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Biden’s meeting with the pope carries resonance as disputes divide U.S. Catholics
The second Catholic president, like the leader of the Catholic church, is striving to move conservative institutions in a more liberal direction after rising to leadership late in life.
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Sinema’s silence on spending bill vexes many Democrats while she digs in on talks out of public view
As Biden and Democratic leaders close in on a budget deal, the murky goals and demands of the Arizona senator remain a persistent uncertainty.
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Virginia’s gubernatorial race tests the fear-of-Trump factor as a political motivator
McAuliffe seeks to rekindle the passions that helped Democrats in 2018 and 2020. Youngkin tries to keep the focus on his opponent, not the former president.
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Biden postpones release of JFK assassination files, citing pandemic-related delays
The secret government files were originally supposed to be publicly disclosed by next week.
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The Trailer’s guide to the November congressional elections
Three new members of Congress will officially or essentially be chosen in special elections happening Nov. 2: The general elections in Ohio’s 11th and 15th congressional districts and the Democratic primary for Florida’s 20th.
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Biden’s critics hurl increasingly vulgar taunts
Following a presidency that rejected civil discourse, Trump supporters regularly use four-letter words to attack Biden — in signs, chants and elsewhere.
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Nevada Republican who claimed someone voted as his dead wife is charged with voter fraud
Donald Kirk Hartle allegedly forged his late wife's signature to vote twice, the Nevada attorney general's office said.
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Moving three counties from Maryland to West Virginia may not have the effect you think
A proposed secession effort would make both states less White and more Democratic.
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The voter-fraud allegation that perfectly captures the post-2020 Republican Party
Trump allies implied rampant fraud based on a vote cast by a dead woman. Her Republican husband faces charges.
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Giuliani associate Lev Parnas convicted in campaign finance fraud case
Lev Parnas was on trial in federal court in Manhattan, charged with campaign finance violations and lying to the Federal Election Commission.
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House Republicans are now aligning on a pro- and anti-insurrection axis
Mapping the new polarity.
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The filibuster, explained
Sen. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.) says he won’t vote to weaken the filibuster. Are those efforts really dead now, and why does this matter?
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House Ethics Committee issues detailed reports on allegations against four congressmen
The Office of Congressional Ethics accused three Republicans and one Democrat of improper financial conduct, including the misuse of campaign funds and undisclosed stock trading.
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Supreme Court won’t block Texas abortion law but grants expedited review for Nov. 1
The Texas law is the nation’s most restrictive. In a divisive 5-to-4 decision last month, the court had allowed it to go into effect, although dissenters said it violated the precedent in Roe v. Wade.
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Why Democrats are in such a rush to get their social safety net bill passed
Washington often can’t agree on anything until the last minute. So what deadline is suddenly moving Democrats to find a way forward?
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Biden sows confusion about defending Taiwan from China
It's something President Biden once derided when George W. Bush did it. The big question is whether it's deliberate.
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