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Editorial: Barring members of Congress from playing stocks could restore public trust.

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Ballotpedia tracks what it calls a “personal gain index” showing how much each member of Congress’ personal wealth has changed while in office. For the top 20, the average increase in net worth has been 422% per year. Data like that helps explain why regular Americans hold Congress in such low esteem, as they watch their supposed public ...Read more

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Commentary: Biden has found his pro-democracy messaging. Now he needs to reinforce it

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As 9/11 was unfolding, a relatively new president, down in the polls shortly after getting into office, George W. Bush, skyrocketed in the polls because of his clever use of branding and marketing. He became the icon for confronting the “all evil” that was behind the first attack on U.S. soil since the attack at Pearl Harbor.

What makes a ...Read more

Indonesia sets date for 2024 election, ending Jokowi speculation

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JAKARTA, Indonesia — Indonesia will hold its next general election on Feb. 14, 2024, easing speculation that President Joko Widodo would seek to extend his second term in the world’s largest Muslim democracy.

Parliament agreed with the government and the election committee on the date, Home Minister Tito Karnavian said at parliament late on...Read more

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In South Florida, Donald Trump proposes luxury condos and hotels -- but with his name on them?

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MIAMI — The new Doral real estate venture launched by former president Donald Trump includes the traditional trappings of his promotional playbook: luxury amenities, access to high-end golf and a swaggering statement from Trump himself touting it as “perhaps the most exciting development in the Country.”

But as described in an application...Read more

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Reports on Newman, Lamborn detail ethics allegations

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WASHINGTON — The House Ethics Committee on Monday released details of Office of Congressional Ethics reports on two members, Reps. Marie Newman, D-Ill., and Doug Lamborn, R-Colo., and said that the committee would continue to review the referrals.

Newman’s situation concerns whether she offered a job to someone in exchange for that person ...Read more

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Biden insults Fox News reporter Peter Doocy on hot mic

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President Joe Biden called Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy a “stupid son of a bitch” after Doocy shouted a question the president found ridiculous.

“Do you think inflation is a political liability ahead of the midterms?” Doocey asked Monday at the end of a news conference.

The president, seemingly not noticing he was ...Read more

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Judges in Fulton County, Georgia, clear way for special grand jury in Trump probe

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ATLANTA — The judges on Fulton County’s Superior Court bench on Monday cleared the way for a special grand jury to be used for District Attorney Fani Willis’ investigation of former President Donald Trump and his efforts to overturn Georgia’s 2020 election results.

Chief Judge Christopher S. Brasher wrote that a majority of the judges ...Read more

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Supreme Court signals it may outlaw most affirmative action at universities

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WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court agreed Monday to hear a major challenge to race-based affirmative action in the nation’s colleges and universities, setting the stage for another long-sought win for conservatives.

The justices voted to hear a pair of appeals contending that Harvard University, the nation’s oldest private university, and the...Read more

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Judges in Fulton County, Georgia, clear way for special grand jury in Trump probe

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ATLANTA — A panel of Fulton County judges on Monday cleared the way for a special grand jury to be used as part of District Attorney Fani Willis’ investigation of former President Donald Trump and his efforts to overturn Georgia’s 2020 election results.

Christopher S. Brasher, chief judge of Fulton County Superior Court, wrote that a ...Read more

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Supreme Court to weigh curbs on Clean Water Act, pitting property rights against wetlands

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court, heeding calls from business and property rights groups, agreed to use a long-running Idaho fight to consider curbing the reach of the Clean Water Act.

The justices said they will hear an appeal from Chantell and Michael Sackett, an Idaho couple waging a 15-year-long battle to build a house on land that ...Read more

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Analysis: Trump pounces and Scranton Joe shows signs of fight in 2024 preview

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden and Democrats have spent weeks stubbing their own toes and Donald Trump has repeatedly pounced — providing the frame for an evolving 2024 presidential campaign.

Sure, the former president has stubbed his own, most recently with a racially tinged rally in Arizona and by contradicting his own false “stolen�...Read more

Supreme Court turns away GOP appeal of House rule that permits proxy votes

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WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday said it turned down an appeal from House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy seeking to strike down a rule set by House Democrats that allows members to cast proxy votes during the pandemic.

Without comment or dissent, the court dismissed the case of McCarthy vs. Pelosi and let stand a special rule set by...Read more

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Biden's push for voting rights failed. Will another promise to Black voters fall short?

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WASHINGTON — With the push for federal voting rights legislation blocked in Congress, President Joe Biden is facing mounting pressure from civil rights groups to enact new criminal justice policies — or risk failing to deliver another key promise to Black voters.

Activists had hoped the momentum from the nationwide outrage over George Floyd...Read more

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Supreme Court signals it may outlaw most affirmative action at universities

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WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court agreed Monday to hear a major challenge to race-based affirmative action in the nation’s college and universities, setting the stage for another long-sought win for conservatives.

The justices voted to hear a pair of appeals contending that Harvard University, the nation’s oldest private university, and the ...Read more

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US Rep. Angie Craig faces midterm headwinds in Minnesota district

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WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Angie Craig is heading into her most difficult reelection fight yet, defending a suburban battleground district amid a formidable series of challenges burdening Democrats across the country

The fate of Craig and other Democrats is closely tied to President Joe Biden, who is facing sagging approval ratings, a raging ...Read more

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Editorial: Trump's comeuppance is coming

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One of the best presidents, Teddy Roosevelt, was the only native of New York City to become president until the worst, Donald Trump, won the high office. Now, the state of New York is helping to bring down this miserable, insipid, democracy-threatening horror of a man who we inflicted on the nation and the world. In devastating legal papers ...Read more

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City elections official faces murder charge after police say she fatally shot her neighbor

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HARTFORD, Conn. — A Norwalk city official faces a murder charge after she fatally shot her neighbor Thursday, police said.

Ellen Wink, 61, was arrested at the scene and remained in custody early Friday on $1 million bail, they said. She was expected to be arraigned in Superior Court in Stamford later in the day.

Police identified the victim...Read more

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In Biden's start, Democrats see a troubling repeat of Obama's presidential pattern

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WASHINGTON — One was a new Democratic president who inherited an intractable crisis while pushing a stalled legislative agenda marked by contentious debate.

The other was Joe Biden.

As the current president begins his second year in office, some Democrats fear Biden is stuck in a painful cycle similar to one that beset former President ...Read more

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Italy's Berlusconi abandons presidency race, boosting Draghi's chances

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ROME — Media mogul Silvio Berlusconi pulled out of the running for Italy’s presidency shortly before voting starts, strengthening the prospect that Prime Minister Mario Draghi could be elected as head of state.

Italy’s longest-serving postwar premier, Berlusconi, 85, announced his decision in a statement as his Forza Italia party held a ...Read more

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Surge of lobbying activity fueled K Street in late 2021

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WASHINGTON — Intense lobbying battles over a bipartisan infrastructure measure and President Joe Biden’s stalled spending and tax package propelled a surge among most of K Street’s biggest spenders and record revenue from top firms last year, new disclosures show.

Lobbyists say they expect a slower pace of legislative activity later this ...Read more