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Editorial: More delays? Supreme Court was wrong to put off Trump immunity decision

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The Supreme Court announced on Wednesday that it will consider Donald Trump’s claim that as a former president he enjoys immunity from prosecution for alleged crimes connected to his efforts to overturn the 2020 election. By taking the case and scheduling oral argument for the week of April 22, the court has further complicated the timeline ...Read more

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How mega-spending and alleged scandals could influence LAUSD school board elections

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As two leading Los Angeles school board candidates grapple with blows to their campaigns — antisemitic tweets for one and an investigation that temporarily removed another from her counseling job — outside groups continue to flood races with spending to win influence over the nation's second-largest school system.

Four seats, a majority of...Read more

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Editorial: Only Congress can (and must) tap the brakes on AI

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You could almost hear palms smacking onto foreheads all over the techier corners of the internet this week, after a Google artificial intelligence program began generating pictures of Black founding fathers, a female Pope and other notions that would exist only in the most fringe-progressive alternate reality.

No, the culprit wasn’t some ...Read more

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Biden and Trump make dueling trips to border as feud heats up

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President Biden and former President Donald Trump made dueling trips to the southern border on Thursday as they sought to gain a political edge on the issue in their anticipated White House campaign rematch.

Biden traveled to Brownsville, Texas, where he met with Border Patrol agents and immigration enforcement officials on the banks of the Rio...Read more

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Senate clears stopgap bill, setting up final spending talks

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WASHINGTON — Lawmakers averted a partial government shutdown Thursday after the Senate cleared a two-step continuing resolution to allow final appropriations work to wrap up in the coming weeks.

The Senate voted 77-13 to send the short-term spending measure to President Joe Biden’s desk. The House earlier Thursday passed the bill on a 320-...Read more

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Donald Trump's lawyers seek reversal of ruling that dropped former president from Illinois GOP primary ballot

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CHICAGO — Lawyers for former President Donald Trump are appealing a Cook County circuit judge’s ruling that Trump’s name should be struck from the March 19 Illinois Republican primary ballot because of his role in the deadly Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol.

In a notice of appeal filed with the state’s 1st Appellate Court late ...Read more

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Homeland Security Chairman Mark Green reverses course, will seek reelection

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WASHINGTON — House Homeland Security Chairman Mark E. Green, who earlier this month announced his plan to retire rather than seek a fourth term in Congress, is reversing course.

“While my strong desire was to leave Congress at the end of this year, since my announcement, I have received countless calls from constituents, colleagues, and ...Read more

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House passes two-tiered stopgap bill, the last one, in theory

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WASHINGTON — The House on Thursday overwhelmingly passed the short-term spending bill that will give lawmakers the time they need to put the finishing touches on fiscal 2024 appropriations and wrap up the process in the coming weeks.

Under suspension of the rules, which requires two-thirds of lawmakers’ support, the chamber passed the bill ...Read more

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Trump's motion to delay paying E. Jean Carroll $83 million should be denied, lawyers say

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NEW YORK — Donald Trump’s motion seeking to delay paying E. Jean Carroll $83.3 million should be flatly denied, the writer’s legal team argued in court filings Thursday.

“He doesn’t even acknowledge the risks that now accompany his financial situation, from a half-billion-dollar judgment obtained by the New York Attorney General to ...Read more

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U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Trump immunity appeal raises doubts he will face trial in Jan. 6 case

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The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to hear former President Donald Trump’s claim that he has blanket immunity could effectively allow him to avoid facing a jury’s judgment in the Jan. 6 federal election interference case before the fall election.

The conservative-dominated court’s ruling that it will only hear oral arguments on Trump’s...Read more

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Election 2024: It's crunch time for candidates running to replace Rep. Katie Porter

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LOS ANGELES — It’s down to the wire for the primary race for an open Orange County congressional seat that’s commanded national attention from the media and the campaign arms of both the Democratic and Republican parties.

Candidates running for the affluent, coastal 47th congressional district being vacated by Rep. Katie Porter, who is ...Read more

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House passes two-tiered stopgap bill, the last one, in theory

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WASHINGTON — The House on Thursday overwhelmingly passed the short-term spending bill that will give lawmakers the time they need to put the finishing touches on fiscal 2024 appropriations and wrap up the process in the coming weeks.

Under suspension of the rules, which requires two-thirds of lawmakers’ support, the chamber passed the bill...Read more

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Everything is on the line on Super Tuesday for these incumbents

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WASHINGTON — Tuesday’s congressional primaries will mark the beginning of the end for some House members, and others are at risk of losing to primary challengers. House members in California and Texas are giving up safe seats for the chance to serve in the Senate. A member-on-member battle in Alabama will see one second-term member lose his ...Read more

What does a state’s secretary of state do? Most run elections, a once-routine job facing increasing scrutiny

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They may be the most important government officials you can’t name. Their decisions have the potential to alter election results. Scholars have referred to them as the “guardians of the democratic process.”

Who are these unknown, but essential, officials?

State secretaries of state.

You probably know only one ...Read more

Yes, Trump’s PACs really can pay his legal fees

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Campaign finance data released at the end of January 2024 revealed that Save America, a political action committee founded and controlled by former President Donald Trump, spent more than US$50 million in 2023 on legal fees resulting from Trump’s multiple criminal and civil cases.

OpenSecrets, a nonpartisan nonprofit tracking ...Read more

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Commentary: Without even ruling on Trump's immunity claim, the Supreme Court handed him a huge victory

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Given the Supreme Court’s possible responses to Donald Trump’s appeal of the D.C. Circuit’s denial of his claim of immunity from prosecution, the justices’ decision Wednesday has to be counted as a gift to the former president. That’s because the court came through for him on the most important axis: time.

The court’s fairly Delphic...Read more

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Biden is too old but Trump is dangerous, swing-state poll shows

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Swing-state voters across every major demographic group describe President Joe Biden as too old, a Bloomberg News/Morning Consult poll has found, showing that concerns about his age have permeated even the most reliable constituencies of the Democratic party.

Overall, eight in 10 voters in crucial states said Biden was too old, when asked to ...Read more

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Some members of Congress not sweating reelection this year

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WASHINGTON — Control of both chambers of Congress is in play this year, and Federal Election Commission data shows Senate and House candidates up this year have already raised nearly $1.4 billion and spent $881 million.

But all elections are most decidedly not created equal.

On Super Tuesday next week, five of the 16 states holding ...Read more

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Lawmakers push changes to CBO scoring for preventive health

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WASHINGTON — Almost every lawmaker remembers their first “bad” score from the Congressional Budget Office, the nonpartisan entity that estimates the budgetary and economic impacts of legislation.

For Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colo., it was when she tried to get a bill passed that would mandate Medicare and Medicaid coverage of tobacco ...Read more

This is Texas hold ‘em – why Texas is fighting the US government to secure its border with Mexico

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President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump are both traveling to Texas border towns on Feb. 29, 2024, and are expected to fault each other for chaos in border enforcement and the high number of undocumented migrant crossings.

Their dueling visits follow a failed Senate proposal to tighten border security and make it tougher...Read more