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Biden reportedly to visit 9/11 Memorial in NYC on 20th anniversary of attack

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President Joe Biden is expected to visit the 9/11 Memorial & Museum in lower Manhattan in September to mark 20 years since the devastating Sept. 11, 2001, attack on the World Trade Center, according to a report.

Politico reported that the White House indicated to New York officials that the president plans to make the trip as the city prepares ...Read more

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Editorial: Colleagues must hold Rep. Cori Bush to the same standards applied to Trump

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The thing about standards is, they’re worthless unless they are applied uniformly. A standard that applies to politicians on the right should apply equally to those on the left. After year upon year of Democrats ranting and railing about President Donald Trump’s penchant for lying and fomenting divisiveness — with The Washington Post ...Read more

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Records suit against NC elections board over federal voter fraud probe can continue

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RALEIGH, N.C. — A North Carolina judge ruled Monday that a nearly two-year-old lawsuit by a coalition of media organizations against state election officials over records connected to a secretive Trump administration voter fraud probe can continue — at least for now.

The public origins of the case date back to the summer of 2018, when the U...Read more

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Editorial: Calling out so-called 'prophets' who miscalled Trump's election victory

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Evangelical groups are calling their own preachers to task for a spate of so-called prophecies — nearly all in support of far-right political causes and former President Donald Trump — that never came to pass. Prominent pastors are wisely urging their colleagues to commit to standards of prophecy that reject the mixing of personal political ...Read more

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Trump wields power with endorsements, but some in GOP fear midterm damage

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WASHINGTON — Former President Donald Trump, again upending American political norms, is moving to remake Congress and the Republican Party in his own image.

Since leaving the White House, he has issued a spate of endorsements of House and Senate candidates for next year’s crucial midterm election, including an array of political outsiders,...Read more

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Second Democrat insists on immigration path in budget bill

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WASHINGTON — A second House Democrat vowed to oppose his party’s budget package unless it includes an immigration overhaul benefiting unauthorized immigrants, adding to pressure on the White House and Democratic leaders to deliver on a long-standing priority.

“I will not support any budget reconciliation deal that continues to leave hard-...Read more

First lady Jill Biden takes pro-vaccination message to Hawaii

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First lady Jill Biden said “aloha” to Hawaii over the weekend as she traveled home from a visit to Japan for the Olympics.

Biden planned to stop in on Sunday at a high school vaccination site to encourage people to get jabbed and attend a barbecue with military families on the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam base where she landed.

“I’m ...Read more

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In Michigan Trump territory, this is what's driving Senate primary race

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LANSING, Mich. — Republican voters in the battleground state of Michigan aren't ready to move past the last election, say the GOP candidates vying for an open seat in the state Senate in the next one.

In an Aug. 3 special election, seven Republicans are seeking their party's nomination in the most GOP-leaning Senate district in Macomb County,...Read more

Biden previews midterm strategy, tying Trump to GOP in Virginia

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WASHINGTON — Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe brought President Joe Biden to the vote-rich suburbs Friday as he works to keep a national focus in the race and tie his Republican opponent to former President Donald Trump.

Speaking to an estimated 3,000 people at Lubber Run Park in Arlington, a heavily Democratic county outside ...Read more

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Conservatives riled up over registering women for draft

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WASHINGTON — Conservatives are expressing outrage about a pending Senate National Defense Authorization Act that would require women to register for the draft, and two defense hawks opposed the Pentagon bill in the Armed Services Committee over the issue.

The Senate’s NDAA, which the committee approved Wednesday, contains an amendment by ...Read more

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Lin Wood tells judge he can't be sanctioned because he never 'broadcast' video against court rules

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DETROIT — A federal judge in Detroit cannot punish Lin Wood because the election conspiracy-peddling attorney has never practiced in her jurisdiction and technically did not meet the dictionary definition of "broadcast" when he shared a video of a recent court hearing in a way that would violate local rules, Wood's attorney wrote in a filing ...Read more

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Editorial: To save voting rights, President Biden needs to take on the filibuster rule

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President Joe Biden did not overstate our national crisis the other day when he denounced the current attack on voting rights as “the most un-American thing that any of us can imagine, the most undemocratic, the most unpatriotic … ”

To those strong words, he might have added that voting is also the most UNPROTECTED of the rights that most...Read more

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Mississippi urges Supreme Court to use abortion case to overturn Roe vs. Wade next term

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WASHINGTON — Lawyers for Mississippi asked the Supreme Court on Thursday to overturn Roe vs. Wade and give state legislators the authority outlaw all abortions.

The justices in May agreed to hear the state’s appeal of a lower court’s invalidation of a Mississippi law that would forbid abortions after 15 weeks.

In their brief filed with ...Read more

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Mississippi asks Supreme Court to overturn Roe in abortion case

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Mississippi asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the constitutional right to abortion, raising the stakes in a polarizing clash the justices are set to hear in the term that will start in October.

In a court filing Thursday, Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch called the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling and a 1992 follow-up decision “...Read more

Senate bill would require women to register for the draft

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WASHINGTON — The Senate Armed Services Committee included language in its version of the fiscal 2022 National Defense Authorization Act to require women, for the first time, to register for the draft.

Congress has debated for several years whether to require women to sign up with the Selective Service, as men must do between the ages of 18 ...Read more

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Senate candidates walk Trump tightrope as he returns to Arizona

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Former President Donald Trump will return Saturday to Arizona, where Republicans are looking to rebound after losing both of the state’s Senate seats in the past two elections.

Unlike candidates in other states with contested Senate GOP primaries, the top four Republicans vying to take on Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly next year are embracing ...Read more

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Democrats leverage legal experience in voting rights push

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WASHINGTON — First-term Rep. Teresa Leger Fernandez knows what it takes to sue a state over legislative maps that violate the Voting Rights Act — the New Mexico lawyer has done it.

“These cases could take months on a fast-track basis, where you do not sleep, you do not see your children for four months,” Fernandez said.

Before running ...Read more

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Hyde Amendment fight just the first step in changing abortion coverage

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WASHINGTON — The partisan fight over whether the federal government will fund abortion coverage for Medicaid beneficiaries threatens to stall action on major appropriations bills, but the on-the-ground impact would be less dramatic than the debate suggests.

Democrats are prioritizing the removal of an annual appropriations rider known as the ...Read more

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At Ohio town hall, Biden dismisses inflation concerns but not hiring difficulties

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President Joe Biden dismissed concerns that the U.S. will experience persistent inflation as the economy emerges from the pandemic while cautioning that restaurants and others in the hospitality sector may take longer to recover.

“There will be near-term inflation” because the economy is picking back up, Biden said Wednesday evening at a ...Read more

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Biden takes his pitch for infrastructure spending on the road and into prime time

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is traveling to Ohio for a nationally televised town hall with voters Wednesday evening as maneuvering over his infrastructure plans intensifies on Capitol Hill and the Delta variant spreads among unvaccinated populations.

The town hall, on CNN and moderated by anchor Don Lemon, comes at pivotal moment for ...Read more