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Trump refuses to delay Florida deposition in phone-fraud case despite hurricane

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Former President Donald Trump’s deposition in an investors’ class-action fraud lawsuit over his promotion of a failed desktop video phone was delayed by Hurricane Ian that’s ravaging large parts of Florida.

The investors’ lawyer sought a postponement saying the Category 4 hurricane that slammed the west coast of Florida Wednesday made ...Read more

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Monkeypox response relies on trade-offs without federal aid

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WASHINGTON — The lack of spending for monkeypox in the temporary government spending bill moving through Congress means that states will have to take a patchwork approach to paying for the ongoing public health crisis in the short term, the Biden administration said Wednesday.

While the White House had asked for $4.5 billion to combat ...Read more

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At conference short on GOP voices, Biden says US can end hunger

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President Joe Biden told several hundred people Wednesday that he envisions a U.S. with fewer deaths from diet-related diseases and parents better able to put food on the table.

“In America, no child should go to bed hungry. No parent should die of disease that can be prevented,” said Biden, who opened the daylong White House Conference on ...Read more

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Trump got the special master he wanted. Now he has complaints

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WASHINGTON — Donald Trump got the court-ordered review he wanted of documents seized from his Mar-a-Lago home as well as his preferred pick for a so-called special master to carry it out. But less than a month in, the former president has complaints about how that review is taking shape.

Trump’s lawyers lodged objections this week to U.S. ...Read more

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President Joe Biden 'hardwired for a different world,' Gov. Gavin Newsom says

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom has shifted his tough political talk to Democrats and President Joe Biden, saying the party has a “messaging problem” and the president is “hardwired for a different world.”

The governor was gentle in describing Biden, 79, who came to the Senate in 1973, as someone whose “world is gone.”

“He’s ...Read more

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University of Idaho memo tells employees not to promote abortion

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BOISE, Idaho — The University of Idaho in a memo last week warned employees against promoting abortion or services for the “prevention of conception” and recommended limits on discussions of abortion in the classroom.

In the memo sent to employees Friday, the university’s Office of General Counsel outlined guidelines for how the state�...Read more

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Sidney Powell's claims against Dominion Voting tossed by judge

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Former Trump campaign lawyer Sidney Powell’s countersuit challenging a voting machine maker’s $1.3 billion defamation suit against her was dismissed by a federal judge.

Powell, who widely spread a false conspiracy theory that Dominion Voting Systems Inc. rigged the 2020 presidential election against Donald Trump, claimed that the company ...Read more

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Georgia elections board evaluates Coffee County breach and precautions

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ATLANTA — Georgia officials and the CEO of Dominion Voting Systems tried to reassure voters Wednesday that this year’s elections are secure amid a criminal investigation into election skeptics who copied data from voting equipment in Coffee County.

State Elections Board Chairman William Duffey said the breach in Coffee County fits into a ...Read more

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Michigan Legislature allows absentee ballot preprocessing before election

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LANSING, Mich. — State leaders have reached a deal to allow the preprocessing of absentee ballots starting two days before the Nov. 8 election in large communities, according to the chairwoman of the House Elections and Ethics Committee.

The deal between the GOP-led House and Senate and Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer would also involve the ...Read more

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Trump nearly tweet-fired daughter Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner from White House, book says

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Former President Donald Trump nearly fired his daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner — via a tweet — according to an upcoming book about the 45th president’s administration.

Quoting from an advanced copy of Maggie Haberman’s “Confidence Man: The Making of Donald Trump and the Breaking of America,” CNN said Trump ...Read more

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'Where's Jackie?' Biden asks after dead lawmaker at event

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden called out a recently deceased congresswoman in remarks at a hunger conference she helped organize, addressing the lawmaker as if she were still alive.

In remarks Wednesday at a conference on hunger, Biden thanked a bipartisan group of lawmakers who pushed the White House to organize the event, including ...Read more

With Manchin's bill aside, other permitting proposals await

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WASHINGTON — Despite the apparent death of Sen. Joe Manchin III’s permit overhaul legislation before it even got a vote, there are bipartisan ingredients that could be blended into a bill to change how large construction projects such as power lines and highways are greenlighted in America.

Republicans often view a permitting overhaul as a ...Read more

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Spanberger, Vega spar over Democratic incumbent's record in tight Virginia 7th District race

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TRIANGLE, Va. — The day after early voting began in Virginia, Republican Yesli Vega gathered a crowd of about 150 people in an office building housing her campaign headquarters on Saturday morning to introduce herself to voters and ask for their support ahead of the November election.

Vega, who hopes to defeat Democratic Rep. Abigail ...Read more

Doug Mastriano said in 2019 that women who violate an abortion ban should be charged with murder

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PHILADELPHIA — Doug Mastriano, the Republican nominee for Pennsylvania governor, suggested in 2019 that women who violate an abortion ban he proposed should be charged with murder, a position considered far outside the political mainstream.

In a radio interview with WITF, Mastriano — then a state senator — was asked about legislation he ...Read more

What are tactical nuclear weapons? An international security expert explains and assesses what they mean for the war in Ukraine

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Tactical nuclear weapons have burst onto the international stage as Russian President Vladimir Putin, facing battlefield losses in eastern Ukraine, has threatened that Russia will “make use of all weapon systems available to us” if Russia’s territorial integrity is threatened. Putin has characterized the war in Ukraine as an existential...Read more

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Editorial: Another $400 billion, but who will ever notice?

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Democrats want to talk abortion, abortion, abortion, hoping intently that voters don’t notice the economy, the economy, the economy. But amid a steady torrent of bad economic news, the party faithful may be engaging in a mission of futility.

Stocks continued their nosedive on Monday as the Dow dropped 325 points. We’re now in a bear market,...Read more

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Editorial: Liberating Iran: Biden learned from failures of Obama-era approach

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With dozens of protesters now killed in Iran as unrest sparked by the killing of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini at the hands of the country’s morality police engulfs the country, U.S. leadership finds itself in the familiar yet uncomfortable conundrum of how to respond. So far, the Biden administration is threading the needle ably.

Over a decade ago...Read more

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Commentary: The Biden administration offers thoughts and prayers on the ERA. Can it do more?

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President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and Attorney General Merrick Garland have expressed concern over women’s rights. They’ve offered their thoughts and prayers. But is there something else, something in the Constitution, to protect women — and all Americans — from sex discrimination under the law?

The Equal Rights ...Read more

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Stopgap funding measure advances after permitting concession

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WASHINGTON — The path to averting a partial government shutdown by Friday night just became a little easier to see after a key procedural vote in the Senate showed broad bipartisan support for a temporary spending bill.

The Senate voted 72-23 on Tuesday to end debate on the motion to proceed to the continuing resolution, after top Democrats ...Read more

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Donald Trump's immunity in rape accuser's defamation case in the hands of DC appeals court

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NEW YORK — Former President Donald Trump may get immunity after all in a defamation case brought against him by writer E. Jean Carroll, who has accused him of rape.

A Federal appeals panel on Tuesday reversed a lower court ruling that found Trump was not acting in his presidential capacity in June 2019, when he called Carroll a liar after she...Read more