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Biden says US military would step in if China attacked Taiwan

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President Joe Biden said the U.S. military would intervene to defend Taiwan in any attack from China, comments that appeared to break from the long-standing U.S. policy of “strategic ambiguity” before they were walked back by White House officials.

Asked during a press briefing on Monday in Tokyo whether the U.S. would be willing to get ...Read more

Biden unveils a US-Asia trade initiative that falls short of a free trade deal

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TOKYO — President Joe Biden on Monday unveiled an initiative that he said would bind the U.S. and Asian economies more closely but that falls short of a free trade agreement and remains vague on details.

The newly named group, the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity, is intended to increase cooperation on trade, energy, the supply ...Read more

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Editorial: First abortion, next birth control -- women understand the stakes

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Over the past few weeks, Americans have come to understand just how deeply Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision that established women’s rights to control their reproductive health care, is ingrained in the nation’s legal foundation. The leak of a draft Supreme Court opinion has put the nation on notice that federal ...Read more

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Commentary: We've expanded the Supreme Court before. It's time to do so again

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With the leak of Justice Samuel Alito’s draft opinion overturning Roe v. Wade generating shockwaves across the country, Supreme Court expansion is once again emerging as a serious proposal in response to the extreme partisanship overtaking our nation’s highest court. Throughout our nation’s history, federal lawmakers have expanded and ...Read more

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Georgia Gov. Kemp poised for a big win Tuesday, but Trump's shadow looms large

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ATLANTA — When Gov. Brian Kemp is asked how he handles Donald Trump's unrelenting fury, he typically launches into the well-practiced answer he offered at a recent stop in Atlanta's exurbs: "I've never said a bad word about their administration. And I don't plan on doing that."

But the constant questions about Trump's obsession with defeating...Read more

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Analysis: Biden trying to keep India close, even as it bucks him on Russia

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SEOUL, South Korea — When President Joe Biden meets with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and leaders from Japan and Australia this week, it could get awkward.

India is rebuffing Biden’s efforts to join the U.S. and its allies in isolating Russia over its invasion of Ukraine. The world’s biggest democracy continues to buy cheap Russian...Read more

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Biden says monkeypox spread is concerning and advisers are examining

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The growing monkeypox outbreak is “something everyone should be concerned about,” President Joe Biden said.

Biden, before boarding Air Force One in South Korea on Sunday, told reporters he’d spoken to advisers about the situation.

“We’re working on it hard to figure out what we do and what vaccine, if any, might be available for it...Read more

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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