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Wednesday June 23, 2021 - Times viewed: 394
Justices rule for cursing cheerleader over Snapchat post
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a Pennsylvania public school wrongly suspended a student from cheerleading over a vulgar social media post she made after she didn’t qualify for the varsity team. The court voted 8-1 in favor of Brandi Levy, who was a 14-year-old high school freshman when she expressed her disappointment over not making the varsity cheerleading squad with a string of curse words and a raised middle finge ...
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Wednesday June 23, 2021 - Times viewed: 392
Why Biden didn't do more to avert voting rights defeat
(CNN) If the expansive voting rights bill suffocated in the Senate on Tuesday was the most critical defense of American democracy in decades, it seems odd that a President who put that very goal at the core of his administration didn't do more to pass it. The bill was seen by Democrats as one of their highest priorities -- a pushback against scores of ballot suppression bills by Republican-led state legislatures that threaten their ability to ...
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Tuesday June 22, 2021 - Times viewed: 405
GOP ready to block elections bill in Senate showdown
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democrats’ expansive elections and voting bill is all but certain to be rejected in a key test vote in the Senate, providing a dramatic example of Republicans’ use of the filibuster to block legislation and forcing hard questions for Democrats over next steps. The far-reaching proposal, at nearly 900 pages, is viewed by backers as the civil rights issue of the era, legislation that is suddenly of the highest priority afte ...
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Wednesday June 16, 2021 - Times viewed: 465
'Pure insanity': emails reveal Trump push to overturn election defeat
Donald Trump tried to enlist top US law enforcement officials in a conspiracy-laden and doomed effort to overturn his election defeat, a campaign they described as “pure insanity”, newly released emails show. The documents reveal Trump and his allies’ increasingly desperate efforts between December and early January to push bogus conspiracy theories and cling to power – and the struggle of bewildered justice department officials to resist them ...
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Wednesday June 16, 2021 - Times viewed: 469
Huge win for progressives as Lina Khan takes helm at FTC
President Joe Biden elevated Amazon critic and anti-monopoly advocate Lina Khan to chair the Federal Trade Commission on Tuesday, hours after the Senate confirmed her by a 69-28 vote. She was sworn in just as quickly, the FTC said that evening. The surprise move gives progressive Democrats both the reins and a majority at the antitrust agency, spurring hopes among critics of Silicon Valley's giants for a new assertiveness from the FTC, whic ...
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Wednesday June 16, 2021 - Times viewed: 474
'Shocking failure': Pentagon and FBI come under fire for Jan. 6 responsec
Days before the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, social media company Parler flagged dozens of worrying messages to the FBI — warnings that appeared to go unanswered. "Don’t be surprised if we take the Capitol building," says a post from a Parler user who concluded, "Trump needs us to cause chaos to enact the Insurrection Act." At a House Oversight Committee hearing on Tuesday, Chair Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) disclosed the message, one of doze ...
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Sunday June 13, 2021 - Times viewed: 493
The queen meets her 13th U.S. president: Joe from Scranton
ST. IVES, England — President Joe Biden built his political brand on being part of a working class family from a former coal town in the hills of northeastern Pennsylvania. On Sunday, Joe from Scranton meets with the queen. Biden — alongside his wife, first lady Jill Biden, a community college teacher — will have tea at Windsor Castle with Queen Elizabeth II, the British monarch who has reigned for more than 60 years, before he departs th ...
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Sunday June 13, 2021 - Times viewed: 487
Internet Reportedly Shut Off as G7 Leaders Squabble With Biden Over China
LONDON—The main aim of President Biden’s European tour this week has simply been to show that the United States “is back!” at the heart of the Western diplomatic consensus. Unfortunately, the world is a little more complicated than that. By Saturday night in England, it was beginning to look like the White House had been a touch over-confident in just how far the charms of Biden would take him in persuading other G7 leaders to swallow all of h ...
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Friday June 11, 2021 - Times viewed: 514
New Trump scandal shows the depth of his assault on America's democratic foundations
(CNN) New revelations suggesting that the Trump administration abused Justice Department powers to target his political enemies underscore just how far the ex-President went to destroy cherished principles of American republican government. They show that the true extent of assaults on democracy by Donald Trump are still coming to light and are probably even now not fully known. But this is not just a drama about the alleged misbehavior of ...
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Thursday June 10, 2021 - Times viewed: 528
Rep. Louie Gohmert asks if Forest Service can shift Earth's or moon's orbit to fight climate change!
DALLAS, Texas - Rep. Louie Gohmert asks if Forest Service can shift Earth’s or moon’s orbit to fight climate change, actually suggesting the agency fight climate change by altering the orbits of Earth or the moon. While the Earth's natural orbital shifts dictate climate shifts over tens of thousands of years, these changes do not contribute to global warming, according to NASA. The question came during a live-streamed national parks, fores ...
