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Tuesday March 2, 2021 - Times viewed: 707
Senate Panel Advances Garland's Nomination as U.S. Attorney General
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Merrick Garland, President Joe Biden's pick for attorney general, moved a step closer on Monday to securing Senate confirmation as the top U.S. law enforcement official, with the Judiciary Committee throwing its weight behind his nomination. The federal appellate judge won bipartisan support in a 15-7 tally in the Senate Judiciary Committee to advance his nomination to the Senate floor for a vote that Democrats hope will b ...
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Tuesday March 2, 2021 - Times viewed: 694
U.S. faces 'unprecedented assault on democracy,' White House says, backing election reform bill
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Biden administration backed Democrats’ efforts to overhaul voting rules and turn over the process of drawing congressional districts to independent commissions on Monday, weighing in on a political fight that is likely to dominate Washington in coming years. The United States is facing an “an unprecedented assault on our democracy, a never before seen effort to ignore, undermine, and undo the will of the people, and a ...
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Tuesday March 2, 2021 - Times viewed: 682
Third Cuomo accuser steps forward, deepening governor's scandal
NEW YORK — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo remained in hiding Monday as the state attorney general formally announced an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment — and some of the state’s top Democrats began to wonder just how long the three-term governor can hold on. The allegations of sexual misconduct by two former aides, which followed a mushrooming scandal around the deaths of nursing home residents, seemed to override every other p ...
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Monday March 1, 2021 - Times viewed: 801
White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Sunday said President Joe Biden supports an “independent review” of the sexual harassment accusations leveled against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo last week by a pair of former aides — adding that it was personally difficult for her to read the latest account of alleged misconduct by the governor. The remarks from the president’s top spokesperson came after Lindsey Boylan, a candidate for Manhattan boroug ...

Monday March 1, 2021 - Times viewed: 778
Donald Trump at CPAC: Ex-president tears into Biden and his Republican critics
David Jackson USA TODAY ORLANDO, Fla. – Donald Trump reentered political life Sunday by attacking President Joe Biden, condemning Republican opponents and proclaiming himself the leader of a GOP riven by election defeats and the pro-Trump insurrection at the U.S. Capitol in January. "Do you miss me yet?" Trump asked the Conservative Political Action Conference after taking the stage more than an hour after his scheduled start time. "A lo ...
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Monday March 1, 2021 - Times viewed: 717
Trump teases 2024 run in CPAC remarks, as he looks to keep his grip on GOP
Donald Trump still has grievances to air — and a Republican Party eager to bask in his indignation. In his first major address since leaving office, Trump on Sunday laced into his Democratic successor, Joe Biden, chided “establishment political hacks” from his own party and pressed his false claim that he won the November election, which he lost decisively. And to an explosion of applause, he suggested he may run again in 2024. “Who kn ...
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Sunday February 28, 2021 - Times viewed: 641
Russia's coronavirus vaccine makes inroads in conflict territories
VILNIUS — In recent months, Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova have seen authorities of breakaway territories ask Russia to send its Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine to those contested regions. In some cases, those requests have already been granted. In the rebel-held territories in Ukraine’s Donbass — which have been occupied by Russian-backed separatist forces since 2014 — residents have been receiving the Sputnik vaccine since early February. The ...
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Friday February 26, 2021 - Times viewed: 763
'Hard to see the path out': Cuomo besieged as crises grow
ALBANY, N.Y. — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo started the year as one of the nation’s most powerful governors, a household name who was racing toward a potential fourth term in office. Now, two months later, he’s embroiled in two major scandals and facing a daily onslaught of questions about deaths in nursing homes, accusations of sexual impropriety and growing speculation that his political career may be in jeopardy. "It appears he's earned hi ...
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Tuesday February 23, 2021 - Times viewed: 787
Trump's 'big lie' has become the GOP's newest voter suppression weapon
If there’s one thing the GOP hates, it’s “cancel culture.” Republicans have cited their opposition to cancel culture to justify their defense of just about everything, from refusing to rename military bases and monuments that bear the names of Confederate generals to defending former President Donald Trump during his recent impeachment trial, which they dubbed “constitutional cancel culture.” Their distaste for the phenomenon is the theme of this ...
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Tuesday February 23, 2021 - Times viewed: 676
Trump blasts Supreme Court, Dems on tax return ruling
Former President Donald Trump lashed out at the Supreme Court on Monday after it declined to stop the release of his tax returns to the Manhattan district attorney, saying ?the decision allows? the “greatest political Witch Hunt” in the country’s history? to continue. “Whether it was the never ending $32 million Mueller hoax, which already investigated everything that could possibly be investigated, ‘Russia Russia Russia,’ where there was a fi ...
