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Anti-cop rhetoric from Dems is having an effect on people's lives, Trey Gowdy says

Former House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., said Wednesday that anti-cop rhetoric from Democrats and the media is having an effect on life in cities across the country.
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Eye Opener: Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a legal giant and feminist icon, has died at the age of 87. As the country mourns her death, a new political battle has emerged. Also, popular video app TikTok will be banned from U.S. app stores. All that and all that matters in today's Eye Opener. Your world in 90 seconds.
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Trump accuses Dems, media of 'denigrating' potential coronavirus vaccine
Democrats and the mainstream media are not celebrating a coronavirus vaccine because of the election, President Trump told Mark Levin on 'Life, Liberty & Levin.'
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UFC on ESPN+ 36 discussion thread
UFC on ESPN+ 36 takes place Saturday in Las Vegas, and you can discuss the event here.        Related StoriesSee the UFC 253 poster that features a championship doubleheaderTwitter Mailbag: Will Michael Chandler go the way of Justin Gaethje or Will Brooks in UFC?Jordan Williams wastes no time after DWCS 33, books UFC debut for Oct. 3 
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Trump is trying to rewrite history on the coronavirus. Here's the truth
CNN's Daniel Dale fact-checks President Donald Trump on his retelling of how the Covid-19 pandemic unfolded in the US.
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Brett Gardner doesn’t want Yankees tenure to end like this
Brett Gardner isn’t ready for the ride to end. Not without one more roll call. Nearing the end of the improbable journey that has seen a former College of Charleston walk-on morph into the longest-tenured player on the Yankees — the final remaining piece of the 2009 championship team — the 37-year-old Gardner said Friday...
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Trump vs Biden on healthcare
Joe Biden has laid out a health care plan that would expand on Obamacare and President Donald Trump has vowed to eliminate it.
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Giants’ Will Hernandez on facing fierce Bears: ‘Bring it on’
Do you think the last thing the Giants offensive line needs, after a disastrous season-opening performance, is to face another one of the NFL’s best defensive fronts? Then Will Hernandez has three words for you. “Bring it on,” Hernandez said. The hog mollies are eager to flip the narrative Sunday against the Bears after quarterback...
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NASCAR playoffs 2020: Schedule, lineup, TV and more for Bass Pro Shops Night Race at Bristol
All the information you need to get ready for Saturday night's Bristol playoff race, the third of 10 in the NASCAR Cup Series.       
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Second Stimulus on Hold as Lawmakers Break for Weekend and Debate Ginsburg Replacement
Senate GOP leaders have not moved from a $650 billion measure that was thwarted by the Democrats.
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Brodie Van Wagenen upbeat about Steve Cohen owning Mets
Brodie Van Wagenen has not spoken with potential incoming owner Steve Cohen since the hedge fund billionaire’s announced intention to buy the Mets, and not at all since a cursory talk last winter. The Mets’ general manager is looking at the expected transition from the Wilpon family to Cohen as “an opportunity” for him and...
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Opinion: Forget threat of backlash. NFL stage remains an ideal place for players to make statement.
While the NFL has changed its position on protests during the anthem, players still face the threat of backlash from fans. That shouldn't stop them.       
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Gregg Williams: Jets defense was almost dominant in Week 1
Gregg Williams saw the potential for domination on Sunday — not of his defense, but by it. Where others witnessed the Jets unit getting overwhelmed most of the afternoon, allowing 404 yards of total offense, getting gashed by Josh Allen for a career-high 312 yards through the air, being unable to get off the field...
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Homes destroyed after winds push California fire into desert
A California fire reached a Mojave Desert community.
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How to delete yourself from people search sites
Face it: What you do online isn’t private. Even if you’re browsing in good ol’ incognito mode, you’re still not anonymous. 
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Washington’s Week 2 Preview: Defending Kyler Murray and tempering expectations on offense
As an encore to its thrilling Week 1 win, Washington faces a steep task against Arizona quarterback Kyler Murray.
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Ginsburg's Death Is A Major Cultural Moment That's About To Upend Politics Again
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is vowing a vote for a potential Trump nominee will take place on the Senate floor despite McConnell not even holding a hearing for Obama's 2016 nominee.
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Nation's Largest Business Lobby Backs Vulnerable Democrats For Reelection
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has endorsed 30 House Democrats for reelection, the highest number of Democrats to earn the business lobby's support in at least a decade.
