the call and several ...Read more

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NC should no longer count mail-in ballots delivered after Election Day, Republicans say

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Republican lawmakers want to change North Carolina's mail-in voting rules so that people would no longer be allowed to wait until Election Day, or even several days before, to put their ballots in the mail.

A bill advancing in the N.C. House of Representatives would prohibit elections officials from counting any mail-in ...Read more

Election watchdog closes Trump case on 2016 payment to porn star

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WASHINGTON — The Federal Election Commission deadlocked on continuing the inquiry into the payoff of an adult film star who claimed to have had a sexual relationship with Donald Trump, meaning that the former president and his campaign won’t face any penalties in the case.

Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen pleaded guilty in ...Read more

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Cheney or Stefanik? Tradition or Trump? 2 congresswomen personify Republicans' choice

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WASHINGTON — Liz Cheney and Elise Stefanik, as ambitious young Republicans, both built their careers in the warm embrace of the GOP old guard, advising establishment icons like President George W. Bush, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan.

But as House members over the last four years, the two have trod very different paths through the Trump era. Now ...Read more

Biden makes rare trip to red state for infrastructure pitch in Louisiana

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LAKE CHARLES, La. — President Joe Biden made his first stop in a red state to pitch his multitrillion-dollar infrastructure and jobs proposal Thursday, stumping in Louisiana as he seeks to redefine more broadly what it means to win bipartisan support.

With congressional Republicans largely united against his plans, Biden is reaching beyond ...Read more

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Editorial: Relax, Donald -- you don't need Facebook to reach your fans online

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Perhaps blind to the irony, former President Donald Trump took to the newly created news feed on his website Wednesday to blast Facebook, Twitter and Google for muzzling him.

"Free Speech has been taken away from the President of the United States because the Radical Left Lunatics are afraid of the truth, but the truth will come out anyway," ...Read more

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House panel: Separation-of-powers concerns no longer apply in Trump financial records case

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WASHINGTON — The House Oversight and Reform Committee told a federal judge late Wednesday that it should be easier to obtain former President Donald Trump’s financial records from an accounting firm now that he is just that — the former president.

The committee has returned to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to ...Read more

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Editorial: The Trump specter hangs over the Republican Party

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Much of America has moved on, but more than 100 days after he left the Oval Office, the specter of Donald Trump hasn't gone away. That was plain with two new developments on Wednesday.

In the first, Facebook's Oversight Board announced it supported Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's decision to ban Trump from using Facebook and Instagram after the ...Read more