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Biden hails US-South Korea alliance on tour of Samsung plant

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President Joe Biden called the U.S-South Korea alliance “a lynchpin of peace, stability, and prosperity” during a visit Friday to a Samsung Electronics Co. semiconductor complex as he seeks to bolster supply chains that reduce reliance on China.

“I’ve just seen how this plant makes the most advanced semiconductor chips in the world,” ...Read more

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Inside the final hours of Madison Cawthorn's reelection campaign

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HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. — Election night at Madison Cawthorn’s campaign headquarters started with the vibe of a warm, summertime neighborhood get-together. Supporters were greeted with food trucks, coolers of drinks, and corn hole boards for the kids.

But there was something much more serious at stake: Would the first-term congressman win the ...Read more


Editorial: A stronger federal medical privacy law could help protect abortion rights

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Not long ago, Republicans in the Missouri Legislature were citing the need to protect patient privacy as the justification for blocking a statewide prescription drug database to address opioid addiction. Pro-privacy Republicans are suddenly in short supply now that patients’ rights are under direct attack in the abortion debate.

The abortion ...Read more

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Commentary: Leave abortion law to the states? Just look at the Fugitive Slave Act to see how that will go

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Why not leave abortion to the states?

One of the most common arguments made by those who want to downplay the significance of Supreme Court Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr.’s leaked draft opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health is that it would not make abortion illegal. Rather, it would merely return the abortion debate to the legislative ...Read more

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Commentary: Biden's trip to Chicago highlights the deeper problems in Democratic leadership

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In Joe Biden’s America, life is not easy. For those of us who call Illinois our home, it’s not hard to see how Democrat policies have negatively affected our lives — even more so than our families who live in neighboring states.

I’m a longtime Illinois resident, and it is difficult to watch Biden come to Chicago to co-host a $365,000-a-...Read more

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Commentary: I was adopted, but I still wish my birth mother had been able to make decisions about her own body -- whatever they would have been

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I was born in July 1956 in Silver Spring, Maryland. When I was 6, my parents told me that I was adopted. There was a storybook about adoption gently explaining what it meant. I remember thinking, “but you’re my parents.”

My parents also said “don’t tell anyone.” They feared I would be stigmatized. Times were different then. It felt ...Read more

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NC's Madison Cawthorn calls for darker political group to defeat 'weak' Republicans

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WASHINGTON — Two days after U.S. Rep. Madison Cawthorn lost his reelection campaign, the first-term North Carolina Republican called on a political movement to put a more vengeful Donald Trump back in power and seek revenge on his enemies.

“It’s time for the rise of the new right, it’s time for Dark MAGA to truly take command,” ...Read more

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As abortion ruling nears, state and federal lawmakers rush to prepare

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WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats and the Biden administration are scrambling for ways to protect access to abortion as states begin taking action to block the procedures before the Supreme Court releases a decision expected to reverse the 50-year-old legal precedent set by Roe vs. Wade.

While the Supreme Court has not yet released a ruling in ...Read more

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NC's Madison Cawthorn calls for darker political group to defeat 'weak' Republicans

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WASHINGTON — Two days after U.S. Rep. Madison Cawthorn lost his reelection campaign, the first-term North Carolina Republican called on a political movement to put a more vengeful Donald Trump back in power and seek revenge on his enemies.

“It’s time for the rise of the new right, it’s time for Dark MAGA to truly take command,” ...Read more

Harris says overturning Roe v. Wade could threaten other rights, including gay marriage

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WASHINGTON — Vice President Kamala Harris on Thursday framed the Supreme Court’s potential decision to overturn Roe v. Wade as a government incursion on personal liberties, saying that if conservative justices follow through with the decision, other rights could be threatened.

The leaked draft opinion, published earlier this month by ...Read more


Census misses may have cost Florida and Texas in redistricting

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WASHINGTON — Census miscounts in Texas and Florida may have been big enough to cost those states a congressional seat this decade, and may have helped states such as Rhode Island keep a seat, according to data in a Census Bureau report released Thursday.

The report estimated how much the 2020 census either overcounted or undercounted the ...Read more

Turnout booms in Georgia primary, led by resurgent Republicans

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ATLANTA — In Georgia’s first post-Trump primary election, unprecedented waves of voters have already swept into polling places — most of them Republicans.

Early voting turnout is nearly three times as high as the last midterm primary in 2018, a sign of relentless voter participation in one of the most politically competitive states in the...Read more

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Biden hosts leaders of Finland and Sweden, eager to fast-track NATO accession

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden, standing alongside the prime minister of Sweden and president of Finland at the White House on Thursday, declared that the two nations have the “full, total complete backing of the United States of America” in their push to join NATO.

Calling the two countries “close, highly capable partners,” Biden ...Read more

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Some of Alaska's 48 US House candidates are millionaires. Another is paying off student loans

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Al Gross, an orthopedic surgeon running for U.S. House in Alaska as an independent, owns a rental property in California and part of an office building in Juneau.

One of his chief rivals, Republican Nick Begich, has six figures in cryptocurrencies like bitcoin and litecoin, plus a stake worth at least $1 million in a ...Read more

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Editorial: In Cawthorn loss, Republicans show they can stand up to one of their own

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On the eve of Tuesday’s primary, former President Donald Trump asked voters to give U.S. Rep. Madison Cawthorn a “second chance.”

“When Madison was first elected to Congress, he did a great job. Recently, he made some foolish mistakes, which I don’t believe he’ll make again,” Trump said Monday on Truth Social, the social media ...Read more


Michael Hiltzik: A lengthy list of Trump's disastrous business deals -- compiled by his newest business partners

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Donald Trump's business history has been so filled with disastrous ventures that it's been hard to keep track of them all.

No longer. Digital World Acquisition Corp., which is the special purpose acquisition company, or SPAC, taking Trump's "Truth Social" media platform public, has conveniently listed them in a document it is required to file ...Read more

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Marcos-Duterte alliance shows cracks after historic election win

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MANILA, Philippines — Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and Sara Duterte joined forces to pull off the biggest Philippine election win in four decades. The question now is whether they can stay united over the next six years.

Election data shows that Marcos owes Sara Duterte and her father, President Rodrigo Duterte, for the large margin of...Read more

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Friday's Chicago Teachers Union election is its most contentious in years. With 3 slates, 'it's anybody's guess' who will win

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There soon will be a new president of the Chicago Teachers Union — as three contenders battle for the chance to lead one of Chicago’s most influential unions through a new contract, the historic transition to an elected school board and the persistent COVID-19 pandemic.

This race has been particularly rancorous, with two election-related ...Read more

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Vulnerable hit hardest by baby formula shortage; Biden invokes Defense Production Act

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WASHINGTON — Even as the House passed legislation Wednesday to provide $28 million aimed at helping to ease a baby formula shortage that has sent families scrambling, it also tried to address a second issue: easing the shortage’s impact on low-income families who use the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children...Read more

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Democrats press Biden to go big on forgiving student loan debt

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WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and fellow Democrats Elizabeth Warren and Raphael Warnock pitched President Joe Biden to go big with student loan forgiveness during a White House meeting Wednesday.

The three Democrats, who have been leading the effort in the Senate, support $50,000 in student debt relief, which is five times...Read more