Justice Department files emergency order to block Texas abortion law
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Justice Department files emergency order to block Texas abortion law
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The Department of Justice filed an emergency order late Tuesday, asking for a temporary halt to the new Texas law that bans abortions past six weeks. The department said in its filing that the new law, also known as S.B. 8, prevents “women from exercising their constitutional rights.” “The United States seeks a temporary restraining […]

Top military adviser secretly assured China Trump would not attack to stay in office, book claims
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Top military adviser secretly assured China Trump would not attack to stay in office, book claims
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President Donald Trump’s senior military adviser took secret precautions to prevent Trump from being able to launch a nuclear weapon or taking military action after the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, according to a new book. Army Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the president’s top military aide, feared that […]

SpaceX to send 1st all-civilian crew into orbit for 3 days
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SpaceX to send 1st all-civilian crew into orbit for 3 days
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SpaceX’s Inspiration4 mission may sound familiar, as another billionaire-backed space launch, but it’s going where neither Richard Branson nor Jeff Bezos could — into orbit. Branson’s Virgin Galactic and Bezos’ Blue Origin sent civilians into space on brief, suborbital flights that lasted only for a few minutes. But Elon Musk’s SpaceX is just days away […]

Texas Governor Greg Abbott signs social media ‘censorship’ bill into law
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Texas Governor Greg Abbott signs social media ‘censorship’ bill into law
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Texas Governor Greg Abbott has signed a bill that aims to stop social media companies from banning users or nixing posts based solely on political opinions — the latest salvo by Republicans, who claim that these tech giants are censoring conservative users. The new law requires social media companies with more than 50 million monthly […]

GOP governors pledge to sue over Biden’s business vaccine mandate
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GOP governors pledge to sue over Biden’s business vaccine mandate
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President Biden responded Friday to a pledge by some Republicans to sue over an incoming rule issued by the Labor Department requiring businesses with more than 100 employees to require that workers be vaccinated or undergo weekly testing. Republican governors are slamming the president over the yet-to-be-developed rule, declaring it an overreach and unconstitutional. It’s […]

Biden announces COVID-19 vaccine mandates that will affect 100 million Americans
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Biden announces COVID-19 vaccine mandates that will affect 100 million Americans
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President Biden announced the most sweeping COVID-19 vaccine requirements yet on Thursday, which will affect roughly 100 million Americans. The new measures include a vaccine mandate for all federal workers and contractors, and a requirement that large companies must mandate vaccines or regular testing for employees. “My job as president is to protect all Americans,” Mr. Biden […]

Justice Department sues Texas over restrictive abortion law
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Justice Department sues Texas over restrictive abortion law
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The Justice Department has filed suit against the state of Texas to block its law banning most abortions, Attorney General Merrick Garland said on Thursday, setting up a high-stakes legal battle after the Supreme Court allowed the law to go into effect earlier this month. “That act is clearly unconstitutional under long-standing Supreme Court precedent,” […]

Biden administration asks Congress for billions as costs for Afghan refugees, natural disasters pile up
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Biden administration asks Congress for billions as costs for Afghan refugees, natural disasters pile up
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The Biden administration on Tuesday called on Congress to pass tens of billions of dollars in funding to keep the federal government running as lawmakers work to pass its annual budget legislation. Government funding runs out at the end of the month as the new fiscal year starts in October. As part of the temporary […]

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signs GOP-backed voting restrictions into law
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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signs GOP-backed voting restrictions into law
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Three months and two special sessions after Texas House Democrats engaged in the first of three quorum breaks over the Republican-backed legislative priority of “election integrity,” the final version of the bill officially became law on Tuesday. In its final form, Senate Bill 1 revises the state’s election laws to tighten ballot access and administration. […]

Over 50,000 Afghan evacuees expected to resettle in US, says DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas
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Over 50,000 Afghan evacuees expected to resettle in US, says DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas
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Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas says he expects the U.S. will resettle over 50,000 Afghan evacuees, including U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, visa holders, applicants for special immigrant visas (SIVs) and others at risk, including “journalists, and vulnerable women and girls.” Before they land here, many have been taken to U.S. and NATO bases in […]

Biden’s job approval drops to 44% amid broad criticism on Afghanistan: POLL
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Biden’s job approval drops to 44% amid broad criticism on Afghanistan: POLL
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President Joe Biden’s job approval rating has fallen underwater in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll amid broad disapproval of his handling of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, including a share of blame on Biden for conditions leading to last week’s devastating Kabul airport attack. Overall, in a sad coda to the nearly 20-year, $2 […]

House GOP Leader McCarthy threatens companies that cooperate with Jan. 6 probe
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House GOP Leader McCarthy threatens companies that cooperate with Jan. 6 probe
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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Tuesday warned dozens of communications companies against cooperating with the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol attack, saying that Republicans “will not forget” it if they retake the House. His broadside was immediately criticized by Democrats and ethics experts, who accused him of violating House ethics rules […]

Supreme Court refuses to block Texas abortion law on technical grounds
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Supreme Court refuses to block Texas abortion law on technical grounds
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In a 5-4 decision Wednesday night, The U.S. Supreme Court formally rejected a request by Texas abortion providers to block the state’s severe new law restricting the procedure while legal challenges continue. The law will make most abortions illegal after six weeks of pregnancy and encourage anyone to sue a person they believe is providing […]

