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Republicans demand briefing on veterans' records backlog

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WASHINGTON — A group of House Republicans on Thursday demanded a briefing from National Archives chief David Ferriero on how he intends to eliminate a bureaucratic backlog born out of the coronavirus pandemic that could force some veterans to wait up to two years for certain benefits.

The National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis, where ...Read more

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How conservative anger at Big Tech pushed the GOP into Bernie Sanders' corner

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WASHINGTON – During most of Donald Trump's time in the White House, Silicon Valley could regard the legal threats Republicans hurled its way as a sideshow: unfocused, unserious, untenable.

But a campaign launched in a cauldron of conservative grievance — over censorship allegations, complaints of "woke" corporate values and the power ...Read more

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Partisan divides emerge over border infrastructure

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WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden is calling for $1.2 billion in border infrastructure spending for the next fiscal year as his administration works to address record-high migration numbers at the U.S.-Mexico border.

But Democratic and Republican lawmakers have vastly different ideas of what that funding should look like, teeing up a partisan ...Read more

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Biden administration looks to triple amount of protected land in the US

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Faced with the possible extinction of tens of thousands of species and the growing threat of climate change, the Biden administration on Thursday announced plans to protect 30% of the nation’s land and ocean territory by the end of the decade.

The administration’s proposal comes as California and several other states are already moving ...Read more

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Commentary: For the People Act doesn't curtail states' rights

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Although I have lived in six states, I didn't realize until recently how much voting access still depends on the state in which you reside. While laws can no longer explicitly exclude entire groups of would-be voters based on their religion, gender or race, voting is by no means equally accessible in all states. Registration options, deadlines, ...Read more

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Point: Once-in-a-generation infrastructure investment is needed

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As President Joe Biden addressed a joint session of Congress recently, he highlighted a fundamental truth about his American Jobs Plan. For once, our leaders aren’t pushing another tax break for the elite, bailing out the ultra-wealthy or preaching the false gospel of trickle-down economics. As the president put it, this is “a once-in-a-...Read more


Commentary: Biden proposes progress, Republicans scream 'socialism'

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Almost 70 years ago, President Dwight Eisenhower pushed bipartisan legislation that created the interstate highway system. Earlier leaders made universal access to education, starting with kindergarten and running through high school, standard throughout the United States. The Republican Party of today would have one word for these policies: ...Read more

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Counterpoint: 4 big problems with Biden's 'infrastructure' plan

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The Biden administration is promoting its American Jobs Plan as an “infrastructure” proposal. In reality, it’s a gargantuan tax-and-spend package that would expand federal power and control in a wide variety of areas.

Although the plan is hyped as a path toward shared goals such as “jobs” and “global competitiveness,” a closer ...Read more

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Commentary: Facebook's 'supreme court' slaps Trump but tells Facebook to be better

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In a lengthy decision upholding Facebook's temporary ban on former President Donald Trump, the social network's oversight board called out several of the company's most aggravating traits, including its seemingly arbitrary approach to its rules, its lack of transparency and its bizarre tolerance for conduct by politicians that's so bad it's ...Read more

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The evolution of Elise Stefanik: How she turned into a belated Trump favorite on the rise

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WASHINGTON — Elise Stefanik knows how to pick her battles.

At a small town-hall meeting in 2018, she called for President Donald Trump’s EPA administrator, Scott Pruitt, to resign.

The demands burnished the New York Republican’s brand as an independent thinker in her politically heterodox upstate district, which voted for Trump even ...Read more


Global minimum tax near 21% is feasible, OECD official says

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U.S. President Joe Biden’s proposal to set a minimum global corporation tax at 21% is gaining momentum, with the official running international talks on the matter saying that an agreement could settle near that rate.

The Biden administration’s plan has turbocharged negotiations at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development ...Read more


Pointing to eugenics, North Carolina lawmakers move to further restrict abortion

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RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina Republicans are swiftly moving an abortion-restrictions bill through the state House this week, saying the legislation would protect both civil rights and people with disabilities.

If signed into law, House Bill 453 would ban physicians from performing abortions because of race or sex, or because the fetus is ...Read more

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GOP 'trying to identify what it stands for,' Biden says

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President Joe Biden said Wednesday that the push to purge Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney from GOP leadership shows Republicans are going through a “mini-revolution" as they scramble to figure out former President Donald Trump’s role in their party.

Biden, who’s usually reluctant to comment on the other side’s internal business, said he doesn�...Read more

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Texas House gives initial OK to bill banning abortions as early as 6 weeks

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AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas House on Wednesday gave initial approval to a bill that would effectively ban most abortions by outlawing the procedure once a fetal heartbeat is detected, typically before a woman is aware she is pregnant.

Abortion rights advocates have called the bill one of the most extreme abortion restrictions proposed in the ...Read more

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Inside Mitch McConnell's personal push to defeat Democrats' voting reforms

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WASHINGTON — Every week, a group of nearly 100 conservative leaders convene for a 30-minute strategy call on a single issue: how to combat Democrats’ sweeping legislation to change the way federal elections are conducted.

Two weeks ago, the keynote briefer was Sen. Mitch McConnell, who made it crystal clear that defeating the “For the ...Read more


Biden to make rare trip to red state for infrastructure pitch in Louisiana

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is making his first stop in a red state to pitch his multitrillion-dollar infrastructure and jobs proposal, heading to Louisiana on Thursday as he seeks to redefine more broadly what it means to win bipartisan support.

With congressional Republicans largely united against his plans, Biden is reaching beyond ...Read more

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Facebook oversight board upholds Trump ban, but opens door to his return

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WASHINGTON — The Facebook Oversight Board on Wednesday upheld the social media company's decision to suspend former President Donald Trump from its platform after the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol.

However, the board said the decision was "inappropriate" based on the company's own policies, which allow for removal of content, a time-...Read more

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Where Biden's battle against US inequality will be lost or won

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President Joe Biden’s promise to start narrowing income and wealth gaps underpins every part of his economic program, from almost $4 trillion in spending plans to the biggest tax increase in a generation.

But even these measures may struggle to make headway against the highest levels of inequality in the developed world. The U.S. wealth ...Read more

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GOP's earmark schism evident in 'earmark' disclosures

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WASHINGTON – Second-term Florida Rep. Greg Steube sums up Republicans’ soul-searching when it comes to earmarking federal dollars for their home states and districts.

Steube signed a March 10 letter to top Democrats spearheaded by Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Rep. Ted Budd, R-N.C., urging them to stop their efforts to bring back earmarks for...Read more

Facebook must decide whether to ban Trump permanently, board rules

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WASHINGTON – Donald Trump will not be returning to Facebook — at least not immediately, the social media giant’s third-party Oversight Board announced Wednesday morning.

“The Board has upheld Facebook’s decision on January 7, 2021, to restrict then-President Donald Trump’s access to posting content on his Facebook page and Instagram...Read more