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Schumer reelected Senate leader after Democrats expand majority

Washington — Sen. Chuck Schumer was unanimously elected Thursday for another term as Senate Democratic leader, helming a bolstered 51-seat majority for a new era of divided government in Congress.Senate Democrats met behind closed doors at the Capitol to choose their leadership team for the new Congress that begins in January. As Senate majority leader, Schumer has proven to be a surprisingly steady, if frenzied, force amid one of the more consequential sessions of Congress. He took the helm in the weeks after the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol, and led his party through the COVID-19 crisis and unexpected legislative achievements, many of them bipartisan. A former campaign chief, he steered the party to the majority and expanded it to 51 se...
Investigation finds women detained by ICE underwent “unnecessary gynecological procedures” at Georgia facility
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Investigation finds women detained by ICE underwent “unnecessary gynecological procedures” at Georgia facility

Washington — A congressional investigation into medical abuse allegations that garnered national attention in 2020 found that some immigrant women held by U.S. immigration officials at a Georgia detention center likely underwent "unnecessary" invasive gynecological procedures, according to a report released Tuesday.The 18-month bipartisan investigation by the Senate's Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations reviewed allegations that women detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) at the Irwin County Detention Center in Ocilla, Georgia had endured medical neglect, lax coronavirus mitigation policies and questionable procedures, including hysterectomies. The allegations first surfaced in an explosive Sept. 2020 whistleblower complaint by Dawn Wooten, who worked as a...
In the 5 states without lotteries, a case of Powerball fever
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In the 5 states without lotteries, a case of Powerball fever

Loretta Williams lives in Alabama but drove to Georgia to buy a lottery ticket for a chance at winning the $1.5 billion Powerball jackpot. She was one of many Alabama ticket-buyers flooding across state lines Thursday. The third-largest lottery prize in U.S. history has people around the country clamoring for a chance to win. But in some of the five states without a lottery, envious bystanders are crossing state lines or sending ticket money across them to friends and family, hoping to get in on the action. "I think it's ridiculous that we have to drive to get a lottery ticket," Williams, 67, said.Five states — Utah, Nevada, Hawaii, Alaska and Alabama — do not have a lottery. A mix of reasons have kept them away, including objections from conservatives, concerns about the impact on...
Georgia gubernatorial candidates sharply divided on key issues as midterms approach
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Georgia gubernatorial candidates sharply divided on key issues as midterms approach

While the races for control of the House and Senate are getting most of the headlines, Americans are paying close attention to several key gubernatorial races. In Georgia, it's a high stakes rematch of the 2018 election between Republican Gov. Brian Kemp and Democratic challenger Stacey Abrams.CBS News joined both candidates on their campaign buses as they traversed the Peach State, where voter turnout surpassed the the 2 million mark Thursday. With five days to go until Election Day, the economy, health care and crime are all taking center stage. "She said she would defund the police," Kemp said of Abrams. Abrams argued that Kemp has "lied repeatedly." "We want law enforcement, but we also want accountability," she said.  In regards to Ge...
More than 1 million people have voted early in Georgia
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More than 1 million people have voted early in Georgia

More than one million people have already voted in Georgia's 2022 elections, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger announced Wednesday."As of Wednesday morning, Georgia is well over the One Million mark with 1,017,732 voters casting their ballot during Early Voting," said Raffensperger, adding, "Georgia has had record Early Voting turnout since the first day of Early Voting this year, surging to nearly twice the number on the first day of Early Voting in 2018." Raffensperger celebrated the milestone on Twitter, congratulating Georgia voters and thanking local election officials. Congratulations, Georgia voters! We've reached 1 MILLION cast votes. Election officials deserve our thanks for rising to the challenge & working hard to serve our communities. Early Voting w...
Herschel Walker and Raphael Warnock face off over abortion and the economy in highly anticipated Senate debate
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Herschel Walker and Raphael Warnock face off over abortion and the economy in highly anticipated Senate debate

Savannah –  Senate hopefuls Sen. Raphael Warnock and Herschel Walker faced off Friday night in their first and only scheduled debate before the election, addressing a wide range of topics crucial to the state's voters.  Both candidates pledged in their opening statements to be strong advocates for Georgia in Washington. Warnock said he grew up in public housing down the road from where the debate was being held, telling viewers that "only in America is my story possible." The candidates discussed many issues critical to the state, including the economy, election integrity and abortion. Throughout the debate, Walker repeatedly tried to link Warnock to President Biden, telling voters that Warnock has voted 96% of the time with the president.  Warno...
Herschel Walker denies paying for a girlfriend’s abortion in 2009
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Herschel Walker denies paying for a girlfriend’s abortion in 2009

Herschel Walker, the Georgia Republican nominee for Senate, paid for an abortion for a woman he was dating in 2009, The Daily Beast reported Monday night. Walker vehemently denied the story, called it a "flat-out lie" and threatened to sue the outlet. CBS News has not confirmed the allegations and reporting by The Daily Beast.The Daily Beast reported that Walker "urged" the woman to get an abortion because "the time wasn't right for a baby." After she had the procedure, the story says that she received a $700 check from him and a "get well" card. The Republican U.S. Senate candidate for Georgia, Herschel Walker, speaks at a campaign event on September 9, 2022 in Gwinnett, Georgia. Megan Varner / Getty Images ...
Testimony from Sidney Powell and Mark Meadows sought in Georgia election probe
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Testimony from Sidney Powell and Mark Meadows sought in Georgia election probe

The prosecutor who's investigating whether Donald Trump and his allies illegally tried to influence the 2020 election in Georgia is seeking to compel testimony from more allies of the former president, including former chief of staff Mark Meadows and lawyer Sidney Powell.Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis filed petitions Thursday seeking to have Meadows and Powell, as well as Meadows contact James "Phil" Waldron and former Trump campaign adviser Boris Epshteyn, testify before a special grand jury in Atlanta next month. Sidney Powell, left, and Mark Meadows, right. Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images and Yuri Gripas/Bloomberg via Getty Images Seeking testimony from Meado...
Influential lawyer’s work for Trump in Georgia grand jury investigation means it’s “absolutely serious”
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Influential lawyer’s work for Trump in Georgia grand jury investigation means it’s “absolutely serious”

As a Georgia grand jury investigates Donald Trump for his conduct after losing the 2020 election, the former president's team has turned to one of Atlanta's most respected and influential lawyers.Dwight Thomas has for more than four decades represented many of the region's highest-profile defendants in fraught, sensitive cases. That he has consulted for the Trump team may be a sign it's taking very seriously the investigation by Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, according to former prosecutor Clinton Rucker, who spent more than 25 years working major cases for that office."If you hired Dwight Thomas, you are absolutely serious," said Rucker, who is now a municipal court judge. "You absolutely believe that you have some exposure and you want to make sure that you have som...
Federal appeals court, citing Roe v. Wade reversal, lets Georgia’s “heartbeat” abortion law take effect
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Federal appeals court, citing Roe v. Wade reversal, lets Georgia’s “heartbeat” abortion law take effect

Atlanta — A federal appeals court overturned a lower court ruling and allowed Georgia's restrictive 2019 abortion law to take effect immediately Wednesday. The decision was expected after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled last month that there is no constitutional right to an abortion.The law, which had been barred from taking effect, bans most abortions once a "detectable human heartbeat" is present. Cardiac activity can be detected by ultrasound in cells within an embryo that will eventually become the heart as early as six weeks into a pregnancy, before many pregnancies are detected. The Georgia law includes exceptions for rape and incest, as long as a police report is filed. It also allows for later abortions when the mother's life is at risk or a serious medical condition renders a...