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'A great balancing act': DeSantis' response to potential Trump arrest an early '24 test

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MIAMI — The looming indictment of Donald Trump on charges he paid hush money to an adult film actress has put Ron DeSantis in an awkward position, forced to choose between joining most Republicans in defense of a political rival and taking advantage of a damaging criminal allegation.

He tried to have it both ways Monday — and in doing so ...Read more

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Critics say Big Tech uses trade deals to avoid data privacy laws

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WASHINGTON — Tech companies are using international trade agreements to conceal software codes behind artificial intelligence programs as well as circumvent U.S. legislation that could curb the industry’s freewheeling use of consumer data, according to lawmakers and advocacy groups.

As Congress is trying to rein in Big Tech, industry “...Read more

A string of assassinations in Afghanistan point to ISIS-K resurgence – and US officials warn of possible attacks on American interests in next 6 months

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Since returning to power in Afghanistan in 2021, the Taliban have struggled to contain the Islamic State Khorasan province, or ISIS-K – the official Islamic State group affiliate operating in Afghanistan.

Now, a fresh wave of assassination attempts on top Taliban officials has rocked multiple regions across the country and prompted ...Read more

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Commentary: 'Nightmare scenario': A mother's ordeal shows NC abortion law already is cruel

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Lauren Christensen didn’t have a crib yet, but she had a stocking with the name “Simone” embroidered on it. It was a Christmas gift from her mother.

Christensen’s mother lost a baby before her daughter was born. When Christensen found out she was pregnant, she was terrified of what could happen. Her mother told her what a doctor said ...Read more

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House Republicans demand answers from Manhattan DA over Trump case

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WASHINGTON — Republican leaders on Monday demanded that the Manhattan district attorney sit for an interview and provide documents as they began an investigation into his prosecution of Donald Trump over hush payments to an adult film star.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan and two other committee chairmen sent a letter to Alvin ...Read more

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DOJ asks Supreme Court to review domestic violence gun ruling

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WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has asked the Supreme Court to overturn a lower court decision that struck down a federal law that prohibits gun possession for individuals under domestic violence restraining orders.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit in February based its decision on a Supreme Court case from last year that ...Read more

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Is Trump going to be arrested? Answers to questions about the former president's legal troubles

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Former President Donald Trump set an unenviable record while occupying the White House, becoming the first president to be impeached twice by the House of Representatives.

His legal troubles have only mounted since then.

On Saturday, Trump said on his social media network Truth Social that he will be arrested Tuesday in connection with a case ...Read more

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Trump fixer Michael Cohen is ready for star turn against his old boss

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NEW YORK — Michael Cohen may be about to get the role he’s been auditioning for since 2018: witness for the prosecution against his old boss, former President Donald Trump.

If Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg proceeds with a case against Trump over a hush money payment to porn actress Stormy Daniels, as widely expected, Cohen would ...Read more

Trump's unprecedented call for protests is the latest sign of his aim to degrade America's institutions

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In a social media post on March 18, 2023, former President Donald Trump announced that he would be arrested on March 21 on charges stemming from an investigation led by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg. Bragg’s office is probing hush-money payments to Stormy Daniels, an adult film star, which were allegedly made to spare candidate ...Read more

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DOJ urges Supreme Court not to decide major redistricting case

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WASHINGTON — The Justice Department urged the Supreme Court on Monday not to decide a case about North Carolina’s congressional map that could give state legislatures more sway over federal elections.

The justices heard oral arguments in December and were on track to issue an opinion by the conclusion of the term at the end of June. The ...Read more

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Biden signs bill to declassify intelligence on COVID-19 origins

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President Joe Biden on Monday signed a bill to declassify intelligence information about the origins of COVID-19.

Congress approved the legislation unanimously. Sen. Josh Hawley, a Missouri Republican, introduced the bill March 1 after the Department of Energy said with “low confidence” it believed the virus leaked from a lab in Wuhan, ...Read more

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Trump arrest wouldn't change support, might hurt his campaign, pollster says

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Whether or not former President Donald Trump is in fact arrested Tuesday or later, apprehension by law enforcement will not substantially impact his support among the Republican faithful, according to a pollster.

“Voters have very well formed opinions of Donald Trump,” John Cluverius, a professor of political science at UMass Lowell and the...Read more

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NYC cranking up security, bracing for Tuesday protest as potential Trump indictment in hush money probe looms

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NEW YORK — The NYPD is stepping up security and scouring social media for threats as the city braces for protests over former President Donald Trump’s potential criminal indictment — including an expected “car caravan” of Trump supporters who plan to come in from Long Island on Tuesday, the New York Daily News has learned.

Manhattan ...Read more

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Biden administration suggests Supreme Court drop election case

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WASHINGTON — The Biden administration suggested the U.S. Supreme Court drop a closely watched election case after an unusual twist raised fresh questions about the court’s jurisdiction.

The dispute centers on the “independent state legislature theory,” which would oust state judges and other officials from longstanding roles in shaping ...Read more

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Supreme Court may keep alive Navajo Nation water rights claim in Arizona

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WASHINGTON — A divided Supreme Court confronted on Monday the question of whether the government must do more to provide water for the Navajo Nation in northern Arizona.

And the answer, by the narrowest majority, appeared to be yes.

Most of the justices said they were wary of even considering plans to take more water from the mainstream of ...Read more

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Trump says Manhattan DA is interfering in an election with hush money investigation

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NEW YORK — Former President Donald Trump has accused Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg of election interference for pressing ahead with the Stormy Daniels hush money investigation.

As Trump’s possible indictment looms, the twice-impeached former president said Bragg “should be held accountable” for pursuing the case.

“ALVIN ...Read more

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Trump's lawyers move to quash Georgia special grand jury report

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ATLANTA — Lawyers for Donald Trump launched a broad attack on a Fulton County criminal probe into election interference in Georgia, arguing in a court filing Monday that the conduct of the prosecutor, the judge and a special purpose grand jury tainted the investigation.

The former president’s legal team asked a judge to quash the final ...Read more

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DeSantis calls possible Trump indictment 'manufactured circus,' attacks top prosecutor

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Monday he would not be involved in what he called a “manufactured circus” over a possible indictment of former President Donald Trump by a New York prosecutor over allegations that Trump paid hush money to a porn actress before he was elected in 2016.

“I don’t know what goes into paying hush money to a ...Read more

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NYC grand jury hears final evidence in Trump hush money investigation

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NEW YORK — A criminal indictment against Donald Trump could drop as soon as Monday in the Manhattan district attorney’s criminal investigation into the former’s president’s hush money deal with a porn star — after the panel hears from who is likely the final witness.

The grand jury was scheduled to hear testimony from Bob Costello ...Read more

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Police in NY, LA and beyond brace for protests if Trump indicted

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The New York and Los Angeles police departments and other law enforcement agencies nationwide are taking steps to prepare for possible protests and disruptions if former President Donald Trump is indicted.

Outside the Manhattan courthouse where Trump would appear if he is indicted by a grand jury for a hush money payment to a porn star, the ...Read more