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Iceland elects Europe's first female-majority legislature

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Iceland elected Europe’s first female-majority legislature in a ballot where the centrist ruling coalition added to its majority after steering the nation through the pandemic.

Some 33 of 63 seats, or 52%, in Iceland’s parliament, the Althingi, were won by women in Saturday’s ballot.

Prime Minister Katrin Jakobsdottir’s bloc, which ...Read more

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Pelosi vows infrastructure will pass this week, trims bigger bill

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WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi pledged to pass a $550 billion infrastructure bill this week and signaled that the headline amount on a bigger package of spending and tax measures will be lowered from $3.5 trillion.

In a nod to moderate Democrats eager to enact the road-and-bridges bill, Pelosi said she will put the Senate-passed ...Read more

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German election race is too close to call, exit polls show

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Germany’s Social Democrats and the conservatives are locked together in the national election exit polls, leaving the decision over Chancellor Angela Merkel’s successor hanging in the balance.

Olaf Scholz’s SPD, the front-runner over the final weeks of the campaign, had 25% of the votes, according to exit polls from broadcaster ARD on ...Read more

Iceland's coalition on track to keep majority, early count shows

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Iceland’s three-party ruling coalition looks set to keep its majority in parliament after steering the tourism-dependent north Atlantic economy through a pandemic-induced slump.

The conservative Independence Party is in the lead, as expected, with 26.5% support, according to an early vote count presented by public broadcaster RUV. Its ...Read more

Iceland's coalition on track to keep majority, early count shows

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Iceland’s three-party ruling coalition looks set to keep its majority in parliament after steering the tourism-dependent north Atlantic economy through a pandemic-induced slump.

The conservative Independence Party is in the lead, as expected, with 26.5% support, according to an early vote count presented by public broadcaster RUV. Its ...Read more

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Iceland votes, with its dependence on tourism exposed

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Iceland is holding an election with the pandemic largely behind it but its voters faced with a reality check.

The travel restrictions with COVID-19 have laid bare just how much the sparsely-populated island got hooked on tourism, while there is little consensus on whether climate change presents a challenge or an opportunity.

This country in...Read more

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A pro-Trump Georgia ticket makes its debut at rally

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PERRY, Ga. — Former President Donald Trump returned to Georgia on Saturday to showcase a trio of loyalists he’s endorsed in 2022 elections, deepening an internal rift among state Republicans that helped fuel upset Democratic victories in the last election cycle.

The pro-Trump slate took center stage at a rally at the Georgia National ...Read more

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House budget panel advances Biden's giant tax, spending bill

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WASHINGTON — The House Budget Committee advanced a draft version of President Joe Biden’s signature tax and social spending measure, a milestone ahead of possible votes on the floor of the chamber next week.

Lawmakers voted 20-17 in a mostly party-line ballot to move the bill forward during a rare weekend meeting.

Congressional Democrats ...Read more

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Trump's visit to Georgia: Walker's debut, GOP feuding and Kemp's problem

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PERRY, Ga. — For the first time since a pre-runoff visit in January, former President Donald Trump is returning to Georgia to hold a rally for thousands of supporters. And even though Democrats swept those Jan. 5 runoffs, Trump is likely to deliver much the same message.

He’s still fixated on attacking Gov. Brian Kemp, Secretary of State ...Read more

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Merkel in campaign finale tells voters that leadership is key

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BERLIN — In his first run for chancellor, Christian Democrat Armin Laschet risks losing the office that Angela Merkel held tight for conservatives for 16 years.

So a day before the nation’s most competitive election in almost two decades, Merkel joined him on the campaign trail one last time to stump for her would-be successor.

For ...Read more

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House panel set to advance Biden's giant tax, spending bill

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WASHINGTON — The House Budget Committee on Saturday is set to advance a draft version of President Joe Biden’s signature tax and social spending measure, a milestone ahead of possible votes on the floor of the chamber next week.

Congressional Democrats are using a fast-track budget process to ram the up-to-$3.5 trillion economic package ...Read more

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Pentagon leaders to face congressional gauntlet

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WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley are gearing up for a grilling next week, as the Pentagon leaders prepare to testify before Congress.

Representatives and senators are planning to question them about last month’s bloody exit from Afghanistan and a new book that says Milley called ...Read more

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Pelosi dares Democrats with plan for votes on Biden agenda

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WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is attempting to line up consequential votes next week on President Joe Biden’s economic agenda, making a high-stakes wager that warring Democratic factions won’t sink the bills if their competing demands aren’t met.

At stake is the fate of the most significant investment in domestic programs in ...Read more

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All eyes turn to Pennsylvania after Arizona's 'audit' affirmed Biden's presidential victory

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PHILADELPHIA — Pennsylvania now stands to become ground zero in the movement to “audit” the election after former President Donald Trump’s efforts to discredit the 2020 election results failed in Arizona.

A monthslong partisan review in Arizona affirmed President Joe Biden’s victory there, according to findings made public Friday of ...Read more

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Biden and Harris hold their own immigration policies at arm's length

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Friday attempted to simultaneously disavow and accept responsibility for one of the ugliest images of his presidency — desperate Haitian migrants getting wrangled by Border Patrol agents on horseback.

“It’s beyond an embarrassment. ... It’s simply not who we are,” Biden said, promising the agents ...Read more

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Michigan Rep. Dingell confronts Marjorie Taylor Greene in shouting match over civility

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WASHINGTON — Democratic U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell confronted conservative Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene on Friday on the steps of the U.S. Capitol, leading to a shouting over political civility — or the lack thereof.

Dingell of Michigan addressed Greene after the Georgia lawmaker was berating a group of Democratic lawmakers about abortion as ...Read more

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Democrats prep carbon tax option to pay for spending bill

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WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats are developing a carbon-tax proposal that could potentially be used to offset some of the costs of a sweeping social-spending bill as well as direct cash payments to households, according to a key lawmaker.

“It’s projected that making polluters pay — when combined with clean energy tax credits — would ...Read more

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Judges could delay ruling in federal appeal of Georgia anti-abortion law

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ATLANTA — A panel of federal appeals court judges indicated Friday that it may delay ruling on Georgia’s restrictive anti-abortion law, which was initially struck down last year.

Chief Judge Bill Pryor of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals told lawyers that it might make more sense to suspend the case until the U.S. Supreme Court rules ...Read more

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All eyes turn to Pennsylvania after Arizona's 'audit' affirmed Biden's presidential victory

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PHILADELPHIA — Pennsylvania now stands to become ground zero in the movement to “audit” the election after former President Donald Trump’s efforts to discredit the 2020 election results appear to have failed in Arizona.

A monthslong partisan review in Arizona affirmed President Joe Biden’s victory there, according to draft reports ...Read more

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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene shouts at Democrats on Capitol steps over abortion: 'Try being a Christian!'

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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., started an ugly shouting match over abortion with Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., on the steps of the Capitol, yelling that she should “try being a Christian.”

The right-wing firebrand interrupted Dingell and several other Democratic lawmakers who are in favor of abortion rights as they tried to discuss the...Read more