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Commentary: What we can learn from one of California's most successful abortion providers

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For more than two decades, I researched the life of Inez Burns, one of America’s most successful abortion providers. Burns lived in California and terminated more than 50,000 pregnancies when abortion was illegal across the U.S. While the Supreme Court weighs whether to overturn Roe v. Wade, Burns’ cautionary story underscores a basic, ...Read more

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Commentary: The Supreme Court's vaccine mandate ruling is the start of something far worse

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The Supreme Court’s recent decision to block the Biden administration’s vaccination-or-test requirement for large private businesses will threaten the safety of hundreds of thousands of workers. But the damage it could do goes well beyond the pandemic.

The court’s 6-3 majority acknowledged that the order would save more than 6,500 lives ...Read more

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Biden didn't get all he wanted on climate, but it's a new year

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WASHINGTON — A year into his presidency and with his central greenhouse gas-cutting legislation stalled in Congress, President Joe Biden finds his climate agenda moving in fits and starts as the U.S. is on track to miss the carbon reduction goals his administration set.

Biden said last week he may have to break off pieces of that bill, a ...Read more

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Rep. Nancy Pelosi will run for another term in Congress

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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi announced Tuesday she will run for another term, ending months of speculation about whether the 81-year-old would retire.

“Our democracy is at risk,” the California Democrat said in a video message, citing last January’s Capitol insurrection and Republican attempts to limit access to voting. “We don’t...Read more

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GOP state senator in Georgia files bill that would ban mailing of abortion pill

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ATLANTA — A Republican state senator has filed legislation to fight a decision by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration allowing those with a prescription to obtain the abortion pill through the mail.

Senate Bill 351, filed Monday by state Sen. Bruce Thompson, R-White, would require pregnant women to see a doctor in person before being able ...Read more

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13% of congressional staffers make less than a living wage, report shows

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WASHINGTON — About one in eight congressional staffers are not making a living wage, according to a new analysis of payroll data.

The problem is particularly acute for staff assistants, who are often the most junior staffers in congressional offices. According to Issue One, a “crosspartisan” group that advocates for transparency in ...Read more

Tennessee's Rep. Cooper decides to retire after map divides Nashville

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WASHINGTON — Democratic U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper, who has served in the House for more than 32 years, announced his retirement Tuesday, hours after Republican lawmakers in Tennessee approved a redistricting plan that carves up his Nashville-area district.

“Despite my strength at the polls, I could not stop the General Assembly from dismembering...Read more

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Nearly 10,000 women traveled from out of state to have an abortion in Illinois in 2020 -- a 29% increase

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CHICAGO — Nearly 10,000 women traveled from out of state to have an abortion in Illinois in 2020, a roughly 29% increase compared with the previous year, according to the most recent Illinois Department of Public Health data available.

State health statistics show 9,686 out-of-state women terminated a pregnancy in Illinois in 2020, comprising...Read more

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Fast-tracked ruling on abortion won't wait for 'hearts and minds' to change

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When he was running for president in 1999, George W. Bush, then governor of Texas, famously fended off the strong anti-abortion wing of his party by suggesting the country ought not consider banning abortion until public opinion shifted further in that direction. “Laws are changed as minds are persuaded,” he said.

Bush was no moderate on ...Read more

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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has spent more campaign cash than she's raised during a term marked by crises

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CHICAGO — Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has been spending campaign money faster than she has been raising it, leaving her with less political cash than she had shortly after winning office 2 1/2 years ago.

The mayor’s two campaign funds have bled $213,000 during that time, as Lightfoot raised $2.67 million but spent $2.88 million, a Chicago ...Read more

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Editorial: Americans deserve to know if Gorsuch has forced Sotomayor to work remotely

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In an era in which everyone’s a media critic, Nina Totenberg has been getting some exceptionally rough reviews lately. NPR’s veteran Supreme Court watcher last week reported that conservative Justice Neil Gorsuch refuses to wear a mask while sitting next to liberal Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who is diabetic, thus causing Sotomayor to ...Read more

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Commentary: In voting rights battle, moderate Republicans are allowed to duck the issue

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At a time when Republican leadership has come to tolerate, or even embrace, Donald Trump’s “big lie,” 19 states have acted to subvert previously established voting rights by passing 34 new laws that restrict voting access.

In response to these machinations and to several egregious Supreme Court decisions, Senate Democrats opened debate on...Read more

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Editorial: Barring members of Congress from playing stocks could restore public trust.

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Ballotpedia tracks what it calls a “personal gain index” showing how much each member of Congress’ personal wealth has changed while in office. For the top 20, the average increase in net worth has been 422% per year. Data like that helps explain why regular Americans hold Congress in such low esteem, as they watch their supposed public ...Read more

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Commentary: Biden has found his pro-democracy messaging. Now he needs to reinforce it

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As 9/11 was unfolding, a relatively new president, down in the polls shortly after getting into office, George W. Bush, skyrocketed in the polls because of his clever use of branding and marketing. He became the icon for confronting the “all evil” that was behind the first attack on U.S. soil since the attack at Pearl Harbor.

What makes a ...Read more

Indonesia sets date for 2024 election, ending Jokowi speculation

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JAKARTA, Indonesia — Indonesia will hold its next general election on Feb. 14, 2024, easing speculation that President Joko Widodo would seek to extend his second term in the world’s largest Muslim democracy.

Parliament agreed with the government and the election committee on the date, Home Minister Tito Karnavian said at parliament late on...Read more

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In South Florida, Donald Trump proposes luxury condos and hotels -- but with his name on them?

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MIAMI — The new Doral real estate venture launched by former president Donald Trump includes the traditional trappings of his promotional playbook: luxury amenities, access to high-end golf and a swaggering statement from Trump himself touting it as “perhaps the most exciting development in the Country.”

But as described in an application...Read more

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Reports on Newman, Lamborn detail ethics allegations

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WASHINGTON — The House Ethics Committee on Monday released details of Office of Congressional Ethics reports on two members, Reps. Marie Newman, D-Ill., and Doug Lamborn, R-Colo., and said that the committee would continue to review the referrals.

Newman’s situation concerns whether she offered a job to someone in exchange for that person ...Read more

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Biden insults Fox News reporter Peter Doocy on hot mic

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President Joe Biden called Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy a “stupid son of a bitch” after Doocy shouted a question the president found ridiculous.

“Do you think inflation is a political liability ahead of the midterms?” Doocey asked Monday at the end of a news conference.

The president, seemingly not noticing he was ...Read more

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Judges in Fulton County, Georgia, clear way for special grand jury in Trump probe

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ATLANTA — The judges on Fulton County’s Superior Court bench on Monday cleared the way for a special grand jury to be used for District Attorney Fani Willis’ investigation of former President Donald Trump and his efforts to overturn Georgia’s 2020 election results.

Chief Judge Christopher S. Brasher wrote that a majority of the judges ...Read more

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Supreme Court signals it may outlaw most affirmative action at universities

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WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court agreed Monday to hear a major challenge to race-based affirmative action in the nation’s colleges and universities, setting the stage for another long-sought win for conservatives.

The justices voted to hear a pair of appeals contending that Harvard University, the nation’s oldest private university, and the...Read more