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House Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone, D-N.J., left, with Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R...
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Biden $3.5T plan tests voter appeal of expansive gov’t role

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s “build back better” agenda is poised to be the most far-reaching federal investment since FDR’s New Deal or LBJ’s Great Society — a prodigious effort to tax the rich and shift money into projects and programs touching the lives of nearly every American. The thousands of pages being drafted […]
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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An federal appeals court on Wednesday allowed the Biden administration&#82...
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Appeals court sides with Biden’s deportation priorities

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An federal appeals court on Wednesday allowed the Biden administration’s selective criteria on who should be deported to remain in effect, rejecting one of Texas’ challenges to the president’s immigration policies. The administration’s victory may prove temporary if Texas or Louisiana successfully seek the intervention of the U.S. Supreme Court, which […]
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President Joe Biden, joined virtually by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and British Prime...
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Biden announces Indo-Pacific alliance with UK, Australia

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden announced Wednesday that the United States is forming a new Indo-Pacific security alliance with Britain and Australia that will allow for greater sharing of defense capabilities — including helping equip Australia with nuclear-powered submarines. It’s a move that could deepen a growing chasm in U.S.-China relations. Biden made the […]
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Vice President Kamala Harris, right, speaks as Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, left, listens durin...
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Harris, Yellen make a personal case for fixing child care

The U.S. Treasury Department issued a report Wednesday that detailed the high price and low wages for child care, a problem that makes it harder for parents to work and one that the Biden administration aims to fix with its budget proposal. Vice President Kamala Harris and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen presented the findings in […]
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President Joe Biden speaks during a meeting with business leaders and CEOs on the COVID-19 response...
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Leaders aim for more action out of closed-door climate talks

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden plans private climate talks with world leaders Friday to try to spur hard-and-fast commitments to cut climate-damaging pollution globally, following up on his livestreamed summit that saw dozens of leaders make earnest public promises to do so. Friday’s session will be virtual, like April’s White House climate summit. It […]
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NEW YORK (AP) — A Florida businessman who admitted that his fraud-busting business was a frau...
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Man imprisoned in Giuliani-related fraud case seeks release

NEW YORK (AP) — A Florida businessman who admitted that his fraud-busting business was a fraud is citing the coronavirus threat in prisons as he asks a judge to release him early from his one-year prison term. David Correia, 46, made the request in court papers filed publicly Wednesday in Manhattan federal court. The West […]
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Afghan refugees line up for food in a dining hall at Fort Bliss' Doña Ana Village, in New Mexico, ...
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States learning how many Afghan evacuees coming their way

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration on Wednesday began notifying governors and state refugee coordinators across the country about how many Afghan evacuees from among the first group of nearly 37,000 arrivals are slated to be resettled in their states. California is projected to take more arrivals than any other — more than 5,200 people, […]
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Republican attorney who worked in former President Donald Trump’...
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Former Trump official working on Wisconsin election probe

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Republican attorney who worked in former President Donald Trump’s administration and falsely claimed the 2020 election was stolen in Wisconsin appears to have been hired to help with the taxpayer-funded investigation into how the election was run. Andrew Kloster was listed as the author of a letter signed by lead […]
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United States Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman testifies during a Senate Judiciary hearing about the Ins...
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Biles: FBI turned ‘blind eye’ to reports of gymnasts’ abuse

WASHINGTON (AP) — Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles told Congress in forceful testimony Wednesday that federal law enforcement and gymnastics officials turned a “blind eye” to USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar’s sexual abuse of her and hundreds of other women. Biles told the Senate Judiciary Committee that “enough is enough” as she and three […]
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Pope Francis speaks with journalists on board an Alitalia aircraft enroute from Bratislava back to ...
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Pope: No place for politics in Biden Communion flap

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — Pope Francis said Wednesday that Catholic bishops must minister with “compassion and tenderness,” not condemnation, to politicians who support abortion rights and warned that clerics shouldn’t let politics enter into questions about receiving Communion. Francis was asked en route home from Slovakia about the debate in the U.S. church […]
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FILE - In this July 24, 2021 file photo, Former President Donald Trump speaks on a variety of topic...
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Ex-Trump voting battle adviser set for South Carolina forum

A GOP lawyer who advised former President Donald Trump in his campaign to overturn the 2020 election results and the lawmaker leading Republicans’ efforts to win back a Senate majority, are among speakers planned for a South Carolina gathering billed as a must-stop on the road to the state’s first-in-the-South primary. Cleta Mitchell, a longtime […]
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FILE - In this Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021 file photo, Barbie H. leads a protest against the six-week ...
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Some abortion foes question tactical wisdom of new Texas ban

The new Texas law that bans most abortions in the state has been welcomed by many of the religious leaders who help bolster the anti-abortion movement. Yet some abortion opponents in U.S. religious circles are wary of the law and questioning the movement’s current direction. The wariness relates in part to the law’s most novel […]
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House Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone, D-N.J., with Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash....
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House panel rejects drug pricing plan in setback to Biden

