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Fundraising will be key to tossup congressional races in California's Central Valley. Who has the edge so far?

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WASHINGTON — Democratic challengers far out-raised vulnerable Republican congressmen in two of California's Central Valley tossup races to start 2024, federal election reports filed this week show.

The Democrats need to build on that momentum to approach the Republican incumbents’ massive cash reserves.

In repeat November matchups for two ...Read more

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Trump complains jury selection moving too fast in Manhattan hush money trial

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NEW YORK — Former President Donald Trump complained Wednesday about jury selection in his Manhattan hush money case as the trial moves faster than expected toward opening statements.

After prosecutors and defense lawyers agreed on a surprisingly robust total of seven jurors in one day, Trump sought to tap the brakes on the process that seemed...Read more

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Even without Lauren Boebert as a foil, Adam Frisch leads in fundraising in Colorado congressional contests

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DENVER — Democrat Adam Frisch brought in the biggest financial haul of any of Colorado’s congressional hopefuls during the first three months of the year, raising $1.4 million — nearly six times as much as his main Republican rival in the 3rd Congressional District, Jeff Hurd.

And U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert, after switching in December from...Read more

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Senate impeachment trial begins for Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas

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WASHINGTON — Senators were sworn in Wednesday for their third impeachment trial in four years, this time of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas.

House Republicans, who say Mayorkas has failed to fulfill his duties in upholding immigration law, are pushing for a full Senate trial of the case against him.

Senate Democrats are ...Read more

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Editorial: PT Barnum, suckers and the plummeting stock price of Truth Social

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P.T. Barnum may or may not have said, “There’s a sucker born every minute.” He gets the credit in the popular mind.

Whoever was the true originator of that 19th century classic observation likely would get a proper chuckle out of the ways that Donald Trump continues to make saps out of a dismayingly large slice of the American public.

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Trump complains jury selection moving too fast in Manhattan hush money trial

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NEW YORK — Former President Donald Trump complained Wednesday about jury selection in his Manhattan hush money case as the trial moves faster than expected toward opening statements.

After prosecutors and defense lawyers agreed on a surprisingly robust total of seven jurors in one day, Trump sought to tap the brakes on the process that seemed...Read more

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Conservative justices stir trouble for Republican politicians on abortion

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Abortion opponents have maneuvered in courthouses for years to end access to reproductive health care. In Arizona last week, a win for the anti-abortion camp caused political blowback for Republican candidates in the state and beyond.

The reaction echoed the response to an Alabama Supreme Court decision over in vitro fertilization just two ...Read more

Other states, like Arizona, could resurrect laws on abortion, LGBTQ+ issues and more that have been lying dormant for more than 100 years

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When the Supreme Court overturned the constitutional right to get an abortion in June 2022, Justice Clarence Thomas suggested that the court “should reconsider” other rights it currently recognizes – like the rights for same-sex couples to have sex and marry.

If the Supreme Court overturns legal precedents on these and other ...Read more

Ireland at the crossroads: Can the ancient Brehon laws guide the republic away from anti-immigrant sentiment

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Ireland’s new prime minister is a relatively young man leading a comparatively young republic that is experiencing several unprecedented challenges.

Simon Harris was confirmed as “taoiseach,” or prime minister, on April 9, 2024, following the surprise resignation of his predecessor, Leo Varadkar.

The 37-year-old Harris ...Read more

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Editorial: The first Trump case may be the weakest, but it is nonetheless justice in action

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So it begins. The first of Donald Trump’s four pending criminal trials — and the first criminal trial of any former U.S. president, ever — was gaveled in by a New York judge Monday. The first monumental task of selecting 12 jurors and six alternates who can render a clear-eyed judgment of the most divisive figure in American politics today...Read more

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Editorial: Trump trial much-needed distraction for Biden

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Joe Biden started the week off on a high note, well, high for him.

As former President Donald Trump’s “hush money” trial got underway in New York, an event breathlessly covered by mainstream media that has already declared him guilty, a new poll indicated a boost for Biden.

The president has skyrocketed to a 43% approval rating, his ...Read more

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7 jurors chosen on 2nd day of Donald Trump's hush money trial

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NEW YORK — Seven diverse New Yorkers were sworn in as jurors at Donald Trump’s hush money trial on Tuesday, securing their places in history as those who will weigh the first criminal charges ever brought against a former U.S. president.

Among the three women and four men chosen to serve were an oncology nurse who lives on the Upper East ...Read more

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Trump visits Harlem bodega after 2nd day of hush money trial

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NEW YORK — Donald Trump visited the Harlem scene of a dramatic 2022 self-defense stabbing following the second day of his hush-money trial on Tuesday.

He’d been expected to meet with Jose Alba, the bodega worker cleared in the deadly incident in the bodega where he was working about two years ago.

While Alba was a no-show, thousands of ...Read more

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Biden visits his childhood Scranton home and plays up working-class roots in first day of Pa. tour

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SCRANTON, Pa. — President Joe Biden described his childhood hometown of Scranton as a place that “climbs into your heart and never leaves,” as he launched a three-day long tour of Pennsylvania meant to appeal to working-class voters.

Biden has often returned to Scranton when he needs a boost or a political reset. Beneath a banner that ...Read more

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Senate readies for Mayorkas impeachment showdown

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WASHINGTON — The Senate received the articles of impeachment against Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on Tuesday, as Democrats plan to vote as soon as Wednesday to quickly dispense with the effort to remove him from office.

Following the presentation of the articles, Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., said the ...Read more

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Biden pitches tax plan in Pennsylvania as Trump stews in court

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President Joe Biden pitched voters Tuesday in Pennsylvania — a crown jewel among swing states — on his tax record and ideas a day after Donald Trump posted a video on social media attacking the incumbent on that very issue.

“While you work hard and pay your taxes, Trump wants to give his billionaire friends the power to avoid paying even ...Read more

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7 jurors chosen on 2nd day of Donald Trump's hush money trial

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NEW YORK — Seven diverse New Yorkers were sworn in as jurors at Donald Trump’s hush money trial on Tuesday, securing their places in history as those who will weigh the first criminal charges ever brought against a former U.S. president.

Among the three women and four men chosen to serve were an oncology nurse who lives on the Upper East ...Read more

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Supreme Court casts doubt on obstruction charges against hundreds of Jan. 6 rioters

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WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court cast doubt Tuesday on the legality of obstruction charges lodged against some 300 rioters arrested for breaking into the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.

The court’s conservatives questioned whether the 2002 Sarbanes-Oxley Act, which was aimed at corporate accounting fraud, can be used more broadly to prosecute those...Read more

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House Republicans bring doomed Alejandro Mayorkas impeachment effort to Senate

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House Republicans on Tuesday delivered articles of impeachment against Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to the Senate, but the Democratic-led upper chamber planned to promptly reject what they deride as a politically motivated stunt.

A group of 11 GOP lawmakers marched across the Capitol to officially bring to the Senate the ...Read more

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Biden once rejected Trump's migrant policies. Now his ideas echo them

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WASHINGTON — Joe Biden came into office in 2021 vowing to undo Donald Trump’s harsh policies on the U.S.’s southern border and work with governments across Central America to reduce the motivations for their citizens to head north.

Tapping decades of experience with the region, Biden rebuilt relationships with efforts to boost economic ...Read more