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Former Sen. Bob Dole lies in state in Capitol Rotunda; Biden to attend ceremony
Dole, the Kansas Republican who died on Dec. 5, will be remembered with memorials in Washington on Thursday and Friday.       
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Poll: Americans agree with rejecting 'political hostility,' but think divisions will rise
The poll, conducted by Hidden Common Ground in partnership with USA TODAY, also found almost half of Americans value different political perspectives.       
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What counts as a democracy? Biden's summit includes some countries with questionable human rights records
Pakistan, Iraq, Congo and other nations taking part in Biden's 'Summit for Democracy' have raised concerns. Here's why they're included.      
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Senate Republicans move to block Biden's vaccine mandate with help from Democrats Manchin, Tester
The effort is unlikely to get anywhere in the House so the fate of the mandate will lie in the hands of the courts which is weighing challenges.       
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'A free pass to seize and sift': Federal court upholds terrorism conviction in controversial mass surveillance case
Jamshid Muhtorov — whose email communications were searched by the U.S. government under Section 702 of FISA — has spent years in federal custody.       
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Democrats launch effort to strip Boebert of House committees over anti-Muslim comments
A group of House Democrats are backing a resolution that would remove Rep. Lauren Boeber from her committee assignments.      
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Mark Meadows sues Jan. 6 committee after it says it will pursue contempt citation
Leaders of the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot said they would pursue a contempt citation for Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows.      
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OnPolitics: Debt ceiling deal passes in House, onto the Senate
The House voted on a bipartisan agreement that allows Congress to move close to raising the debt ceiling.       
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More electric vehicles, modern buildings: Biden aims to cut federal greenhouse gas emissions by 65%
President Joe Biden signs order to use federal government's buying power to reduce greenhouse gas emissions       
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Lawmakers kill measure that would have required women to register for the Selective Service
Congressional negotiators nixed a provision that would have required women to sign up for the Selective Service and any future military drafts.      
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39 troops whose injuries in Iraq were downplayed by Trump will now get Purple Hearts
The attack had largely receded from public view until last month. USA TODAY first reported that a U.S. commander at Al Asad was pushing for the awards       
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Supreme Court conservatives skeptical of Maine policy that blocks state funding for religious schools
The high court's conservatives pressed Maine on how it draws a line between religious and secular schools in its taxpayer-funded tuition program.       
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Biden says he has no plans to send U.S. troops into Ukraine amid standoff with Russia
President Joe Biden says sending U.S. troops into Ukraine to confront Russia is "not in the cards right now."       
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Jan. 6 committee to pursue contempt citation against Mark Meadows for defying subpoena
Leaders of the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot said they would pursue a contempt citation for Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows.       
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Who will lose access to abortion if the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade?
Twenty-six states plan to ban abortion in some form if the Supreme Court OKs Mississippi's ban past 15 weeks or overturns Roe v. Wade altogether.       
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With inflation spiking, will states and voters give grocery taxes a second look?
Thirteen states have a tax on groceries, which tends to have a greater impact on people who make less money.      
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House passes agreement on deal to allow Democrats to address debt ceiling
The agreement would create a one-time process to allow Senate Democrats to raise the debt ceiling on their own without fear of a GOP filibuster.       
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Rep. Dan Crenshaw slams House Freedom Caucus members as 'grifters,' 'performance artists'
Members of the conservative House caucus toe the line in supporting former President Donald Trump, says the Texas Republican.      
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Memorial events for former Sen. Bob Dole planned in Washington and Kansas
Sen. Bob Dole will lie in state at the US Capitol, followed by a service at National Cathedral and a public event at the World War II memorial.       
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Supreme Court commission submits report to White House with no recommendation on 'packing'
The White House commission's nearly 300-page report acknowledged 'profound disagreement' over expanding the nine-member Supreme Court.      
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Trump chief of staff Meadows could face contempt charge if he no-shows Jan. 6 committee
Mark Meadows' attorney said on Tuesday that his client will not sit for a deposition with the Jan. 6 committee. Last week, he'd agreed to do so.       
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OnPolitics: Meadows will not participate in Jan. 6 hearings
Former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows said he will not cooperate with the House Jan. 6 committee, after backing out of testimony once before.       
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Military sexual assault will no longer be under authority of commanders, a major victory for survivors
Sexual assault survivors win: "Provisions included in this year's NDAA are the most transformative military justice reforms in our nation's history."       
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In call with Putin, Biden spells out consequences of Russian aggression against Ukraine
In high-stakes video call, Biden warns Putin that U.S. and its allies could impose economic sanctions and other measures over Ukraine crisis.       
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200 officers have left Capitol Police since Jan. 6 insurrection, watchdog tells Senate hearing
About 200 Capitol Police officers have left since the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, which injured 140 officers, the inspector general told senators.      
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200 officers left Capitol Police since Jan. 6 insurrection, watchdog tells Senate hearing
About 200 Capitol Police officers have left since the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, which injured 140 officers, the inspector general told senators.       
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Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows now will not cooperate with Jan. 6 committee
Mark Meadows' attorney said on Tuesday that his client will not sit for a deposition with the Jan. 6 committee. Last week, he'd agreed to do so.      
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