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'We're not leaving until this gets done': Biden visits Florida in wake of Hurricane Ian

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FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla. — President Joe Biden spent Wednesday afternoon in southwest Florida surveying damage inflicted in Florida by Hurricane Ian, and pledged a sustained U.S. effort as the region continues its recovery and begins to rebuild.

“I wanted to tell you in person that we’re thinking of you and we’re not leaving. We’re not ...Read more

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VP Kamala Harris defends abortion rights in Connecticut with US Rep. Jahana Hayes 34 days before election

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NEW BRITAIN, Conn. — With 34 days before the election, Vice President Kamala Harris traveled to New Britain on Wednesday to show her support for the most controversial issue in the divisive campaign — abortion rights.

Harris appeared on stage for a roundtable discussion in a small theater with U.S. Rep. Jahana Hayes, a Democrat who is ...Read more

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DOJ wins faster schedule for Mar-a-Lago special master appeal

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A federal appeals court granted the U.S. Justice Department’s request to expedite its challenge to a Florida judge’s appointment of a so-called special master to review thousands of White House documents recovered from Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate.

The order Wednesday from the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals didn’t immediately ...Read more

Poll: Majority of Michigan voters say Trump broke the law by taking classified documents

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DETROIT — A majority of likely Michigan voters believe former President Donald Trump broke the law when he took classified documents from the White House to his Florida resort, according to a new statewide poll commissioned by The Detroit News and WDIV-TV.

The survey of 600 likely voters, conducted by the Lansing-based Glengariff Group, found...Read more

Biden to visit New York, New Jersey on Thursday

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NEW YORK — President Joe Biden will come to New York City on Thursday, his second visit in two weeks, on a trip that will also include stops in the Hudson Valley and northern New Jersey, the White House said.

The president’s whirlwind itinerary features a reception with the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in the city and a bit of ...Read more

Kansas Gov. Kelly and AG Schmidt focus on Brownback, Biden in debate

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In their Wednesday debate, Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly and Attorney General Derek Schmidt focused in on two politicians who were not on the stage and won’t be on the ballot in November — the president and a former governor.

The second and final debate in the race for Kansas governor was hosted by the Johnson County Bar Association at the Double...Read more

Ketanji Brown Jackson makes her mark early, often as US Supreme Court work begins

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It didn’t take long for Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson to find her voice on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Four arguments into her new job, the court’s first Black female justice has emerged as an active, forceful questioner, willing to directly lay out her views and even take on her more conservative colleagues. She spoke more than any other ...Read more

Trump says federal agency packed top-secret documents. Email exchanges suggest otherwise

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Former President Donald Trump publicly said that one reason that the FBI found boxes of classified documents improperly stored at his Florida estate was that federal workers had packed up the White House after his 2020 defeat.

But documents obtained by Bloomberg News under a Freedom of Information Act request suggest a different story. More ...Read more

'We're not leaving until this gets done': Biden visits Florida in wake of Hurricane Ian

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President Joe Biden arrived early Wednesday afternoon in Fort Myers to survey damage inflicted on Southwest Florida by Hurricane Ian, get a briefing on the response and recovery efforts, and meet with people impacted by the storm.

“I wanted to tell you in person that we’re thinking of you and we’re not leaving. We’re not leaving until ...Read more

Biden headed to Florida to assess Hurricane Ian destruction and recovery efforts

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — President Joe Biden is on his way to Fort Myers to survey damage inflicted on southwest Florida by Hurricane Ian, get a briefing on the response and recovery efforts, and meet with people impacted by the storm.

Biden’s personal meetings — with residents and business owners affected by Hurricane Ian plus crews ...Read more

Two-thirds of California voters say Trump should be prosecuted if there's enough evidence, poll shows

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Two-thirds of California voters believe former President Donald Trump should be prosecuted if the government feels there is sufficient evidence of crimes, but far fewer believe he is likely to face charges, according to a new poll.

The Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies survey, co-sponsored by the Los Angeles Times, found stark partisan...Read more

Women in Antarctica face assault and harassment – and a legacy of exclusion and mistreatment

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A federal report that, in the words of its key finding, “sexual assault, sexual harassment, and stalking are problems in the U.S. Antarctic Program community” – and that efforts “dedicated to prevention [are] nearly absent” – drew attention around the world. But as a historian of Antarctic science, I did not find it surprising at ...Read more

Editorial: Biden puts clean energy future ahead of today's oil needs

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Note to those in the clean energy business: Joe Biden is working overtime to send you a kiss in the mail.

Biden and Co. has been making inroads since June toward using the Defense Production Act to boost production of solar, electric grid, heat pump and other technologies. On Monday that plan got some juice.

The Energy Department is releasing...Read more

Editorial: Look who's inviting violence: The former president and his allies pretend Democrats are stoking unrest

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Sigmund Freud may have artfully defined psychological projection as when an individual attributes his unacceptable urges to another, but it is Donald Trump’s minions who’ve proven to be masters of the practice in the real world.

Over the weekend, at a Michigan rally headlined by Trump, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene declared, “Democrats want...Read more

A Michigan community's long battle with PFAS and the Pentagon

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It was five years ago while kayaking with his wife on northeast Michigan’s Van Etten Lake adjacent to a former Air Force base, says attorney Anthony Spaniola, when he spotted a work crew testing a foam substance on the beach.

He says he’d heard that the state had found astronomically high levels of toxic per- and polyfluorinated substances,...Read more

Inside Mar-a-Lago: Pardons, White House emails, legal bills

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WASHINGTON — The thousands of documents recovered from former President Donald Trump’s Florida home included a mix of government, business and personal affairs, including analysis about who should get a pardon, call notes marked with a presidential seal, retainer agreements for lawyers and accountants, and legal bills, according to newly ...Read more

Trump seeks to delay looming depositions of sex assault accusers

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NEW YORK — A writer who claims Donald Trump sexually assaulted her during an interview and a former saleswoman who says he groped her on an airplane are among the witnesses whose testimony in a defamation suit he is seeking to put on hold.

The women are set to be deposed by lawyers for New York columnist E. Jean Carroll, who alleges the ...Read more

Trump asks Supreme Court to intervene in Mar-a-Lago records fight

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WASHINGTON — Former President Donald Trump on Tuesday sought U.S. Supreme Court intervention in the fight over government papers recovered from his Mar-a-Lago home, asking the justices to let a court-appointed special master review 100 documents with classified markings.

The move escalates what already was an extraordinary showdown, as the ...Read more

Biden says Republicans 'doubling down' with plan for nationwide abortion ban

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden warned that Republicans want to institute a nationwide ban on abortion as his administration directed universities to increase protections for students who obtain the procedure.

“Congressional Republicans are doubling down on an extreme position with the proposal for a national ban. Let me be clear what that...Read more

Arrest made in breach of LA County election worker data

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LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles County prosecutors have accused the CEO of a small Michigan software company of compromising the personal information of hundreds of county elections employees.

Eugene Yu, 51, was arrested early Tuesday just outside of Lansing, Michigan, after prosecutors alleged he improperly stored the information on servers in ...Read more