U.S. housing 20,000 Afghan evacuees in 5 states, with another 40,000 overseas
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U.S. housing 20,000 Afghan evacuees in 5 states, with another 40,000 overseas
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The U.S. government was housing nearly 20,000 Afghan refugees at military installations in five states as of Wednesday morning, while another 40,000 evacuees remained at bases overseas awaiting processing, according to internal federal data reviewed by CBS News. These figures, which have not been previously reported, provide more detail on the whereabouts of a portion […]

Biden forcefully defends Afghanistan exit and decision to end war
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Biden forcefully defends Afghanistan exit and decision to end war
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President Biden on Tuesday defiantly defended his decision to withdraw from Afghanistan by August 31, a withdrawal that ended a two-decade-long war when the final final U.S. military aircraft from the main airport in Kabul. “I was not going to extend this ‘forever war,’ and I was not extending a ‘forever exit,’” the president told the […]

This is the last American soldier to leave Afghanistan
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This is the last American soldier to leave Afghanistan
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The last soldier to leave Afghanistan on the day the U.S. concluded its 20-year war has been identified as Major General Chris Donahue, commander of the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division, XVIII Airborne Corps. Donahue was one of the commanders on the ground leading the evacuation mission. The final order Donahue gave was “flush the force,” […]

After 20 years, US ground troops leave Afghanistan, but Americans left behind
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After 20 years, US ground troops leave Afghanistan, but Americans left behind
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When it came to announcing that all U.S. troops had left Afghanistan, concluding America’s military ground presence there — and after 20 years the end to America’s longest war — word came not from President Joe Biden, who set the deadline, but from the top general overseeing the rushed and dangerous evacuation. Gen. Frank McKenzie, […]

Abortion providers ask Supreme Court to block Texas six-week abortion ban
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Abortion providers ask Supreme Court to block Texas six-week abortion ban
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A group of pro-abortion advocates and providers asked the Supreme Court on Monday to block a controversial law in Texas banning abortions after six weeks of pregnancy. The law, which is set to take effect Wednesday, would be one of the nation’s most restrictive and prohibit nearly all abortions in the state if allowed to […]

U.S. airstrike killed two ISIS-K members in Afghanistan, Pentagon says
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U.S. airstrike killed two ISIS-K members in Afghanistan, Pentagon says
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A U.S. airstrike in Afghanistan killed two high-profile ISIS-K targets and injured another, Major General William Taylor said Saturday at a press conference. Officials wouldn’t release the names of those killed, but described them as planners and facilitators. “The fact that two of these individuals are no longer walking on the face of the earth, […]

Intelligence community issues inconclusive report about origins of COVID-19
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Intelligence community issues inconclusive report about origins of COVID-19
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The U.S. intelligence community remains divided about the origin of COVID-19, according to an unclassified summary of its 90-day investigation into the matter. All agencies agreed that two hypotheses are possible – natural exposure to an infected animal and a laboratory-associated incident. But the report failed to draw a definitive conclusion and issued its main […]

Supreme Court blocks Biden administration’s latest ban on evictions
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Supreme Court blocks Biden administration’s latest ban on evictions
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The Supreme Court on Thursday lifted the Biden administration’s newest federal ban on evictions, granting a bid from a group of landlords to block the pandemic-related protections for renters facing eviction in most of the country. In an unsigned opinion with the three liberal justices in dissent, the divided court said that “careful review” of […]

Biden vows revenge for Kabul attack that killed 13 U.S. service members
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Biden vows revenge for Kabul attack that killed 13 U.S. service members
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Thirteen U.S. service members were killed and more than a dozen others injured in an attack outside the airport in the capital of Afghanistan on Thursday, opening a deadly new chapter in the massive U.S. effort to evacuate Americans and Afghan allies ahead of President Biden’s August 31 deadline to withdraw. The Pentagon said a […]

US special operations vets carry out daring mission to save Afghan allies
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US special operations vets carry out daring mission to save Afghan allies
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With the Taliban growing more violent and adding checkpoints near Kabul’s airport, an all-volunteer group of American veterans of the Afghan war launched a final daring mission on Wednesday night dubbed the “Pineapple Express” to shepherd hundreds of at-risk Afghan elite forces and their families to safety, members of the group told ABC News. Moving […]

The Taliban inherited a vast American-made arsenal after retaking Afghanistan
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The Taliban inherited a vast American-made arsenal after retaking Afghanistan
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The Taliban wrested control of more than just territory from Afghan forces as it tore through Afghanistan this month. By the time the militant group toppled Kabul on Aug. 14, images had emerged showing its fighters holding American-made rifles and posing next to Blackhawk helicopters. Pentagon officials have told ABC News they don’t have a […]

Former NFL star, Heisman winner Herschel Walker launches GOP Senate bid in Georgia
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Former NFL star, Heisman winner Herschel Walker launches GOP Senate bid in Georgia
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After months of speculation, fueled in part by public urging from former President Donald Trump, former NFL star and Heisman Trophy winner Herschel Walker has officially launched his campaign for Georgia’s 2022 Senate race against Sen. Raphael Warnock. “Our country is at a crossroads, and I can’t sit on the sidelines anymore. America is the […]