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Sunday February 21, 2021 - Times viewed: 676
Texas and California built different power grids, but neither stood up to climate change
Texas and California may be worlds apart in their politics and climate policies, but they have something in common: Extreme weather crashed their power grids and left people stranded in the dark. The two sprawling, politically potent states have devoted massive sums to their power networks over the past two decades — California to produce huge amounts of wind and solar energy, Texas to create an efficient, go-it-alone electricity market built ...
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Wednesday February 17, 2021 - Times viewed: 866
Trump attacks McConnell in fiery statement
Former President Donald Trump issued a caustic and highly personal statement against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday, effectively declaring war on the Kentucky Republican for failing to back his attempts to undermine the 2020 election. “Mitch is a dour, sullen, and unsmiling political hack, and if Republican Senators are going to stay with him, they will not win again,” Trump said in the statement released by his PAC. McCo ...
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Wednesday February 17, 2021 - Times viewed: 720
The Birthplace of the Republican Party Buckles After Trump Nearly Blew Up the GOP
For Rohn Bishop, chair of the Republican Party in Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin, a low point in the party’s post-election civil war came one snowy December morning in the small town of Waupun. Republicans were challenging ballots cast in two heavily Democratic Wisconsin counties, Milwaukee and Dane, based on a variety of technicalities. It was part of Trump’s broader effort to overturn the results of the election, perpetuating his false claim ...
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Sunday February 14, 2021 - Times viewed: 990
McConnell Tears Into Trump Over Riots, While Pelosi Blames GOP Leader for Delay of Trial
SENATE MINORITY LEADER Mitch McConnell on Saturday eviscerated former President Donald Trump for "provoking" the mobs that descended on the Capitol on Jan. 6, giving a lengthy statement on the Senate floor at the conclusion of the impeachment trial about the former president's culpability despite voting to acquit him of "incitement of insurrection." The Kentucky Republican's floor speech came minutes after the Senate voted mostly along party l ...
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Saturday February 13, 2021 - Times viewed: 897
New details about Trump-McCarthy shouting match show Trump refused to call off the rioters
Washington (CNN)In an expletive-laced phone call with House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy while the Capitol was under attack, then-President Donald Trump said the rioters cared more about the election results than McCarthy did. "Well, Kevin, I guess these people are more upset about the election than you are," Trump said, according to lawmakers who were briefed on the call afterward by McCarthy. McCarthy insisted that the rioters were Tr ...
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Saturday February 13, 2021 - Times viewed: 678
Close watch on tight-lipped GOP leader McConnell's stand
WASHINGTON (AP) — Seldom has Mitch McConnell signaled so little about such a consequential vote. Many expect the Senate’s top Republican will back acquitting former President Donald Trump of a charge of inciting rioters who assaulted the Capitol last month, but no one is really sure how McConnell will vote. The Washington political universe and the world beyond will hold their collective breath when the Senate impeachment trial roll call reach ...
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Saturday February 13, 2021 - Times viewed: 767
Senate poised to vote on holding Trump accountable for riot
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators are poised to vote on whether Donald Trump will be held accountable for inciting the horrific attack at the Capitol after a speedy impeachment trial that laid bare the violence and danger to their own lives and the fragility of the nation’s tradition of a peaceful transfer of presidential power. Barely a month since the deadly riot on Jan. 6, closing arguments are set for the historic trial in a rare Saturday session ...
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Friday February 12, 2021 - Times viewed: 677
U.S. Chamber of Commerce embraces Biden. And Republicans are livid.
Washington’s most powerful trade group is having a political identity crisis. Over the past month, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has taken a series of steps that have enraged its traditional Republican allies. It applauded much of President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion plan to Covid relief bill; cheered Biden’s decision to rejoin the Paris climate agreement; backed the former leader of the liberal Center of American Progress, Neera Tanden, for Off ...
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Saturday February 6, 2021 - Times viewed: 768
Biden says Trump should no longer receive classified intelligence briefings
(CNN)President Joe Biden doesn't believe former President Donald Trump should receive classified intelligence briefings, as is tradition for past presidents, citing Trump's "erratic behavior unrelated to the insurrection." When asked in an interview with "CBS Evening News" anchor Norah O'Donnell if he thought Trump should receive an intelligence briefing if he requested one, Biden said, "I think not." "I'd rather not speculate out loud," Bi ...
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Saturday February 6, 2021 - Times viewed: 685
Trump impeachment trial confronts memories of Capitol siege
WASHINGTON (AP) — The impeachment trial of Donald Trump is more than an effort to convict the former president of inciting an insurrection. It’s a chance for a public accounting and remembrance of the worst attack on the U.S. Capitol in 200 years. In the month since the Jan. 6 siege by a pro-Trump mob, encouraged by his call to “fight like hell” to overturn the election, defenders of the former president say it’s time to move on. Trump is l ...