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Rep. Brian Mast: It's the 10th anniversary of my 'Alive Day' – here's what I know now
Ten years ago today, while serving in the Army in Afghanistan, I tried to disarm one bomb too many...
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11 people are arrested after a demonstration outside a federal building in Portland
Police arrested 11 people in Portland, Oregon, after a demonstration outside a federal building Friday night, authorities said
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Op-Ed: It was just a lovely morning walk with the dog — until the attack
The pit bulls' mission was not simply to knock me over. They'd come to kill my dog and were still determined to do so.
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Happy birthday, Jimmy Fallon! The 'Tonight Show' through the years
Happy birthday, Jimmy Fallon! The TV host turns 46 on Sept. 19, 2020. To celebrate, we've rounded up photos of "The Tonight Show"'s best moments.       
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Bombing in Bulgaria: Turning the Tide on Hezbollah | Opinion
Justice can't be fully served unless Hezbollah, which masterminded the 2012 bombing that killed six and injured dozens more, is held accountable by Bulgaria, the European Union and the global community.
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A congressional district in Maine and one in Nebraska could decide the presidency
The two states split their electoral votes, and how Reps. Don Bacon (R-Neb.) and Jared Golden (D-Maine) fare in their reelection bids could lift Trump or Biden.
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What does justice for Breonna Taylor actually look like?
For this week, we think about what justice might look like in the Breonna Taylor case, discuss great performances by the music icons Patti LaBelle and Gladys Knight, and revisit the horrifying history of forced sterilizations. Plus, recommendations: Esquire's profile of Michael Kenneth Williams and Hulu's "High Fidelity."
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Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton back together in Yankees’ lineup
BOSTON — For the first time since Aug. 8, the Yankees had both Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton in the lineup together, with both sluggers having recovered from leg injuries. With lefty Martin Perez on the mound, manager Aaron Boone opted to put Judge in his customary No. 2 spot, with Stanton right behind him,...
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LeBron James questions awards voters after finishing second for MVP. ‘16 out of 101!’
LeBron James questioned whether "narrative" plays an outsized role in the NBA awards voting process after he finished second to Giannis Antetokounmpo for MVP.
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Gareth Bale looks for a fresh start as golden stay in Madrid turns sour
Since Gareth Bale joined Real Madrid for a then world record fee in 2013, only Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema have scored more goals for Los Blancos.
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Phil Mickelson looks to take ‘stress’ out of game after US Open flameout
Phil Mickelson came to this U.S. Open with a score to settle at Winged Foot, where he famously lost in 2006 with a double bogey on the 72nd hole. He failed to find redemption, quietly missing the cut on Friday. One day after opening the tournament with a 9-over 79, Mickelson shot a 4-over 74...
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Trump’s Disrespect Endangers the Troops
If Donald Trump had been on the battlefield with me in Iraq back in November 2004, I doubt I ever would’ve made it home.In the Army, part of our soldier’s creed involves never leaving a fallen comrade behind. The only reason I am alive today is that, after a rocket-propelled grenade exploded in the Black Hawk helicopter I was co-piloting, my buddies embodied that creed. They thought I was dead but still risked their own safety to bring my body back home to my family. Only when they got me to a rescue aircraft did they realize that I was still breathing. Then they ignored their own injuries, refusing care until the medic tended to me first.[Read: ‘The military has seen the writing on the wall’]My crewmates were heroes that afternoon. Yet apparently, in Trump’s eyes, each of us in that aircraft must have been a “loser” because our helicopter got shot down by the enemy. Had we been killed, he very well might call us “suckers,” too. After all, those are the terms that, according to The Atlantic’s reporting, the commander in chief has used to describe members of the armed forces who have been killed, captured, or shot down in battle. He also told his staff that “nobody wants to see” wounded warriors like me who lost limbs fighting to keep other Americans safe.Trump might not like seeing visible proof of my injuries, but I couldn’t care less. To me, the wounds and wheelchairs of those who have worn our nation’s uniform should be considered badges of honor. I’m able to serve in the Senate today because the ethos of the United States military is the exact opposite of the craven, me-first mentality that he has shown every hour of every day of his gold-plated, privileged life.Senator Tammy Duckworth speaking with Senator Sherrod Brown in August, 2020. (Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty)From all he’s said, from all he’s done, it’s impossible for me to believe that, like my crewmates, Trump would have risked his own life to save mine or that of any other American in that dusty field in 2004. But Trump never would have been in Iraq with us that day, because he fundamentally cannot