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Editorial: Biden's unforced COVID miscues

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A more competent COVID-19 control plan driven by expertise, not politics, was one of President Joe Biden's key 2020 campaign promises. But two unforced pandemic management errors raise troubling questions about whether reality matches Biden's rhetoric eight months into his tenure.

The first mistake: setting up July 4 as a breakthrough date in ...Read more

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How does Florida abortion bill compare to Texas' abortion law?

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AUSTIN, Texas — A Florida state representative has introduced an abortion bill weeks after Texas' new abortion law went into effect.

State Rep. Webster Barnaby's bill would require doctors to alert women who are seeking an abortion if a "fetal heartbeat" is detectable and prohibits a physician from conducting an abortion if it's detected. ...Read more

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Constituent demands rise, but funds for congressional offices stay the same

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The Dallas suburbs of Rep. Michael C. Burgess’ congressional district gained nearly 200,000 residents over the past decade. For the Texas Republican, that has meant more calls from people seeking his help on everything from unemployment benefits and passport applications to obtaining service medals for veterans.

Burgess, who has been in ...Read more

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VIEWPOINT 1: Bush was a disaster -- only Trump looks worse by comparison

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In 2021, more than 140 historians participated in the C-SPAN evaluation of American presidents. The rankings haven’t changed much in two decades. The reputations of Woodrow Wilson, Andrew Jackson and Grover Cleveland have declined. Ulysses Grant’s approval rating has risen.

And George W. Bush moved from 36th place in 2009 to 29th in 2021 �...Read more

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VIEWPOINT 2: Unlike predecessors, Trump will be remembered for global Peace

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Months removed from the Trump presidency, The Donald’s legacy is up for debate, even among Republicans. Some even prefer the Bush brand of politics.

They are wrong. Whereas President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama perpetuated a never-ending war in the Middle East, President Trump’s top priority was peace. He prioritized direct, ...Read more

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Editorial: Politically bankrupt: Senate Republicans are happy for the US to default on its debt

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Journey with us, if you will, all the way back to August 2019. In a budget deal passed by Congress and signed by President Donald Trump, Washington suspended the U.S. debt limit for two years — two years in which Republicans refrained from pitching a fit every time the U.S. needed to borrow more money.

And borrow we did, under an ...Read more

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NYC urges US Supreme Court to uphold local gun control laws

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As it reels from surging gun violence, New York City on Wednesday urged the Supreme Court to shoot down a lawsuit seeking to undermine local gun regulations.

In an amicus brief to the nation’s top court, Mayor de Blasio and the city’s top lawyer outlined the need to maintain laws regulating concealed handguns in the five boroughs, detailing...Read more

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US House adds Russia debt sanctions to defense policy bill

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. House backed a provision that would extend the ban on Americans buying or selling newly issued Russian sovereign debt to secondary markets to punish Moscow for interfering in U.S. elections.

The measure, written by Rep. Brad Sherman, a California Democrat, and adopted by voice vote, will be included in the annual defense...Read more

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Trump's lawsuit against New York Times and his niece is a 'stunt,' her lawyer says

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NEW YORK — Donald Trump’s lawsuit against the New York Times and his niece Mary Trump over an award-winning investigative report on his tax avoidance — for which she provided crucial documents — is just the former president’s “latest stunt,” her lawyer said.

Donald Trump accused Mary Trump and the Times in the lawsuit of ...Read more

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Florida lawmaker proposes Texas-style fetal heartbeat abortion law

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — A Republican state lawmaker has filed legislation that would create Texas-style abortion restrictions in Florida allowing anyone to sue abortion providers or any person who helps someone get an abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected.

The bill, filed Wednesday by state Rep. Webster Barnaby of Deltona would create ...Read more

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Republicans press Pentagon on Amazon bid for canceled cloud deal

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The top Republicans on congressional antitrust subcommittees are demanding documents from the Defense Department to investigate what they say is potential anticompetitive conduct related to a now-canceled $10 billion cloud-computing contract.

In a letter sent Sept. 20 to the Pentagon, Senator Mike Lee of Utah and Representative Ken Buck of ...Read more

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McConnell called Trump 'a fading brand … off-the-track Thoroughbred,' book says

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Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell believes the Republican Party is moving away from Trumpism and views the former president as a weight on his chances of reclaiming the majority next year.

That’s according to “Peril,” the new book by legendary journalist Bob Woodward and veteran reporter Robert Costa.

The book quotes McConnell ...Read more

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'These are dark days': Gov. Gavin Newsom signs laws protecting abortion rights in California

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday signed a pair of laws aimed at protecting reproductive health care in California, calling them urgent measures ahead of a new challenge to abortion rights that’s expected to appear before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Newsom signed the laws during an online discussion with leaders from Planned ...Read more

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US pledges to double vaccine donations to boost global inoculation

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WASHINGTON — The United States will double the number of COVID-19 vaccine doses it is donating to the global inoculation effort as the international community struggles to meet its goals for protecting people from the coronavirus.

The larger donation, announced by President Joe Biden on Wednesday, will bring the U.S. commitment to more than 1...Read more

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Trump's lawsuit against New York Times and his niece is a 'stunt,' her lawyer says

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Former President Donald Trump’s lawsuit against The New York Times and his niece over an investigative report on his tax avoidance for which she provided documents is just his “latest stunt,” her lawyer said.

The suit, which accuses Mary Trump and The Times of conspiring to breach a confidential settlement, is doomed to fail because the ...Read more

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Florida lawmaker proposes Texas-style fetal heartbeat abortion law

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — A Republican state lawmaker has filed legislation that would create Texas-style abortion restrictions in Florida that would allow anyone to sue abortion providers or any person who helps someone get an abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected.

The bill, filed Wednesday by state Rep. Webster Barnaby of Deltona, ...Read more

Congress stalls on police overhaul bills, again

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WASHINGTON — The effort to find a compromise on police overhaul legislation officially ran out of steam Wednesday, after months of negotiations failed to reach a version that could overcome Republican opposition to pass the Senate.

New Jersey Democratic Sen. Cory Booker, one of three lead negotiators, announced that every possible pathway to ...Read more

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Sen. Susan Collins says she would oppose bill on abortion rights

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WASHINGTON — As Democrats consider legislation to respond to a new Texas state ban on abortion after about six weeks of pregnancy, they have lost the support of one of the few remaining Republicans who support abortion rights.

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said Tuesday she opposes the Democrats’ bill, which would prohibit states from ...Read more

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Biden pledges more COVID-19 vaccine doses to boost global inoculation rates

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WASHINGTON — The United States will double the number of COVID-19 vaccine doses it is donating to the global inoculation effort, President Joe Biden announced Wednesday.

The commitment will bring to more than 1 billion the total number of doses the U.S. has pledged to other countries in hopes of bringing the pandemic to a close and preventing...Read more

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Uma Thurman reveals teenage abortion in op-ed decrying Texas law

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Uma Thurman wants everyone to have the same choice she made: to get an abortion when they aren’t ready to be a mother.

The 51-year-old actress revealed her “darkest secret” in an op-ed in the Washington Post Tuesday in which she called the Texas abortion law “a staging ground for a human rights crisis for American women.”

In her late...Read more