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Klobuchar's big test: Shepherding election reform

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WASHINGTON — By most political calculus, the sweeping election reform bill that Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota is trying to shepherd through the Senate is a moonshot: hard to achieve and fraught with complications.

For "anyone who is serious about trying to get something done to make it easier for people to vote ... we're ready to...Read more

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Front-line, farm-state Democrats push back against Biden tax plan

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WASHINGTON — A group of 13 House Democrats, led by Iowa’s Cindy Axne and California’s Jim Costa, is pressing party leaders to exempt family farms from a tax increase President Joe Biden has proposed on inherited assets to help pay for new child care, education and other spending.

Under Biden’s $1.8 trillion package of family-related ...Read more

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Commentary: A bear walked into a news conference. That should not have happened

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So, a Kodiak bear walked into a politician's campaign news conference in Sacramento on Tuesday, and I don't know whom to pity more — the bear or the politician. I'll go with the bear.

Tag, as the 9-year-old bear is called, had no choice but to be rented out for the kickoff of Republican John Cox's long-shot bid to replace Gov. Gavin Newsom ...Read more

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Commentary: Tax the rich? Here's what Biden forgot

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President Joe Biden proposes to impose steep new taxes on high earnings and lucrative investments to help pay for expanded child care and other social programs. But if he’s serious about requiring wealthy Americans to pay more, he missed one of the most obvious places to start.

That would be by curtailing a gift to business owners granted by ...Read more

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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms won't run for re-election

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ATLANTA — In a stunning announcement Thursday night, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms told supporters that she will not run for re-election this year.

Bottoms announced she will not seek a second term as Atlanta’s 60th mayor during a private call with friends, staffers and allies, according to two people who were on the call and several ...Read more

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NC should no longer count mail-in ballots delivered after Election Day, Republicans say

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Republican lawmakers want to change North Carolina's mail-in voting rules so that people would no longer be allowed to wait until Election Day, or even several days before, to put their ballots in the mail.

A bill advancing in the N.C. House of Representatives would prohibit elections officials from counting any mail-in ...Read more

Election watchdog closes Trump case on 2016 payment to porn star

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WASHINGTON — The Federal Election Commission deadlocked on continuing the inquiry into the payoff of an adult film star who claimed to have had a sexual relationship with Donald Trump, meaning that the former president and his campaign won’t face any penalties in the case.

Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen pleaded guilty in ...Read more

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Cheney or Stefanik? Tradition or Trump? 2 congresswomen personify Republicans' choice

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WASHINGTON — Liz Cheney and Elise Stefanik, as ambitious young Republicans, both built their careers in the warm embrace of the GOP old guard, advising establishment icons like President George W. Bush, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan.

But as House members over the last four years, the two have trod very different paths through the Trump era. Now ...Read more

Biden makes rare trip to red state for infrastructure pitch in Louisiana

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LAKE CHARLES, La. — President Joe Biden made his first stop in a red state to pitch his multitrillion-dollar infrastructure and jobs proposal Thursday, stumping in Louisiana as he seeks to redefine more broadly what it means to win bipartisan support.

With congressional Republicans largely united against his plans, Biden is reaching beyond ...Read more

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Editorial: Relax, Donald -- you don't need Facebook to reach your fans online

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Perhaps blind to the irony, former President Donald Trump took to the newly created news feed on his website Wednesday to blast Facebook, Twitter and Google for muzzling him.

"Free Speech has been taken away from the President of the United States because the Radical Left Lunatics are afraid of the truth, but the truth will come out anyway," ...Read more

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House panel: Separation-of-powers concerns no longer apply in Trump financial records case

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WASHINGTON — The House Oversight and Reform Committee told a federal judge late Wednesday that it should be easier to obtain former President Donald Trump’s financial records from an accounting firm now that he is just that — the former president.

The committee has returned to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to ...Read more

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Editorial: The Trump specter hangs over the Republican Party

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Much of America has moved on, but more than 100 days after he left the Oval Office, the specter of Donald Trump hasn't gone away. That was plain with two new developments on Wednesday.

In the first, Facebook's Oversight Board announced it supported Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's decision to ban Trump from using Facebook and Instagram after the ...Read more

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Trump has lost key defense in tax return fight, Democrats say

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WASHINGTON — House Democrats seeking Donald Trump’s tax returns argued that their subpoena should no longer be held to the same legal standards that applied when Trump was president.

In a brief filed in federal court in Washington on Wednesday, the House Oversight Committee said Trump had lost the protections established by the Supreme ...Read more

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Republicans demand briefing on veterans' records backlog

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WASHINGTON — A group of House Republicans on Thursday demanded a briefing from National Archives chief David Ferriero on how he intends to eliminate a bureaucratic backlog born out of the coronavirus pandemic that could force some veterans to wait up to two years for certain benefits.

The National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis, where ...Read more

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How conservative anger at Big Tech pushed the GOP into Bernie Sanders' corner

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WASHINGTON – During most of Donald Trump's time in the White House, Silicon Valley could regard the legal threats Republicans hurled its way as a sideshow: unfocused, unserious, untenable.

But a campaign launched in a cauldron of conservative grievance — over censorship allegations, complaints of "woke" corporate values and the power ...Read more

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Partisan divides emerge over border infrastructure

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WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden is calling for $1.2 billion in border infrastructure spending for the next fiscal year as his administration works to address record-high migration numbers at the U.S.-Mexico border.

But Democratic and Republican lawmakers have vastly different ideas of what that funding should look like, teeing up a partisan ...Read more

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Biden administration looks to triple amount of protected land in the US

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Faced with the possible extinction of tens of thousands of species and the growing threat of climate change, the Biden administration on Thursday announced plans to protect 30% of the nation’s land and ocean territory by the end of the decade.

The administration’s proposal comes as California and several other states are already moving ...Read more

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Commentary: For the People Act doesn't curtail states' rights

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Although I have lived in six states, I didn't realize until recently how much voting access still depends on the state in which you reside. While laws can no longer explicitly exclude entire groups of would-be voters based on their religion, gender or race, voting is by no means equally accessible in all states. Registration options, deadlines, ...Read more

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Point: Once-in-a-generation infrastructure investment is needed

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As President Joe Biden addressed a joint session of Congress recently, he highlighted a fundamental truth about his American Jobs Plan. For once, our leaders aren’t pushing another tax break for the elite, bailing out the ultra-wealthy or preaching the false gospel of trickle-down economics. As the president put it, this is “a once-in-a-...Read more

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Commentary: Biden proposes progress, Republicans scream 'socialism'

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Almost 70 years ago, President Dwight Eisenhower pushed bipartisan legislation that created the interstate highway system. Earlier leaders made universal access to education, starting with kindergarten and running through high school, standard throughout the United States. The Republican Party of today would have one word for these policies: ...Read more