Pelosi sets vote on Biden’s infrastructure agenda despite moderate Dems’ revolt
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Pelosi sets vote on Biden’s infrastructure agenda despite moderate Dems’ revolt
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The House is expected to vote Tuesday afternoon on a procedural measure that will advance key parts of President Joe Biden’s domestic agenda after a group of moderate Democrats threatened to unravel it all. House Democratic leaders had attempted to pull off a risky maneuver late Monday to approve a $3.5 trillion budget framework that […]

FDA grants full approval to Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine
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FDA grants full approval to Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine
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Addressing the nation hours after the Food and Drug Administration on Monday granted full approval of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, becoming the first coronavirus vaccine to transition from an emergency authorization status to full FDA approval, President Joe Biden urged employers to utilize the approval and mandate vaccinations. “Today, I’m calling on more countries — […]

CIA director held secret meeting with Taliban leader in Kabul
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CIA director held secret meeting with Taliban leader in Kabul
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CIA Director William Burns met with the Taliban’s de facto leader in Kabul on Monday, a source familiar with the situation said, in what marks the group’s highest-level encounter with the Biden administration since the fall of the Afghan capital. News of the meeting between Burns and the Taliban leader, Abdul Ghani Baradar, comes one […]

CBS News poll: Most Americans disapprove of Biden’s handling of Afghanistan withdrawal
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CBS News poll: Most Americans disapprove of Biden’s handling of Afghanistan withdrawal
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Most Americans have wanted to withdraw from Afghanistan for a while, and most still do. But not like this. Public reaction to what’s happened there is decidedly negative, with Americans now fearing wider repercussions from a heightened threat of terrorism. Back home, the public weighs in with rough judgments on President Biden — not only […]

Biden administration officials say enhanced unemployment benefits will expire September 6
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Biden administration officials say enhanced unemployment benefits will expire September 6
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Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and Labor Secretary Marty Walsh say unemployment benefits increased in response to the coronavirus pandemic will expire next month as planned, even as cases of coronavirus are surging with the Delta variant. However, they said President Joe Biden believes the pandemic exposed “serious problems” with the current unemployment system that require […]

Biden says U.S. forces could stay in Afghanistan past August 31 to get all Americans out
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Biden says U.S. forces could stay in Afghanistan past August 31 to get all Americans out
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President Biden on Wednesday said U.S. troops could stay in Afghanistan past August 31 to get all Americans out, if all Americans who wish to leave the country have not been able to do so by then. The president made the comments in an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, in his first interview since the […]

Americans could owe $6.5 trillion for wars in Afghanistan and Iraq — and that’s just the interest
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Americans could owe $6.5 trillion for wars in Afghanistan and Iraq — and that’s just the interest
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Although the U.S. is trying to turn the page on two decades of war in the Middle East, American taxpayers can expect to pay for those conflicts for decades to come. The ultimate cost of the nation’s engagements in Afghanistan and Iraq, on top of the incalculable personal toll on combatants and civilians, reflects a […]

U.S. grapples with fallout from Afghanistan withdrawal with Taliban back in control
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U.S. grapples with fallout from Afghanistan withdrawal with Taliban back in control
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The collapse of the Afghan government and rapid takeover of the country by the Taliban ahead of the U.S. withdrawal of the last troops there has led to finger-pointing across the federal government, with members of both parties blaming their political opponents for the chaos that unfolded over the weekend. In his first remarks since […]

Biden stands by his decision, concedes Taliban takeover was faster than expected
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Biden stands by his decision, concedes Taliban takeover was faster than expected
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In an address to the nation on the crisis in Afghanistan, President Joe Biden conceded that the Taliban takeover of the country unfolded faster than anticipated, but insisted that he remains “squarely behind” his decision to withdraw American troops. “I will not repeat the mistakes we’ve made in the past — the mistake of staying […]

Afghanistan’s president flees the country as Taliban moves to take Kabul
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Afghanistan’s president flees the country as Taliban moves to take Kabul
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Afghanistan’s embattled president left the country Sunday, joining his fellow citizens and foreigners in a stampede fleeing the advancing Taliban and signaling the end of a 20-year Western experiment aimed at remaking Afghanistan. The Taliban, who for hours had been on the outskirts of Kabul, announced soon after they would move further into a city […]

Judge keeps CDC eviction moratorium in place but says freeze is illegal
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Judge keeps CDC eviction moratorium in place but says freeze is illegal
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A federal judge Friday refused landlords’ request to put the Biden administration’s new eviction moratorium on hold, though she ruled that the freeze is illegal. U.S. District Judge Dabney Friedrich said her “hands are tied” by an appellate decision from the last time courts considered the eviction moratorium in the spring. Alabama landlords who are […]

Biden sends envoy in urgent effort to stop Taliban offensive in Afghanistan
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Biden sends envoy in urgent effort to stop Taliban offensive in Afghanistan
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President Joe Biden’s envoy for Afghanistan will meet with the Taliban’s political leadership this week to urge them “to stop their military offensive and to negotiate a political settlement,” the State Department announced. But as the militant group seized a seventh provincial capital Tuesday, Biden’s administration is making clear that it will not halt the […]

