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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott faces growing group of Republican long-shot challengers

Texas’ Republican Gov. Greg Abbott is facing a list of Republican challengers in his re-election bid despite receiving the coveted endorsement of former President Donald Trump.
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Aggressive 14-Foot 'Icon' Crocodile Captured Near Australia Swimming Hole
The saltwater croc was removed from the wild after authorities deemed it a "problem crocodile."
Progressives' power grab: Why Democrats' proposed 'billionaires tax' is unconstitutional
Americans should be concerned that once Democrats establish the principle of federal wealth taxation, it would spread like wildfire.
Best Mars Photos Taken by NASA's Perseverance As Rover Ends Vacation
The rover resumed operations on October 19, sending more images of the Martian surface which join a catalog of images that show Mars in unprecedented detail.
Who Is Micah Beals? 'Parks and Recreation' Actor Allegedly Vandalized George Floyd Statue
Former "Parks and Recreation" actor Micah Beals has been arrested for allegedly vandalizing a George Floyd statue in New York City.
The Biden administration still has a lot of vacant positions. It’s a growing problem.
Delays in confirming successful nominations have doubled since the Reagan era.
Biden's meeting with Pope Francis will be both official and deeply personal
Biden is the second Catholic U.S. president, and his faith is central in his public image. The pastor at a D.C. church where the president worships tells NPR that Biden has felt supported by Francis.
D.C.-area forecast: Calm today but stormy tomorrow, with heavy downpours and strong winds
One to two inches of rain are likely through Friday night, with possible flooding
Photos: Glasgow conference to address rainforests, climate change
Governments' failure to take aggressive action looms large as leaders head to the COP26 climate summit, billed as "the last, best chance" to save Earth.
The Amazon is still burning. Can U.N. summit in Glasgow address such climate failures?
Governments' failure to take aggressive action looms large as leaders head to the COP26 climate summit, billed as 'the last, best chance' to save Earth.
Oil companies face 'big tobacco moment' in Congress over their climate policies
House Oversight Chair Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., called the CEOs of four oil companies to appear and answer questions about climate change. She says the companies have spread misinformation for decades.
Feeling Burned Out? How to Regain Your Mojo When You're Running on Empty
The concept of psychological "conservation of resources" can help people manage stress more effectively.
Joe Biden Could Face Midterm Wipeout as Omens Mount
In recent years, the party in the White House has struggled in the midterms. Signals indicate difficulty for Biden in just over a year's time.
The Trump Comeback Looms
Losers don’t usually get a second chance in modern U.S. presidential politics. Back in the days of nominating conventions and party bosses, an Adlai Stevenson or a Thomas Dewey could gain two consecutive nominations. Richard Nixon actually won the presidency in 1968 after losing in 1960. But since the coming of primary contests, it’s win—or retire. Even Al Gore, who won the popular vote in 2000, was debarred in 2004.Donald Trump, who upended so many previous presidential precedents, now seems likely to upend one more. Trump has to be considered the massive front-runner for the 2024 Republican nomination. He’s already running hard, and he’s already dominating the field. Fox News’s intense promotion of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis as an alternative to Trump is not working out any better in 2024 than its similar effort on behalf of then–New Jersey Governor Chris Christie in 2016. Trump dominates in the polls. He has the lead in fundraising. Down-ballot races turn on loyalty to Trump. Potential rivals vow they will not run for president if Trump does.It’s an amazing spectacle, because Donald Trump was no ordinary political loser. He was a huge political loser. He lost the popular vote in two consecutive presidential elections, the second time by a margin of 8 million votes. He led his party to a brutal midterm defeat in 2018 amid the strongest economy since the late 1990s. He was the first president to have been impeached twice, the second time for inciting a mob to invade and attack Congress to overturn a national election result. He now faces more criminal and civil jeopardy than Richard Nixon did ahead of his presidential pardon in 1974.