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Even with Roe v. Wade in place, low-income women struggle to get abortions in Texas

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McALLEN, Texas — The patient slid onto the examination table as the doctor ran through her standard list of questions.

Most recent period? Any previous abortions? Medication or surgery? Any complications?

An assistant readied an ultrasound wand as the patient lifted her shirt. She wasn't worried whether she was pregnant — she had already ...Read more

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Biden says US prepared to respond to a North Korean nuclear test

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U.S. President Joe Biden said Sunday that he wasn’t concerned about the possibility of North Korea holding a nuclear test while he’s in Asia.

“We are prepared for anything North Korea does,” Biden told reporters in Seoul. “We’ve thought through how we’d respond to whatever they do, and so I am not concerned.”

U.S. intelligence...Read more

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Rubio gets backing from top police union in race with Demings for law and order label

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MIAMI — With about 10 police officers standing behind him, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio was endorsed Saturday by the state’s main police union, the Florida Police Benevolent Association, a group that represents about 30,000 cops statewide.

It is the latest law enforcement group to back him in his reelection campaign — including endorsements ...Read more

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NZ's Ardern congratulates Australia's Albanese on election win

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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Sunday congratulated Anthony Albanese and the Labor Party on winning the Australian Federal election.

“I spoke to Anthony Albanese early this morning as he was preparing to address his supporters. It was a warm conversation and I’m really looking forward to formally meeting with him soon,” ...Read more

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Trump endorses trio of safe Georgia Republicans ahead of primary

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ATLANTA — Former President Donald Trump announced his support Saturday for three Georgia incumbents in the U.S. House.

Trump’s endorsement of Reps. Barry Loudermilk, Buddy Carter and Rick Allen gives the former president virtually guaranteed successes to hang his hat on if other hand-picked candidates don’t notch victories.

Polling shows...Read more

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Chicago Teachers Union elects new president

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CHICAGO — Chicago Teachers Union Vice President Stacy Davis Gates was elected president of the union Friday following a monthslong, hard-fought battle against two challengers to succeed outgoing president Jesse Sharkey.

Friday’s election results show the strength of Davis Gates’ Caucus of Rank-and-File Educators, which has been criticized...Read more

Biden suggests there is little chance of meeting with North Korea's Kim amid rising tensions

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SEOUL, South Korea — President Joe Biden said Saturday that any meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un would "depend on whether he was sincere and whether he was serious," a departure from former President Donald Trump's aggressive pursuit of the rogue autocrat.

Biden's skeptical comments came during a joint press conference with new ...Read more

Australia's Albanese set to take power as conservatives ousted

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Anthony Albanese’s Labor Party is set to take power in Australia for the first time since 2013, as voters booted out Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s conservative government in a shift likely to bring greater action on climate change, women’s issues and anti-corruption efforts.

Morrison conceded defeat on Saturday night and congratulated ...Read more

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Virginia 'Ginni' Thomas urged Arizona lawmakers to push pro-Trump slate of electors

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Virginia “Ginni” Thomas reportedly personally urged Arizona lawmakers to push a rogue pro-Trump slate of electors after President Joe Biden won the state in the 2020 election.

The controversial wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas sent emails urging the lawmakers to pick a “clean slate” of electors even though Biden was ...Read more

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Hillary Clinton approved Trump-Russia leak to media, her campaign manager says

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Hillary Clinton personally signed off on a plan in 2016 to quietly pitch to the media the now-discredited theory that computer servers at former President Donald Trump’s company had a secret communications link with a Russian bank, her former campaign manager told a jury.

Robby Mook, a witness in the trial of a former Clinton campaign lawyer ...Read more

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Trump paid $110,000 fine to lift contempt-of-court finding

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NEW YORK — Donald Trump paid a $110,000 fine to lift an order holding him in contempt of court for failing to adequately respond to a New York state subpoena for his records.

The former president paid the fine on Thursday, according to a spokesperson for New York Attorney General Letitia James, who is investigating potentially fraudulent ...Read more

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State Supreme Court to Whitmer: Clarify need for a speedy review of Michigan abortion law

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LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Supreme Court has asked Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to provide more information on why the justices should bypass a lower court and immediately consider her arguments challenging the constitutionality of the state's dormant abortion law.

The justices sent a series of five largely procedural questions in a Friday order ...Read more

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Michigan elections chief Jocelyn Benson says Trump suggested she be tried for treason

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DETROIT — Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson told NBC News that former President Donald Trump allegedly said she should be tried for treason and "potentially executed" following the November 2020 election based on a source she wouldn't reveal.

The first-term Democratic secretary of state made the unproven claim to the network and said...Read more

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Trump's handwritten notes to flip election cited by his lawyer

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Former President Donald Trump’s suggestions on how to flip the outcome of the 2020 election were jotted in handwritten notes to the law professor who was advising him on the effort, according to a court filing.

John Eastman, the former dean of Chapman University law school, said two handwritten notes from the former president contained “...Read more

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Will heartbeat abortion ban take effect amid lawsuit? What the Idaho Supreme Court ruled

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BOISE, Idaho — The Idaho Supreme Court on Friday denied an Idaho attorney general request to vacate the stay on the state’s heartbeat abortion law, further delaying implementation of the new law.

The April 28 petition asked the court to reverse its decision to put the law on hold. The bill would ban most abortions and allow family members ...Read more

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Fraud suspect faked presidential pardon signed by Donald Trump, Florida officials say

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MIAMI — A creative Florida man is accused of fabricating his own pardon from former President Donald Trump — while he was under investigation for fraud, federal court documents report.

The ruse — which ultimately failed — is one in a series of frauds credited to Alexander Leszczynski of North Redington Beach in Pinellas County, ...Read more

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Biden hails US-South Korea alliance on tour of Samsung plant

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President Joe Biden called the U.S-South Korea alliance “a lynchpin of peace, stability, and prosperity” during a visit Friday to a Samsung Electronics Co. semiconductor complex as he seeks to bolster supply chains that reduce reliance on China.

“I’ve just seen how this plant makes the most advanced semiconductor chips in the world,” ...Read more

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Inside the final hours of Madison Cawthorn's reelection campaign

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HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. — Election night at Madison Cawthorn’s campaign headquarters started with the vibe of a warm, summertime neighborhood get-together. Supporters were greeted with food trucks, coolers of drinks, and corn hole boards for the kids.

But there was something much more serious at stake: Would the first-term congressman win the ...Read more

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Editorial: A stronger federal medical privacy law could help protect abortion rights

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Not long ago, Republicans in the Missouri Legislature were citing the need to protect patient privacy as the justification for blocking a statewide prescription drug database to address opioid addiction. Pro-privacy Republicans are suddenly in short supply now that patients’ rights are under direct attack in the abortion debate.

The abortion ...Read more

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Commentary: Leave abortion law to the states? Just look at the Fugitive Slave Act to see how that will go

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Why not leave abortion to the states?

One of the most common arguments made by those who want to downplay the significance of Supreme Court Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr.’s leaked draft opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health is that it would not make abortion illegal. Rather, it would merely return the abortion debate to the legislative ...Read more