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Monday June 7, 2021 - Times viewed: 538
Cheney: Trump's actions 'the most dangerous thing' a president has ever done
(CNN)In the final days of President Donald Trump's time in office, his chief of staff sent five emails to the acting attorney general designed to pressure the nation's top cop to investigate a series of ridiculous claims of election fraud in the 2020 election -- among them that Italy had deployed technology that somehow switched votes from Trump to Joe Biden. No, that sentence above isn't parody although it reads like it. It is fact -- first r ...
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Monday June 7, 2021 - Times viewed: 554
American senators visited Taiwan to announce the donation of 750,000 doses of Covid vaccines. The donation is likely to draw the ire of Beijing
Taiwan is finally getting much-needed help from the United States to fight its spiraling coronavirus outbreak. But to Beijing, the offer is a major provocation that risks escalating both cross-strait and US-China relations. A delegation of US senators visited Taiwan on Sunday morning local time to announce the donation of 750,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccine. Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen called the vaccines "timely rain" for the island, which ...
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Friday June 4, 2021 - Times viewed: 619
China desires to strengthen the road to Afghanistan for security as US withdraws 3000 troops
On June 3, China's State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi hosted the fourth trilateral dialogue via video link with Afghan Foreign Minister Mohammad Haneef Atmar and Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi. At the end of the meeting, the three foreign ministers reached an eight-point consensus under which they will push forward the peace and reconciliation process, strengthen relations, expand economic and trade exchanges, cooper ...
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Thursday June 3, 2021 - Times viewed: 637
Talk of Trump 2024 run builds as legal pressure intensifies
WASHINGTON DC - Donald Trump was calling into yet another friendly radio show when he was asked, as he often is, whether he’s planning a comeback bid for the White House. “We need you,” conservative commentator Dan Bongino told the former president. “Well, I’ll tell you what,” Trump responded. “We are going to make you very happy, and we’re going to do what’s right.” It was a noncommittal answer typical of a former president who spent decad ...
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Tuesday June 1, 2021 - Times viewed: 629
An Evangelical Battle of the Generations: To Embrace Trump or Not?
For years, there was an adage around Liberty University that if God split Jerry Falwell in half, you would have his sons Jerry and Jonathan. Jerry Jr. inherited his father’s desire to be a force in American politics, and his post as Liberty University president, while Jonathan inherited his father’s gift for evangelical uplift and became pastor of his church. Now, 14 years after Jerry Falwell Sr. died and nine months after Jerry Jr. was ous ...
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Thursday May 27, 2021 - Times viewed: 673
AP FACT CHECK: House GOP falsely blames Biden for gas prices
WASHINGTON (AP) — Heading into the Memorial Day travel weekend, House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy and other members of his party are falsely blaming President Joe Biden for higher gasoline and lumber costs. Gas prices have risen in recent weeks because a key pipeline was forced to close after a cyberattack on the Colonial Pipeline. And lumber shortages — which existed during former President Donald Trump’s administration — were worsened b ...
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Thursday May 27, 2021 - Times viewed: 669
GOP offers $928B on infrastructure, funded with COVID aid
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican senators outlined a $928 billion infrastructure proposal Thursday that would tap unused coronavirus aid, a counteroffer to President Joe Biden’s more sweeping plan as the two sides struggle to negotiate a bipartisan compromise and remain far apart on how to pay for the massive spending. The Republican offer would increase spending by $91 billion on roads and bridges, $48 billion on water resources and $25 billion o ...
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Wednesday May 26, 2021 - Times viewed: 658
Washington (CNN)Donald Trump's attorney defended the ex-President's incendiary speech on January 6, saying he is protected under the First Amendment and had "absolute immunity" while he was President to contest the election, according to a court filing this week. The argument is the first time Trump has formally defended his actions in court since the insurrection, and reflects his continued push to his supporters that he did nothing wrong and w ...

Saturday May 22, 2021 - Times viewed: 736
Shock of Jan. 6 insurrection devolves into political fight
WASHINGTON (AP) — In one of the most chilling scenes from the Jan. 6 insurrection, a violent mob surged through the halls of the U.S. Capitol chanting “hang Mike Pence.” But when the House moved this week to create an independent commission to investigate the tragedy, the former vice president’s brother voted no. Pressed to explain his decision, Rep. Greg Pence of Indiana praised his brother as a “hero” and turned his ire on Democrats, calling ...
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Saturday May 22, 2021 - Times viewed: 659
Myanmar junta leader says Suu Kyi will soon appear
Myanmar’s junta leader Min Aung Hlaing said deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi was healthy at home and would appear in court in a few days, in his first interview since overthrowing her in a Feb. 1 coup. The coup has plunged the Southeast Asian country into chaos and one of several ethnic armed groups opposed to the ruling junta advanced to attack a military post in a northwestern jade mining town on Saturday, local media said. Suu Kyi, a Nobe ...