[David Frum: Trump may not have to steal 2024]Trump is campaigning on two themes: nostalgia for the strong pre-pandemic economy, plus resentment over the outcome of the vote in 2020. It’s not much, but it’s enough—enough to force DeSantis, the would-be Trump replacement, into desperate stunts to prove himself Trumpier than Trump: handing out $5,000 rewards to cops who refuse vaccination; identifying himself with a state surgeon general who advises anti-vaxxers to trust their “intuitions.”But nobody is Trumpier than Trump. There’s no Trumpism that’s bigger than Trump. “It’s about a movement, not a man” is a venerable cliché applied to populist politics. In this case, though, it’s about a man, not a movement. In 2016, Trump endorsed allowing transgender people to “use the bathroom they feel is appropriate.” In 2017, he crammed through a huge tax cut for the rich. On the eve of the coronavirus pandemic, Trump was negotiating a giveaway trade deal with China. Those are all supposed populist no-no’s. Trump followers paid no mind. If Trump does it, it’s okay. They don’t much care about the content of his politics. They care about its mood.Anybody who follows politics even casually can see the Trump comeback emerging. Well-sourced reporters carefully detail the comeback’s mechanics. But almost nobody is prepared for the malicious destructiveness of what is to come.In a 2011 speech, Donald Trump explained his single top rule in life: “Get even with people. If they screw you, screw them back 10 times as hard. I really believe it.” He’s repeated the same idea over and over again in speeches, tweets, and books published under his byline. In 2024, the targets of Trump’s revenge are American law and American democracy. At a September 25 rally in Perry, Georgia, Trump excoriated state Republican officials who failed to subvert the state election for him. In Iowa two weeks later, Trump delivered more attacks on the 2020 election process, focusing this time on state Republicans who failed to steal Arizona for him.In 2016 and through the early part of Trump’s presidency, there was often an edge of Friars Club comedy to Trump’s rally performances: not very nice comedy, a little out of style in tone and sensibility, but comedy all the same. Not in 2021. Now it’s all dark and bitter.[David A. Graham: America is not ready for Trump’s second term]Here’s video from a Georgia television station of the entirety of Trump’s Perry rally. Trump’s own speech starts at 1:37:38. Watch as much as you can stand and tell me if you detect even a moment of humor, Friars Club or otherwise. The most quoted bit—Trump’s quasi-endorsement of the Democrat Stacey Abrams as a better governor for Georgia than the Republican Brian Kemp—is not any kind of joke. It’s a deliberately delivered challenge, lower jaw jutting beyond the upper teeth, eyes slitted with anger.That’s the guy who wants to return as the 47th president.In Trump’s first term, the country was protected to some degree by his ignorance and ineptitude. He kept trying to do bad things, but it took him a while to figure out how the controls operated, where the kill-switches were located. By the time of his attempt to extort the Ukrainian president, in 2019, Trump had achieved a higher degree of mastery. But by then it was too late. Then the pandemic struck, and Trump bumped into a new wall of failure. In a second Trump presidency, however, the burglars will arrive already knowing how to bypass the alarms and disable the locks. He’ll understand that it’s not enough to install an ally as attorney general—he must control the secondary and tertiary ranks of the Justice Department too. He won’t allow himself to be talked into another chief of staff with an independent sense of duty, such as John Kelly, who averted much harm from the middle of 2017 to the beginning of 2019. It’ll be Mark Meadows types from day one to day last. And he’ll bring with them a new generation of Republican officeholders whose top priority will be rearranging their states’ election laws so that Republicans do not lose power even if they lose the vote.That’s the future Trump is preparing.Be ready.
Sports commissioners are businessmen, not moral compasses. Stop hoping for more.
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Tucker Carlson to Launch Jan. 6 Riot Documentary—Suggests Was 'False Flag'
The trailer for the Fox News host's three-part series about the storming of the Capitol also includes a claim that "the left is hunting the right."
