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Netanyahu says he hopes Trump 'sees his way to' condemning antisemitism

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Benjamin Netanyahu, who is set to return as Israel’s prime minister, said Donald Trump “probably understands that it crosses a line” after the former president hosted rapper Ye and white supremacist Nick Fuentes.

“I think it’s not merely unacceptable, I think it’s just wrong, and I hope he sees his way to staying out of it and ...Read more

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House GOP announces investigation into reports of 'secret' Saudi oil production deal

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WASHINGTON — House Republicans announced a probe into reports of a failed “secret deal to boost oil production” between Biden administration officials and Saudi Arabia, as the party prepares to take majority control of the chamber next year.

In a letter Sunday, Republicans on the House Committee on Oversight and Reform said they’re ...Read more

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New House Democratic leader defends calling Trump 'illegitimate' president

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WASHINGTON — Newly elected House Democratic leader Hakeem Jeffries defended past remarks calling Donald Trump’s 2016 election “illegitimate” against Republican criticism, noting that he voted to certify his presidency.

“I will never hesitate in criticizing the former president,” Jeffries, of New York, said on ABC’s “This Week”...Read more

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New House Democratic leader defends calling Trump 'illegitimate' president

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WASHINGTON — Newly elected House Democratic leader Hakeem Jeffries defended past remarks calling Donald Trump’s 2016 election “illegitimate” against Republican criticism, noting that he voted to certify his presidency.

“I will never hesitate in criticizing the former president,” Jeffries, of New York, said on ABC’s “This Week”...Read more

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US focus on Iran is thwarting weapons aid to Russia, envoy says

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The U.S. will concentrate on Iranian weapons supplies to Russia and on supporting protesters in the country, rather than on stalled talks to revive an international nuclear deal, the Biden administration’s top Iran envoy said.

“Iran is not interested in a deal and we’re focused on other things,” U.S. Special Envoy for Iran Robert Malley...Read more

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Same-sex marriage returns to Supreme Court in web designer's free speech bid

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A Colorado website designer who opposes same-sex marriage is the newest face of a religious-rights movement that has been taking full advantage of the Supreme Court’s conservative super-majority.

Lorie Smith is seeking to carve an exception out of a Colorado anti-discrimination law so she can create custom wedding sites — but only for ...Read more

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Halls of power(ball): New House members pick their offices via lottery

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WASHINGTON — As an aide for Rep.-elect Nick LaLota approached the box that held numbered buttons and her office fate in its wooden confines, she pulled out her phone to play Frank Sinatra’s “Luck Be a Lady.”

Lady Luck listened: She drew 20 for the New York Republican, a respectable spot among the 73 available at Friday’s biennial ...Read more

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In California's final congressional race, Republican John Duarte wins Central Valley seat

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Republican farmer John Duarte won an open congressional seat in the Central Valley, defeating Democratic Assemblyman Adam Gray despite Democrats' strong voter registration advantage in the district.

The Associated Press called the race Friday, though official results will take longer. The race was the final congressional contest in California ...Read more

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Rep. Stefanik: Postal workers stole more than $20,000 from campaign

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U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik’s campaign is accusing postal workers of opening mail and stealing more than $20,000 in campaign donations.

In a letter to Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, a lawyer for the New York Republican alleges that packages containing donation checks sent by the campaign were ripped open on four separate occasions between June ...Read more

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Florida federal Judge Aileen Cannon 'slammed' by appeals court in Trump case

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Three months ago, U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon made the controversial call to appoint an independent expert to examine documents — including classified government materials — seized by FBI agents from former President Donald Trump’s Palm Beach residence.

She did so despite expressing initial doubts in her own ruling about intervening...Read more

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Biden says Herschel Walker doesn't 'deserve' to be in Senate

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President Joe Biden sought to boost Georgia Senator Raphael Warnock’s campaign from afar on Friday, telling Democratic allies that his Republican opponent, Herschel Walker, did not “deserve to be in the United States Senate.”

“This is not a referendum on Warnock. This is a choice. A choice between two men. One man who does not deserve ...Read more

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Biden helps Warnock – from afar

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ATLANTA — Ask U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock whether he thinks President Joe Biden should campaign with him in Georgia – or even if he should run again – and you’ll get a well-worn answer from the Democrat that everyday voters don’t care about “pundit” speculation.

There’s good reason for Warnock’s efforts to distance himself from ...Read more

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Top ex-WH lawyers testify to Jan. 6 criminal grand jury in major blow to Trump

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Two top ex-White House lawyers testified Friday to one or more grand juries after former President Donald Trump lost a secret court battle to muzzle them.

In a major blow to Trump, former White House counsel Pat Cipollone and deputy counsel Pat Philben appeared for hours to answer questions that they had dodged in previous sessions before the ...Read more

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Donald Trump 'explicitly' sanctioned tax fraud, jury hears in closing arguments at Trump Organization trial

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NEW YORK — Donald Trump — the “elephant not in the room” at the Trump Organization trial — was brazenly aware of wide-ranging criminal tax fraud at his namesake company, a Manhattan prosecutor said Friday.

In his final statements to jurors in Manhattan Supreme Court, Assistant District Attorney Joshua Steinglass asked them to reject ...Read more

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Pushback greets effort to give South Carolina first '24 primary

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New Hampshire Democrats said they won’t easily cede their state’s “first in the nation” status on the presidential primary calendar to a proposal by President Joe Biden to move South Carolina to the front of the line in 2024.

But South Carolina Rep. James E. Clyburn, the House majority whip, said Democrats in the Granite State should ...Read more

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DNC panel moves Michigan into early-state presidential primary window

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WASHINGTON — The rulemaking arm of the Democratic National Committee on Friday voted to make Michigan one of the first five states to cast votes for the 2024 presidential nominating contest — a move that would give the state greater sway in choosing the party's nominee.

Under the proposed 2024 calendar, Michigan would be the fifth state to ...Read more

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Pushback greets effort to give South Carolina first '24 primary

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New Hampshire Democrats said they won’t easily cede their state’s “first in the nation” status on the presidential primary calendar to a proposal by President Joe Biden to move South Carolina to the front of the line in 2024.

But South Carolina Rep. James E. Clyburn, the House majority whip, said Democrats in the Granite State should ...Read more

Genocides persist, nearly 70 years after the Holocaust – but there are recognized ways to help prevent them

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The newly formed United Nations passed its first international treaty on Dec. 9, 1948, just three years after the Holocaust ended. The Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide was designed to prevent genocide from ever happening again.

But governments worldwide currently remain far from the goal of ...Read more

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Editorial: The Supreme Court is about to make it still easier for officials to profit personally and defraud the public

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Listening to Monday’s U.S. Supreme Court arguments about two prosecutions won by former Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, it seems likely that the bad guys will go free. If and when that happens, consider it a lucky break for Andrew Cuomo’s former hatchet man Joe Percoco and a foursome caught rigging Cuomo’s Buffalo Billion program �...Read more

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Editorial: GOP plans payback of Trump probes by investigating Biden over trivial matters

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The incoming Republican House majority is salivating to begin investigations against the Biden administration, with some in the caucus even talking about impeachment. In contrast to the numerous Democratic investigations and two impeachments against Donald Trump — which were legitimate responses to a uniquely unfit president who routinely ...Read more