WASHINGTON (AP) — A House committee dealt an ominous if tentative blow Wednesday to President Joe Biden’s huge social and environment package, derailing a money-saving plan to let Medicare negotiate the price it pays for prescription drugs. The House Energy and Commerce Committee vote to drop the proposal from its piece of Biden’s signature 10-year, […]
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Republican conservative radio show host Larry Elder speaks to supporters after losing the Californi...
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Dire warning from Newsom helped turn California recall tide

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An ominous four-word message issued by California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s campaign on the morning of Aug. 5 served as the shock Democrats needed to take seriously a recall election that could remove him from office: “This recall is close.” Newsom’s warning in a fundraising email came just days after a poll […]
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President Joe Biden speaks during a meeting with business leaders and CEOs on the COVID-19 response...
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Biden, CEOs, biz leaders meet on COVID-19 vaccine mandates

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden met Wednesday with the CEOs of Walt Disney and Columbia Sportswear, and other business executives and leaders, to discuss his recently announced vaccine requirement for companies that employ at least 100 people. The White House meeting comes less than a week after Biden said that the Labor Department is […]
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Mayoral Candidate City Councilor Michelle Wu speaks to reporters outside City Hall in Boston on Wed...
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Boston getting mayor of color as Wu, Essaibi George advance

BOSTON (AP) — For the first time in 200 years, Boston voters have narrowed the field of mayoral candidates to two women of color who will face off against each other in November. City Councilors Michelle Wu and Annissa Essaibi George topped the five-person race in Tuesday’s preliminary runoff. They bested acting Mayor Kim Janey, […]
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The HealthCare.gov website is photographed in Washington, Friday, Aug. 13, 2021. President Joe Bide...
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Biden: Nearly 3M get health coverage during COVID-19 sign-up

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 3 million consumers took advantage of a special six-month period to sign up for subsidized health insurance coverage made more affordable by the COVID-19 relief law, President Joe Biden said Wednesday. He called that number encouraging and urged Congress to keep the trend going by extending the more generous financial assistance, […]
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California Gov. Gavin Newsom beat back a drive to recall him from office Tuesday. (AP Graphic)...
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Democrats could change ‘weaponized’ California recall system

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Hours after California Gov. Gavin Newsom beat back a recall election that could have cost him his job, his fellow Democrats in the state Legislature said Wednesday that they will push for changes to make it more difficult to challenge a sitting governor. That could include increasing the number of signatures […]
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FILE - In this March 9, 2021, file photo, students with signs ride in the back of a pickup truck ar...
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Most states have cut back public health powers amid pandemic

Republican legislators in more than half of U.S. states, spurred on by voters angry about lockdowns and mask mandates, are taking away the powers that state and local officials use to protect the public against infectious diseases. A Kaiser Health News review of hundreds of pieces of legislation found that, in all 50 states, legislators […]
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Republican conservative radio show host Larry Elder speaks to supporters after losing the Californi...
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GOP’s Elder concedes California recall, hints: ‘Stay tuned’

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A defiant Larry Elder conceded his fight to become California’s next governor but indicated his first campaign might not be his last. “Stay tuned,” the Republican talk radio host told supporters. Shortly after Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom easily beat back a recall effort to remove him from office, Elder told a […]
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Republican conservative radio show host Larry Elder speaks to supporters after losing the Californi...
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GOP’s Elder concedes California recall, hints: ‘Stay tuned’

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A defiant Larry Elder conceded his fight to become California’s next governor but indicated his first campaign might not be his last. “Stay tuned,” the Republican talk radio host told supporters. Shortly after Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom easily beat back a recall effort to remove him from office, Elder told a […]
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Associated Press declared Tuesday night that Gov. Gavin Newsom ...
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EXPLAINER: Why no ‘winner’ to replace Newsom in recall

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Associated Press declared Tuesday night that Gov. Gavin Newsom had survived a recall effort, with a majority of voters choosing not to oust the Democratic governor with just over a year remaining in his first term. But it did not name a victor for the second question on the statewide […]
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FILE - Leen Garza participates in a protest with others against the six-week abortion ban at the Ca...
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Texas abortion law strains clinics: ‘Exactly what we feared’

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — One Texas woman traveled nearly 1,000 miles to Colorado for an abortion. Others are driving four hours to New Mexico. And in Houston, clinics that typically perform more than 100 abortions in a week are down to a few a day. Two weeks after the nation’s strictest abortion law took effect […]
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A group of pro-recall voters gather to watch early results of the California Recall election during...
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5 takeaways after California governor handily defeats recall

California Gov. Gavin Newsom ably fended off a recall attempt from Republicans on Tuesday, changing the stakes of the contest from a referendum on his own performance and into a partisan fight over Trumpism and the coronavirus. Five takeaways from Newsom’s victory: COVID PRECAUTIONS CAN HELP DEMOCRATS Republicans intended the recall to be a referendum […]
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