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Sunday April 4, 2021 - Times viewed: 611
Schumer: Senate Will “Move Forward” on Marijuana Legalization Regardless of Biden's Position
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is ready to use the weight of his office to push for marijuana to be legalized across the country. After New York decided to legalize marijuana earlier this week, Schumer said he is hopeful that President Joe Biden will end up coming around on the issue. But regardless of whether that happens, “at some point we’re going to move forward, period,” the senator from New York told Politico. Schumer, who first intro ...
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Friday June 4, 2021 - Times viewed: 643
Can Trump run again in 2024 election?
Donald Trump made history in becoming the first president in US history to be impeached twice by the House of Representatives. But that doesn't mean that he is done with politics and now he has hinted that he may run for the White House again in 2024, telling his supporters they should have “hope.” The ex-president is free to run again for office as he was acquitted in the Senate for a second time in February. And he dropped his stronges ...
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Saturday April 3, 2021 - Times viewed: 621
Jill Biden Treats Reporters to April Fools' Day Prank
WASHINGTON (AP) — Reporters traveling with first lady Jill Biden got an April Fools’ Day surprise on their flight back from California to Washington on Thursday. During meal service, a flight attendant with a “Jasmine” nametag passed out Dove ice cream bars. She wore a black mask and a black pantsuit and had short black hair. A few minutes later, “Jasmine” reemerged without the wig — revealing herself to be Jill Biden, laughing and proclaim ...
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Saturday April 3, 2021 - Times viewed: 638
MLB moves All-Star Game from Georgia over new voting law
Major League Baseball is moving its All-Star Game out of Atlanta after Georgia enacted new voting restrictions last week, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred announced in a statement Friday. "Major League Baseball fundamentally supports voting rights for all Americans and opposes restrictions to the ballot box,” Manfred wrote in the statement. “Over the last week, we have engaged in thoughtful conversations with Clubs, former and current players, the ...
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Saturday April 3, 2021 - Times viewed: 649
One police officer, suspect dead after US Capitol car attack
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A Capitol Police officer died and another was seriously injured on Friday after a driver rammed a vehicle into a barricade outside the building, officials said. The suspect, who was later pronounced dead, crashed into the two officers on Constitution Avenue outside the Capitol just after 1 p.m. The driver then exited the vehicle and brandished a knife, prompting officers to shoot the driver. Both of the officers and the susp ...
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Saturday April 3, 2021 - Times viewed: 608
Gaetz's communications director departs as scandal around Florida congressman intensifies
Rep. Matt Gaetz’s communications director, Luke Ball, has left Gaetz’s team, Gaetz's office confirmed Friday. Ball’s departure comes amid reports that the Department of Justice is investigating Gaetz (R-Fla.) for an alleged sexual relationship with a 17-year-old and looking into whether he may have violated sex trafficking laws. Gaetz has denied the allegations. "The Office of Congressman Matt Gaetz and Luke Ball have agreed that it would b ...
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Saturday April 3, 2021 - Times viewed: 650
Where will J&J produce millions of vaccines?
WHERE WILL J&J PRODUCE MILLIONS OF VACCINES? Multiple Johnson & Johnson partners chipping in on the coronavirus vaccine are mired in questions about their factories’ processes this week, stoking fears that J&J could miss its ambitious vaccine goals — a worry that the company strongly dismisses. J&J still aims to deliver 100 million doses by the end of May, it said in a statement where it promised to take a more direct role in supervising produ ...
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Sunday April 4, 2021 - Times viewed: 646
Biden holds first call with Ukrainian president amid Russian buildup
President Joe Biden and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky spoke on Friday morning for the first time since Biden took office, amid reports of a Russian military buildup in eastern Ukraine that has alarmed U.S. and Ukrainian officials. The leaders spoke for 30 to 40 minutes, according to a person with knowledge of the call. A White House readout of the conversation said Biden “reaffirmed the United States’ unwavering support for Ukraine’s ...
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Sunday April 4, 2021 - Times viewed: 607
Facebook removes video of Trump interview with daughter-in-law Lara, citing ban
NEW YORK: Facebook has removed a video of an interview with former US President Donald Trump, who remains banned from the platform, from his daughter-in-law Lara Trump's Facebook page, a company spokeswoman said on Wednesday (Mar 31). Lara Trump, who is married to the former president's son Eric and recently joined Fox News as a contributor, had promoted an interview with Trump for her own online show "The Right View" in Instagram posts on Tue ...
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Thursday April 1, 2021 - Times viewed: 635
US political groups urge Biden to put an end to 'reckless' rhetoric with Putin, after 'killer' comments sparked diplomatic storm
More than two dozen American organizations have called on US President Joe Biden to put an end to a series of public spats with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, and instead take a more “constructive” approach with Moscow. In a statement seen by Washington newspaper The Hill on Tuesday, twenty-seven political groups, including a number of left-wing Democratic grassroots movements, said that Biden needed to change tack. “As national org ...
