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FILE - President Joe Biden kisses first lady Jill Biden before boarding Marine One to visit wounded...
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Here, kitty: Bidens welcome cat named Willow to White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden have finally added the long-promised cat to their pet family. Her name is Willow, and she’s a 2-year-old, green-eyed, gray and white farm cat from Pennsylvania. “Willow is settling into the White House with her favorite toys, treats, and plenty of room to smell […]
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US tries to name and shame Russian disinformation on Ukraine

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a break from the past, the U.S. and its allies are increasingly revealing their intelligence findings as they confront Russian preparations for invading Ukraine, looking to undercut Russian President Vladimir Putin’s plans by exposing them and deflecting his efforts to shape world opinion. The White House in recent weeks publicized what […]
20 hours ago
FILE - U.S. Senate candidate Rep. Conor Lamb, D-Pa., speaks during a news conference at City Hall i...
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Key Pa. Dems to miss Biden visit, cite scheduling conflicts

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — President Joe Biden will appear in Pittsburgh on Friday as an opening step in a broader campaign to promote the White House’s achievements in key states before the midterm elections. But two of the three leading Democrats on Pennsylvania’s statewide ballot this spring who were invited to appear with Biden will […]
20 hours ago
FILE - Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., joined at right by Majority Whip Dick Durbin, ...
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After bitter battles, Senate eyes less toxic court fight

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a U.S. Senate that was upended by toxic Supreme Court battles during the Trump era, the confirmation of President Joe Biden’s pick has the potential for something else: a return to calmer political normalcy. Because the ideological balance of the court is not at stake — Biden is expected to nominate […]
20 hours ago
Morgan Harper, right, a progressive Democrat running for an open U.S. Senate seat in Ohio, speaks d...
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Tim Ryan, not onstage, is early focus of Ohio Senate event

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Democrat Tim Ryan wasn’t onstage when two of his competitors in Ohio’s U.S. Senate contest came together Thursday night for an unconventional debate, but his stature in the race featured prominently. During the fiery hour-and-a-half event between Republican Josh Mandel and Democrat Morgan Harper, Mandel repeatedly attacked Ryan for failing to […]
22 hours ago
FILE - A man wears a face mark as he fishes near docked oil drilling platforms, on May 8, 2020, in ...
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Federal judge throws out oil lease sale in Gulf of Mexico

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal court has rejected a plan to lease millions of acres in the Gulf of Mexico for offshore oil drilling, saying the Biden administration did not adequately take into account the lease sale’s effect on planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions, violating a bedrock environmental law. The decision Thursday by U.S. District Judge […]
23 hours ago
FILE - Sarah Palin speaks during a panel discussion before a film preview on Capitol Hill, April 14...
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Palin dines out again in NYC days after positive virus test

NEW YORK (AP) — Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was spotted dining out at a New York City restaurant two days after testing positive for the coronavirus. The 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee’s visit Wednesday to the upscale Manhattan eatery Elio’s drew attention from photo-snapping bystanders. It came shortly after she was in the news […]
24 hours ago
FILE - Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., joined at right by Majority Whip Dick Durbin, ...
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After bitter battles, Senate eyes less toxic court fight

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a U.S. Senate that was upended by toxic Supreme Court battles during the Trump era, the confirmation of President Joe Biden’s pick has the potential for something else: a return to calmer political normalcy. Because the ideological balance of the court is not at stake — Biden is expected to nominate […]
1 day ago
FILE - Judge J. Michelle Childs, who was nominated by President Barack Obama to the U.S. District C...
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Biden’s high court pledge shows growing power of Black women

As he struggled to survive the 2020 Democratic primary, Joe Biden made a striking pledge before voting began in heavily African American, must-win South Carolina: His first Supreme Court appointment would be a Black woman. On Thursday, with his poll numbers reaching new lows and his party panicking about the midterm elections, Biden turned again […]
1 day ago
Former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, left, and his attorney Julian McPhillips leave the courtroo...
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Roy Moore gives combative testimony in defamation case

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A combative Roy Moore took the witness stand Thursday in a defamation case against him, insisting he did not know a woman who says he sexually molested her when she was 14. Moore was called to testify by attorneys for Leigh Corfman in a trial involving dueling defamation lawsuits they filed […]
1 day ago
FILE - Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger speaks on Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021, in Atlanta....
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Judge to decide if report on voting machines can be public

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia’s secretary of state on Thursday called on a voting technology expert to ask a judge to release a report detailing alleged security vulnerabilities in the voting machines used by the state — something the expert had already done. The report by J. Alex Halderman was filed under seal in July in […]
1 day ago
President Joe Biden listens as Supreme Court Associate Justice Stephen Breyer announces his retirem...
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Breyer leaves a court more conservative than one he joined

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the nearly 30 years that Justice Stephen Breyer has spent on the Supreme Court, it has been conservative, then more conservative and now much more conservative. The court’s rapid rightward shift in recent years was a change for the liberal jurist, who early in his career sat with the same group […]
1 day ago
Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony speaks during a news conference at the Broward Sheriff's Office headqu...
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Florida sheriff fires deputy union head after COVID-19 fight

