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The World Cup puts the spotlight on Qatar, but also brings attention to its human rights record and politics – 4 things to know

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With the start of the World Cup on Nov. 20, 2022, soccer teams from 32 countries and tens of thousands of fans have converged on Qatar, a tiny Arab country on a peninsula in the Persian Gulf. But search “Qatar 2022” online, and the first nonsport results are about the country’s human rights issues.

Like its fellow oil-rich Arab ...Read more

Suspect in the Colorado LGBTQ shootings faces hate crimes charges – what exactly are they?

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The 22-year-old suspected shooter at a gay night club in Colorado Springs, Colorado, who allegedly killed five and injured dozens faces five counts of murder and hate crimes charges.

Hate crimes are known as “bias-motivated” crimes in Colorado. The charges against the shooter are still preliminary, although Colorado Springs Mayor ...Read more

Midterm election results reflect the hodgepodge of US voters, not the endorsement or repudiation of a candidate’s or party’s agenda

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The results from the U.S. midterm elections came as a shock to many. The sitting president’s party typically suffers significant losses in House, Senate and gubernatorial races in the first midterm election of a president’s term. Several projections leading up to Election Day speculated that a “red wave” – at one point upgraded to a...Read more

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The warning sign hidden in Pa. Democrats' big wins this year: Philly turnout plummeted

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PHILADELPHIA — The midterm elections clean sweep by Pennsylvania Democrats obscured a big warning sign for the party: Philadelphia keeps falling behind.

Turnout in midterm elections always drops from presidential races. But Philly’s overall turnout dropped the most of any county in the state. It’s the third consecutive election in which ...Read more

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Editorial: Musk's Trump move gives power to the people

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It says a lot about the times in which we live when a decision reached by democratic process elicits outrage.

Elon Musk, the controversial billionaire behind Tesla, SpaceX and now Twitter, reinstated Donald Trump’s account on Twitter Saturday, reversing a ban that has kept the former president off the social media site since a pro-Trump mob ...Read more

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Editorial: Memo to the new Congress: Ukraine needs your help, not your grandstanding

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When Vladimir Putin unleashed Russia’s military might on Ukraine in February, House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy was incensed. Just like the rest of America.

“Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine is reckless and evil,” McCarthy said on the day of the invasion. “The United States stands with the people of Ukraine and prays for ...Read more

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LA prosecutor put on leave over questionable case sparked by election conspiracy theories

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LOS ANGELES — A Los Angeles County deputy district attorney has been placed on administrative leave for his role in the questionable prosecution of a Michigan software executive that may have been sparked by conspiracy theorists who deny the validity of the 2020 presidential election.

Deputy District Attorney Eric Neff's leave comes in the ...Read more

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Kevin Kiley, backed by Donald Trump, heading to Congress as he defeats Kermit Jones in California's 3rd District

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WASHINGTON — Republican Kevin Kiley, a conservative firebrand supported by former President Donald Trump, topped Democrat Kermit Jones to win the new 3rd Congressional District seat, according to an Associated Press projection..

With 84% of the vote counted as of Tuesday afternoon, Kiley had about 53% to Jones’ 47%.

Kiley will represent ...Read more

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Trump Organization accountant testifies he would've had a 'heart attack' had he uncovered tax fraud

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NEW YORK — The Trump Organization’s longtime tax accountant told a Manhattan jury Tuesday that had he fully understood how the company paid its executives, he would’ve had a heart attack.

Donald Bender, a partner at Mazars USA LLP, was the first witness to testify for the defense at the Manhattan district attorney’s tax fraud trial ...Read more

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CNN seeks dismissal of Trump suit over false election claim

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NEW YORK — CNN asked a judge to toss out former President Donald Trump’s defamation suit against the network over its coverage of his 2020 election conspiracy theory and critical reports about his demeanor.

Trump’s lawsuit, filed in October, contains deeply flawed legal arguments and is barred by the First Amendment, CNN said in a motion...Read more

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Small Minnesota town may become focus of abortion fight

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MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota's newest abortion battleground might be a town of 500 people on the western prairie.

The Kandiyohi County city of Prinsburg is considering an ordinance that would allow residents to sue abortion providers. Although the town doesn't have an abortion clinic, the proposed law also would allow lawsuits against companies ...Read more

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White House to extend student-loan payment pause to June 30

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden announced that his administration would extend the pandemic-era pause in student loan repayments through June 30 amid legal challenges to his college debt-forgiveness plan.

Payments now set to resume Jan. 1 won’t be required again until 60 days after court challenges to Biden’s loan forgiveness plan are ...Read more

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Rep. Kevin McCarthy threatens to impeach Homeland Security secretary

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WASHINGTON — House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., who is poised to become speaker in January, on Tuesday threatened to impeach Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas over record-high U.S.-Mexico border migrant crossings.

At a press conference near the border in El Paso, Texas, McCarthy called on Mayorkas to resign — then ...Read more

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Graham testifies before grand jury about Georgia's 2020 elections after long legal battle

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ATLANTA — After more than four months of fighting his summons in court, U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham on Tuesday testified for more than two hours before a Fulton County special grand jury investigating whether former President Donald Trump or his associates criminally meddled in Georgia’s 2020 elections.

The South Carolina Republican arrived at...Read more

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Trump heading to trial in NY Attorney General Letitia James' civil fraud case

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NEW YORK — New York state’s $250 million civil fraud lawsuit against former president Donald Trump’s family real estate business is headed to trial next October.

At a fiery hearing in state Supreme Court in Manhattan, Justice Arthur Engoron laid out a roadmap for Attorney General Letitia James’ case against the Trump Organization. He ...Read more

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Bolsonaro's party questions Lula's victory in Brazil runoff election

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President Jair Bolsonaro’s party is questioning the result of Brazil’s runoff election, seeking to annul votes that gave leftist leader Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva a tight victory on Oct. 30.

Bolsonaro’s Liberal Party claimed on Tuesday that older models of Brazil’s electronic ballots had problems that make it impossible to properly ...Read more

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White House to extend student-loan payment pause to June 30

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden announced that his administration would extend the pandemic-era pause in student loan repayments through June 30 amid legal challenges to his debt-forgiveness plan.

Payments now set to resume Jan. 1 won’t be required again until June 30 or until 60 days after court challenges to Biden’s loan forgiveness ...Read more

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Trump seeks unredacted affidavit for Mar-a-Lago 'ransacking'

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Former President Donald Trump asked a federal judge to order the U.S. Justice Department to hand over an unredacted version of the August affidavit used to secure a search warrant for his Mar-a-Lago estate, arguing it must be checked for accuracy or “misleading omissions.”

Trump made the request in a filing Tuesday in federal court in ...Read more

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Supreme Court rejects Trump plea to shield taxes from House committee

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WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Tuesday denied President Donald Trump's plea to shield his tax returns from being turned over to a House committee.

The decision came in a one-line order with no dissents.

The court's action has the effect of upholding a longstanding request from House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal, D-Mass.,...Read more

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Trump seeks unredacted affidavit from Mar-A-Lago warrant

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WASHINGTON — Former President Donald Trump asked a federal judge to order the U.S. Justice Department to provide his lawyers with an unredacted version of the August affidavit used to secure a search warrant for his Mar-a-Lago estate.

Trump made the request in a filing Tuesday in federal court in Florida before the same judge who appointed a ...Read more