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Sunday April 4, 2021 - Times viewed: 623
Policy, Guns and Money: Hypersonic weapons, technology innovation, and US politics and foreign policy
In this episode, ASPI senior analyst Marcus Hellyer speaks to ASPI senior fellow Andrew Davies about his recent report, Coming ready or not: hypersonic weapons. They discuss what hypersonic weapons are, whether there are ways to defend against them, and who is developing them. Next, ASPI’s Teagan Westendorf speaks with Professor Lisa Short, founder of P&L Digital Edge and group chair of the Global Foundation for Cyber Studies and Research. The ...
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Thursday April 1, 2021 - Times viewed: 634
Iowa Democrat Rita Hart, claiming 'toxic campaign of political disinformation,' withdraws election challenge in Iowa's 2nd District
Iowa Democrat Rita Hart is withdrawing her challenge to U.S. Rep. Mariannette Miller Meeks’ election in Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District following what she claimed was a toxic disinformation campaign, she announced Wednesday. The move puts an end to a bitter partisan fight that has rippled across the country and that threatened to drag on through the summer. The sudden reversal also takes pressure off moderate and vulnerable Democrats who hav ...
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Thursday April 1, 2021 - Times viewed: 634
A Closer Look at Biden's Infrastructure and Tax Proposals
President Joe Biden says his proposal for an aggressive series of infrastructure investments would require $2.3 trillion in spending over eight years but could create millions of jobs. It would be funded by higher corporate taxes. A closer look at where the money is going and where it's coming from: INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS — $115 billion to modernize the bridges, highways and roads that are in the worst shape. The White House outline est ...
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Wednesday March 31, 2021 - Times viewed: 629
John Durham is looking at FBI's launch of Trump campaign probe, sources say
(CNN)After two years of searching for problems with the investigation into Donald Trump's campaign advisers in 2016 and their ties to Russia, federal prosecutor John Durham hasn't found wrongdoing by Obama-era intelligence officials involved who were outside of the FBI. But Durham is still at work, looking at early aspects of the FBI investigation into the campaign. His relatively opaque investigation has now lasted longer than former special ...
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Wednesday March 31, 2021 - Times viewed: 638
DNC to review presidential nomination process
(CNN)The Democratic National Committee on Tuesday announced it will review the 2020 presidential nomination process, setting the stage for changes on how the party will choose who is at the top of the ticket in 2024. The evaluation, to be conducted by the members of the party's Rules and Bylaws Committee, will focus on reforms made ahead of last year's nomination process like increasing participation, caucus arrangements, and the role "superde ...
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Wednesday March 31, 2021 - Times viewed: 610
14 countries and WHO chief accuse China of withholding data from pandemic origins investigation
Hong Kong (CNN)It was supposed to offer insight into the origins of the Covid-19 pandemic. But since its release on Tuesday, the long-awaited World Health Organization investigation has drawn criticism from governments around the world over accusations it is incomplete and lacks transparency. In a joint statement, the United States and 13 other governments, including the United Kingdom, Australia and South Korea, expressed concerns over the st ...
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Wednesday March 31, 2021 - Times viewed: 647
Republicans press ahead with voting restrictions in key states, even as legal fights mount over new Georgia law
(CNN)Republicans in key electoral states continue to advance bills to clamp down on ballot access, even as voting and civil rights groups move to challenge new voting restrictions in the battleground state of Georgia. Arizona, Texas, Michigan and Florida are among the states where lawmakers are pushing restrictions, many of them citing former President Donald Trump's false claims of election fraud as a reason to tighten the rules around voting ...
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Wednesday March 31, 2021 - Times viewed: 622
Rep. Matt Gaetz denies relationship with 17-year-old and claims extortion attempt
(CNN)Rep. Matt Gaetz on Tuesday denied that he had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old after the New York Times reported that, according to its sources, the Justice Department was investigating a possible sexual relationship with the girl and whether he paid for her to travel with him. The Florida Republican said in a statement to CNN that "no part of the allegations against me are true" and that the claims were being pushed by people who ...
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Tuesday March 30, 2021 - Times viewed: 659
Murkowski faces new Republican challenger after drawing Trump's ire
Alaska Administration Commissioner Kelly Tshibaka announced her Senate campaign with a vow to defeat Murkowski, who has been in the Senate since 2002 but has not yet announced formal plans to seek re-election next year. “I’M IN!” Tshibaka said on Twitter. “I am running for the Senate to represent our conservative Alaska values. We’re going to defeat Lisa Murkowski and show the DC insiders what happens when Alaska has strong conservative leader ...
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Tuesday March 30, 2021 - Times viewed: 640
U.S. Supreme Court takes up bid to revive defense of Kentucky abortion law
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear a bid by Kentucky’s Republican attorney general to defend a restrictive state law, struck down by lower courts, that abortion rights advocates have said would effectively ban the procedure after 15 weeks of pregnancy. Attorney General Daniel Cameron has asked the justices to let him intervene in defense of the Republican-backed law after Democratic Governor Andy Beshear’s a ...