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Saturday May 22, 2021 - Times viewed: 649
Philippines and China hold 'friendly and candid' talks on South China Sea
The Philippines and China held "friendly and candid" talks on the South China Sea, the Philippines' foreign ministry said on Saturday, days after the minister ordered Chinese vessels out of the disputed waterway in an expletive-laced tweet. The presence of hundreds Chinese vessels inside the Philippines 200-mile Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) has been the latest source of tensions between the two countries in the South China Sea, through which ...
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Friday June 4, 2021 - Times viewed: 700
Few plea bargains in U.S. Capitol riot cases as prosecutors stand firm
Nearly four months after the U.S. Capitol attack, just one of more than 440 people charged has pleaded guilty, a sign of tough conditions set by prosecutors for plea deals and resistance by defense lawyers to their demands. This reflects the high stakes of cases stemming from the worst violence at the Capitol in modern history, which left five people dead. U.S. officials have suggested in court hearings that defendants might be interested i ...
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Wednesday May 19, 2021 - Times viewed: 734
New York state probe of Trump Organization is now criminal: Attorney general
The New York attorney general’s office said on Tuesday it has now opened a criminal investigation into former President Donald Trump’s company, going beyond what began as a civil probe. Attorney General Letitia James has been investigating whether the Trump Organization falsely reported property values to secure loans and obtain economic and tax benefits. "We have informed the Trump Organization that our investigation into the organization ...
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Tuesday May 18, 2021 - Times viewed: 734
Biden expresses support for Israel-Gaza ceasefire as pressure on US rises
Joe Biden has issued a statement for the first time expressing support for a ceasefire between Israel and Gaza’s militant rulers, Hamas, after a phone conversation with the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. However, the US president stopped short of calling for an immediate halt to the eight days of Israeli airstrikes and Hamas rocket barrages that have killed more than 200 people, the vast majority of them Palestinian. “The presi ...
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Sunday May 16, 2021 - Times viewed: 754
Republicans' conflicting message: Embracing Trump election lie is key to prominence, just stop asking us about it
The Republican Party’s contorted response to Donald Trump’s false claim that the election was stolen was on stark display as House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy stood in the White House driveway. McCarthy (R-Calif.) had helped engineer the ouster Wednesday of Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) as the No. 3 House Republican leader for saying former president Trump’s claim of a stolen election was a lie. Yet he insisted later that day, “I don’t think any ...
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Saturday May 15, 2021 - Times viewed: 900
US climate envoy Kerry meets with pope on climate crisis
VATICAN CITY (AP) — John Kerry, President Joe Biden’s climate envoy, met privately with Pope Francis on Saturday, afterward calling the pope a “compelling moral authority on the subject of the climate crisis” who has been “ahead of the curve.” The former U.S. Secretary of State told Vatican News that the pope’s embrace of climate issues “hopefully can push people to greater ambition to get the job done.” Kerry is visiting European capitals ...
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Tuesday May 18, 2021 - Times viewed: 710
Political ideology is real reason people remain unvaccinated, says Dr. Peter Hotez
Dr. Peter Hotez argued that the real reason a number of Americans are not getting vaccinated is their political ideology. “They’re tying their political allegiance to the political right, unfortunately. And we’re seeing this play out in the bottom ten states in terms of vaccination coverage,” which is half of the coverage seen in the top ten states, said Hotez, co-director of the Center for Vaccine Development at Texas Children’s Hospital. ...
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Saturday May 15, 2021 - Times viewed: 700
Here's what happens when political parties implode
(CNN) The current drama in the GOP is the latest and most concrete evidence that the party is undergoing a very painful evolution. Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, the daughter of a former vice president and a power in her own right, was excised from House leadership because she would not stop criticizing former President Donald Trump's continued lying about his 2020 election loss. Republicans under Abraham Lincoln were the party that ended slavery ...
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Thursday May 13, 2021 - Times viewed: 781
After Liz Cheney's Ouster, Elise Stefanik's Ascension Likely – But Not Assured
Rep. Elise Stefanik still appears poised to replace Cheney but she’s facing fresh scrutiny from conservatives who want a leader supportive of both Trump and their ideology. House Republicans were mostly unified on removing Liz Cheney from leadership on Wednesday morning. But when it comes to her likely successor – the only candidate and one with high-ranking support including from Donald Trump – the party is still grappling with the type of Re ...
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Tuesday May 11, 2021 - Times viewed: 792
House Republicans are preparing to oust Liz Cheney from leadership this week. Here's what to watch.
Washington (CNN) House Republicans could vote as early as Wednesday to replace Rep. Liz Cheney as GOP conference chair, a move that would underscore former President Donald Trump's firm grip on the party months after leaving office. Cheney's refusal to embrace Trump's election lies, and her rebukes of his role in the US Capitol insurrection, has highlighted a tumultuous rift in a Republican Party grappling with its future without Trump in the ...
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