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What to know about a potential government shutdownIf the government shuts down next week, here's what would happen.
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The debt-ceiling fight, explained Could the United States soon be plunged into a recession and face financial calamity by defaulting on its loans for the first time ever? It’s at least a possibility as a deadline to raise the debt limit comes up in October.
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Supreme Court observers see trouble ahead as public approval of justices erodesWith the court about to open one of its potentially most divisive terms in years, a debate rages over whether the nine justices are too political — and too powerful.
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The debt-ceiling fight, explained Could the United States soon be plunged into a recession and face financial calamity by defaulting on its loans for the first time ever? It’s at least a possibility as a deadline to raise the debt limit comes up in October.
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The question Republicans still can’t really answer on vaccine mandatesRepeatedly, GOP lawmakers have struggled to explain why this vaccine can't be mandated when others are. The upshot: They might just roll back those other ones, too.
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The Trump-backed audits that keep debunking Trump, rankedArizona is merely the latest audit or recount to drive a nail into the coffin of Trump's voter-fraud claims.
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Democrats outside Washington worry party will blow its chance of enacting historic agenda — a failure with grave political consequencesWhile many Democrats believe that in the end, party leaders will find a way to pass their ambitious plan, some have started contemplating a nightmare scenario, in which the talks fall apart and Democrats are left explaining to voters who gave them the keys to the car why they couldn’t get it out of neutral.
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Fallout begins for far-right trolls who trusted Epik to keep their identities secretThe colossal hack of Epik, an Internet-services company popular with the far right, has been called the “mother of all data lodes” for extremism researchers. Some of those named in the data have already lost their jobs.
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Harris, assigned to tackle volatile issues, quietly builds a networkMembers of both parties have noted that Biden has asked Harris to take on often thankless issues, including abortion and immigration. But her meetings with activists in these areas have helped her to build political connections.
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Arizona audit debunks Trump’s false claims, but the poison of misinformation still threatens the electoral processAs other audits continue and the former president continues to claim fraud, GOP leaders refuse to call a halt to his effort to undermine the system
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The question Republicans still can’t really answer on vaccine mandatesRepeatedly, GOP lawmakers have struggled to explain why this vaccine can't be mandated when others are. The upshot: They might just roll back those other ones, too.
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The man behind Texas abortion lawsuit is better known as an anti-tax crusaderOscar Stilley, a disbarred lawyer and felon, has a long history of using the courts to test the government.
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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez apologizes after tearful ‘present’ vote on Israel Iron Dome funding billHer decision to effectively abstain from the vote has attracted ire from some supporters.
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Election fraud, QAnon, Jan. 6: Far-right extremists in Germany read from a pro-Trump scriptApocalyptic messages circulating ahead of German elections on Sunday import conspiratorial rhetoric from the U.S.
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Arizona ballot review commissioned by Republicans reaffirms Biden’s victoryThe final report concluded that President Biden’s margin was slightly larger than the certified results, emphasizing that the totals essentially matched. The review had been denounced by election experts as unprofessional and biased.
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White House gets most of what it wants on boosters. But it also gets confusion.The messy process leading to this moment sparked massive confusion about the booster program, critics say, and may distract from efforts to get first shots to the unvaccinated.
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Arizona recount results raise stakes for GOP-backed ballot reviews in other statesUnder pressure from former president Donald Trump, Republicans in Pennsylvania, Texas and Wisconsin are pursuing examinations of the 2020 vote in their states.
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Harris hires two senior advisersVP brings on experienced political aides at a time when some Democrats feel anxiety about her first months in office.
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All migrants have been cleared from encampment in Del Rio, Tex., homeland security secretary saysSecretary Alejandro Mayorkas made the announcement Friday at the White House amid widespread criticism of the Biden administration’s handling of the migrants, most of them Haitians, at the U.S.-Mexico border.
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Biden probably will release information about Trump’s Jan. 6 activities, White House saysThe president has concluded "it would not be appropriate to assert executive privilege" to block information Congress is seeking about Trump and his aides, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Friday.
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The rise of the gerontocracyGet ready for a lot more Chuck Grassleys.
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Biden defends his social agenda bill, saying the cost will be zeroThe president argued the cost of the package will be offset by tax hikes on the wealthy and big corporations. He also counseled patience on the nation’s turmoil, saying “we’re going to be in a very different place” by year’s end.
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House passes bill to create statutory right to abortion as a battle over Texas law heats upThe Women’s Health Protection Act was approved by the House but faces tough odds in the evenly divided Senate.
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