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Thursday February 4, 2021 - Times viewed: 700
Dem-led House, drawing a line, kicks Greene off committees
WASHINGTON (AP) — A fiercely divided House tossed Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene off both her committees Thursday, an unprecedented punishment that Democrats said she’d earned by spreading hateful and violent conspiracy theories. Underscoring the political vise her inflammatory commentary has clamped her party into, nearly all Republicans voted against the Democratic move but none defended her lengthy history of outrageous social media posts. ...
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Thursday February 4, 2021 - Times viewed: 700
Marjorie Taylor Greene has been stripped of her committee assignments. What's next?
(CNN)The Democrat-led House of Representatives voted on Thursday to remove Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene from her committee assignments, but that doesn't mean the backlash against her -- or the spotlight on her -- is at an end. Greene, a freshman from Georgia, remains a member of Congress and will still be able to vote. But she has quickly become one of the most controversial lawmakers during her short time in office. That has elevate ...
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Thursday February 4, 2021 - Times viewed: 712
Gavin Newsoms'  polls are sinking. Democrats are mobilizing. The Newsom recall just got real
OAKLAND, Calif. — California Gov. Gavin Newsom doesn’t want to talk about the recall. But his allies can’t ignore it. The campaign to oust Newsom went from unlikely to unavoidable this week as pervasive frustration with Newsom’s pandemic management cut sharply into his approval numbers. The longer businesses have been closed, hospitals full and school campuses shut, the more the movement has gained traction beyond conservative social media cir ...
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Wednesday February 3, 2021 - Times viewed: 726
'Let them take you to court': Biden dares GOP to obstruct him
o big. Go fast. And, if need be, go without the GOP. Since assuming office two weeks ago, President Joe Biden has made this his credo while instituting a record 45 executive actions that fulfill campaign promises on everything from climate change to racial equity to immigration, that undo a number of Donald Trump’s policies, and that have shaped the news cycle along the way. And while the carefully calibrated policy rollout can’t, on its ow ...
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Wednesday February 3, 2021 - Times viewed: 722
McConnell lies low ahead of Trump trial
Kevin McCarthy is hugging former President Donald Trump as tightly as he can. Liz Cheney voted to impeach him. But Mitch McConnell isn’t making any sudden movements as House Republicans tear each other apart in Trump's wake. The Senate minority leader is deferring a final verdict on Trump, even with the opportunity to do so via the president’s forthcoming impeachment trial. McConnell’s strategy reflects the consensus of his fellow Senate Repub ...
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Saturday January 30, 2021 - Times viewed: 704
Biden signals support for Senate Democrats moving on COVID relief without GOP backing
With Republican opposition growing to the size of his $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief proposal, President Joe Biden on Friday expressed his clearest support yet for Senate Democrats to use a fast-track budgetary tool that would allow the legislation to pass with a simple majority. Asked by reporters as he left the White House, "Do you support passing COVID relief through budget reconciliation?," Biden answered, "I support passing COVID relief wi ...
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Saturday January 30, 2021 - Times viewed: 726
Protecting Democracy at the Cost of Projecting Democracy
More than a century and a half later, years and events – everything from the shooting deaths of two U.S. Capitol Police officers and the Oklahoma City bombing to 9/11 – have closed the security perimeter around buildings that define American democracy around the world. The Jan. 6 mob attack on the Capitol has federal officials in Washington, D.C., mulling a more drastic and visually dramatic tactic – making permanent the high fences installed ...
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Saturday January 30, 2021 - Times viewed: 700
Democrats Hope for Compromise, Plan for Action on Coronavirus Relief Bill
DEMOCRATS ARE CHARTING a new path to help them pass the latest round of coronavirus relief in the event that Congress can't successfully negotiate and coalesce around bipartisan legislation like they did multiple times over the course of 2020. With slim majorities in both chambers and control of the White House, Democrats are simultaneously gauging Republicans' appetite for another pricey rescue package while also embarking on a legislative so ...
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Saturday January 30, 2021 - Times viewed: 691
Russian anti-Putin anger spreads: 'We have to protest'
Filip Kuznetsov spent an entire night crammed into a police van with 17 other protesters because Moscow's detention centres were all full. He was among a record 4,002 people arrested across Russia last week, as large crowds took to the streets to demand the release of the opposition politician Alexei Navalny. Further protests have been called for Sunday, threatening to strain the system even further. "We didn't sleep all night. One person a ...
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Friday January 29, 2021 - Times viewed: 694
'I'm just furious': Relations in Congress crack after attack
Some House lawmakers are privately refusing to work with each other. Others are afraid to be in the same room. Two members almost got into a fist fight on the floor. And the speaker of the House is warning that “the enemy is within.” Forget Joe Biden’s calls for unity. Members of Congress couldn't be further divided. Just weeks into the 117th Congress, the bedrock of relationships hasn't been on such shaky ground in more than a generation, ...
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