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Tuesday March 23, 2021 - Times viewed: 784
Biden administration frets J&J may miss vaccine goal
Biden administration officials are increasingly concerned Johnson & Johnson may not deliver the 20 million doses of coronavirus vaccine it promised would be available by the end of this month, according to three senior administration officials. The full tranche of vaccine Johnson & Johnson committed in February to delivering may not be ready to ship until the second or third week of April, the officials said, potentially complicating preparati ...
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Saturday March 27, 2021 - Times viewed: 644
Boulder shooting looms over Senate guns hearing
In less than the span of a week, at least eighteen people have died in two high-profile mass shootings, reigniting Democrats’ rallying cries for Congress to pass comprehensive gun control measures. While the House passed a gun safety bill less than two weeks ago, its fate appears roadblocked in the Senate, which will likely only amplify the progressive push to nix the legislative filibuster. “We don't know all the details yet, but we DO know o ...
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Sunday March 28, 2021 - Times viewed: 693
Killing the filibuster becomes new 'litmus test' for Democratic candidates
Senate Democrats lack the votes right now to scrap the filibuster. The midterms may change that. In three of the most competitive Senate races, Democratic candidates are already campaigning on killing the Senate’s 60-vote requirement for most bills, placing the chamber’s arcane rules at the forefront of the nascent 2022 midterms. Those reform-minded Democrats are running on voting rights legislation, a minimum wage increase and background chec ...
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Monday March 22, 2021 - Times viewed: 651
Trump looks to take down Raffensperger in Georgia
Former President Donald Trump is expected to endorse Rep. Jody Hice in a campaign to unseat Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger in next year’s Republican primary, according to three people familiar with Trump's decision. Trump publicly seethed about Raffensperger after the November election, when the secretary of state refused to support Trump's false claims that Georgia's 16 electoral votes were stolen from him. Top Raffensperger ai ...
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Saturday March 20, 2021 - Times viewed: 683
'God, no': GOP immigration allies disappear as crisis mounts
Lindsey Graham introduced a bipartisan immigration bill 43 days ago. But if it came up on the Senate floor today, he wouldn’t support it. “God, no,” the South Carolina Republican senator scoffed in an interview. “I’m not in support of legalizing one person until you’re in control of the border.” Graham was one of four Republicans who took a massive political risk in 2013 and supported a comprehensive immigration bill with four Democrats, ...
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Saturday March 20, 2021 - Times viewed: 712
Biden and Harris condemn anti-Asian violence as investigation into Atlanta shootings continues
President Joe Biden on Friday forcefully condemned anti-Asian violence in response to the shootings earlier this week at three Atlanta-area spas, but did not go so far as to label the attacks a hate crime. "Whatever the motivation, we know this," Biden said about the attacks, which left eight dead, including six Asian women. "Too many Asian Americans have been walking up and down the streets and worrying, waking up each morning the past year f ...
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Saturday March 20, 2021 - Times viewed: 709
Same old Joe: Rebuffing staff who smoked pot fits Biden's MO
Anyone surprised that Joe Biden would scrutinize the weed-smoking habits of his White House staff hasn't paid attention to one of the more consistent policy threads of his decades-long career. He’s just not ready to embrace cannabis. Despite a shift in public opinion toward legalizing marijuana over the past 30 years, the president’s more conservative approach to weed policy is well-known on Capitol Hill. When the Daily Beast reported lat ...
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Saturday March 20, 2021 - Times viewed: 708
Rep. Tom Reed, who is eyeing a Cuomo challenge, accused of sexual misconduct on 2017 trip
An Army second lieutenant has accused Rep. Tom Reed of sexually harassing her in 2017 when she was working as an insurance lobbyist, the Washington Post reported Friday. Nicolette Davis said that the Republican congressman drunkenly came onto her in an Irish pub, and she alleged that he placed his hand on her thigh and unhooked her bra strap. A person seated nearby helped escort Reed out of the Minneapolis restaurant after she sought help sepa ...
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Saturday March 20, 2021 - Times viewed: 713
Proud Boys leaders facing new conspiracy charges related to Jan. 6 Capitol riot
Prosecutors unveiled new conspiracy charges Friday against four leaders of the Proud Boys, the pro-Trump extremist group that participated in the storming of the Capitol on Jan. 6, charging them with a plot to disrupt Congress’ certification of the 2020 election. The grand jury indictment, handed up last week and unsealed Friday by a federal judge in Washington, alleges that Ethan Nordean of Seattle, Zach Rehl of Philadelphia, Charles Donahoe ...
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Sunday March 28, 2021 - Times viewed: 610
Democrats Would Regret Nuking the Filibuster
There’s nothing that ails Joe Biden’s agenda, we are supposed to believe, that ending the filibuster wouldn’t fix. President Joe Biden showed a little leg on changing the filibuster in an interview with George Stephanopoulos of ABC News the other night, while almost every Senate Democrat wants to ditch it. Even Joe Manchin of West Virginia, who still supports the filibuster, said a couple of weeks ago that resorting to it should be more “painf ...
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