Pentagon to require COVID vaccines for all service members
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Pentagon to require COVID vaccines for all service members
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Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin will request approval for the COVID-19 vaccine to become mandatory for all U.S. military service members by mid-September, according to a memo he sent to all Defense Department employees. “I want you to know that I will seek the President’s approval to make the vaccines mandatory no later than mid-September, or […]

Biden administration increases border deportations and prosecutions
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Biden administration increases border deportations and prosecutions
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The Biden administration is ramping up deportations and prosecutions of migrants crossing the southern border illegally amid a 21-year high in migrant arrests and concerns about the rapid spread of the coronavirus Delta variant. U.S. authorities are now flying Central American migrants deep into the Mexican interior using a Trump-era public health order that was […]

NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo resigns after sexual harassment allegations, investigation
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NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo resigns after sexual harassment allegations, investigation
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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday that he will resign from office following accusations of sexual harassment and inappropriate conduct from a number of women, including former staffers and one current staffer. His resignation will be effective in 14 days, Cuomo said. After a five-month investigation, New York State Attorney General Letitia James announced […]

Students ask Supreme Court to stop college from implementing vaccine mandate
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Students ask Supreme Court to stop college from implementing vaccine mandate
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Eight students are asking the Supreme Court to block a plan by Indiana University to require students and employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19. It’s the first time the high court has been asked to weigh in on a vaccine mandate and comes as some corporations, states and cities are also contemplating or have adopted […]

Trevor Moore, co-founder of sketch comedy group The Whitest Kids U Know, dead at 41 after tragic accident
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Trevor Moore, co-founder of sketch comedy group The Whitest Kids U Know, dead at 41 after tragic accident
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Trevor Moore, co-founder of the sketch comedy group The Whitest Kids U Know, died in an unspecified accident Friday at the age of 41. The comedian, actor and producer’s death was confirmed in a statement issued by his manager on behalf of his wife and family, Deadline reported. “We are devastated by the loss of […]

Senate advances bipartisan infrastructure bill in key test vote
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Senate advances bipartisan infrastructure bill in key test vote
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With multiple Republicans joining Democrats in the effort, the bipartisan infrastructure bill cleared another hurdle on its way to passing the Senate on Saturday afternoon. By a vote of 67-27, the Senate voted to advance the bill toward final passage. It’s not yet clear when the bill will receive a final vote, but Saturday’s vote […]

Woman files criminal complaint against Gov. Cuomo in Albany
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Woman files criminal complaint against Gov. Cuomo in Albany
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A former New York State employee has filed a criminal complaint against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo with the Albany County Sheriff’s Office, a spokeswoman told ABC News. This is believed to be the first complaint filed against the embattled governor in wake of Tuesday’s Attorney General report which concluded he violated state and federal […]

Psaki dismisses concerns over legality of Biden’s renewed eviction moratorium
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Psaki dismisses concerns over legality of Biden’s renewed eviction moratorium
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White House press secretary Jen Psaki dismissed concerns that President Biden is “signaling that he doesn’t respect the rule of law” following the new moratorium on evictions. “I’m not sure there are Americans evaluating it to that degree, maybe there are some you’ve talked to,” Psaki told a reporter Wednesday during a press conference, when […]

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says Governor Andrew Cuomo should be charged following AG report
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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says Governor Andrew Cuomo should be charged following AG report
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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo should be charged after a report by the state attorney general’s office that found that Cuomo sexually harassed “multiple” women. “If you assault a woman, you do something against her will sexually, that’s criminal, and the Albany County District Attorney […]

Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women in violation of state and federal law, NY AG finds
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Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women in violation of state and federal law, NY AG finds
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Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women and retaliated against a former employee who complained, in violation of state and federal law, New York Attorney General Letitia James concluded in a 165-page report released Tuesday. The attorney general’s probe, which included interviews with 179 people, found that Cuomo harassed current and former staff members […]

US, UK, and Israel blame Iran for fatal drone attack on oil tanker
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US, UK, and Israel blame Iran for fatal drone attack on oil tanker
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The U.S. joined the U.K. and Israel in blaming Iran for the drone attack that killed two crew members of the oil tanker Mercer Street off the coast of Oman last week. Secretary of State Antony Blinken in a statement Sunday said the U.S. is “confident” Iran conducted the attack, which killed a U.K. national […]

Donald Trump builds war chest of $102 million entering 2nd half of 2021
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Donald Trump builds war chest of $102 million entering 2nd half of 2021
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Donald Trump has not yet said whether he’ll run for president in 2024, but he’s already raising a huge war chest in case he does. New disclosure reports filed Saturday night show that his affiliated political committees have a total of $102 million in cash on hand going into July, after bringing in more than […]

Justice Department says IRS must give Trump’s tax returns to Congress
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Justice Department says IRS must give Trump’s tax returns to Congress
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The Justice Department on Friday said the Treasury Department must hand over former President Trump’s tax returns to the House Ways and Means Committee, putting an apparent end to the yearslong battle over the records. In the 39-page opinion, the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) found that the committee “has invoked sufficient reasons […]

