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Fast-track debt limit process added to spending cuts delay bill

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WASHINGTON — House Democrats introduced a bill Tuesday that would limit Senate debate on debt limit legislation to 10 hours, creating a loophole in that chamber’s 60-vote legislative filibuster rules.

The bill is set to go to the House floor as soon as Tuesday, along with a revised fiscal 2022 defense policy bill, though the two won’t be ...Read more

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Partisan bickering could doom efforts to regulate social media companies

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WASHINGTON — Industry representatives are accusing Republicans and Democrats of attempting to intimidate social media companies ahead of next year’s midterm elections.

That comes as a brief period of bipartisan momentum behind legislative efforts to regulate companies like Facebook, YouTube and Twitter appears to have passed, with ...Read more

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Billions in tree funds could help cities prep for climate change

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Cleveland, once known as the Forest City, has lost about half of its tree canopy since the 1950s due to diseases, urban development and storms. In the neighborhoods where trees are gone, including many on the majority-Black east side of Cleveland, that loss has been keenly felt.

"If you look at an aerial map, these communities look dramatically...Read more

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Texas has a trigger law if Roe v. Wade is overturned. Here's what could happen

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FORT WORTH, Texas — If the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, most abortions in Texas would be a felony, the result of a recent state law that could hinge on a Mississippi case argued before the court last week.

Justices on Dec. 1 took up a Mississippi law that prohibits abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy. During the arguments, the ...Read more

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Democrats eye massive shift in war on wildfires: Prevention

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WASHINGTON — Democrats are proposing a potentially seismic shift in how the nation battles wildfires by dramatically increasing funding for efforts that aim to prevent blazes, rather than focusing on the tools to put them out.

Under the social safety-net and climate bill passed by the House and now being negotiated in the Senate, Democrats ...Read more

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Editorial: UFOs, UAPs -- whatever they're called, the US needs to know what they are

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A few years ago, it would have drawn jokes and scorn. But given the continuing mystery over what, exactly, U.S. military pilots are seeing in the skies, a congressional proposal to create an “Anomaly Surveillance and Resolution Office” — an office to investigate what used to be called UFOs — makes sense.

This is no laughing matter. In ...Read more

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California Rep. Devin Nunes leaving Congress to head Trump social media group

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LOS ANGELES — Rep. Devin Nunes, a controversial Republican congressman from California's San Joaquin Valley, is leaving Congress to head a social media company created by former President Donald Trump.

“I will deeply miss being your congressman,” Nunes said in a message to his constituents Monday.

Shortly after he sent the note, the ...Read more

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Biden calls drugs 'outrageously expensive,' prods Senate to act

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden said prescription drug prices in the U.S. are excessively high and that his expansive tax and spending bill would help lower costs, as he prodded the Senate to pass the legislation.

“We can agree that prescription drugs are outrageously expensive in this country,” Biden said Monday at the White House. “...Read more

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Biden's urgency belies infrastructure rollout running into 2030s

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President Joe Biden’s multi-state tour to tout a $1.2 trillion infrastructure plan is designed to boost Democrats in the midterm elections, but the slow-moving wheels of government won’t allow him to show off many new roads or bridges next year — or even in time for the 2024 presidential election.

Unlike the pandemic relief bills passed ...Read more

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Texas toughens ban on medication-by-mail abortions with jail time and hefty fine

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AUSTIN, Texas — Texas already had the most restrictive abortion laws in the U.S. — and they just got tougher. Last Wednesday, a new law took effect that adds penalties of jail time and a fine of up to $10,000 for anyone who prescribes pills for medication abortions through telehealth or the mail.

Texas bans all abortions after cardiac ...Read more

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California Rep. Devin Nunes leaving Congress to lead Trump social media group

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LOS ANGELES — Rep. Devin Nunes, a controversial congressman from California's San Joaquin Valley, is leaving Congress to lead a social media company created by former President Donald Trump.

“I will deeply miss being your congressman,” Nunes said in a message to his constituents.

Shortly after he sent the note, the Trump Media & ...Read more

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Trump is spared Wisconsin's demand for legal fees in vote case

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Donald Trump beat back efforts by Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers and other officials who wanted the ex-president to pay legal fees racked up defending his failed lawsuit to overturn the 2020 election result.

The court lacks jurisdiction over the dispute because the swing state, along with Milwaukee County officials and the mayors of Racine, ...Read more

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California Rep. Devin Nunes announces retirement

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LOS ANGELES — Rep. Devin Nunes, a controversial congressman from California's San Joaquin Valley, told his constituents Monday that he will retire at the end of the month, according to local media sources.

The former dairy farmer’s retirement comes in the midst of the every-decade redrawing of congressional districts and as California loses...Read more

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Congress members blast proposed Discovery WarnerMedia merger

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More than 30 Democratic members of Congress are raising concerns about cable programming giant Discovery's proposed $43-billion takeover of WarnerMedia, owner of CNN, HBO, Cartoon Network, and the Warner Bros. television and film studio.

In a letter Monday to U.S. Atty. Gen. Merrick Garland and Assistant Atty. Gen. Jonathan Kanter, the ...Read more

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Max Rose throws hat into the ring to retake House seat from Malliotakis

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Former Democratic Rep. Max Rose announced Monday he’ll try to retake the seat in New York's 11th Congressional District that he lost to Republican Rep. Nicole Malliotakis last year.

His announcement comes as Republicans picked up ground locally in November’s elections — with the GOP gaining two seats in the City Council for a total of ...Read more

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Bill to punish China over Uyghur oppression to get House vote

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WASHINGTON — Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the House will vote this week on legislation aiming to punish China for its treatment of Uyghur Muslims, a move sure to anger the government in Beijing and add to tensions between the world’s two largest economies.

Pelosi announced the schedule a short time after President Joe Biden’s top ...Read more

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Commentary: Wake up, America

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While we fight with each other, foreign corporations and governments are expanding their influence over American law.

One example of many: Uber and some other global companies recently spent $200 million pushing a ballot measure to rewrite California law in their favor. Now they are taking that big-money playbook to force favorable laws across ...Read more

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Congressman's family poses with guns on Christmas card days after deadly Michigan school shooting

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Kentucky Congressman Thomas Massie posted his family’s Christmas card on Twitter Saturday. In that photo, all seven family members are brandishing high-powered weapons, including the family patriarch, who is grinning while holding what appears to be an M-60 machine gun.

The photo was put online days after a Michigan shooter fatally shot four ...Read more

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Biden fetes Bette Midler, SNL creator as Kennedy Honors resume

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President Joe Biden hosted a star-studded celebration marking the annual Kennedy Center Honors, resuming a tradition of honoring achievement in the arts and culture that lapsed during Donald Trump’s presidency.

This year’s honorees joining Biden at a White House reception were singer-songwriters Bette Midler and Joni Mitchell, “Saturday ...Read more

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French far-right candidate's first rally marked by violent clash

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French far-right television pundit Eric Zemmour’s first political rally since declaring his candidacy for president was marred by fighting involving dozens of people within the venue, violence that underlines the divisiveness of his campaign.

Television footage of the event shown on BFM on Sunday showed a man lunging at Zemmour as he made ...Read more