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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,...
2022 midterms: Pennsylvania, North Carolina test Trump’s pull | Politics News
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2022 midterms: Pennsylvania, North Carolina test Trump’s pull | Politics News

Primary elections for Republican congressional candidates in the United States on Tuesday are posing a strong test of former President Donald Trump’s continuing political influence. Trump’s choices for two US Senate seats are facing the judgment of voters in preliminary contests in Pennsylvania and North Carolina. A handful of candidates backed by Trump for other offices are poised for wins in Kentucky, Oregon, and Idaho. Winners of Tuesday’s primaries will go on to campaign against Democratic candidates in the November midterm elections that will determine which party controls Congress, as well as governorships in many states. Trump has endorsed more than 150 candidates in Republican primary contests as he tries to assume the role of kingmaker. Last week, Trump’s support helped author JD ...
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...
Analysis: Massacre in Buffalo, NY, further rattles an insecure nation
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Analysis: Massacre in Buffalo, NY, further rattles an insecure nation

But details emerging about the depraved racial motivations of the Buffalo suspect are the latest sign that the country's poisoned politics are not just unable to prevent such evil and the seemingly endless carnage caused by gun violence. They are actively making the situation worse, creating an atmosphere in which Black Americans were gunned down while doing their Saturday shopping. More than half a century since the greatest gains of the civil rights movement and nearly a decade and a half since the election of the first Black President, a growing roster of killings motivated by racial rage -- not just against Black Americans but against Jews and Hispanics as well -- appears to augur a frightening new passage of history in a nation that is internally estranged.This reality set off a day o...
Hundreds rally again in support of abortion rights in Omaha | Politics & Government
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Hundreds rally again in support of abortion rights in Omaha | Politics & Government

Nearly two weeks after a leaked draft opinion suggested the U.S. Supreme Court will overturn Roe v. Wade, hundreds of people gathered in Omaha Saturday to denounce the anticipated decision and reaffirm their commitment to protect abortion rights.The demonstration outside the City-County Building was just one of many throughout the nation as local organizers billed the day as Roe v. Wade Day of Action. Wielding signs with messages like “Keep abortion safe and legal” and “No uterus, no opinion,” attendees rallied and heard from speakers who promised to keep fighting no matter what happens.Saturday’s rally was at least the second one to occur in Omaha since the media outlet Politico broke the story of the draft opinion on May 2.Support for personal choice was one of the commo...
Local state Rep. Kam Buckner running for mayor | Politics
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Local state Rep. Kam Buckner running for mayor | Politics

State Rep. Kambium “Kam” Buckner (D-26th) is running for mayor to unseat Mayor Lori Lightfoot from City Hall in 2023. "I'm a son of Chicago. I was born and raised in the city. The city is extremely important to me. It's given me everything that I have, and I understand the difficulties that I face," he said in an interview. "But I'm also raising my son in Chicago, and I understand the opportunities that we have to make Chicago the city that she deserves to be."We have spent so much time recently fighting with each other, and we've not spent enough time fighting for our city, and I think we need visionary, transformative leadership to actually do that work." ...
In von Ehlinger verdict, politics left at the courtroom door
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In von Ehlinger verdict, politics left at the courtroom door

OPINION AND COMMENTARY Editorials and other Opinion content offer perspectives on issues important to our community and are independent from the work of our newsroom reporters. Former state Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger was arrested Friday, April 29, 2022, and booked into the Ada County Jail after he was found guilty of raping a 19-year-old legislative intern by a 12-person jury. ...
ASEAN leaders head to White House for key summit | Politics News
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ASEAN leaders head to White House for key summit | Politics News

Leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) will meet United States President Joe Biden at a White House summit on Thursday, as the US attempts to drive home its “enduring commitment” to the region. The summit marks the first time ASEAN leaders have been invited to the White House in 45 years. The last time all the countries’ leaders visited the US was in 2016, when they met then-President Barack Obama at the Sunnylands ranch in California. Only eight of the group’s 10 leaders are expected in Washington, DC, this time around. The Philippines is in the midst of a leadership transition after polls this week to choose a new president, while Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, who toppled Myanmar’s elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi in a 2021 coup, has been barred from the event. ...
Clarence Thomas has waited over 30 years for this moment
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Clarence Thomas has waited over 30 years for this moment

As Thomas settles into his fourth decade on the Supreme Court, his influence, even his control, is ascendant. Thomas began his career as a justice as a near outcast -- an ideological fringe figure and a scarred veteran of a brutal confirmation fight. Today, he is a revered figure in the conservative movement, and he is watching ideas he championed from the margins turn into the law of the land.For better or worse, Thomas has ignored his many detractors -- from those who believed Anita Hill in 1991, when she testified at his confirmation hearings that he had sexually harassed her, to those in 2022 who argued that Thomas should have recused himself in cases where his wife, Ginni Thomas, a right-wing political activist, had taken public stands. Instead, he just keeps winning. The leak in Poli...
Putin’s current dilemma was JFK’s worst fear
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Putin’s current dilemma was JFK’s worst fear

But Kennedy's superpower logic is resounding poignantly as Putin gets backed into a corner by the strategic disaster of his war, Ukraine's heroic resistance and an extraordinary multibillion-dollar allied conveyor of arms and ammunition.At a fundraiser in Potomac, Maryland, on Monday night, Biden confided that he was concerned Putin had yet to devise an exit from the war, despite the former KGB officer's "calculating" nature.Senior national security officials, meanwhile, admit they do not yet know what kind of incremental Russian success in eastern and southern Ukraine would allow Putin to declare a victory of sorts and de-escalate the war, CNN's Kaitlan Collins reported.This is all a worry. But it's one that seems somewhat discordant with US policy. After all, Washington's explicitly stat...