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Editorial: Missouri's abortion ban reads like a sermon. That's a constitutional problem

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Among the problems with state abortion bans is that they are generally an expression of the religious convictions of the legislators who pass them. America isn’t supposed to be a theocracy. But challenging such laws as violating the separation of church and state is difficult because proponents can just claim they were enacted for secular ...Read more

Monterey Park: A pioneering Asian American suburb shaken by the tragedy of a mass shooting

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For Americans of Asian descent, Monterey Park – a town near Los Angeles, located in the San Gabriel Valley – is a cultural center.

It embodies the modern Asian American experience; that is, a place where Asians in America can access and practice a diverse array of traditions and cultural pursuits in an environment where they are ...Read more

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Trump asked 'Rocket Man' Kim Jong Un if he knew Elton John, Mike Pompeo's book says

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Former President Donald Trump tried to downplay his insulting “Little Rocket Man” monicker for Kim Jong Un by asking if he was familiar with Elton John when he first met the North Korean dictator, ex-Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reveals in a new book.

Seeking to break the ice at their first summit in Singapore, Trump told Kim the nickname...Read more

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Trump walks away from another lawsuit challenging NY fraud case

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Former President Donald Trump abandoned his effort to revive a federal lawsuit in New York challenging the state’s fraud probe into his real estate company, just days after dropping a related complaint in Florida.

Trump attorney Alina Habba on Tuesday filed a stipulation of voluntary dismissal of the suit against New York Attorney General ...Read more

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Fulton County DA says indictment decision in Trump probe may be 'imminent'

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ATLANTA — Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis suggested Tuesday that a decision on whether to seek indictments is “imminent” following an eight-month special grand jury investigation into whether former President Donald Trump and his allies criminally meddled in Georgia’s 2020 elections.

Her comments came at the beginning of a ...Read more

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Fulton County DA says indictment decisions will come soon in Trump probe

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ATLANTA — Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis suggested Tuesday afternoon that a decision on whether to seek indictments is “imminent” following an eight-month special grand jury investigation into whether former President Donald Trump and his allies criminally meddled in Georgia’s 2020 elections.

Her comments came during a 90-...Read more

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Georgia Democrats push measures to allow abortions in any instance

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ATLANTA — Democrats filed identical bills in each chamber of the General Assembly that seek to repeal Georgia’s 2019 abortion law and add the right to the procedure to the state code.

Georgia law prohibits most abortions once a doctor can detect fetal cardiac activity, which is typically about six weeks into a pregnancy and before many know...Read more

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Trump's SC campaign event closes State House, most of its grounds to the public

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina’s State House will be closed to the public on Saturday as part of security measures for former President Donald Trump’s campaign visit, the state Department of Public Safety confirmed.

Access to the State House complex will be limited to the east side of the capitol grounds along Sumter Street. All other ...Read more

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After past farm bill stumbles, GOP this year faces the challenge of inexperience

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WASHINGTON — In the four years since Congress enacted the current farm bill, more than 40 percent of the seats in the House have turned over.

Nearly 200 of the 435 members may know little about the multiyear, far-ranging and sometimes contentious legislation, posing a challenge to House Agriculture Chairman Glenn Thompson as he writes a 2023 ...Read more

How some enslaved Black people stayed in Southern slaveholding states – and found freedom

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For generations, the Underground Railroad has been the quintessential story of resistance against oppression.

Yet, the story is incomplete.

What is far less known is that the majority of enslaved people who fled Southern slavery before the 1863 Emancipation Proclamation never crossed the Mason-Dixon line to freedom in the ...Read more

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A few lawmakers make election legislation a priority in 2023

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With the exception of important updates to the rules for counting electoral votes, Congress failed to pass meaningful changes to election laws in recent years. With Republicans running the House and Democrats controlling the Senate, it would take a Herculean bit of bipartisan negotiations to pass anything related to voting rights over the next ...Read more

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Editorial: Pentagon missing billions in military equipment

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Defense spending is vital to the ensure the nation’s security. But that doesn’t mean the Pentagon should be above budget scrutiny. Far from it, as a recent audit reveals.

Last week, the Government Accountability Office concluded that the Pentagon cannot account for at least $220 billion in military gear given out to defense contractors. Nor...Read more

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Editorial: Biden (and Trump) should have known better

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For weeks, the White House has insisted (with some justification) that the parallel special-counsel investigations into President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump for mishandling classified documents are in no way comparable. Yet in critical respects, both cases can be traced to a common dysfunction: the willingness of government ...Read more

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Penn's Biden Center provided a landing spot for many of the president's top aides

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PHILADELPHIA — When the University of Pennsylvania launched a think tank named for Joe Biden in 2017, it didn’t just create a prestige institution tied to the man who had just left the vice president’s office.

It also created a landing spot for many longtime Biden advisers in the time between when he left the White House and then ran for ...Read more

Trump posed for picture with former Philly mob boss Joey Merlino at South Florida golf club

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PHILADELPHIA — They share an affinity for golf and an aversion to cooperating witnesses who "flip" to help federal investigators.

But former President Donald Trump and former Philly mob boss Joseph "Skinny Joey" Merlino don't have much to say about how they wound up in a photo together at a South Florida golf course.

Trump posed for the ...Read more

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News organizations call for Fulton County special grand jury report to be made public

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ATLANTA — A broad coalition of news organizations is urging a Fulton County judge to make public a special purpose grand jury’s report on whether former President Donald Trump and his allies violated Georgia law after the 2020 election.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The New York Times, ABC and more than a dozen other news outlets filed ...Read more

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Supreme Court asks US to weigh in on cases about social media content moderation

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WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday asked the Biden administration to weigh in on a pair of cases that could determine the future of social media law, a move that could delay resolution of the disputes until next year.

The justices, behind closed doors on Friday, had discussed what to do with the cases, which stem from disputes over ...Read more

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With Roe overturned, Missouri's anti-abortion advocates focus on new goals

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Anti-abortion advocates met their goal last year of overturning Roe v. Wade, but that doesn’t mean they’re done yet.

As tens of thousands gathered Friday in Washington, D.C., for the annual March for Life, national organizers already have been mapping the next steps in their strategy to bar the procedure across the ...Read more

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Abortion debate ramps up in states as Congress deadlocks

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Anti-abortion advocates are pressing for expanded abortion bans and tighter restrictions since the Supreme Court overturned the national right to abortion. But with the debate mostly deadlocked in Washington, the focus is shifting to states convening their first full legislative sessions since Roe v. Wade was overturned.

Although some state GOP...Read more