The United States suspended its debt ceiling in 2019. That ends this weekend.
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The United States suspended its debt ceiling in 2019. That ends this weekend.
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The Treasury Department runs into an important deadline this weekend, when a 2019 suspension of the government’s debt limit — known as the debt ceiling — expires Saturday. That forces the Treasury Department to perform what are called “extraordinary measures” so the government can continue paying its obligations as lawmakers prepare to face off over […]

Congressional Democrats at odds over President Biden’s power to cancel student loan debt
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Congressional Democrats at odds over President Biden’s power to cancel student loan debt
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday that President Joe Biden does not have the power to forgive student loan debt, putting her at odds with some members of her own Democratic caucus as the pressure builds on the president to cancel $50,000 in student loan debt per borrower. “People think that the president of the […]

Blinken warns of ‘deeply, deeply troubling’ reports of atrocities in Afghanistan amid US withdrawal
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Blinken warns of ‘deeply, deeply troubling’ reports of atrocities in Afghanistan amid US withdrawal
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Secretary of State Antony Blinken acknowledged Wednesday during a joint press conference in India that the situation in Afghanistan is headed in the wrong direction — noting the Taliban is “making advances” and calling reports that the group has committed atrocities “deeply, deeply troubling.” They “certainly do not speak well of the Taliban’s intentions for […]

McCarthy derides Kinzinger and Cheney as ‘Pelosi Republicans’
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McCarthy derides Kinzinger and Cheney as ‘Pelosi Republicans’
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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy mocked Republican Representatives Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger Monday as “Pelosi Republicans” Monday over their appointment to the select committee investigating the January 6 Capitol assault. A small number of Republicans are pushing for Cheney and Kinzinger to be punished for agreeing to serve on the select committee, after House […]

US concludes combat mission in Iraq as Biden meets with Iraqi prime minister
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US concludes combat mission in Iraq as Biden meets with Iraqi prime minister
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President Joe Biden said the U.S. is “not going to be, by the end of the year, in a combat mission” in Iraq. The president, while meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi Monday afternoon, said the U.S. role there will be focused on training and assisting to combat the Islamic State group. “Our shared […]

Jill Biden cheers on Team USA as Olympic Games get underway in Tokyo, Japan
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Jill Biden cheers on Team USA as Olympic Games get underway in Tokyo, Japan
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First lady Jill Biden spent her final day in Japan cheering on Team USA at three Olympic events as the Games got underway in Tokyo on Saturday. With fans unable to attend, Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron were part of a sparse crowd watching the women’s 3-on-3 basketball game between the United States and […]

2,500 Afghan visa seekers, families to be housed at US military installation
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2,500 Afghan visa seekers, families to be housed at US military installation
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The Pentagon will temporarily house Afghan workers who aided the U.S. military or diplomatic missions and are trying to leave the country at Fort Lee, an Army installation in central Virginia, while they complete the application process for a special visa, according to the State Department. It is the “first tranche” of Afghans who are […]

GOP seeks records on possible U.S. funding of research at Chinese lab before pandemic
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GOP seeks records on possible U.S. funding of research at Chinese lab before pandemic
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A group of congressional Republicans is stepping up a push for records about a possible link between a U.S. medical research agency and a lab in Wuhan, China – a link that is still very much in dispute amid the ongoing investigation into the origins of COVID- 19. In an exclusive interview, senior investigative correspondent […]

Former Detroit police chief launches exploratory committee for Michigan governor
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Former Detroit police chief launches exploratory committee for Michigan governor
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Former Detroit Police Chief James Craig effectively launched his campaign for Michigan governor on Wednesday, announcing that he has formed an exploratory committee for the position. Craig, a Republican, retired as Detroit police chief on June 1. Seven other Republicans have formed campaign committees, but Craig is more widely known than the other contenders and […]

Biden says eliminating filibuster would ‘throw the entire Congress into chaos’
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Biden says eliminating filibuster would ‘throw the entire Congress into chaos’
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President Biden essentially rejected the idea of eliminating the filibuster, asserting, that doing so would “throw the entire Congress into chaos, and nothing would get done.” He was in Cincinnati at a town hall Wednesday night, and his desire to preserve the filibuster, with some reforms, came despite prodding from CNN host Don Lemon about […]

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is finally getting his White House visit
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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is finally getting his White House visit
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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is, finally, getting a visit to the White House. The foreign leader whose conversation with former President Trump sparked the ex-president’s first impeachment inquiry will meet with President Biden at the White House on August 30. “President Biden looks forward to welcoming President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine to the White House […]

Rare pink water bird lands in Michigan, delighting public
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Rare pink water bird lands in Michigan, delighting public
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Bird lovers with cameras and binoculars are traveling to a stream in southeastern Michigan to see a rare creature with pink feathers and a long bill. The roseate spoonbill was found in Saline in the Koch Warner Drain, the first to be seen in Michigan, said Molly Keenan of Michigan Audubon. The bird, which typically […]

