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IRS bank reporting proposal to be dropped from budget bill, Manchin says

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WASHINGTON — A plan to beef up tax enforcement by requiring banks to report new data on accounts to the IRS is unlikely to survive in a compromise budget reconciliation package, Sen. Joe Manchin III said Tuesday.

The West Virginia Democrat, a key negotiator on the partisan spending and tax package, said during an Economic Club of Washington ...Read more

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California, New York fight over shrinking low-income housing aid in Democrats' bill

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WASHINGTON — In the scramble to appease centrists by scaling back their massive social safety net spending bill, Democrats are discussing cutting in half new funds to address homelessness, public housing, racial inequities in homeownership and renters’ assistance.

But because of the stark differences in the way low-income housing is ...Read more

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Trump frames new social media empire as selfless effort to counter Big Tech

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It’s not all about me — or the money.

Former President Donald Trump asserted on Tuesday that his planned new social media company is an altruistic effort to give a voice to his supporters who have been “silenced by Big Tech” — not a big-bucks scam to raise quick cash.

“This is about saving our country. America has always been a ...Read more

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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene fined for flouting COVID mask rules in Congress

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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., just doesn’t want to obey the rules.

The far-right firebrand has been fined a total of $5,500 for three violations of Congressional rules requiring lawmakers to wear masks on the House floor to limit the spread of COVID-19.

The outspoken opponent of masking and vaccination mandates, who had to apologize ...Read more

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Senate's clean energy fight may vex Biden at climate conference

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With a key pillar of his climate agenda wobbling on Capitol Hill, President Joe Biden and administration officials are downplaying the role of Congress in passing legislation to slow rising greenhouse gas levels as Democratic lawmakers are ratcheting up the pressure to reach a deal on climate legislation before the president heads overseas for ...Read more

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For Kamala Harris, a shifting role: Fewer public events with Biden

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In their first two months in the White House, President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris were practically inseparable — Harris traveled with Biden to the Pentagon, sat in the Roosevelt Room when he met virtually with a foreign leader and delivered her own remarks on the administration’s priorities.

The proximity fueled a sense ...Read more

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Lawyers for Florida attorney general mocked lawsuit to overturn 2020 election

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — When Texas’ attorney general announced he was suing four swing states in a last-ditch attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 election, lawyers in Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody’s office scoffed.

One lawyer called it “bats--t insane.”

Another called it “weird.”

Despite the criticisms, Moody came ...Read more

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Donald Trump Jr. sells T-shirts mocking Alec Baldwin 'Rust' movie set shooting tragedy

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Donald Trump Jr. is taking aim at a longtime family foe — he’s hawking a T-shirt that uses a tragic movie set shooting to mock Alec Baldwin, who famously skewered his father on “Saturday Night Live.”

A tee declaring “Guns Don’t Kill People, Alec Baldwin Kills People” is selling for $27.99 on a merchandise site linked to the former...Read more

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Manchin sees framework in reach as Democrats inch toward deal

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WASHINGTON — Democrats stepped closer to an agreement on President Joe Biden’s agenda as Sen. Joe Manchin, who has been pushing to shrink the size of a sweeping social-spending package, said a deal on the outlines of the plan is within reach this week.

Manchin’s expression of optimism Monday marked a turnabout from his forecast last week ...Read more

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'South Carolina has a piece of my heart': First lady Jill Biden makes multiple stops in Charleston

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CHARLESTON, S.C. — In her second visit to South Carolina as first lady, Jill Biden spent time in Charleston Monday championing two of her greatest passions: cancer research and military families.

In the early afternoon, she walked the halls of the Medical University of South Carolina’s Hollings Cancer Center, a leading cancer center in the ...Read more

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Florida's 67 election supervisors urge voters to reject election falsehoods, audits

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ORLANDO, Fla. — Florida’s 67 county elections supervisors wrote a letter to voters Monday urging them to reject falsehoods about the 2020 election and reaffirming the integrity of the state’s voting system.

The plea, issued by the Florida Supervisors of Elections, comes after GOP county committees in Lake and Brevard counties called for ...Read more

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Biden pushes infrastructure and mass transit while visiting NJ train yard

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President Joe Biden promoted his economic agenda in a visit to a New Jersey train repair yard on Monday as a crucial deadline of Oct. 31 looms for talks to pass his sweeping spending plans.

Flanked by NJ Transit locomotives, Biden told a handpicked audience of elected officials and union workers that his twin infrastructure and social spending ...Read more

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Democrats inch toward deal as Manchin says framework in reach

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WASHINGTON — Democrats stepped closer to an agreement on President Joe Biden’s agenda as Sen. Joe Manchin, who has been pushing to shrink the size of the package, said a deal on the outlines of the plan is within reach this week.

Manchin’s comments on Monday mark a turnabout from his forecast last week of drawn out negotiations and are ...Read more

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Donald Trump Jr. sells tees mocking Alec Baldwin 'Rust' set tragedy

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Donald Trump Jr. is using a tragedy to mock the actor who skewered his father on “Saturday Night Live.”

A T-shirt that reads “Guns Don’t Kill People, Alec Baldwin Kills People” is selling for $27.99 on a merchandise site linked to the former president’s namesake son. The reference is to last week’s killing of cinematographer ...Read more

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Analysis: Biden should borrow one thing from Trump

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WASHINGTON — “I’ve instructed the military, whatever they need — if they need additional force — I will grant it.”

That was President Joe Biden, speaking to reporters in the East Room of the White House, on Aug. 26, hours after violent extremists killed 170 Afghans and 13 U.S. troops outside Kabul’s airport. It was his presidency�...Read more

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Push to repeal parental notification for minors seeking abortions tests liberal limits of Illinois' Democratic-controlled legislature

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — With the backing of the legislature’s Democratic majority, Illinois has been at the forefront of expanding abortion access in recent years, even enshrining a “fundamental right” to the procedure in state statute.

Legislative efforts backed by Gov. J.B. Pritzker to repeal a quarter-century-old Republican-sponsored law...Read more

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Debt ceiling hangs over Democrats' legislative home stretch

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WASHINGTON — Democrats have a brief respite to try to raise the debt limit before the Treasury Department runs out of borrowing authority as early as December. But the path forward is littered with procedural questions and political obstacles.

Senate Republicans are insisting Democrats raise the debt ceiling without GOP help by using the ...Read more

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Democrats to Biden: Start pushing back more aggressively against Trump

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WASHINGTON — As former President Donald Trump maintains his grip on the Republican Party and further spreads conspiracies about the 2020 election, some Democrats and progressive activists are urging President Joe Biden to speak out more forcefully against his predecessor.

During his first nine months in office, Biden has largely avoided ...Read more

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Editorial: Vouching for vouchers: Democrats must include enhanced rental assistance in their reconciliation bill

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The large domestic spending bills Democrats are trying to come to terms on encompass fundamental changes to America’s social safety net and approach to problem-solving on big questions of climate, education, infrastructure and more. It’s only natural that these complicated questions have been difficult to reach consensus on.

What is not a ...Read more

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Biden-Manchin meeting makes 'progress' in bid to break deadlock

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WASHINGTON — The White House said President Joe Biden made progress on his big tax-and-spending plan in a meeting with key moderate Senator Joe Manchin and Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, though further talks among staffers will be needed.

The rare Sunday meeting, held over breakfast at the president’s home in Delaware, was the latest step ...Read more