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Democrats nudge attorney general on contempt of Congress decision

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WASHINGTON — Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee used an oversight hearing Thursday to nudge Attorney General Merrick B. Garland on a pivotal upcoming decision — whether the Justice Department will pursue prosecution of former White House adviser Stephen Bannon for contempt of Congress.

When the hearing started, the House hadn’t ...Read more

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Trump still needs Twitter and Facebook even if he starts new app, lawyer says

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Former President Donald Trump will continue to suffer “irreparable harm” from being kicked off Twitter Inc. and Facebook Inc. even after his new social media platform launches to challenge the companies, his lawyer said.

The injunctions Trump is seeking against Twitter and Facebook are still justified because Trump’s new platform, Truth ...Read more

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Texas urges Supreme Court to reject new challenge to its strict abortion law

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WASHINGTON — Questioning whether a “right to abortion exists” in this country, Texas state lawyers urged the Supreme Court on Thursday to reject the Biden administration’s plea to suspend a new state law that makes it illegal for doctors to perform abortions after about six weeks of a pregnancy.

In a filing with the court, they said the...Read more

Michigan abortion rate reaches nearly 30-year high, boosted by visitors

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DETROIT — Michigan's abortion rate increased nearly 9% 2020 to to its highest level in almost three decades — an increase providers and other experts attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The increase to 15.8 abortions per 1,000 women of child-bearing age from 14.5 in 2019 was the highest jump in the state's abortion rate since 2013, ...Read more

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Trump plans to regain social media presence with new company

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WASHINGTON — Former President Donald Trump on Wednesday announced a deal that would enable him to regain a social media presence after he was kicked off Twitter Inc. and Facebook Inc. platforms.

The former president’s new enterprise will be in operation by the first quarter of 2022, according to a press release from the Trump Media and ...Read more

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Democrats look for tax options if they have to ditch rate hikes

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WASHINGTON — After months of focusing on proposals to increase tax rates on income and capital gains, Democrats are exploring alternatives to fund President Joe Biden’s social spending expansion, according to people familiar with the discussions.

The White House, in a call with top Democrats Wednesday, floated a billionaires’ wealth tax ...Read more

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Woman arrested on allegations she threatened judge in Georgia ballot case

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ATLANTA — Police have arrested a Kentucky woman who allegedly threatened a Georgia judge and his family after he dismissed a lawsuit that sought to inspect absentee ballots for signs of fraud in last year’s presidential election.

Erin Northup, 42, is accused of leaving a threatening voicemail with Henry County Superior Court Judge Brian ...Read more

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Energy tax plan may start with House's, then transition to Senate's

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WASHINGTON — Democrats’ plan to spend hundreds of billions of dollars providing incentives for clean energy production and usage in their budget reconciliation package could draw on both House and Senate proposals — starting with more traditional tax breaks for renewables and transitioning to a bigger overhaul over the next decade.

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Democrats look for tax options if they have to ditch rate hikes

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After months of focusing on proposals to increase tax rates on income and capital gains, Democrats are exploring other alternatives to fund President Joe Biden’s social spending expansion, according to people familiar with the discussions.

The White House, in a call with top Democrats Wednesday, floated a billionaires’ wealth tax and a tax ...Read more

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Democrats struggle with how to slow climate change in bill

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WASHINGTON — The centerpiece of President Joe Biden’s climate agenda is running into opposition from key moderate Democrats, raising questions about whether Congress will pass legislation that significantly slows global warming.

Biden has set a goal to reduce greenhouse gas pollution by 50% within a decade, a potentially insurmountable task...Read more

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What's in an appropriation? A bouquet for the flower industry

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Senators think it’s time for President Joe Biden to wake up and smell the flowers — as long as they’re American-grown.

Tucked away in a draft fiscal 2022 spending bill is a red rose for the U.S. cut flower industry: report language that calls for “an American-grown policy for cut flowers and greens” in displays at the nation’s best-...Read more

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Trump says Facebook is trying to deny him his 'day in court'

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Former President Donald Trump said his lawsuit against Facebook Inc. over its suspension of his account after the Jan. 6 Capitol riot should stay in Florida because a new state law could help his case.

Facebook and Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg are trying to transfer the suit to the company’s home turf in California to dodge the new...Read more

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Fundraising reports paint murky picture of Democrats' future

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WASHINGTON — Six House Democrats facing competitive races next year, including the chairman of a committee that crafted an infrastructure package, raised less money during the summer than Republicans vying to oust them, new disclosures show.

That could be a worrying sign for Democrats, who have almost no margin for error as they seek to defy ...Read more

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Editorial: Dear Mr. President, Baltimore needs you now

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Dear President Biden,

Wait, that seems a little formal. Can we call you Joe? How about “neighbor?” After all those years representing Delaware in the U.S. Senate, we think of you as a near-Marylander. How many times have you been in Baltimore? We’re guessing thousands over the decades, given that it’s a stop on Amtrak between Wilmington...Read more

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Editorial: Expel this policy - President Biden should cease his cynical use of Title 42, a public health provision, to expel immigrants

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The Biden administration has been forced to make a lot of tough calls in contending with COVID, not all of them to widespread acclaim. From demanding a closer examination of the virus’ origins to pushing for a vaccine mandate for large private companies, we’ve supported his robust use of executive authority to deal with an extraordinary ...Read more

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House Jan. 6 panel votes to hold ex-Trump adviser Bannon in contempt

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WASHINGTON — A congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol is expected to vote Tuesday night to hold former Trump adviser Stephen K. Bannon in contempt for not cooperating with its inquiry, a significant escalation in its efforts to get answers about the insurrection from the firebrand political operative.

The ...Read more

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World's view of the US is rebounding under Biden, Gallup says

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Global approval of U.S. leadership rebounded to match a record during the first year of Joe Biden’s presidency, snapping back from all-time lows hit in 2020, according to Gallup’s newest Rating World Leaders report.

Median approval of U.S. leadership surged to 49%, matching the high set in 2009, the Gallup survey across 46 countries and ...Read more

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Rep. Jeff Fortenberry of Nebraska indicted on 3 federal charges

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WASHINGTON — Nebraska Republican Rep. Jeff Fortenberry was indicted Tuesday on three felony charges of concealing information and lying to federal authorities who were investigating illegal contributions made to his 2016 reelection campaign at a Los Angeles fundraiser.

Fortenberry is due Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles to ...Read more

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House Jan. 6 panel to vote on holding ex-Trump adviser Bannon in contempt

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WASHINGTON — A congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol is expected to vote Tuesday night to hold former Trump adviser Stephen K. Bannon in contempt for not cooperating with its inquiry, a significant escalation in its efforts to get answers about the insurrection from the firebrand political operative.

The ...Read more

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Florida cable companies won't air abortion ad bashing Disney, others

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A Democratic research and political advocacy group wants some of America’s most powerful companies to stop donating to Florida abortion opponents. But local television markets won’t air the group’s ad.

Last week, American Bridge 21st Century planned to launch a six-figure ad blitz — the group wouldn’t specify the...Read more