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida sheriff fired the president of his department’s deputies union Thursday, capping a three-year battle that escalated when the union chief accused the sheriff of not providing deputies with adequate protective gear against COVID-19. Broward County Sheriff Gregory Tony said in a press release that he fired Deputy Jeff […]
1 day ago
FILE - Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona speaks during a visit with first lady Jill Biden to Be...
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Education chief: ‘We must make up for lost time’ in schools

Education Secretary Miguel Cardona said Thursday that the nation’s schools must act more urgently to help millions of students who have fallen behind during the pandemic. “We must make up for lost time,” he said. Striving to keep schools open is no longer enough, Cardona said in a speech laying out his priorities. He urged […]
1 day ago
FILE - Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin pauses while speaking during a media briefing at the Penta...
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Austin orders more focus on limiting civilian casualties

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Thursday ordered his staff to quickly develop an “action plan” for improving how the Pentagon limits and responds to civilian casualties caused by American airstrikes. He called protection of civilians vital to U.S. military success and a “moral imperative.” Austin said in a memo to senior civilian […]
1 day ago
Supreme Court Associate Justice Stephen Breyer holds up a copy of the United States Constitution as...
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Low public confidence in Supreme Court as Breyer retires

WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Stephen Breyer’s impending retirement from the Supreme Court gives President Joe Biden his first pick at a time when the American public has increasingly negative views of the high court. The shift in recent years has followed former President Donald Trump’s seating of three justices who gave the court a 6-3 […]
1 day ago
FILE - Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. and U.S. Senate candidate, John Fetterman, speaks at a rally supportin...
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Key Pa. Dems to miss Biden visit, cite scheduling conflicts

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — President Joe Biden will appear in Pittsburgh on Friday as an opening step in a broader campaign to promote the White House’s achievements in key states before the midterm elections. But two of the three leading Democrats on Pennsylvania’s statewide ballot this spring who were invited to appear with Biden will […]
1 day ago
FILE - Russian Navy Admiral Gorshkov frigate arrives at the port of Havana, Cuba, June 24, 2019. Wh...
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Russian roar on Ukraine rings hollow to Latin America allies

MIAMI (AP) — It was a classic Russian power play with echoes of Cold War gamesmanship. Shortly after entering into service in 2019, Russia’s most advanced warship made a goodwill tour of the Caribbean, armed with cruise missiles, air defense systems and other weapons. But when the Admiral Gorshkov sailed into the port of Havana, […]
1 day ago
FILE - Deputy assistant U.S. attorney general Leondra Kruger, stands during her confirmation hearin...
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Who’s who among some possible top Supreme Court contenders

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer’s retirement gives President Joe Biden a chance to make his first nomination to the high court. It’s also a chance for Biden to fulfill a campaign promise to nominate the first Black woman to be a justice. Some things to know about the women seen as leading […]
1 day ago
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz speaks during a media conference with French President Emmanuel Macro...
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Biden, German leader to discuss Ukraine at Feb. 7 meeting

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden and new German Chancellor Olaf Scholz will discuss Russian aggression toward Ukraine during a Feb. 7 meeting in Washington, the White House announced Thursday. The one-on-one session will be Scholz’s first Oval Office meeting since he took over leadership of his country in December. Tensions have soared in recent […]
1 day ago
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Nebraska-based voting machine company told the Republican-hired attorn...
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Voting machine company won’t comply with Wisconsin subpoena

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Nebraska-based voting machine company told the Republican-hired attorney leading an investigation into the 2020 presidential election in Wisconsin that it will not comply with subpoenas issued seeking a broad array of information. Attorneys for Election Systems & Software told former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman in a letter dated […]
1 day ago
FILE - The Department of Health and Human Services building is seen in Washington, April 5, 2009.  ...
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Watchdog says key federal health agency is failing on crises

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government’s main health agency is failing to meet its responsibilities for leading the national response to public health emergencies including the coronavirus pandemic, extreme weather disasters and even potential bioterrorist attacks, a federal watchdog said Thursday. The nonpartisan Government Accountability Office said it is designating the Health and Human Services Department’s […]
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FILE - A view of the E. Barrett Prettyman Courthouse in Washington, Oct. 11, 2019. U.S. District Ju...
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Judge denies access to rioter’s community service records

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge has denied a news media coalition’s request for public access to records of court-ordered community service by one of the rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol last year. U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth ruled Wednesday that Anna Morgan-Lloyd’s community service records are not “judicial records” subject to public disclosure […]
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Former New York Times journalist Nicholas Kristof relaxes at his farm with his family's dogs near Y...
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Ruined lives prompted Kristof’s run for Oregon governor

YAMHILL, Ore. (AP) — Former New York Times journalist Nicholas Kristof traded the concrete canyons of Manhattan and the ritzy New York suburb of Scarsdale for his old family home, located on a dirt road in Oregon, to run for governor. But Kristof, who won two Pulitzer Prizes, including for reporting on China’s failed 1989 […]
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