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US Rep. Donald McEachin, reelected this month to Congress in Virginia's 4th District, dies at 61

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Rep. Donald McEachin, a Richmond Democrat who represented Virginia’s 4th Congressional District, died Monday of the secondary effects of colorectal cancer, according to a statement released by his office. He was 61.

Tara Rountree, McEachin’s chief of staff, said in the statement that McEachin had been battling the cancer since 2013.

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Trump's Twitter legal battle lingers after Musk allows him back

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Elon Musk has tweeted that Donald Trump will be reinstated on Twitter, but the former president isn’t backing down in his legal fight against the social media platform, according to his lawyer.

Without an agreement on terms to end the court dispute, Trump has no plan to withdraw his appeal of a May ruling that dismissed his challenge to the ...Read more

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Bipartisan Michigan board votes 4-0 to certify Nov. 8 election results

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LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Board of State Canvassers voted unanimously Monday to certify the results of the state’s Nov. 8 general election during an at-capacity, hours-long meeting in which two audience members were escorted out by police.

Several candidates challenging Election Day practices, including Republican Secretary of State ...Read more

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Supreme Court counsel says no evidence of Alito ethical lapse in 2014 case

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WASHINGTON — A U.S. Supreme Court official said he sees no indication Justice Samuel Alito violated ethics rules after a New York Times story said a 2014 dinner party at the justice’s home allegedly produced a leak about the outcome of a major case over religious rights and contraceptives.

In a letter to two Democratic lawmakers, Supreme ...Read more

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Trump's immunity claim in 2020 civil rights lawsuit is rejected by judge

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WASHINGTON — Donald Trump can’t claim presidential immunity to avoid a lawsuit that accuses him of civil rights violations in his efforts to undermine the results of the 2020 election, a federal judge ruled Monday.

Trump had argued that he was “absolutely immune” from damages for actions within the “outer perimeter” of his official...Read more

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In Chicago, Pence denounces Trump dinner with antisemitic purveyors Kanye West and Nick Fuentes

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CHICAGO — Former Vice President Mike Pence on Monday denounced former President Donald Trump for dining last week with a pair of antisemitic purveyors, Kanye West and Nick Fuentes, but stopped short of saying whether he thought it should disqualify Trump’s bid to recapture the White House.

Pence, the former one-term Indiana governor before ...Read more

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Trump Org defense rests case as judge chews out lawyers for throwing 'anything and everything' at jury

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NEW YORK — Trump Organization lawyers rested their case Monday as a Manhattan judge chewed them out for throwing “anything and everything” at a jury as they heard remaining evidence in the tax fraud case.

The last witness on the stand for the former president’s company was Donald Bender, a partner at Mazars USA LLP, who testified about ...Read more

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Handful of GOP lawmakers openly criticize Trump for dinner with neo-Nazi Nick Fuentes

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NEW YORK — Some Republican lawmakers criticized former President Donald Trump by name Monday for his meeting with white nationalist Nick Fuentes.

Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., and Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, both said Trump should not have given a platform to the notorious hatemonger at his Mar-a-Lago resort.

“Trump hosting racist antisemites...Read more

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Biden calls for Congress to act to stop rail strike

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden said Monday that he wants Congress to step in to avert a major railroad strike.

“I am calling on Congress to pass legislation immediately to adopt the Tentative Agreement between railroad workers and operators — without any modifications or delay — to avert a potentially crippling national rail shutdown,...Read more

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US Rep. Kai Kahele of Hawaii may have 'misused official resources,' ethics report says

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WASHINGTON — Outgoing Hawaii Democratic Rep. Kai Kahele may have “misused official resources for campaign or political purposes,” according to the Office of Congressional Ethics, which recommended that the House Ethics Committee probe further.

Such actions could violate House rules or even federal law, the OCE concluded in a report ...Read more

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US to auction almost 1 million acres off Alaska for oil drilling

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The Biden administration plans to offer hundreds of thousands of acres off the coast of Alaska for new oil and gas drilling next month, a sale mandated in Democrats’ Inflation Reduction Act to win the support of holdout West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin.

The auction of more than 958,000 acres in Alaska’s Cook Inlet next month, announced by...Read more

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Kansas judge blocks telemedicine abortion ban in first key ruling since August vote

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A Kansas judge has blocked enforcement of a state ban on telemedicine abortions, the first significant abortion-related court ruling in the state since voters in August rejected a proposal that would have upheld the ban.

Shawnee County District Court Judge Teresa Watson approved a temporary injunction the day before Thanksgiving that prohibits ...Read more

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Bipartisan Michigan board votes 4-0 to certify Nov. 8 election results

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LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Board of State Canvassers voted unanimously Monday to certify the results of the state's Nov. 8 general election during an at-capacity, hourslong meeting in which an audience member was escorted out by police.

Several candidates challenging Election Day practices, including Republican Secretary of State candidate...Read more

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Supreme Court to hear argument over Biden's immigration priorities

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WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Tuesday about the Biden administration’s immigration enforcement priorities, in a case that could bolster or curtail the power of states to challenge federal immigration policies.

The justices will consider litigation brought by Texas and Louisiana to stop implementation of a ...Read more

In Georgia's US Senate runoff, candidates campaign in unlikely places

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On a chilly Saturday afternoon, U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock’s campaign bus rolled into a park in Cumming, deep in the heart of Forsyth County. Nearly two-thirds of voters in this reliably Republican exurb backed Warnock’s opponent, Herschel Walker, in the general election.

But with a Senate runoff just weeks away, Warnock was ceding no ground...Read more

Celebrities in politics have a leg up, but their advantages can't top fundraising failures

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TV personality Mehmet Oz lost his bid for Pennsylvania senator during the November midterms. And former NFL football star Herschel Walker appears to be falling further behind his opponent, incumbent Raphael Warnock, as they head to a Dec. 6, 2022, runoff election for senator in Georgia.

While celebrity political candidates have ...Read more

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Who would The Villages back in a Trump-DeSantis clash?

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THE VILLAGES, Fla. — The world’s largest retirement community was comfortable with consensus.

If they talked about politics at all, Sherri Lake knew that most of her neighbors voted like her: enthusiastically and down the line Republican.

It made the day after Donald Trump launched another White House run unnerving.

“I supported him ...Read more

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Editorial: The elections are over, but foreign election meddling isn't

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A top Russian oligarch and ally of Vladimir Putin openly stated that his country has engaged in U.S. election meddling and would continue doing so in future elections. That’s not exactly news, even if it’s the first such admission by someone so close to Putin. But the methods of meddling are what merit more congressional scrutiny because a ...Read more

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Commentary: Where abortion will be on the ballot in 2024

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The abortion rights issue was a political lifesaver for Democrats this year. Whether it will be again in 2024 depends in part on efforts to put the question of reproductive rights on the ballot — not just through the candidates’ positions, but literally.

The issue helped to fend off a red wave by both motivating the base and persuading ...Read more

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Editorial: Supreme Court justices are not immune from oversight

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As the Supreme Court faces a crisis of credibility, another blow has landed in the form of former anti-abortion evangelical leader the Rev. Rob Schenck’s allegations about the leak of a pivotal decision eight years ago.

The detail that’s most captured the attention of lawmakers and the public is the allegation that, over dinner in 2014, ...Read more