US government shutdown's economic risks grow the longer it lasts

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A U.S. government shutdown would have a cascading economic effect, beginning mildly and deepening over time as millions of workers go without salary, private contractors aren’t paid and consumer uncertainty grows over Washington’s dysfunction.

Federal contractors ranging from Elon Musk’s SpaceX to janitorial service providers for local ...Read more

Who's in tonight's 2024 Republican presidential debate, and how to watch

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Seven Republican hopefuls vying to carve out a lane in the presidential primaries race will face each other in a debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley on Wednesday evening.

The Republican National Committee has announced that seven candidates meet the requirements to stand on the debate stage:

•Doug Burgum, governor...Read more

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Debating the GOP's future: The party must break from Trump

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Half of the candidates who condemned Donald Trump as being unfit to be president during the first Republican primary debate last month will be absent from tonight’s Republican primary debate. Asa Hutchinson, who just ended eight years as governor of Arkansas, and also served in Congress and led the Drug Enforcement Administration, didn’t ...Read more

What will this government shutdown shut down? Social Security and the IRS keep going; SBA loans and some food and safety inspections do not

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The U.S. is moving toward a government shutdown. House and Senate appropriators are divided on spending levels, policy riders and additional items, such as support for Ukraine.

As a political scientist who studies the evolving budget process, as well as brinksmanship in Congress, it is clear to me that this episode prompts many ...Read more

Azerbaijan's use of force in Nagorno-Karabakh risks undermining key international norms, signaling to dictators that might makes right

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The United States’ top humanitarian aid representative, Samantha Power, was dispatched on a fact-finding mission on Sept. 26, 2023, to a registration point on the border with Armenia for those fleeing the Armenian-populated enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh. What she found was frustration: “Sanction Azerbaijan or go back to your country! We don...Read more


Editorial: Here's why President Joe Biden should not have joined the UAW picket line

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We understand the political reasoning behind President Joe Biden joining the United Auto Workers picket line in Michigan on Tuesday: Michigan will be a key swing state in the next presidential election, as it was in the prior election, and Democrats need to shore up support.

Biden’s poll numbers over the weekend were not exactly inspiring ...Read more

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Republican debate being held at Ronald Reagan library. Has the party abandoned his principles?

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Wednesday’s Republican presidential debate will occur in the shadow of former President Ronald Reagan — making the setting a vivid reminder of how today’s Republicans have in a lot of ways abandoned his legacy.

Reagan, president from 1981 to 1989, redefined not only the mission of his party, but the mission of the federal government.

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President Biden arrives at Moffett Field for campaign visit in San Francisco Bay Area

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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — A small crowd of onlookers erupted in applause, screaming out “Joe! Joe!” as President Joe Biden stepped off of Air Force One and onto the tarmac at Moffett Federal Airfield in Mountain View on Tuesday afternoon.

Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors President Susan Ellenberg, dressed in a gold satin pantsuit, ...Read more

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Trump found liable for wide-scale fraud ahead of trial in NY attorney general's $250 million lawsuit

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NEW YORK — A Manhattan judge found Donald Trump liable for wide-scale fraud Tuesday for lying about his net worth for years — stripping him of his New York business licenses in a stunning setback for the former president days ahead of state Attorney General Tish James’ sweeping case against his family-run real estate empire.

In a ...Read more

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Donald Trump found liable for wide-scale fraud ahead of a trial in NY attorney general's $250 million lawsuit

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NEW YORK — A Manhattan judge found Donald Trump liable for wide-scale fraud Tuesday for lying about his net worth and stripped him of his New York business licenses in a stunning setback for the former president on the eve of state Attorney General Letitia James’ sweeping case against his family real estate empire.

In a 35-page order, State...Read more

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Biden's message to striking auto workers: 'You deserve a significant raise'

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VAN BUREN TOWNSHIP, Mich. — President Joe Biden told striking United Auto Workers members outside of a General Motors Co. parts distribution center on Tuesday that "you deserve a significant raise" as he became the first chief executive in more than 100 years to visit a picket line while in office.

Biden, asked whether the UAW should get the ...Read more

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Anti-abortion groups push Wisconsin DAs to prosecute providers for 'breaking the law' despite legal ruling

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Anti-abortion groups in Wisconsin are urging the district attorneys of the state’s two most populous counties to prosecute abortion providers for “breaking the law” by “performing an illegal act” — even though a judge ruled in July that a law once used to ban the procedures in the state didn’t apply to “consensual abortions.”

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Senate negotiators announce bipartisan bid to avert shutdown

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WASHINGTON — Senate Democratic and Republican leaders agreed Tuesday on a plan to keep the government open through mid-November and provide $6 billion in assistance to Ukraine.

The Senate’s stopgap measure to avert an Oct. 1 shutdown still would have to overcome gridlock in the Republican-controlled House and a federal funding lapse ...Read more

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As he loses ground in GOP primary, DeSantis looks for win in second Republican debate

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ supporters say he needs a win. They’re hoping that Wednesday night’s debate can give it to him.

DeSantis is set to take the debate stage for a second time during the presidential primary at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, where he’ll try to prove that he’s the only serious ...Read more

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Donald Trump found liable for fraud claim brought by New York attorney general

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NEW YORK — Donald Trump was found liable for fraud Tuesday in the New York attorney general’s sweeping case against his family real estate empire – a major setback for the former president.

In a 35-page order, State Supreme Court Judge Arthur Engoron partially granted state AG Letitia James’ request to rule on her top fraud claim in the...Read more

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Supreme Court allows process to redraw Alabama congressional map

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WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court declined Tuesday to halt a court-ordered process to redraw Alabama’s congressional map before next year’s election to comply with the Voting Rights Act.

The brief orders Tuesday included no further explanation why the justices declined an Alabama official’s request to intervene now in the yearslong ...Read more

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Trump fires back at Jack Smith over partial gag order request in Jan. 6 case

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Former President Donald Trump Tuesday fired back at special counsel Jack Smith’s demand for a partial gag order in the federal Jan. 6 case, calling it an effort to curtail his First Amendment rights and damage his White House comeback bid.

Trump’s lawyers derided Smith’s request for U.S. District Court Judge Tanya Chutkan to consider ...Read more

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Hunter Biden sues Rudy Giuliani over alleged illegal use of computer data

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Hunter Biden sued Rudy Giuliani for allegedly participating in the “total annihilation” of his digital privacy by hacking and manipulating data from his purported laptop, as he steps up a litigation effort in the wake of his indictment.

Giuliani and lawyer Robert Costello, who is also named as a defendant in the lawsuit, illegally accessed ...Read more

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Fox Business host Stuart Varney gets ready to rumble at the Republican debate (without Trump)

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Fox News proved the Republican presidential primary is more than former President Donald Trump, as nearly 13 million viewers tuned in for the first candidates debate on Aug. 23.

Will the audience come back for more? Trump, leading the pack for the GOP nomination while facing four criminal indictments won’t be on the stage again when the ...Read more

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More than a third of Colorado election officials have left office since 2020 -- sparking concerns ahead of 2024

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DENVER — More than a third of Colorado’s local election officials have left their jobs in the last three years thanks to term limits and harassment-fueled fatigue, sparking concerns ahead of next fall’s presidential contest.

The departures mean that nearly half of Coloradans live in a county with a new clerk overseeing elections, ...Read more