fathom the notion of sacrificing for your nation. He can’t comprehend the true meaning of courage or the idea of fighting for something greater than himself, his bank account, or his poll numbers. The Atlantic’s story is only more evidence that he isn’t able to grasp what the military is all about. He doesn’t understand service, so he doesn’t understand America’s service members: the heroes who have allowed him to sleep soundly high up in that gilded Fifth Avenue tower.When he deploys military personnel and uses tear gas to clear his way for a crude photo op, when he talks loosely about “my generals” and “my military,” when he treats weapons of war as political props in a July Fourth parade, he’s using our nation’s armed services to boost his own ego. When Trump embraces a convicted war criminal rejected by those who served alongside him, he is undermining both the military justice system and the good order and discipline that undergird our military’s strength.A commander in chief who cares nothing about fundamental decency damages troop morale and, with it, troop readiness. When service members go into combat, they need to know that those to their left and their right will never leave them behind. That no matter what, their buddies will get them out, if only to bring their body home to rest at Arlington National Cemetery. If the nation’s so-called leader regards these heroes as “suckers” or “losers,” he endangers every man and woman in uniform—and our nation’s safety right along with them.The U.S. military is the mightiest in the world because American service members uphold its values, which, in the Army, are loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, integrity, and personal courage. Trump has shown active disdain for each. If the person who is supposed to be commanding our military is unable—or unwilling—to understand the importance of that military’s values, those values will begin to break down. If the person charged with leading our troops questions the value of their service, the very few Americans who might be willing to defend the nation might begin to hesitate before enlisting, unsure whether their own crew would risk their life, as mine did, to carry their limp body back to safety. Yet in matters of both common decency and national security, Trump does not understand the damage that his attitudes can cause.Last week, I introduced a resolution honoring our troops, veterans, and Gold Star families and condemning Trump’s egregious comments. Republicans blocked it within moments, somehow deciding they’d rather protect Trump than affirm that the Senate will always respect the service members and military families who place the mission first time after time.In 1976, then-Army Chief of Staff General Frederick C. Weyand wrote that “the American Army really is a people’s Army in the sense that it belongs to the American people. … When the Army is committed the American people are committed … [The] Army is not so much an arm of the Executive Branch as it is an arm of the American people.” The same sentiment holds true for every military branch. Each one belongs to the American people and is made up of their mothers and fathers, siblings and spouses, all of whom have dedicated their lives to serving the nation they love on behalf of the people they love. It is my sincere hope—and my sincere belief—that other Americans understand the nature of troops’ sacrifice far better than the president does.[Timothy Kudo: Our complacent commander in chief ]The latest revelations have only strengthened my own resolve to keep honoring the heroes who saved me. I will take advantage of my second chance—using every extra moment I have, every extra breath I get to breathe—to look out for our current and former troops.When Trump mocks our service members, he’s also mocking every American in every part of this country. When he derides wounded warriors, he’s letting his own personal insecurities endanger our national security. When he makes fun of those who have fallen in battle, he’s just showing that the word sacrifice is so foreign to him, it might as well be in another language—and that service will never mean anything to him other than someone else serving him. This man is not fit to be commander in chief for another four minutes, let alone another four years.
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Albert Pujols belts 661st homer to pass Willie Mays on all-time list
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Albert Pujols needed nearly five weeks to tie Willie Mays for fifth place on the career home run list. It took only five days for the Los Angeles Angels slugger to pass him. Pujols hit No. 661 in the fifth inning on Friday night against the Texas Rangers to break the tie...
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Brodie Van Wagenen: Michael Conforto playing at ‘MVP-type’ level
Michael Conforto has performed this summer at what Brodie Van Wagenen dubbed Friday an “MVP-type” level. Eligible for free agency following the 2021 season, has Conforto established himself as someone the Mets would be interested in locking up before he hits the open market? “As a guy that was homegrown, he’s somebody that we’ve looked...
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Obsessed with 'Cheap Old Houses'? So are 1.3 million Instagram followers
Couple's love for old houses that need some TLC has touched a chord; their Instagram following is growing by 25K a week.       
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New York City Delays School Reopening; Campus Lockdowns Grow
Our roundup of education stories looks at the turmoil following Mayor Bill de Blasio's latest delay announcement; and the continuing struggles on campus to control COVID outbreaks.
