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Yulia Navalnaya, widow of Alexei Navalny, steps forward to lead the Russian opposition – 3 points to understand

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Alexei Navalny, one of Russian leader Vladimir Putin’s biggest critics and the country’s de facto opposition leader, died under suspicious circumstances in an Arctic prison on Feb. 16, 2024.

Hours after his death was announced, Navalny’s wife, Yulia Navalnaya, appeared in a video on social media and said, “I want to live in a ...Read more

Belief in the myth of outlaw heroes partly explains Donald Trump’s die-hard support

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Before Donald Trump likened himself to Russian dissident Alexei Navalny, the former president frequently compared himself with a completely opposite personality – Chicago organized crime boss Al Capone.

During a speech in Nevada in December 2023, Trump painted himself as the victim of overzealous prosecutors who have treated him ...Read more

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Analysis: Data suggests Biden or Trump may struggle with Congress in second term

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WASHINGTON — No matter who wins their expected rematch, President Joe Biden and Donald Trump should not expect much from Congress during a second term as far as legislation goes.

CQ Roll Call data suggests both Biden and Trump would struggle to shepherd bills through both chambers, and especially the House. Despite that history, lawmakers ...Read more

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Trump's favorability rating reaches the highest since 2022

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WASHINGTON — The average favorable rating for Donald Trump hit its highest level since before the 2022 midterm elections, as the former president marches toward a likely November rematch against a less popular Joe Biden.

The RealClearPolitics average of polls shows 42% of voters say they have a favorable opinion of Trump, up from an all-time...Read more

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White House decries Trump's claim that his criminal charges increase black voter support

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WASHINGTON — The White House denounced Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump’s assertion that his criminal indictments have increased his support among Black voters.

“It is repugnant and divisive to traffic in racist stereotypes,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters on Monday. “In any context, it ...Read more

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Alabama showdown looms between Reps. Jerry Carl and Barry Moore

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The member vs. member primary in Alabama between GOP Reps. Jerry Carl and Barry Moore is exposing a growing rivalry as it enters its final week.

The Super Tuesday contest will end the congressional career of one of the lawmakers, who are both in their second terms. In advertisements, both men have sought to paint themselves as more ...Read more

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Judge: Law partner must testify about Wade's relationship with Willis

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ATLANTA — A judge has determined that Nathan Wade’s former law partner and divorce lawyer must tell the court what he knows about the special prosecutor’s relationship with District Attorney Fani Willis — a decision that could produce more bombshell testimony as defense attorneys seek to disqualify the DA from prosecuting the Fulton ...Read more

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Idaho Sen. Jim Risch spoofed on 'Saturday Night Live' over endorsing Trump for president

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Live from New York ... it’s U.S. Sen. Jim Risch.

Idaho’s three-term Republican senator was parodied in the opening skit of “Saturday Night Live” this past weekend for his endorsement of former President Donald Trump as the Republican nominee in the 2024 election. Risch was played by cast member Mikey Day, who is known for his recurring ...Read more

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GOP lawmaker files bill to add rape, incest exceptions to Kentucky abortion ban

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LEXINGTON, Ky. — A Louisville Republican has filed a bill to exempt victims of rape and incest, as well as women with nonviable pregnancies, from the state’s near-total ban on abortion.

Rep. Ken Fleming, R-Louisville, filed House Bill 711 on Monday.

While a bill to this end has already been filed this session — Hadley’s Law from Senate...Read more

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Manhattan DA Bragg seeks gag order on Trump in Stormy Daniels hush money case

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NEW YORK — Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg asked a judge Monday for a narrowly tailored gag order prohibiting Donald Trump from commenting on those involved in the Stormy Daniels hush money case ahead of his first criminal trial next month, citing the former president’s record of “advocacy of revenge and retribution against ...Read more

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Biden, 'Big Four' to meet as spending talks sputter

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden plans to meet with the top four congressional leaders at the White House on Tuesday after weekend negotiations on the first batch of spending bills due Friday to avert a partial government shutdown appeared to stall out.

Each side blamed the other Sunday night for the lack of progress on the four ...Read more

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Trump owes $112,000 for every day he doesn't pay fraud fine

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NEW YORK — Every day Donald Trump delays paying New York state’s $454 million civil verdict against him over his fraudulent asset valuations, the whopping fine is increasing by almost $112,000 in interest.

The amount, calculated by Attorney General Letitia James, will continue to be added even as the former president challenges the Feb. 16...Read more

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Manhattan DA Bragg seeks gag order on Trump in Stormy Daniels hush money case

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NEW YORK — Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s office on Monday asked a judge for a narrowly tailored gag order prohibiting Donald Trump from commenting on those involved in the hush money case ahead of his first criminal trial next month, citing the former president’s record of “advocacy of revenge and retribution against ...Read more

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The informant next door: A quiet LA life masked Kremlin ties for FBI source accused of lying about Bidens

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LOS ANGELES — He rubbed elbows with Russian elites, spoke of an exclusive invite aboard an oligarch's mega-yacht and cozied up to foreign intelligence agencies.

As a valued FBI informant for the last 13 years, Alexander Smirnov hopscotched the globe to sweep up information on powerful figures and illicit activities. Federal agents even ...Read more

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Trump files notice of appeal in NYC civil fraud case challenging $464 million in fines

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NEW YORK — Lawyers for Donald Trump and his top company executives filed a notice of appeal Monday challenging the recent judgment in his civil fraud case — and nearly half a billion dollars in fines.

The former president’s legal team notified the mid-level First Dept. Court of Appeals of their plan to try to get Judge Arthur Engoron’s ...Read more

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Analysis: Vast majority of Republicans still will vote for Trump in November

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WASHINGTON — Former President Donald Trump is on his way to a third consecutive GOP presidential nomination, but will Republicans who didn’t vote for him in the primary go for President Joe Biden? Probably not.

Forty-nine percent of Republican caucus goers didn’t support Trump in Iowa. Forty-five percent of New Hampshire Republican ...Read more

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Supreme Court questions whether Texas and Florida can regulate social media to 'protect' speech

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WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court sounded divided Monday during arguments on whether Florida and Texas can regulate popular social media sites and impose heavy fines on those that they find discriminate against conservatives or "deplatform" prominent Republicans, as happened to former President Donald Trump after he continued to spread false ...Read more

Ex-FBI informant who allegedly lied about the Bidens will remain behind bars, judge rules

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LOS ANGELES — A former FBI informant accused of lying about President Joe Biden and his son Hunter's dealings with the Ukrainian energy company Burisma will remain behind bars, a federal judge in Los Angeles ruled Monday.

Following a 40-minute hearing, U.S. District Judge Otis Wright II said he was concerned that Smirnov might flee while ...Read more

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Biden visits New York City for campaign trip, second this month

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NEW YORK — President Joe Biden Monday was set to visit New York Monday afternoon for his second campaign trip of the month to the Big Apple.

The president will touch town at JFK International Airport then fly by helicopter to lower Manhattan, with arrival at Wall Street at around 2:30 p.m.

Biden will participate in what the White House ...Read more

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Critics aim to take Fani Willis' removal fight to the ballot box

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Fani Willis faces more than a growing legal crisis as Donald Trump and his allies press to disqualify her from the Fulton County election interference case. She also has an urgent political problem.

With a deadline to qualify for office approaching, Republicans are searching for a formidable candidate to run against the first-term district ...Read more