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North Dakota AG, secretary candidates outline views | Govt-and-politics
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North Dakota AG, secretary candidates outline views | Govt-and-politics

Candidates for two high-profile statewide offices outlined their views in an early candidate forum.Republicans Michael Howe and Michael Lepp and Democrat Jeffrey Powell are running for secretary of state, to succeed retiring Republican incumbent Al Jaeger.Democrat Tim Lamb is challenging Republican Attorney General Drew Wrigley, whom Gov. Doug Burgum appointed in February to fulfill the remaining term of longtime officeholder Wayne Stenehjem, who died Jan. 28 at 68 from cardiac arrest. Wrigley needs to win in November to continue serving.Howe and Lepp will square off in the June primary for the right to advance as the Republican nominee in the November general election. None of the other candidates at the forum faces a challenger in the primary.The North Dakota Newspaper A...
Giuliani backs out of appearance before House January 6 committee
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Giuliani backs out of appearance before House January 6 committee

Rudy Giuliani has backed out of his scheduled transcribed interview before the House select committee investigating the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, a spokesperson for the committee said Thursday night."Mr. Giuliani had agreed to participate in a transcribed interview with the Select Committee," said Tim Mulvey. "Today, he informed committee investigators that he wouldn't show up unless he was permitted to record the interview, which was never an agreed-upon condition."Mulvey continued that Giuliani is an "important witness to overthrow the government and he remains under subpoena." Mulvey said that if Giuliani refuses to comply, "the committee will consider all enforcement options."   Giuliani was subpoenaed by the committee in January 2022, ...
Primary results and the leaked abortion ruling
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Primary results and the leaked abortion ruling

Author J.D. Vance won Ohio's Republican nomination for U.S. Senate. Democrats nominated the first female nominee for governor in Ohio history, and a leaked decision on abortion sent everyone scrambling. We break down what it all means on this week's episode of Ohio Politics Explained.It's a podcast from the USA TODAY Network Ohio Bureau where we catch you up on the state's political news in 15 minutes or less. This week, host Anna Staver was joined by statehouse bureau chief Anthony Shoemaker.  1) Vance vs. Ryan Voters will have a choice between author and political newcomer J.D. Vance and northeast Ohio Congressman Tim Ryan this November. The two men won their respective primaries on Tuesday.Ryan ran away with the Democratic nomination, but Vance was fighting against a much larger Republi...
Supreme Court justices get increased security after Roe v. Wade leak: “The risk is real”
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Supreme Court justices get increased security after Roe v. Wade leak: “The risk is real”

The Supreme Court is under lockdown with eight-foot fencing around the building, all entry points blocked to vehicles and more officers on patrol. It's a scene reminiscent of what Washington, D.C., looked like after the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. CBS News has learned the nine Supreme Court justices have been given extra security since general threats of violence against the justices have increased after a draft majority opinion suggesting the high court would overturn Roe v. Wade was leaked and published by Politico. The justices' home locations have been shared online and they're receiving more targeted personal phone threats. Justice Samuel Alito, author of the draft majority opinion, canceled a scheduled appearance Thursday in Nashville, and the other justices are als...
Could Overturning Roe v. Wade Backfire for Republicans? | Politics
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Could Overturning Roe v. Wade Backfire for Republicans? | Politics

Imperiled Democrats have a message for Republicans who have been campaigning for decades on the promise to ban abortion: be careful what you wish for.The leak of the draft Supreme Court decision vacating the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling legalizing abortion has provided besieged Democratic candidates with a universal theme as they head into a daunting midterm election season. From Pennsylvania to Nevada, and Ohio to Florida, Democratic candidates for Senate slammed the decision and castigated GOP opponents who are running on antiabortion platforms.Democratic gubernatorial and state legislative candidates also seized on the issue, since an undoing of Roe would make states the arbiters of whether or not a woman can terminate a pregnancy.Republicans, for the most part, sought to soften their rh...
Karine Jean-Pierre to replace Jen Psaki as White House press secretary
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Karine Jean-Pierre to replace Jen Psaki as White House press secretary

White House principal deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre is replacing Jen Psaki as White House press secretary, President Biden announced Thursday. Psaki will be leaving the White House on May 13, and her impending departure was expected. Longtime top Democratic adviser Anita Dunn is also returning to the White House as a senior adviser, focusing on the president's policy and communications goals.  FILE: White House deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre speaks during a press briefing at the White House on Wednesday, May 26, 2021. Evan Vucci / AP "Karine not only brings the experience, talent and integrity needed for this difficult job, but she will continue to lead ...
Herbster plans to ditch Slama deposition; campaign says timeline ‘playing politics’ | Regional Government
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Herbster plans to ditch Slama deposition; campaign says timeline ‘playing politics’ | Regional Government

Gubernatorial candidate Charles W. Herbster does not plan to attend a deposition planned Friday at the Johnson County District Court in his legal fight with state Sen. Julie Slama, according to statements from his campaign.Herbster's campaign spokesperson Emily Novotny said in a text message that scheduling the interview for Friday was "clearly intended to take Charles off the campaign trail just days before the May 10th primary election." She confirmed that Herbster, who heads Conklin Co. and other businesses, will be campaigning in western Nebraska Friday (Chadron, Alliance and McCook). Herbster points to conservative principles, Christian values Second woman accuses...
Biden administration launches plans to replenish Strategic Petroleum Reserve
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Biden administration launches plans to replenish Strategic Petroleum Reserve

The Biden administration is initiating plans to replenish the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, the U.S. emergency oil supply that the country is currently tapping into at historic rates to boost the oil supply on the market and mitigate prices at the pump.The Department of Energy announced Thursday it's beginning a buyback process with a call for bids to repurchase 60 million barrels of oil, or one-third of the 180 million emergency barrels released as Russian President Vladimir Putin wages war on Ukraine. Gas prices were already high before Putin's war, which sent prices at the pump hurtling upward even more. The call for bids from companies will take place in fall 2022, and is intended to bolster the nation's reserves for future years. President Biden announced earlier this year the ...
With new leader, the future for progressive politics looks more challenging – for feminists in Hong Kong, it was already bleak
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With new leader, the future for progressive politics looks more challenging – for feminists in Hong Kong, it was already bleak

Activists and scholars also say the move will only further hinder civil liberties and human rights, including one that has already come under fire: the city's embattled gender movement. "If John Lee adopts the Mainland China model of managing civil society, this may bring about a further onslaught of Hong Kong's once vibrant civil society," says Diana Fu, Associate Professor of political science at the University of Toronto. "In the mainland model, civil society groups that advocate for liberal rights -- including gender equality -- are seen as conduits of Western influence.""Gender awareness has to be promoted from the bottom up," said Petula Ho, a local feminist scholar. "But it's like the whole of society has given up on this issue."The past several years have not been good for feminism...
Oath Keepers leader Stewart Rhodes tried to contact Trump during the January 6 Capitol attack
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Oath Keepers leader Stewart Rhodes tried to contact Trump during the January 6 Capitol attack

Washington – A member of the far-right Oath Keepers group pleaded guilty on Wednesday to the high-level charges of seditious conspiracy and obstructing Congress' certification of the Electoral College votes on January 6, 2021. William Todd Wilson of North Carolina admitted to joining other Oath Keepers, including leader Stewart Rhodes, in planning to use force to halt the peaceful transfer of power from then-President Donald Trump to President Joe Biden.Wilson is now the third member of the militia group to admit to seditious conspiracy – the most severe charge so far brought against alleged members of the January 6 mob – but he is the first to reveal that Rhodes attempted to contact Trump on the evening of the riot.  As part of Wednesday's plea agreem...