What Taliban advances could mean for the future of Afghanistan
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What Taliban advances could mean for the future of Afghanistan
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With U.S. ground forces in Afghanistan set to leave the country by the end of August and Taliban fighters quickly gaining a foothold in the country, CBS News senior foreign correspondent Charlie D’Agata says confrontation between a fragile Afghan government and Taliban insurgents is looming. “The important thing is how quickly [the U.S. withdrawal] has […]

Judge orders U.S. to close DACA program to new applicants, calling it illegal
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Judge orders U.S. to close DACA program to new applicants, calling it illegal
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A federal judge in Texas ordered the U.S. government on Friday to close the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to new applicants, saying the Obama administration did not have the legal authority to grant deportation relief and work permits to undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children. Granting a request by Texas […]

Speculation builds over Matthew McConaughey’s political future as he mulls bid for governor of Texas
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Speculation builds over Matthew McConaughey’s political future as he mulls bid for governor of Texas
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While the focus in Texas politics is on state legislators and a stalled special session, the speculation over Matthew McConaughey’s possible run for governor of Texas continues to garner steady interest. The Academy Award-winning actor has teased the idea of a potential 2022 gubernatorial run for months but more recently called it “an honest consideration.” […]

First lady Jill Biden to travel to Tokyo for Olympics opening ceremony
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First lady Jill Biden to travel to Tokyo for Olympics opening ceremony
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First lady Jill Biden will attend the opening ceremony of the Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, on July 23, according to her office. The Summer Olympics were supposed to kick off in Japan’s capital last year on July 24 but were postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic and are now scheduled to take place from […]

Federal court says restrictions on handgun sales to people under 21 are unconstitutional
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Federal court says restrictions on handgun sales to people under 21 are unconstitutional
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A federal appeals court said Tuesday that federal laws that bar the sale of handguns to young adults under the age of 21 are unconstitutional under the Second Amendment. In a 2-1 decision by a three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the court found that 18-year-olds possess the constitutional right to […]

Top U.S. general in Afghanistan steps down as military mission nears end
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Top U.S. general in Afghanistan steps down as military mission nears end
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General Scott Miller stepped down today as both the last and longest serving American commander in America’s longest war. At a small ceremony at Resolute Support headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan, Miller called the assignment “the highlight of my military career,” saying the people of Afghanistan “will be in my heart and on my mind for […]

Richard Branson, crew go to space and back on Virgin Galactic spaceship
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Richard Branson, crew go to space and back on Virgin Galactic spaceship
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Mission accomplished. Billionaire Sir Richard Branson flew to the lower edge of space and back to planet Earth on Sunday in the first fully crewed flight from his private space tourism firm Virgin Galactic. “What a day. What a day. What a day,” Branson said at a news conference following the historic flight. “I think […]

US official: No plans to send troops to Haiti after government request
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US official: No plans to send troops to Haiti after government request
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The U.S. will not be sending troops to Haiti, according to a senior administration official, after the Caribbean nation’s government requested help to stabilize the country and secure critical infrastructure like oil reserves and its port and airport in the wake of the assassination of its president earlier this week. The U.S. has agreed to […]

White House officials arrange confidential sales of Hunter Biden’s art
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White House officials arrange confidential sales of Hunter Biden’s art
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A New York gallery owner will facilitate sales of Hunter Biden’s original artwork, an arrangement meant to diffuse concerns over buyers paying top dollar to win influence with the president’s son, according to a source familiar with the situation. The gallerist, Georges Berges, will independently set prices on the artwork of President Joe Biden’s son […]

Biden speaks to Putin after latest ransomware attacks
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Biden speaks to Putin after latest ransomware attacks
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President Biden urged Russian President Vladimir Putin in a phone call Friday to take action to stem recent ransomware attacks from Russia-linked groups. “I made it very clear to him that the United States expects that when a ransomware operation is coming from his soil, even though it is not sponsored by the state, we […]

2 U.S. citizens arrested in Haitian president’s assassination
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2 U.S. citizens arrested in Haitian president’s assassination
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Haiti is a country under siege as the manhunt for the killers of President Jovenel Moïse ramps up. More than a dozen suspects have been arrested in the last 24 hours, and at least seven others have been killed. Two of those arrested are a U.S. citizens from Florida, James Solages and Joseph Vincent. Authorities […]

Biden announces U.S. military mission in Afghanistan will end August 31
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Biden announces U.S. military mission in Afghanistan will end August 31
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President Biden said the withdrawal from Afghanistan of U.S troops after 20 years of war will conclude on August 31, ahead of the September 11 deadline he announced in mid-April. “We are ending the nation’s longest war,” the president said in remarks at the White House Thursday. At the time he announced the September deadline, […]

Eric Adams will win New York City Democratic mayoral primary, AP projects
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Eric Adams will win New York City Democratic mayoral primary, AP projects
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Eric Adams, the Brooklyn Borough president, is projected as the winner of the New York City Democratic mayoral primary, according to the Associated Press. The former New York City Police Department captain ran as a more moderate Democrat and made curbing crime his central issue. Adams will be favored in the general election matchup against […]

Gas prices climb as crude oil briefly hits highest prices in 6 years
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Gas prices climb as crude oil briefly hits highest prices in 6 years
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Crude oil prices briefly reached their highest levels in six years early Tuesday before retreating slightly, as surging post-pandemic oil demand and fizzled talks among producers casts new volatility over energy markets. Futures on West Texas Intermediate, the U.S. crude benchmark, were trading at $73.32 a barrel by midday Tuesday after topping $76.90 a barrel […]

