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Editorial: Protect democracy, pass election reform

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Congress is on the verge, finally, of passing legislation that would protect the electoral process from a rogue president seeking to cling to power by overturning the will of the American people.

The Electoral Count Reform and Presidential Transition Improvement Act, championed by Minnesota Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar, would clarify that the ...Read more

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Idaho's Mike Crapo defends record in US Senate as rivals try to tie him to federal dysfunction

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U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, defended his lengthy record and role as an accomplished foil to Democratic President Joe Biden during a public debate Monday, as two political foes painted him as an uncompromising, career politician whose continued time in office prevents the state and nation from addressing some of their most pressing issues.

In...Read more

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In visit to Puerto Rico, Biden says he's 'determined to help' recovery after Hurricane Fiona

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PONCE, Puerto Rico — President Joe Biden declared in Puerto Rico on Monday that his administration is committed to helping the island recover from Hurricane Fiona and other disasters, announcing a more-than $60 million federal investment in flood management that he said was only a small piece of the overall assistance he is ready to provide ...Read more

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Herschel Walker's campaign in turmoil as adult son accuses him of violence

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ATLANTA — U.S. Senate hopeful Herschel Walker’s campaign was in turmoil Monday after his adult son accused his father of threatening to kill his family members, an accusation that came after a news outlet reported the Republican paid his then-girlfriend in 2009 to have an abortion despite his opposition to the procedure.

Walker, a former ...Read more

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Herschel Walker slams report he paid for abortion in 2009

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ATLANTA — U.S. Senate hopeful Herschel Walker, a Republican who has endorsed a “total ban” on abortion, condemned a report Monday that he paid his then-girlfriend in 2009 to have an abortion.

The former football star called the Daily Beast report a “flat-out lie” and labeled the accusations “disgusting, gutter politics” as he ...Read more

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Supreme Court declines to hear bump stock challenges

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear two challenges to the federal regulatory ban on bump stocks Monday, leaving in place a prohibition on the devices that were used in the Las Vegas Strip mass shooting.

Although the high court’s decision was “welcome news,” U.S. Rep. Dina Titus, D-Nev., said it was not the end of legal ...Read more

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LA mayoral candidate Rick Caruso pledged $1 million to support abortion rights proposition but has yet to donate

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LOS ANGELES — A day after a leaked Supreme Court draft opinion overruling Roe vs. Wade sent shockwaves through the country, Los Angeles mayoral candidate Rick Caruso took to Twitter to vehemently defend his support of abortion rights.

Caruso also vowed to financially support a proposal that Gov. Gavin Newsom and other state leaders had just ...Read more

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Debate set for Gavin Newsom and GOP gubernatorial challenger Brian Dahle

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California Gov. Gavin Newsom and state Sen. Brian Dahle, R-Bieber, will go head to head later this month in a gubernatorial debate hosted by KQED, the San Francisco radio station announced Monday.

The debate, scheduled for 1 p.m. Pacific time on Sunday, Oct. 23, is the only confirmed meeting of the two candidates. It will...Read more

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Trump correspondence with Kim Jong Un missing, attorney for National Archives told ex-president's lawyers in May 2021

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The top attorney at the National Archives emailed former White House lawyers in May 2021 alerting them that the administration had failed to turn over correspondence between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, according to documents obtained by Bloomberg.

“There are also now certain paper/textual records that we cannot...Read more

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Trump seeks deposition delay in rape accuser defamation case

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NEW YORK — Donald Trump asked a judge to put a defamation lawsuit by New York columnist E. Jean Carroll on hold — and delay his deposition — after a federal appeals court issued a preliminary ruling that could derail the case.

Trump last week won part of his appeal over whether Carroll’s suit is barred by a statute that broadly protects...Read more

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Twitter flags abortion ad from New York congressional hopeful Max Rose as age-restricted

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Twitter placed an age barrier on an abortion-focused ad from a New York congressional candidate on Monday, saying the Democrat’s clip could be inappropriate for viewers younger than 18.

The move by Twitter drew swift outcry from the candidate, Max Rose, and came as the latest flashpoint in a feud between Democrats and social media platforms ...Read more

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Judge rules against Kentucky deputy who sued over criticism for attending Trump rally

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LEXINGTON, Ky. — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a Franklin County sheriff’s deputy who claimed that the county’s public defenders defamed him and violated his First Amendment rights when they criticized him for attending a Trump rally in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 6, 2021.

Franklin County Sheriff’s Deputy Jeff Farmer ...Read more

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Planned Parenthood launching a mobile abortion unit in southern Illinois as number of out-of-state patients skyrockets

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CHICAGO — Planned Parenthood is launching a mobile abortion unit in southern Illinois to help reach out-of-state patients and decrease wait times, as more states ban or severely restrict terminating a pregnancy.

The abortion provider announced the project Monday, roughly 100 days after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the landmark 1973 Roe v...Read more

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Supreme Court term starts with reopened courtroom, new justice

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WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court reopened to the public for oral arguments Monday for the first time in almost two years because of the coronavirus pandemic, as the justices started a new term that appears poised to build on the conservative turn last term.

Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. said nothing at the start to mark the return of a full...Read more

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Biden visits Puerto Rico, says he's 'determined to help' recovery after Hurricane Fiona

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PONCE, Puerto Rico — President Joe Biden declared in Puerto Rico on Monday that his administration is committed to helping the island recover from Hurricane Fiona and other disasters, announcing a $60 million federal investment in flood management that he said was only a small piece of the overall assistance he is ready to provide the ...Read more

Justice Clarence Thomas, whose activism -- along with his wife's -- has bolstered conservative causes, is poised to be a central figure as the Supreme Court reconsiders rolling back more landmark rulings

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With the opening of the U.S. Supreme Court’s new session on Oct. 3, 2022, Clarence Thomas is arguably the most powerful justice on the nation’s highest court.

In 1991, after Thomas became an associate justice and only the second African American to do so, his power was improbable to almost everyone except him and his wife, ...Read more

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Supreme Court hears lively debate on protecting wetlands, led in part by new Justice Jackson

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WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court opened its new term on Monday by hearing a property rights appeal that calls for limiting the government’s power to protect millions of acres of wetlands from development.

At issue is whether the Clean Water Act forbids polluting wetlands and marshes that are near — but not strictly part of — waterways.

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Supreme Court declines to hear bump stock challenges

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court declined Monday to hear two cases on the federal regulatory ban of bump stocks, leaving in place the prohibition on the devices used in the Las Vegas Strip mass shooting.

The cases requesting Supreme Court review were brought by Gun Owners of America and a Utah gun enthusiast who bought a bump stock before ...Read more

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Supreme Court to weigh use of race in congressional redistricting

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WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Tuesday in a congressional redistricting case from Alabama that could further weaken a federal law meant to prevent racial discrimination in elections.

The justices agreed to review a lower court ruling that found Alabama’s new congressional map likely violated the Voting Rights Act of...Read more

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FBI sees no threat to midterm voting but notes Russian efforts

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WASHINGTON — There are no specific threats to U.S. voting systems for the coming midterm elections, but messages that the result can’t be trusted are being amplified online, with Russia the most aggressive influence among foreign foes, the FBI said.

Such messaging, being pushed in states across the country by political candidates and others...Read more