All Those Silly Crypto Ads Are Just the Tip of the Iceberg
Viral economic narratives around crypto are designed to offer easy answers to a complicated world.
How to Listen to Apple Music on Your PS5
You can now listen to Apple Music on your PS5 console while you are simultaneously playing video games. Here is everything you need to know.
Virginia Governor Poll Puts Terry McAuliffe in Razor-Thin Lead
McAuliffe holds a one-point lead over Republican Glenn Youngkin in Virginia's race for governor, with early voting underway and Election Day fast approaching.
You might not like college football’s new overtime rules, but do you have a better plan?
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Seven Puppies Dying in Hot Weather Sees California Animal Shelter Staff Charged
The animals allegedly died after being transported in temperatures between 90 and 100 F. The shelter described it as a "tragic incident."
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Trump Announced Virginia Trip Hours After 'Glenn Youngkin Has Banned You' Ad
The Lincoln Project advert suggested the GOP candidate is "embarrassed" of Trump and was released hours before the former president teased a visit.
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Spending Bill Live Updates: Progressive Democrats Lash Out at Moderates After Paid Leave Dropped
Fighting among progressive and moderate Democrats has intensified after paid leave was dropped from President Biden's spending plans. Follow Newsweek's liveblog for all the latest.
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Watch Meghan Markle Read Aloud Her Children's Book 'The Bench'
Meghan Markle has recorded a video of herself reading from her children's picture book, which she wrote "for my husband and our son Archie."
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Abandoning Nuclear Power Would Be Europe’s Biggest Climate Mistake
Zero-carbon nuclear power plants still provide almost one-quarter of the continent’s electricity. Nothing else will fill that gap reliably or quickly.
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The Experiment Podcast: What Does It Mean to Give Away Our DNA?
Listen and subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Stitcher | Google PodcastsJust as the Navajo researcher Rene Begay started to fall in love with the field of genetics, she learned that the Navajo Nation had banned all genetic testing on tribal land. Now she is struggling to figure out what the future of genetics might look like, and whether the Navajo and other Indigenous communities should be a part of it.Further reading: “Race, Genetics, and Scientific Freedom,” “Return the National Parks to the Tribes,” “​​The Search for America’s Atlantis,” “Elizabeth Warren’s DNA Is Not Her Identity”A transcript of this episode will soon be made available. Please check back. Be part of The Experiment. Use the hashtag #TheExperimentPodcast, or write to us at episode was produced by Peter Bresnan and Julia Longoria, with help from Tracie Hunte and Alina Kulman. Editing by Jenny Lawton and Emily Botein. Fact-check by Michelle Ciarrocca. Sound design by David Herman, with additional engineering by Joe Plourde. Transcription by Caleb Codding. Special thanks to Pauly Denetclaw.Music by Keyboard (“Ojima,” “Staying In,” and “Being There”), Naran Ratan (“Jam for Bwengo”), Parish Council (“It’s Purple, Not Blue,” “Durdle Door,” and “Scented Letters”), R McCarthy (“Contemplation at Lon Lon”), and Column (“スキャン 「Scan」”), provided by Tasty Morsels. Additional audio from the National Institutes of Health’s All of Us Research Program.
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Covid-19 live updates: White House suggests flexibility in vaccine deadline for federal workers, contractors
"There is not a cliff here,” White House coronavirus coordinator Jeff Zients said.
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Judge denies New York City police union’s request to block vaccine mandate
The police union says Mayor Bill DeBlasio's mandate will “inevitably result” in fewer NYPD cops to protect the city’s streets.
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Did Anyone Win the Powerball Jackpot on 10/27/21? Numbers and Results
The jackpot is steadily rising again—Newsweek breaks down the numbers this week and whether there are any winners to be found among ticket-holders.
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It’s Bitcoin on the Subway, Hyperinflation on Twitter
Viral economic narratives around crypto are designed to offer easy answers to a complicated world.