U.S. falls short of Biden’s July 4 COVID-19 vaccine goal
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U.S. falls short of Biden’s July 4 COVID-19 vaccine goal
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The United States remains still millions of shots away from meeting President Biden’s original goal of 70% of American adults receiving at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine by July 4, a milestone that White House officials conceded late last month that they were likely to miss by at least a few weeks. Now as some […]

Democratic Congressman André Carson wants hearings on UFO sightings
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Democratic Congressman André Carson wants hearings on UFO sightings
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Democratic Congressman André Carson of Indiana said Sunday that he wants Congress to conduct hearings on purported sightings of UFOs in the wake of a Pentagon report examining the so-called “unidentified aerial phenomena” (UAPs). In an interview with “Face the Nation,” Carson, who chairs the subcommittee on counterintelligence and counterproliferation on the House Intelligence Committee, […]

US left Bagram Air Base in dead of night, didn’t tell new Afghan commander
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US left Bagram Air Base in dead of night, didn’t tell new Afghan commander
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The U.S. left Afghanistan’s Bagram Airfield after nearly 20 years by shutting off the electricity and slipping away in the night without notifying the base’s new Afghan commander, who discovered the Americans’ departure more than two hours after they left, Afghan military officials said. Afghanistan’s army showed off the sprawling air base Monday, providing a […]

GOP lawmakers split over mandatory vaccines for US military members
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GOP lawmakers split over mandatory vaccines for US military members
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Lawmakers are torn over reports that U.S. Army members may soon be required to receive COVID-19 vaccinations. Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., said in a Twitter post that he has heard from military members who say they intend to leave the service if they are forced to receive the vaccines. Massie introduced legislation in June that […]

Trump to hold rally in Florida ahead of Fourth of July
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Trump to hold rally in Florida ahead of Fourth of July
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Former President Donald Trump will attend a rally in Sarasota, Florida on Saturday, in his first large campaign-style event since he lost the presidential election. His appearance comes after the Trump Organization and Allen Weisselberg, its chief financial officer, pleaded not guilty to a slew of charges in an alleged tax fraud scheme on Thursday. […]

US leaves main base in Afghanistan as pullout now set to end in late August
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US leaves main base in Afghanistan as pullout now set to end in late August
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The Pentagon confirmed on Friday that it had turned over the sprawling Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan to the Afghan government and also announced that it now expects the total withdrawal of U.S. troops to be completed “at the end of August.” The withdrawal of all U.S. military personnel from the base marks a major […]

Richard Branson announces he’ll join 1st fully crewed spaceflight
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Richard Branson announces he’ll join 1st fully crewed spaceflight
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Richard Branson announced Thursday he will be joining the crew of his next spaceflight with Virgin Galactic, besting fellow billionaire Jeff Bezos to space. The first fully crewed spaceflight for SpaceShipTwo Unity will take place July 11, pending weather and technical checks. Branson, 70, will join the crew to “evaluate the private astronaut experience and […]

Supreme Court upholds Arizona restrictions in major voting rights, racial discrimination case
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Supreme Court upholds Arizona restrictions in major voting rights, racial discrimination case
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A divided US Supreme Court on Thursday upheld two Republican-backed Arizona voting restrictions, rejecting claims that they discriminate against minority voters and imposing new limits on the landmark Voting Rights Act. The 6-to-3 decision, breaking along ideological lines, overturned a lower court ruling to uphold Arizona’s policy of invalidating ballots cast in the wrong precinct […]

Trump Organization and CFO Allen Weisselberg charged with 15 counts in alleged tax fraud scheme
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Trump Organization and CFO Allen Weisselberg charged with 15 counts in alleged tax fraud scheme
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Lawyers for the Trump Organization and one of its top executives pleaded not guilty to a slew of charges in a lower Manhattan courtroom on Thursday, as prosecutors alleged a 16-year scheme of brazen fraud and tax evasion by former President Donald Trump’s namesake company. A grand jury returned a 15-count indictment against the Trump […]

Bill Cosby released from prison after court overturns sexual assault conviction
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Bill Cosby released from prison after court overturns sexual assault conviction
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Bill Cosby was released from prison Wednesday after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court overturned his 2018 sexual assault conviction, upending the first high-profile case of the #MeToo era. Cosby, 83, was convicted of sexually assaulting Andrea Constand, a former Temple University employee, at his home in 2004. In its opinion, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court said a […]

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Mess of Media will be suspending most operations until July
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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Mess of Media will be suspending most operations until July
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Due to issues caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Mess of Media will be suspending most of our operations until July, 2021. In the meantime, we will be preparing to relaunch our organization. For the time being, be sure to keep an eye on our YouTube page for occasional updates. Thank you to everyone that continues […]

US delegation leads historic flight from Israel to UAE to discuss new ties
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US delegation leads historic flight from Israel to UAE to discuss new ties
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A U.S. delegation led by President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner and National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien joined Israeli officials for the first commercial flight between Israel and the United Arab Emirates on Monday. The historic flight aboard Israel’s El Al airline celebrated the U.S.-brokered agreement between the two countries to normalize […]