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Wait, it's September and you still haven't received your tax refund? Here's why
Some who filed paper tax returns in February and March continued to wait for their federal income tax refunds in September after COVID-19 delays.       
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Why So Many Readers Are Turning to Octavia Butler’s Apocalypse Fiction Right Now
It’s unlike anything else in the genre.
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My New York City Kids Are Getting an Education in Failed Leadership
For weeks now, I’ve been the unpopular parent on the playground predicting with certainty for anyone who cared to listen that our children would not enter a public-school building in New York City this year. And sadly, I may be proved right. For the second time this month, Mayor Bill de Blasio has delayed the start of in-person school, largely because of a staffing shortage.New York City has done what seemed impossible in April: It flattened the coronavirus curve and now boasts a positive-test rate of about 1 percent. In theory, the low case-positivity rate might have meant that public-school principals and teachers would feel comfortable opening up this fall. Many do not, however, and the mayor has utterly failed to overcome the problem.[Katie Moylan and David Schepard: Teachers know schools aren’t safe to reopen]He could have spent the summer months convincing the stakeholders that staggered schedules—with some kids learning at home each day—smaller classes, and improvements to air-circulation systems, along with commonsense precautions such as masks and frequent hand-washing, would be sufficient for an on-time start. He could then have worked with the Department of Education to make sure that these precautions were in place and that teachers knew what to expect.Alternatively, he could have decided weeks, if not months ago to start the school year completely remote and announced that the city would gradually move toward in-person learning if conditions allowed for it.But the mayor chose neither of those paths. He set deadlines that he refused to put in the work to meet, sowing chaos and ongoing frustration for families and teachers alike. How on Earth did he not foresee a staffing shortage? De Blasio has failed our kids and is teaching them a lesson about political leadership that I hope they never forget.Our children have endured six months of hardship and fear and Zoom calls and canceled plans, and far too many have lost loved ones to this virus. The start of school, though, was a bright spot on the horizon for my family and so many others.But even as I told my children that September 10 (the first first day of school) was right around the corner, I tried to manage expectations. As many New Yorkers have discovered since the start of the pandemic, our mayor has not demonstrated the ability to manage large-scale operations or the energy to get things done. To put it bluntly, de Blasio doesn’t know how to lead New York City. Even worse, he doesn’t seem to care. At his news conference on Thursday, he did not apologize for the delay and asserted, oddly and insensitively, that because most public-school parents are low-income and live outside of Manhattan, they “understand the realities of life” and are “not shocked when something this difficult has to be adjusted from time to time.”Until last year, I was a political reporter at NY1, a local TV news station. I’ve known de Blasio since I first moved to New York in 2007 and he was a Brooklyn city councilman. I covered his long-shot campaign for City Hall in 2013 when he shocked the political establishment, coming from far behind in a crowded Democratic primary to win the general election easily.[Alexander Nazaryan: The mayor who can’t rise to the occasion]It didn’t seem obvious to me in the early years of his administration that we’d end up where we are today. In fact, the mayor’s initial focus was on helping parents and children, as he came into office with one big ambitious idea that he immediately executed: creating universal public prekindergarten across the city. The program was widely considered a great achievement; for my family and so many others, it meant children could get an early start on their education and parents could save money they would have otherwise spent on child care. It was one of the few local programs that I felt very tangibly made my life easier as a working parent raising children in the city.Yet de Blasio largely lost steam after he got pre-K done. And then he got distracted. He’d get driven most mornings from Gracie Mansion on the Upper East Side to his old gym in Park Slope, Brooklyn, where he’d have a leisurely workout before heading into City Hall at 10:30 or later. He decided he wanted to run for president last year and set off for South Carolina and New Hampshire and Nevada, often drawing only a handful of curious Democrats to his events, giving them his time and full attention—a striking contrast to how he dealt with constituents back home. At one point, two public-housing residents flew to Iowa to confront the mayor outside a campaign stop in Sioux City. They knew the best way to reach the mayor of New York was to go to Iowa.In the early days of the pandemic, he dithered over tough but critical decisions such as whether to shut down the school system. He gave terrible and potentially fatal advice, encouraging New Yorkers in mid-March to get one last drink at their neighborhood bar before they closed their doors. He even squeezed in a farewell trip to his gym hours before it was forced to shutter to comply with a state order.During the Black Lives Matter protests in the city this summer, de Blasio, who ran for office as a police reformer, tried to look away, claiming not to have seen the viral videos of police violently clashing with protesters. When an NYPD