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House Passes Massive Government Spending Bill, Averting Shutdown | Politics
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House Passes Massive Government Spending Bill, Averting Shutdown | Politics

The House passed a massive bill to fund the government on Friday, staving off a government shutdown just ahead of deadline, after ugly partisan bickering on the House floor that foreshadowed possible dynamics to come in the new Congress.House Republicans hurled full-throated rebukes at Democrats over the $1.7 trillion bill, which provides $45 billion in aid for Ukraine, reforms the Electoral Count Act to clarify procedures for tabulating the presidential vote, includes funding for the PACT Act that bolsters veterans’ health care, and increases money for student Pell Grant recipients, among a number of lower-profile issues – from a ban on TikTok on government devices to an overhaul of cosmetic regulations to protections for the Maine lobster industry. The lawmakers criticized the bill as an...
Attack on Pelosi’s Husband Spurs Concern Over Political Violence | Politics
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Attack on Pelosi’s Husband Spurs Concern Over Political Violence | Politics

An attack on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband at their San Francisco home is spurring renewed concern over politically motivated violence as the midterm elections draw near in a climate of unusually extreme partisan division.David DePape “violently assaulted” Pelosi’s 82-year-old husband, Paul Pelosi, with a hammer early Friday morning, according to San Francisco police. Authorities intend to charge the 42-year-old with attempted homicide, assault with a deadly weapon, elder abuse and burglary, along with several other felonies.While San Francisco police declined to speculate on a motive for the attack, a spokesman for Pelosi said that the assailant demanded to see the California lawmaker, who is second in line to the presidency and is protected by U.S. Capitol Police. DePape reportedl...
Primary Season Ends With Pro-Trump Nominees Giving Hope to Democrats | Politics
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Primary Season Ends With Pro-Trump Nominees Giving Hope to Democrats | Politics

It was a tight race that wasn't called until late Wednesday morning, and when the final results were in, Republican Don Bolduc was joyously celebrating his win in the New Hampshire primary for a Senate seat.Democrats were celebrating his win as well. With control of the Senate at risk of flipping to the Republicans, Democrats were nervously eying the seat of sitting Sen. Maggie Hassan, whom Bolduc will face in November. Hassan eked out a victory in 2016 by a 1,017 vote margin and this year – a midterm election where the party in power typically loses seats – was shaping up as an even tougher battle.But the primary win by Bolduc, a 2020 election-denier whom New Hampshire's GOP governor, Chris Sununu, called "kind of a conspiracy-theorist type candidate" when refusing to endorse Bolduc in th...
Parliamentarian Signs Off on Massive Democratic Spending Plan | Politics
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Parliamentarian Signs Off on Massive Democratic Spending Plan | Politics

The Senate parliamentarian has left Democrats’ massive climate, health care and tax legislation largely intact, clearing the way for the spending bill to be taken up by lawmakers Saturday after the support of the final Democratic holdouts was secured.“This is a major victory for the American people,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York said of the parliamentarian’s decision to allow a portion of the legislation – which allows Medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices – to proceed.The parliamentarian, Elizabeth MacDonough, has been weighing the components of the final bill to see if it is in compliance with the procedural maneuver called reconciliation that allows passage of certain budget-related legislation on a simple majority rather than the 60 votes ordinarily require...
Jan. 6 Committee Details ‘Unhinged’ Meeting at the White House and the Trump Tweet That ‘Summoned an Angry Mob’ (220712news.jan6) (3 PV) | Politics
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Jan. 6 Committee Details ‘Unhinged’ Meeting at the White House and the Trump Tweet That ‘Summoned an Angry Mob’ (220712news.jan6) (3 PV) | Politics

The congressional committee investigating the attack on the Capitol painted a picture Tuesday of how – as door after door closed on President Donald Trump’s attempts to overturn the 2020 election and even his White House staff understood that he had lost – Trump embraced ever more fantastical conspiracy theories peddled by fringe actors and ultimately took matters into his own hands with a single tweet that would “unleash a political firestorm.”“Big protest in D.C. on January 6th,” Trump wrote. “Be there, will be wild!”On the heels of stunning testimony last week, the select committee delivered an intimate look into the days leading to the violent attack on the Capitol, as the panel appeared to be positioning itself – with just one hearing likely remaining – to link Trump’s moves in those ...
Biden Strategizes With Democratic Governors to Protect Abortion Rights | Politics
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Biden Strategizes With Democratic Governors to Protect Abortion Rights | Politics

