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City elections official faces murder charge after police say she fatally shot her neighbor

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HARTFORD, Conn. — A Norwalk city official faces a murder charge after she fatally shot her neighbor Thursday, police said.

Ellen Wink, 61, was arrested at the scene and remained in custody early Friday on $1 million bail, they said. She was expected to be arraigned in Superior Court in Stamford later in the day.

Police identified the victim...Read more

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In Biden's start, Democrats see a troubling repeat of Obama's presidential pattern

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WASHINGTON — One was a new Democratic president who inherited an intractable crisis while pushing a stalled legislative agenda marked by contentious debate.

The other was Joe Biden.

As the current president begins his second year in office, some Democrats fear Biden is stuck in a painful cycle similar to one that beset former President ...Read more

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Italy's Berlusconi abandons presidency race, boosting Draghi's chances

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ROME — Media mogul Silvio Berlusconi pulled out of the running for Italy’s presidency shortly before voting starts, strengthening the prospect that Prime Minister Mario Draghi could be elected as head of state.

Italy’s longest-serving postwar premier, Berlusconi, 85, announced his decision in a statement as his Forza Italia party held a ...Read more

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Surge of lobbying activity fueled K Street in late 2021

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WASHINGTON — Intense lobbying battles over a bipartisan infrastructure measure and President Joe Biden’s stalled spending and tax package propelled a surge among most of K Street’s biggest spenders and record revenue from top firms last year, new disclosures show.

Lobbyists say they expect a slower pace of legislative activity later this ...Read more

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Biden pushes Congress to pass $52 billion for chip production

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President Joe Biden pleaded Friday for Congress to pass $52 billion in funding for semiconductor chip production amid an ongoing shortage that's driving up prices of cars, tech and other consumer goods.

Earlier Friday, Intel Corp. announced it would spend $20 billion to build a new chip production facility near Columbus, Ohio. The company's CEO...Read more

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White House is set to put itself at center of US crypto policy

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The Biden administration is preparing to release an initial government-wide strategy for digital assets as soon as next month and task federal agencies with assessing the risks and opportunities that they pose, according to people familiar with the matter.

Senior administration officials have held multiple meetings on the plan, which is being ...Read more

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Analysis: Splitting up budget package carries procedural risks

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Democrats face procedural obstacles in any attempt to break up their clean energy and social safety net expansion bill and pass it in “chunks” — a path suggested by President Joe Biden on Wednesday.

It’s not such an easy task if party leaders want to maintain the special status afforded the measure under budget reconciliation rules, ...Read more

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Report: Trump may endorse more than one Republican in Missouri Senate Primary

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WASHINGTON — Former President Donald Trump’s endorsement is coveted among Republicans running for U.S. Senate in Missouri. All of the candidates talk about their support of Trump on the campaign trail. At least two have brought on former Trump staffers as paid advisers.

And more than one of them might get the endorsement.

Trump, frustrated...Read more

Man charged with threatening to kill Georgia election officials

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ATLANTA — The FBI arrested a Texas man Friday, alleging he threatened to shoot and kill Georgia election officials the day before the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.

It’s the first criminal case brought by a new U.S. Justice Department task force aimed at cracking down on threats of violence against election workers.

Chad Stark, ...Read more

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Commentary: Will the 49th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade be the last one? Abortion rights are under assault

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Saturday marks the 49th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in Roe vs. Wade that guaranteed the right to an abortion. Will it be the last?

Since 1973, when the court ruled that there was a right to abortion, derived from the Constitution, up to the point of viability of the fetus outside the womb, the Supreme Court has reaffirmed its ...Read more

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With Roe v. Wade at risk, Illinois abortion providers open center to help out-of-state patients with travel and other resources

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CHICAGO — Each year, thousands of women cross state lines to have an abortion in Illinois — and that number could grow exponentially as pending U.S. Supreme Court decisions and new laws in various states challenge reproductive rights across large swaths of the nation.

But women traveling here to terminate a pregnancy will have a new ...Read more

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Commentary: Will the 49th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade be the last one? Abortion rights are under assault

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Saturday marks the 49th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in Roe vs. Wade that guaranteed the right to an abortion. Will it be the last?

Since 1973, when the court ruled that there was a right to abortion, derived from the Constitution, up to the point of viability of the fetus outside the womb, the Supreme Court has reaffirmed its ...Read more

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Analysis: Splitting up budget package carries procedural risks

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Democrats face procedural obstacles in any attempt to break up their clean energy and social safety net expansion bill and pass it in “chunks” — a path suggested by President Joe Biden on Wednesday.

It’s not such an easy task if party leaders want to maintain the special status afforded the measure under budget reconciliation rules, ...Read more

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Commentary: Roe Day's message for Election Day

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This week marks the 49th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Will it make it to 50? That’s the question women are asking with increasing urgency — and fierce determination.

Opponents of abortion believe this is their moment. Their support played an outsize role in the election of Donald Trump, and he rewarded them with three Supreme Court justices ...Read more

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Editorial: Much as Trump tries to obstruct Jan. 6 inquiry, Supreme Court won't play along

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During his single presidential term, Donald Trump had a penchant for referring to federal judges and Supreme Court justices as though they ruled based on loyalty to the presidents who nominated them. Thus, Trump suggested, there were “Obama judges” and Trump judges. In 2018, Chief Justice John Roberts issued a stern rebuke: “We do not have...Read more

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Editorial: Not being Donald Trump will not be enough for Biden in his second year

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One year into Joe Biden’s first term as president, it’s safe to say that the Democrat’s performance has not met lofty expectations. His average approval rating, at 49% according to Gallup, is better than Republican Donald Trump’s was at this point, but that’s not saying much. Trump’s 38% was the lowest first-year approval rating of ...Read more

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Commentary: Roe v. Wade has never been enough to ensure abortion access

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Last month, the Supreme Court declined to block Texas’ restrictive 6-week abortion ban. And later this year, the same nine justices will decide whether to overturn Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion in the U.S. exactly 49 years ago as of Jan. 22.

While the legal right to an abortion is vital, the truth is Roe has never been enough. We at ...Read more

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Editorial: Biden earned a solid D in first year

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Rarely has a president faced more crises upon taking office than did Joe Biden, or so assiduously ignored most of them. He has earned a solid D for his first year performance, and is slipping.

Biden was unconcerned when inflation emerged in the spring; he was unprepared when the withdrawal from Afghanistan turned chaotic; unequipped to manage a...Read more

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Activists press companies on abortion with Roe v. Wade at stake

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Institutional investors with a combined $11.8 billion in assets launched a coordinated effort to pressure The Home Depot Inc. and more than a dozen other companies on the disparity between their public support for women in the workplace and contributions to lawmakers who want to restrict abortion access.

Fund managers including the Employees’...Read more

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'Rise in violent rhetoric': Lawmakers in both parties report spike in death threats

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WASHINGTON — The voicemail begins innocuously enough. “Yeah, this voicemail is for Madison,” a man says, casually, as if he’s trying to get in touch with an old friend.

But then steel enters his voice. “I am armed. I am dangerous. And I know where you and your staff are.”

That threat against Madison Cawthorn was just one of ...Read more