Rand Paul calls for FBI arrests, investigation into ‘mob’ he believes ‘would have killed us,’ if not for police
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Rand Paul calls for FBI arrests, investigation into ‘mob’ he believes ‘would have killed us,’ if not for police
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Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., told “Fox & Friends” he believes he would have been killed if not for the police when he and his wife were surrounded and attacked by a “mob” yelling threats and pushing police upon exiting the White House after President Trump’s acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention (RNC) Thursday night. […]

Biden: Trump ‘rooting for more violence, not less’
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Biden: Trump ‘rooting for more violence, not less’
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Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on Tuesday charged that President Trump is “rooting for more violence, not less” after two people were killed in Kenosha, Wis., amid turmoil following a law enforcement officer wounding 29-year-old Black man Jacob Blake. “[Trump] views this as a political benefit to him,” Biden argued in an interview on MSNBC. […]

Trump accepts GOP nomination on last night of RNC
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Trump accepts GOP nomination on last night of RNC
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President Trump formally accepted the Republican nomination for president on Thursday, closing out the final night of the Republican National Convention on the South Lawn of the White House, where hundreds of people were seated closely together with few wearing face masks in the midst of a pandemic that has claimed more than 180,000 American […]

Pence hits Biden and makes case for Trump on third night of RNC
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Pence hits Biden and makes case for Trump on third night of RNC
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Republicans portrayed the U.S. as a “land of heroes” on the third night of the Republican National Convention on Wednesday night while Vice President Mike Pence went on the attack against Joe Biden, calling the Democratic nominee a “Trojan horse for a radical left.” “Our economic recovery is on the ballot, law and order is […]

RNC Night 2: Trump uses powers of office to make his case for reelection
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RNC Night 2: Trump uses powers of office to make his case for reelection
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The Republican National Convention continued on Tuesday, with appearances by President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence as the party tried to push the theme of America as a “land of opportunity.” First lady Melania Trump closed out the evening with a speech that was perhaps the most open acknowledgment of the human toll taken […]

Trump makes surprise appearance at RNC as GOP formally nominates him for reelection
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Trump makes surprise appearance at RNC as GOP formally nominates him for reelection
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President Trump made a surprise appearance at the Republican National Convention on Monday, as party members formally nominated him in a roll call on the opening day of the convention. Mr. Trump received 2,550 delegates votes, unanimously making him the party nominee. Delegates convened in Charlotte, North Carolina, for a roll call vote, during which […]

Trump announces plasma treatment authorized for COVID-19
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Trump announces plasma treatment authorized for COVID-19
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President Donald Trump on Sunday announced emergency authorization to treat COVID-19 patients with convalescent plasma — a move he called “a breakthrough,” one of his top health officials called “promising” and other health experts said needs more study before it’s celebrated. The announcement came after White House officials complained there were politically motivated delays by […]

Trump dismisses secret audio of sister calling him ‘cruel’: ‘Who cares?’
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Trump dismisses secret audio of sister calling him ‘cruel’: ‘Who cares?’
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President Trump dismissed secret audio recordings released Saturday evening of his older sister Maryanne Trump Barry saying he had “no principles” and was “cruel.” “Every day it’s something else, who cares?” President Trump said in a statement, according to the Washington Post. “I miss my brother, and I’ll continue to work hard for the American […]

Trump urges Goodyear boycott, accuses company of banning MAGA hats
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Trump urges Goodyear boycott, accuses company of banning MAGA hats
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President Donald Trump Wednesday morning advocated boycotting Goodyear following reports that the company banned his campaign MAGA hats. “Don’t buy GOODYEAR TIRES – They announced a BAN ON MAGA HATS,” Trump said. “Get better tires for far less! (This is what the Radical Left Democrats do. Two can play the same game, and we have […]

Steve Bannon pleads not guilty in scheme to defraud donors to campaign pledging to build border wall
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Steve Bannon pleads not guilty in scheme to defraud donors to campaign pledging to build border wall
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Former White House adviser Stephen Bannon has pleaded not guilty to charges of wire fraud and money laundering Thursday, after federal prosecutors in New York announced that Bannon and three others were indicted for allegedly defrauding donors to a $25 million fundraising campaign to build a wall along the southern border. Acting U.S. Attorney for […]

Biden accepts Democratic presidential nomination, vowing to unite the country
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Biden accepts Democratic presidential nomination, vowing to unite the country
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Former Vice President Joe Biden formally accepted the Democratic nomination for president of the United States on Thursday, assuming the mantle of party standard-bearer more than 30 years after his first presidential run and vowing to deny President Trump a second term while uniting the country. “I am a proud Democrat and I will be […]

5 key takeaways from 3rd night of Democratic National Convention
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5 key takeaways from 3rd night of Democratic National Convention
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The third night of the Democratic National Convention, themed “A More Perfect Union,” featured a female-driven lineup of powerful speakers, leading up to the moment when California Sen. Kamala Harris officially accepted the vice presidential nomination, marking only the third time a woman was chosen for the slot among either major party, and the first […]