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Commentary: This is Judge Aileen Cannon's big gamble in the Trump classified records case

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As U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon entertains another far-fetched argument from Trump’s defense team in the classified documents prosecution, a recent report sheds considerable light on her vexing oversight of the case.

When Cannon was assigned to the case by lottery, the New York Times reported last week, two of her fellow judges urged the...Read more

Debate offers opportunity for errors, partisan spin − and maybe an opening for change

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The two leading presidential candidates are set to debate on live television on June 27, 2024. Neither will yet be the official nominee of his party, which is expected to happen at the parties’ conventions in the coming weeks.

The timing of the debate – on the Thursday leading into the week of the Fourth of July, far earlier than ...Read more

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Commentary: Congress worked across the aisle on a bill to protect kids online. Now pass it

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Fifty years ago, my father served as the Republican minority leader in the deep-blue Massachusetts House of Representatives. But during his time in office, he managed to create jobs, protect reproductive rights and author a landmark environmental bill that protects Massachusetts wetlands to this day. (Did I mention he was Republican?)

That ...Read more

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Florida Democrats lambaste Republicans, Trump and Sen. Rick Scott on anniversary of Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — A range of Democratic elected officials marked Monday’s two-year anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling overturning the Roe v. Wade constitutional protection of abortion rights. They decried the abortion restrictions implemented since then, and warned of even more restrictions on reproductive health if ...Read more

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Georgia Democrats hammer Trump on 2-year anniversary of Roe v. Wade's overturn

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Democrats marked the two-year anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that overturned Roe v. Wade with events across Georgia that focused on the role that former President Donald Trump played in reversing the landmark decision.

Trump’s allies countered that the state-level abortion limits in Georgia that took effect after the 2022 ruling...Read more

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After clash with prosecutor, judge reserves ruling on restricting Trump's rhetoric about agents' classified documents search

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FORT PIERCE, Fla. — A testy exchange Monday between a skeptical U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon and one of special counsel Jack Smith’s prosecutors led to an apology for unprofessional conduct by the lawyer as he sought to persuade the court to restrain Donald Trump from making inflammatory statements against federal agents in the ...Read more

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Biden enters debate seeking to quell mounting attacks over age

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is sequestered at his Camp David retreat for a week of intensive preparation ahead of his debate with Donald Trump, as the incumbent looks to dispel questions about his age and demonstrate he’s ready for the rigors of another four years in office.

Biden takes the stage Thursday in Atlanta for a forum that ...Read more

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Gov. Maura Healey's executive order reminds hospitals, health care workers that abortion is protected in Massachusetts

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Gov. Maura Healey on Monday issued an executive order reminding hospitals and doctors that in Massachusetts, abortion is healthcare and must be provided when necessary.

The action comes as a Supreme Court decision looms on whether or not a state’s near-total ban on abortion is preempted by a federal law, requiring emergency care for patients....Read more

Kenya protests: Gen Z shows the power of digital activism - driving change from screens to the streets

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Nationwide demonstrations have erupted in Kenya over a controversial tax bill. The Finance Bill 2024, initially presented to parliament in May, has sparked discontent with an increase in an array of taxes and levies for Kenyans.

The mass protests, initially organised in the capital city, Nairobi, have spread across the country. ...Read more

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Vice President Harris slams Trump on anniversary of Supreme Court abortion decision

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Vice President Kamala Harris slammed former President Donald Trump on the second anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision that overturned the landmark Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion.

Harris pronounced Trump guilty of rolling back women’s freedoms by appointing the three top court judges who voted to strike down a woman’s ...Read more

Escalating Israel-Hezbollah clashes threaten to spark regional war and force US into conflict with Iran

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Months of relentless exchanges between Israel and Lebanon’s militant group Hezbollah have seen mass civilian evacuations and widespread death, injury and destruction.

The violence has worsened since early June, accompanied by increasingly heated rhetoric. Both sides have prevented the tit-for-tat attacks from escalating into a full-...Read more

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Melania Trump won't move back into the White House if Trump wins, report says

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During Donald Trump’s four years as president, it was widely reported that he had his own bedroom in the White House residence, as his wife wife Melania Trump occupied her own suite.

Now, it’s looks like Trump could have the entire residence to himself if he’s elected this year to return to the White House, with a report saying that his ...Read more

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Florida is not a battleground state, Biden campaign boss says

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TAMPA, Fla. — When President Joe Biden came to Tampa in April, he said something bold.

“I think Florida’s in play, nationally,” Biden told a room full of supporters at Tampa’s Hillsborough Community College. The room erupted in applause.

Three months later, the president’s campaign doesn’t sound as optimistic about the Sunshine ...Read more

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Trump made secret trip to Mar-a-Lago amid classified documents scramble

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Former President Donald Trump reportedly made a secret trip to his Mar-a-Lago resort home as he scrambled to deal with prosecutors’ demands that he return hundreds of classified documents he improperly took when he left office.

Trump made the unscheduled hush-hush side trip to south Florida in July 2022 just days before his defense lawyer was...Read more

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Biden campaign taps Kentucky abortion rights advocate for national appearances

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As the presidential election heats up, Democratic President Joe Biden’s campaign has called upon a Kentuckian to help its messaging on abortion rights in America.

Hadley Duvall, an abortion rights advocate, just appeared alongside Vice President Kamala Harris on a popular MSNBC program and next to First Lady Jill Biden in the key swing state ...Read more

Kentucky Gov. Beshear denounces 'extremism' in abortion policy at Tennessee reproductive health event

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NASHVILLE, Ky. — Gov. Andy Beshear reiterated a call for Kentucky and Tennessee to add rape and fatal fetal anomaly exceptions to both state’s near-total abortion bans, saying “extremism pushes everybody off.”

“Imagine somebody violated by a person in their family, somebody who is supposed to keep them safe,” Beshear said to a crowd...Read more

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Rep. Jamaal Bowman, George Latimer battle to finish line in N.Y. Democratic primary

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NEW YORK — Rep. Jamaal Bowman and challenger George Latimer on Monday raced to the finish line of their contentious Democratic primary for the Westchester County-based NY-16 congressional seat.

The embattled incumbent shook hands at a Mount Vernon church and knocked on doors with fellow progressive Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on the eve of ...Read more

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Supreme Court tees up case on state youth transgender care ban

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WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court will decide whether Tennessee’s law restricting gender-affirming care for minors violates the Constitution, amid a broader push from states that have passed similar laws and others that target transgender individuals.

The justices announced Monday they agreed to decide United States v. Jonathan Skrmetti et al....Read more

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Supreme Court enters crunch time for term loaded with big issues

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WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has yet to issue opinions this term in about a dozen major cases that could rock the country’s politics and reshape the law on issues such as abortion, government regulation of speech online and the reach of the administrative state.

Those could all come this week, the court’s traditional last week before ...Read more

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Analysis: Biden shifts from defending his record to warning about Trump

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WASHINGTON — In a tactical shift, President Joe Biden has gone from using appearances to defend his own record and plans for four more years to warning about policies Donald Trump has vowed to implement if he gets a second term. Trump, meanwhile, has continued a largely grievance-based campaign.

“I have the wounds all over my body. If I ...Read more