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Two brand-new Facebook accounts descended into toxic, divisive rabbit holes within weeks. Here's how.
By the third week of a test of fictitious users, polarizing political content was constant, including misleading memes and conspiracy theories.      
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Marjorie Taylor Greene buys up to $50,000 worth of Trump SPAC stock during week of wild fluctuation
The stock is down from its high on Friday, when the Republican congresswoman purchased the shares.
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Flight diverted after passenger allegedly roughs up flight attendant
The American Airlines flight from New York to Orange County, outside L.A., was sent to Denver. Witnesses said the dispute was over wearing a mask.
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Tax and Spend Is Britain’s Way to Battle Inequality
Rishi Sunak’s gamble is that the spending will be temporary and all in the service of leveling up. 
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Sunak Does the Math for Tackling Britain’s Inequality
The U.K. is dedicating more spending for Boris Johnson’s “leveling up” agenda. What matters is how effective those investments will be.
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Man dies after driving over Grand Canyon’s western rim in apparent suicide
The unidentified driver was the only person inside the vehicle when it rolled into the canyon, according to Lea Cooper, director of marketing for Grand Canyon Resort Corporation.
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Jose Altuve ties Bernie Williams in postseason homers with 22
Jose Altuve's seventh-inning homer off Drew Smyly in the Astros’ 7-2 victory over Atlanta in World Series Game 2 on Wednesday night was the 22nd postseason home run of his career, tying him with Bernie Williams for second on the all-time list.
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Erdogan Leads Turkey Deeper Into Political and Economic Crisis
A recent threat to oust diplomats appears to be the latest attempt to distract attention from worsening domestic problems that have spooked investors.
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Next Pint Is on Rishi and Boris. You’d Better Make It Last
The Chancellor’s budget announcement contained some good news for pubs and other hospitality businesses. But the celebration won’t last long.
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Astros will be Yankees’ problem — even if they don’t keep Carlos Correa
HOUSTON — The Astros should re-sign Carlos Correa. If they don’t, though, it’s hard to see that serving as a Get Out of (No World Series) Jail Free card for their rivals over in The Bronx. For nights like Wednesday at Minute Maid Park, as the Astros evened this World Series with a 7-2 thumping...
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Climate Showdown Looms as Australian Disasters Mount
Australia, the driest inhabited continent, is repeatedly ravaged by bushfires and floods -- costly, life-claiming disasters that scientists warn have been exacerbated by a warming planet. It’s also one of the world’s biggest fossil fuel exporters and emitters per capita of greenhouse gases. Yet while most Australians insist they want more action to combat climate change, the country’s conservative government -- in power since 2013 -- has resisted moves that might undermine key industries. As thi
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Slow start dooms Clippers in loss to Cavaliers
The Clippers' poor first-quarter performance led to a 92-79 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday at Staples Center.
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Saints closing on deal with Texans for Mark Ingram
The Houston Texans and New Orleans Saints were working toward a trade Wednesday night that would send running back Mark Ingram to New Orleans, where he spent the first eight seasons of his career.
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ONLYONAP: Myanmar detainees systemically tortured
ONLYONAP: Myanmar detainees systemically tortured      
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Los Angeles County set to pay two families over photos from Kobe Bryant helicopter crash
Like Kobe Bryant's widow, other victims' families sued Los Angeles County over photos taken of dead bodies at helicopter crash site.      
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Man slashed during feud on NYC subway train
A man was slashed to the face during a fight on a Manhattan subway train Wednesday night, police said.
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Cardinals’ J.J. Watt to have shoulder surgery, season likely over
Defensive end J.J. Watt needs shoulder surgery and the Arizona Cardinals are not expecting him to return to the field this season, ESPN reported Wednesday.
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Newark replaces toxic lead pipes with copper
Utility crews in Newark, New Jersey, have removed more than 22,000 toxic lead water pipes from private property in the city using a new ordinance. (Oct. 28)      
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