Hamstrung by narrow Democratic majorities in Congress, President Joe Biden Friday huddled virtually with Democratic governors to find ways to provide abortion access even as states move to ban or severely restrict the procedure."We're going to do everything in our power" to help girls and women get abortions no matter where they live, Biden told nine governors on a videoconference to plot strategy. He said he had just spoken with Attorney General Merrick Garland, and the two were determined to make sure two workarounds – getting medication abortion from an out-of-state provider or traveling across a state line to get an abortion, would be protected."This is not over," Biden said, a week after the Supreme Court handed down a decision reversing the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling guaranteeing a woma...
Biden: Keep Politics Out of Coronavirus Vaccines for Children | Health News
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Biden: Keep Politics Out of Coronavirus Vaccines for Children | Health News

President Joe Biden on Tuesday urged Americans to keep politics away from getting children under 5 coronavirus shots after his administration and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis had a falling out over the White House vaccine campaign.“Let's be clear: Elected officials shouldn't get in the way and make it more difficult for parents who want their children to be vaccinated and want to protect them and those around them,” Biden said from the White House after touring a COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Washington, D.C. “This is no time for politics. It's about parents being able to do everything they can to keep their children safe.”Biden’s comments come as shots in arms for children under 5 start rolling out across the country. The Food and Drug Administration authorized the shots on Friday, and the ...
Biden Struggles to Defend His Presidency Amid Setbacks | Politics
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Biden Struggles to Defend His Presidency Amid Setbacks | Politics

President Joe Biden has a lot of problems, and he's spent the week trying to convince Americans he's doing something about them. From baby formula shortages to the war in Ukraine to high inflation, the president wants voters to know he has a plan to ease their pain.But those plans, experts say, may be just that – plans and proposals, many of which need unlikely approval by an uncooperative Congress or are subject to the whims of hostile foreign leaders, unpredictable markets or other forces beyond any president's control.And Biden, facing an unhappy public that emerged from a pandemic only to be hit with big grocery and gas bills, a war and two traumatizing mass shootings, is having a hard time making his case that he is taking whatever action the Constitution allows him to do.Political Ca...
Biden Urges Senate to Approve NATO Membership for Finland and Sweden | Politics
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Biden Urges Senate to Approve NATO Membership for Finland and Sweden | Politics

It was exactly the scene Russian president Vladimir Putin dreaded: The American president, standing in the Rose Garden with the leaders of Sweden and Finland, ready to expand NATO in response to Putin's attack on Ukraine."New members joining NATO is not a threat to any nation,” Biden said, offering America's "strong support" of Finland and Sweden's bid to join the defensive security alliance.“In the face of aggression, NATO has not grown weaker or more divided. It has grown stronger, more united," said Biden, flanked by Finnish President Sauli Niinistö and Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson."In recent years, doubts began to arise: Was NATO still relevant? Was it still effective? Is it still needed in the 21st-century world?” Biden said. "Today there is no question NATO is relevant,...
GOP Leaders Criticized for Enabling ‘White Supremacy’ After Buffalo Shooting | Politics
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GOP Leaders Criticized for Enabling ‘White Supremacy’ After Buffalo Shooting | Politics

Republican House leaders are under criticism in the aftermath of a Buffalo shooting over the weekend that officials called a racist attack by a gunman who killed 10 people and wounded three after reportedly writing and sharing a document online promoting far-right conspiracy theories.Rep. Liz Cheney, Wyoming Republican, did not mince words on Monday, accusing GOP leadership of enabling “white nationalism, white supremacy and anti-semitism,” while urging GOP leaders to “renounce and reject these views and those who hold them.”“The House GOP leadership has enabled white nationalism, white supremacy, and anti-semitism,” Cheney wrote in a tweet on Monday. “History has taught us that what begins with words ends in far worse.”Cartoons on the Republican PartyThe comment comes after the suspect in...