police vehicle drove into a crowd of demonstrators—a terrifying scene that was caught on camera—he initially defended the police. Former aides and allies of the mayor denounced him. Past and present members of his own administration staged a protest outside City Hall.For now, though, New Yorkers are stuck with the guy. We have another 15-plus months with de Blasio, who isn’t term-limited out of office until the end of 2021.There could not be a more important moment for capable and inspiring leadership from City Hall. Our city has been through hell. Yet he’s proven time and again that he’s not up to the task required. As some New Yorkers pack their bags for the suburbs or upstate, he says he’s not going to “beg anyone to live” here. His refrain throughout all of this has been that “New Yorkers are resilient.” We are. But we expect our leaders to do the work that allows us to pick ourselves up and help the city recover. We can’t do it on our own.[Kevin Baker: Affluence killed New York City, not the pandemic]City Hall has had since March to prepare for the start of the school year. For weeks, the unions have been sounding alarm bells about safety concerns and staffing shortages. The mayor says that’s what compelled him to push the start of in-person learning back yet again. But the fact that there aren’t enough teachers isn’t something that happened overnight. It’s been a clear and obvious problem on the horizon for some time. The city’s independent budget office estimates the public school system will need nearly 12,000 extra teachers to adequately staff in-person and remote learning.For some reason, I’m not optimistic that’s going to happen by September 29, the third attempt at a first day of in-person school for my children. I unfortunately predict more chaos for students and teachers and principals.As I told my children, they are going to get a real education this fall. It just won’t be the usual school curriculum. Instead, they are being taught a powerful lesson about the crucial importance of voting and having a strong, effective leader at City Hall.
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Reckoning in a small town: Civil War meets civil rights in the ‘Last Capital of the Confederacy’
Economic struggles have pushed Danville, Va., to confront its history.
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‘Love Falls on Us’ explores the intersection of African LGBT rights and American activism
Fascinating insights and personal stories make this a compelling read.
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Fantasy football: Players to start, sit for NFL Week 2
The Post’s Drew Loftis evaluates all the relevant fantasy football news ahead of Week 2 of the 2020 NFL season. Big Weeks Diontae Johnson WR, Steelers (FD $5,800/DK $4,500) A shoulder injury has cost the Broncos top cornerback A.J. Bouye. Figure Denver will shade their coverage schemes toward stopping JuJu Smith-Schuster, and that should open...
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Congress' inaction could leave more Americans hungry -- especially kids
Congress remains at a standstill over passing another coronavirus rescue package, but tens of millions of people still can't afford enough food for themselves and their families six months after the pandemic began upending Americans' lives.
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Kamala Harris Agrees with Justice Ginsburg's Wish Not to Be Replaced 'Until a New President is Installed'
Democratic vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris believes Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's successor should be chosen by whomever holds the presidential office next.
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Matt Martin reuniting with young daughter after Islanders’ ouster
In the summer of 2018 after his second season with the Maple Leafs, Matt Martin sat down to have a conversation with his future father-in-law, Boomer Esiason. The lively WFAN radio host’s phone buzzed. It was a longtime friend of his, Brendan Shanahan, the president of the Maple Leafs. He wanted to let Esiason know...
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Los Angeles County sheriff hits back at leaders calling for his resignation
Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva blasted local leaders Friday as calls intensified for him to step down in the wake of an attack on two of his deputies. 
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Judge Refers Prosecutors For Possible DOJ Investigation In Rebuke Over Botched Case
Judge Alison Nathan wrote she fears government lapses in an Iranian sanctions case may have revealed broader problems with how prosecutors disclose evidence to defendants.
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In A Tribute To Justice Ginsburg, Obama Calls On Senate Delay Naming A Successor
In his statement, Obama said Republicans should "apply rules with consistency, and not based on what's convenient or advantageous in the moment."
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Millions of children may miss pandemic food aid as states scramble to meet new Trump administration rules
A program that helps families buy groceries is set to expire at the end of the month.
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Trump’s 'maximum pressure' peaks just before election
The president is promoting himself as a Middle East peacemaker just as he amps up pressure on Iran after dismantling a landmark international agreement with the country.
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‘Marvelous Mrs. Maisel's' Caroline Aaron on what a ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ guest role with Larry David is like
Aaron has more than 150 acting titles to her credit and many have come in the form of guest-appearances.
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