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DeSantis seeks election fraud crackdown but ignores dark money-backed sham candidates

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Gov. Ron DeSantis wants a new law enforcement division to investigate and punish election crimes, but he’s said little about the ongoing criminal case involving “ghost” candidates that helped swing one South Florida state Senate race in the GOP’s favor and influenced two others.

He also hasn’t proposed anything ...Read more

Proposal would create database to address supply chain crisis

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WASHINGTON — A group of bipartisan, bicameral lawmakers is hoping to push a supply chain bill through Congress during the final days of the year.

Sens. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., and Reps. Norma J. Torres, D-Calif., and Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn., are hoping to attach their draft bill, which would establish a national ...Read more

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Supreme Court justices sound ready to restrict the right to abortion

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WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court’s conservatives sounded ready Wednesday to severely restrict a woman’s right to choose abortion and possibly overturn Roe vs. Wade entirely.

The court now has six justices who are deeply skeptical of abortion rights. And during arguments about a Mississippi law banning abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, ...Read more

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Biden plays it safe in face of uncertain omicron threat

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WASHINGTON — With the first U.S. case of the omicron variant detected in California, President Joe Biden is pushing to increase the country's defenses against the coronavirus.

He's expected to announce on Thursday a new plan to mitigate its spread during the winter, including added requirements for international travelers. People entering the...Read more

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Trump tested positive for COVID before first presidential debate with Biden, Meadows says

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Former President Donald Trump reportedly tested positive for COVID-19 and was suffering symptoms of the disease before his chaotic first debate with then-candidate Joe Biden.

Mark Meadows, the former White House chief of staff, says in his forthcoming memoir that Trump tested positive for the deadly virus the weekend before the debate but then ...Read more

Senate 'SALT' consensus elusive as budget bill vote approaches

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WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats are at an impasse on how to address the current $10,000 cap on deducting state and local taxes, leaving a meeting Tuesday without consensus on how to handle the issue in their $2.2 trillion budget reconciliation bill.

“SALT” deduction proponent Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., and critic Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.,...Read more

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Supreme Court justices sound ready to restrict the right to abortion

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WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court’s conservatives sounded ready on Wednesday to severely restrict a woman’s right to choose abortion and possibly overturn Roe vs. Wade entirely.

An attorney for Mississippi began by arguing the court’s abortion rulings “haunt our country” and have “poisoned the law,” and most of the six conservative...Read more

Democrats make last effort to keep immigration reforms in social spending bill

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WASHINGTON — House Democrats last month passed legislation that would offer protection from deportation for millions of immigrants for the first time in more than 35 years.

The immigration provisions — part of a $1.85-trillion social spending bill — probably represent Democrats' last chance to achieve reforms to the nation's immigration ...Read more

With Roe vs. Wade in doubt, Supreme Court weighs future of abortion in Mississippi case

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WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court's new conservative majority will weigh in for the first time Wednesday on the future of abortion rights — hearing arguments that could determine whether it limits the scope of Roe vs. Wade or overturns it entirely.

Mississippi's Attorney General Lynn Fitch is defending a state law that bans abortion after 15 ...Read more

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NC Senate candidate's allies bet millions on Trump endorsement strategy. Is it working?

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WASHINGTON — An influential conservative organization that has been spending millions of dollars on ads telling Republicans who former President Donald Trump is backing in the North Carolina Senate race says its strategy is paying off.

Club for Growth has been working to siphon off support from leading Republican candidate Pat McCrory and ...Read more

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Rep. Ilhan Omar denounces anti-Muslim attacks: 'We cannot pretend that this hate speech from leading politicians doesn't have real consequences'

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Former President Donald Trump Tuesday joined in the chorus of anti-Muslim attacks on Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) after Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) refused to apologize for suggesting her fellow lawmaker should be a suspected terrorist.

“Omar should apologize for marrying her brother, committing large-scale immigration and election fraud, ...Read more

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Schumer, Pelosi hustle to avoid government shutdown on Friday

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Democratic leaders in Congress are working around the clock to meet a new end-of-week deadline to avoid a government shutdown amid separate looming deadlines to avoid a disastrous national default, pass a defense bill and enact President Biden’s sprawling budget proposal.

The White House is trying to convince Congress and voters alike that ...Read more

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Biden touts infrastructure law in first Minnesota visit as president

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ROSEMOUNT, Minn. — President Joe Biden used his first Minnesota stop since being elected to trumpet the new bipartisan infrastructure law focused on improving roads, bridges and public transportation throughout the United States.

Speaking at Dakota County Technical College in Rosemount, Biden said he and others in his administration will ...Read more

Ex-Trump aide Mark Meadows agrees to testify before Jan. 6 panel

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Former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows has agreed to testify and provide documents to the congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection on the Capitol, a potentially major breakthrough for the panel.

Meadows, who was President Donald Trump’s top aide on the day of the riot, has agreed to give a deposition to the panel ...Read more

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What to listen for as Supreme Court weighs the right to abortion and Roe vs. Wade

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WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court's new conservative majority on Wednesday will weigh the fate of a famous liberal precedent: the Roe vs. Wade decision and the right of pregnant women to choose abortion.

Lawyers for Mississippi will defend a law that bans abortions after 15 weeks, and they will urge the court to go further and overrule the right...Read more

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Biden's big bet on family care risks payoff long after elections

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President Joe Biden promises cheaper and more accessible care for children, the elderly and disabled once his $2 trillion social spending package passes Congress, yet it will take years to set up programs to help struggling families.

To deliver on the heart of Biden’s economic agenda, policy makers will have to address worker shortages ...Read more

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Editorial: Parental leave now! The Senate must not remove the paltry 4 weeks of paid family leave in 'Build Back Better'

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Nearly 90 years after the New Deal, nearly 60 years after the Great Society, 40 years after Ronald Reagan’s Republican revolution purported to put “family values” at the center of our politics, the world’s most prosperous nation still guarantees not a single measly paid day off work for mothers and fathers who welcome a new child into ...Read more

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Editorial: Lawyers who sued to promote Trump's bogus claims should all pay defendants' legal bills

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A judge has ordered that two lawyers who filed a lawsuit advancing former President Donald Trump’s false claims of mass voter fraud must pay almost $187,000 in legal fees to the defendants. This is an appropriate sanction for abuse of the legal system in service to a toxic lie. Other lawyers who promoted this attempted coup against democracy ...Read more

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Commentary: Failure to respond to Iranian Al Tanf attack increases risk for US forces

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In October, an Iranian militia group calling themselves the “Allies of Syria” launched five suicide drones at the only publicly acknowledged U.S. base in Syria, Al Tanf, home to more than 200 troops. Thanks largely to a timely warning from Israel, there were no casualties.

Noting that the attack was “coordinated and deliberate” Central ...Read more

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Editorial: Please Supreme Court, do not take abortion rights away from any women, anywhere

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Consider the array of civil and human rights protected by Supreme Court landmark rulings in the last century: Public schools cannot be racially segregated. A person of one race has the right to marry someone of another race. A person has the right to marry someone of the same sex. And a woman has a right to a legal abortion.

Today, all but one ...Read more