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Justice Thomas defends the Supreme Court’s independence and warns of ‘destroying our institutions’
Thomas says justices are not ruling based on “personal preferences.”
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The Trailer: Five takeaways from California's recall -- and they're not all good for Democrats
Lessons from California, election results from Boston to Des Moines, and a Republican case for gerrymandering in Ohio
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What we don’t know about Hispanic voters after the California recall
Be cautious about drawing sweeping conclusions.
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Biden names nominee for long-vacant watchdog position at federal personnel agency
President Biden on Thursday made a nomination for the long-vacant position of inspector general at the Office of Personnel Management, a position that has had some notable clashes with leadership of the federal personnel agency in recent years.
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White House says it offered to set up call between one of its doctors and Nicki Minaj after star spread coronavirus misinformation online
“We offered a call with Nicki Minaj and one of our doctors to answer questions she had about the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Thursday.
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The coronavirus death toll is approaching the 1918 flu pandemic — with some key caveats
The death toll from the influenza pandemic was estimated at 675,000. We're at 666,000. Here are the similarities and differences.
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At an economic ‘inflection point,’ Biden leans into expansive, populist agenda
Biden’s pitch was part of a pivot away from the first chapter of his presidency, in which Washington and his administration were consumed by emergency funding measures to combat the pandemic.
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How the Senate parliamentarian could make or break Democrats’ spending bill
Senate parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough will advise Democrats on what they can squeeze into their massive spending bill.
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The worrisome pro-Capitol-riot activism isn’t a rally. It’s in right-wing media.
New polling links false views of the events of Jan. 6 to right-wing media.
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Trump expresses solidarity with rioters arrested in Jan. 6 attack ahead of planned rally
In a statement, the former president said “our hearts and minds are with the people being persecuted so unfairly” for what he called a “Rigged Presidential Election.”
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U.S. agencies spent years testing pandemic responses. But many didn’t learn lessons for coronavirus, GAO finds.
Although U.S. agencies conducted numerous tests to prepare for a pandemic, many failed to learn lessons from those exercises, the Government Accountability Office found in a new report.
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A deeply cynical moment in gerrymandering from the Ohio GOP
Ohio voters passed a law intended to make the maps more fair. The Republicans in charge are attempting a workaround to solidify their supermajorities — with a remarkable justification.
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When the battle over American freedom was centered on seat-belt laws
All of the arguments about vaccines played out 30 years ago — save one.
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The state of the effort to undo Biden’s victory, a sixth of the way into his presidency
Pennsylvania joins the Second Lost Cause.
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The potential trouble with Jan. 6 defendant prosecutions
As far-right groups prepare to come back to the Capitol on Saturday, prosecutors may have hit a speed bump with some of the more serious charges against Jan. 6 defendants.
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From snub to subs: Will new deal improve strained U.S.-Australia relations?
Until the new deal, ties between the U.S. and Australia had seemed decidedly frosty.
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Murphy’s misfired claim that 8 out 10 U.S. drones miss their target
The Democratic senator from Connecticut made a startling statement that turns out to be wrong.
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Emboldened by recall win, Democrats brush aside talk of unity and escalate attacks on Republicans
The party, worried that the Biden administration’s accomplishments have not gotten through to the public, has taken on a more aggressive posture that dovetails with anger among its voters.
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Joe Manchin gets all the attention. But Kyrsten Sinema could be an even bigger obstacle for Democrats’ spending plans.
After objecting to the price tag of President Biden’s Build Back Better plan in late July, the Arizonan has remained almost entirely mum. But behind the scenes she has been peppering her colleagues with questions and concerns.
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Republicans are still a bigger obstacle to vaccination than Black Americans
New data reinforces that the challenge to vaccine distribution is centered on the political right.
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Pennsylvania GOP lawmakers approve wide-ranging subpoenas for personal information of 2020 voters
Republican lawmakers in Pennsylvania on Wednesday approved subpoenas for a wide range of voter data as part of an investigation into the 2020 election in a state former president Donald Trump has repeatedly targeted with unfounded claims of fraud.
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Some striking numbers on the unvaccinated among us
How dug-in are they? Let us count the ways.
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U.S. will share nuclear submarine technology with Australia as part of new alliance, a direct challenge to China
President Biden, along with the leaders of the U.K. and Australia, unveil a new three-way defense alliance, which will be known as AUUKUS.
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Ron DeSantis and the GOP’s acquired immunity to correcting vaccine misinformation
Ron DeSantis's failure to correct an ally who promoted a vaccine conspiracy epitomizes a GOP that is completely uninterested in such things — with increasingly significant repercussions.
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New Hampshire lawmaker switches parties, joining Democrats because of GOP views on vaccines, masks
State Rep. William Marsh, an opthamologist whose top priority is public health, said he is nearing retirement and doesn't expect to fit in with his new party, but couldn't stand idly by.
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Joint Chiefs spokesman defends Milley after revelations that fearing Trump, he conferred with China to avert armed conflict
In a statement, Col. Dave Butler said Milley “continues to act and advise within his authority in the lawful tradition of civilian control of the military.”
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The polls didn’t undercount Trump voters this time. If anything, the problem was reversed.
The results of the recall again elevate the question of how much polling misses in 2016 and 2020 were Trump-specific.
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The China Initiative aims to stop economic espionage. Is targeting academics over grant fraud ‘overkill’?
The rise in academic grant fraud cases, and several dismissals, boosts concerns that researchers of Chinese descent are being unjustly targeted.
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There’s no upside for the GOP from the California recall
Well, except that most places aren't California.
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Dennis Kucinich falls short in bid to return to mayor’s office in Cleveland four decades later
The former Democratic congressman finished third in a nonpartisan primary in which the top two vote-getters advanced to the November general election.
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